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Some Sites We Like
A designer we've worked with showed us how she has used the generator to create abstract shapes for both logo/identity projects and design details and background in her print projects. It also provides a relaxing respite from the challenges of the moment if you allow yourself to get lost in the random patterns it creates.
Perhaps one in 25 are really cool, but hey, you can evaluate 25 in less than 30 seconds, and it is kind of fun to stumble upon a truly striking shape or pattern. Fun for geeks, anyway.
Wallpapers? At interfacelift.com, you'll find thousands of free images at a variety of sizes (the largest being 2,560 x 1,600 pixels) that are intended for use as background "wallpaper" for your computer's desktop. Many of these images are truly striking. This site is worth checking out. The price is right and the images rock. Take a look.
We happened upon a Web page (a directory listing in all reality) that provides a list of Hewlett Packard pure research papers on dozens of topics. Of course, this meant spending several hours foraging around the various research reports, many of which are quite dense with advanced statistical analysis (these reports leave you so glazed over you end up feeling like a doughnut).
Nevertheless, the ideas and conclusions offered were actually reasonably accessible to those of us who watch the TV show numbers because we like Judd Hirsch. We found the paper on the persistence paradox (in the persistence directory) as well as the Facebook analysis (in the facebook directory) to both be fascinating.
If you've got an interest in analytical research, you might want to check out these Hewlett Packard reports.