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July 26, 2010 / jamieai

Benoit Mandelbrot on TED

Benoit Mandelbrot gave a fascinating talk at TED in July. I’ve been interested in fractals for many years and a big fan of Mandelbrot’s work. Mandelbrot explains how fractals describe nature in ways that other math models can not. This is an excellent TED talk.

Back in the days of floppies – the large floppies – I ran a program for many hours and many days called Fractint – the application is enchanting!

July 25, 2010 / jamieai

Facebook is a country

The Economist published an interesting article comparing Facebook to a sovereign nation. David Cameron, Britain’s Prime Minister, asked Mark Zuckerberg for input about being responsible for many millions of people. “Facebook is a device that allows people to get together and control their own destiny, much like a nation-state,” says David Post, a law professor at Temple University.

July 24, 2010 / jamieai

Application infographic

Online MBA created a great infographic on applications:

July 4, 2010 / jamieai

Best iPad decal ever

If you’re a fan of Shel Silverstein and the Giving tree, this is a delightful iPad decal!

The Giving Tree

[via OS X Daily]

July 3, 2010 / jamieai

Clay Shirky on Cognitive Surplus

In June, Clay Shirky presented at TED Talks in Cannes about Cognitive Surplus: The ability of the world’s population to volunteer and contribute and collaborate on large and sometimes global projects. The world has over a trillion hours a year of participatory value up for grabs.

We can use this trillion hours a year to celebrate and support and reward the people with cognitive surplus to create civic value and change society.

July 2, 2010 / jamieai

4 Great iPad Productivity Apps

For people who want to have productivity apps on an iPad, here are some great apps I’ve been testing for a few weeks. All of these apps are great when the iPad isn’t connected to a network.

Keynote: A terrific presentation application ($9.99). This is an easy-to-use app that includes templates and themes, supports animations and transitions, autosave, and import from MSOffice. Presentations are shared via email or transferred to another computer through iTunes. Files may also be saved and shared in PDF format. Files are easily copied to the application from a hard drive or file share.

Numbers: A wonderful spreadsheet application. ($9.99). This is an easy-to-use app that includes templates, more than 250 functions, charts and graphs, and autosave. Spreadsheets are shared via email or transferred to another computer through iTunes. Files may also be saved and shared in PDF format. This is a powerful application that’s easy to use for both simple and complex spreadsheets.

Pages: Wonderful word processor for the iPad ($9.99). This app is easy-to-use, includes templates, includes a spell checker, and supports many languages. Documents automatically size to fit the iPad screen in portrait and landscape mode. Documents are shared via email or transferred to another computer through iTunes. Files may also be saved and shared in PDF format.

Goodreader: Upload and view files, including pictures, MSOffice documents (including docx and pptx) and PDF files. ($0.99). This is a great app to view and share files. Uploading files to Goodreader is easy. The app has many view options, including full-screen. Goodreader is great app to view digital content. Files are easily copied to the application from a hard drive or file share.

If you’ve used these or other productivity apps, I’d like to hear your thoughts.

June 21, 2010 / jamieai

on pesticides, herbicides and insecticides

What’s the distinction among a pesticide, herbicide and insecticide?

Pesticide
A pesticide is substance designed to control, prevent, destroy or repel pests, including fungi, bacteria, weeds, mice and insects. Pesticides work by touch or ingestion by the pest, and can kill immediately or gradually. Herbicides and insecticides are pesticides. Fungicides are also pesticides.

An herbicide is designed to control weeds and other undesirable plants. Herbicides may be selective (control specific weeds, and often used on lawns and golf courses) or non-selective (control wide variety of plants, commonly deployed in industrial areas).

An insecticide is designed to control insects. Insecticides may control insects by touch or insect ingestion. Common household insecticides are ant and wasp killer sprays, along with remedies such as beer or chewing gum. Insecticides aren’t intended to harm animals or birds.

A fungicide is a type of pesticide designed to control molds and mildew.

Article References

  • http://www.epa.gov/opp00001/about/
  • http://www.calfinder.com/blog/landscaping/pesticides-herbicides-and-insecticides-what%E2%80%99s-the-difference/
  • http://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/topics/agents/pesticides/index.cfm
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pesticide