Saturday, 27 October 2012

Friday, 3 August 2012

Stratospheric cool

Early in the 20th century, as test pilots began flying higher than Mount Everest, they had to defend themselves against temperatures as low as minus-80 degrees Fahrenheit. To survive the frigid blast, they wore leather hoods, and they insulated their eyes with fur-lined goggles. To lift those goggles for even an instant was to risk death. In 1920, when Shorty Schroeder dared to take a biplane above 33,000 feet, his goggles fogged and he had no choice but to pull them off. Moments later, his vision blurred, and his eyes were soon frozen over. Schroeder managed to land the plane that day, and his friend John Macready helped pull him out of the cockpit. A month later, still haunted by the memory of his friend’s swollen eyelids, Macready climbed into the same plane to beat Schroeder’s altitude record. Like Schroeder, Macready depended on goggles that had been designed to seal his eyes from the cold and protect his sight. But the early goggles were not dark enough, and “the bright sunlight in the upper atmosphere hurt his eyes,” said his daughter, Sally Macready Wallace. And so Macready began working with X to design goggles especially suited to protect against the dazzle in the stratosphere. “My dad gave X the original ____” of Y, Wallace said. By the late 1930s advertisements for X's Z brand of Y started coming out. Identify X Y Z

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Question for Jun 5

The signage shown in the visual partly inspired X.  A key design principle of X is better focus on the content of applications, relying more on typography and less on graphics. Its designers say that X is designed to be "sleek, quick, modern" and a "refresh" from its predecessors.

Identify X.

Monday, 4 June 2012

Question for June 4, 2012

Connect the following images. The arrows indicate the images that are directly linked to each other (obviously, by different connects). Identify all connects. Click on the image for a larger view.

Googling, Binging, etc. is allowed for this question. Please mention if you were able to crack this on your own or not.

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Question for May 31st

The Department of Motor Vehicles in Nevada recently granted a license to a Toyota Prius car. Ordinarily, this would have been a routine affair, but not in this case. This car was given the license plate number of "001". The license plate will be in red and sport the symbol used to indicate "infinity".

If you see this car whizzing past you, who would be driving it?

(Lifted Q from IZ)

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Quiz question for 5/16/2012

From it's Wikipedia disambiguation page...
X may refer to:
  • ____, a supernatural entity believed in many religions and cultures to be the personification of evil and the enemy of God and humankind
  • ____ MC, a motorcycle club
  • Lamborghini ____, an Italian sports car
  • _____ Data Systems, a division of Xerox
    • _____ 630, a daisy wheel printer
  • USS _____ (SS-479), an American submarine
  • ______ wind, a type of hot, dry wind
  • _____ (Marvel Comics), a Fantastic Four villain
  • El _____ (comics), a DC Comics hero
  • _____ (Disney), a fictional raven from the 1959 Disney film Sleeping Beauty
  • _____ (series), a dark fantasy video game series
    • ____ (video game), the first game of the series
    • ____, the title character of the series

X = ?

Saturday, 5 May 2012

What is X Y (Members are usually referred by this term)

The X Y is not a formal organization, so there is no formal criterion for membership. Many of the group's members do acknowledge that it exists and use the name when referring to themselves. Some have formed various social networking service and other online community groups together.

Members include:

Peter Thiel, is often called the "don" of the X Y. He made a $500,000 early investment in Facebook that was worth approximately $1 billion at the valuation established by Microsoft's investment in 2007. He started The Founders Fund with fellow members Ken Howery and Luke Nosek in 2005. The Founders Fund and its principals collectively made early investments in SpaceX, Facebook,, IronPort, Ooma, Quantcast, Rapleaf,, LinkedIn, Friendster, Yammer, Yelp, Inc., Powerset, Vator, Palantir Technologies, Joyent, and SmartDrive Systems, among others. He also founded Clarium Capital, a $2 billion hedge fund. He was executive producer of Thank You for Smoking and co-wrote The Diversity Myth: 'Multiculturalism' and the Politics of Intolerance at Stanford.

Founder and Chief Technology Officer Max Levchin invested in IronPort as well, a company founded by early X investor Scott Bannister. With the money he made from the sale of that company to Cisco Systems he founded and made the founding $1 million investment in Yelp, Inc.

Former Chief Operating Officer David O. Sacks later founded and Yammer, and formed a movie production studio, Room 9 Entertainment, that produced Thank You for Smoking with funding from Thiel and Hoffman.

Chief Financial Officer Roelof Botha later joined as a partner of Sequoia Capital, a venture capital firm that has funded many X Y companies. Botha personally invested in YouTube, Facebook, Joost, Tokbox, and Xoom.

Engineers Steve Chen and Jawed Karim, and web designer Chad Hurley founded YouTube, after investigating why it was so difficult at the time to share videos online.

Elon Musk, who was forced out after losing a fight to run the X service on Microsoft servers, co-founded Tesla Motors, and also founded private space exploration company SpaceX with $100 million of his own money.[4] He made a $10 million founding investment in SolarCity, where he served as chairman.

Eric M. Jackson, later wrote The X Wars and became Chief Executive Officer of WND Books, the publishing arm of World Net Daily. He then went on to co-found CapLinked, focused on linking companies and investors.

Russel Simmons, one of the first engineers, and Jeremy Stoppelman, Vice President of Technology, founded Yelp, Inc. in 2004, after a luncheon at the Slanted Door restaurant hosted by Levchin. The conversation turned to why it was so hard to find a good dentist. Levchin discussed the idea with Simmons and Stoppelman on the walk back to Levchin's business incubator office and agreed the next day to fund their company proposal for local business reviews. Yelp has a number of other X Y members among its employees, advisers, and investors.

Product manager Premal Shah became founding president of

Daniel Issen became Vice President of Engineering at AdBrite

Keith Rabois was an early executive who later held positions at LinkedIn and Slide, and invested in Tokbox, Xoom, Slide, LinkedIn, Geni, Room 9 Entertainment, YouTube, and Yelp. He is now COO of Jack Dorsey's payment company Square

Jared Kopf was an assistant to the X CEO, helped found Slide, and later served as a Director of Clarium Capital before founding several other companies, including a behavioral targeting company, Adroll.
Former Executive Vice President Reid Hoffman founded LinkedIn in 2002, and was an early investor in Aviary[16], Friendster, Six Apart, Zynga, IronPort, Flickr, Digg, Grockit,, Nanosolar,, Knewton, Kongregate,, Ning, Technorati, Tagged and a number of other Web 2.0 firms. When YouTube was first formed, Hoffman housed them in his LinkedIn office which had also been X's office.[4] In 2009 he became a partner at venture capital firm Greylock Partners.

Other members include Luke Nosek and Ken Howery.