Wow, I hope PianoChatImprov posts more of these.
edit: Sherri links me to Ben Folds’ “Ode to Merton” (Merton is the guy in the above video), in which he does the same thing, but live in concert.
This document (PDF, from Wired.com) is pretty fascinating. It teaches IRS employees how to use the internet for researching tax cases.
This reminder is on the second page:
You are not completely anonymous on the Internet. Website logs track your IP address, last site visited, type and version of browser, and date and time of request. IP addresses can be traced back to the Internet access provider or organization that controls the IP address, i.e., 188.8.131.52 through 184.108.40.206 are assigned to “irs.gov”.
But apparently there is an “Internet Content Filtering Change Request Form” (long enough name for you?) for employees that need to access sites that block irs.gov IP addresses.
Regarding social networking sites:
Employees may not use either their correct identification information or false identification information to become “friends” to gain access to the taxpayer’s social network site.
Other information includes using Google advanced search, Google street view, social networking sites, archive.org, search engine caches, and WHOIS searches.
This article explains how, but also has a lot of other information. Here’s my short summary:
This timelapse video, filmed in Dubai, is breathtaking. Watch in full-screen HD with the music turned up for the full effect.
Wherein one man breaks all ten commandments before breakfast.
Now I’m wondering what the next book in this style is going to be. Information Architecture was published in 1998 and then 2002, Ambient Findability in 2005, and now Search Patterns in 2010. My best guess is Ubiquitous Computing (the bumblebee book) which discusses everything as location-aware, embedded systems (in cars, houses, people), constant inter-device communication, the “always-on” mentality, and zero-effort computing (results before or without asking for them).
Now of course books like this have been written, but my guess is that the concept will become more popular and public and that O’Reilly will publish a book about it.
What do you think is next?
Also read this NYT op-ed from Damian Kulash (he’s the blue one) about OK Go’s videos and some complications with their record label.
Just read this op-ed article about updating the train system in the US. Apparently Obama is on board but the logistics are obviously difficult.
High-speed rail lines are expensive and can take years, even decades, to complete, particularly in a country as large as the United States. As a consequence, the president needs a quick success to show America what a genuine high-speed railway can offer. Fortunately, he has a great test case right on his doorstep: the Acela services along Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor, which the stimulus package essentially ignored.