Friday, June 30, 2006

Attractive manta seeks traveling companion for fame and fortune.

Vendors! Be the first micro-projector vendor on the block to illuminate an ultralight flying manta ray cable array biomimetic robotic mobile sculpture installation!

Explay's digital projector to hit the market in 2007.
See also PVPro and Digismart.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Fanfare for the Common Manta.

You'll laugh, you'll cry.

You'll really believe a manta can fly.

high res (155meg) ........................................ low res (25 meg)

kudos, Brian!

Smart power, chain stores, and social consciousness

Smart power, chain stores, and social consciousness:
For my weekly podcast, [Jon Udell] interviewed Mike Frost, CEO of Site Controls, a three-year-old Austin startup that's focused on the part of the energy web that can be built out now, for profit, with near-term return on investment and a growth path that could eventually produce macro-level network effects. [Full story at]

Monday, June 19, 2006



This is a beautiful blog on "architectural conjecture" and "landscape futures". Got to come back...

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Publish iCal calendars without .Mac

Publish iCal calendars without .Mac: "iCal publishing requires WebDAV. But now there's a way. offers free 1GB accounts, and their servers run WebDAV. So here's what you need to do, in a nutshell:
Set up your subscription (easy and fast!).
In iCal, publish your calendar (Calendar -> Publish) to, using your account name (email) and password.
Subscribe to the calendar in iCal (Calendar -> Subscribe) at NOTE: Do not use https here.That's it!

Wednesday, June 14, 2006


Flock Start Page

Looks pretty interesting!!

Blogged with Flock

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

NYTimes Video Projections on a Globe Make Planetary Data Click

Video: Science on a Sphere

Video: Science on a Sphere
The display is Science on a Sphere ( , a pioneering system for presenting planetary portraits gathered from satellites and other spacecraft. Essentially a spherical movie screen of white fiberglass, six feet in diameter, it displays video images from four computer-controlled projectors. Though stationary, it gives the illusion of spinning as the images move, and the nearly invisible wire that holds it up makes it seem to be floating in space.

Are we ready for some real crossdisciplinary and transdisciplinary experimentation?

Our standard solution to the staying power of the conventional disciplinary/departmental structure is to add new courses, and then new programs, without changing much of the existing structure. Multidisciplinary efforts might sound innovative, but they don't change much. If we desire really innovative, comprehensive, pervasive, cross-campus configurations, then we must accept much greater structural flexibility than our current system allows. Department and college boundaries must become much more permeable. Joint and even floating appointments should become prevalent, and we should be constantly reinventing ourselves and our structure. Are we ready for some real crossdisciplinary and transdisciplinary experimentation?

--Raymond C. Miller

Friday, June 09, 2006

cannot open display: :0.0

For the Nth time, I have had to remember how to configure the X11 display variable to cope with this error
Gtk-WARNING **: cannot open display: :0.0
when running vpython on Mac OS X

First, I need to be running x11 (I knew that)
Second, I need to run the appropriate version of python /sw/bin/python2.4 (I knew that)

Third, my .tcshrc file needed to contain this line
setenv DISPLAY :1.0
Now that's unusual. Usually, it's 0.0

indeed, a few days later and I have to set it back to 0.0

You've got to get them all right all the time (I know that, and I resent it.)

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Mount a account on a Mac

Mount a account on a Mac: "Filed under: Software, Internet Tools is an iDisk-like service that allows you to mount an 'internet hard drive' on your desktop (they offer both free and paid accounts).

1 GB is free, while 5 GB is $4.99/month, and 15 go for $9.99/month. Enjoy.

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Implanting a magnet in your fingertip adds a sixth sense

Implanting a magnet in your fingertip adds a sixth sense: -- people who've had the implant report that they can tell when a wire is live and when they're going through a magnet security-scanner at a store, even when their laptops' hard drives are spinning up.