the trail of a family becoming

This is just too cool!!

In her final days as Commander of the International Space Station, Sunita Williams of NASA recorded an extensive tour of the orbital laboratory and downlinked the video on Nov. 18, just hours before she, cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency departed in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft for a landing on the steppe of Kazakhstan. The tour includes scenes of each of the station’s modules and research facilities with a running narrative by Williams of the work that has taken place and which is ongoing aboard the orbital outpost.

[Fixed] Disappearing text in handout mode (powerpoint on mac)

I still use powerpoint weekly on mac osx. For a long time, whenever I tried to create pdf handouts using the grayscale or black and white mode  (Print–>Print What–>Handouts, Output –> Grayscale / Black and White), a few of the texts in various slides will appear missing and/or not color-formatted correctly. This has been very frustrating for me and the only work-around was to change the color of those texts manually.

Apparently, there is an easy fix. Download and install the Grayscale Toolbar for Microsoft PowerPoint (Free) , a macro toolbar will show up like this:

Use this instead of the print setting. The macro will temporarily setup all objects to grayscale before sending it to the printer. You should have no problem printing your handout, and at the same time saved tons of black ink/toner from your slides background!


Just what are you doing?

Okay, when you have a new flagship product coming out, firing your president in charge of that division is undoubtedly the worse thing you can ever imagine doing. And when I thought that was unbelievable, I came across this major Speech Recognition breakthrough news. Take a look at the video below. I think it is just as unbelievable that the presentation can be made THIS boring with a news and research that incredible:

Oh Microsoft, what are you doing?

[link: youtube]

If you don’t know what you are saying….

Wow, Bell posted on their facebook page the 5 reasons you should buy the new iPhone 5.

  1. It has LTE
  2. It has a larger screen
  3. It has WIFI
  4. It supports HD voice
  5. It is beautiful and remarkable, and you should get one

Lesson learned: If you don’t know what you are saying, then don’t.

HTC desire running on JB

Yeah, it is getting old…. but I think I can manage for a little while…..




Rob Legato: The art of creating awe (TED)

Oh, and if I listen to what they say…

I would have to get a new phone every 6 months.

This is why I disabled my fb account.

Here is the test of whether you are facing this danger: Is your Facebook self more attractive than your real world self? 

When I am forced to answer “yes” in all honesty, I know it is my time to disable the account.

[link: Tim chester]