Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Honda Working On Mecha

The research wing of Honda Motor Co. has co-developed a brain-machine interface (BMI) system that allows a person to control a robot through thought alone. Surely Honda Gundams are soon to follow.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Austin Texas : Saturday Night Smackdown and Barista Jam

March 28, 2009 from 3pm to 9pm
Caffe Medici @ 2202 Guadalupe St, Austin TX
Contact Info: 512-474-5730

The first ever Saturday Night Smackdown has been scheduled for March 28, that's on a Saturday for those of you with calendars, starting at 3pm and going until we can't drink anymore (coffee). If you are interested in attending, please send an email to SaturdayNightSmackdown-at-gmail.com with your name and whether or not you desire to compete.

This event is open to anyone and everyone who has a desire to learn more about coffee, no snootiness or snobbery to be found here. You don't have to be a competitor to show up and have a good time, but we do encourage active participation in the events leading up to the pour off.

via www.baristaexchange.com
This has been a public announcement. I thank you.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Big Brother Gets Some Stimulus Money In Austin

Austin Police are waiting for the Fall when they expect $350,000 in federal funding to install additional "crime" cameras.
We are told that most of the bars around here already have cameras to watch out for "stuff."
"You are on camera almost everywhere you go, except we're trying to use them to actually enhance the safety of our community," Cmdr. Gay said.

It's not coming, it's been here a long time my brothers and sisters.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Scientists Believe This May Be A Picture Of Cold Fusion

See Neutron tracks revive hopes for cold fusion or perhaps 'Cold Fusion' Rebirth? New Evidence For Existence Of Controversial Energy Source

Maybe not. Skeptics suggest brewing another cup of really strong tea and getting a fresh piece of fairy cake. Since every piece of matter in the Universe is in someway affected by every other piece of matter in the Universe, it is in theory possible to extrapolate the whole of creation - every Galaxy, every sun, every planet, their orbits, their composition, and their economic and social history from, say, one small piece of fairy cake. Then they will know for sure.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

SXSW Participants Think AT&T/Apple iPhones Not So Cool Afterall

South By Southwest - Austin Texas
see: IPhone Influx Pushes AT&T to the Limit
Even after AT&T tweaked and re-tuned the system, users say “Still Sucks!”
Austin fire fighters loose 3G connectivity. Pissed as hell over AT&T lack of planning. Wonder what it would be like if a REAL emergency happens.
Major sucking noises continually heard all over Austin since last Saturday.

Those Apple Bastards - They Killed Kenny!

Over the weekend, some bloggers who discovered a chip inside the iPod Shuffle's earbuds speculated that Apple was crippling its latest media player to work only with certain headphones. While to an extent it's true — that the Shuffle only fully works with particular headphones — you actually can use any headphones in a pinch.

Read at Wired Gadget Lab Blog here and here

Monday, March 16, 2009

Can You Hear Me Now?

SXSW: IPhone Influx Pushes AT&T to the Limit

"It works like ass," said Kenny Meyers, a 25-year-old web developer from Seattle who works for Blue Flavor. "That's because everyone and their mother has [an iPhone] now."

Proclamation Of True Love

Katsura Mafune: "I'm not alive. I may look like a girl, but I'm not, I'm a cyborg!"
Akira Ichinose: "Even if you're a cyborg... Katsura, I still love you!"

Isn't that true love? I tell you what!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Station Astronauts Take Shelter From Trash

12 March 2009 - The three astronauts, two Americans and one Russian, moved into the station's attached Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft at 12:35 p.m. EDT (1635 GMT) as a safety precaution in case the debris - a small piece of a spent satellite motor - slammed into the orbiting lab and ripped a hole in its outer hull. The astronauts were ready to evacuate the space station if the debris hit the station and depressurized its living space.

NASA spokesperson Brandi Dean says "It has happened before."

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Dateline Jefferson Oregon

At about 3 p.m. a man reportedly walked into a Starbucks Coffee store on Court and Liberty streets and sat down without buying anything, Salem Police Lt. Dave Okada said. When asked to leave, the man threw ice on an employee. The man then took out a hammer and slammed it against a table, damaging it, and yelled profanities at employees and customers before leaving, Okada said.
Full story, such as it is.