From Reuters, via CNN, a Hong Kong boy went berserko with a knife after his dad unplugged his video game. Let this be a warning to all parents (and significant others who might not appreciate certain librarians in black staying up at all hours of the night gaming). Deny us food, water, anything else–but don’t mess with the game.
One-page cartoon-panel PDFs that show kids how to build things like a mega-air cannon and a balloon hovercraft. Hey, I might want to make some of these…
While I will post the occasional political piece, I have avoided the flat-out Bush-bashing sites. However, this one is just too fun to keep to myself.
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.