Monthly Archive for August, 2007

Microsoft Live Labs: Photosynth

To tell you the truth, I can’t remember when Microsoft came up with something that made me go WOW – check out Photosynth


10th Dimension

Something to wrap your brain around, if you have ten minutes.

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9.9 Gigapixel Of Art

9.9 Gigapixel Of Art – a gigantic image of a fresco by Andrea Pozzo


Crackdown On NOVA

I was so waiting for this:

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has decided that Nova Corp., the nation’s largest English-language school chain, violated the Specified Commercial Transaction Law and ordered it to partially suspend business.
Nova has about 450,000 students, more than 60 percent of the nation’s English-language school students.

If 60% of a country’s English-language school students are taking courses at one school and Japanese’ test takers average TOEFL score is 65, it begs the question in how far NOVA can be hold accountable for such low results. 馃槈

update: Alex Case compiled a list of reasons why good English teachers leave Japan.

Neology: wikifizieren

At work, I’ve started using an expression in 2005 when dealing with internal memos and information we enter in our knowledge database, a mediawiki installation: wikifizieren means just that, entering information into a wiki and using wiki formatting. I had to explain to my boss and colleagues what I meant, but I think it sounds reasonable. What do you think?

update: I found the term in Wikipedia (where else), the earliest entry is from 2004.