Archive for the ‘Cool Stuff’ Category

Run Your Alarm Clock on Water and Other Unusual Gadgets

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Tired of running things on batteries? Ever thought about substituting water? How about fire to charge that cell phone? These are just a few of the unique ways that inventors have uncovered for powering our many gadgets.

This article in Mashable offers some interesting alternative energy options.

Do you have a favorite?

A Peek into the Neighborhood Around Cogswell Circa 1924

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Cogswell College's 2nd Campus at 26th & Folsom

Cogswell College has been in the San Francisco Bay area since 1887 so has contributed a lot to local history. This blog post about the Bernalwood area dates back to around 1924 and if you scroll down about half way through the piece, you’ll see an old aerial view of Cogswell.

History buff – especially those interested in turn-of-the-century San Francisco – will find this an interesting read.

Did you learn anything new about early San Francisco life?

5 Things Super Successful People do Before 8:00AM

Friday, December 6th, 2013

While 8:00AM may sound incredibly early for all our night-owl students, many people do meet the day before the sun is up. The list in a recent Forbes article includes: Margaret Thatcher who was up every day at 5 a.m.; Frank Lloyd Wright at 4 am and Robert Iger, the CEO of Disney wakes at 4:30am just to name a few.

We know you’re thinking – YIKES – not in this lifetime. But according to Inc. Magazine, morning people have been found to be more proactive and more productive. So what is it these morning people do to jump start their day?

  • Exercise
  • Map out their day
  • Eat a healthy breakfast
  • Engage in visualization
  • Make their day top heavy

If you want to learn more, check out the article in Forbes.

If you start your day early, what helps you be most productive?

Easy Recipes for that Leftover Turkey

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

You’ve pushed away from the dinner table, helped with the cleanup and know that tomorrow you can look forward to reliving the feast thanks to all the leftovers now crammed in every corner of your refrigerator. But what about the days to follow? Do you crave something other than reheated leftovers?

Here is a collection of recipes from famed-cook, Rachael Ray.

Let us know if you tried any of these.

Who is Cooking Your Turkey?

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

If William Shatner stopped by your house to deep fry your Thanksgiving turkey, here’s a short video to show you what the experience might be like.

Follow Shatner’s advice and stay safe this holiday!

Leonardo Da Vinci’s Unique Piano Heard Again After 500 Years

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Artist, inventor and genius, Leonardo da Vinci, drew up plans for a piano and cello combination instrument 500 years ago. While we don’t know if da Vinci ever built the ‘viola organista,’ Polish concert pianist, Slawomir Zubrzycki, used copies of the original drawings to bring the instrument to life.

Check out this short video of this musical and mechanical work of art and listen to the first performance at the Academy of Music in Krakow.

Let us know what you think of the sound. Pretty amazing!

What are the best Halloween Songs?

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Billboard looked back over several decades and created a list of their staffs’ picks for the 10 best Halloween songs to add to your party playlist.

The list contains some – of course – titles like Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” but also some lesser known titles like Rob Zombies’ “Dragula.”

What would you add to the list?

Interview with Bob Metcalfe on the First Ethernet LAN

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Bob Metcalfe on the Creation of the Ethernet

What is a rat’s nest in terms of the Ethernet? What did the Bravo text editing program become? What is Simonyi’s Infinitely Glorious Network stand for?

These and other questions are answered in the video interview of Bob Metcalfe about his work at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center 40 years ago.

What surprising fact did you learn?

What’s your color IQ?

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Can you pick out the perfect hue or saturation for the sample colors? How good are you at identifying complimentary or triadic colors?

Take this simple test at color.method to find out.

Share it if you had fun!

Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Here are a few to pique your interest:

#5 – Simplify. Focus. Combine characters. Hop over detours. You’ll feel like you are losing valuable stuff but it sets you free.

#12 – Discount the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th – get the obvious out of the way. Surprise yourself.

#21 – You gotta indentify with your situation/characters, can’t just write ‘cool.’ What would make YOU act that way.

Check out the rest of the rules in Imgur.

What would you add to the list?