And in a frenzy of trying things, here is Timeline.js. A Timeline of making Thanksgiving dinner last month. Much more lush than I expected. Very simple to use, and all built out of a google spreadsheet.
You don’t have to pretend to be interested in this series of events but the tool is cool. The slideshow thing is sexy, though arguably detracts from the getting an overview of time. For example, it’s great for a narrative but perhaps not so good for a
Let’s take… a lyric from a Childish Gambino song that I like because it references social media: “Come back to me like hipsters to blogspot”
And it works… that was good.
One more social media reference from the same great song: “Read your twitter messages, too proud to block you”
Good for texture and punchlines.
I like this definition of “television” from the Oxford English Dictionary, quoted on etymonline.
1907: the action of seeing by means of Hertzian waves or otherwise, what is existing or happening at a place concealed or distant from the observer’s eyes [OED]
It makes it sound more mystical. Compared to how we currently think about it anyway.
Tele – comes from the Greek meaning ”far off, afar, at or to a distance”.
Interesting story on the guardian about how our internal means of measuring time – heartbeats, breaths – calibrate with how the clock measures time. When our internal systems speed up, for example when heartrate jumps if you’re afraid, then you perceive that a longer time passes compared to straightforward clock time. eg if 70 hearbeats a minute is normal, and then your heart speeds up to 90/100, it feels like a longer time has passed going by your internal clock. That’s why time appears to slow down when we’re afraid. LOVE IT.
Found this initiative interesting. Story is from a while ago, but law will be coming into force from April 2013.
Profits directly attributable to patents owned or wholly-licensed by a business will be taxed at 10% not 23% – the new corporation tax rate.
So patent anything you damn well can.