Blogging from Great Neck, New York... may have a slight Long Island accent :)
Driving around Glen Cove (where I had dinner, Bistro M, really nice pistachio-encrusted halibut), and Bayville, and Oyster Bay, and Great Neck, I am struck by the fact that the fractal dimension of the East Coast coastline is far higher than the West Coast. It is almost 2, and ours is barely 1. (That is to say, on the East Coast there are a lot of bays and coves and peninsulas and islands and all sorts of "stuff" going on, whereas on the West Coast we have a beach, and that's about it. A nice beach, of course :) There is so much surface area along the shores of Long Island, lots and lots of land for people to have houses on the shoreline. Interesting...
So GM is bankrupt. Government Motors. Good thing we taxpayers pissed away all that money to save them, huh? Does anyone really think they are going to turn themselves around and become viable again? No way. They are going to be a joke, a bad, expensive joke, for a long time...
This sounds really cool: World's largest laser to attempt nuclear fusion. "Laser enthusiasts everywhere, rejoice. California’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory just unveiled its $3.5 billion National Ignition Facility, a 10 story building as wide as three football fields that contains the world’s largest laser. When it goes online the facility will focus 192 laser beams on a 2 millimeter ball of frozen hydrogen gas in an attempt to create nuclear fusion - the holy grail of clean energy. If the machine does succeed, it stands to monumentally alter our energy landscape - one cubic kilometer of sea water has the fusion energy equivalent of the entire planet’s oil reserves." Yeah, baby. What a great time to be alive!
The best way to join two canals which aren't at the same height? A Falkirk wheel, of course! How cool is that, a very clean and economical solution. Much better than locks.
An interesting profile of the lock-hacker who can "bump" Medeco locks. The capabilities of lock-pickers are always amazing to me; it doesn't seem like it would be that hard to make an un-pickable lock, but it is, apparently...
Wow, someone's in line for a Palm Pre already. That's incredible. I'm going to get one as soon as I can, but I'm not willing to sit outside for days to do it :) I suspect they'll be available online, from the comfort of my web browser...
Taking attendance with iPhones, in Japan. A new location-based service!
Comparing [many] different programming languages for size and speed, graphically. Interesting technique for showing the characteristics, although the results don't contain any surprises. Natively compiled languages like C/C++ are fast, and bytecode interpreters like Java/C# are not. And scripting languages like Perl and PHP are really not. So be it.
ZooBorn of the day, and in fact ZooBorn of all time: a Panda bear cub. If that doesn't make you smile, then you may not read my blog anymore.