Steve’s Sticky Stuff 12_18

A high-end narrated 3-D animation of the “inner life of a cell.” Very cool. Warning: lots of medical terminology.
Where can you find some good (low-cost or no-cost) images? Here’s a helpful list.

If you use Facebook at all, you’ll get a kick out of this spoof glimpse into Facebook 30 years in the future.

And finally, an inspirational year-end treat. Patrick Hughes – born without eyes, crippled from birth, gifted musician – and a member of the University of Louisville marching band. Amazing.

Steve’s Sticky Stuff 12_07

It’s official – Style has now replaced Substance (30 second audio).

Would you pay $120.00 for a beer?

Something as simple as a water droplet can make a great photo. Examples here and here.

Do you have teenagers (I have 3…so far). Then this will make sense to you! It is now posted in our kitchen…

I’m Dreaming of a White…Thanksgiving?

A mid-November surprise, before many of the leaves have come down.

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Sure is beautiful, if ultimately ephemeral – probably won’t last through the day.

Steve’s Sticky Stuff 11_9

Do you ever feel like you’re pulling too much weight? You’re not alone…It’s not out yet, but looks like an interesting new web application…JotSpace, a free on-line whiteboard.

Just for fun, let this site load, and watch the action.

Cassini takes a phenomenal shot from behind Saturn (extremely high res). Yes, that little dot behind the rings is Earth. I may have linked to this one before. Well, it’s just as impressive today!

Iguanas, Monkeys, and Bloggers

Last night, CK orchestrated a get-together for any available marketing bloggers, at a cozy little bar (Iguana) in Manhattan. When I saw who was coming, including Toby Bloomberg (up from Atlanta), I decided that this was a must-do event.

CK, David Reich, G. Kofi Annan, Curious George, CB Whittemore, Greg Verdino, Tangerine Toad, Carolyn Townes (The Wild Wiki Woman of the W list), David Berkowitz, Ann Handley, and a couple of others all crowded into a corner and gabbed, compared notes, took pix, and generally had a great time.

This was my first time being able to gather with a group of the bloggers who have become “virtual friends” through our various collaborative projects and posts. And what a delightful time it was. Admittedly, doing this was a bit out of my comfort zone – I am not a city person, a bar hopper, a native schmoozer, or a night owl – but I knew that the company would make it worth the effort.

Below, some pix to commemorate the event.

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Hostess CK

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Toby Bloomberg intimidates David Reich

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Ann Handley and Greg Verdino (yep, he really is as bald as his blog indicates!)

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Curious George Jr. and Sr. (thanks, Kofi, for bringing him along!)

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The Wild Women of the W List

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CK and David

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CK, George, and moi

Steve’s Sticky Stuff 9_21

What’s your real age? This fun calculator asks you some questions, then calculates your “real” age, and your life expectancy. After taking it, I came downstairs and told my wife that I had some good news and some bad news. Good news: she is now married to a 33-year old! Bad news: she’ll be stuck with me until I’m 91…

How to make a fun training video. Fixing the “turbo encabulator.”

Napa Valley vintner is king of his own wine castle.

Steve’s Sticky Stuff 9_14

It’s been quite an intense week, what with traveling for consulting, soccer coaching/logistics, and a car engine that met the automotive equivalent of the Grim Reaper late one night. So, not much posting!

Nonetheless, a few random links of interest as we slide into the weekend:

The amazing shapes people see in clouds (with pix).

The Dilbert Mission Statement generator (example: It is our job to continually engineer emerging resources and assertively leverage other’s resource-leveling information while promoting personal employee growth)

Niagara Falls from above (awesome picture).

Hubble telescope’s Top 100 images.

Promoting Puddingstone

What is puddingstone, you ask?If this garter snake could talk, he’d tell you. But you’ll just have to go here to find out about this uniquely wonderful, purple-white rock (and it must be pretty cool if I’m devoting an entire blog post to it!)

Labor Day in Boonton

Boonton, NJ, where we have lived for many years, has a wonderful Labor Day tradition of an old-fashioned parade along Main Street each year, ending at the high school, where the Annual Fireman’s Carnival takes place.

Boonton is widely known for its outstanding volunteer fire department, and, in fact, the parade draws equipment from fire departments throughout the state and surrounding area. So, for a Labor Day weekend post, I thought I’d share a bit what this tradition is like…

First, you stroll down to Main Street. Boonton is a very compact town, and walking is still practiced here as a standard method of locomotion. You pass many homes and buildings of interesting architecture along the way:

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…including colonials, federals, and a couple houses that are actually octagonal! The public library is there on the bottom right, in a restored old 3-story home on Main Street.

Boonton was originally established as a manufacturing town, with a cascading waterfall cutting behind Main St. as the initial source of power. Wikipedia has a short version of historical overview here; there is also a site with a bunch of old Boonton postcards (by the way, it is the only town named “Boonton” in the United States; it had a brief brush with fame in the 50′s with the production of a popular casual plastic dinnerware called “boontonware.”)

Boonton has a classic narrow main street with loads of small shops. Perfect for parade viewing and socializing. We’re known for our antique shops; plus, there is an auction every Friday night that is quite popular.

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The interesting brick building with the spire seen above is the original old fire house, now restored and part of the commercial center.

Boonton has a very small-town feel – it’s a patriotic town, and also a very diverse community.

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The parade is a mix of marching bands, VERY shiny newer equipment (there is a contest every year for the best-looking trucks – Boonton has a tendency to win a lot of trophies…home-field advantage?), old classics, motorcycles, and the usual amalgam of other stuff.

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Some of the children in town are absolutely adorable – I tend to be slightly biased in this case…

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When strolling to or from the parade, residents will pass stone walls that often are topped with puddingstone, a unique purple/white stone that is common in this area. I’ve used as much puddingstone as possible in my walls and borders.

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So, if you’re ever in Northern New Jersey around Labor Day, come on by for an old-fashioned parade and carnival. It’s three days of small-town celebration!

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Steve’s Sticky Stuff 8_31

You think your commute is wild? I used to think driving over an hour each way (thankfully, that’s in the past) was an adventure…until I saw this. A rusty cable, a hook, a stick…and an amazing ride 1,200 feet up.

Is your Help Desk a bit short of friendly? Check out this approach.

Here’s a golf shot by Fuzzy Zoeller that will blow your mind.

aerogel_hand-sm.jpgFinally…wouldn’t you like to get your hand(s) on some aerogel? This stuff – also called “frozen smoke” - sounds simply amazing.

Steve’s Sticky Stuff 8_24

duct-tape.jpgSteve’s Sticky Stuff is a weekly collection of random interesting stuff I’ve found during my voyages hither and yon. Enjoy!

Is Steve Woodruff actually a Swedish policeman toting an AK-47 to work?

I wish I’d know about this sooner. Kids are now being diagnosed with Youthful Tendency Disorder.

Google Earth now expands to Google Sky. Very, very cool. UPDATE: They hid an “easter egg” flight simulator in there! Here is how to access it.

Truveo. May be the best interface/search engine yet for finding videos on the net (hat tip: Wall Street Journal). Here’s a very funny prank video that you may enjoy.

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