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A Better Place to Work [Computing,Random]
So I just saw a testimonial video for this thing called WorkSpace and I’m impressed. The idea is to create a monthly-membership place for individuals to do their work. One of the banes of working from home, especially as an independent, is the lack of community. There is something nice about being surrounded by peers, or even just other smart professionals. The traditional solution is to sign a fairly lengthy and expensive lease and all the normal operating costs are yours to absorb. At WorkSpace they provide a cafe, internet, VOIP phones, meeting rooms, projectors, privacy booths, etc and it’s all available with just month-to-month commitments. It just makes so much sense to me. Were I currently an independent contractor (and living in Vancouver), I would be all over this place. I bet we’ll start to see spaces like these in other cities, if they don’t already exist. Especially in the large and tech/trendy urban areas like SF, NY, & LA. I can really see this becoming much more of the norm for all but the largest of companies (who might have enough people in an area to warrant paying for a dedicated space). But for everyone else, go to the nearest location of whatever national “work club” you’re company’s a member of. Improvements in multi-node teleconferencing could really make this feasible and nearly transparent.
How many of you are there? [Random]
Besides the obvious insidious duplicates that have been secretly created of us by the evil people at [[imdb:0216216 Replacement Technologies]], how many other people out there share your name? This website lets you search against the 1990 US Census data: Pretty cool idea! I just wish they had the 2000 data available because that was the first year I directly participated.
Rumsfeld and Origami [Random]
Ok, I’m going to try a new approach to blogging: posting some of the random, fun, weird stuff I come across on the web from time to time. So for an inaugural post, here’s a hilarious video from the Late Late Show that my friend Tonica made me aware of: [yt]zmLToYe8nRo[/yt]
A as in Aisle [Random]
Some of you must be familiar, at least vaguely, with phonetic alphabets. The various worlds militaries have developed different variations for disambiguating radio conversations, where each word’s pronounciation is very distinct from the others in the list. NATO‘s standard is probably the most widely used and is well known via the media: alpha, bravo, charlie, delta, echo, foxtrot, golf, etc. We civilians often require a similar system (completely unstandardized and up to the individual, unfortunately) for spelling words over the phone, i.e. “G as in girl, R as in run, A as in apple, H as in hockey, …” So {Kimsal} at work had a funny idea: make the most confusing phonetic alphabet possible. His classic examples were K as in knife and P as in pneumatic. So he and I went about filling out his list. There are some really great ones and some fairly weak ones. The best ones send you in the completely wrong direction. Imagine hearing someone say, “That’s A as in i, E as in ate, G as in naw, S as in c, T as in dow, W as in y, Q as in k, Y as in u”. How confused would you be? I love it! My apologies in advance to any call center workers or other customer service reps. Find my version of the complete list below… read more »
Fun With Physics [Computing,Random]
I got this forwarded to me in an random email today. It is a physically accurate model of a human, often called a “rag doll”. The ragdoll is in an animated freefall, hitting obstacles during its decent. I found it more amusing that I would have initially thought, it looks so painful. If it gets trapped, you can use your mouse to pick the model up and throw it in a new direction. If you’d prefer to see good ole Dubya taking the fall then check this one out.

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