Or at least the dot-org part of it. Over last 5 or so years, ICANN has allowed, without any struggle, the Domain Name System to be dominated by large corporations who use it to enforce, some would say in a repressive manner, trademark and intellectual property. To counter this trend, two non-profit organizations have proposed [...]
Two of the staples of cyberpunk are gleaming superbuildings and crushing inner-city poverty. I just read an article about information technology in Ghana that just oozed cyberpunk. Amtrak must die? Sure but, let’s start thinking seriously about real high-speed rail in this country. And I don’t mean wasting time on nonsense like maglev. I means [...]
I know I cited his pages a few days ago but, it just keeps getting better. I feel like an idiot. Mr. Pilgrim is writing about the gritty aspects of improving web accessibility much better than I ever could. Please, go an read his essays about web accessibility and improving the accessibility of web logs.
Fearing for its life, a robot escapes the tumult of an artificial ecosystem. Or that’s one way of interpreting something that probably was an accident. Research develops a method that may shrink silicon chip features a hundred fold by eliminating the need for photolithography. More powered exoskeletons–a Finnish, six-legged tree harvesting machine! This in from [...]
Remember when Sony sold that infrared camera that rendered some clothing transparent? Well, it turns out that government is working on cameras and sensing technology, using light in the terahertz range, just below infrared, that also renders clothing transparent. If you’re like me, you’re always on the look out for scientifically inspired desktop wallpaper, like [...]
Web building: The Web Standards Project is kicking bottom and taking names again. This time it’s personal. Some guy named Mark Pilgrim discusses why web sites and weblogs should be accessible by telling stories of users with screen readers and braille boards. Unclassifiable: It’s the XXI century, where is your robot butler? Expansions of the [...]
Cartooning. I know I am too old to start a career in cartooning. Creating an compelling RPG background. Again, perhaps as 40 year-old single man, this might be highly suspect but there it is. I have the spare time–sort of. Building a bigger music collection in this post-MP3 era. Hopefully I won’t get arrested for [...]
New results in eschatological cosmology: it’s good to be in an accelerating universe. As still more evidence on why I think Africa is an ideal place for a cyberpunk novel, I cite Nigeria’s has a straight-to-video film industry. Andrew Lipson, builds klein bottles and costa surfaces out of Lego. Researchers attempt to improve haptics in [...]
Again, in the endeavor to make this site useful to Web developers, I present the following experiences in making an Intel/AMD multi-boot different OSes and file systems.