Yearly Archives: 2012

October 18, 2012

Skeu It!

a celebration of arbitrary and gratuitous user interface decisions, collected and grumped out by @303 and some friends.

October 11, 2012

The winning formula for Nobel prizes

Genius, passion, hard work, and a little bit of luck – that’s what we are told sets Nobel prize recipients apart from us mere mortals. But could there be any secret, hidden factors that come into play?

To find out, we’ve sifted through the vital statistics of all the winners since the very first Nobel prizes were awarded in 1901. Does your birth-date matter?

I never stood a chance.

October 4, 2012

Noah Gray on scientific abstracts

Scientific abstracts are the hooks attempting to capture a discerning reader’s attention, the shortcuts saving the busy reader some time and the keys unlocking scientific knowledge for those lacking a portfolio of academic journal subscriptions. But don’t be dismayed if you’re still confused after reading an abstract multiple times. When writing this leading, summarizing paragraph of a scientific manuscript, researchers often make mistakes.

Good advice for my own thesis.

September 28, 2012
September 24, 2012

How Corning created Gorilla Glass

The office of Wendell Weeks, Corning’s CEO, is on the second floor, looking out onto the Chemung River. It was here that Steve Jobs gave the 53-year-old Weeks a seemingly impossible task: Make millions of square feet of ultrathin, ultrastrong glass that didn’t yet exist. Oh, and do it in six months. The story of their collaboration—including Jobs’ attempt to lecture Weeks on the principles of glass and his insistence that such a feat could be accomplished—is well known. How Corning actually pulled it off is not.

A fantastic read.

Brawl halts Foxconn production

Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology, a major supplier for Apple, has halted production at a plant in northern China after a fight broke out among workers.

Foxconn confirmed that a “personal dispute” escalated into an incident involving about 2,000 workers, injuring 40 of them.

Engadget has more info, claiming the fight broke out after a security guard hit one of the workers.