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Wednesday, June 19, 2002

Just you and me, punk rock girl

Punk sounds for babies. Punk Rock Baby -- a CD of punk classics recorded in lullabye style: "You didn't fight the punk wars for nothing: make sure they have a riot of their own." Link Discuss (via Biznicality) [Boing Boing Blog]

categories: Entertainment

comments   1:11:52 PM    

T-ray cameras see through clothes, comets. New terahertz "T-ray" cameras will allow us to see into space and under each others' clothes.

One camera, already built by a company called QinetiQ and working in so-called millimetric waves, has demonstrated the ability to eerily peer through clothes and reveal a concealed weapon -- as well as much of a person's body. The image shows far more detail than an infrared camera, which detects heat.

Terahertz radiation is similar to but more revealing than what the QinetiQ camera detects. Scientists say T-rays are emitted by pretty much everything. They come from "the human hand, an envelope, someone with clothes on or a comet," says Geoff McBride, who works on Star Tiger, the British project. It is supported by the European Space Agency.

Link Discuss (Thanks, Jay!) [Boing Boing Blog]

T rays also see through smoke and clouds, which sould make for an interesting set of optics for artillery as well as an HMD for soldiers in the field. The T rays are similar to millimeter wave radar, only running at a much higher frequency.

Thought: Just walk through the scanner in the airport, and get checked for weapons etc that way. No more strip searches, no more metal detectors. Like out of the movie Total Recall.

comments   12:01:16 PM    

One of the things I find interesting is seeing who people find this place, and what they are looking for that gets them here. Today I got a hit from blo.gs, and another from someone looking for information on Provigil (hey, I'm site #138 on Yahoo's search! Vootie!) I regularly get tagged for a cetain OS' key generator, most often from Google's German site (I have no idea why.)

Regardless, the three to eight hits a day are interesting to me because it geives me an idea of what people are looking for that I am covering.

comments   6:33:00 AM    

Adding a date to your Radio archive pages. Day 8 of Mark Pilgrim's "30 days to a more accessible weblog": Constructing meaningful page titles. Mark writes:
"Every page of your weblog should have a unique and meaningful page title... Date-based archive pages should include the name of your weblog, followed by the date (or date range) for the page... "Unfortunately, I do not know how to customize page titles satisfactorily in Blogger or Radio. Radio has a <%longDate%> macro, but it can not be used as part of the page title..."
It's true that longDate doesn't work in the template, but there is a way to do this. Here's how: 1. Edit your home page template. 2. Find the line (probably near the top) which reads: 3. Between <%title%> and , add the following macro: <%local (d); if radio.weblog.file.getArchiveFileDate (radioResponder.fileBeingRendered, @d) {": " + string.dateString (d)} else {""}%> Note: be careful if you copy and paste this code -- there should be no line-breaks. 4. Click the Submit button. The next time any of your archive pages are published, they'll have a date in their title. There's no need to stick with the default date format. You can format the date however you want -- Just replace the string.dateString (d) part with your own code. See the DocServer pages for the date and string verbs for some places to start digging. [Jake's Radio 'Blog]

comments   6:06:55 AM    

turpitude: Dictionary.com Word of the Day. turpitude [Dictionary.com Word of the Day]

categories: Words

comments   6:06:41 AM    

Helen Hayes. "Every human being on this earth is born with a tragedy, and it isn't original sin. He's born with the tragedy that he has to grow up. That he has to leave the nest, the security, and go out to do battle. He has to lose everything that is lovely and fight for a new loveliness of his own making, and it's a tragedy. A lot of people don't have the courage to do it." [Motivational Quotes of the Day]

David Letterman. "New York now leads the world's great cities in the number of people around whom you shouldn't make a sudden move."

comments   6:06:31 AM    

Senator Asks Permission to Bring Laptop to Work. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - You can still find brass spittoons on the floor of the United States Senate, but don't look for personal computers -- they're not allowed in the historic chamber. By Reuters. [New York Times: Technology]

Now that is an opportunity for a wireless blog session. Get all the senators their own laptops and blogs, and let them respond /annotate information, get the thoughts of thier fellow senators, etc, all in real time. Sadly, for now, this is not possible. Given fifteen years, I think we'll see machines on the floor, as well as a secure wireless netowork.

comments   6:06:06 AM    

Taking Blogging And Journalism One Step Further.

TV Weblogs in a War Zone? (sorry, no link available)

"...Imagine a daily weblog from a TV war correspondent, say, CNN's Christiane Amanpour, perhaps?

While darting from war zone to war zone, Amanpour could detail the close calls and the untold traumas. She could explain the behind-the-camera dynamics that never make air. And she could add her own personal thoughts and challenges of the war experience. Think of it as Amanpour unplugged.

For a very busy Amanpour, it would be nearly painless. Two to three times a day, she'd dial up her satellite phone and leave a quick voicemail message back at CNN.com in Atlanta. A producer transcribes the message and posts it online.

The weblog would be a frank, conversational dialogue, featuring behind-the-scenes multimedia of Amanpour in action and a world map that pinpoints her position. It would also include some background data on the countries involved in the conflict. Users could post their own thoughts, sparking even more discussion.

Then crank up Turner's marketing machine. After each Amanpour live shot on TV, CNN plugs the weblog. Produce a few edgy promos to run on CNN and Turner's other cable networks. Even throw a live chat or two.

It would be a hit. Huge hit.

Editorially, Amanpour could offer a unique context that transcends her TV reporting. Promotionally, the weblog audience would feel compelled to watch Amanpour's TV reports now that they know the story behind the story. Financially, it costs next to nothing to produce and it would drive a ton of traffic." [The Lost Remote newsletter]

The only thing I would add to this interesting scenario is the use of video clips, which could be hosted on the blog itself or sent out with the RSS feed as enclosures. Immediate synergy between what shows on the air and the blog, as well as archived references.

[The Shifted Librarian]

Um, again, I sorta touched on this idea here.

comments   5:50:05 AM    

Not to shill for myself needlessly

40 Days And 40 Nights... Oops.

Modafinil - Drug Enables 40 Hours Without Sleep

"Now THIS is what I call better living through chemistry... (well, ok. maybe just more of it.)

Perhaps this is the secret to Jenny's Success.

'Can I have some?

From The Washington Post: With a Pill Called Modafinil, You Can Go 40 Hours Without Sleep -- and See Into the Future.' " [Michael Wilson's Radio Weblog, via Be Blogging, via www.davidwatson.org]

Again, no, but I'm definitely intrigued! That seeing into the future thing would definitely come in handy....

[The Shifted Librarian]

Umm, Jenny, check this out first.

categories: Science

comments   5:45:55 AM    

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