Cursor Kite

Now here’s a cool idea… A kite that looks so much like a computer cursor you’ll think worlds have just collided!

Cursor Kite (or Kite Cursor)

No, this isn’t a Photoshop trick, it’s a kite (clearly pointing out the “Talk To God” phone booth, must be for traveling Catholics). Designed by Tim Elverston for WindFire Designs it doesn’t sound like they’re going to be selling these but rather are more interested in performing with them.

Carefully designed by Tim Elverston, this high-end addition to the WindFire collection marks the beginning of the WindFire OS Series. Stay tuned and don’t worry, we’ve got all the logical extensions of this series in the works!

Clarus the DogcowHmm, OS series is interesting… How about a kite that looks like the Windows flag? Nah, it would probably just crash.

I’m just waiting for a Clarus the Dogcow kite. Moof!


kite, funny, fun, office humor, worlds collide

Determining credibility of web resources

Donald Burleson has an interesting article about determining the credibility of web resources.

This has been a big topic here at Plymouth State University since I was a student, and after a good discussion with Donald I have written up how I evaluate the credibility of web resources.

Consider whether the information makes sense. Chances are you’re reading about a topic you know a bit about. Does this information fit with what you have experienced? Of course what you know might be wrong, but at least you know it from your own experience. If you don’t know anything about the topic you’re researching, stop now. Go find someone who does and have them point you at some good resources.

If you’re looking for factual information you can probably find it on several sites. Do most sites seem to agree on this topic? If so that tends to lend to the credibility. If not you may be on a very opinion-driven topic which has no right or wrong answer.

What is the reputation of the site in question from other, possibly more reputable sites? For instance, Cliff wrote some instructions on Solaris partitioning which were linked by Sun support shortly after that. A link like that gives a high level of confidence in the content presented.

Anonymous and virtually anonymous resources like message boards, wikis, and newsgroups should not be assumed as correct. Misinformation, whether intentional or not, is common in these resources and, while Wikipedia is a great place to look up episodes of your favorite TV show it should not be used as a primary resource. These sites should be considered supporting resources at best.

These rules have not steered me wrong yet. Everyone has their own methods and needs to figure out their own level of risk, but this has suited me well.

web resources, web credibility, research

Why the cusomer is not always right

Alexander Kjerulf, the Chief Happiness Officer over at Positive Sharing has a great article outlining why the customer is not always right!

Alexander cites many ways the wrong customer can have a negative impact on your organization resulting in employee dissatisfaction and even poor customer service. There are some lessons here that some will be uncomfortable with, but it’s a great look at the big picture.

Oh, and thanks to Donald Burleson for sending this on to me!

management, project management, cat herding, customer service

Matt Wahl – Fun Songs About Good Stuff!

Matt WahlWhen you visit Matt Wahl’s website you will first see the words “Music Is Fun!”, a sentiment that is clearly a part of all of his music. Fun. Like beers with a friend, a day at the beach, a fantasy about being a rock ‘n’ roll star and stories about your buddy who always does something dumb when he’s had a few drinks.

Matt’s latest album “The Fun Side of Life” is filled with fun and true stories about life. The album starts with the song “Lighten Up”, an upbeat tune which perfectly sets the mood of the album. “Lighten Up” is followed by the song “The Answer is Faith”, one of the strongest tracks on the album which features a nice driving piano line and some great guitar work. “A Fun Song About Good Stuff” shows a little of Matt’s country side with a song that is perfectly described by it’s title.

With “Another Place, Another Time” and “I Never Took the Time” we hear the slower side of Matt. Both make me think of Jim Croche’s slower songs. The sound is echoed in “A Brilliant Song” where Matt pokes fun at the “metaphorical nonsense” that runs rampant in popular music.

“Hold My Beer…Watch This!” is a fun romp through indiscretion. With a very catchy tune this song is an ode to the most common last words spoken in Matt’s native Wisconsin. This is the most fun song on “The Fun Side of Life” and will… repeat will get stuck in your head after the first listening.

The Fun Side of Life“The Fun Side of Life” closes with the title track, a nice ballad of what we all want from life. No worries, no competition, loving our jobs, having a good time; call it idyllic, but this song is about what we are all looking for. “The Fun Side of Life” will take you back to the best times you’ve had and remind you how important it is to have more of them.

Some might consider Matt Wahl’s lyrics too simple, even pedestrian, I prefer accessible. No fancy over-your-head language or double meaning, just fun, true words about the world we live in. Matt follows in the tradition of Jimmy Buffett, Jim Croche and Gordon Lightfoot by offering what I would consider modern “folk music”. Music for and about people…real people.

For the complete track list and generous samples from “The Fun Side of Life” check out Matt’s CD page. The Fun Side of Life is available from CD Baby and also available on iTunes. If you like it I highly recommend checking out Matt’s other albums.

music, folk, country, fun, funny, humor, song

USB Missile Launcher

USB Missile LauncherEvery once in a while a device comes along that is a must-have. Oracle Alchemist points out this great one for the office.

The USB Missile Launcher can be aimed and shot from a software interface. There’s even a third party application for Mac OS X.



Here’s a video of five of these devices being controlled at once. This is the coolest office weapon I’ve seen in a long time.

It seems that these are only available in the UK, but they can also be found on ebay and at iwantoneofthose.com.

At around $50 US the price isn’t bad but all the videos I’ve been able to find make it look like the rockets don’t all shoot when you pull the trigger. Of course this would also be a great hardware project if someone were so inclined.

Thanks to Donald Burleson for pointing me at Oracle Alchemist.


office toys, office warfare, missile, usb