Paleontologist discovers 3-D secrets of Middle Age designs of Kells’ ‘angels’ [Medieval News]

January 27th, 2010 by John No comments »

A page from the Book of Kells

I still don’t quite understand it, but, according to John Cisne, a paleontologist who studied the Book of Kells, the medieval scribes who illustrated this amazing manuscript employed “free-fusion stereocomparison” to generate the intricate scrollwork that can be found throughout the pages. With detail to the point of “submillimeter precision”, Cisne, in the journal Perception (Vol. 38, No. 7), argues that the medieval monks uses this method to create the wonderful artwork in the Book of Kells and other beautiful manuscripts.

via Medieval News: Paleontologist discovers 3-D secrets of Middle Age designs of Kells’ ‘angels’.

Bad Survey Design. Please Stop! — All This ChittahChattah

January 26th, 2010 by John No comments »

At work, I’m developing a new survey to ask our new hires how the on-boarding process went. Because of all the terribly constructed surveys I’ve taken in the past, I decided to take the process of building it seriously. I searched on the web for any guides to building a good survey. One that I found concise and useful was Steve Portigal‘s “Bad Survey Design. Please Stop!” on his blog “All This ChittahChattah“. I’m not sure about the blog’s title (but then again, I’m not sure about my blog’s title, either), but the article was very useful. I found many of his points informative and helpful.

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Compact Calendar 2010 by David Seah

January 24th, 2010 by John No comments »
David Seah's Compact=

David Seah's 2010 Compact Calendar

David Seah has updated his Compact Calendar for 2010 and posted it for download (both XLS and PDF versions) on his website: Compact Calendar 2010. At that link you’ll also find numerous international versions and last year’s version, too. [Note: If you feel compelled to spend $50 on a more typographically pleasing calendar, visit aisleone and slap your dough down on the table. I’ll stick with Mr. Seah’s solution. Thanks to him for making it available gratis.]