Interesting things I've bookmarked (old posts, page 14)

Vancouver

Today is Day 8 of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver Canada, almost the halfway mark, and it's time to have a look at the activities in British Columbia. Over 100 medals have been awarded so far, with the United States, Germany, Norway and Canada leading the medal race. This year's event has been nicknamed by some as the Glitch Games, with more than its share of problems, from a malfunctioning cauldron on opening night to weather problems and course troubles. VANOC officials said they were working on the issues they could control, and were optimistic as athletes continued to deliver amazing performances in the many venues around Vancouver. Collected here are some photos from Days 1-8, with more to follow in another entry after the closing ceremony.

Vancouver

Vancouver

Vancouver

Vancouver

Sculpture Sells Itself On eBay

t is a physical sculpture that is perpetually attempting to auction itself on eBay.Every ten minutes the black box pings a server on the internet via the ethernet connection to check if it is for sale on the eBay. If its auction has ended or it has sold, it automatically creates a new auction of itself.If a person buys it on eBay, the current owner is required to send it to the new owner. The new owner must then plug it into ethernet, and the cycle repeats itself.

Dance around the world

We humans are natural dancers - bodies in rhythmic motion completely alone, or in groups large and small, or in front of an audience. Dancers can communicate ideas, preserve cultural identities, strengthen social bonds, or just have a lot of fun. Collected here is another recent group of photographs of us, human beings around the world, professional and amateur, in motion for all of the reasons above and more.

Dance around the world

Dance around the world

Dogs and Sleds

Dogsleds are in the news lately, as several races have recently taken place around the Northern Hemisphere, and as transportation choices for both a meeting of the G-7 and the start of the 2010 U.S. census. Mushers brought representatives to Iqaluit, a small village in Nunavut Territory, chosen to host a recent G-7 meeting, in part so Canada could assert sovereignty over its part of the Arctic. The 2010 U.S. Census, as per tradition, kicked off its count on January 25th in a rural part of Alaska in the small village of Noorvik, as census takers arrived by dogsled. And recent dogsled races include Le Grand Odyssee, the Sedivackuv Long, Pirena, the Aviemore Husky Sled Dog Rally and many more smaller regional competitions. Collected here are a handful of recent photos of sleds, dogs, and their humans.

Dogs and Sleds

Dogs and Sleds

Dogs and Sleds

Dogs and Sleds

Photos of my models

Our past is a powerful draw and in so many ways we try to capture it in order to explain it to ourselves. What started out as an exercise in model building and photography, ended up as a dream-like reconstruction of the town I grew up in. It's not an exact recreation, but it does capture the mood of my memories. And like a dream, many of the buildings show up in different configurations throughout the photos. Or sometimes, the buildings stay put and the backgrounds change. Visually, this is heading towards the realm of ART. NO PHOTOSHOP WAS USED IN THESE PICTURES. IT'S ALL STRAIGHT FROM THE CAMERA.

Photos of my models

Photos of my models

White House Proposes NASA Direction Change

On Monday, the White House announced its proposed 2011 budget for NASA, which calls for major changes in the agency's direction. New Scientist takes a closer look at what the changes mean.What exactly has the White House cancelled?The new plan, if approved by Congress, would axe the Constellation programme, which has been developing rockets and other hardware intended to return astronauts to the moon by 2020.

iiNet and Rational Thinking Win

In summary, in this proceeding, the key question is: Did iiNet authorise copyright infringement? The Court answers such question in the negative for three reasons: first because the copyright infringements occurred directly as a result of the use of the BitTorrent system, not the use of the internet, and the respondent did not create and does not control the BitTorrent system; second because the respondent did not have a relevant power to prevent those infringements occurring; and third because the respondent did not sanction, approve or countenance copyright infringement.

spirit

You did good, spirit. Real damn good.On January 26th, 2274 Mars days into the mission, NASA declared Spirit a 'stationary research station', expected to stay operational for several more months until the dust buildup on its solar panels forces a final shutdown.

Apple iPad first hands-on! (update: video!) -- Engadget

First hands on's with the iPad are out and about. Looks like Apple have once again made an awesome bit of hardware then lumbered a restrictive and cumbersom user interface on it. Will be interesting when someone "jailbreaks" one.# It's not light. It feels pretty weighty in your hand.# The screen is stunning, and it's 1024 x 768. Feels just like a huge iPhone in your hands.# The speed of the CPU is something to be marveled at. It is blazingly fast from what we can tell. Webpages loaded up super fast, and scrolling was without a hiccup. Moving into and out of apps was a breeze. Everything flew.# There's no multitasking at all. It's a real disappointment. All this power and very little you can do with it at once. No multitasking means no streaming Pandora when you're working in Pages... you can figure it out. It's a real setback for this device.# The ebook implementation is about as close as you can get to reading without a stack of bound paper in your hand. The visual stuff really helps flesh out the experience. It may be just for show, but it counts here.# No camera. None, nada. Zip. No video conferencing here folks. Hell, it doesn't have an SMS app!# It's running iPhone OS 3.2.# The keyboard is good, not great. Not quite as responsive as it looked in the demos.# No Flash confirmed. So Hulu is out for you, folks!