The Graphing Calculator Story.

Ron Avitzur got laid off from his job as a software consultant at Apple in 1993. But he refused to give up on his project, so he just kept coming in and working on it. Eventually he got the software–Apple’s Graphing Calculator–QA’d, translated into 20 languages, and bundled into shipping Macs, all without actually being […]

The Graphing Calculator Story.

Snowflake museum.

William Alwyn Bentley spent four decades around the turn of the century — the last century — photographing snowflakes. He worked in snowstorms, collecting flakes on a blackboard and then carefully transferring them to microscope slides with a splinter of wood, holding his breath while photographing so as not to melt the flake. Largely self-taught, […]

Snowflake museum.

Dude!

U. Pittsburgh Linguist Scott Kiesling has researched how young Americans use the word “dude:” … the four-letter word has many uses: in greetings (“What’s up, dude?”); as an exclamation (“Whoa, Dude!”); commiseration (“Dude, I’m so sorry.”); to one-up someone (“That’s so lame, dude.”); as well as agreement, surprise and disgust (“Dude.”).

Dude!

Do I Need a Mobile Phone?

“Jesus stated the wise principle that one should ‘calculate the expense’ before undertaking an important project. (Luke 14:28) Can that principle be applied to mobile phones? Certainly.” Young People Ask… Do I Need a Mobile Phone? – Jehovah’s Witnesses Official Web Site The Jehovah’s Witnesses … international telecommunications experts. Who knew?

Do I Need a Mobile Phone?

Baggertransport 2001.

Scot’s blog turned me on to the Baggertransport 2001, an enormous, countryside-devouring, strip-mining behemoth. The photo gallery is awesome–picture after picture of the metal monster roaming the German countryside, terrorizing highways and houses and attracting throngs of awed peasants Germans. [updated 10/2/2009 with new photo gallery link]

Baggertransport 2001.

Mr. Leatherman.

Yesterday I interviewed Tim Leatherman, the guy who invented Leatherman tools. Yes, there really is a Mr. Leatherman! He is still running his company, based in Portland, OR. He’s a very down to earth guy, and a really determined inventor–it took him 3 years to build the first prototype and another 5 years to get […]

Mr. Leatherman.

Hitachi DZ-MV550A

You know you’re going to burn your video to disc sooner or later. Why not do it the moment you record it? With DVD camcorders, you can browse, edit, and rearrange the order of scenes right on the camera. And once you’re done shooting, transferring videos to your computer or DVD player is as simple […]

Hitachi DZ-MV550A

Canon Optura 500

If you’re the art-house type, you’ll embrace anything, no matter how stupid — clove cigarettes, turtlenecks, David Eggers novels — as long as it’s outside the mainstream. If this describes you, and you’ve got money to burn, the Canon Optura 500 is your camcorder. Although small, the Optura 500 is replete with features, including a […]

Canon Optura 500

Panasonic PV-GS400

If you’re trying to break into Hollywood, you don’t want your brilliant script ruined by poor video quality. Go ahead and plunk down $1,200 for the Panasonic PV-GS400: a superb camcorder with the best-quality video we’ve seen yet. Two factors contribute to the PV-GS400’s excellent video. First, a Leica 12x optical zoom lens delivers great […]

Panasonic PV-GS400