1) The trilogy that I actually care about is complete. The Golden Transcendence : Or, The Last of the Masquerade is here, and it doesn’t dissapoint. I’ll write my review soon.
Is it just me, or did the book jacket’s designer rip off Zhaan from Farscape?
(image from http://farscape.bittersweetblue.net)
2) Ebay auction: The Simpsons Homer as Atlas A La Carte Statue
3) How a google search for video drivers helped ‘s mom grow her vocabulary.
Isn’t technology wonderfull?
4) Learned about this in “This Old House Magazine”. There’s a company that makes a table saw that senses the change in capacitance between wood and human (and as this demo shows, pigeon) flesh and stops momentarily.
Watch the videos here. would probably get a kick out of that.
5) There was an article in the Bulletin about Atoms for Peace.
Dammit, where’s my Ford Nucleon?
(image from conceptcarz.com)
Dr. Ede Teller is dead.
Just a few days ago I was reading an article in the Bulletin which badmouthed Teller and praised Ulam as the true inventor of the Big One. I hope the author feels bad now.
Tom Jennings, the inventor of Fidonet, drew this great portrait of Dr. Teller.
“He is rendered here in materials befitting his life; water color on lead; ground electron tubes frame and pockmark his face, the whole embalmed in layers and layers of yellowing shellac. The materials used should last 10,000 years, hopefully longer than his effects. “
Avoiding the cliché of mentioning Dr. Strangelove, Jennings compared him to Dr. William Haber of “Lathe of Heaven” and Thufir Hawat of “Dune“.
I always liked both of these characters, and thought that I would have tried to do what they did in their position. Even if the odds are bad and your actions might make the situation even worse, something needs to be done.
Now, may I point your attention to an article by “Democrats = mediocrity; Republicans = lottery ticket”. It seems to me that Democrats favor a tactic used by Pirx the Pilot in “Pilot Pirx Tested ” – inaction for the fear that all actions will only make the matters worse. They always assume that it’s a Zugzwang.
Oooh, I want this poster.