joi, 22 aprilie 2010

A BIC challenge masterpiece

We all use ballpoint pens almost everyday. I admit I tend to use ballpoint pens in different colors, as if an idea could somehow be expressed better if written in a certain color. I even have what other call a remarkable collection of pens and of anything that you can possible think a person would use for writing. 

Yet, it wasn't until today when I happened to run over a ballpoint pen drawing! :) Pleasantly suprising I might say. Go have a look:

BIC power

marți, 20 aprilie 2010

Which Mobile Framework Supports Cross Platform Application Development?

When we want to develop applications that should run on different O/S's like Android, iPhone, BlackBerry, Symbian and etc., we need to know what options we have. 

Since winning the Web 2.0 Expo LaunchPad competition in April 2009, PhoneGap has been widely recognized as a game-changer for mobile app development. The open source code has been downloaded more than 200,000 times and hundreds of apps built using PhoneGap are available in mobile app stores and directories. In 2009, PhoneGap was named by InfoWorld as a top emerging enterprise technology in the category "cross-platform mobile app development". The PhoneGap mission is to Web-enable native device functionality with open standards like HTML, CSS and JavaScript so that you can focus on the app you're building, not on authoring complex platform compatibility layers.
PhoneGap Roadmap

Rhodes is an open source framework to rapidly build NATIVE apps for all major smartphone operating systems (iPhone, Windows Mobile, RIM, Symbian and Android). These are true native device applications (NOT mobile web apps) which work with synchronized local data and take advantage of device capabilities such as GPS, PIM contacts and camera.

See also:
Whoop - everything mobile they say in just 4 steps! 

These are just a few options. More to come...hopefully! :-)

Top excuses for being late: "I dreamt I was already at work"

One-quarter of IT workers say they are late to work at least once a week, according to a survey from, with 11% showing up late at least twice a week. Hiring managers contacted by the company gave some of the excuses offered by workers—from the legitimate and to the outrageous.

23% of managers say they have terminated an employee for being late :)

Among the top excuses for being late:
"I dreamt I was already at work"
"I had an early morning gig as a clown"
"It was too windy"

and of course, last but not least

"My dog swallowed my cell phone" -  poor dogs, from eating homewoirks to eating cell phones! 

I think that "late to bed and early to rise gives a programer blood-shot eyes" applies very well when it comes to IT workers. This would make a pretty good excuse :)

For more: Worst Excuses for Being Late to Work 

luni, 22 februarie 2010

Building energy-efficient cities

An interesting project. As the population that lives in cities is increasing at a rapid pace, energy efficiency becomes a global and crucial theme for the future. Ursula Eicker, of the Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences, and Zerrin Yilmaz, of the Istanbul Technical University, are collaborating on a European research project, CITYNET, to help realise their shared vision for energy efficient cities. 

Efficient cities

I think it is important to keep an open mind, to consider a joint effort and support the development of the future! What we imagine today, become the place that we will inhabit tomorrow! :)

joi, 28 ianuarie 2010


by Michael Leonidas Dertouzos

Mind your prescriptions for the world.
Tone down your fears of techno-change.
Step outside your precious castles
Look within before the split
Fill the space that makes you whole
Enjoy the sunset
And the wheel.
Argue from logic
And emotion.
Technology is humanity's child
As is our quest for human purpose.
To love them is to love ourselves.
There are no differences.
Only labels.

~ discovered while attending a lecture held by prof.acad. Florin G. Filip

Glad to see that techies and humies are encouraged to collaborate. Always felt as being both and none at the same time. Too much of either is...too much. A little bit of both should suffice. More, it should lead to understanding and innovation. 

The Lazy Project Manager

Today's the day I have learned that there's science behind laziness! When Peter Taylor began his post with "progress isn't make by early risers. It's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something", I had but to agree with him :P 

I have to confess I didn't expect somebody would make smth out of laziness, but the idea of adopting a more focused approach to exercise our efforts where it really matters really appealed to me.

So, if you wanna take a look, just click...Productive laziness and next time when you realize you're laziness question if you're experimenting a productive laziness or a idle one! :)

miercuri, 27 ianuarie 2010




from  July 5th, 2010  to  August 27th, 2010

Deadline for Applications: March 1st, 2010

General Information

Up to 25 students are selected from 200 to 300 applicants per year.

A financial compensation of 3000 CHF is provided for all successful candidates.

The majority of travel expenses are covered by program sponsors and the School of Life Sciences.

Help finding housing in Lausanne for the duration of the stay is provided for students from out-of-town.

Students must ensure that they have a valid health insurance.

The working language is English

Some funding is available for excursions and social events.


The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) has launched its first three Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) last December. Legal partnerships are selected by the EIT to become KICs. The first call for proposals was launched last April. It will be interesting to keep an eye on this initiative. If interested bookmark the following link:

EIT Home Page

Julian Beever

Nokia town :)
Julian Beever. The previous post reminded me of another artist. English. Belgium-based chalk artist. Pavement drawings, murals, collages. Great talent. Plenty of imagination.

Julian's home page 

time to get some chalk, eh? :)



Alfredo Rodriquez. Born and raised in Mexico. Painting since the age of six. Professional artist since 1968. Now famous. 

Alfredo's web page

Some of Alfredo's paintings


luni, 11 ianuarie 2010

Tribal Knowledge

...and then one day I found out about Tribal Knowledge :) Quite a concept I thought. Out of all the tribal truths pointed out by John More in his Business Wisdom Brewed from the Grounds of STARTBUCJS Corporate Culture I shall resume to just a few for now. So, we have...

() There's a high price to a low price strategy
If Starbucks ever decided to run itself as a priced-to-sell retailer, it would be admitting the company no longer values a unique product or a unique customer experience.
() Be the best, not the biggest
Starbucks never set its priority to become the biggest coffee retailer. Starbucks did, however, set out to become the best coffee retailer, trusting that growth would be a by-product of being the best.
() Actions speak louder that advertising
For Starbucks, action, not advertising, is the most effective way to drive sales and build a brand.
() Practice local warming - one of may favourite!
Starbucks may be global in scope, but it strives to be local in function through being a good neighbor in the communities it serves...and one ..oh, a few more :)
() Touchology Trumps Technology
Starbucks has learned that customers appreciate the high-touch human interaction with store partners and not the high-tech mechanisms that attempt to emulate personal relationships, but are a poor substitute for the real thing.

() Tourists bring home souvenirs. Explorers bring home stories 

Starbucks marketers treat customers not as occasional tourists seeking superficial trinkets but as everyday explorers seeking stories.

() Walls talk. Take a moment to listen

All walls talk, no matter the business. Walls say something good or bad about businesses every day. The problem is, many businesspeople do not spend enough time in their stores to know what the walls are telling them.

() Everything matters
You’d be hard pressed to find a Starbucks employee say, “That doesn’t matter. No customer will ever notice it.” Because chances are a customer will notice. And that’s why EVERYTHING MATTERS to Starbuck

Food for thought! 

joi, 7 ianuarie 2010

The ring of..sharing :)

The importance of sharing

Just a few thoughts on the challenge of sharing. Keep? Tell? Quite a dilemma! A vicious circle if you like. Where do we start from? Well, it's been true that knowledge shared is knowledge multiplied. Simple. Easy. Practiced? Not as much as it should.  The more a group knows of what its members know, the better it can perform in the world. It's also true that the more remote people feel from one another, the more risky knowledge sharing looks and the more tempting it is to hold knowledge for private advantage. After all, what we give is what we get, right? :)

By doing so, we can multiply the mutual benefits and we can focus more than one mind on solving a certain problem by looking at it collectively and come up with better solutions. The faster our collective knowledge can be spread, the faster we can advance towards better and richer outcomes. With this in mind, we can reconsider our attitude and advance! old passion :)

Quotes about knowledge - part 1

I find that a great part of the information I have, was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way. ~ Franklin P Adam

It is what we think we know already that often prevents us from learning. ~ Claude Bernard

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. ~ King Solomon, Bible

Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps yo make a living; the other helps you make a life. ~ Sandra Carey

To know is to know that you know nothing. This is the meaning of true knowledge. ~ Confucius  :p

We don't know one-millionth of one percent about anything! ~ Thomas A. Edison scary, isn't it? :)

The man who is too old to learn was probably always too old to learn. ~ Caryl Maskins People need another excuse, eh? :P

The next best thing to knowing something is knowing where to find it. ~ Samuel Johnson

I am not young enough to know everything. ~Oscar Wilde

~ source Say Hello to your very own book of Quotes 

vineri, 1 ianuarie 2010

Relax, it's only ONES and ZEROS :)

Well, there's today & there's tomorrow.
Today we have things called search engines...This is certainly better than nothing, but these mechanisms are not what dreams are made of. What are our dreams about information? What are our dreams about knowledge?
For the first time in history, we can actually dream & expect some of it to happen. And since dreams are described by human beings, they are constituted out of the fabric of what us deemed at any moment possible & what is deemed as possible is available in new combinations...Michelangelo was viewing the piece of stone before the hammer and chisel was invented, and all that Michelangelo was able to mouth was his admiration & observation that it's a big piece of stone; whereas, when somebody slaps a hammer & chisel in his hand upon the event of invention of those technologies - of tool making - he then, because of the availability & possibility, thinks of the creative opportunity & shouts, "I Must let Moses out!"
Let's hear it for tomorrow!
Now is the time to start shouting about having smart engines that know who you are & anticipate the things you might be interested in. We need smart software & smart hardware in combination which suggests sparklers in a birthday cake, amazing connections between thought & thought, braiding & weaving ideas, overlapping to help you create creative thoughts, new thoughts, artful thoughts, new patterns that you own, trips that are only yours, journeys & voyages that profile who you are, fantasies of flying through information that is constantly accessible & understandable, that tickle a random thought until it becomes an idea & combines ideas until they become inventions & packages those inventions so they become available for others. Now is the time to dream.
~adapted from Richard Saul Wurman's foreword to Information Design