More Quick Snippets

Published on Thursday, March 10, 2011 in , , , , , ,

Luc Viatour's plasma lamp pictureIt seems the promise of spring is making everyone more productive. Let's see what's going on in this edition of snippets.

Just a quick note before we begin – Instead of my usual Sunday post, my next post will be on Monday. Why? It's March 14th or 3/14. That means it's Pi Day, Albert Einstein's birthday, and Grey Matters' 6th blogiversary!

• If you enjoy MAGIC Magazine, but wish their database index didn't end at October 2009, I've been working hard to make sure you got your wish! Over at the Magic Cafe, I've been adding unofficial database index additions. At this writing, updates are available for all the issues up to and including March 2011. They're posted in CSV format, which can be loaded in by most database or spreadsheet programs.

• Speaking of magic magazines, both MAGIC and Genii just made several major computer-related announcements!

MAGIC Magazine now has an app that lets you purchase and read the magazine on the iPad! At this writing, the January, February, and March 2011 issues are already available on the app. It also includes a free video by Mac King showing you how to use the app.

Genii is working on it's own digital version, which has been dubbed iGenii. As a preview, there's excerpts of four iGenii issues available online for free! Even more impressive is their recent announcement concerning their digital archive. Starting this fall, any and all subscribers to Genii receive free access to their digital archive! Considering this includes issues going back to 1936, this is a VERY good deal for the price.

• For those of you who take advantage of my Memorized Deck Online Toolbox post, I've gone through and updated the links and removed dead links. I also added a brand new addition, Mark Storms' online 52-item Peg List quiz. These are useful for providing imagery for the position number, and setting it up as an online quiz makes it even more convenient to learn!

• A couple of Grey Matters favorites have both been hard at work since we last visited them, so let's go check in.

Scam School has had several great episodes lately. Regular Grey Matters readers will espeically enjoy the Mind-Blowing iPhone Calculator Trick and the brand-new playing card memory feat episodes. However, don't be afraid to explore the rest of them.

The other Grey Matters favorite who has been hard at work is Werner Miller. If you're unfamiliar with his work, check out his generous contributions to Grey Matters for free. Over at Lybrary.com, he now has four ebooks comprising his contributions to magazines over the years: Da Capo 1, Da Capo 2, Da Capo 3, Da Capo 4. These are the latest in his line of English and German ebooks.

That's all for now. See you on Pi Day!

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