A pretty nice weekend day, although Stanford's dismantling of USC put a damper on it (guess I'm going to have to root for them now). Worked steadily while watching football all day, and took time out for another cycle tour of Rockstore; really getting into that ride (and getting back into top climbing shape).
Two sunken Japanese subs found off Hawaii. Remarkably, one of these WWII-era subs was equipped for launching airplanes. Wow, who knew?
I have begun a major operation; I am moving to a new laptop. I've had the new machine for three months, but with one thing and another have not made time. It is time. And oh by the way the new machine is running Win 7. fXf, stay tuned!
How excellent is this? Matrox Unveils World’s First Single PCIe x16 to Power 8 Monitors. I think the technology of graphics adapters has become more impressive than general purpose CPUs. Perfect for digital slide viewing. Coming soon to a desk near me (I hope :)
So I was working on a Linux machine today, and I wanted to change the priority of a background process, and I couldn't remember how exactly, and so I typed "man renice". Which of course brings up the manual page for the "renice" command, which is how you change a process priority. So Meg walks in and sees what I've typed, and starts laughing hysterically. How could I possibly explain?
Visualizing sound waves with fire. Basic science concepts are definitely more fun to learn when you add open flames. BTW this video violates the reverse pyramid dictum, but I did watch it. Still if it began with flames, it would have been better.
Why does the universe look the way it does? "Every time you put milk into your coffee and watch it mix and realize that you can't unmix that milk from your coffee, you are learning something profound about the Big Bang, about conditions in the very, very early universe. This is just a giant clue that the real universe has given to us to how the fundamental laws of physics work. We don't yet know how to put that clue to work." Sean Carroll looks to be a worthy successor to Richard Feynman and Kip Thorne; a physicist who can share his insights in a way that enlightens rather than intimidates.
Have you ever seen a Slow Loris tickled? I didn't think so. Cheers :)