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  • Engineering the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony: It’s interesting to see a behind-the-scenes of the tech used during the opening ceremony.
  • Mercator Puzzle: Simple browser game where you need to drag and drop the countries to their right spot.
  • The Jane Austen Word List: Historical fiction author Mary Robinette Kowal wanted to get her vocabulary for the “Jane Austen” era right, so you created a spellcheck dictionary based on all the works of Jane Austen.
  • Why I Play Violent Video Games: Interesting post by Maddy Myers about how she got into games. I came across the post through the awesome image “Gamer Girl” featured below.

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Here are some cool and interesting links I’ve came across the past week:

  • Hangman – You’ve Probably Been Playing It Wrong!: What order of letters should you use while playing hangman? This post actually looks at the frequencies of letters in words from a dictionary and shows how you should play.
  • Valve’s Handbook For New Employees: Valve looks like such an amazing place to work!
  • Toy Adword Wordclouds: Visualization of the words used in ads for toys. Guess which one is for boys an which for girls. It’s from more than a year ago, but still interesting to see (and I predict there wouldn’t have been any drastic changes in the past year for it to be massively different now).

I’ve been quite quiet the past couple of months, mainly because of a combination of working hard and being sick (I bumped my head pretty bad 4 weeks ago, but I’m fine now). I’m trying to get back into the habit of blogging, but it’s so much trickier now that I a “proper” job. Still I’ll try to post at least once a week.

Now on to the cool stuff! Here is a roundup of interesting things I’ve come across:

Interesting stuff I’ve come across this week:

  • Cat vs Human: spot on. Most mornings at around 6am the cats will start being annoying. Well, it’s mainly just one of them (Casey), but he’ll start knocking off stuff from my bedside table or the table in our living room. The best way to get them quiet again is to give a bit of food, but sometimes even that won’t help. Btw, if you’re based in San Francisco, Cat vs Human will have a book signing there on November the 9th!
  • Star Trek Quiet Book: Aw, this is just too cute!
  • Why Cleavage Is Bad For Crime Fighting: I completely agree. Some outfits would just be so unpractical!
  • The Prestige of Being a Web Developer: Great presentation/blog post from Christian Heilmann on how the three acts of magic tricks can be applied to web development.
  • The Surprising Science Behind Smiles: Interesting Wired interview about smiles (I used a lot of the same theory in my research).

Link Love: Link Actually

Links February 15th, 2011

Here’s a special Valentine’s Day Link Love edition:

Interesting, cute, funny and most awesome links of this week:

  • Super Bowl Trailer Twitter Buzz: Cool comparison of the amount of tweets there were for each trailer that aired during the Super Bowl last night. I was expecting Captain America and Tranformers to be quite high, but Thor? Hadn’t wee seen most of that trailer already? And how can Drive Angry And Fast Five have created more buzz than Super 8?
  • Dancers Among Us: Photography project featuring dancers in everyday situations in New York. Some of this shots are amazing; I marvel at the skill required to pull off some of those poses!
  • Internet Movie Poster Awards – The Not So Serious Categories: LOL.

  • The Nicholas Cage Matrix: Nicholas Cage… you can’t really compare him to other actors. Sometimes he’s so over the top awful and sometimes he’s over the top brilliant; you always have to wait to see per movie which way it can go. This graph is a cute visualization of Cage’s movies.
  • London’s Labyrinths and Mazes: I really should try to visit some of these. Mazes are like cool.
  • Race Tracks Of The World: I’m not that much of a racing fan, but these wooden race tracks would look great on any wall.

  • Unevolved Brands: How many of these brands can you recognize? They’ve all been simplified to only contain circles…
  • Abed’s Chart: Remember that Community episode where Abed tries to figure out the girls menstrual cycle and feed them chocolate according to mood. Yeah, he actually made a chart.
  • Assassin’s Creed 2 Puzzle and Codex Analysis: I’m loving Assassin’s Creed 2! I wasn’t expecting this game to be so full of historical facts (I actually feel as if I’m learning something from playing this game). One of the interesting side missions has you searching for special glyphs on the sides of important buildings (like the Ponte Vecchio in Florence or the Torre Dell’Orologio in Venice) which lead to cryptic puzzles. The link I shared contains quite a deep analysis of those puzzles; interpreting the things we sort of find out there and explaining in more detail which historic figures are mentioned.
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