sábado, 22 de janeiro de 2011

Mostly365: Share a photo with the world every day!

Mostly365: Share a photo with the world every day!: "

It takes 10,000 hours to become an expert in a field, and in the world of photography that roughly translates to about 100 pictures a day for about 5 years. It sounds daunting, but if you keep it light, stay passionate, and shoot what you love to shoot, you’ll look back one day soon at an incredible portfolio of work that is all you.

This year, I am encouraging everyone to shoot and share one photo a day for 365 days. To help you with this challenge, tap tap tap and I have created Mostly365.com — a new website where you share your daily photos with the world with one tweet.

1. Take a Photo

Snap a pic with any camera that you have access to. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a state-of-the-art dSLR, your cell phone camera, or $10 toy camera, the important thing is that you start taking more pics!

2. Share it

Post your pic to one of the many sharing sites and tweet it using the #mostly365 hashtag. Here’s the big list of all the services we support:

You can even just tweet with a link to a .jpg image.

Two years ago I started a 365 project on Flickr and after less than 2 weeks I abandoned it. I felt overwhelmed with having to take a photo everyday and didn’t want to share pictures that weren’t “amazing” in my eyes. What I’ve learnt over the last two years is that every photo you take, good or bad, is a stepping stone to becoming a great photographer.

The beautiful thing about photography these days is that anyone can access the tools to take great photos. You don’t need professional photography gear or school-taught knowledge to capture life’s beauty. All you need is the passion to get out and capture life with through your lens and the courage to share it with the world.

I want Mostly365.com to be a fun and inspirational place where you can share your photos, stay motivated to keep shooting, and connect with other enthusiastic shutterbugs. The most important thing is to have fun! If you miss a day, don’t get down on yourself, that’s why we call it Mostly365 ;)

Follow Mostly365 on Twitter.

Join the Mostly365 Group on Flickr.

Join the Mostly365 Group on Facebook.


sexta-feira, 21 de janeiro de 2011

Rubik’s Cube for Dummies: How to Solve Rubik’s Cube in 20 Moves

Rubik’s Cube for Dummies: How to Solve Rubik’s Cube in 20 Moves: "

Who among you have problems solving Rubik’s Cube? Remember my post last year about some guys who determined God’s Number – 20? Well, saying that the minimum number of moves to solve the puzzle is 20 is one thing. Actually solving the puzzle in 20 moves is another thing.

If you cannot figure out those 20 moves on your own, do not fret. Someone else has done the hard task for you and created an infographic that will show you – step by step – how to solve Rubik’s Cube in 20 moves. No more, no less.

Just to make things more fun, they threw in a handful of other pieces of information. Did you know that Erno Rubik invented the cube in 1974 in Budapest? Okay, you probably know that already. You also already know that all sorts of Rubik’s Cubes have been made – from cakes to jewelry to dresses.

How about this: Did you know that there is an art movement called Rubikubism? Did you also know that, allegedly, there are conditions such as Cubist’s Thumb and Rubik’s Wrist? Obviously, people who spend way too much time playing around with the cube can develop these conditions.

So yeah, there are a lot of things you can learn about Rubik’s Cube aside from actually exerting the effort to solve the puzzle. Here’s the infographic, courtesy of some guy at Reddit.1

Just click on the image for a larger view.


Visit Page 2 to see videos of how to solve the Rubik’s Cube.

  1. Source: blasgiug

Everything you need to know about cryptography in 1 hour

quinta-feira, 20 de janeiro de 2011

Arduino The Documentary (2010) English HD

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10 Websites With Fun Tests To Gauge Your IQ

10 Websites With Fun Tests To Gauge Your IQ: "

fun testsStephen Hawking and Albert Einstein are on this list. So are Paul Allen and Bill Gates. Abraham Lincoln is also assumed to be a member. Sharon Stone definitely is. But then so might be the guy or gal sitting next to you on the bus. It is a coveted three digit number, but it is far from an exclusive club.

Intelligence Quotient (IQ) is a term that’s related to the wattage of your brain; in short intelligence and reasoning skills measured across a few standardized tests. Before an inferiority complex starts laying its foundation, remember that I.Q is not a measure of knowledge or its practical application.

To rub our egos the right way, you might take a few serious approved tests and arrive at your IQ. Me? I don’t want to find out where I end up on the dunce scale, so I usually head to these fun tests to gauge my IQ.  Even if I don’t ace them, I can have a bit of fun in the process.


fun tests

Try out the array of tests on this site which include a range of serious self discovery tools and fun quizzes. Majority of the tests are professionally designed for children. Some of the serious tests require a paid subscription, but there are numerous fun tests alongside that are free. Try the free IQ test that measures verbal reasoning and find where your child ranks on the chart. The Spatial IQ quiz helps to test how your child visualizes dimensions in space, arranges objects and develops images internally.


If you are looking for a range of tests that measure everything from IQ to your EQ (Emotional Quotient), then this site deserves to be bookmarked. The serious PhD-certified IQ test (Premium test) measures you in 20 minutes with a barrage of 30 questions. But then if it’s too mind-numbingly serious for you, there are many fun tests too. The fun tests lean more towards your emotional health rather than judging your raw intelligence. They are pretty engaging if you want to poke into facets of your hidden personality.

Free IQ Test

fun tests to take

Just like the name says, this site is a place for a fast, free, and accurate online IQ test. The tests aren’t timed but you have to wade through four sections (20 questions) before you arrive at your IQ figure. If your score crosses the 100 mark, I suggest you take the blue badge they give you and embed it on your blog or online profile.

IQ League

fun tests to take

The 60 Seconds IQ Test on this site is a fun and fast test which pits you against a clock as it countdowns to the minutes on the 10 questions. There are a few questions on general knowledge thrown in too. Points are awarded on the number of seconds you took to answer each question. The site maintains its

own system

to score you, so it’s more of a fun IQ test rather than a scientific one.

Test Yourself

fun tests to take

The neat blue site has tests on personality, relationships, career, intelligence, health, and lifestyle. When it comes to IQ, you might be interested in the What’s your real IQ test which is a scientifically validated test. The test gets to a score using images rather than giving a verbal going over. At the end of the test, you get a free summarized report. The full report is available on a payment.

Magic Mnemonic

fun quizzes tests

The Flash-based fun IQ test is a colorful animated way to test your reasoning skills. To solve the 27 questions, you get 60 seconds for each. You can control the colorful timer if you are stuck, but that will eat into your points.

Color IQ Test

fun quizzes tests

It won’t help to be color blind on this page. The Color IQ Test is a fun tool to test your sense of color by rearranging a bunch of color chips according to the shades. Try it; it’s definitely more difficult than it looks.

IQ Test


fun tests

This Facebook app tells me that I am a very brilliant guy with an IQ of 140. Pity, that it’s a fun IQ test and not a really scientific one. But if you are on the social site, give the seven questions a shot for some artificial ego boost.

IQ Test European Union

fun quizzes tests

It’s time to wave your country’s flag and go head to head with the world and find out which country is the smartest of them all. As an individual, you also receive information on your intelligence in comparison with others.

Mensa Workout

fun tests

If you have any ambitions of joining Mensa, then try their entertaining practice quiz. It is not an IQ test in the traditional sense, but a practice arena to loosen up your brain cells and have some fun in the process.

These fun IQ tests may not be professionally administered, so do take their results with a pinch of salt even when it’s on the lower side. There’s nothing wrong with exercising your brain cells once in a while. Before you get to our comments section and let us know how seriously you take your IQ score, read two more probing brain posts – 10 Ways to Enhance Brain Fitness Online and Top 8 Websites with Cool Free Personality Traits Tests.

Let these fun IQ and test websites put your brain cells through the wringer.

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quarta-feira, 19 de janeiro de 2011

Arduino The Documentary

Arduino The Documentary: "

We finally got around to watching “Arduino The Documentary” and it’s a two-thumbs-up kind of film. What did we like? It’s a documentary about open source hardware so what’s not to like? You’ll hear the story of how the Arduino team was formed and the path they took from design to production. There are also interviews with early adopters and we even find out that Sparkfun passed on their chance to sell the original through-hole kit version of the board. It’s well made, and thanks to the Creative Commons license you can download it for free, or watch the embedded version here after the break. It’s only 28 action-packed minutes so finish up that special clock and watch it during lunch today.

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In Graphics: What Is a 401(k) Plan?

In Graphics: What Is a 401(k) Plan?: "

What is a 401(k)? Before you roll your eyes in a “Sheesh, is there anyone who doesn’t know the answer to that one?” way, consider this: in 2009, Fidelity Investments found that less than half (44%) of eligible workers in their 20s participated in their employer’s 401(k) plan. More than half of young employees did not set aside anything in their 401(k)s, whether by choice (they couldn’t afford to) or simply lack of understanding of their options. Like most investing vehicles, 401(k) plans can be confusing, with a multitude of investing choices, not to mention contribution rules and limitations. In this infographic, we give you the basics on 401(k) plans, in graphics.


segunda-feira, 17 de janeiro de 2011

Bastter.com - O melhor amigo do investidor.

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Microsoft Mathematics Now Free, Perfect Tool For Math, Science Buffs

Microsoft Mathematics Now Free, Perfect Tool For Math, Science Buffs: "

If you enjoy mathematics or science, or currently have to because you are at school or University, then the free Windows application Microsoft Mathematics 4.0 may be what you have been looking for to make your life just a tad easier.

The description on Microsoft.com is short but up to the point: “Microsoft Mathematics provides a graphing calculator that plots in 2D and 3D, step-by-step equation solving, and useful tools to help students with math and science studies.

Microsoft Mathematics includes a full-featured graphing calculator that’s designed to work just like a handheld calculator. Additional math tools help you evaluate triangles, convert from one system of units to another, and solve systems of equations.”.

microsoft mathematics

Microsoft Mathematics can help you with many tasks, including:

  • Computing standard mathematical functions such as roots and logarithms
  • Solving equations and inequalities.
  • Solving triangles.
  • Converting measurements from one unit to another
  • Computing trigonometric functions, such as sine and cosine
  • Performing matrix and vector operations, such as inverses and cross-products.
  • Computing basic statistics, such as mean and standard deviation.
  • Performing operations on complex numbers
  • Plotting 2D and 3D graphs in Cartesian, polar, cylindrical, and spherical coordinates. /li>
  • Finding derivatives and integrals, limits and sums and products of series
  • Finding, plotting, and solving common formulas and equations.

The software uses the standard Microsoft ribbon interface that is also used in Microsoft Office and other Microsoft applications. Users can start entering expressions right away which are then processed and solved by the application automatically.

A mobile phone like calculator on the left side contains elements and options that can be added to the expression, helpful if the element cannot be entered via the keyboard. One interesting option is the ink mode which can be used to write elements with the mouse.

mathematics ink

Microsoft Mathematics displays two tabs (Worksheet and Graphing) which show the input, output and a visual representation. The application comes with additional tools including an equation solver, formulas and equations that can be viewed and used, a triangle solver and unit converter.

The application comes with a help file that explains the functionality in detail and with examples. Microsoft Mathematics is available for 32-bit and 64-bit editions of the Windows operating system. It requires the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1.

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C and C++ Written Apps May Now Be Easily Ported to Android

C and C++ Written Apps May Now Be Easily Ported to Android: "

Just yesterday there was a big fat news bit posted on the Android developer blog talking all about how their new SDK is just the greatest gift they’ve ever given to the world. While we might agree, something made us push the story back for a moment to get some more important stories shot out of the cannon. Turns out there’s a really fun tidbit in there that reminds me of back about 100 years ago when I was in highschool and my friend whose name is also Chris was teaching himself programming languages. What’s the tidbit? The fact that games written entirely in C and C++ can now be ported to Android with minimal modification!

That’s a lot of fun, and since so many games and game engines have been created with these two languages, it means that the ease in process should yield a big batch of fabulous games coming on over to Android soon – we hope! Take a peek at this paragraph for more insight.

We worked hard to increase the utility of the NDK for this release because you guys, the developers who are actually out there making the awesome applications, told us you needed it. This release is specifically designed to help game developers continue to rock; with Gingerbread and the NDK r5, it should now be very easy to bring games written entirely in C and C++ to Android with minimal modification. We expect the APIs exposed by r5 to also benefit a wide range of media applications; access to a native sound buffer and the ability to write directly to window surfaces makes it much easier for applications implementing their own audio and video codecs to achieve maximum performance. In short, this release addresses many of the requests we’ve received over the last year since the first version of the NDK was announced.

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