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Monday, February 18th, 2013
11:32 am
Crazy far
A good article in the National Geographic about interstellar space travel, it is indeed crazy far.
Sunday, February 17th, 2013
9:28 pm
Can they learn?
I don't think this sort of pointless police shooting and killing of two people is rare, at least this one has gotten some investigation. I hope the Cleveland police can learn something from this, I hope they want to.
Saturday, February 16th, 2013
11:25 am
Carl Malamud's call to arms
Aaron Swartz died on January 11, 2013. There has been a lot of discussion of this on the Web. Carl Malamud was one of Aaron's partner in arms and perhaps his friend. Carl delivered an impassioned call to arms at Aaron's memorial in SF: Carl Malamud's call to arms from Aaron Swartz memorial in San Francisco 01/24/2013. (Transcript: Aaron's Army.) I am not sure the army analogy is the right one, though it is easy to see Aaron as the scout leading a vast cohort of people fighting to free information.

Aaron was a leader in open access, but the struggle goes on without him.
11:14 am
Vancouver 1907 Dash cam
A Dash cam video of Vancouver from 1907. Not much action, mostly interesting because of the period. People seem to be cutting it pretty close, the don't seem afraid of the trolly.
11:10 am
We Didn't Start The Science
Better lyrics to Billy Joel's We Didn't Start The Fire. The production values are poor, and the singing is not very good, but the since lyrics are great: We Didn't Start The Science. Worth listening to. Via Emily Lakdawalla on the Planetary society blog.
Thursday, December 27th, 2012
11:21 am
Turttles on the moon
Was a turtle the first earthling to see Earthrise from the moon? Amy Shira Teitel has an interesting article in Discovery News about the flight of Zond 5 which made a flight around the moon in September of 1968. The space ship had turtles as well as other animals on board, they all returned ssafelydespite a 20 G descent back to earth. No word on if there were windows so the turtles could see outside.
Tuesday, December 25th, 2012
11:52 am
Old and New Basement
Cabel a co-founder of Panic got a tour of an interesting basement and he took some pictures. We are lucky no one cleaned up.
11:34 am
Fitness more important than weight
The New Your Times has an article reporting that fitness has been found to be more important to health than body weight, at least in people who are overweight or moderatly obese.
Friday, December 21st, 2012
7:44 pm
A good summary on Informed Comment, Juan Cole's blog about why America has not cut green house gas production. The post is actually a guest post by Tom Giesen. The post explains where we are, but does not provide any hope improvement.
Thursday, May 5th, 2011
2:40 pm
Fukushima Dai-ichi
The Economist provides a good write up of what little is known about the Fukushimia Dai-ichi nuclear disaster. Clearly there is still much more to learn, but it is good to read a sober summary of what is now known.
Friday, April 8th, 2011
4:01 pm
Mobile computing progress
As many have noted, the Osborne 1 was first released 30 years ago this week. Here is a blog post that compares the Osborne 1 to the Apple iPad 2.

They have an interesting graph:
Thursday, March 3rd, 2011
5:28 pm
MTTR in a jeep
Seven guys Rebuild a Jeep in under 4 minutes. The video shows a jeep disassembled and reassembled in less than four minutes. MTBF can only be increased so much, then you need to reduce MTTR. This video shows a great example of a system optimized for low MTTR.
Sunday, February 27th, 2011
11:14 am
Free Kindle and the Newspaper business
Kevin Kelly has an article on his Technium blog predicting that Amazon Kindles will be free by November of 2011. That seems plausible. They could give them a way to Amazon Prime customers, as suggested in the blog post, or they could include them with purchase of a certain number of books.

On a related note John Lanchester has an article in the London Review of Books from December 2010 about newspapers giving away Kindles to subscribers instead of sending them the news on paper. It turns out that the printing and distribution process is very expensive, moving to pure electronic distribution could save newspapers a lot of money.
Saturday, February 26th, 2011
2:50 pm
An Aerotropolis is a city less connected to its land-bound neighbors than to its peers thousands of miles away, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal on the topic. This seems like one of those things that will shape the 21st century. Paul Romer has sold Honduras on the idea of building an Aerotropolis as a Charter City. A lot of places are trying to build them now. Surly they will not all succeed. This seems like an idea worth watching.
Saturday, February 5th, 2011
7:32 am
Saturday, January 22nd, 2011
9:43 am
US Ambassador to Syria
Columnist Michael Young on Obama's recess appointment of an ambassador to Syria.
Thursday, January 20th, 2011
7:12 pm
Wikileaks before it was cool
Assange was not the first to leak diplomatic cables to try to influence politics. This BBC story about Tyler Kent tells the story of a US diplomat who tried to leak US and British diplomatic cables to stop the US from joining world war 2 or aiding the British. He supported the Nazis out of anti-semitics and anit-communism. He is unrepentant, or was when this was filmed.

Wikipedia has an entry on him which makes him sound even more repulsive than the BBC piece.
Saturday, January 15th, 2011
3:17 pm
Tuesday, January 4th, 2011
10:29 am
Reclaim democracy
A good speech by Lawrence Lessig about reclaiming democracy in America. Also related is fixcongressfirst which Lessig co-founded.
Tuesday, December 28th, 2010
5:47 pm
Another step in the rise of private armies
A consortium of insurance brokers and insurance companies is close to start a private navy to protect boats operating near Somalia. It makes sense for the shipping companies to arm themselves to defend their boats. This is a job that should be done by states their failure to do so is another step in the downfall of the nation state.
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