SciAm on a (depressing) report ranking the top 100 U.S. metropolitan areas in terms of amount of carbon emissions. The part that really startled me (emphasis added): The residents of Lexington, Ky., Indianapolis and Cincinnati emit the most greenhouse gasesâ€”nearly 2.5 times as much carbon on a per capita basis as their peers at the top… Continue reading Right In the Thick of the Carbon
NASA had put the odds at around 50% of having a successful landing near the North Pole of Mars. Their track record of Mars missions thus far wasn’t even that high (55% of missions had been lost). However, with amazing successes like the two rovers who have simply kept going, that coin-toss of chance seemed… Continue reading The Pheonix Has Landed
From Wired.com’s review of the Roku set-top box for streaming Netflix films: [The] Roku Netflix Set Top Box is Just Shy of Totally Amazing… The score below is balanced between the ease of use and quality of the hardware, and the dearth of content available. If every piece of media in the Netflix catalog were… Continue reading IPMT — IP Movie Theater
I think Wired’s epicenter blog needs to clarify one of today’s posts a bit: Big Payday for Web 2.0The biggest web deal announced today was CBS’ plan to buy CNET, one of the last independent online content companies, for $1.8 billion, or $11.50 per share. The valuation represents a healthy 45 percent premium over yesterday’s closing… Continue reading Web Two Point Wha?
Since I’ve been all about listening to audiobooks lately (actually, for the past year — just more recently of the fantasy genre), this link was pretty timely. Using some of the integrated Apple services and some scripting, macOSXhints user miketyson put together a Service in OS X to simply convert highlighted text to an Audiobook… Continue reading Convert Text to iTunes Audiobook
This minotaur was always one of my favorite minis when I was a kid. It was painted by my friend, Tim M. — who was the best miniature painter of anyone I knew then. Everyone always wanted to trade minis with Tim; so he seemed to always have a fresh supply of new ones. I know… Continue reading Miniature Minotaur