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June 2011


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links Post 28 June 2010

Interesting Links Post 28 June 2010

This post is last this week. Why? Totally wrapped up in ISTE. OK I dis spend some of Sunday visiting the Mummies of the World exhibit at the Franklin institute and then a trip to Betsy Ross


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

L.A. Noire: A Great Story Despite Its Linearity

L.A. Noire: A Great Story Despite Its Linearity

My mind has been occupied by narrative lately.  I've been surveying literature about non-linear / interactive narrative and storytelling with the goal of eventually coming up with new strategies for piecing together story fragments…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

The National Science Foundation and IEEE Spectrum Radio have partnered to produce a terrific series of reports describing


From Computational Complexity

Math on FUTURAMA and LAW AND ORDER:CI

MATH ON TV

FUTURAMA mentions the Banach-Tarski Paradox! In the June 23, 2011 episode Professor Farnsworth invents a Banach-Tarski-Dupla-Shrinker which takes a blueprint of an object (like a sweater or Bender) and some matter…


From The Eponymous Pickle

GS1: The Digital Consumer and Trusted Product Information

GS1:  The Digital Consumer and Trusted Product Information

Tomorrow!GS1 MobileCom/B2C Day 2011

What is it? GS1 MobileCom/B2C Day 2011 is global event to understand thegrowing potential of mobile commerce and digital business-to consumer interaction for the FMCG/Retail sector.

Through…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Council to Meet in Washington on July 15

CCC Council to Meet in Washington on July 15

The CCC Council is scheduled to meet in Washington, DC, on Friday, July 15, and will be discussing the role of fundamental computing research in Smart Health & Wellbeing as well as Sustainability. Here’s a formal announcement…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Home Grown Computer Camp

Home Grown Computer Camp

Michael Scherotter who works for Microsoft decided to run a computer programming day camp in his home for his 9 year old son and 9 of his friends. Taking  on teaching programming to 10-year olds may not be for everyone but from…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Sells ads Everwhere

Amazon Sells ads Everwhere

Amazon has started an ad network where you can sell ads to just about everything, anywhere. A clever idea. Much more." ... The e-commerce giant has started what is effectively an ad network*, where it buys Web advertising inventory…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Adknowledge Moves Facebook Games to Web Portals

Adknowledge Moves Facebook Games to Web Portals

Interesting development includes monetization, which will probably see some more games appearing on sites. Is that good?


From The Eponymous Pickle

Solving Food Deserts with WalMart

Solving Food Deserts with WalMart

Mark Perry posts about the potential for companies like WalMart to address such problems as the recently coined 'food desert' issue, using Washington DC as an example.   Efficient delivery of a broad selection of foods,  at low…


From The Eponymous Pickle

DemandTec and Dollar General

DemandTec and Dollar General

It has been a long time since I  took a look at DemandTec for deep analytical applications like revenue management, promotion and assortment optimization.  We looked at their impressive analytical methods shortly after theirthey…


From Putting People First

Achieving a sense of home for people who travel extensively

Achieving a sense of home for people who travel extensively

One of the people presenting at the DPPI conference in Milan last week was Aviaja Borup Lynggaard, an industrial Ph.D. scholar at Bang & Olufsen (B&O), attached to the Aarhus School of Architecture and Aarhus University. Her…


From Putting People First

Toyota and CIID open a Window to the World

Toyota and CIID open a Window to the World

Imagine when a journey from A to B is no longer routine, as your car in the near-future encourages a sense of play, exploration and learning. This is the image engineers and designers from Toyota Motor Europe (TME) and the Copenhagen…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

More Than Just The Box

More Than Just The Box

Today has been a busy day at ISTE 2011 for me. I did some time at the booth and then went to a couple of sessions. Pat Yongpradit talked about what he is doing with XNA in his school. He


From The Eponymous Pickle

Enabling a Musem with Augmented Reality

Enabling a Musem with Augmented Reality

An excellent example of augmented reality, enabling the   J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles to use Google Goggles to get more information about the museum's holdings while touring the space.   I think that examples like this…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Art of Game Design

Art of Game Design

In Process: The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses, by Jesse Schell.  Have made my way through the introductory parts of the book.   Very well done overview of game systems inspires me to want the rest of the book as needed…


From Computational Complexity

FCRC 2011. Part 2 of... probably 2.

(A workshop on Coding, Complexity and Sparsity will be held at Ann Arbor, August 1-4, 2011. See this website.)

More thoughts on FCRC.

Russell Impagliazzo is one of the Luddites (spellcheck made me use a capital L) in the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

P&G Contributes Manufacturing Models

P&G Contributes Manufacturing Models

In the local press: Procter & Gamble has said they will contribute at no cost 3D process modeling programs to help create a ' manufacturing renaissance' in the US.  The models are used today to model things like the flow of urine…


From The Eponymous Pickle

GeoIQ: Visualize and Analyze Real-Time Geo Data

GeoIQ: Visualize and Analyze Real-Time Geo Data

I had the opportunity to look at a relatively new Geographical Information System: GeoIQ.   Have worked on a number of company GIS projects and this looks to be a very good solution. In particular the ability to address large…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of June 27

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of June 27

June 29 Hearing: The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on consumer data privacy. 10 a.m., 253 Russell Building The House Financial Services Committee will hold a field hearing on cybercrime…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

MIT Professor

MIT Professor

Fresh on the heels of Friday’s big announcement about a new National Robotics Initiative, I thought now would be a great time to feature a recent talk by MIT CSAIL Professor Leslie Pack Kaelbling. Speaking at the


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

On being happy

On being happy

What if you could engineer happiness? What if you could redesign your life so that you are happier? With professors in mind, Brian Martin wrote an essay entitled On being a happy academic with this very purpose. He outlines a…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2011-06-27

links for 2011-06-27

The Failed Experiment of Software Patents – Open Enterprise One day one of these cases will have an outcome so outrageous that legislators will be forced to hold up a hand to the corporate hawks and ask them why they want even…


From Putting People First

Studying interaction design in Switzerland

Studying interaction design in Switzerland

A new master in interaction design will start in September in Switzerland — with some teaching support from Experientia — and a few places are still available. The MAS in Interaction design at the University of the Applied Sciences…


From Schneier on Security

Common PINs

Common PINs

There's some great data on common iPhone passwords. I'm sure the results also apply to banking PINs.


From Putting People First

Book: Ethnographies of the Videogame

Book: Ethnographies of the Videogame

Ethnographies of the Videogame: Gender, Narrative and Praxis by Helen Thornham, City University London, UK Ethnographies of the Videogame Ashgate, July 2011, 218 pages [Amazon UK link] Ethnographies of the Videogame uses the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

E-Books and Libraries

E-Books and Libraries

Good overview in ReadwriteWeb:  More indications of if libraries will survive and what form they will take.  Will they be in the Cloud with the rest of us?  Or parceled out in book like pieces? How will compensation be delivered…


From Wild WebMink

? Coffee Time in Brazil

? Coffee Time in Brazil

Just ending a relaxing Sunday with friends in Brazil, who have these coffee plants in their garden. It’s getting close to the time the berries need harvesting, although as we discovered last time we tried it the work involved…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Can Computers Communicate Visually?

Can Computers Communicate  Visually?

Visualization Viewpoint in IEEE Computing Now,   If they can, can we do the same working with them?Can Computers Master the Art of Communication?   A Focus on Visual Analytics.  by Klaus Mueller, Supriya Garg, Julia EunJu Nam…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Biologically Inspired Visual Search

Biologically Inspired Visual Search

And more about visual search.  I worked on several projects in this area, and it is a difficult problem, though there have been advances in recent years." ... The technology, developed by Cortexica, a startup spun out of research…