Friday, August 10, 2012

O bụrụ na ahụ mụ nile bụ sọ ọnụ, o zughị inye gị ekele

is a saying in Igbo which translates into, “If my whole body was made up of mouths, it still won’t be able to thank you enough.”
    h/t O.I. 

Monday, August 6, 2012

The Curiosity Rover landed, carrying some of the last Pu-238 in human possession to power it. Another chance to think about building a LFTR which could make this as one of many valuable byproducts from producing a tremendous amount of power far more safely and efficiently than humanity has ever produced it before.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Just wondering...

Thinking about some of what is mentioned in Elizabeth Gilbert's TED Talk  and having recently watched an old Disney documentary Our Friend the Atom where they discuss The Fisherman and the Genie as a metaphor, I'm led to wonder is there a relationship between the concept of the genius and the genie. Both are a mystical outside entity which provide the person that encounters them with great power or ability but with a potential dangerous cost if not handled wisely.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Bottom of the Ninth: An Animated Graphic Novel for the iPad

This cool new series was made by an amazing team of talent including some of my close friends. It was just released recently and is free this week. If you like animation, baseball, technology, you should check it out.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

In every object there is inexhaustible meaning; the eye sees in it what the eye brings means of seeing. - Carlyle

Friday, July 20, 2012

Baen Books' Free Digital Libary

Baen is smart and gives away some of their titles for free in a dozen ebooks formats. Most of the titles are the first volume or two of a series so you can support the authors by purchasing other titles. 

Here is the link to the library, sorted by author.

Some of the authors whose other work you might be interested in after reading some there: Larry Niven, Andre Norton, Jerry Pournelle, Mercedes Lackey, John Ringo, Sara Hoyt.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Good, Bad, and Ugly

So I'm not sure why they are only getting around to reporting it now. But NPR highlights the silliness that is modern airport security bureaucracy while reporting on some pretty amazing technology.

I read this last week but it came up in a conversation with a friend yesterday and is worth marvelling over.

We live in an amazing age. It is hard to fathom just how amazing. They can grow functional body parts in labs. They have been doing it for some years now. Yes, maybe they are working their way up from simple ones and replacement livers, kidneys, hearts, etc. are some ways off. But there are a lot of pretty amazing things in life. Antony Atala's TED Talk is absolute must see, viewing.

Second, this is a rare clear glimpse into what is usually hidden. The real costs day in and day out to the productivity of millions for the pretense of security. Most of them are insignificant compared to this, but they add up to far more than they ever are worth. The folks in this case were lucky most of us can't route around the problem easily. Sooner or later hopefully we excise it and replace it, like the cancerous organ it is with something healthy, more efficient and effective.