Autism TED Talks

TED Talk on Learning disorders

I have ran into several people this past week and I seem to be talking a lot about TED Talks.  I have posted several to my website over the past few years.  I would encourage everyone to carve out a half-day, get a big cup of coffee and explore There are so many amazing topics that a half-day will not be nearly enough, but it should get you started.

Here is another one that I found fascinating.  I hope you enjoy.

Big Picture life Technology Web Stuff

Wolfram|Alpha & I'm halfway there.

wolframalphaWolframAlpha was launched this week. It’s been touted as the possible Google killer. While that is yet to be seen, it is pretty cool. I see it as Google for math geeks, but then again I have only tried it out for about 1/2 hour.

If you type in your birthday, you get all kinds of info about the date. I am officially 38 years 9 months and 29 days old. Or for the more math-happy 2026 weeks, 14182 days or 38.83 years ago. I was born on the 199th day of the 29th week.

Half my life is over

According to WolframAlpha, the life expectancy for a 38 year-old male is 77.54 years. Divided by 2, you get 38.77. Wait a minute. Didn’t I say that I was 38.83 years old? That means that this week marks the halfway point of my life. (In fact, if I do the math, it was yesterday) Wow, that’s depressing. Or is it?

I don’t want to dwell on this for too long. However, we all know that I will.I guess the real question is: What will I do with the remaining 14182 days? Enough for now, this post is about WolframAlpha.

Other Cool Wolfram Stuff

Did you know that my son is 6″ taller than the average 7 year old?
I finally know how much wood could a woodchuck chuck?
If you are vain (and who has not “Googled” themselves?) you get your name rank. (Before you ask, Smith is number 1)
You can compare stocks.
Want all the information about weather you can handle?
And of course, how far is it from Danville to Cleveland?

Wolfram is still in alpha, meaning that it was just launched and there are plenty of bugs. Gotta run, my life is 1/2 over and I got a bunch of crap to do!!!

Web Stuff

File under: Things I should have thought of.

How many times have we said, “I could have thought of that”? Well, I had one of those tonight. While doing some website research, I was checking out some design work and one of the sites I stumbled upon was this:

I can’t explain it any better, so I will quote his site:

“In this up and down economy I’m outsourcing my wardrobe (namely shirts) to corporate america and you! I’m going to wear a different shirt for 365 days straight in 2009, take multiple pictures throughout my day and blog about it. Days are sold at “face value” so January 1 is $1 and December 31 is $365.”


By my figures, he stands to make $66,795 if he sells out the entire year (he’s sold out through September already). So, kudos to you, Jason, I should have thought of it.


VH1 Classic Rocks Autism


VH1 Classic is promoting a campaign called: VH1 Classic Rocks Autism. A lot of artists are getting involved. I’m always glad to see awareness raised about autism and it’s great to have a different group supporting the cause.

One of the offerings on the website are autism t-shirts. While it’s not you classic “puzzle piece”, a portion of the sales to go to support The Autism Society of America. They run $25, but that’s the same price your paid for your Ratt concert shirt. In my never ending battle to have everyone learn a little more about autism, here is your daily dose. So, take a minute and check out VH1 Classic’s Website. Skip buying a pizza this month and get you a bad-ass Rock Autism t-shirt. It’s what all the cool kids are wearing.