Sunday, June 22, 2008

The Unbreakable Umbrella

The title and this video say it all ...

New PC vs Mac Banner Ad

A Handy Little Site

Next time you're telling a joke while sitting in front of your PC, you may find Instant Rimshot useful ...

Well, at least if the punchline is so pathetic that it needs a little assistance :-).

The G Shot

I heard about this on a podcast this evening.

Apparently, The G Shot, also known as "G Spot Amplification", involves injection of collagen into the Grafenburg Spot, to temporarily enlarge it (for up to four months).

While the idea of sticking a needle into such a sensitive area sounds just a little alarming, I guess the outcome could make it worthwhile. Mind you, they're very careful to point out that "results do vary".

Office Synchronisation

This is just weird enough to be interesting ...

Thanks to Random Good Stuff.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

97 Degrees?!

You won't be getting me on this rollercoaster anytime soon ...

The Open Source Process In Action

Via Projectionist comes this impressive animation of the Python language's development over time ...

Mathematics Problem Videos

Via Teaching College Math, I discovered Math TV, which provides videos of worked-through high school level mathematics problems.

There are two sites: MathTV, which has problems presented by a couple of different people, and a YouTube site, which contains a lot more problems, all of which seem to be presented by the same guy.

That's OK, because I think he does the best job, anyway.

Unfortunately, they've disabled embedding, but click on the image for a nice example of integration by substitution ... although I think the last one could have been explained more simply than by using polynomial long-division!

All up, a nice resource.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

They Set The Bar High at UNE

One of the subjects I'll be doing next semester includes an assignment that requires you to create an animation of some form.

This was the best submission from 2006. If I started now, and worked 16 hours a day on it, I reckon I could create something at least half as good by ... oh, let's say ... the end of second semester, 2010 :-).

Hopefully the person who produced this has been able to carry the same level of creativity and skill with them into their day to day teaching!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Thursday, June 5, 2008

An Awesome Lecturer

Apple just expanded iTunes U to cover more universities, including at least one in Australia ... the University of NSW.

So, I popped on over to see what lectures were available and stumbled upon some introductory C programming lectures by a chap named Richard Buckland.

When I finally make it into the teaching profession, I just hope my classes can be a fraction of the fun this bloke's are.

Even if you have no interest in computing, please watch at least some of this. I think Richard has a truly amazing ability to bond with his class.

Fortunately, the lectures are also on YouTube, so you don't need to subscribe to iTunes U unless you want to. Here's the one I watched last night.

A quick warning, though ... it starts out a little slowly, because it would seem the lecture theatre was a slightly tricky to find, so he waits a few minutes to give people a chance to get there.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Creme That Egg!

Another, incredibly intricate Rube Goldberg machine.

Thanks to Dan Meyer for pointing it out.

Snake Jump

The title says it all ...