Found This Week #14

In this week’s post: Hyperloop metalworks, tilt shift Van Gogh, Speeches, Acquila drone, cookie syncing & empathy.

Each Friday I share some of the best things I encounter, from the internet mostly but also from real life! Hopefully what I find interesting will also be interesting to you :-)

Photo Of The Week

This week was momentous for me, Jenn and I got married :-) Thanks to our friend Gráinne for taking this picture of us actually tying the knot!

Hyperloop One Metalworks

Hyperloop One opened their new metalworks factory in Nevada. It will be the testing fabrication centre for Devloop and future hyperloop projects.

Also, Hyperloop One are doing an AMA on Reddit today at 2–6pm PDT.

Tilt Shift Van Gogh

Tilt shifted Pink Tree In Blossom by Vincent Van Gogh

Check out these cool tilt-shifted Vincent Van Gogh paintings
(HT to Kevin Rose’s The Journal for featuring these.)

Book Review: Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln

In an attempt to prepare for giving a speech at my wedding, I bought and read Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln by James Humes. The book offers a series of tips & tricks on how to give a good speech, albeit more aimed at a corporate or political speech rather than a wedding speech. It includes some good pointers on delivery and composition.

Facebook Acquila Maiden Test Flight

I first encountered Facebook’s Acquila drone at the Dublin WebSummit in 2015 (of which I wrote about) and I was blown away by the concept and the ambition of the project. The aim is for the drone to fly for months at a time providing internet connectivity to a 50 mile area beneath it. On June 28, the Acquila drone completed its maiden test flight.

Advanced Fingerprinting & Cookie Syncing

This guardian article describes how researches have proven that the HTML5 Battery Status API can be used to fingerprint and identify a mobile user across browsers based on a combination of battery level and time to charge.

The research paper behind the article is based on is more interesting. It describes other fingerprint techniques that can be used with cookie syncing to identify users, such as taking a fingerprint of your machine’s audio stack using the AudioContext API (check out their demo here).

Thought of the Week: Empathy

A Seth Godin blog post is again the catalyst for this week’s thought. I’ve found in the past few years that even if empathy is something that you think comes naturally to you, it is still something you need to work at and apply in the most challenging situations you find yourself in, both in the office and at home.

Looking at things from other people’s point of view is practically the secret of success. — Paul Graham

Whenever you catch yourself complaining about someone or becoming annoyed, ask yourself about why that person did/said those things. What are they dealing with at the moment? How do you think they see the situation? It is the most difficult to do this when you are angry at someone but this is the time when it is most beneficial. Use the technique to quench your anger and practice your empathy and tolerance.

In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher. — Dalai Lama

Cool Thing Of The Week: BMW Titan

A concept motorcycle from BMW that rivals the Tron Light Cycle in coolness factor :-p

See you next week :-)

About Me

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