2011 mid-year link clearance
Another round of the semi-annual link clearance.
- James Michael Hare has a very well-written blog on programming in C#/.NET, with tips, tricks, and discussion.
- News flash: People at sporting events enjoy drinking alcohol.
- Microsoft Excel: The Program’s Designer Reveals the Secrets Behind the Software that Changed the World 25 Years Ago.
- Microsoft Confirms Comic Sans Serif Has Taken Its Own Life.
- Microsoft Helps Army Avoid ‘Death by PowerPoint’. Dave Karle helps the Army improve their presentation skills. Modern Presenter is his blog.
- The confusingly-named Messenger Connect provides interfaces to various Windows Live services, such as reading a user’s content on SkyDrive. Check out the Interactive SDK.
- Prepare to be dazzled by the Internet as it existed in 1996: The promotional web site for the movie Space Jam is still up! I think they hired Geocities to design that site.
- On the subject of Warner Brothers, here’s a careful analysis of what could very well be the greatest baseball game ever played. I mean, how often do you see Einstein’s Theory of Relativity applied to baseball?
- On the subject of close analysis of fictional sporting events, Deadspin applies basketball metrics to determine the strategic lessons learned from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
- Should I change my password? checks if your email address is one known to have been compromised. Just for fun, type
firstname.lastname@example.org. (Hey, Bill, stop spending so much time on Gawker and get back to work!)
- Beethoven’s 5th Symphony arranged as a salsa. You thought you’d never seen the day: A drummer reading music!
- Cheap amusement abounds in Seattle Bubble‘s redundantly-named real actual listing photos. (Related: See, I fixed it.) My favorite is the Guess what’s amiss quiz. Once you’ve been alerted to the issue, you start noticing it wherever it appears. Related: Detrimental Listing Photos.
- Superconductivity illustrated via flashmob dance.
- Artist R. Luke DuBois studied the text of online personal ads from around the country to produce A More Perfect Union which (among other things) renders heat maps of the United States based on prevalence of words in those personal ads. I did not expect West Virginia to be a hot spot for kinky. Another part of the project labels cities by the word they use most often. In Washington, Seattle is Heartbreak, Redmond is Email, and Bellevue is Cigarette. (Cigarette?)
- How many Science Scouts badges do you qualify for?
- The transparent office.
- And that’s why you should learn to pick your battles, sent to me by KC Lemson. (Warning: NSFW language.)
And, as always, the obligatory plug for my column in TechNet Magazine: