Okay, here we go, I'm the filter...
Remember SpaceX, Elon Musk's new company? They just published an update about their progress. Particularly interesting is Elon's testimony before the Joint Hearing on Commercial Human Spacecraft. Check out the videos of the Kestrel rocket firing, too. This is great stuff!
Hey, its that time again! Yeah, you know, every 70,000 years we get really close to Mars, and can see some amazing pictures. Check out Close Encounters of the Martian Kind for more...
L.T.Smash, the blogging reservist called up to serve in Iraq, chronicles The Long Road Home. I'm glad he made it home safely but will miss his on-the-scene reports. He was a first-rate example of first-person blogging.
This sounds like a joke, but it isn't: A Swedish moose hunter has invented a matchbox-sized device that can trace just about anything that moves. (Spy Gadget Leaves Nowhere to Hide.) "Using mobile phone text messages and satellite navigation technology, the surveillance gadget can reveal its location to an accuracy of 10 ft in 140 countries." What will those moose hunters think of next?
And here's a terrific application of technology: Cell transplant restores vision. "A blind man can see again after being given a stem cell transplant." Wow.
NYTimes: Life-Extending Chemical Is Found in Certain Red Wines. So be it, yet another reason to drink Lewis Reserve :)
On the online music front, CNet reports Indie labels lure Net music stores. "A new set of services aimed at giving independent music labels online distribution is springing up, hoping to reach companies like Apple's iTunes and the new Napster." Interesting.
Tim Oren and I had an interesting email exchange about "Oren's Laws of Microsoft".
I haven't spent much ink on the SCO vs. Linux battles - it pisses me off, but what can one do, eh? - but this is worth linking; Eric Raymund's Open Letter to Darl McBride (Darl is SCO's CEO). Read it and you'll know all you need to know about SCO. Disgusting.
In case you think CSS is a clean standard, check out Dave Hyatt's latest rant. (He's an Apple developer working on Safari.) "It took me 10 hours just to decide that what I did in the first place was correct."
Finally, would you believe a tennis racket with a chip? Active dampening to stiffen the racket... "While the ball is still on the strings, intellifibers stiffen and stabilize the racquet head and throat." I am not making this up.