Saturday, November 28, 2009

Compound complex "up there"

I like the way this flash-driven assembly action works to view this image of the International Space Station. It allows naming and possible future research or review on the major pieces.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Is YOUR R2D2 or C3PO spying on you?

I just got my electronic copy of the December issue of Nuts & Volts magazine. On page 11, there is a link to a University of Washington study partially sponsored by the National Science Foundation that addresses whether or not any of three currently available home robots could be hijacked and made to spy on the home it lives in. Their findings are that all three were vulnerable to different kinds of attacks. The models of robots were: Erector Spykee, and the WowWee models RoboSapien v2 and Rovio. If you own one of these models or are considering purchase of a home robot, it might behoove you to check out reports on whether or not your trusted servant may be forced to betray your confidence.

Comments welcomed.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Matrix as a silent film

There's more than a hint of slapdashery extant in this adaptation (?) of "The Matrix" by a Russian spoof group. Enjoy!

Comments welcomed, though I had nothing to do with this.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Mars scapes

Wow. An old friend who is an astronomer and science fiction fan sent this link. If you have any interest in Mars, visit
for some awesome pictures of our neighbor!

Please look at them. Comments welcomed.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Bike trees!

The idea of storing up to 6,000 bicycles in one spot has hit Japan. Tired of bicycles piled all over the place and locked to anything that will accept a chain, some cities have responded by creating vertical parking spots for the handy vehicles. See this for one story on them.

Comments welcomed.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Fall Reflection...

On one of my favorite blogs today, I read this:
and it made me think of how all of us who have gone through a possible half or more than half of an expected life probably ought to pause from time to time and reflect on what we've seen and done. If this does not lead to delight, then it might at least lead us to share what we've seen and done in some way with some or at least one other person. After all, sharing one's life is a valuable thing in the growth of ALL of us as humans.


Comments welcomed.