Ars Technica gets its hands wet with the Aqua-fied Mac OS X Developer Preview 3.
"In 47 visits over 12 months, Fred Charles set up his tripod and panoramic camera in precisely the same spot at Dr. Davies Farm, a Congers, N.Y., apple orchard. His assignment: to follow an identical landscape through the shifting seasons." For the resulting photograph, he stitched together 12 shots into one stunning montage.
Hack life! There's some interesting stuff here, especially if you like computers and money, money and computers. Of course, half of it doesn't make any sense to me at this moment...
More photos of Mount Mayon, including an image of a cloud of ash rising seven miles into the sky!
The BBC has a glossary of US political termsdesigned for those watching the election from abroad, but useful for anyone who (like myself) didn't pay enough attention in civics class. Haven't you been wondering for example what exactly a caucus is? (Briefly, "a private meeting of party members designed to seek agreement on delegates for a state or national nominating convention based on which candidate they wish to support".)
I found a couple of decent comic review sites today. Actually, I found quite a few sites which review mainstream books, but I'm not interested in getting back into the Marvel or DC universesthey suck you in and make you want to read every title. The Mad Review covers mostly mainstream stuff but also includes some independent books, and the reviews have a level of sophistication I haven't seen anywhere else. I haven't heard of any of the current crop of titles at Johanna Draper Carlson's Comics Worth Reading, and that's a good thing. I was intrigued (and confused) by the first couple of issues of the Invisibles, but decided not to pick it up. Recently though, Barbelith's incredible Invisibles site and an article I read about Grant's speech at the Disinfo 2000 convention have convinced me to buy the Invisibles graphic novels when I can.
Mount Mayon is erupting in the Philippines. I want to learn to maintain a sense of awe and respect for the natural world—after all, humans are really pretty powerless in a lot of ways, though many societies go to great lengths to insulate themselves from that truth. What has Mount Mayon been up to lately?
"Feb 22 - Fresh magma is slowly but steadily ascending in Mayon's plumbing system."
"Feb 24 - The volcano erupted and superheated ash rained seven miles away. Lava with temperatures that reached well above 1,000 degrees cascaded 3 1/2 miles down the volcano's slopes at 50 mph." - Volcano World
"Feb 28 - the build up of magma is continuing to push its way up to the crater. He said that boulders as big as cars were being shot 1,640 feet into the sky." - Discovery Earth Alert
"The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said there were strong indications that the volcano will remain active over the next few weeks. Ernesto Corpuz, head of the institute's eruption prediction division, said: 'This is not yet the big one.'" - BBC News
This week I noticed that the days are getting longer. I won't have that feeling again for a year or so, but this year I still get to notice when: the days are really long; the days are longer than I ever remembered they could get; the nights are getting chilly; the mornings are getting chilly; it's time to start wearing sweaters; and it's getting dark early.
caught in between is required reading.
It sucks to have to remove two great links today. My day took a turn for the worse when I received an email announcing that World New York would no longer be published (say it isn't so!) and then just as I had rediscovered bOING bOING (who is this Mark Frauenfelder and why does everything he touch turn to cool?) I found a note indicating that TV-ULTRA is on hiatus less like Freaks and Geeks is on hiatus and more like Peanuts is on hiatus.
Wow. I've been meaning to put together a nice thoughtful post dense with links to all kinds of culture-jamming-media-activist sites but first monday has been nice enough to go me about 10 better. Their Hacking Memes article is quite comprehensive, covering memes, ad jamming, the information war, commercials in classrooms, online activism, and even fan fiction. For good measure (otherwise it would drive me crazy) I'll throw in a few choice links here, with no grammatical or syntactical support: Adbusters, the Culture-Jammers Encyclopedia, Disinformation, the Billboard Liberation Front, Survival Research Laboratories. thanks, found objects.
I can't believe how excited I am about the 50 new quarters being minted over the next nine years. Coinworld.com has a sneak peek at the designs of some quarters which haven't been issued yet. I think I'm going to have to get The Official United States Mint 50 State Quarters Collector's Map"A topographical state map of the United States with patented push-fit holders in which to collect all 50 State Quarters from circulation. What fun for a child(or you!) to hunt for and collect each new quarter out of pocket change!"
No More Prisons has links to several sources of news and analysis on the Diallo verdict (not guilty on all counts). The best quote I've found: "'The courts have made a very clear decision that the taking of a life of an African-American because of the created fears of white officers is permissible in the state of New York,' said Lt. Eric Adams, co-founder of the group 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care."
Minute Books presents Stranger In a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
Valentine Michael Smith: You people would cure all society's ills if you'd just "grow closer" to your friends.
People: You sick dog. (stone him)
Valentine Michael Smith: I don't get it. Truly, I am a STRANGER in a STRANGE LAND. (dies)
"I really got up this morning and fried an egg for my daughter and myself. There is another world where my daughter and I had cereal. The cereal world is in the wave function of the universe, but it's not real in the sense that any information I'm going to get will falsify the hypothesis. All the information says we had eggs. Look at my cholesterol level!" Dr. Seth Lloyd tells the New York Times why Schrodinger's cat is either dead or alive, but not both. A recent experiment has shed light upon how an atom in a quantum state (existing in all possible states simultaneously) decoheres into one particular position. It seems to me that mystical traditions and this branch of physics have a lot to learn from each other; many of the supernatural powers attributed to yogis, buddhas, and christs would seem almost unremarkable in light of this new understanding of the universe. It also seems to me that 'the wave function of the universe' is just one of the nine billion names of God.
Do you visit Slashdot at least once a day? ...twice a day? ...once an hour? Do you have a user account at Slashdot? Do you configure your Slashboxes? Have you ever read Slashdot via ultramode.txt? Do you take it personally when you are moderated down? In the grand tradition of the Purity Test comes the Unofficial Slashdot Purity Test.
"frontwheeldrive humbly attempts to bring intelligent reporting to emerging sciences such as Artificial Intelligence, Memetics, Complexity, Chaos Theory and the like with a nod toward design and an open eye on new media. Forever forward in the pursuit of positive stimuli. Information in formation." It does a good job, and draws some big names. thanks, peterme.
A British woman has taken it upon herself to cure her chronic fatigue by drilling a hole into her head, a procedure known as trepanation which is purported to increase brain blood volume and have all sorts of other beneficial results. At the risk of freaking the hell out of my family and friends, I have to admit that I've always been quite fascinated by the reports of incredible peace, clarity, and even bliss told by those who have taken the plunge, so to speak. If anyone who knows me doesn't think it's a really bad idea (the gift, not the hole in the head,) I'd love to get this documentary for my birthday. The Skeptic's Dictionary has an informative entry under trepanation, including a few more interesting links. They don't have a link to the Trepanation Trust, a site which I should probably stay away from lest temptation get the best of me. thanks, davenetics.
I want this t-shirt.
This weekend we developed 10 rolls of pictures we took on our honeymoon. We ended up choosing 1 hour developing at Rite-Aid, because it was only a couple of dollars more than dropping it off at the supermarket for 3 day developing. It ended up being a bad choice, not because the photos weren't developed well but because the people running the developing machine obviously looked through all of our pictures and ended up rearranging them (I hate that) so badly that in one envelope we found photos of Buffalo from Yellowstone, a picture of our friends' house in Winston-Salem NC, and a picture of a deer we saw when we were camping outside of Austin, TX. What's up with that? Anyway this photo is of the Pacific coast taken during our drive from Santa Cruz down to Big Sur, and it's one of the ones I'm pretty proud of.
evhead found browserware.org, a site about free software that works through your browser. They don't have a link to workspot, which looks pretty amazing (I haven't tried it yet) -- a Linux workstation you can use through a browser via either an HTML interface, or a Java-based Timbuktu/pcAnywhere-type deal. Thanks to metafilter for that one.
"The Web may provide us with a way to transcend our current and limited spheres of knowledge to grasp a further and deeper understanding of what it means to be human and to be alive." Derek Powazek's contribution to the growing literature about weblogs pointed me to Julie Ann Petersen's thoughts on some of the ways in which this will happen. This is some of what I'm reaching for when I bore my friends with babble about how incredible, unprecedented, revolutionary, paradigm-changing, blah blah blah the Internet is. I mean, people used to huddle under rocks when they weren't killing things for food and picking bugs out of each other's hair. I don't know what that means.
Butternut squash is my new favorite food. A ripe one will have a sort of dull skin (rather than shiny) and feel heavy for its size. I just slice them in half symmetrically, scoop out the seeds, place them face up on a plate and wrap it with plastic wrap, and microwave the whole thing for 20 minutes. Then scoop it out of the shell and maybe add a little salt. Delicious!
Redesigning your site bit by bit is a little like thinking out loud. I felt that using headlines for each post like pitas does was restricting me somewhat, but now I think my page is harder to read. I guess I'll keep playing with it. Please let me know what you think at any time.
People tell me I look a lot like this guy.
originally posted by beXn