Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Wired 13.09: The Dream Factory

I have reading about this for a while, and it is really neat.
Wired 13.09: The Dream Factory: "The concept is simple: Boot up your computer and design whatever object you can imagine, press a button to send the CAD file to Lewis' headquarters in New Jersey, and two or three weeks later he'll FedEx you the physical object. Lewis launched eMachineShop a year and a half ago, and customers are using his service to create engine-block parts for hot rods, gears for home-brew robots, telescope mounts - even special soles for tap dance shoes. 'Designing stuff used to be just for experts,' Lewis says. 'We're bringing it to the masses.'"

read the whole thing

Thursday, August 18, 2005

book review - Blood Meridian : Or the Evening Redness in the West

figured I will repost my review on amazon here.

Hard to read or to forget

This is certainly a special book. It is the first Mccarthy book I have read, and it certainly made my eyes open wide. His style is very deliberate, slow storytelling - perfectly matched to the scenery and pace of the protagonists. The lack of first names, deliberate obfuscation of most character's origins and motives make this a very strange book. A saga and an epic, in a slim volume. If I use "deliberate" a lot in this review it is because the book is clearly crafted by a master. One who understands what he wants to say, and has the talent and mastery of the language - words, rhythms, cadence, and punctuation - to bring it alive.

That said, this is not an easy read - at least it was not for me. Sometimes I have felt like I was traveling through a similar landscape to that of SouthWest - hard journey with dazzling views along the way.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

A. notes - I have seen that Manhattan...

J. and I were invited to a posh restaurant in Manhattan. As J. was leaving the house A. piped up, "I also want to go with you." Thinking of the restaurant J. said, "I do not think they you would be able to come there." Of course, it was a the restaurant the real conversation was about. As A. made clear in her next sentence, "I have seen that Manhattan. Only adults are allowed to go there, but sometimes, children too." [it sounds a little better in Russian].

For the record, she has been in the city on multiple occasions. I think me refusing to take her to my office every morning in skewing her perception of the openness of the city...

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

eBay: Wi-Fi Speed Spray DramaticalIy Increase Data Throughput (item 5791782530 end time Jul-29-05 13:54:21 PDT)

A friend pointed me to eBay: Wi-Fi Speed Spray DramaticalIy Increase Data Throughput (item 5791782530 end time Jul-29-05 13:54:21 PDT):
Wi-Fi Speed Spray DramaticalIy Increase Data Throughput
Works with all 802.xx wireless networks! FAST!!!"


Monday, August 08, 2005

'Record' bank robbery in Brazil

'Record' bank robbery in Brazil:
"The thieves dug a 200m (656ft) tunnel into the bank from a nearby house in the northern city of Fortaleza."


Wednesday, August 03, 2005

industry quotes - microsoft exchange server

Microsoft's Exchange Server gets its own 'Western Front':
"So yet again Microsoft acquires a business with a tried and tested product; enabling it to offer a solution to a problem that it unwittingly helped create in the first place."


Haystack Project

I am interested in following these types of projects. Haystack Project:
"The Haystack Project is investigating approaches designed to let people manage their information in ways that make the most sense to them. By removing arbitrary application-created barriers, which handle only certain information “types” and relationships as defined by the developer, we aim to let users define their most effective arrangements and connections between views of information. Such personalization of information management will dramatically improve everyone’s ability to find what they need when they need it. We are currently exploring these ideas:"

The link came from this interview with Tim Berners-Lee in which he talks about the Symantec Web.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Photo: a.walking

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Monday, August 01, 2005

Civilization IV

Civilization IV Due Out this Year:
"The official website,, claims that Civilization IV is a 'game of remarkable depth, Civilization IV spans the entirety of human history, from the stone age to the space age. At the start you choose the nation you want to lead. At first, your people are primitive stone-age villagersand its your job to guide their development and research technologies to drive their advancement. They begin by discovering more primitive technologies such as sailing, archery, mysticism, and mining; eventually - if they survive - you will lead your people to the modern era and beyond, becoming the greatest ruler in history.

During the game, you will meet other growing civilizations - the United States, Mongolia, Persia, China, India, France - there are 18, each ruled by famous historical figures. Each civilization has its own special military units and strategies - some are fairly peaceful, while others are expansionists and conquerors. You will battle your foes with a huge arsenal of weapons, beginning with primitive archers and warriors, then catapults, knights and frigates, and eventually with modern tanks, submarines, mobile infantry, helicopter gunships, stealth bombers, and nuclear weapons. However, Civilization IV is more than just a great combat game: you can achieve victory through global conquest, diplomatic cunning, cultural or religious alliances, and technological dominance.'"

Cannot the same thing be said about every "Civilization" version? I have only played the original "Civilization", but everything in this article was true for it as well. Weird.