Last week and this week, Mitzi, Trixie and Sasha were featured on Good Morning Kitten, a lovely blog about cute kitties. I’d like to thank Andrea, who runs the blog, for being so nice to me, and for sharing the beauty of our little cats with the world.
Google has announced 12 new file formats are supported by the Google Document Viewer. Among them we find Apple Pages (hooray):
12 new file formats in the Google Docs Viewer – Official Gmail Blog
- Microsoft Excel (.XLS and .XLSX)
- Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 / 2010 (.PPTX)
- Apple Pages (.PAGES)
- Adobe Illustrator (.AI)
- Adobe Photoshop (.PSD)
- Autodesk AutoCad (.DXF)
- Scalable Vector Graphics (.SVG)
- PostScript (.EPS, .PS)
- TrueType (.TTF)
- XML Paper Specification (.XPS)
Now if only Keynote and Numbers documents were also supported, I could readily share my iLife documents online, without needing to export them to Office formats first.
The Sunlight Foundation launched a useful tool this summer called Poligraft. It’s an online search engine that lets you input the link of a web article about politics, and gives you the background information on the issue and the politicians involved, including any questionable donations that may have taken place.
Here’s what the Sunlight Foundation has to say about it: “Poligraft uncovers the hidden web of political giving in news stories on the Internet — the patterns of political contributions that aren’t always obvious.”
“Using Poligraft is simple: just type or paste the URL or text of a news article, blog post or press release into it, and Poligraft will automatically scan that text for individual donors, corporations, lobbyists and politicians. Within seconds, you’ll see how they’ve been doing business with each other. Once Poligraft highlights the names of donors, corporations, lobbyists, or politicians, you can click on those names to learn more. You can even add a Poligraft bookmarklet to your browser toolbar and run any webpage through it.”
This is really cool. You’ll now be able to see right away when some politician is posturing for something that they’ve gotten a hefty donation from that cause. There’ll be no hiding anymore.
While in Bucharest on a day filled with meetings and traffic, we stopped at the Ramada Majestic Hotel to relax and have a couple of drinks at the bar. Ligia had a hot chocolate, and I had an espresso.
The espresso was pretty good. It had the right aroma, though it was a bit on the bitter side, and there wasn’t enough crema. The aftertaste was about right.
The bar was a welcome break from the stress of the day. I loved their large couches. I sunk into one and didn’t move for 15 minutes. When we got up, we were ready to take on the town again.
Neat infographic about Walmart. See below:
- Last year’s sales: $405 Billion.
- Walton family’s net worth: $83.6 Billion, out of which they give 2% annually to charities. By contrast, Warren Buffett’s net worth is $47 Billion, and he gives 78% annually to charities.
- It has 1,400,000 employees.
- The average salary of a Walmart employee is $20,774/year. The annual salary of Walmart’s CEO is $19,200,000.
- Walmart’s “Buy America” campaign showcased “Made in America” banners hanging over imported goods made in China and other countries.
- Walmart imports over $30 billion in merchandise from China every year.
Via: Home Loans
A tourism film from 1964, promoting Miami Beach, culled from the travelfilmarchive channel on YouTube.
For one who grew up in the area, it’s interesting to see how the place has changed since, and how many resorts popular then still exist (or don’t) today. Some scenes in the film are natural, some are staged and awkward, but it is fun to watch.
It’s also worth noting that the same studios that made cartoons (Van Beuren Films, Castle Films) also made travel films.
A neat talk by Peter Tyack at TED, entitled “The Intriguing Sound of Marine Mammals“, in which he explains the effect of human noise on the sounds made by marine mammals, and what’s being done to correct the situation. A few tidbits:
- Better propeller designs decrease propeller noise by up to 90%
- Insulating the engine chamber from the hull reduces engine noise by up to 99%
- Slowing down the ships by 50% decreases overall noise and reduces fuel consumption by 30%
There’s also a cool cartoon at the end of the talk, called “Good Vibrations”, made by Jeremy Clapin.
The Office Lounge is a restaurant and night club in Predeal, Romania. Its location is amazing. It sits on top of a mountain peak which overlooks an idyllic meadow and valley. Other mountain peaks frame the view all around.
The restaurant has indoor space, but it also has a beautiful terrace where you can truly enjoy the view.
The espresso is good. It could even be called great, but let’s not get carried away… It has a well-balanced taste: not too bitter, not too watery, not too chocolatey. It’s good. And when you sit on the terrace and look at that gorgeous view, it somehow tastes even better.
We also had some very tasty “clatite” — a Romanian dessert that’s similar to French crepes and to British (not American) pancakes, according to one of my readers.
The place is a nightclub — and we’re not much into nightclubs. We went there during the day, to enjoy the beautiful view. If you’re interested in going there for a morning coffee, don’t — they open around 11 am or noon, because they close in the early hours of the morning.
Here is a map.
This video is an epiphany. It explains how people’s conceptions of time affect their lives and societies — and vice-versa. My jaw kept dropping as I watched it. If you’re a sentient human being, you will think it’s the best 10 minutes you’ve spent in a long time.
RSA Animate – The Secret Powers of Time