Archive for the ‘Cool Stuff’ Category

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?

Interesting Interactive Audio Project

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

As a species, people are a curious lot. We like to play with stuff and the first thing many of us do when confronted with something to touch or knobs to turn is – well, touch and try to figure out what those knobs do.

Stephanie McCarty and Andrew Siu created this intriguing interactive audio gadget. They put it together using Arduino Boards, Wave Shields, IR Sensors and Servo Motors.

Watch the video and let us know what you think?

Animation for Game Class Video

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

The Animation for Game class worked hard all summer – producing 30+ assignments over the course of the summer.

Near the end of the summer, they held an Open House to show off their work. Faculty member, Jonali Bhattacharyya who teaches the class, said she was really pleased with the quantity and quality of work the students produced. “I wanted them to learn how to work under the pressure of a real work situation,” said Jonali.

Here are a few video clips taken during the Open House as faculty, staff and students tested out the video games. Clip one. Clip two. Clip three.