Archive for February, 2006

Links for 2006-02-28

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006

Links for 2006-02-27

Monday, February 27th, 2006

Photo Friday

Sunday, February 26th, 2006
Men's restroom sign

Men’s restroom sign,
originally uploaded by eszter.

I decided to submit this photo to the Photo Friday pool where this week’s challenge is “masculine”.

Links for 2006-02-26

Sunday, February 26th, 2006

Links for 2006-02-24

Friday, February 24th, 2006

Links for 2006-02-22

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

Links for 2006-02-20

Monday, February 20th, 2006

A quarter, give or take

Sunday, February 19th, 2006

Time Sink!

Create your own light installation! The Hayward Gallery is hosting Dan Flavin: A Retrospective (this seems to be the one that was at Chicago’s MCA recently) and has a fun interactive site to go along with it. You can create your own light installation dedications and add them to the pool. You can view other people’s here.

A quarter, give or take

If you send yourself a copy of the image you create then you’ll have a URL to it like the one for the image above. Feel free to post a link to your creations in the comments.

Travel logistics

Sunday, February 19th, 2006

As you could probably tell from my last non-links post – or from viewing my photos – I have been on the road recently.

I used two helpful Web sites in planning the second part of the trip, the part that required that I make hotel reservations. I browsed and reserved hotels through Hotel Club (I get referral credit if you use this link so it would be great if you did.:) The site has listings for numerous countries and supplies quite a bit of helpful information about the options (e.g. ranking by price, photos, ratings by users) . It also has what seem like very competitive rates. Moreover, every time you use them, you accrue credit toward future reservations, which seems like a nice plus. I recommend it.

To get an idea of where the various hotels are, I recommend the Mappy site. It has the drag option that is so helpful in Google Maps, but it has maps for many many more locations (over two dozen countries to be precise) than GMaps.

With these two sites, I was able to get rooms – with immediate confirmation – very quickly. You do need to have a printed voucher so it’s best to do it when near a printer.

If you haven’t seen my trip photos yet, I have a set for Germany and for Switzerland (I’m still adding to the latter).

Links for 2006-02-19

Sunday, February 19th, 2006

Links for 2006-02-18

Saturday, February 18th, 2006

Ebay exchange point

Friday, February 17th, 2006
Ebay exchange point

Ebay exchange point,
originally uploaded by eszter.

Train stations often (or sometimes?) have meeting points where people can arrange – surprise-surprise – to meet up with others. This can be helpful if you don’t know the train station at all since you can just decide to meet at the point and then look for it once there. It’s also helpful if you do know the train station since you can avoid having to address the question of specific meeting location every time you’re meeting up with friends.

I was at the Zürich train station last week and noticed an interesting twist on all this: the ebay Xchange point. I had never seen one before. It looks like a really clever way to advertise the service. Not only is it an ad for the auction site, it is also a very helpful place for people to meet up to exchange items bought and sold on ebay. While people could just say “see you at the meeting point” it’s less helpful when you have never met the person before.

Anyone know of other such points elsewhere?

Links for 2006-02-14

Tuesday, February 14th, 2006

Links for 2006-02-13

Monday, February 13th, 2006

Links for 2006-02-10

Friday, February 10th, 2006

Links for 2006-02-08

Wednesday, February 8th, 2006

Come to Northwestern!

Tuesday, February 7th, 2006

Northwestern recruitment

It’s that time of year when many seniors in college start having to make decisions about where to go to college. Northwestern puts out an online newsletter to inform prospective students about various opportunities on campus. They decide to write a faculty profile on me for this newsletter. The interview was fun, a bit of a walk down memory lane to figure out how I got to where I am.

I have really enjoyed both teaching and working with undergraduate students here. If you are a prospective reading this, I hope you consider Northwestern very seriously as it’s a wonderful place to go to college (or so I’m told by undergrads).

Links for 2006-02-07

Tuesday, February 7th, 2006

Links for 2006-02-06

Monday, February 6th, 2006

Unique photo gift ideas

Sunday, February 5th, 2006

Here is another Lifehacker feature for you by yours truly: Unique photo gift ideas. Note the kid illustration. That’s me.:) I decided to live out the 15 minutes of baby fame I never got back when. Once back at my machine, I’ll post the image on Flickr in full size and will add a link here, in case you’re curious.

UPDATE: I’ve posted the images: greeting card, movie poster.