Thursday, September 29, 2005

A happy accident: mice that can regrow limbs and organs like salamanders.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Giant squid live and direct!

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Worst pop lyric of the last decade:

"It was the best soy latte that you ever had" - "Drops of Jupiter", Train

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Sunday, September 25, 2005

I'm at a street fair in little italy. It stretches to the horizon in either direction on skinny mulberry street, under festive arcs of colored light. There are fried oreos here, and drunk people bearing large stuffed animals. The sounds of the carnies flitter and play
underneath the incessant reggaeton that blares from every speaker.

I stumbled upon this dream wandering away from CBGB, the most famous punk club in nyc that is about to close its doors forever. My ears
are stinging from the atonal yells of girls dressed like boys who wish they were tough enough to hurt other boys as much as the girls
have hurt them. A fat man, clearly an extra from the Sopranos, yells "paisan!" at a skinny Italian boy with spiky hair who is gagging on some dessert that rhymes with cannoli while his waifish girlfriend looks on, holding a videocamera, all sparkling midriff and lip gloss.

I feel pleasantly invisible, buoyed on a sea of Friday night alcohol by the smells of Manhattan.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Should I buy a new car, or a robot?

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Friday, September 16, 2005

Nintendo is getting much closer to virtual reality with their new game controller.

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Thursday, September 15, 2005

The genius of this new music player makes me weep.

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Saturday, September 10, 2005

I was exposed to quite a bit of algorithmic composition back at CCRMA, and I thought most of it sounded bad and couldn't be used by 99% of the population.
But if Wolfram can figure out a way to hook up their new cellular automata generator to a decent sound library, I think they've got something.

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Friday, September 09, 2005

Very strange dream last night. I'm driving down a crowded highway towards New Orleans, and I see a crowd has formed on the shoulder - George Bush has a boombox and is doing the robot to early 80s hip-hop. He runs and jumps into my car with a few Secret Service, and we head to Burger King. For some reason, they have a red carpet waiting room, like the VIP clubs at the airport. We sit in the room and talk.

"George, how do you have time to listen to all of the reports from all of your advisors?"

"Do you want to know the truth, Daniel? You have to chase after what you believe. I don't worry about the rest."

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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

A fascinating study of instant messaging games gone wrong.

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Monday, September 05, 2005

Hurricane, hurricane. It's great to see Kanye West go for the jugular. More analysis by the Chicago Times.

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Saturday, September 03, 2005

I pledge to make 1000 pledges on pledgebank, but only if 1000 other people pledge to do the same. Huh?

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Thursday, September 01, 2005

When did Australia become the hotspot for shocking medical advances? First dogs cryogenically frozen and then revived, now we have mice that can regenerate!

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