Category Archives: Geekness

Amazon unpacked

One of the many reasons HMV went into administration and why Amazon’s Fulfilment Centre in Rugeley is blossoming.

Sarah O’Connor, Economics Correspondent at The Financial Times:

The unassuming efficiency of these warehouses is what enables Amazon to put parcels on customers’ doorsteps so quickly, even when it is receiving 35 orders a second. Every warehouse has its own “continuous improvement manager” who uses “kaizen” techniques pioneered by Japanese car company Toyota to improve prod­uctivity. Marc Onetto, the senior vice-president of worldwide operations, told a business school class at the University of Virginia a few years ago: “We use a bunch of Japanese guys, they are not consultants, they are insultants, they are really not nice … They’re samurais, the real last samurais, the guys from the Toyota plants.”

But all is not happy…

Many in the town, however, have mixed feelings. They are grateful for the jobs Amazon has created but they are also sad and angry about the quality of them. Timothy Jones, a barrister and parish councillor, summed up the mood. “I very much want them to stay, but equally I would like some of the worst employment practices to end.”

Give your brain some exercise with Lumosity Mobile

Lumosity Mobile by Lumos Labs, Inc. is an elegantly designed Brain Training App for iOS. Before starting the app it asks you what you would like to improve on, such a being less distracted whilst working or being able to make good decisions under stressful conditions and so on. The sets of games you play on a daily basis are then tailored towards meeting those objectives. I’ll let you know if it’s really working after I’ve tested it out… ”

Plain Text Primer: nvALT 101

Michael Schechter, A Better Mess

This will not be a comprehensive dive into the myriad apps you can use. It will be a focused and targeted approach for:


– Storing and Accessing Your Plain Text Files
– Naming and Tagging Your Files
– Formatting Your Files For The Web
– Exporting HTML For The Web
– Learning A Few Tricks

I just wish the nvALT supported every device and platform I used…

Were you lost about Lost?

Santiago Ortiz, Lostalgic:

This project is based on the entire ABC’s LOST TV show scripts, 115 episodes in 7 seasons, that I managed to parse from Lostpedia. I also parsed this page with additional information about hidden characters relations.

My aim for this project is not (only) to visualize some properties and patterns out of the script but actually to allow to read and enjoy the series in a different way.

If you were lost about Lost, this might help (a little)

The Web Index

World Wide Web Foundation:

Designed and produced by the World Wide Web Foundation, the Web Index is the world’s first multi-dimensional measure of the Web’s growth, utility and impact on people and nations. It covers 61 developed and developing countries, incorporating indicators that assess the political, economic and social impact of the Web, as well as indicators of Web connectivity and infrastructure.

UK are in 3rd position behind Sweden and USA. What does it mean? It means that Sweden is the best in the world at putting the Web to work, from a number perspectives… Impact (Social, Economic and Political), Readiness (Institutional and Communications) and The Web itself (Usage and Content).