Monday, December 31, 2007

Smart Cropping of pictures

Saw this a while ago...such a simple concept, yet it took so long for someone to make the breakthrough...

Robot remote-controller

Someday I won't have to fly down to the other part of the world to have meetings...i'd just send my mini-me robot, which i'd control from home....

Coolest Dancing Music Player

This has zero practical use but I'd still pay a fortune for this gadget!

Toyota I-Real

Segway competitor?

Aptera - cool ride!

This is a car I'd want to drive in!

Segway Promo Video

I just found out that my little bro Patrick actually never heard of Segway sad! This is a cool invention! Wish i have one of these...

Fooled by Randomness quotes

I'm now half-way through reading "Fooled by Randomness" by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. It was a great read and really drives home some of the concepts that have been lingering at the back of my mind regarding luck, complexity that really can't be simplified into MBA-happy charts/2-by-2 tables and the counterintuitive nature of probability. The author says it much better, so I'd just reiterate a few lines from the book that struck a chord for me:

"...Einstein's remark that commonsense is nothing more than a collection of misconceptions gathered by age eighteen."

"People in most not have problems eliminating extreme values from their sample...a professor who computes the average of his students' grades removes the highest and lowest observations, which we call outliers...a weather forecaster does the same with extreme event, though rare, that brings large consequences cannot just be ignored."

"The frequency or probability of the loss, in and by itself, is totally irrelevant; it needs to be judged in connection with the magnitude of the outcome."

"Quite impressive poetry has been produced...with the aid of a computer (via Monte Carlo engine)"


Chris Anderson's "Long Tail" is one of my all-time favorite books, and now he's working on his new book "Free", which I believe he'd also be releasing it for free...a worthwhile 45-min for those who want to find out why low-cost carrier works and music are mostly free these days...

Friday, December 28, 2007

It don't matter (cover)

A Donovan Frankenreiter cover.

Gimme some lovin' (cover)

A G Love cover...

Jason Mraz Covers

A month or so ago i started to really dig into Jason Mraz music...and came out totally hooked!

Curbside Prophet:

Geek in the pink:

The Remedy:

She's mine (cover)

A Brett Dennen this song! - Check It Out!

About a year ago, I had this idea of creating a online portal for User-Generated Comics. At that time I was working on some online map application, then it suddenly occurred to me that all those map zoom-in/zoom-out/dragging/resize functions can be applied to do a simple comic application. Of course a while after that someone told me about Comic Life, which is an awesome Mac App that does exactly what I was imagining in my head. However, their team stopped short of putting the concept online, which would have opened the users to a much bigger image database as well as the ability to do collaboration.

Right about the same time I was finally back in Singapore and attended some web conference when I met Michael Lim. He's a great guy who's been involved with web start-ups before and he was ready to take the plunge (ie full-time) after I explained to him my idea. For that I really respect and envy him...

In any case, after 9 months of labor and a few more people to the team, here's the result :)

Here's a short demo video:

We're still in private beta right now, but the team should be opening up to public very soon! I'm so psyched man :)

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Indian Michael Jackson with English Subtitle

This is DEEP!!! it's gonna take me a lifetime to comprehend the inner meaning of this masterpiece!

Monday, December 10, 2007