The Big Think

January 31, 2004

Opportunity Rocks

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 11:55 pm

via BBC: NASA’s rover Opportunity is safe on the surface of Mars! Yee Haw.

January 30, 2004

One iPod to Rule Them…. oh, enough already

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 11:41 am

via applelinks: Weta’s cyber Tolkien Trail was seeded by a dedicated server, safely isolated from Weta’s intranet and connected to a secure outside line.
Media was transferred from Weta to Pinewood Studios in London. There, Jackson’s 30-gig iPod was ready and waiting to upload Weta’s daily fresh-baked shots and sequences. His iPod was then delivered via sneaker net to his home a few minutes away from Pinewood.
Jackson then viewed those 1K-resolution QuickTime files on an Apple Cinema Display, tied to his G4 laptop, which drew directly from his iPod.
Jackson says the only thing he’d change about the setup is the $15,000 videoconferencing setup they used. Doing it now, he’d replace the whole thing with a $150 iSight.


Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 1:28 am

Some potentially great news Via Yahoonews: BALTIMORE – NASA’s chief agreed Thursday to review his decision to cancel the Hubble Space Telescope’s final servicing mission and let it deteriorate and go out of operation. The decision comes after the space agency was bombarded by pleas to save the craft.
“It’s been overwhelming. My e-mail is overflowing,” said Steve Beckwith, director of the Space Telescope Science Institute.

Pixar dumps Disney

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 12:11 am

via applelinks:“After 10 months of trying to strike a deal with Disney, we’re moving on,” Jobs said. “We’ve had a great run together — one of the most successful in Hollywood history — and it’s a shame that Disney won’t be participating in Pixar’s future successes.”

January 29, 2004

8 Bit Sports Bloopers

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 2:23 pm


Dept. of Future Lawsuits

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 2:16 pm

Really, really bad toy idea. Seriously folks, what were they thinking?

“I’m a Master Model Builder”

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 2:14 pm

Great short article in Wired mag about the recent competition to select 3 new Lego Master Model Builders.

Oil Bribes

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 12:14 pm

via Washington Times: UPI: Documents from Saddam Hussein’s oil ministry reveal he used oil to bribe top French officials into opposing the imminent U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.


Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 12:13 pm

True Majority has an excellent video starring Ben (of Ben and Jerry’s fame) that uses, er, oreo cookies to illustrate a way to fund social issues. Interesting.

Buy Open

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 12:07 pm

Cory Doctorow over at BoingBoing has an interesting article on MP3, MSFT, and AAPL. Why he thinks your next music purchase shouldn’t be copy-protected.

Today’s Foxtrot

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 2:36 am


OS X Crash

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 12:27 am

Had a kernel panic while iChatting with Giles. Tried to ping him when he was listed as away. Not the first time this has happend. Also experienced one the other day while viewing a Quicktime movie in Safari.

Confessions of a Used Car Salesman

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 12:16 am

Just got finished reading the (very lengthy) article “Confessions of a Used Car Salesman” over at Edmunds. We will be looking for a new car for Erin in the next few months. We’ll probably buy slightly used from a private party and we’re looking for a Toyota Corolla or Camry 2001 or newer. If you have any leads, drop me a note in the comments.

January 28, 2004

The Spirit is Willing

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 9:47 pm

Recovering NASA MER Spirit has sent back a new picture!

Big Mac

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 6:11 pm has a good article by Hassan Aref, the Dean of engineering at Virginia Tech who oversaw the development of the world’s third fastest supercomputer. Good geek stuff here.

Where’ I’ve Been

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 12:03 pm

Here’s a map, courtesy world66, that shows all the states I’ve visited so far:

create your own visited states map

Apollo’s Creed

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 11:55 am

via jpl/NASA:NASA memorialized the Apollo 1 crew — Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee — by dedicating the hills surrounding the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit’s landing site to the astronauts.

January 27, 2004

Prevent the Nerd Riots of 2004

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 2:22 pm

Speakeasy has some good advise for the Academy.

Prophetic Words

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 12:30 pm

“‘Two years from now, spam will be solved,”
Bill Gates, January 2004

2 years from now we’ll see if his prediction is true. If not, I’m sure people will…. keep buying his lousy software.

“Nobody would ever need more than 640k of memory.”
Bill Gates, 1981

Fold, Spindle, Mutilate

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 12:17 pm

via yahoonews:Dutch firm Philips Electronics said on Monday it was preparing to mass-produce a slim, book-sized display panel onto which consumers could download newspapers and magazines — then roll up and put away.

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