Great football today, what? And a great day in general; I kayaked, sailed, brunched, and watched, with eating and drinking all through. And saw Secret Life, a great movie. Onward into an interesting week!
At right possibly my favorite work by M.C.Escher, "drawing hands", which I like to call "the C compiler", photographed from a nice present, an Escher calendar, given me by Meg's boyfriend Nico. (thanks!) I have been thinking about coding a lot, and this is a beautiful visual metaphor.
Watching Walter Mitty one is reminded of the once-greatness of Life Magazine, vividly brought back by this post: The Greatest Magazine ever Published (July-Sept, 1945). Incredible. The greatest generation had the greatest content, long before computers, the internet, or iPads...
Paging Walter Mitty: 100-year-old photo negative discovered in the Antarctic. Wonder if any of them were destined for Life :)
Excellent: the first 3D-printed organ (a liver) is expected in 2014. It will be for research, not a human transplant, but wow! And here I am still printing plastic gnomes for my mantel.
Thinking about the box: Undergrads reinvent the carboard shipping container. Excellent. I love the way it opens, how many times have you almost killed yourself doing this with a dull pocketknife?
Facebook is "dead and buried" to teens. So be it. It's alive and well in my world... just yesterday used it to re-meet an old sailing buddy from 40 years ago.
Russell Beattie wonders Is Remote Access finally here? His answer: maybe.
Chromebooks success punches Microsoft in the gut. Inflamatory headline writing aside, this is essentially true. Dave Winer says I told you so. I'm not as pessamistic about it as he is.
Data: 21% of all notebooks are Chromebooks. The power of free.
You could see this coming from a mile away: the next problem with solar power: how to charge for it. So public utilities have long complained about customer power usage and encouraged solar power as a way to reduce it, and even compensated people for their excess power. Now that solar power is causing meaningful reductions, it's begun impacting revenue, and has become a problem. All such issues are fundamentally economic, and should be left to markets, not government.
Most excellent cold war nostalgia: the Russian Museum of Nuclear Weapons. Wow. Good thing it turned out, the Russians loved their children too...
Finally: I (re)discovered a folder of old stuff intended to be blogged about, from a period when I wasn't actively blogging. Yippee. And so now I'll drip them out... here's the first:
Back to school!