Thursday, September 15, 2005

'Magic brush' paints visual world

"An electronic paint brush developed in the US is helping children understand the world around them."

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Hmm. This could actually be a nasty storm.

The police are looting. This has been confirmed by several independent sources. Some of the looting might be "legitimate" in as much as that word has any meaning in this context. They have broken into ATMs and safes: confirmed. We have eyewitnesses to this. They have taken dozens of SUVs from dealerships ostensibly for official use. They have also looted gun stores and pawn shops for all the small arms, supposedly to prevent "criminals" from doing so. But who knows their true intentions. We have an inside source in the NOPD who says that command and control is in chaos. He reports that command lapses more than 24 hours between check-ins, and that most of the force are "like deer in the headlights." NOPD already had a reputation for corruption, but I am telling you now that the people we've been talking to say they are not recognizing the NOPD as a legitimate authority anymore, since cops have been seen looting in Walmarts and forcing people out of stores so they could back up SUVs and loot them.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Fuller Projection Map


Source Buckminister Fuller Institute
Wiki:Buckminister Fuller

Uberman's sleep schedule

"Over the past month, I've managed to convert my sleep cycles to something called the Uberman's sleep schedule. The end result is that I am sleeping roughly three hours a day. How did I do it? Is it safe?"
umm, tempting

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Heribert Illig

According to Heribert the Dark Ages did not exist and that the approximately 300 years between 614 and 911 are an invention.

Google Earth released


and it's free

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Was the führer only half a man?

"Since the matter is of considerable importance to the psychological development of Hitler from infancy onward, let us pause here and come to grips with the problem of the Fuehrer's testicles."

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Cassini scoops complex organics in Titan flyby

"The Cassini spacecraft has flown through the upper atmosphere of Saturn's giant moon, Titan, and detected a huge number of complex organic chemicals. Scientists believe that similar processes may have built organic molecules in the atmosphere of early Earth."

Monday, April 25, 2005

History of elephants in Europe

"The history of elephants in Europe dates back to the ice ages, when mammoths (various species of prehistoric elephant) roamed the northern parts of the Earth, from Europe to North America. However, these became extinct several thousand years ago, and subsequently the presence of elephants in Europe is only due to importation of these animals. As exotic and expensive animals, they were often exchanged as presents between European rulers, who exhibited them as luxury pets."

Opera 8 released

If you haven't tried Opera as a browser then now is the time...

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Sex android begats Armageddon machine

"After all, someone has to clear up after man-eating cyberloos have purged the streets of Aberdeen of the last urinating Scotsman who might put up a spirited, albeit somewhat drunken and ultimately futile, fight against the Rise of the Machines™"

Mice put in 'suspended animation'

"Mice have been placed in a state of near suspended animation, raising the possibility that hibernation could one day be induced in humans."

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Spitzer Sees an Alien Asteroid Belt


NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has discovered an enormous asteroid belt orbiting another star, containing 25 times as much material as the belt in our Solar System. If we had an asteroid belt this thick, it would light up the night sky in a bright band. Once confirmed, this will be the first asteroid belt found orbiting a star similar to our own Sun. Another possibility is that Spitzer is seeing a Pluto-sized comet which has been orbiting the star for many years and has left a bright trail of particles.

Randomly-generated 'scientific paper' accepted

"CUTTING-EDGE artificial intelligence it was not, but a student prank still managed to get the better of some human intelligences last week, when a computer-generated piece of gibberish was accepted as a genuine scientific paper."

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

The Quest for World Destruction

"The Earth was built to last. It is a 4,550,000,000-year-old, 5,973,600,000,000,000,000,000-tonne ball of iron. It has taken more devastating asteroid hits in its lifetime than you've had hot dinners, and lo, it still orbits merrily. So my first piece of advice to you, dear would-be Earth-destroyer, is: do NOT think this will be easy."

New material structure produces world's fastest transistor

"A new type of transistor structure, invented by scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has broken the 600 gigahertz speed barrier. The goal of a terahertz transistor for high-speed computing and communications applications could now be within reach."

The World's Smallest Motor

"Scientists recently unveiled the tiniest electric motor ever built. You could stuff hundreds of them into the period at the end of this sentence."

Monday, April 11, 2005

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

mmmmmmmmm I heard a rumour!!

"And, of course, if you want to emulate Jamie's cookery ideas in the comfort of your own home ... the list price of his new book 'School Dinners' is only £20."

Saturday, March 19, 2005

Brainboost Answer Engine

Another natural language search engine that works. I now know how ball bearings are made...

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Broadband Global Area Network


Inmarsat has purchased three I-4 spacecraft to provide its Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN), a new service that will bring seamless mobile voice and broadband Internet connectivity around the world.

Courtrooms could host virtual crime scenes

"Software called instant Scene Modeler (iSM) re-creates an interactive 3D model from a few hundred frames of a scene captured by a special video camera. Users can zoom in on any object in the 3D model, measure distances between objects and look at scenes from different angles."

DARPA Grand Challenge Teams Submit Videos to DARPA

"Since no teams completed the 2004 race, DARPA decided to run it again, this time for $2 million."

The "invisible cloak" for your cell phone

"Silver and copper pouches that prevents a mobile user to being located or having his movements followed."

Live City by Daniel Shiffman

Live City by Daniel Shiffman uses images from live cameras to create a complex system of ever-changing elements.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

First Methuselah Mouse Rejuvenation 'M Prize' Awarded

"The first Methuselah Foundation Rejuvenation 'M Prize' for Reversing Aging in Middle-Aged Mice Using Techniques Applicable to Human Beings has been awarded to Dr. Stephen Spindler, who lead an experiment to make mice biologically younger while extending their lifespans."

Saturday, March 12, 2005

February 30

Throughout history, some nations had 30 days in February.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Latest trailer

Mass extinction comes every 62 million years, UC physicists discover

"With surprising and mysterious regularity, life on Earth has flourished and vanished in cycles of mass extinction every 62 million years, say two UC Berkeley scientists who discovered the pattern after a painstaking computer study of fossil records going back for more than 500 million years."

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

The technology formerly known as Vanderpool

"Imagine an OS that you can load in nearly no time, and if it crashes, you can simply throw it out, and quickly load a new one. If you have several of these running at the same time, you can shut one down and shunt the work off to the other ones while you are loading a fresh image. If you have five copies of Redhat running Apache, and one goes belly up, no problem. Simply pass incoming requests to the other four while the fifth is reloading."

Quantum Picture

"a working device which prevents a cat from bringing in animals from the street"

Douglas Corrigan

A pilot who made such a grave navigational error that, after taking off from New York, he landed in Ireland instead of Los Angeles.

Monday, March 07, 2005

Defenestrations of Prague

"Two incidents in the history of Bohemia are known as the Defenestrations of Prague, the first in 1419 and the second in 1618 (though the second is generally considered The Defenestration of Prague)."

Sunday, March 06, 2005

zigah.twinoo

"The First MoMPG (Mono MultiPlayer Game)
May the best brain hemisphere win!"

Speech Codes, vs. Freedom of Speech

"It has been the thing the last several years for universities to pass speech codes in the name of diversity, that when pushed in courts of law almost always fail because they are infringements of the first amendment."

Saturday, March 05, 2005

Yahoo Expands Image Search, Transformed Queries

"Yahoo announced in its search blog recently that they've expanded Yahoo images and added a bit to its functionality."

MagnaChip image sensor helps you take a good look inside yourself

"This tiny disposable Gilligan can take up to 50,000 photos on its eight-hour tour through your innards, and report back wirelessly to a hard drive worn on your belt"

Australian Pantomime c1901-1918


from MusicAustralia

Robots in the White House

"It was pointed out a while back (on Kos or Atrios, I think) that according to whitehouse.gov, nothing has happened in Iraq since 10/21/04. Now it seems the White House doesn't want any information about Iraq on its site to be in Google's index."

Powerful radio pulses puzzle astronomers

"A MYSTERY object near the centre of our galaxy is sending out powerful pulses of radio waves. It is unlike any known source."

Maximum pain is aim of new US weapon

"The US military is funding development of a weapon that delivers a bout of excruciating pain from up to 2 kilometres away. Intended for use against rioters, it is meant to leave victims unharmed. But pain researchers are furious that work aimed at controlling pain has been used to develop a weapon. And they fear that the technology will be used for torture."

Joshua A. Norton

The man who claimed to be "Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico" in 1859.

Computer tax set to replace TV licence fee

"THE BBC licence fee should be replaced by a tax on the ownership of a personal computer instead of a television, ministers said yesterday."

Thursday, March 03, 2005

The Maze

"Based on the book Maze, by Christopher Manson, this hyperlinked area allows you to move from room to room of a maze by selecting the door of the room you wish to enter."

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Smart Holograms Used as Biosensors

" the next generation of biosensors will consist of small holograms costing only fractions of a cent. Prototypes developed by a U.K. company, aptly named Smart Holograms, include contact lenses that monitor glucose levels or thin badges that detect alcohol levels. Not only these holograms used as sensors will be cheap to produce, they'll also require less training for nurses or police officers. This is because these holograms can be designed to show results graphically, such as morphing into an image of a green car if someone subjected to breath analysis is sober and can drive."

U.S. newspaper industry struggling

"The venerable newspaper is in trouble. Under sustained assault from cable television, the Internet, all-news radio and lifestyles so cram-packed they leave little time for the daily paper, the industry is struggling to remake itself."

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Dymaxion car

1933 - 3 wheels, 20ft long, 11 passengers, 120mph and a steering wheel that turned the car in the opposite direction.

St Davids Day

Livermore's Centennial Light

This lightbulb has been burning since 1901 at a fire station in Livermore making it the oldest known working lightbulb. This bulb has it's own website, webcam, visiting hours, committe, bbq with bands playing on it's centennial and tee-shirt sales. It's doing better than I am. I have to say that wiring does not look safe, could start a fire; someone should be told...

Saturday, February 26, 2005

Crushing by elephant

An unusual form of capital punishment used throughout history.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Lord of the loops - the perfect circle


A US military pilot carrying out an air test at 35,000 feet - about six and a half miles high - flew a perfect circle above Dereham.

Monday, February 21, 2005

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Voxel


Surgeons can place implants, measuring devices, and surgical instruments directly into the radiologically-accurate life-sized Voxgram image to select and plan the best surgical approach. It is as if they were actually navigating within their patient's anatomy.

Realeyes3D

Phone2Fun Digitizer allows camera phones users to send hand-written messages with text, drawings or pre-printed information, such as newspaper ads, portions of printed pages, etc. as if using their phone as a “connected scanner”.

Java Music Specification Language v103 Available

"AlgoMusic.com announced immediate availability of Java Music Specification Language (JMSL) v103, a music composition toolbox written in Java. Programmers can use JMSL to develop interactive music systems that can be run as stand-alone applications, or as Applets in a web page. Composers can create notated works for live ensembles and deploy their scores on the Web. Because JMSL is Java based, the applications are cross-platform and can run on Macintosh, PC, or Linux without recompiling. JMSL supports MIDI, JSyn (Java Synthesizer by softsynth.com), and Sun's JavaSound."

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Our Favorite Fonts of 2004

"As the new year began Typographica readers and contributors were asked to share their top picks from the fonts released during 2004."

Aubrey de Grey Video Clips

"Methuselah Foundation volunteer Kevin Perrott has put together a pair of video clips of coverage relating to Aubrey de Grey's presentation at the University of Alberta"

Boston Molasses Disaster

Twenty-one people die when a confectionery factory explodes, sending a wave of molasses down the streets of Boston.

Friday, February 18, 2005

Wearable Warnings

"The prototype design is a coat with warning strips of fur that become electro-statically charged in situations where the wearer feels threatened. When charged the fur begins to stand on end; a visual indication that the wearer is uncomfortable. If someone invades the wearer's personal space they will begin to feel a second warning; as they enter the coat's electrostatic field they will feel tingling skin sensations and their hair will stand on end. The fur will begin to twitch toward them and emit crackling sounds. If the 'threat' proceeds to touch the fur then 100,000 volts of electro-static charge discharges from the fur, into the offender's body (non-lethal but definitely a bite)."

Queen 'does great cockney accent'

"The Queen, she confirmed, is particularly good with cockney and Norfolk accents."

Orb Networks

Play anything anywhere. Stream content from your Media PC to any other device

Music Band Fonts

school memories...

Virtual Keyboard-Enabled SX-1


The projection system (custom laser technology) projects the image of a full-size keyboard on any nearby flat surface. The detection system (IR Beam and CMOS sensing unit) allows complete detection of user finger movements and keystrokes.

Nickelback

"And here's the proof, people. Listen to their first godawful hit, played through the left speaker. At the same time, an equally shite single (released two years later) will be played through the right speaker. Can you spot the difference?"

the biggest web design mistakes in 2004

"These ladies are laughing at you. Why? You designed your web site for your needs, not their needs. It gets worse. After they stop laughing, they're going to one of your competitors' sites and buy something."

Signs of current life on Mars, researchers claim

"A pair of NASA scientists told a group of space officials at a private meeting here that they have found strong evidence that life may exist today on Mars, hidden away in caves and sustained by pockets of water."

bent out of shape

A Dozen New Planets Found

"The past four weeks have been heady ones in the planet-finding world: Three teams of astronomers announced the discovery of 12 previously unknown worlds, bringing the total count of planets outside our solar system to 145."

SHA-1 Broken

"SHA-1 has been broken. Not a reduced-round version. Not a simplified version. The real thing."

The Free Lunch Is Over: A Fundamental Turn Toward Concurrency in Software

" What’s the clock speed on the CPU(s) in your current workstation? Are you running at 10GHz? On Intel chips, we reached 2GHz a long time ago (August 2001), and according to CPU trends before 2003, now in early 2005 we should have the first 10GHz Pentium-family chips. A quick look around shows that, well, actually, we don’t. What’s more, such chips are not even on the horizon—we have no good idea at all about when we might see them appear."

New Robots Walk Like Humans


In what could be described as one small step for a robot, but a giant leap for robot-kind, a trio of humanoid machines were introduced Thursday, each with the ability to walk in a human-like manner.

Each bipedal robot has a strikingly human-like gait and appearance. Arms swing for balance. Ankles push off. Eyeballs are added for effect.

10 Million iPods, Previewing the CD's End

"Classic-rock fan George Petersen doesn't need another copy of Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" or Cream's "Disraeli Gears." He has spent the past four decades buying and re-buying his favorite music in a succession of new formats: vinyl, 8-track, cassette, compact disc, Super Audio CD, DVD-Audio.

Enough is enough. The basement is full."

Bat bomb

World War II plan to bomb Japan with bats carrying tiny Incendiary bombs

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Durable mobile robots for extreme conditions


Rotundus develops mobile robots very well suited for surveillance and inspection in rough environments.

Its spherical shape makes the robot tight, durable and fast. It can run in most terrain - snow, mud, sand, water.

Software for the blind

" A melody of staccato piano notes sings out from the speakers of Victor K. Wong's desktop computer. But it is not a melody made by Bach, or Liberace, or even Alicia Keys. It is the melody of color.

Wong, a Cornell University graduate student from Hong Kong who lost his sight in a road accident at age seven, is helping to develop innovative software that translates color into sound. 'Color is something that does not exist in the world of a blind person,' explains Wong. 'I could see before, so I know what it is. But there is no way that I can think of to give an exact idea of color to someone who has never seen before.'"

"Women will get sterile just looking at you."

made me laugh

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A genius explains

Tammet is calculating 377 multiplied by 795. Actually, he isn't "calculating": there is nothing conscious about what he is doing. He arrives at the answer instantly. Since his epileptic fit, he has been able to see numbers as shapes, colours and textures. The number two, for instance, is a motion, and five is a clap of thunder. "When I multiply numbers together, I see two shapes. The image starts to change and evolve, and a third shape emerges. That's the answer. It's mental imagery. It's like maths without having to think."

An evening with Dean Radin

More about the Global Consciousness Project which claims that random numbers are in tune with Oprah:

"Radin gave several examples of how GCP had detected 'global consciousness'. One was the day O.J. Simpson was acquitted of double-murder. We were shown a graph where - no doubt about that - the data formed a nice ascending curve in the minutes after the pre-show started, with cameras basically waiting for the verdict to be read. And yes, there was a nice, ascending curve in the minutes after the verdict was read.

However, about half an hour before the verdict, there was a similar curve ascending for no apparent reason. Radin's quick explanation before moving on to the next slide?

'I don't know what happened there.'

It was not to be the last time we heard that answer."

'Cannabis gran' remains defiant

"The woman known as Britain's 'cannabis gran' explains why she eats marijuana five times a day - and why she'll keep on doing it despite the threat of a jail term."

A rough sketch by Francis Crick showing his first impression of the DNA molecule has been released on the web.

0 (year)

Was there a year between 1 BC and 1 AD?

MPrize

"The Methuselah Mouse Prize is the premiere effort of The Methuselah Foundation; a scientific competition designed to draw attention to the ability of new technologies to slow and even reverse the damage of the aging process, preserving health and wisdom in a world that sorely needs it. A financial award derived from private donations is won by the research team that breaks the record for the world's oldest mouse. Once healthy life-extension is demonstrated in mice, the attitude that 'aging is inevitable' will no longer be possible and will give way to an all-out 'war on aging'. The funding necessary to develop human interventions will be then be made available. The Prize will use the ancient incentives of competition, money and fame to harness the power of human ingenuity to fight an ancient problem. Will it work? With your help, it cannot fail."

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Alesis Fusion Synth Leaked, Brand new synth workstation to debut at NAMM05

With up to 180 voice polyphony, the Fusion Engine Synthesis can provide: Sample Playback, Virtual Analog, FM and Physical Modeling to get you started. You also get a 32 track sequencer with a 40GB of “whatever you want”. Namely 8 tracks of 24-bit audio.
With plenty of internal effects, plus 64MB standard RAM (expandable to 192MB), you’ll be able to store your creations on Compact Flash (I+II), SATA HD and later in the year CD-RW. I couldn’t see a USB connection specified but a close inspection of the rear panel shows that there is one, so presumably you can transfer between your PC and the Fusion with no great difficulty.

The Fusion is well connected too, you get:
Stereo Input L-Mono/R (Standard 1/4 Jack), Stereo Headphone Output (Standard 1/4 Jack),Stereo Main Output L/R (Standard 1/4 Jack), Stereo Aux Output L/R (Standard 1/4 Jack), S/PDIF Output (Coax/Optical), ADAT Output (Optical), MIDI In/Out/Thru, Sustain Pedal, Footswitch, Expression Pedal, USB (to Host), HD Recording Inputs 1-8 (Standard 1/4 Jack), External Drive (SATA) and of course an AC Inlet.

Using Lab grown Human Tissue for Jewelry

Remember when getting your girlfriend’s name tattooed wasn’t old fashioned? These days, you could get talked into undergoing a biopsy in which you and your partner would have to donate a sample of your bone cells, the tissues then get harvested in a lab, grown until a mass of bone has developed and then used as material for a ring.

Science Fiction Becomes Reality With New Holograph Machine

Update on the Heilodisplay

The Darwinian Interlude

"Carl Woese published a provocative and illuminating article, “A New Biology for a New Century,” in the June 2004 issue of Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews. His main theme is the obsolescence of reductionist biology as it has been practiced for the last hundred years, and the need for a new biology based on communities and ecosystems rather than on genes and molecules. He also raises another profoundly important question: when did Darwinian evolution begin?"

Can This Black Box See Into the Future?

"DEEP in the basement of a dusty university library in Edinburgh lies a small black box, roughly the size of two cigarette packets side by side, that churns out random numbers in an endless stream.

At first glance it is an unremarkable piece of equipment. Encased in metal, it contains at its heart a microchip no more complex than the ones found in modern pocket calculators.

But, according to a growing band of top scientists, this box has quite extraordinary powers. It is, they claim, the 'eye' of a machine that appears capable of peering into the future and predicting major world events."

A long winding road out of beta

"Once considered the final stage of software development, beta versions are taking on a life of their own, as companies tinker endlessly with their products in public."

Opera to MS: Get real about interoperability, Mr Gates

"Last week Bill Gates got the interoperability religion. Allegedly - given Microsoft's long and sometimes less than constructive history in the field of interoperability, a certain amount of scepticism is perhaps appropriate. Hakon Lie, Chief Technology Officer of long-standing Microsoft competitor Opera Software, welcomes Gates' new-found enthusiasm for interoperability, but in the following response to Gates, has just a few suggestions about what Microsoft might do to actually achieve it."

I.D. Issues

"When investigating any crime, it is important to establish that the person you have under arrest is the person who committed the crime. Establishing what is known as “continuity” of identification evidence is vital before any case goes to court."

Wallpaper: Barred Spiral NGC 1300

"One of the largest Hubble Space Telescope images ever made of a complete galaxy is being unveiled today at the American Astronomical Society meeting in San Diego, Calif."

Europe's super-rocket rides high



Europe has launched its most powerful rocket to date - the Ariane 5-ECA.

The 50m-high (160ft) vehicle blasted off from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana at 2103 GMT, putting eight tonnes of satellite payload into orbit.

It was the ECA's first flight following its disastrous maiden outing in 2002, when the rocket was destroyed as it veered out of control over the ocean.

Bunker-busting bombs back on US agenda

It seemed too good to be true when the US Congress last year blocked funding for bunker-busting nuclear weapons. And so it was. This week the administration has come back with a request for $8.5 million to revive the project.

EST ( Expanding Spacetime Theory ) Pioneer 10 acceleration anomaly

"A small discrepancy between the velocity derived from ephemeris modeling based on distance ranging and the velocity measured from the Doppler shift has been detected and confirmed. It appears that the probe is subjected to a tiny constant acceleration toward the Sun that neither depends on the time nor on the distance. In addition to this constant acceleration discrepancy, periodic annual and diurnal acceleration variations have been observed. The same acceleration anomaly has been seen with Pioneer 11, which is moving outward in the opposite direction and also with other spacecrafts. No physical explanation has yet been found."

Wiki:Pioneer Anomaly
NS:Are there two types of gravity?

Thin-Slicing

"Thin-slicing is little more than intuition - the conscious recognition of something sub-conscious - but Gladwell tarts it up in scientific experiments and offers it as the next buzzword du jour."

Turing Train Terminal

"Scale trains have existed for almost as long as their archetypes, which were developed for the purposes of traffic, transportation and trade. Economy and commerce have also been the underlying motivations for the invention of computers, calculators and artificial brains.

Allowing ourselves to fleetingly believe in an earlier historical miscalculation that '... Computers in the future may have only 1,000 vacuum tubes and perhaps weigh 1 1/2 tons.' (Popular Mechanics, March 1949), we decided to put some hundred tons of scaled steel together in order to build these calculating protozoa. The operating system of this reckoning worm is the ultimate universal calculator, the Turingmachine, and is able to calculate whatever is capable of being calculated. One just would have to continue building to see where this may lead..."

Apollo 11 - 17 Mission First man on the Moon - Fullscreen QTVR photo

"Less known is that during all the missions they made image sequences which with todays computer technics can be stitched together into 360o interactive panoramas giving you the possibillity to view the moon almost as you were there."

Saturday, February 12, 2005

"Star Wars" despots vs. "Star Trek" populists

"By now it's grown clear that George Lucas has an agenda, one that he takes very seriously. After four 'Star Wars' films, alarm bells should have gone off, even among those who don't look for morals in movies. When the chief feature distinguishing 'good' from 'evil' is how pretty the characters are, it's a clue that maybe the whole saga deserves a second look."

Friday, February 11, 2005

Viral architecture

"R&Sie architecture company's project for the future Bangkok Art Museum feeds of the city's pollution. Called Dusty Relief, the edifice will be surrounded by electrically charged wire that 'grows fur' by statically attracting airborne filth."

Google hosting - From Meta; discussion about Wikimedia projects

"Google Inc. has made a proposal to host some of the content of the Wikimedia projects.

The terms of the offer are currently being discussed by the board. The developer committee has been informed of some of the details via email. A private IRC meeting with Google is planned for March, 2005.

Please note that this agreement does not mean there is any requirement for us to include advertising on the site.

More details will be put here when the offer is allowed to be made public."

Heavy metal umlaut: the movie

Screencast from Jon Udell about the evolution of the a single page on Wikipedia.

Towards a truly clever Artificial Intelligence

A pioneering new way of creating computer programs could be used in the future to design and build robots with minds that function like that of a human being, according to a leading researcher at The University of Reading.

Dr James Anderson, of the University’s Department of Computer Science, has developed for the first time the ‘perspective simplex’, or Perspex, which is a way of writing a computer program as a geometrical structure, rather than as a series of instructions.

U.S. Scientists Say They Are Told to Alter Findings

"More than 200 scientists employed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service say they have been directed to alter official findings to lessen protections for plants and animals, a survey released Wednesday says."

The 5,000-year-old man

Another interview with Aubrey de Grey. "de Grey has helped create the Methuselah Mouse Foundation, which is offering substantial financial awards to scientists who can profoundly increase the lifespans of mice. The award’s name—the “M-Prize”—is a variation on the X-prize, which rewards researchers working to create low-cost space flight for the development of space tourism."

McLaren became the latest team to adopt a novel solution to the 2005 aerodynamic rules when their MP4-20 sprouted a pair of horn-like mid-wings at Jerez on Tuesday.

Fowl play

"One theory is that someone is using a giant slingshot to launch the birds into the air."

POSEIDON UNDERSEA RESORTS

"Currently in the final design stages, Poseidon will be the world's first sea floor resort complex."

Ocean Base - JMS Naval Architects & Salvage Engineers

"The hallmark of the video is the ocean floor habitat, similar to an undersea 'space station,' called Ocean Base One."

Jules Underwater Hotel

Although Jules' still functions as a research lab, you will be pleased to know that it has air-contitioning, hot showers, stereo music, VCR's, a fully stocked galley, and unlimited diving for certified divers

HYDROPOLIS - The Project

220 underwater suites, 66 feet below the surface in the Persian Gulf

Luftwaffe 'mistake' now on stage

"The true story of how two men used a flare gun and a teapot to capture a German plane, helping to change the course of World War Two, is now a play."

Map24


Route planner and maps for the UK, Europe and USA. Check out the funky zooming.

Exclusive Pics: The Vogons of Hitchhiker's Guide


The first official production stills from the forthcoming Douglas Adams adaptation of the Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy showing the Vogons.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Jux2position Denver Virtual Tour

"Jux2position has just come out with a massive, totally interactive virtual reality tour of the city of Denver and its surrounding areas."

Total Immersions D'Fusion Technology

Total Immersion’s D’Fusion software solution allows for real-time video capture and perfect merges between video streams and 3D objects.

All-day drink licences available

"Pubs can now apply for licences to open for up to 24 hours ahead of changes due to come in later this year."

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Tool For Thought

"So the proper unit for this kind of exploratory, semantic search is not the file, but rather something else, something I don't quite have a word for: a chunk or cluster of text, something close to those little quotes that I've assembled in DevonThink. "

Superfluid helium-4 whistles just the right tune

" Hear the synchronized vibrations from a chorus of more than 4,000 nano-whistles, created when physicists pushed superfluid helium-4 though an array of nanometer-sized holes. Note that the pitch drops as the pressure drops."

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

AOL to Drop Usenet, Angering Three Customers

"Mega industry powerhouse A.O.L. has announced that sometime in early February it will be dropping Usenet. At that time the few AOL customers who know what a newsgroup is, let alone how to use and access them will no longer be able to. P2PForums.com has been able to find three intelligent AOL users who are none to happy about this."

Monday, February 07, 2005

Jailed for using a nonstandard browser

"A Londonder made a tsnuami-relief donation using lynx -- a text-based browser used by the blind, Unix-users and others -- on Sun's Solaris operating system. The site-operator decided that this 'unusual' event in the system log indicated a hack-attempt, and the police broke down the donor's door and arrested him."

Soviet bomb-makers retrain in UK

"Nuclear weapons scientists from the former Soviet Union are re-training for 'more peaceful' work in the UK.

Experts who once built bombs aimed at the capitalist West are learning about business and cultural awareness at De Montfort University, Leicester."

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Lexus cars potentially vulnerable to virus?

"Russian anti-virus research firm Kaspersky Lab says you can now add cars to the growing list of things that can be infected with a computer virus."

Replacing Hubble

"Instruments destined for the venerable space telescope could form the basis for its replacement."

Friday, February 04, 2005

Natural Phenomena Named After Frank Zappa

This series of articles describes a variety of Natural Phenomena - marine, terrestrial and extra-terrestrial - which have been named in honour of Frank Zappa, the smallest being a gene belonging to a bacterium, the largest being an entire planet.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

The horrible grunt of the Tasmanian devil

"Jim Mitchell sez: 'There's an unbelievably good audio file of a howling Tasmanian Devil in the travel section Sunday's SFGate.com. This may be the worst sound ever emitted by a carbon-based life form.'"

Flickr / Color Fields - Experimental Color Picker - Jim Bumgardner

Name Statistics

Have you ever wondered how popular your first and last names are?

Animal-Human Hybrids Spark Controversy

"And at Stanford University in California an experiment might be done later this year to create mice with human brains."

If you don't take a job as a prostitute, we can stop your benefits

A 25-year-old waitress who turned down a job providing "sexual services'' at a brothel in Berlin faces possible cuts to her unemployment benefit under laws introduced this year.

'Now that prostitution is no longer considered by the law to be immoral, there is really nothing but the goodwill of the job centres to stop them from pushing women into jobs they don't want to do.'

Flickr mosaics

Iraq reconstruction funds missing

"On one occasion, $1.4bn had to be transported to a bank in three helicopters, as it weighed 14 tons, but no deposit slip was obtained when it was paid in."

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Amazon's A9 adds pictures to Yellow Pages

To compile the database of pictures, Amazon sent out a fleet of vans with digital cameras strapped to their roofs. The images were then synchronized to a GPS unit to match them with specific addresses. To account for potential GPS inaccuracies, Amazon developed custom software to tighten up the linkage between picture and street address.

What Is the US Trying to Hide in Fallujah?

"In the center of the Julan Quarter they are removing entire homes which have been bombed, meanwhile most of the homes that were bombed are left as they were. Why are they doing this?"

MusicPlasma allows you to enter a band and see related artists

Falling Down the TM Rabbit Hole, How TM Really Works, a Critical Opinion

"Suggestions are carefully planted on you at a couple of 'introductory lectures', where you are pitched the idea that Mahesh somehow has the inside scoop on some sort of ancient knowledge from India. If you don't buy this 'ancient wisdom' pitch then you may buy the concurrently presented 'scientifically validated simple relaxation technique' pitch. "

The Preparation: Book on Space colonization, transhumans, nanotechnology.

"With the dawn of the 21st century comes the advent of new technologies - human life extension with perfect health - nanotechnology - the neural-to-computer interface - mental enhancement devices - genetic engineering"

Unknown Beethoven Work to Be Performed

"AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - A long-lost adagio by Beethoven will be performed for the first time next month. The Rotterdam Chamber Orchestra will perform the eight-minute piece on Feb. 1, conductor Conrad van Alphen said Friday."

Blinkx. Yet another video search beta.

Latvian man survives deadly binge

"A Latvian man has recovered after drinking enough alcohol to kill two normal people.
He said he had got drunk because his wife left him - and his wife left him because he drank too much.
Police spokeswoman Ieva Zvidre said an average person would vomit at a level of about 1.2, lose consciousness at 3.0 and stop breathing at around 4.0.

She told the BBC she did not know whether the man who survived 7.2 parts per thousand had set a world record.

But she added: "I don't think this is a good way to get into the record books.""

New roads can cause congestion

"Traffic should flow best in cities when only a limited number of roads lead to the centre. This counter-intuitive finding could allow planners to prevent gridlock by closing roads rather than building new ones."

Monday, January 31, 2005

mPhase Technologies and Bell Labs Successfully Demonstrate First Battery Based on 'Nanograss'

"mPhase and Lucent announced an agreement in March 2004, under which mPhase plans to commercialize the nanobattery under license from Lucent. mPhase projects its nanobattery to be commercially available in 12-15 months, and plans to produce the technology packaged in various configurations. A primary development goal is to create a battery that could have a shelf life lasting decades, yet can be activated instantaneously."

hackdiary: Stemming tags, and one website to the tune of another

"By creating a symbiotic relationship between the two sites in your browser, you gain an overlaid cross-site navigation that doesn't exist in the site as it currently stands"

Developing a URL structure for broadcast radio sites...

"One of the most common questions I've had about the Radio 3 redesign work that we've been doing has been about the URL structures that we have used to identify individual episodes of individual programmes."

Thursday, January 27, 2005

With a Little Boy in the back

"In today's security-obsessed, post-9/11 era, one might think that it would be difficult to haul a convincing replica of an atomic bomb across the country. Not so, as John Coster-Mullen inadvertently proved in October 2004.

'We drove a full-scale WMD 800 miles across the United States and no one stopped or questioned us,' Coster-Mullen told me. 'In fact, it was quite easy!'"

Vanderpool Technology - Intel Corporation

"Virtualization enhanced by Vanderpool will allow a platform to run multiple operating systems and applications in independent partitions."

Google beta video search


The Winchester Mystery House

" a window built into the floor, staircases leading to nowhere, a chimney that rises four floors, doors that open onto blank walls,"

Sarah Winchester kept the carpenters' hammers pounding 24 hours a day for 38 years. It is believed that after the untimely deaths of her baby daughter and husband, son of the Winchester Rifle manufacturer, Mrs. Winchester was convinced by a medium that continuous building would appease the evil spirits of those killed by the famous "Gun that Won the West" and help her attain eternal life.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

US plans 'robot troops' for Iraq

"The US military is planning to deploy robots armed with machine-guns to wage war against insurgents in Iraq."

Sunday, January 23, 2005


M. Schumacher & R. Barrichello
As so often, Ferrari's top drivers Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello are celebrating on the winners' podium. The set includes Ferrari flags, a silver cup, and mini-figure versions of the drivers. The mini-figures can also be used with Ferrari F1 Racer 1:24 (8362) and Ferrari F1 Pit Set (8375).

Saturday, January 22, 2005

Police targeting 'slap' attackers

"Police say they are targeting young people involved in a new trend of assaults in which they "slap" commuters in the face for no apparent reason.

Gangs are said to record pictures of the assaults on their mobile phones and then text them to their friends."

The Human Clock - A Photo for Every Minute of the Day

"On a side note, if there was some sort of JavaScript that could detect if the user was actually looking at the computer screen, it wouldn't work right anyway. Netscape's implementation would only return TRUE if both eyeballs were on the screen, IE's would return FALSE if both eyeballs were not looking at the same spot, Opera would return TRUE if the user was even thinking of looking at the screen, and it wouldn't even work on WebTV."

Best-Kept Secrets

Quantum cryptography has marched from theory to laboratory to real products.

TouchGraph GoogleBrowser V1.01

Ernst Haeckel:
Kunstformen der Natur
1899-1904

Hubble rescue 'will be scrapped'

"The future of the Hubble Space Telescope is in doubt after the White House refused money for a rescue plan, US media has reported."

Firepaste Video

Can a material discovered by an inventor in North Bay, Ontario be the next great advance in heat-resistent material?

The End Of Time

"BARBOUR: My basic idea is that time as such does not exist. There is no invisible river of time. But there are things that you could call instants of time, or 'Nows'. As we live, we seem to move through a succession of Nows, and the question is, what are they? They are arrangements of everything in the universe relative to each other in any moment, for example, now."

Julian Barbour

Thursday, January 20, 2005

ASL Browser

Quicktime movies showing words in American Sign Language

Real World Doesn't Use a Joystick

After a recent three-day binge of playing the Japanese cult hit video game Katamari Damacy, Los Angeles artist Kozy Kitchens discovered that walking away from the game was not as easy as putting down her joystick.

In the game, players push around what amounts to a giant tape ball, attempting to make the ball bigger by picking up any and all objects in its path. Kitchens found that her urge to keep picking things up was not so easy to shake.

"'I was driving down Venice Boulevard,' recalled her husband, Dan Kitchens, 'and Kozy reached over and grabbed the steering wheel and for a moment was trying to yank it to the right.... (Then) she let go, but kept staring out her window, and then looked back at me kind of stunned and said, 'Sorry. I thought we could pick up that mailbox we just passed.''"

Ready, Aim, ID Check: In Wrong Hands, Gun Won't Fire

"The computer circuits that control hand-held music players, cellphones and organizers may soon be in a new location: inside electronically controlled guns.

Researchers at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark are building a handgun designed to fire only when its circuitry and software recognize the grip of an authorized shooter."

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Linux Kernel To Be Re-Written To Counter Microsoft FUD

"IBM, Intel, the Open Source Development Labs, and other industry lights are supposedly planning to announce that a consortium has been created that will rewrite the components in the Linux kernel that, it has been alleged, tread on other people's IP - or at least the 27 Microsoft patents that Linux supposedly infringes." The aim? To rob Microsoft of the ability to scare customers off of Linux by saying that the operating system is a patent infringer, informed sources say. O'Gara adds that "Operation Open Gates" as they are calling it is reportedly going to be unveiled on January 25.

Do You Want to Live Forever?

Wandering through the quadrangles and medieval bastions of learning at the University of Cambridge one overcast Sunday afternoon a few months ago, I found myself ruminating on how this venerable place had been a crucible for the scientific revolution that changed humankind’s perceptions of itself and of the world. The notion of Cambridge as a source of grand transformative concepts was very much on my mind that day, because I had traveled to England to meet a contemporary Cantabrigian who aspires to a historical role similar to those enjoyed by Francis Bacon, Isaac Newton, and William Harvey. Aubrey David Nicholas Jasper de Grey is convinced that he has formulated the theoretical means by which human beings might live thousands of years—indefinitely, in fact.

Aubrey de Grey Responds

Could a hole in space save man from extinction?

In the next decade, powerful satellites will help us to understand life, the fate of our universe and the 'theory of everything', says Michio Kaku.

The only possible way to avoid the death of the universe is to leave.

IBM Marvel MPEG-7 Video Search Engine

Clusty the Clustering Engine

Another search engine this time with some kind of context for the results just like Kartoo. The engine is provided by Vivisimo which gives different results to Clusty.

Meditation Gives Brain a Charge, Study Finds

"Brain research is beginning to produce concrete evidence for something that Buddhist practitioners of meditation have maintained for centuries: Mental discipline and meditative practice can change the workings of the brain and allow people to achieve different levels of awareness."

Natural selection acts on the quantum world

Objective reality may owe its existence to a 'darwinian' process that advertises certain quantum states.

If, as quantum mechanics says, observing the world tends to change it, how is it that we can agree on anything at all? Why doesn't each person leave a slightly different version of the world for the next person to find?

Because, say the researchers, certain special states of a system are promoted above others by a quantum form of natural selection, which they call quantum darwinism. Information about these states proliferates and gets imprinted on the environment. So observers coming along and looking at the environment in order to get a picture of the world tend to see the same 'preferred' states.

Stem-Cell Method May Cheat Death

"The approach would involve removing one cell from a very early embryo that has developed to about eight cells (called a morula), and deriving stem cells from that single cell. The embryo would still have the potential to develop into a human if implanted into a womb. The only thing preventing the scientists from trying the process is money"

Monday, January 17, 2005

Turn a Mobile Phone Into a Mobile Studio

Syntrax is a music package created for the mobile phone. Syntrax runs on Symbian phones as well as the PocketPC. Even though mobile phones have limited resources, Syntrax is designed to deliver all the features the modern musician expects from a mobile pocket studio.

Other people's studios


Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy Film Poster

Phoenix Mars Lander Website Launched

"The mission is to land in the northern polar region of Mars (about 70 N latitude) in May 2008 and to expose the upper few feet of surface material using a robotic arm to find the ice that was discovered by the Odyssey mission in 2002. The history of this ice and its interaction with the martian atmosphere will be studied throughout the 3-month primary mission."

Get Ready for the Largest Demolition Derby on the Planet

Scientists say Slow-Motion Collision Near Antarctic Research Station Imminent: "It is an event so large that the best seat in the house is in space: a massive iceberg is on a collision course with a floating glacier near the McMurdo Research Station in Antarctica."

Enthusiast compositions of the Huygens images

Since the images of the Huygens probe -- descending to Titan (moon of Saturn) -- have been published on the net, the people in IRC channel #space on irc.freenode.net started to play with these raw images and made some mosaics of these images.

The following is a second attempt, with a better, more realistic color scheme (added Jan 17 2004 00:06 CET)

Mike Zawistowski has created a 3D rendering of Titan to provide us with an approximate rendering of what Titan might look like, based on the actual data, created with Terragen. Note that the coloring in the following image is a complete guess, the 3D terrain is based on the Titan data. (added Jan 16 2004 13:52 CET)

Marco Papi created a rendering of the delta structure. (added Jan 16 2004 14:23 CET)

Ricardo Nunes sent in a big mosaic (partly based on the images below) of the area where Huygens has landed (added Jan 16 2004 15:30 CET)

Christian Waldvogel created full panoramas of the Titan surface, one normal and a polar view. This submission is really awesome! (added Jan 15 2004 22:05 CET, colored version added Jan 16 2004 18:54)

Composite of a 360-degrees view during descent, using 11 of the raw images. the raw images were corrected in brightness, scale and perspective and then stitched together. Missing areas on dark bottom and sky were completed with two-color-gradients. No information was added. Colors in the colored version were adjusted according to the ESA's colored surface view.

The Digitial Sundial

Electron Band Structure In Germanium, My Ass

"Abstract: The exponential dependence of resistivity on temperature in germanium is found to be a great big lie. My careful theoretical modeling and painstaking experimentation reveal 1) that my equipment is crap, as are all the available texts on the subject and 2) that this whole exercise was a complete waste of my time.""

The $1.5M lie detector

"Because we need the government peering in our brains to make sure we're telling the truth, the study authors are hoping to secure funding from the CIA, Department of Homeland Security, or the National Security Agency, Let's hope the IRS doesn't get a hold of one."

Random Personal Picture Finder

Light Blue Optics

"Light Blue Optics has developed ground-breaking holographic technology, which will power a new generation of pocket-sized digital video projectors."

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Message from the future

"If nanobots and skycars sound more like sci-fi than a sane view of the future, then you may need to reprogram your mindset. Helene Zampetakis reports on the technology that will shape our lives in the decades to come."

Toyota announce an overview of the project to develop partner robots designed to function as personal assistants for humans.

Immigration Minister Quits in Pizza Scandal

"Canadian Immigration Minister Judy Sgro, already embroiled in a scandal over favors given to a Romanian stripper, resigned on Friday after a pizza shop owner said she had reneged on a promise to help him avoid deportation in exchange for free pizza."

Flower Power

In the midst of 2 recently announced games involving cultivating vegetables in Japan or your own garden in France, In-duce/De-duce want to try to put together the recent ideas of a massively multiplayer GPS mobile phone green game.
A community of players working together to compensate the real pollution and eyesores of a city by planting and taking care of virtual flowers and other plants on a virtual data layer superimposed on the city.

Wikipedia: Shirky / (Tufte x Wattenburg) = ?

"More ding-dong on the authority of Wikipedia recently, with much of the debate swirling around Many-2-Many."
History Flow
Sparklines
Theme River

Joyfully surfing the waves of confusion

Joanna Kavenna reviews On Literature by Umberto Eco

"He doesn't quite part the sea of confusion in his writings; he rather surfs the waves, performing spectacular turns to an audience of deconstructionist beach bums and sunbathing postmodernists."

Creationists lose round in textbook sticker fight

"Creationism versus Evolution. If ever there was a topic that managed to inflame everyone from pointy haired scientists, to teachers, to ministers, to the so-called Common People, this has got to be near the top of the list. It most certainly has been a common topic at school board meetings throughout some segments of the United States in recent years, and in 2002, the school board in Cobb County, Georgia decided to take a stand."

Whitelabel.org: Don't get me wrong, I really like BBC News Online

"News Online doesn't engage with its users, it doesn't provide tools that allow me, the licence payer, to slice and dice their stories, and by refusing to link from its body text, it fails to understand how hypertext works."

The News Online Wikiproxy

"It's a proxy for the site, that does the following things:
  • retrieves a page from News Online, and regexes out "Capitalised Phrases" and acronyms. It then tests these against a database of wikipedia topic titles. If the phrase is a topic in wikipedia, then it's turned into a hyperlink
  • uses the technorati API to add a sidebar of links to blogs referencing the story. Now you can see who's talking about the story from the story itself
  • as a bonus, my code breaks that bloody awful ticker. I'm not fixing it.
  • because that's how links should be, my links are underlined.
  • reduces page bloat by about 10% by stripping acres of whitespace."
  • Making Delphi 2005 independent from .NET

    "Despite what Borland says, Delphi 2005 doesn't require .NET."

    Did Fluid Once Flow on Titan?

    With the latest Titan images showing channels and fluid-like branching, scientists have begun the debate anew whether fluid might have shaped the Earth-like moon. Imaging science team leader for Cassini, Carolyn Porco, describes the initial surprise and excitement of seeing Titan up close.

    Lakefront Landing in Crème Brulé


    For the first time, humans have gotten a close-up look at Titan, the planet-sized moon. Huygens, scientists say, has landed in soil with the consistency of wet sand or clay. The scenery surrounding the landing site resembles a postcard panorama of undeveloped lakefront property, hand-tinted in pastel shades of orange.

    Saturday, January 15, 2005

    Sneak preview of the 2005 BAR Honda 007


    Despite being 36 hours away from the launch of the new BAR Honda 007, BAR have released a sneak preview image of the new car, revealing an intriguing design nose.

    NASA Salutes Successful Huygens Probe

    "NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe today offered congratulations to the European Space Agency (ESA) on the successful touchdown of its Huygens probe on Saturn's moon Titan."

    Friday, January 14, 2005

    Power of Nightmares re-awakened

    "As the films showed, wherever one looks for this "al-Qaeda" organisation - from the mountains of Afghanistan to the "sleeper cells" in America - the British and Americans are pursuing a fantasy."

    Huygens begins its Titan descent

    "The Huygens spacecraft has sent back its first signal on its historic descent to Saturn's moon Titan."

    Opportunity Spots Curious Object On Mars

    NASA’s Opportunity Mars rover has come across an interesting object -- perhaps a meteorite sitting out in the open at Meridiani Planum. Initial data taken by the robot’s Mini-Thermal Emission Spectrometer (Mini-TES) is suggestive that the odd-looking “rock” is made of metal.

    An open source Google - without the ads

    "With the hope of returning at least one corner of the web to its non-commercial roots, Google watcher Daniel Brandt, who curates the NameBase archive, has released the source code to a Google scraper. Brandt has been making an ad-free proxy available for two years using Google's little known minimal 'ie' interface. By using this proxy, users bypass both Google's notorious '2038' cookie (that's when it expires) and the text ads.

    Brandt fully expects Google to throw legal and technical resources at him, but says he welcomes the challenge if only to clarify copyright issues. Google took people's free stuff and made a $50 billion business from it, he argues."

    NASA - RSS Feeds

    RSS feeds available at Nasa including "Image of the Day"

    That's fast TCP!

    Data has been sent across a wide-area optical network at 101Gbit/sec., the fastest-ever sustained data transmission speed, equivalent to downloading three full DVD movies per second, or transmitting all of the content of the Library of Congress in 15 minutes.

    Bill Gates calls free culture advocates communists

    In an interview on news.com, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates described free culture advocates as a "modern-day sort of communists.

    Mappr is an interactive environment for exploring place,
    based on the photos people take.

    Scientists Unravel How Geckos Keep Their Sticky Feet Clean

    "The super sticky feet of geckos allow the animals to cling easily to nearly any surface. In fact, a single toe contains enough foot hairs, known as setae, to support the animal's entire body weight. Researchers are thus hoping to employ the gecko's secrets to manufacture adhesives with similar properties. Now scientists can add another impressive characteristic to the list: setae are self-cleaning."

    Giant robot helps prevent landslides

    "The 3800 kg Roboclimber robot can secure slopes without endangering human lives, thanks to innovations from Europe's space programmes. It was tested in the beautiful valley of Alta Val Torre, 25 km north of Udine in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region of Italy."

    Feral Cities

    "Imagine a great metropolis covering hundreds of square miles. Once a vital component in a national economy, this sprawling urban environment is now a vast collection of blighted buildings, an immense petri dish of both ancient and new diseases, a territory where the rule of law has long been replaced by near anarchy in which the only security available is that which is attained through brute power."

    :::::: MOOG MUSIC ::::::


    The Minimoog Voyager Anniversary Edition is a limited edition of the award-winning Minimoog Voyager analog synthesizer housed in a black lacquered wooden cabinet with an amazing blue backlit front panel

    Google exposes web surveillance cams

    "Blogs and message forums buzzed this week with the discovery that a pair of simple Google searches permits access to well over 1,000 unprotected surveillance cameras around the world - apparently without their owners' knowledge."

    Deja View Announces New Weapons For War Against Terrorism

    "Deja View, Inc., the first company to introduce a wearable digital mini-camcorder with unique 'after-the-fact' recording technology for the consumer market, today announced two new counter-terrorism products to help in homeland security efforts."

    Thursday, January 13, 2005