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In the year 2016

December 20, 2011

IBM thinks these five things will happen in the next five years, I have opinions on them:

1. “People power”: using daily activity to power lights, gadgets, and other energy-hungry technologies.

Sure, why not?

2. Ditching passwords in favor of biometrics.

Probably not going to happen for everything, but it’ll certainly be convenient.

3. Mind reading in the real world.

That seems a little out there, but I guess it’s possible.

4. The end of the “digital divide” between those plugged in and those not.


5. Spam you actually want to receive—i.e., advertisements customized for you.

ha ha heh, I still can’t get over how stupid number 4 is. Hey IBM, if you’re including wild fantasy why not throw in immortality and world peace?

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Fun Science Facts

September 24, 2010

In case you don’t listen to the Radio Lab Podcast, allow me to sum up the most important fact about the latest episode with this handy dandy chart.

Cat Drop Chart

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This Blog Post Will Not Self-Destruct

September 15, 2010

The way I figure it right now there are two types of people. Those playing Halo Reach, and those waiting for the matchmaking to find them a game of Halo Reach.

But seriously, I’ve been playing through the Halo Reach campaign and it has presented me with an interesting conundrum. TINY SPOILER ALERT: At some point in the campaign your team is sent to burn a science facility that has fallen to the enemy. The thought that immediately occurred to me is what kind of science facility doesn’t have a self-destruct sequence?

The next thought was; has any building ever, in real life, had an actual self-destruct sequence?

Sure it would create some very difficult engineering problems, and some very serious safety concerns, but it’s not like it’d be impossible right?

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Told You So: Real Dula Grubs?

March 31, 2010

According to recent satellite imagery the disputed Indian/Bangladeshi territory of South Talpatti/New Moore Island has disappeared into the sea. No word yet on whether dula grubs are responsible, but come on, what else could it be?

Incidentally this is also a lot like the book Jingo, which I just ruined for you.

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Your Brain on Cartoons

September 17, 2009

According to Oliver Sacks there is a part of the brain specifically devoted to cartoons, that when stimulated can produce cartoon hallucinations. But don’t just take my word for it.

Sure there are other brain parts for things like buildings and teeth and stuff. But I don’t think it’d be half as fun trying out those hallucinations.

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