The Splendid Quill
  • A Pointe of Note
  • January8th

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    I’d like to share a story with you. By no means could this story be construed as good, but be that as it may, I feel compelled to share it none the less.

    Some background. Or rather, some context. The year is 2001. In this year I found myself experiencing a resurgence in the punk culture brewing in Albany, I had a red pleather jacket full of cliche buttons that I was perhaps too fond of and way to many friends in the Hartford area. Connecticut…New York…it’s not like Massachusetts was in the way or anything.

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  • August18th

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    In Cherrapunji, India, one of the wettest places on Earth, the locals mold the roots of the Ficus elastica tree into stretching across rivers and taking root on the other side, forming amazing natural, living bridges.

    Locals use hollowed-out trunks of the betel tree to prop up the roots of the Ficus elastica (basically a rubber tree), pointing them across whatever body of water they want to cross, until the roots reach the other side and dig in. After awhile (a long while—think 10-15 years), the bridge becomes strong and sturdy enough for people to comfortable walk across. Some of these such bridges are hundreds of years old, since they just get stronger over time, being alive and all. Pretty amazing stuff.

    [via Gizmodo, from Living Root Bridges via Reddit]

  • August4th

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    Marta Kagan, the creator of “What the ‘F’ Is Social Media” has come out with a part deux. This time with louder colors, better pictures, updated stats and a few more f-bombs. I liked the presentation the first time. So much so, I’m going to put up the sequel. There were some simple truths(co-mingled with a few shots of vulgarity) to it and I wanted to keep it on hand so I can pull out some neat-o facts and figures out of it to sound smarter in meetings. Plus it helps back up all my “F” gut feelings with real “T” type language. Long live Meyer’s Briggs and social media. And, of course, the obscene use of asterisks.

    [via DigitalBuzzBlog]

  • July17th

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    This is too cool NOT to share. It’s hard to say exactly how I can use this to make stuff more awesomer, but I have some ideas. I’ve always been fascinated with immersion environments and this looks like it might be about as deep as one can get at the moment. The tech is called “Augmented Reality” and you can find a pretty good primer on it here. Obviously, that’s the 30,000 foot view of where they hope it will go. Here’s a little video Read More | Comments

  • July15th

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    I picked this up from an article over at Digital Buzzblog. Sure, there are nine more over there, but I really liked this particular presentation. There were some simple truths(co-mingled with a few shots of vulgarity) to it and I wanted to keep it on hand so I can pull out some neat-o facts and figures out of it to sound smarter in meetings. Plus it helps back up all my “F” gut feelings with real “T” type language. Long live Meyer’s Briggs and social media. And the obscene use of asterisks.

    [via DigitalBuzzBlog]