Archives for August 2011

More from “the Clough”

A few panoramas taken with my iPhone. Click any of the images to embiggen. And, for those of you who don't know Wayne Clough, he pronounces his name "Cluff"... There is actually green space at the center of Georgia Tech's campus! This is taken from the rooftop garden of the Clough building. More green space. The roads don't go here, … [Read more...]

Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons

Walking through the new undergraduate classroom building at Georgia Tech. The Grand Staircase Skiles Walkway Connected to the Library … [Read more...]

Keynote Conundrum

I'm preparing a presentation which consists almost exclusively of photographs with captions... no videos, no animations, very little text, simple transitions. I'm using Keynote '09 version 5.1 on the Mac as a glorified 35mm slide carousel. The file is 188 MEGAbytes. Which is absurd. There are 70 slides. I manually shrunk all the source … [Read more...]

My Talks at Dragon*Con 2011

Once again, I'm honored to have been asked to speak in the Space and Science tracks at Dragon*Con. Dragon takes over downtown Atlanta during Labor Day weekend. It's enormous. All the public reports of attendance are wrong... they admit to "40,000+" but that's low-balled to avoid fire code problems. But for those of you who don't know, there … [Read more...]

Fixing K-12 Education

This post was triggered by John Warner (@SwampFox) tweeting a link to an editorial in a South Carolina newspaper. South Carolina needs a personalized education for every student Go read it. I actually agree with a lot of it … [Read more...]

The New Model 100

Has anyone else noticed that iA Writer's "focus mode" turns your iPad into a TRS-80 Model 100? Some of you are too young to remember the Model 100. I travelled with one of these bulletproof boxes for years, starting in 1984. It ran forever on AA batteries. It had a full-size keyboard for touch-typing. The acoustic couplers would connect you to … [Read more...]

The Gods of the Copybook Headings

A few verses worth re-reading given the events of the past few weeks: When the Cambrian measures were forming, They promised perpetual peace. They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease. But when we disarmed They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe, And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "Stick … [Read more...]

Redacted Feedback

Earlier this week, I attended a set of company pitches by startups trying to raise venture capital money. I was wearing my investor hat, not my Georgia Tech hat. The organizer asked for my feedback. I gave it to her. I figured it was worth sharing here, with the identifiable details REDACTED to protect the guilty: The [COMPANY REDACTED] … [Read more...]

Midtown Atlanta Apple Store

Putting the final touches on Midtown Atlanta's new Apple store (Spring Street and Armstead Place). … [Read more...]