Remember that quad-rotor UAV?

You know, this one?

Here's the consumer version, on sale at Tyson's Corner mall:

This one's controlled with an iPhone app rather than a remote control operating over 802.11, and I have to wonder how hackable it really is, but it's certainly noteworthy.

Disclaimer: I got three hours of sleep last night because my sleep schedule is screwed. This post will probably not make a whole lot of sense.

  <p>Lyssa and I organized craft night at our place on Friday evening and put the word out for folks to come over and work on stuff.  There isn’t much else that you can say about that, really – I’ve been experimenting with <a href="http://www.archlinux.org/">Arch Linux</a> on my netbook to get a sense for whether or not it will work for my purposes.  I would eventually like …
Read more...

Remember when I said "'tis the season?"

Lyssa took sick last week. On Thursday she woke up having trouble breathing while I was in the shower, which threw our plans into a tailspin. I took a sickday and drove her to urgent care (where I seem to spend far too much time in the waiting room these days), only to discover that she has a sinus infection. Lyssa spent the bulk of the weekend in bed pumped full of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs, with the odd sortie to get food in some form or go shopping.

This also meant that I was running solo when I went …

Read more...

I nearly forgot to put a title on this post.

The way the last couple of weeks have been going, it's a safe bet that you can guess how Friday went. If you guessed 'more dental work', then you hit the nail squarely on the head. It has been two weeks (now a bit more than that) since my root canal, and I had gone back to Family Dentistry to get the molar in question cleaned out, built up, and have a temporary crown installed. Ordinarily, this isn't such a big deal because once the nerve's gone (i.e., post-root canal) you can pretty much dig around inside the tooth …

Read more...

I see now how the Vorlons infiltrated Earth: Perfume!

Babylon-5 will notice the spray bottle's resemblance to a certain ambassador aboard the station.

As for the scent, I'm not much of a fan. It's a bit too musky for my tastes.

Artists hide apartment in mall; Parker Lewis applauds.

Back in 2003, a small group of artists in the state of Rhode Island attempted a daring art hack: They snuck into the Providence Place Mall and hid an apartment in a corner of the parking garage as part of a guerilla documentary they were making on mall life. Michael Townsend and his cohorts, from all reports I've been able to dig up, set up a wall of cinderblocks which blended in with the rest of the structure to hide the 750 square foot chamber. A standard utility door allowed entrance and egress. The interior walls were also plastered and …

Read more...