Monday, March 26, 2012

Andy Ihnatko's Ipad Review

At the Chicago Sun-Times, here's Andy Ihnatko's full review of the iPad.

My favorite line has nothing to do with the iPad:  “Well, look, if you want your mind blown, go and watch the original Star Wars trilogy again while pondering the question ‘Is Artoo Detoo using The Force?’”

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Coronal Mas Ejection, Geomagnetic Storm Update


 A coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth's magnetic field on March 8th around 1100 UT. The impact was weaker than expected, sparking only a mild (Kp=5) geomagnetic storm. However, the storm could intensify in the hours ahead depending on electromagnetic conditions in the wake of the CME. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Electric Charges in a Molecule

via the BBC.

Nifty HDTV Antenna

for UHF.

The Bitcoin Story

I wondered where things are now with Bitcoin and went looking for a report.  This story at Wired is pretty good.

Remarkable Employees

I hate integer headlines, but this article at Inc was fascinating.

Smalltalk, Haskell, LISP

by Daniel Lyons.

Raspberry Pi

$35 and $25 mini computers.  The Verge.

Uh, that's “mini” in a new, modern sense, not in the PDP-11 sense.  I used to say that, soon, we'd have computers that you could actually lose. “Did you notice were I put the email server? I can't find it!”

Roku Interview

Jolie O'Dell from Venture Beat interviews Anthony Wood, CEO of Roku.

MIT Launches Android App Inventor

Android and me.


Write on walls via augmented reality.  From Venture Beat.

Radar images from the March 2012 tornado outbreak

from United States Tornados. “a collection of a handful of the most gripping radar images of the March 2, 2012 storms as they were occurring.”

Solar Flare

Watch for aurorae!

From Space Weather: “ Big sunspot AR1429 has unleashed another major flare. This one is the strongest yet, an X5-class eruption on March 7th at 00:28 UT. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the extreme UV flash”

And: “A coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth's magnetic field on March 7th at approximately 0400 UT. The impact was not a strong one, but it could stir up polar geomagnetic storms anyway. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras.”

From 11-Alive News.