The San Francisco Chronicle has a great article on all the Star Trek gadgets that have become a reality. And they interviewed certain tech innovators (like Woz) who say they were inspired by Star Trek when creating their tech-inventions. The article also includes a nice photo line-up comparing Star Trek shots to modern day devices.
A “Special Skills Draft” is being considered by the US Department of Defense, targeting geeks & linguists. The Pentagon apparently noticed that the military is lacking in staff with high-level computer and language skills (hmmm, I wonder why) and wants that to change. The answer? Not training folks already in the military. Not beefing up recruiting efforts. “Let’s do a draft! But, not just a general draft. Let’s go find smart people with computer and language skills, and force them into miltiary service.” Well, hell.
Check out the I, Robot trailer. Very Will Smith, but that’s alright. It’s still Asimov–can’t complain.
The Smithsonian Institution Library has created a searchable directory of almost three thousand online exhibitions, the Library and Archival Exhibitions on the Web. What a wonderful way to give access to all the hidden jewels on our libraries’ web pages.
Tech TV’s Call for Help’s Free File of the Day is Atmosphere Lite. Totally free, this program has sounds of nature–crickets, birds, frogs, cows populate landscapes of waterfalls, woodlands, jungles, etc. You can use the pre-sets (coast, downpour, country, fireside) or you can create your own, adding sounds of whatever you like. You can even record your creation as a .wav file. Very cool. I downloaded it this morning, have been listening for three hours, and feel rather calm, depsite the influx of e-mails about database weirdness, software glitches, and numerous vendor phone calls (oh, the humanity!). I can proudly recommend this for anyone who loves those sweet sounds of nature.
So, Fresh Goo(gle) claims that it can run searches for you that shows you “what’s new,” AKA “sites that have been added” today, yesterday, in the last week, or in the last month. This is a GREAT idea. But, it doesn’t work. For example, if I do a phrase search for “Librarians Index to the Internet” and limit to Today, I get 2,250 hits. Now, I know Karen Schneider is good, but she’s not that good. Granted, the more you expand a search (to 7 days, to 30 days, to a regular Google search), the more hits you get, but I think what it’s looking at are pages that Google recently crawled, not pages that have been newly added. Would be cool if it worked though.
The Lipstick Librarian has a nice piece on Richmond (CA) students protesting the school board’s attempt to close libraries.
Hundreds of photos of different species yawning are available at Gaping Maws. There’s something that makes me sleepy about seeing a few dozen snakes, a hundred house cats, and some lions yawning. And, something so very, very creepy at the same time.
*yawn* Thanks to Lady Crumpet’s Armoire for the site.