Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Alphabets in 3D

Here is an interesting book.

As you flip the pages, it pop out the alphabets in 3D.

Check it out.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Election Ads on Facebook may not be so effective

As the presidential election is looming closer, there is a increased attention on political campaigns, ads, etc. One would imagine that Facebook would play a significant role in such political activities. There are numerous reports of grass root movements on-line to support Obama. The McCain campaign must have been paying attention too.

However, one recent election closely related to the web community has just finished: the IEEE Annual (Presidential) Election. There were two candidates competing for the IEEE presidency. I have noticed election campaign ads for one of them on Facebook. One would argue that Facebook is an interesting community, with significant proportion of educated, computer savy individuals, some of them may very well be IEEE members with voting rights. However, the IEEE candidate whose ad that I noticed on Facebook did not win the IEEE presidential election. There may be several factors involved. Many of those actively voting on this professional organization may well be outside the Facebook demographic. Nevertheless, this is one data-point showing that Facebook ad may not be so effective after all.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

The definition of Marriage -- political ramifications

California is again the battleground between homosexual activists and conservative activists. After the California State Supreme court ruled that "same sex marriage" is constitutionally allowed in this state, those seeking to protect the traditional definition of marriage crafted the "California Marriage Protection Act", also known as the Proposition 8, which will be voted during the presidential election on November 4 this year.

The California Attorney General, Jerry Brown, has revised the title of Proposition 8 to be "Eliminates the Rights of Same-Sex Couples to Marry". Whatever the title, this proposition is still under heated debate and both sides of the measure are actively trying to gather support.

What's your opinion on Proposition 8?

Sunday, October 05, 2008

O.J. Simpson on the headlines again

Once again, O.J. Simpson was found guilty, this time for kidnapping and armed robbery during his confrontation with sports memorabilia dealer in Las Vegas.
It's hard to separate this trial from his history of trials:
  • 13 years ago, on October 3, 1995, O. J. Simpson was found "not guilty" on the murder of his separated wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.
  • On February 5, 1997, a civil jury found O. J. Simpson "liable" for the wrongful death of and battery against Goldman and Brown. O. J. Simpson was ordered to pay $33,500,000.00 in damages.
  • On Friday, October 3, 2008, O. J. Simpson was found "guilty" by a Las Vegas (Clark County) jury for kidnapping and armed robbery.
There are also a bunch of other litigation against Simpson.

What's your reaction to the latest verdict?
  1. A (belated) justice served?
  2. He was setup by those against him?
BTW, is this a fair trial?

It looks like the race issue is still lingering on peoples minds whenever we talk about O.J.