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Leki thinks I'm a bed. Ptw

Leki thinks I'm a bed. Ptw
-- Sent from my Palm Pre
Flickr: Sun 08-29-10 12:24:10 -0400

Sun 8/29/10 11:16am #

Let's Go Surfing

- Cool
source: Jon Taplin\'s Blog

Very cool video of 20 to 30 ft soap bubbles drifting over a beach.

- Who Wears The Watchmen?
source: Bleeding Cool

Who wears the Watchmen. (Batman and Robin too.) neat sneakers.

- Walk Like Namor
source: Bleeding Cool

Hmmm... these look more Thor appropriate to me.

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Sun 8/29/10 9:44am #

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Sun 8/29/10 8:34am #


Half watched Clash of the Titans yesterday. Really crappy movie. Bad casting, bad mythology, just overall bad. If you are scraping the bottom barrel of recent DVD releases and thinking of giving this a watch, skip it, really, don't bother.

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Sat 8/28/10 5:44pm #

Random Non-Sequiters

Spent a good portion of the day today in Google Reader, reading feeds and watching embeded vids. While I don't do these marathon Google Reader sessions as much as I used to, it's still nice to veg out on the internet for a whole day every once in a while.

Let's Go Surfing

- [UPDATE] FeedRoller V0.62
source: The Portable Freeware Collection

Nice RSS Ticker type scroller. First one I've seen that works well. Portable app, so no install. And you can import OMPL files or you can just directly add feeds to the configuration text file. Nice.

- How to be alone
source: swissmiss

Neat Video/Poem.

- Jazz Packing
source: swissmiss

How many Hipsters can you pack into a Jazz.

- The Rise of Collaborative Consumption
source: swissmiss

don't own, share?

- Desktop Fun: Popular Movie Fonts
source: the How-To Geek

Font's from the logos of popular movies

- Virtual Router: create a wi-fi hotspot using a wifi-enabled PC and a wired internet connection
source: freewaregenius.com

Rarely do you get an ethernet connection anymore instead of a wi-fi connection. But if so, this software looks interesting.

- Flipboard | personalized social magazine
source: swissmiss

Flipboard looks like a nice alternative to Google Reader. Not worth the price of an iPad to me yet. But hey if they come out with cheaper ones before Christmas, then maybe.

- DIY Book Binding
source: swissmiss

Neat video. Neat Bookbinding jig.

- Tiny Little Camper
source: Neatorama

Cool little vehicle.

- Got Dark Side Flare Ups? You Need Vaderex!
source: Neatorama

Ask your doctor if your lightsaber stays lit for more than 4 hours.

- Chillbots Robot Ice Tray
source: Neatorama


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Sat 8/14/10 5:07pm #


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Thu 8/12/10 1:20pm #

So what could be new?

Yesterday I did a post on how everything was feeling pretty covered techwise, so today I'll muse abit about what could be new and next.

Good Ubiquitous Voice Recognition/interaction - The ability to ask your device to fetch information and speak it back to you. "What's the weather?" "What's Jenn's schedule today?" "What's the current price of Grapenuts in the supermarket?" And then beyond a single call and response, the ability to continue to have that conversation deepen in context all while constantly connected thru a bluetooth earpiece or something similar.

Small Smart Cars that drive themselves - This would be huge. 30 minutes to an hour or more extra day for reading or watching video. Travel becomes a completely different experience, suddenly a 4 hour or 5 hour drive becomes much more practical as a weekly occurrence (or even daily occurrence if you can do your work enroute as your car becomes a personal traveling cubicle) Leave the driving to a computer.

Augmented Reality - Your smartphone connected to glasses that present a heads up display and also constantly communicating via audio, giving you real time information about the people, places and things where you are. Not in a smartphone stare at a screen and click buttons look up way, but more like a true digital assistant at your side providing constant running commentary (some of which will be likely to be very entertaining).

A personal PVR life recorder - Constant background recording with the ability to push a button and save the last 5, 10 or 20 minutes to a highlight real of the day. Blogging would be taken to a whole new level. There are Orwellian concerns of course, but make that video searchable using the voice recognition tech mentioned above and you'd have an amazing system of augmented memory and immersive way to share experiences with people.

A nano-assembler 3D Printer - Create objects from base materials. Eliminate the need to mass produce all manner of small consumables. Download the file, hit print, instant object.

A post job (or seriously reduced-job) economy - Not really tech, but when you look at all the above, we're not going to need as many people doing as much as what they do now, so we're going to have to start thinking about what people are going to do all day with increased free time.

The seeds for all of the above already exist. If you squint, you can see the outlines for all of this in the devices around us. It'll be interesting to start to see them take shape, and how they'll effect society around us, which is used to moving much slower than all of this is likely to happen.

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Wed 8/11/10 9:25pm #

State of Tech

There's a lot of great tech out there. In the last 3 to 4 years it's all become very very affordable too.

So if your a a typical tech focused geek, I'm guessing your geared up with the below:

  • Smartphone -- You've got a touchscreen, you're loaded with apps, the world of information and communication is at your fingertips 24/7 (as long as you can get a wi-fi or 3G signal)
  • Laptop -- It's got enough power to game and video edit on the go. But mostly you're flippin between the Dee O C, the eX eL eS, and the Pee Pee Tee. You still have your desktop, but other than an occasional need for it's pair of dual screens the laptop gets you by.
  • Netbook -- On the go a lot, then you're probably netbooked up. You were hesitant at first about the smaller screen and smaller keyboard, but you realized that you mostly were just checking and responding to your gmail and watching the occasional youtube video anyway, and more often than not, the netbook is what you grab on the go. It's so much easier to throw in your tech bag than the laptop. In fact sometimes you feel the laptop gets left behind with the desktop often enough that while you're out they talk about you and how it used to be, behind your back
  • MP3 player -- Your MP3 player doesn't get left behind, but it does spend a lot of time on the bottom of your tech bag because, well it's just so easy to stream Pandora or podcasts on the Smartphone, the MP3 player seems like too much trouble to dig down deep for.
  • eReader -- For those that still like to get lost in a good book when not immersed in the blinking world of LEDs and LCDs, an eInk reader has already been a must. No need to burden the tech bag with the latest couple novels in dead tree format. You've got a library on the go with gigs more space yet to fill. Amazon next day book delivery? Why would anyone wait that long? It's all about the 30sec dee double u el dee.
  • Tablet -- The new hotness, whether you are an early adopter in the cult of Apple with the iPad, or dabbling on the fringe with an Android based import. The tablet has already become a must have, even though now several months in, you're not quite sure that you really needed it as much as you thought you did. Still it's bling bling trek tech not to be without.
  • Camera/Camcorder -- Whether you're just Smartphone snappin, or dedicated Flipin' or givin your neck a work out with a DSLR hulk of steel/plastic and glass, your picture taking needs are covered. Seriously your Flickr's blowin' up and vids are drippin from the Tubes and even Mom and Dad don't want to wade through all that media your postin.
  • The Big Screen with all the boxes and remotes -- Kirk didn't see this coming. It's was supposed to be the big screen in front of a chair, but you've got the hook up with media streamers and PCs, a DVR, a DVD (and even still a VCR although your embarrassed to admit it.) then there's Wii's and Xbox 360 all tangled together with cables, cords and wires too. So many plugs powered on the AC is to the max just so your living room can chill.

And beyond the gear there's the social. Sure you've had the blog since way when, and your flickr goes back years, but all the action is in your Facebook and Twitter. All teched up with the content generators of Buck Roger's dreams and really, it's all reduced to the one hundred and forty character streams.

So as you scour the latest Gizmodo and Engadget feeds you wonder what's next-- and day after day you realize that they're still bringing the new and shiny, but with each passing post it's starting to look like that real next next is past. You're on the other side of next-- and that-- that is very interesting indeed.

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Ptw Came back from lunch to find a sad Keanu on my monitor.

Ptw Came back from lunch to find a sad Keanu on my monitor.

-- Sent from my Palm Pre
Flickr: Mon 08-09-10 12:46:42 -0400

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Sun 8/01/10 6:38pm #

Organized Living

When I see stuff like the video below where this guy gives a tour of his 100 sq foot house. It really makes me want to better organize my space.

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Sun 8/01/10 9:54am #


I read this paper on cities online that I saw retweeted by p2wy on twitter.

There were several interesting ideas in the paper, one is below:
Unless adequate meaning can be conveyed by telecommunications, information exchange will involve the movement of people. An effective transportation network will allow a high proportion of required information exchange to take place via short walks (say < 10 minutes each way) with secondary information exchange; an intermediate proportion to take place by moderate overhead mechanical transport (say < 30 minutes each way); and only a small proportion requiring high overhead mechanical transport (say from 30 minutes to 1 hour each way). Journeys that occupy in total much of a working day will in general be ruled out. The distribution of both pathlengths and journey times should follow an inverse-power scaling law favoring the small scale -- where the number of paths is inversely proportional to their length [7].

Basically near trips you can make several of, larger distance trips you are likely to only want to make one or two of on a given day, and much larger trips that are lengthy enough (say 2hrs plus) that you are unlikely to do them often.

The above clip is focused on walking around a city. I don't live in a walking city. I live in suburbia, but I don't see any reason the above wouldn't apply to cars as well. It's the time commitment rather than the distance that would seem to be the real principle in play.

Just as an exercise, I used a radius tool page built on Google Maps to plot 5 miles (10 minutes at 40 miles an hour) and 20 miles (30 minutes at 40 miles an hour)

10 minutes

30 minutes

I found it to be a interesting visual, of how far people are likely to travel and what level of effort it represents psychologically.

Also in the same article was a section discussing the working of a city like a brain and not a computer.

There are two possible information architectures for a complex system. One is the von Neumann architecture with a memory/processing separation supporting unambiguous information exchange, in which functionality is explicitly controlled. The other is the recommendation architecture with a clustering/competition separation supporting meaningful yet slightly ambiguous information exchange, in which functionality is defined heuristically [8, 14]. A competition subsystem interprets the outputs of submodules as a range of alternative behaviors, and quickly selects one of the alternatives. This process depends critically on consequence feedback to determine appropriate system behavior.

Since reading the above, I've been noodling around the above concepts comparing the idea of structures that should be established to guide routine non-changing work vs the different structures needed for dynamic constantly evolving work. So this paper has sparked some ideas on that topic for me as well.

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