A very cool site that utilizes Google Street View to teleport you to picturesque spots around the globe. Click on the map button to switch to a zoomable map so you can learn where it is you’re looking. The order of locations isn’t randomized, so if you’re viewing across multiple sessions you can just hit that Teleport button really fast to get back to where you were.
If you’ve never heard of Icarus Proudbottom Teaches Typing, it’s a brilliant little piece of “edutainment.” Led by Icarus Proudbottom and his 2000 year-old spirit owl pal, Jerry, you are led through numerous typing exercises which is wrapped up in an exceedingly silly, increasingly dark, story. You really do need to play it for yourself, so I won’t spoil any more if it here. It’s entirely original and executed wonderfully.
It’s great news to hear that Icarus is being expanded into a (free) weekly series. The plot – bet you never expected to hear that about a typing game – has Icarus finding himself wrapped up in a Twin Peaks inspired murder mystery. The first episode isn’t quite as strong as the original game, but that’s somewhat expected. The series is planned to run for 5 episodes and looks set to get just as crazy as the original game. That is, without question, a good thing.
As much as I want to poke fun at the fact that an astonishing number of people don’t know that USB is a computer term or that a gigabyte is a measure of hard drive space, this article is an incredible reminder:
It’s easy to forget that people outside your field don’t know much about it.
It’s not uncommon for me to forget that many people don’t know the basics of the things I’ve spent literally thousands of hours on. When trying to communicate, it’s important that we distill down to basics and explain things in common language whenever possible. If not possible, then the “jargon” needs to be explicitly and clearly explained beforehand.