22 May 2003 BenFrantzDale   » (Journeyer)

I just graduated college. Wow. I'm now looking for a place in Santa Monica so I can work for 3i, a company doing digital microscopy. There I'll be doing “graphics programing and algorithm development”. It should be fun.

Amazon recently had a deal: $175 for a 1GB CompactFlash card. Now I have crazy amounts of storage on my camera. (Did you know that Compact flash is exactly as thin as a floppy disk?)

I got The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint by Edward Tufte. It's a bit of a rant, but it has a very good point. It basically says of PowerPoint: “the emperor is naked; projecting a series of bullets onto a screen is no substitute for a good speach.” Take the 6×6 rule for making slides: “6 lines of text, 6 words per line.” Tufte gives this quote from a 1950s book to show just how trite 6×6 is:

Jane said, “Here is a ball.
See this blue ball, Sally.
Do you want this ball?”

Sally said, “I want my ball.
My ball is yellow.
It is a big, pretty ball.”

Giving a real talk as opposed to a 6×6×n PowerPoint talk is a high order. I'll see what I can do. My research presentation used PowerPoint (Prosper, actually) only to show a title screen and to show pictures. That's a good start, I guess.

I've been looking for a cell phone. Between seeing what's available with that and my digicam, I must say, technology is amazingly cool.

I saw this sign at PHL on the way home. I can't decide if this piece of art was intentional, but it is the most profound piece I've ever seen in an airport.

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