Tag: technology

Again, as I write this, I am on a plane — but this time I am flying from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey. By the time I post this I’ll be at my ocean-front apartment in Ocean Grove. I’ll upload some photos from the wrap-around deck once I get everything set up. [The photo above is the Pacific Ocean — I was there this morning… and now I’m on the Atlantic Ocean; cool huh? The photo is awesome for…

I’ve been watching Boston Legal recently. In it there’s a character called Alan Shore who uses his passionate,¬†mellifluous voice to devastating effect in courtroom closing arguments. In an episode I just watched he argues that the U.S. government should ‘hire the geniuses’, rather than public sector contractor cronies. It’s not actually his best closing (his ‘Free Religion’ one is amazing), but later, talking to his buddy Denny Crane, he says it a lot more succinctly: Hire the geniuses, not the…

via ted.com Not the best-delivered talk I’ve ever heard — and he definitely loses it a bit towards the end — but still, it’s interesting. I’m sure I’ve heard the artistic ‘limited by the shape of the vessel’ argument before, I’m just not sure where. I guess a portable MP3 player is simply a tool. Much like a painter’s work extends beyond the canvas, to the frame, to where it will hang. And if you agree — if form really…

via ted.com … and now I want to go to New Zealand! And do underwater photography! This talk’s an almost perfect blend of insightful commentary, beautiful photography and chilling reality. (Eleni, this one’s for you!) Watch out for the bit on Blue Fin tuna — I had no idea that FISH (not sharks, not whales) could weigh a ton. A ton tuna would be about two or three times the size of the tuna in the above photo, by the…

via youtube.com I don’t think people appreciate the power of nuclear weapons. ‘Hiroshima!’ people cry. Sometimes people even remember the other one: ‘Nagasaaaaaaaaakkeeeee!’ Yes, atomic weapons have only ever been used twice. Little Boy and Fat Man were incredibly primitive devices — really, Little Boy hadn’t even been tested before they dropped it. Fat Man had been tested just once. They were dropped, about 150,000 people died, and that was that. No more atomic weapons — just research… lots and…

Yes dear Abi: I’m not sure exactly when I gained an Internet Husband…. somewhere around 12 months ago, maybe later. What I am sure of however, is that there was no proposal, no prenup and ultimately, no party. We didn’t notice the honeymoon when it was happening, and we certainly didn’t acknowledge the blissful getting-to-know-you stage for what it was at the time. We did however, visit the town of bicker-ville, whilst occasionally taking a scenic stroll through the land…