Tag: news

  1. Smithsonian warehouse damaged; roof collapsed under the snow.

    11 February 2010

    Around 0700 EST5EDT today, one of the warehouses maintained by the Smithsonian Institution sustained damage when its roof collapsed under the weight of all the snow. Technically referred to as the Smithsonian Museum Support Center in Suitland, Maryland, the warehouse is used to store artifacts not currently on display at any of the Smithsonian-related facilities. Some of the photographs taken today show that the walls of the warehouse buckled as the roof gave way. It is said that the artifacts stored therein are packed in protective containers but a full report is unavailable at this time because the building itself …

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  2. Snowpocalypse shenanigans.

    11 February 2010

    The DC metroplex is still snowed under, so it's been a pretty slow day for everyone. Around the time that the snowfall slowed to a manageable level (near the end of it, actually) we headed outside to clear away the latest eight inches or so of powder. It was fresh and still fluffy, so we made pretty short work of it. The car's been brushed off and moved a bit so we know that we can get out of the parking space if we need to (whether or not we could escape the complex is another matter entirely) and the …

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  3. Consumer media is losing its gods-damned mind.

    04 August 2009

    Every morning I pop open Google News in one of my browser tabs and mainline the top 100 stories to get a sense for what’s happening in the world and what general sort of day I’m in for. Last week the Associated Press announced that it would be modifying the content it makes available on the Net in such a way that they can (hypothetically) control how it can be read, where it can be read, and who can read it. They say they want to be able to monitor how the content they make available to everyone …

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  4. Just when you thought biotech couldn't get any more fascinating.

    26 July 2009

    Biology and medicine have long known that more advanced forms of life emit various forms of energy as they go about their business. Mammals emit heat as a byproduct of their metabolisms, and the electrical activity of the musculature, cardiopulmonary, and central nervous systems may be picked up by sensitive instruments and used for diagnostic purposes. Recently, researchers in Japan have discovered that human bodies also emit light in the visble spectrum, albeit in a fashion that most sensors cannot detect. In fact, most lifeforms emit visible light in some fashion though the mechanism behind it isn’t understood. This …

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  5. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

    27 November 2008

    Now that it's Thanksgiving Day and there's nothing to do until the turkey has finished roasting in the oven, I've got a chance to write about everything that's happened in the past couple of days.

    Aside from adding a thirteenth bookcase to the apartment (which actually contains the bulk of our DVD collection) last Saturday brought with it an afternoon with the Mad Scientist Coffee Klatsch while Lyssa stayed home to relax. I spent the afternoon with Hasufin, Mika, and Jason trading doomsday scenarios that ran the gamut of elegance, subtlty, and destructive potential, an activity which I'm surprised didn't …

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  6. Explosive post queue flush in three.. two.. one....

    21 January 2008

    As one might expect, it's been a busy couple of days (a week, really), which has kept me from being able to post anything. I got back from Philly around 1700 EST5EDT last Friday, and I've been offline pretty much the entire weekend because I've been too tired to do much of anything. After I got back, Lyssa made a wonderful hot dinner (all the more special because temperatures in the tri-state area have been averaging in the mid-twenties Fahrenheit), and then we decided to get together with some friendly faces to hang out for the evening. To that end …

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  7. The Wachowski brothers are at it again, and it's going to be a doozy.

    27 August 2007

    The Wachowski brothers, who made their names in Hollywood with the Matrix trilogy, are bringing the classic anime Speed Racer to the silver screen as a live action movie with a projected release date of 9 May 2008. True to form, they're pushing the envelope of video technology yet again with a new digital video camera that will keep the entire frame in focus at all times, giving the same visual style that you would see if you were watching a cartoon.

    Go ahead. Watch a movie, then watch a cartoon, and compare the relative sizes and distances in each …

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  8. The things people come up with these days...

    11 July 2007

    If you've been on the Net for a while, you've probably seen buttons or tags for Digg, which is a community-based news management and relay website. The idea is that news articles are submitted by users, and everyone else on the site votes on how interesting, relevant, or helpful the articles are. Articles deemed popular through this method rise to the top (theoretically) while unhelpful articles sink to the bottom and are lost (again, theoretically).

    Somebody developed a Tetris-like game seeded from Digg's RSS feed. For every article submitted, a game piece enters play. It moves pretty fast, and is …

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