Daily Archives: June 19, 2008

My Resume in Wordle

I produced this at wordle.net by using my current resume as input.

Besides being undoubtedly cool :), I found a problem with an overuse of a term in my resume. (No doubt a problem of cutting and pasting). I fixed it as a result.

So Wordle: not just a pretty face!

Crowd Sourcing Shoe Design: Fluevog’s Open Source Footwear

Over at Fluevog Shoes they are using crowd sourcing to find and select new designs for their innovative style of footwear. They called it Fluevog’s Open Source Footwear

and what it means is that some of their new shoe designs are selected..

“…through a combination of peer voting, feasibility and if we just plain like the designs. Then, we cover all the costs & development process (it takes about a year to produce a shoe) and get your shoe onto the market, without having to put our prices up or go broke. Always a bonus. It’s worked beautifully and you’ve proven that Fluevogers have more to say than just, “Way rad, dude”. You do it; we love it. Bring it on.”

Other companies allow for the design of product to some degree. For example, Nike used the web to allow customers to customize an individual’s shoes. But Fluevog is a much more involved approach. Very Web 2.0!

So if you have always wanted to design shoes — or just see how others go about innovating — check out the site.

You can even follow the MarsPhoenix on Twitter!

Now you can easily follow the latest space mission with Twitter / MarsPhoenix

Here’s its pix

It’s bio is simple: I dig Mars! And if you want more than “tweets”, you can go here

One way to measure China’s explosive growth: cement use!

While I imagine most people would easily believe that China is growing fast, it is sometimes hard to appreciate HOW fast. To me, these numbers showing the amount of cement used illustrates that in a dramatic fashion. Even taking other factors into account, that’s stunning.

For more on the graph, see the blog The Oil Drum | A Pretty Stunning Graph of World Cement Production (and China is Certainly Using It)

(Found via andrewsullivan.com)