Four short links: 2 February 2012

Build a Button, CMU iPad Course, Materials Conference, and Facebook IPO

  1. Beautiful Buttons for Bootstrap — cute little button creator, with sliders for hue, saturation, and “puffiness”.
  2. CMU iPad Course — iTunes U has the video lectures for a CMU intro to iPad programming.
  3. Inspiring Matterthe conference aims to bring together designers, scientists, artists and humanities people working with materials research and innovation to talk about how they work cross- or trans-disciplinarily, the challenges and tools they’ve found for working collaboratively, and the ways they find inspiration in their work with materials. London, April 2-3.
  4. Facebook’s S-1 Filing (SEC) — the Internets are now full of insights into Facebook’s business, for example Lance Wiggs’s observation that Facebook’s daily user growth is slowing. While 6-10% growth per quarter feels like a lot when annualized, it is getting close to being a normal company. Facebook is running out of target market, and especially target market with pockets deep enough to be monetised. But I think that’s the last piece of Facebook IPO analysis that I’ll link to. Tech Giant IPOs are like Royal Weddings: the people act nice but you know it’s a seething roiling pit of hate, greed, money, and desperation that goes on a bit too long so by the end you just want to put an angry chili-covered porcupine in everyone’s anus and set them all on fire. But perhaps I’m jaded.
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  • Justing

    Did you mean to say that last bit out loud? It’s pretty awesome, actually.

  • Matthew

    Concerning Facebook’s growth, they don’t have me or my inlays as members, so I suppose they could grow to include us. Unfortunately, I have no interest in joining Facebook. So, I’m guessing most people who actually want to use Facebook are already using it. And from what I hear, people seem to like it about as much as people used to like AOL – not much, but they don’t know what else to use to contact their friends or post photos…

  • John

    “… are like Royal Weddings: the people act nice but you know it’s a seething roiling pit of hate, greed, money, and desperation…”

    No defender of royalty, but you know this, how?

  • http://punkish.org punkish

    “… just want to put an angry chili-covered porcupine in everyone’s anus and set them all on fire.”

    Poor porkies… what did they ever do to you Gnat?

  • hmijail

    Set who on fire? the chili porcupines, or the carriers?

  • http://intellectualarbitrage.blogspot.com BTE

    That last part was great. Kinda reminds me of how I feel when watching the current Republican Party debates. Nothing would make me happier than the look on Mitt Romney’s face while he has a flaming porcupine stuck up his ass :-)

  • http://blog.plover.com/ Mark Dominus

    Hi, Nat! I think when you said “anus” you meant “rectum”.

    Hope this helps!

  • Gwen Jenkins

    Not if he wants to set it on fire later.

  • http://gplus.to/asfallows Andrew Fallows

    The fact that Tim O’Reilly linked me to this is pretty solid proof that the O’Reilly Radar is an excellent environment for the expression of ideas.

  • Fritz

    Flaming Chili-Porcupine Anuses….Sounds like a great Zynga game!!!

    Best Radar entry…EVER!

  • http://www.clickandinc.com/blog Sarah Kolb

    Oh my gosh, thank you so much for sharing a link to the button creator — just what we need! Thanks!!