Archive for October 2009

BBC SPORT | Motorsport | Formula 1 | Button enjoys absence of pressure

I thought Jenson wasn’t feeling the pressure?? That’s what he said all season long.

World champion Jenson Button is looking forward to racing without any pressure at the final grand prix of 2009.

The Englishman has led the championship all season and says he felt the strain of a difficult summer until winning the title in Brazil two weeks ago.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve not thought about the season,” said Button.

“Leading the championship every race is exciting but there are pressures. This is the first time I can relax, go out there, do my thing and enjoy the race.”

via BBC SPORT | Motorsport | Formula 1 | Button enjoys absence of pressure.

This is one wacky brothel!



This is one wacky brothel!

Originally uploaded by Dave Tanya and Max


I’m interested in knowing what words get mistranslated to "fuck." This
translation shows up often on Engrish gaffes.

Lady Gaga Formula



Lady Gaga Formula

Originally uploaded by Dave Tanya and Max


graphjam.com/2009/10/26/song-chart-memes-lady-gaga/

My level of alertness



My level of alertness

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graphjam.com/2009/10/27/song-chart-memes-level-alertness-2/

NOT A GOOD SIGN



NOT A GOOD SIGN

Originally uploaded by Dave Tanya and Max


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How Formula 1 Crews Overclock the Pit Stop | Magazine

See the full graphics by clicking on the link.  Pretty good breakdown of a pitstop.

In the seven seconds it takes to complete an average Grand Prix pit stop, a driver will get four fresh tires, a tank of fuel, an inspection to remove debris from nooks and crannies, and maybe some shiny new parts to replace any track casualties. It’s a hyperdrive time warp where jobs that might take an afternoon at your local garage are crammed into a few heartbeats. Dozens of mechanics work in choreographed synchrony, while team managers analyze every detail of every task down to hundredths of a second. We talked to Red Bull Racing’s own in-house clock watcher, Jonathan Wheatley, to find out what happens during the longest seven seconds in motor sports.

via How Formula 1 Crews Overclock the Pit Stop | Magazine.

Slick NASA iPhone App Puts Space in Your Pocket | Wired Science | Wired.com

Oh fun! Downloading now.

Can there ever be too many space photos? Here at Wired Science, we believe the answer is no, there can never be too many, or even enough, space photos. And now NASA is aiding our addiction by putting its huge collection of mind-blowing space photos in our pockets.

The new NASA iPhone app means that even when you are away from your computer or telescope, you can gawk at nebulas and sunspots. NASA’s image-of-the-day and astronomy-photo-of-the-day collections are right there in searchable thumbnail grids. We like the “nebula” and “mass ejection” searches. Plus, you can e-mail or save them to your phone. It’s hard to think of a better way to get nerdy/sublime backgrounds than this app.

You can also watch videos from NASA TV of science updates, mission activity, rocket launches and other events. Another fun option is checking in on NASA’s various missions with status updates and live countdowns clocks. And if you need to know exactly where the International Space Station or space shuttle is right now, NASA has you covered with their orbit tracks overlain on Google Earth or a map with political boundaries, or both.

via Slick NASA iPhone App Puts Space in Your Pocket | Wired Science | Wired.com.

Apple Magic Mouse – Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You

I really want one of these. I have $50 in quarters from my change jar. Maybe I’ll buy one with those.

The same Multi-Touch technology first introduced on the revolutionary iPhone comes to the mouse. It’s called Magic Mouse, and it’s the world’s first Multi-Touch mouse. Click anywhere, scroll in any direction, and swipe through images on its smooth, seamless top shell. It works wirelessly using Bluetooth, so you don’t have to worry about cables or adapters cluttering your workspace. And built-in software lets you configure Magic Mouse any way you want.

via Apple Magic Mouse – Apple Store U.S..

The App Store Effect: Are iPhone Apps Headed for Oblivion? Why We Aren’t Going to Develop Our App

I have an idea for a juvenille iPhone application. I think it has a decent chance for selling well.  However, there have been two factors that have led me and Tanya to decide to not pursue the development of the application:

  • The cost of development (quotes ranged from $5,000 to $50,000)
  • The downward pressure on iPhone app pricing

The most challenging piece of the project was developing a pricing strategy. Putting together an RFP and posting it on guru.com was straightforward but still a learning experience for me:  I may not have taken the best approach. The trickiest part was that I just couldn’t pin down a reasonable strategy for pricing because there’s little detailed information on the dynamics of application pricing.

There is a fair amount of information on getting your app into the Top 100 but this is a component of a pricing strategy because the Top 100 is a highly dynamic group.  A strategy that depends on more than two weeks in the Top 100, much less getting into the Top 100 at all, is a misguided one. A Top 100 spot is not a sustainable strategy.

Basically, the secret to getting into the Top 100 is cut your price. But if you cut your price, you cut into your margin. And though cutting your price may give you access to the Top 100, what is certain is that bringing your price back up is difficult to do because the App store sets customer expectations for low prices. Downward changes are easy; successful price increases are tricky.

Yesterday, I found the article which I am citing in this post and its content sealed my gut feel that this project is not worth pursuing.  It’s a somewhat long analysis of the dynamics of iPhone application pricing but the short version is this: For a number of reasons, making money on an iPhone app is an increasingly difficult goal to achieve.

I think the only way I could take this idea to market is to learn to program and develop it myself. But then I would have the opportunity cost of all my time and effort to learn a skill I have only limited aptitude and interest in.

With a $5000 development cost and a $1.99 purchase price, minus Apple’s 30% commission and 35% for taxes, we would need to sell ~ 5522 copies to break even. But that’s assuming the market responds to the $1.99 price point when similar competing apps sell for $0.99. Sure, my idea has some added value over the competition but the question is: How much of a premium is that functionality worth?

What if the market only responds to a $0.99 price?  In that case, we would need to sell 11,100 copies just to break even.

And that is using the lowest development cost quoted to us. What if the app costs $10,000 to develop? At $1.99, we would need to sell 11,044 copies and at $0.99, sales volume would need to be 22,200, all just to break even.

It’s uncanny. When known software gets repackaged for iPhones and iPod Touches and passes through the hallowed gates of the App Store, something happens: Almost invariably, it gets cheaper. Waaay cheaper. Good right? Well, not always.

The App Store is a strange new place for developers. Veterans and newcomers engage in bareknuckle combat, driving prices down to levels people wouldn’t have imagined charging just a few years ago. Margins drop to razor-thin levels while customers expect apps to get cheaper and cheaper, but with ever increasing quality and depth.

For developers, for other software platforms and potentially for the increasingly fickle customers themselves, it’s uncharted, and treacherous, territory. But the most bizarre thing of all is—in an effort to keep people in the App Store, and to prevent competitors from getting a toehold in the mobile app business—Apple’s charting a course straight into it.

“The App Store is a very competitive environment,” says Caroline Hu Flexer, co-founder of Duck Duck Moose, an indie developer of children’s edutainment apps like Itsy Bitsy Spider. “As an independent developer without a large PR budget or well-known brands, it can be very challenging, and you’re pretty much at the mercy of Apple.”

[read the entire article]

via The App Store Effect: Are iPhone Apps Headed for Oblivion? – The app store effect – Gizmodo.

Now you shall witness



Now you shall witness

Originally uploaded by Dave Tanya and Max


Nunchuck Uses According to Youtube



Nunchuck Uses According to Youtube

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Likelihood of things cats would say if they could talk:



Likelihood of things cats would say if they could talk:

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Smoking Hot Custom M6

This “project” started in July 2005 when I visited BMW M / Individual at Garching unannounced during the European Delivery trip of my 2005 645Ci. At that time there was no Individual program in the U.S. (which they politely explained – and I already knew). I did leave a small sample of Hawaiian Koa wood veneer with them (with my name laser engraved on the back of the wood). I expected the wood to find its way to the trash can in short order.

The next year, on 27 July 2006, I posted mock-ups of a bi-color leather interior (and koa wood trim) on the M6Board. The mock-up picture was made by compositing 2 images from the BMW Individual visualizer (champagne and oxide brown leathers) plus a few other changes.

During a business trip to Berlin in September 2008, I decided to take an extra day and drive to Munich where I had made a prior appointment with the regional manager of BMW M / Individual for North and South America. He and three others were very gracious hosts and showed me paint and leather samples at the M Studio in Garching. I had already emailed my mock-ups to them so they knew what I had in mind before I showed up.

Some of the things I “photoshopped” into my mock-ups were not feasible (or should I say cost effective – most anything can be done for a price). I left with a clear idea of the leather colors to be used but I was completely undecided on the exterior paint. I had too many favorites (Moonstone, Azurite Black, Brilliant White, Diopside Black, etc.) and the dilemma was what would go well with the interior leather. At that time I was exploring a Gold Brown leather dash (which proved to be too expensive as it would have required R&D of a new dash material/color) so the interior/exterior match was a concern at that time.

via “Very” Individual BMW M6 in Ontario Gold Metallic.

Obamas Credit Card Debt Statement

Obamas Credit Card Debt Statement | Gimmie The Scoop.

I Thought This Was An Insider Trading Scandal



I Thought This Was An Insider Trading Scandal

Originally uploaded by Dave Tanya and Max


Sex scandal too?

Motorsport.com: News channel

Bernie Ecclestone is losing his mind. Yes, Senna’s death generated publicity for F1 and one can reasonably argue that Senna’s death ushered in a greater emphasis on driver safety. But this comment from Ecclestone is so far off the mark. What an insensitive and egotistical remark.

And I’m a leading purveyor of insensitive and egotistical remarks…

After enraging the world with his remarks about Hitler earlier this year, Bernie Ecclestone is once again making headlines for the wrong reasons.

Sections of the international media are reporting disbelief at the F1 chief executive’s

latest controversial comments about the late triple world champion Ayrton Senna.

After greeting Senna’s sister Viviane and her son Bruno in the Interlagos paddock at the weekend, the 78-year-old was quoted as saying the Brazilian’s death during the 1994 world championship was ultimately “good for F1″.

“He was unfortunate,” Ecclestone told the local Folha de S.Paulo newspaper, “but the publicity generated by his death was so much … it was good for F1.

“It was a shame that we had to lose Ayrton, but it happened. He was very popular, but the actual event interested so many people who did not know about the sport,” he added.

via Motorsport.com: News channel.

The Obama war against Fox News: Risky Business?

Gosh, I wonder if the evil, corrupt GW Bush ever went so far as to condemn by name a specific media organization for dissenting against his administration’s policies.

Aren’t the Democrats the ones who (rightly) assailed GWB for diminishing civil liberties through the pre-emptive practices of monitoring suspects without warrants when needed? Aren’t the Democrats the ones who say that no group should be marginalized and that all groups have the right to be heard? Or do the Dems mean only those groups that traditionally vote for Democrat Party candidates?

Seems like every time I ask myself if I am being fair, if I am being over-critical, stories like this surface and I realize that Democrats don’t really value freedom of expression. They only value unfettered expression of THEIR ideas. Everyone else can just shut the hell up.

What a fantastic transformation this administration has brought to Washington.

The Obama White House is making no secret of its distaste for Fox News.

In a round of Sunday talk show appearances, the administration escalated its war against the network that likes to call itself “fair and balanced” but that happens to feature quite a few conservative voices.

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said on CNN that Fox News isn’t even a news organization.

via The Obama war against Fox News: Risky business? | Top of the Ticket | Los Angeles Times.

Cowardly Lion Totally Looks Like Robert Plant



Cowardly Lion Totally Looks Like Robert Plant

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Awesome Product Placement at Target



Awesome Product Placement at Target

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Do you have homework?



Do you have homework?

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This is TOTALLY me.