Nov 13

All the Presidents Tweets…

Several of the dead Presidents of the United States tweet in character on Twitter including Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Baines Johnson, and Richard Nixon (previously).  As I write this, Lincoln is about to live-tweet the Gettysburg address.  Your mileage may vary, as some accounts are updated more than others.

Sep 09

Daily Links for August 31st

All excerpts are quoted from the respective link(s).

May 09

Daily Links for May 22nd

  • The Evolution of Cell Phone Design Between 1983-2009 | Webdesigner Depot – A visual history of cell phone design.
  • The Evolution of the Social Media API
  • Navigating the Dissertation – Boot Camp | Penn Graduate Student Center – As a part of our Navigating the Dissertation Series, our Dissertation Boot Camp was developed to help students progress through the difficult writing stages of the dissertation process. By offering an environment and support for intense, focused writing time, the Camp provides participants with the structure and motivation to overcome typical roadblocks in the dissertation process.
  • Topless Robot – The 10 Reasons Why Star Blazers Is Unbelievably Awesome Beyond Words – Adapted from Japan's Space Battleship Yamato series, the series marked the first time American audiences got a taste of how inventive sci-fi cartoons could truly be. It looked better than any other cartoon of the era because it featured 8,000 animation cells per episode as compared to the 3,000 used by most programs. It also had the benefit of perfect timing, appearing shortly after Star Wars reignited interest in all things science fiction. When the show made its American debut in 1979, kids raised on repetitive Filmation-style toons were captivated by the ways in which the adventures of the Star Force unfolded. Thus, a pop culture sensation was born.
  • The Inquirer Embarrassment Continues | Young Philly Politics – Ha. Ha. Ha. Those 'bloggers' and their internets tubes! Hey Harold, a blog is a tool, not a viewpoint. Shouting about blogs makes about as much sense as shouting about food processors. And considering that Jackson is going after Bunch, a guy who actually writes for a paper, it raises a question: If the problem is that fancy pants blogging, would Jackson feel better about if another reporter put it in the paper instead? That seems pretty strange.
  • Animatronic Obama Going to Disney World With High-Tech Style – NYTimes.com – The public is to get its first glimpse of “Robobama,” as it is known among some handlers, on July 4. The unveiling will be in a Disney World theater, alongside animatronic figures of every other president. As in the past, the program will end with each president nodding or turning toward the audience during a roll call, as if Mount Rushmore had suddenly come alive.

Feb 09

Daily Links for February 2nd

  • Blambot Comic Fonts and Lettering – Who knew there was the equivalent of an AP-style book for comic book lettering?
  • T-Mobile Announces Installment Plan for Devices – This is a great idea – but one that highlights the general weakness in the economy as well as the sensitivity to consumption for the handset manufacturers and carriers.
  • Stimulus Watch: Keeping an Eye on Economic Recovery Spending – StimulusWatch.org was built to to help the new administration keep its pledge to invest stimulus money smartly, and to hold public officials to account for the taxpayer money they spend. We do this by allowing you, citizens around the country with local knowledge about the proposed "shovel-ready" projects in your city, to find, discuss and rate those projects. These projects are not part of the stimulus bill. They are candidates for funding by federal grant programs once the bill passes.
  • New Illness: Facebook Depression? – ReadWriteWeb – This may sound like a joke, but it's not: researchers at Stony Brook University in New York have found that too much Facebook usage can leave you more prone to anxiety and depression…that is, if you're a teenage girl. In a study, a group of 13-year old girls were evaluated by psychology professor Dr. Joanne Davila and her colleague, Lisa Starr. A year later, the researchers followed up with the girls, testing them for depressive symptoms.
  • EconomPic Data: Global Unemployment – Though the data is slightly dated, the CIA's 'The World Factbook' shows that the U.S. unemployment ("officially" at 7.2%) is still the envy of every war torn nation.
  • Sunlight Foundation » USA.gov. Government Gadget Gallery – USA.gov has posted a gallery of online gadgets (or widgets) that other Web sites can display.
  • Comparisons of Inaugural Addresses – This is interesting, especially if looking back at the rhetoric the Chief Executives have used and how that same rhetoric indicates and reflects how their Presidencies are remembered and recorded by history.
  • visualcomplexity.com | Visualizing Online Media – Instrument collaborated with JD Hooge of Gridplane to conceive and produce designs for a data visualization project for Google. The concept revolved around the idea of aggregating and visualizing the scale and pace of activity as well as the influence of social media over time. The end result of this effort would harness the power of Google Analytics and other data from varied sources and display them in a flexible interface.