Here i am in Chicago waiting for the planning conference to start and Millennium Park is across the street. I braved the heat for a great opportunity to get some photos. Everywhere i go i realize New York is by far one of the dirtiest cities i have ever seen, if only Chicago weren't on a lake and so far north.... P.S. I love the modern architecture here.
Sunday, July 31, 2005
Friday, July 29, 2005
Japan continues to amaze me on how far technologically advanced they are. We might as well be in the stone age. I mean their transportation system is run by e-wallets on their cell phones. New York's is um, well full of rats and don't even get me started on security, it might as well be the US-Mexican border. Anywahoo Japan is creating life like robots. Apparently so real, people forget that they are interacting with cyborgs...hmmmm what are you implying exactly mister? I have seen the sharapova bra pillows and all the AI girlfriend crap. Kinda eerie.But come on fellas. isn't it a little early to throw in the towel on the human chicks? just send em over here to nyc..........
bake me a pie cyborg
Thursday, July 28, 2005
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
This windmill base is part of the Annaberg ruins on St. John's used in the late 1600s and 1700s for making rum and molasses. A closer look reveals many of the stones are actually brain coral and other sections of the nearby reef.
In another attempt to allow Robot's to take over the world here comes the 2005 Robocup. The 2005 RoboCup Osaka, where 400 teams from 35 countries faced off in various competitions over the course of 5 days for the purpose of fostering AI and robotics research globally. In addition to soccer, this years competition saw two new categories added: The rescue category, aimed at improving hazardous rescue bot tech, and the junior category, added to promote bot building amoung the kids.
Each event was broken down into small-size, medium-size, and 4-legged leagues, along with the Louis Vuitton sponsored humanoid league. Hmmm leather handbags and robots..Like these geeks really want a nice ass leather purse or some sporty fashion piece after building r2d2's. I saw some footage of this with Honda's robot a couple years ago and it was mind blowing. These robots could really move. If i can get some updated clips i will post them.
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
One hot minute now. I was doing this years ago at Pace's house. This thing is fun as hell and you might as well be flying. You will certainly feel like Spiderman or E.T. for a moment. Tourists are getting a bird's-eye view of the Alaska rainforest in a new high-adrenaline attraction that sends them zipping from tree to tree on a series of high-wire cables.
Alaska Canopy Adventures this season began offering tours of the network of suspended rope bridges and connecting zip lines stretching over three-fourths of a mile at the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary near Ketchikan.
The idea of zipping from one structure to the next on a wire and pulley system originated in the North Carolina Outward Bound School in 1968, according to Ken Jacquot, president of the Blue Ridge Learning Center Inc., which offers ropes and challenge courses.
Jacquot said ropes and challenge courses were introduced to the U.S. public in 1963 by the Colorado Outward Bound School and were modeled after military training courses.
Cable systems were pioneered in the 1970s by Project Adventure, a nonprofit organization that uses challenge courses as a tool to help build self confidence and leadership skills, Jacquot said.
Cable termination systems first came into play in the early 1970s, and were later adjusted to include cable pulleys to reduce wear on the wire, he said.
Monday, July 25, 2005
Numark this week announced its iDJ two-channel mixer, which can turn an everyday dual-iPod owner into Sir Digital-Mix-A-Lot. But in doing so, the company triggered an online debate about deejaying between the vinyl purists and those more apt to embrace technology. And so it begins...the traditionalists vs. the new agers...The iDJ features, among other things, two docking stations that accept all model iPods with a bottom connector, a dedicated microphone input with tone and level control, USB connectivity and a turntable spindle receptacle. It won't ship until September and has a suggested price of $399. At least one retailer, however, IDJnow.com, is already selling it for $249. It has no pitch control though!!!!! um how can you leave that out???????? i will leave it at that before i piss someone else off.
Sunday, July 24, 2005
Thursday, July 21, 2005
Well sooner or later i did have to come back. I had a truly incredible time on St. John with my family. Our house was fantastic, the view was fabulous, and i escaped cell phones/computers/ technology for about a week. I feel extremely refreshed despite no surfing. Im now enjoying my time in Chapel HIll. Life is all about perspective. Sometimes you need to get away to really figure out what is going on. I will try and post some pictures from my trip over the next couple weeks.
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Well in a matter of hours im off to St. John in the Virgin Islands for a well-deserved vacation. My parents are celebrating their 30th anniversary, my sister just graduated from college and is about to be off to the UPenn School of Design for grad school, and im still alive n' kickin up here in nyc. Hard to believe ive been at this ad game a quick minute of a whole year now. I do know i desperately need a little R & R. I plan on lots of surfing, fishing, and general grazing/lounging. I also plan on taking lots and lots of pictures, as this will be a unique opportunity. I don't plan on updating this blog as im hoping to totally escape all the facets of life up here. Its only a week people. It will make you stronger.
Monday, July 11, 2005
CenterPoint Energy is testing a system to bring high-speed Internet access to consumers through the medium it knows best — the electric wall socket.
The company that owns the power lines throughout Houston is running a pilot of the system in a Greenway Plaza-area residential neighborhood, offering Internet access at speeds more than one-and-a-half times the speed of services offered through cable modems.
The technology, called broadband over power lines, or BPL, has long been used by power companies to monitor and manage their electric grids, said Thomas Standish, chief operating officer of CenterPoint's Electric and Information Technology business. BPL gives you an instantly networked home without having to run new wiring," said Raymond Blair, IBM's vice president of BPL initiatives. IBM is partnering with CenterPoint to deploy and test the system.
The BPL technology under development has the potential to allow any piece of equipment with a power plug to communicate with any other such piece of equipment, Blair said.
For example, a soda machine could tell when it's out of a certain brand. We need more mr. Pibb, its selling like hot cakes over here.
Wow. So could happen if the slums of Bangladesh or Dimwitty Virginia's of the world got broadband? Finally the Internet revolution would be realized and our world might be a little flatter. No additional wiring, same data transfer....wow. Finally my parents will be forced to get broadband by doing absolutely nothing.
Deux ex Machina
Sunday, July 10, 2005
Sir Edmund Hillary, the first climber to conquer Mount Everest with his Sherpa guide, on Monday urged that the world's highest mountain be placed on the United Nations' list of endangered heritage sites because of the risks of climate change.
Himalayan lakes are swelling from the runoff of melting glaciers, environmental campaigners warned as the 29th session of the U.N. Environmental, Scientific and Cultural Organization's World Heritage Committee got under way Sunday in Durban. Many could burst, threatening the lives of thousands of people and destroying Everest's unique environment, they said.
I don't think anyone has a real sense of urgency. If we truly want a minimal impact on future life, serious concessions need to be immediately. The environment should really be everyones duty and a priority.
save the human race
Friday, July 08, 2005
Tree accesses the source code of a web domain through its url and transforms the syntactic structure of the web site into a tree structure represented by an image. This image illustrates a tree with trunk, branches and ramifications. First each tree is initialized, than all html links are detected, chronologically saved and finally displayed. While it appears to be another mapping tool, this is freaking sweet. Mine is still building (my links are pretty impressive as trees) as you can see above. It stopped for some reason after a couple links. Currently i have a little forest, with some smaller tree sprouting out of my trunk....sorta looks like a shroom. hmmm it didn't say anything about mutant trees.
Thursday, July 07, 2005
A report said that scientists at Seikei and Aichi universities have discovered a lubricant that promises near to zero friction. According to the report, in today's Nikkei Business Daily, the multilayer material consists of arrays of ball shaped fullerene molecules, between a sandwich of ultra thin films of graphite. The graphite layers are around 1.3 nanometres, says the paper, with the fullerene balls about .7 nanometres in diameter, with molecular forces keeping the balls spaced evenly. The report claims that when pressure is applied, it operates at a friction force of less than .4 nanonewtons - that compares to top lubricants exerting one nanonewton.
The Nikkei Business Daily reckons that the stuff can be turned into a powder and applied to mechanical parts to extend their active life. Suuuuuuuure it can be used for ahem machines and mechanical parts. I know how you guys think, ive seen your anime and video games.
perpetual motion lotion emotion notion
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
So back on June 3rd (its archived) i wanted a Northrop unmanned drone. Now comes along a self-operating drone system. Apparently the government doesn't want me flying armed drones around.....Riiiiiiiiise of the machines.
Designed by DARPA, the Drone OS, is an operating system designed to allow pilotless drones to communicate with each other and pass data during flights. It also allows for remote management of software updates. Now, we all know how good Windows Update is. What the COS is supposed to do, eventually, is let the drones pass information back and forth between each other, with operators on the ground, and with manned airplanes in the sky. If all goes according to plan, the system will tie together the drones' sensors, giving the robots a single picture of a warzone. It will manage the aircraft's weapons array. It will make recommendations on when to fire. And it will manage the "balance between autonomy and human interaction" in each mission. Scary shit, when you think about machines completely managing a battle situation. Could this be called "Skynet"???? Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiise of the machines. Call Arnold we need him....
Life is a sprint not a long haul!!! sometimes we all need a little push to refocus or trudge onward. Tom Peter's has a fantastic one. check it out and download it below in pdf!
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
For all of you who ate too much, drank too much, and generally over-indulged in everything.....this is what happens after eating too many hot dogs. you get offered a hot dog and start tripping because your hot dog has a face. or two. or opposable thumbs.....
Hot Dog Lady a go go
Sunday, July 03, 2005
Every 4th of July is a special one for me. I take that moment and give thanks to be standing where i am at that moment. Long, long ago some brave men took a stand in what they believed in. And the collective power of individuals took the shape of our great country. So many freedoms and repects are granted to us. We are free. Yet it needs to be appreciated more than it is. A great many men died so that we could walk freely. Give thanks, but realize that freedom needs to be preserved. For us to continue as a great country, we need volunteering and cogniscence. Too many take for granted what we have today. i always use the 4th as a timeout in my life. For me i see the progress and change of a year gone by. Wow, it has been good. But it wouldn't be so sweet if i didn't have the freedoms that i do.
Friday, July 01, 2005
"Art curators have uncovered a new Leonardo Da Vinci drawing hidden beneath the surface of one of the Renaissance artist's most celebrated works, Britain's National Gallery said on Friday. Da Vinci painted two versions of The Virgin of the Rocks between 1483 and 1508. London's picture has long been regarded as an inferior copy of the original now in the Louvre in Paris. National Gallery curators found the uncompleted drawing while researching how Da Vinci copied his original, using infrared scanning to see through layers of paint on the London picture. They discovered two levels of underdrawing: one for The Virgin of the Rocks, and another beneath for a different picture, showing the Virgin with outstretched arms."-reuters
-ABSOUTELY INCREDIBLE!!! what gets me is that we are still finding lost painting of these masters. Where are the new masters? Art just seems more fleeting the more recent it is, which is sad because if anything there is so much more great stuff out there. MAybe it is that it takes time to become a classic/ masterpiece and you dont get any credit in the art world unless you are dead or change society.
Leonardo minus Donatello, Raphael, & Michelangelo