Year: 2013

  • Time Travel

    I picked up a book of old photographs last weekend that detailed Alameda’s railroad history. I had heard that the island where I live used to host a network of light rail lines that served the community but had no idea how extensive it was until I browsed the pages of Alameda by Rail this past […]

  • FourSquare Visualize Me

    Kristian Luoma from Finland pinged me yesterday, curious why I still used Foursquare. When I lived in Finland, we were one of the first people on the ground to use the app and we used to compete on who would retain the mayorship of Helsinki’s Vantaa Airport. I no longer really care about being the […]

  • Technology as Connective Tissue

    Two tear-jerker videos illustrate the power of technology to connect over distance. Watch and marvel the world we live in. Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Google Search services connect two old friends across political boundaries. This video was put together by the Google India team. Skype connects two girls on opposite ends of the earth who share […]

  • Van Damme Splits Volvo Trucks

    Yesterday I saw this on a lightpost on the way to work. Kinda random. I walked on. There’s a link to the full image, some tumbler with links to the pdf so that people can print them out and post them on their own. Today I see this video of Van Damme doing his “famous […]

  • Why Ise is rebuilt every 20 years

    Why Ise is rebuilt every 20 years

    The Shinto shrines of Ise in central Japan are famous because they have been re-built every 20 years for hundreds of years (2013 is a re-building year). In an example of long term thinking, there is a special grove of cedar trees that are grown specifically so that they may be harvested in time for […]

  • MorpHex, a spherical transformer

    How do you design a robot that can maneuver over varied terrain? OK. That’s pretty clever. Here’s another approach from scientists at MIT (via @dav)

  • Breaking Baddest

    Breaking Bad is over. I watched the final episode a couple of nights ago. I only first got into the series because I saw from our Netflix queue that my son was watching it and figured I should watch a few episodes to see what was it was about. He got bored and moved on […]

  • Go Mie Go!

    I am so proud of my sister who just worked her heart out to help her company put together two videos to describe how Evernote works with it’s partners. Evernote started as a simple list and notes service to help you organize your digital notes. Starting with image recognition on digital photos it began to […]

  • How I Started Blogging

    Dave Winer posted a call for co-remembrances of the BloggerCon conferences he held in 2003/2004 which got me thinking about how I started this blog and kicked off a series of events that brought me to California to work at a blogging company and catch a wave that I’ve been on ever since. I attended […]

  • Daniel Suarez Nightmare a Reality

    I wrote back in June about Autonomous Robotic Weapons and the fear that SciFi writer Daniel Suarez had that these would one day be built and what could go wrong. Looks like it’s real. In the recruitment video above, the Air Force invites future cadets to work with them on creating a network of autonomous […]