The Big Think

March 31, 2004

How do you say “excuse me” in Martian?

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 11:35 am

more on possible martian life via bbc: Methane lives for a short time in the Martian atmosphere so it must be being constantly replenished. There are two possible sources: either active volcanoes, none of which have been found yet on Mars, or microbes.

Why haven’t I heard anything reported about this over here?


Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 11:21 am

If you’re Patrick or Giles or Mark you absolutely have to watch these. Everyone else, it’s optional (but still hilarious). Superman and Jerry. Priceless.


Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 11:13 am

What the heck? Our local public radio station, KUT, is having its annual pledge drive (grrr…). I’ve gotten used to them repeating their phone number until I can hear it in my sleep (471-6291) but today they played a cut of Ladysmith Black Mambazo singing their phone number. I love this town.

Big News

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 10:36 am

Awwright! I’ve been hired to be the audio lead on a DV feature film called “faith and bullets“. It shoots in June for 12 days and I’m the audio department. Pay is deferred for now (much of the budget goes toward SAG actors and equipment) but the promotions department is working on getting the project sold. The main benefit comes in the form of the tons of contacts I’m making. SXSW was fantastically fertile ground for making contacts and some of my ‘seeds’ are already bearing fruit. Got another possibility out of it but won’t know about that for a while.

March 30, 2004

When I Say Do NOT Call…

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 10:07 pm

via wishtv: MCI has agreed to pay $100,000 in civil penalties for alleged violations of Indiana’s law banning unwanted calls from telemarketers.

Radiation Ride

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 11:11 am

This has been circulating on the web for a few months. If you haven’t seen it, it’s worth a look. An incredible motorcycle ride through the desiccated corpse of Chernobyl. Check it out.

The Gravy Train

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 10:13 am

via Yahoo: Corporate America has long been guilty of overpaying CEO’s without tying their pay to company performance. That may be about to change. Several companies have begun tying CEO compensation to stock performance. This is a good thing. If the stock goes up and shareholders make money, the CEO profits. Common sense, and unlike the currently accepted practice of paying CEO’s outrageous compensation packages when the stock is dwindling.
Currently Apple Computer’s Steve Jobs is one of the most overpaid CEO’s in corporate America. Even though he only receives $1 per year in salary, he has received perks such as a 90 million dollar jet. Recently Jobs received a restricted stock grant worth almost 75 million dollars.
Hopefully boards will begin standing up to CEO’s and demanding performance for such ridiculous rates. I don’t mind a corporate leader getting paid a lot, but I want to know that he or she will only be rewarded if the company (and hence my stock) does well.

March 29, 2004

Methane on Mars

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 11:05 pm

via the independent:Neither Nasa nor the European Space Agency (ESA) has publicly announced the findings, but specialists who have seen the data believe the discovery is genuine – although they are unsure what it means in terms of confirming the presence of life.
Asked whether the continual production of methane is strong evidence of a biological origin of the gas, Dr Mumma said: “I think it is, myself personally.”
He added: “It’s difficult to imagine that primordial methane [from geological activity] would continue outgassing for four billion years [the age of Mars]. This looks very intriguing.”

This one could be big. Stay tuned….

March 27, 2004


Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 11:50 am

Giles and Jen have big news. Jen’s water broke unexpectedly last night. They went to the hospital and were told that it was almost time. She’ll stay in the hospital until the baby arrives (could be a few days). Giles has more news on his site here.
Congrats to both!

March 26, 2004


Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 10:32 pm

Eww. Eww eww eww.

And while I’m at it, here’s another EWWW! (but brilliant idea).

2001 Discovery

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 10:27 pm

The spaceship Discovery from 2001: A Space Odyssey done in Lego. 6′ 1″ long. Wow!
Thanks to my brother Ross for the pointer.

March 25, 2004


Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 3:45 pm

Patrick and Lydia stopped through today on their way up to Dallas (they’re from Nashville and flew into AUS last night). Thanks for coming by, guys.

March 24, 2004

Router Table

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 10:41 am

Started working on the router table yesterday. I’ll post progress pictures soon. Only made 2 mistakes! heh.

The New eBooks are Here! The New eBooks are Here!

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 10:33 am

via engadget:
“Sony says that next month they’re going to come out with an e-book reader that uses Philips’ new electronic ink technology. The LIBRIe will have a resolution of 170 pixels per inch (more than twice that of most computer monitors), enough memory to hold up to 500 e-books, and its four AAA batteries provide enough juice to flip through more than 10,000 pages.”
(I know, I’m committing the blogging sin of reposting another blogger’s post, but give me a break, this is cool.)


Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 10:25 am

The 2004 Wired Rave Awards.
“They are the mavericks, the dreamers, the innovators. The 20 people paving the way to tomorrow and inspiring us to follow in their footsteps. We admire their smarts. We salute their achievements. And we can’t wait to see what they’ll do next.”
Great interview with Peter Jackson.


Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 10:17 am

via yahoonews: The U.S. DOJ may have dropped the ball on Microsoft a few years ago, but those stubborn Limeys have picked it up and run it between the rugby posts. The European Union today announced a record fine against Microsoft of $611,000,000. Yeow. That’ll hurt the pocketbook (unfortunately, it only accounts for a few months of MS profits, but still…). EU regulators also ordered that MS unbundle Windows Media Player within 90 days and took other steps to “change its business model to stop crushing rivals”.

March 23, 2004


Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 12:41 pm

via Yahoo: NASA to Announce ‘Major’ Discovery by the Opportunity Mars Rover at 2 p.m. ET

Nosy Neighbors

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 12:39 pm

Wow, go to this site and you can find the names and locations of people who have contributed to various presidential campaigns, as well as how much they contributed.

March 22, 2004


Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 7:36 am

In a long waited for admission of the megahertz myth, Intel today announced that they will be dropping the MHZ and GHZ labels from their chip names. They say that megahertz are no longer an accurate measure of chip speed.

“Intel rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc. got rid of clock speed from its chip names two-and-a-half years ago, replacing it with another number that it said better signified the chip’s overall performance.”

Doubtless now PC users everywhere will start loudly proclaiming that megahertz no longer matter and it’s the architecture of the chip that’s really important.

In related news, Apple issued a press statement dated 2002 with only a single word: “duh”.

March 21, 2004

Have a Coke and a Tumor…

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 9:16 pm

via the guardian: “Coca-Cola’s new brand of “pure” bottled water, Dasani, was revealed earlier this month to be tap water taken from the mains. Then it emerged that what the firm described as its “highly sophisticated purification process”, based on Nasa spacecraft technology, was in fact reverse osmosis used in many modest domestic water purification units…
Yesterday, just when executives in charge of a ?Ǭ

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