TimesToCome

Geekiness and life on the third coast

How to force a line break in a WordPress Post




Drove me nuts, that adding new lines in the post visual editor or adding <p> or < /br> in the text editor didn’t add extra lines in a post.

If you go into the post editor, go to text and add <br class=”blank”> you’ll get your extra white space.


Comicpalooza 2014




ComicPalooza Houston, is Memorial Day weekend each year. The lines are insanely too long, but otherwise it’s a pretty good show.

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SxSW Day 5




Animate a smarter UI
Great talk, but I can’t find any of their notes online. Big take aways:
UI animation should only be used to improve user experience. Direct the user’s attention, feedback for user actions, notify user of something, orient the user in the website, personify ( add small surprise an delight to user experience)

Adding sight and hearing to our devices
Using hand to move game sprites and hand mapping, 3d image created from camera, ready to import into a 3D printer.

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SxSW day 4




First talk was from Josh Clark slides! links etc , always a great speaker and on the bleeding edge of user device interactions.

Scientist to storyteller, ESWayne.com

Gazzaley Neuroscience lab, High Fidelity
Real time, live video inside a persons brain. The different colors are different frequencies. An MRI was taken of the brain for the initial map, an EEG is collecting the signals, they are cleaned up, processed and viewable in 2D, or using an Oculus Rift you can travel through the brain, in 3D in real time. Coolest thing I’ve seen yet.

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Moff Wearables

Misc
Ladislav
Urban Librarians Unite


SxSW day 3




Alfred Lui’s talk on designing for the Internet of things was the best today. He has some slides from other talks up on the site, and this one’s slides should appear there in a few days.

Sung Kim only really spoke about 20 mins but shared more useful information than many speakers do in an hour.

Anne Wojcicki of 23AndMe mostly talked about 23AndMe, I was lucky enough to get my DNA to them before the FDA decided information was dangerous, I’m looking forward to them getting back into health information.

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Blues singing robot

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$15k Exoskeletons from Skeletonics, almost cheap enough to buy 😉

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Launch a custom satellite, ~$3mill, Axelspace Microsatellites

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Why watch movies on the treadmill when you can conquer space instead? Hakuhodo i-studio

Trending at SxSW:
Ambient information
Interpret the data for your users, data without purpose is noise

Example: one device increased the amount of information on display as the user came closer

Misc
AgIC, print a circuit instead of bread boarding it
I grabbed an 3 in 1 lens from Ollclio and a Mophie Space Pack both of which look like they’ll be fun and useful.


SxSW day 2




Started off the day with a talk about body computing from Leslie Saxon of USC Body Computing, very light on information but interesting.

Jonah Beger, author of “Contagious, Why Things Catch On” Excellent talk, looks like he has studies on his website and the book is very good.

I was going to see this, but there was a line, so I visited the maker area instead
Matt Danna of Fullscreen. ( talk slides )

Instead I saw Myriam Joire, talk about wearables and context, biggest take away is not a new one – many sensors are greater than the sum of their parts.

Excellent, DARPA is so very cool
Daniel Kaufman of DARPA. interview with NYT

There were tables of children building drones, hah, let the govt try to regulate drones when every school child can build one. Robots were plentiful, as were large 3d printers.
3D Robotics
Gigabot, very large 3D printers 24″^3
TI is making lots of cool sensors
TI LaunchPad, robot building kits

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Misc
Benford’s Law
3M touch films
3m double sided VHB RP tape
memex