What androids dream of.

What does your computer do when it’s asleep? Well, if you’re the giving type, it might be searching for intelligent life in the universe, helping find a cure for schizophrenia, or perhaps trying to fold some proteins. Scott Draves has a different idea. His collaborative computing project, Electric Sheep, is a screensaver that generates semi-random […]

What androids dream of.

Creative computing.

One of the first magazines I can remember subscribing to (apart from Cricket and Ranger Rick) was Creative Computing. I started getting this magazine about 1980, after I fell in love with the neighbor’s TRS-80. It astounded me that he could have a computer sitting right there, on his desk, completely self-contained and no bigger […]

Creative computing.

1,000 years in Bali.

bali_water_temple_statue, uploaded by crderivative. Listened this week to an amazing talk by anthropologist Stephen Lansing‘s talk on Bali at the Long Now Foundation‘s seminar series. (Thanks to Jon Udell for linking to it.) Lansing’s talk is an account of how Balinese rice farmers managed to create a system for sharing water and coordinating rice planting […]

1,000 years in Bali.

HDTV for dummies.

Not exactly for dummies, actually, but for beginners: Next week I’ll be hosting a webcast on how to select and set up an HDTV set. Two of Ziff-Davis’s top HDTV gurus, Robert Heron and Loyd Case, will be explaining everything you need to know. I’ll be asking naive questions (and we’ll take audience questions too, […]

HDTV for dummies.

Laptop batteries on fire.

Here’s a 5-minute video showing what happens when a laptop battery ignites: It sets off a chain reaction, where successive battery cells ignite, each one releasing more heat and increasingly big jets of flame (up to 6 feet high). Amazing and scary. As the narrator points out, you need to be careful with lithium-ion battery […]

Laptop batteries on fire.

Instant haiku.

This is kind of cool: TextMarks is a service that lets you create your own custom SMS quick-response codes. People enter the code and send it to the TextMark short code (41411), and then they get the text that you specify, in return. I set up the keyword haiku to deliver the current day’s haiku […]

Instant haiku.