The picture was made with the Canon 5D mark II and a 400mm-lens. It consists of 1.665 full format pictures with 21.4 megapixel, which was recorded by a photo-robot in 172 minutes. The converting of 102 GB raw data by a computer with a main memory cache of 48 GB and 16 processors took 94 hours. With a resolution of 297.500 x 87.500 pixel (26 gigapixel) the picture is the largest in the world. (stand December 2009)"
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Here's the list of my favorite startup resources and blogs... not entirely conclusive, but I've picked the ones that I think have the highest signal to noise ratio from a startup content only perspective.
Collections of Top Resources:
- Noam Wasserman/Founder Research: http://www.founderresearch.blogspot.com/
- HUGE Body of Reference on Founder Related Issues and Research from Noam Wasserman, Professor of Entrepreneurial Management at HBS
- Nivi and Naval's VentureHacks - http://venturehacks.com/
- HUGE Collection of Real World Advice from the Trenches by Naval Ravikant and Nivi
- Mark Suster - http://www.bothsidesofthetable.com/
- Killer Advice from someone that's been on, well, both sides of the table.
- Andrew Chen - http://andrewchenblog.com/
- Great Startup Thinking
- Eric Ries - http://www.startuplessonslearned.com/
- Lean Startup Concepts
- Paul Graham - http://www.paulgraham.com/articles.html
- This is why Y-Combinator Rocks
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
...In the world of painting there are some people who are just fabulously talented at drawing. They can sit down, these are like the kids who could draw in high school age fifteen they can sit down with a pencil ... sit in front of you ... wow, it looks just like me. But then when you say to these guys, "ok, use this amazing skill to just produce anything, just put it on the wall it's going to look great and then they lose". And within programming there is this distinction too. There are some people who are really really good at implementing code like if you give them a spec for a programming language and man, they will just implement it; The hardest stuff as long as you tell them precisely what to do, they will just do it. But you say, "ok, make up a product, make up some kind of new product that people want", and they are just utterly lost. This is actually a big mistake that companies make. There's a lot of companies who think that the programmers are basically implementers, that products are supposed to be designed by product managers. They are supposed to be designing what the products do. And they make mockups or something like that and they hand it to the programmers and the programmers translate their ideas into code. Like this one way process, no loopback - that loses! The best programmers are the ones that combine in one head both the ability to translate ideas into code and having the ideas. Just like the best artists have both the ability ... (have) a great hand. They can make their hand do what they want. But they also know what to tell it to do and actually between the two, I would take the Cézannes. Cézanne could not draw, he makes the same drawing mistakes that every one makes in introductory drawing classes. Occam's razor said he couldn't draw, not that he was trying to transcend three dimension ... But what he was good at was sort of the other half - deciding what to produce. He was terribly frustrated he was like this guy who had all kinds of ideas, but he couldn't articulate them with his hand. When you put the stuff on the wall in a room full of other paintings, it looks like there's a spotlight shining on his paintings and other ones have been sprayed with a light coating of mud. It's just amazing when you look at side by side paintings. So I will take the Cézannes actually and one interesting thing that has been happening is because programming languages have gotten so powerful you don't have to be that good an implementer to get something built.
Monday, December 07, 2009
Saturday, December 05, 2009
2010/2011 Will Be the Year of...
- The Social Web, Facebook will be a part of the fabric of the web (PC, mobile, xbox, PS3, iphone, etc.)
- LAMP-"F" (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP/Python, Facebook-connect)
- Social Micro-Commerce: Facebook Connect + "Facebook Wallet" = Web Micro-Transactions at last (for light weight web content/services etc.)
- First pure social game company to IPO (zynga) and people will finally realize that it is the most successful internet company in a first two/three year time window in every financial (revenues, profits) and reach metric (users)
- Brands will start to clue into the power of viral marketing in the age of the "social web"
- "Data Driven Design" and "Viral Engineering" will be memes used in the real world (and powered by Kontagent ;)