Five things of note for the week ending Friday May 11th, 2012
1. Back to the Future Business Card of WIN
Tom Wilson played ‘Biff‘ in the Back to the Future films. Apparently, he carries a business card that he gives to fans to answer all those BTTF questions in one.
2. Some (more) decent lengthy articles
First up, ‘Frequent fliers who flew too much‘ is a brilliant read about unlimited first-class tickets that used to be available from American Airlines.
“Creative uses seemed limitless. When bond broker Willard May of Round Rock, Texas, was forced into retirement after a run-in with federal securities regulators in the early 1990s, he turned to his trusty AAirpass to generate income. Using his companion ticket, he began shuttling a Dallas couple back and forth to Europe for $2,000 a month.”
You can see why they stopped it. Have a read.
Next, I’m halfway through this fantastic interview with Joss Whedon. He directed, amongst a whole host of other things, The Avengers. And he is awesome.
Finally, Kathryn Schulz on ‘Internal Time‘ is proving to be a fantastic read. Purely because I never thought I’d ever read the line ‘Modern human beings are not much like mimosas’. Check it.
3. 100,000 LED Lights Illuminate a Japanese River
4. Retro-active Foursquare tracking
For some reason (and this is proper geeky) I love the idea that you can track your check-ins with GCal. Use case: ‘Had a meeting with Robbie the other week at that cool place on Wardour St., what was it called?’ – which means I now have a 4sq layer in my Google Calendar.
5. Useful Apps / Plug-ins
Attachments.me is a great Chrome plug-in for searching through Gmail attachments. It’s proved to be an absolute life-saver lately. And their CEO, Jesse Miller, is a thoroughly nice chap too.
Build apps in iOS? Take a look at Alau.me. It’s like bit.ly, but for app download tracking.
Bonuses -Â Stunning Star Wars toy photography (click) and Avengers Concept Art (below) have both made my day today. Until next time…
‘Aftermath’ – click to embiggen
5 thoughts on “Five things on Friday #19”
The Tom Wilson card is awesome.
Also, re:4sq layer, have a look at ifttt.com
May 11th, 2012 at 23:25
Heh, I joined the ifttt beta back in January 2011. Never got ’round to playing with it properly…
I might give it a go (but my way is still cool).
I’d second iftt (and agree your way is cool). Have a flick through recipes to get started.
Love the Foursqaure one. v. interesting.
Have you seen Twistory http://twistory.net/ does the same but for Tweets. I like seeing the waves and bursts of tweets visualised. Would be really interesting to see a visualisation of the emails I send too.
May 23rd, 2012 at 18:19
Twistory looks a lot like what the rest of the guys are talking about with iftt. Nevertheless, I shall investigate!
Thanks man 🙂
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