I kind of forgot about this, but the International Space Station is still up there, and still manned with one U.S. and one Russian Astronaut. Since we're not flying shuttles right now, the Russians have been flying up supplies. Amazing how this went from big news to no news.
Wired: Why Apple is so Tempting. "Why doesn't some ambitious company with deep pockets and distribution muscle adopt Apple and hold it aloft as the trophy it really is?" I sure hope someone doesn't buy Apple, despite the temptations; it is a great company the way it is, profitable, innovative, and fun!
"Digital ink" is getting real. Magink billboards can hold their images for up to 12 years without power. Wow. And the mechanism sounds like something from science fiction, "Magink uses tiny helix structures, which don't actually contain any color. Instead, the helixes, functioning like microscopic machines, can be controlled with electrical currents to make them longer or shorter, acting like tiny prisms, reflecting the bands of the spectrum needed to render the required colors. When black is needed, the helix is instructed to change its pitch and lie down, allowing light to enter it and reflect the black backing of the display." Great time to be alive, eh? [ via Gizmodo ]
New Scientist reports Origami Helps Cellphone Camera to Focus. Great, now we'll have zoomed blurry pictures on everyone's blogs :)
Oh, and this is cool - Toyota has come out with a self-parking car! This sounds like science fiction. "Toyota's new hybrid gasoline-electric Prius sedan uses electrically operated power steering and sensors that help guide the car when reversing into parking spaces." So if they can do that, they could certainly build a caravan feature, right?
This looks like a great book: In the Blink of an Eye, by Dr. Andrew Parker. The Age published an article which reviews the book. The main idea seems to be that the evolution of the eye triggered the Cambrian explosion. I've ordered it, stay tuned for my review... [ via razib ]
Can you image the reaction someone from fifty years ago would have to reading my 'blog? Every day there's all this amazing stuff, and it all feels like stuff from the future, but it is here now! Heck, even someone from ten years ago would be amazed! (Makes you wonder what a 'blog from ten years into the future would look like :)