To Scale: The Solar System

I’ve seen lots of representations of the solar system before, but this one is great. The distance from earth to the moon alone surprised me.

Inside The Mind Of A Designer

Via Kottke, whose title I’ve appropriated and mangled.

Microsoft Research IllumiRoom

Windows 8 might suck balls but this is fucking awesome. I wonder what Ballmer will suggest to fuck it up….

Challenges of Getting to Mars

The “Seven Minutes of Terror” title is a bit silly, but the tech involved in getting Curiousity onto Mars is incredible.

Google Handwrite Mobile Search

Long overdue. Works too, me likey!

Handwrite enables you to search by just writing letters with your finger most anywhere on your device’s screen—there’s no keyboard that covers half of the screen and no need for hunt-and-peck typing.

New York Times Emphasis

The developers at NYTimes.com have come up with a fab way of allowing people to link to specific paragraphs in articles, and highlight sentences. Here’s a link to the instructions, for example. At the moment I’d guess it’s only nerds like me that’d use something like this, hopefully it’ll become a common design pattern.

Why do I always get the sloooow line?

Well, you don’t, however your probability of getting a slow line (in the example below) is 66%, which is why you always seem to come out worse off. Here’s a great video to explain, via Lifehacker. (Young ‘uns, you might want to read this first.)

(Every time I stand waiting at the Tesco self-serve checkouts, I wish they’d formalise the combined queue. I actually map out the rope barriers in my head…)