Archive for January 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Kickstarter: A Crowd-Sourced Dragon’s Den

Kickstarter is a service that allows you to raise money for projects easily: write up a proposal, come up with a set of bonuses that your funders get (You’ve watched PBS, you know the drill: “For $50, you get a lifetime license and a tote bag! For $100, you get all the benefits of the $50 level, plus a golf umbrella!”).

I am tempted to see if it works for my line of interests: for instance, a technical article or podcast on (say) neural networks or genetic algorithms or somesuch. Or, even more interestingly, to fund a project in the hit-driven world of iPhone development.

Goldilocks: A race-aware Java runtime – Microsoft Research

Goldilocks: A race-aware Java runtime – Microsoft Research.

This one’s been in my backlog to post about for awhile. Not only is it interesting as a concept, I find it also interesting that it’s a Java runtime and not based on the CLR. Technical reason or just researcher interest?

Surfing “Jaws” At Night

The Eddie did not go, but the winter storms that have kept the waves big all January gave someone an opportunity to do something truly nutsy — surfing Maui’s “Jaws” break in the middle of the night.

Sure, it was a stunt and, for surfing, stinks of dissipation and decadence, but still… 30′ waves at night?

Dangerous Minds | Surfer Mark Visser makes history by riding 30-40 foot waves in complete darkness.

Sho — A “Playground for Data” Written in IronPython

Sho looks interesting, a .NET set of libraries, utilities, and an interactive console for rapid prototyping, data analysis, and visualization.

I am not sure how or if this interacts with Pivot, another Microsoft tool that seems to cover the same ground.

Wordless Wednesdays

90-second version of A Wrinkle in Time

“A Wrinkle In Time” In 90 Seconds from James Kennedy on Vimeo.

This is awesome: award-winning children’s books retold as 90 second films. Although my nieces and nephews are probably too old for this, I checked the list of Newbery winners and was amazed by how few I’d even heard of, much less read.

We Shall Fight Them In The Registers, We Shall Fight Them In The Heaps…

Stuxnet Worm Used Against Iran Was Tested in Israel –

If we must have war, by all means let it be wormy.

808 Computers

Big Island Nerds…

Shocked, shocked to discover astrology unreliable

I don’t know what to make of the furor that your astrological sign does not accord with the facts.