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


"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, 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...