Tuesday, 27 March 2007
Checked out Italy all too briefly 10 years ago and larved it. Hope to make a better go of it this time around.
Thursday, 22 March 2007
I've finally caved and joined up. Been scouting around here and there and I like what I see so far.
Larve the flyin! I've seen some amazing avatars with wings around! Gotta get me some of them *rubbing hands together gleefully*
Wednesday, 21 March 2007
"It sounds like something straight from the pages of science fiction.
A woman puts on a sensor-studded helmet and, using her brain alone, is able to play a video game, performing actions including opening doors and picking up objects.
But not only is the technology now available, two Australians are at the forefront of bringing it to the world."Full story here
Full story here
Folding @ Home
Sunday, 18 March 2007
Saturday, 17 March 2007
Thursday, 15 March 2007
I recently discovered Ingpen when I picked up Peter Pan and Wendy while looking for a gift in the children's illustrated books section in a bookstore. My jaw dropped when I opened the book and saw the gorgeous illustrations. I'm no poet and am not able to do justice to his work, so, just pick up one of his books when you have the opportunity and I'm sure you too will be astounded by his talent.
I highly recommend The Dreamkeeper and Peter & Wendy, both of which are now in my budding Ingpen collection. I am setting my sights on Pinocchio, Pictures Telling Stories: The Art of Robert Ingpen, Once Upon a Place, and many more.
"When discussing Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island — a classic adventure about buried treasure and pirates — Ingpen rubs his hands together with excitement. "It's one of the greatest stories of all time. If a child can get to chapter four and not be scared to death by Blind Pew tapping on the door of the Admiral Benbow Inn, they'll read for life!"
:D Full article here.
Wednesday, 14 March 2007
"Smog may be having dramatic effects on the planet's water cycles, and in ways not previously apparent, researchers have warned. Revealing one aspect of this, they have shown that urban pollution and other aerosols have significantly reduced rainfall over hills in central China."
More at New Scientist.
To think of all those people out there that I could 'experiment' on... woudl be great if it could deliver a charge through the phone to zap nasty customer disservice types.
"What was that? You stuffed up my account again?" *BBBBBZZZZZTTTttttTTTttttttt*
Courtesy of Gizmodo
"Dean Kamen (the Segway and medical/robot guy)'s new robot arm has been lighting up the internet since last week. There were loads of questions (is it really an arm? Why did he make it? Was the audience actually crying?) but not very many answers. Here are some new details on courtesy of a guy who was there..."
More details and video of the robotic arm at Gizmodo.
More info about Deka Research.
Tuesday, 13 March 2007
"Vann sez, "As a follow-up to Cory's entry in January of last year on how toxoplasmosis may alter people's moods (women become more friendly; men become more paranoid), recent studies suggest that infection by the parasite may also cause people to become more prone to feeling guilty, develop schizophenia, have auto accidents, or be born male."
More info via BoingBoing.
Monday, 12 March 2007
"Jennifer Radtke, one of the five women who own Biofuel Oasis, thinks growing concern about climate change and the diminishing oil supply is driving the popularity of alternative fuels.
"A lot of our customers switched to biodiesel because of the war,'' she said. "That's probably common in the Bay Area, but across the country, it's probably because of concern about climate change and renewable energy. And that it's so cool.''
Yet biodiesel faces serious obstacles before it can become the fuel of the future."Fueling a Revolution
Saturday, 10 March 2007
Friday, 9 March 2007
Wednesday, 7 March 2007
"The software mogul Tim Gill has a mission: Stop the Rick Santorums of tomorrow before they get started. How a network of gay political donors is stealthily fighting sexual discrimination and reshaping American politics.
A tough loss can be hard to swallow, and plenty of defeated politicians have been known to grumble about sinister conspiracies. When they are rising stars like Danny Carroll, the Republican speaker pro tempore of Iowa’s House of Representatives, and the loss is unexpected, the urge to blame unseen forces can be even stronger—and in Carroll’s case, it would have the additional distinction of being justified. Carroll was among the dozens of targets of a group of rich gay philanthropists who quietly joined forces last year, under the leadership of a reclusive Colorado technology mogul, to counter the tide of antigay politics in America that has generated, among other things, a succession of state ballot initiatives banning gay marriage. Carroll had sponsored such a bill in Iowa and guided it to passage in the state House of Representatives, the first step toward getting it on the ballot."
Full article at
They Won't Know What Hit Them
Sunday, 4 March 2007
Her designs are a must-check-out. So, if you are anywhere near the stockists listed on her site, drop in and have a peek. Her designs are also stocked at Inspirasia, 159 Smith St, Fitzroy (a fantastic shop I discovered yesterday with a collection of items from up-and-coming designers).
More information available on her site.
I quote my mate who says "Disgusting, but you know you want one."
Thanks for the link Jimbo!
Ear scope turns wax removal into prime time entertainment
Etsy is an online craft market with plenty of fantastic handmade good stuff from various spots on Earth. I highly recommend a look-see although, beware of the impact on your bank accounts.
More background on Etsy in Wikipedia.
Check out these puzzle tables!!