Archive for the 'science/tech' Category

This Essay Breaks the Law

Sunday, March 19th, 2006

UPDATE: If you enjoy Michael Crichton’s comments cited below, don’t miss his essay Aliens Cause Global Warming — a key argument in one of our posts, The Prince Should Stick to Polo. *** (thanks, slashdot) This Essay Breaks the Law by author Michael Crichton demonstrates the absurd state of US patent law and the US [...]

Yahoo Reverses Allah Ban

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

Following-up on the Yahoo ‘allah’ ban, slashdot is reporting that Yahoo Mail has reversed the ban on ‘allah’ in usernames. The policy reversal, announced Wednesday, came too late for Linda Callahan of Ashfield, Mass., who set up a Google Gmail account after being rejected by Yahoo Mail because of the presence of “allah” in her [...]

Is Yahoo banning Allah?

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

slashdot.org has this story about a woman with the surname “Kallahar” who couldn’t create a Yahoo! user involving her surname which contains “allah” as a substring. Here’s what she discovered: Hello, my name is Kallahar (well, it’s an alias, but Kallahar really is a family name of an 1800′s Irish family (Ancestry of William Kallahar, [...]

Steve Jobs — iPod, etc.

Tuesday, January 10th, 2006

Thanks, slashdot. Apple CEO Steve Jobs gave his MacWorld keynote speech today. Check out engadget for a blog on Steve’s speech and presentation. He said this about last quarter’s iPod sales: “How many [iPods] did we sell last quarter? Some of the estimates were getting astronomical – 8 million, 9 million. I’m really pleased to [...]

Number 1 Technology of 2005

Saturday, December 31st, 2005

And the winner is… Google Earth Really, it was no contest. This application seamlessly integrates 30+ years of software, data, research and dreams into a world navigation toy a child can use. That google acquired and released it for free on the Internet only makes us LOVE google more. Only the Apple Nano approaches google [...]

Iran’s Underground Nukes

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

Jihadwatch has this post on an ABC report about Iran’s underground facilities for constructing nuclear missiles: According to Alireza Jafardazeh, a spokesman for an Iranian opposition group, Iran has built dozens of underground tunnels and facilities for the construction of nuclear-capable missiles. From ABC News: Speaking this morning at the National Press Club, Jafarzadeh described [...]

Where do I get my 1918 Flu Shot?

Friday, October 14th, 2005

Charles Krauthammer has a rather depressing essay on the 1918 flu pandemic that killed 50 million people. In a remarkable bit of laboratory innovation worthy of Jurassic Park, scientists have re-generated the 1918 bird flu virus from deceased victims. This is the ultimate double-edged sword: one edge holds the secret to a vaccine with the [...]

Camera blinder — paparazzi killer

Monday, September 19th, 2005

This is pretty cool. It reminds me of the hypothetical device that, when activated, would disconnect all cell phones within a certain radius, 50 feet for example. Thanks to slashdot for this one. Click here to read the original article. Incongruity writes “News.com is reporting that a team from Georgia Tech has developed and demoed [...]

Eat More Salt

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

OK, that’s not the message in John Stossel’s essay, Half-baked science, but he does use the example of the federal anti-salt Nazi to point out how much government policy and corporate propaganda is based on poor and rigged science, which is to say that they are not based on science at all. Stossel’s salt example: [...]

Launch Video of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

Friday, August 12th, 2005

Early this morning, NASA launched the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter aboard an Atlas V rocket. Click here to see a Real Player Video of the launch.

STS-114 Discovery launch video

Thursday, August 4th, 2005

Yeah, the shuttle launch is soooo last week. I’ve watched it also (many times), and here’s an excellent video of the launch that I stumbled upon. Just in case you missed it.

favicon and Janice Rogers Brown

Saturday, July 2nd, 2005

Notice the little icons (images) on your tabs bar? Or, the icon preceding the URL? That small image is called a favicon. I’m playing around with them, and my first choice is a photo of Justice Janice Rogers Brown: I’ve used her as an icon because, well, she is an icon (and a southchild — [...]

Oogle at Google

Tuesday, June 28th, 2005

Dear google.com, You are my favorite company. Thank you for putting KeyHole online for free as Google Earth. I Love You.

Jobs on jobs

Tuesday, June 14th, 2005

Wired reports on Apple-brain Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford commencement speech. Naturally, he had some interesting anecdotes: “Your time is limited so don’t let it be wasted living someone else’s life,” Jobs said to a packed stadium of graduates, alumni and family. . . . Jobs, 50, said he attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon but [...]

Google maps — unexpected finds

Saturday, April 16th, 2005

As I’ve written, Google maps are a wonderful new venture by the google geniuses — especially with the integrated satellite coverage. However, this has led to a new discovery: unexpected and surprising finds that lurk in the satellite imagery. Wired has the scoop in this story, Surprises Lurk in Satellite Snaps . Among the finds: [...]

Google Maps – Wow (Window On our World)!

Friday, April 8th, 2005

For the last month or so I’ve been playing with Google Maps , and Wow! Google has done it again. Being a cartographer by training and a computer programmer by trade I have a special appreciation for the blending of art and technology that this astouding website represents. Some of the things that blow me [...]

Activists Pharmacists, a followup

Friday, April 8th, 2005

I just talked to my Dad the pharmacist about my post on Activists Pharmacists, and he added a couple of relevant points: A pharmacists is not obligated to fill any prescription. A prescription is the property of the patient. Thanks, dad, for pointing out those relevant facts. We both agreed that the proper solution to [...]

Message to “Activist Pharmacists”: Quit and go to hell

Wednesday, March 30th, 2005

The last few months have witnessed an increase in stories about Pharmacists who refuse to fill certain prescriptions because the medications violate their personal or religious beliefs. Yesterday’s, Washington Post carried this story, Pharmacists’ Rights at Front Of New Debate which included the following passage: The trend has opened a new front in the nation’s [...]