Thursday, January 28, 2010

Humintell Facebook Group

Humintell, a company specialized in understanding emotions and offering training to read microexpressions and subtle expressions, featuring Dr. David Matsumoto, has decided to give away few licenses of their products to facebook users registering to their facebook group.

I cannot vouch for their current products at the moment since I haven't tried any of them but it seems to circumvent the main points I criticized from the former microexpressions training application (METT 1). Memory can easily kick in rather than reading expressions when training with METT 1. Note that SETT 1 has no such problem since they use the same model (Eva Ekman, daughter of Dr. Paul Ekman).

Update Read Humintell MiX 2 Product Review, Humintell Additional Training Product Review and many other articles about Humintell are available on this blog.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Grandpa Laid it Out

State-of-the-art home theater, a fancy car, and trendy shoes: you’ve got it all. Your beef’d up computer has all the cutting edge technologies that you show all your friends, colleagues, and even strangers around. Little you know, your keyboard layout is a bit less than 150 years old. Not exactly cutting edge, if you ask me.

QWERTY keyboard layout has been designed to slow typists down on typewriters. Yes, exactly. We’re talking about the old good mechanical typewriters. The main problem occurred when two or more keys were struck too quickly and the hammers would normally jam. The keyboard layout managed to circumvent this problem by forcing the typist to type slowly with an awkward disposition of keys.

Thanks, but no thanks.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

On The Road All Day Long

I have acquired a new laptop few days ago to fulfil my ever growing needs on the road. This comes at a nice moment since I plan to visit Norway during 2010, and possibly work over there. Most computers I have ever acquired were business minded or server alike. Not the coolest computers around but the stronger, powerful, lasting and quality computers. This time, it is slightly different.

My mind was set on a HP Pavilion dv7, an ergonomic and entertainment oriented laptop. The specifications is what brought me to acquire it. This comes with a quad core (supporting 8 threads), 2x500 GB (7200 RPM) harddrives, 6 GB RAM, 17.3" HD Widescreen, and it goes on and on.

This is a very unusual choice to me since I usually avoid entertainment oriented computer gears. I am however pleased by the performances. It makes me feel that I will be able to run all in-house intensive softwares without a hitch. Some of them do require intensive parallel processing. The gloomy, lights and ergonomics are just a bit weird to me, but I am sure that I'll get used to it.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Around the World with the Papuans

An unspoken reality about television is that not every documentary film is worthy to be watched. Many reasons can bring a documentary to fail to its primary purpose, as in being truly informative, such as uncanny facts and foundations, inappropriate storytelling, or just plain old greed.

Once in a while, however, an out-of-ordinary documentary film catches my attention. This is the case of the French documentary “L'Exploration Inversée” (trans. “Reversed Exploration”), part of the project “Le Tour Du Monde Des Papous” (trans. “Around The World With The Papuans”), originally aired on Canal+ in 2008.

The fascinating story of two Papuans exploring a foreign civilization unravels genuine emotions on film. The very same fundamental universal emotions as studied by Dr. Paul Ekman, though with a different tribe in Papua New Guinea, are brought to you in this documentary.

Friday, January 01, 2010

Peeling a New Skin

A new year has begun and a new look has come. This article unveils on-going and future plans for 2010 on my blog. Read a short word about the new look, a summary of my plans and upcoming topics, and my view and rules for criticism on my blog.