14 February 2003

See up there in the right corner, that little thumbnail? That's a link to the photolog. Click on it and magical things will happen.

If you don't see it, or if clicking breaks your browser or does something similarly unmagical, please leave a comment or send email to let me know. Thanks!

This page is now an shtml file, rather than an html file, courtesy of the server side include responsible for that photo being dynamic. Links to the html version will probably break, at least until I figure out how to do a redirect. Which is my next step.

Posted 06:13 PM

Forgot to mention this yesterday. Many thanks to the Kingdom of Squirrels weblog for posting the tutorial I used to build the photolog. Very clear and helpful.

Posted 10:04 AM

Earlier this week, NASA released pictures from just 380,000 years after the Big Bang. This research goes a long way toward explaining where the gravity to pull stars and galaxies together came from.

Posted 09:53 AM

13 February 2003

There. Spent a large chunk of today creating a photolog. The next step is to build a link to this page, but meanwhile you can find the images here. Please remember that the site copyright applies to images as well as words.

Posted 10:43 PM

2100 words since my last update, 32760 since January 1. I slipped a little bit by not writing yesterday. Oh well.

Posted 03:39 PM

I've earned a day off, I think. The long-awaited organic semiconductor report is now done and shipped off to production. I'll be posting the Executive Summary in a little while, once I work out the exact details with my editor. Meanwhile, the publisher has the brochure and contents up on their site.

Posted 03:32 PM

Imagine that you're having a big party at your ranch in Texas, the kind where you roast a steer in a fire pit outside. And suppose that you invite J. S. Bach and a few of his friends to supply the music. That's sort of what this recording sounds like. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Texas fiddler Mark O'Connor, and bassist Edgar Meyer combine for a sound that I can only describe as Baroque bluegrass. Very unusual and very cool.

Posted 02:57 PM

Interesting article at Red Herring about the pitfalls of over-reliance on Moore's Law. Continuous cost reductions are helpful, but they can't guarantee sales of a product that never made sense in the first place.

(Link by way of TechDirt.)

Posted 12:56 PM

10 February 2003

I'm planning to read Dante's Inferno as part of my research for the Venice project. Many of its English translations are hundreds of years old and solidly in the public domain. There are dozens, possibly hundreds, of well-designed Internet sites devoted to the book. (I especially liked this one.) It should be a perfect example of what e-books can do.

Yet, I'm planning to get myself to the library and borrow a copy printed on shredded trees. I'm not interested in reading more than a few screens of text while sitting in front of my computer. Neither my Palm V nor my laptop is much better, even though they are portable. Printing the whole thing out doesn't save any trees and leaves me with a pile of loose sheets to deal with. Until e-books start to solve some of these problems, they're destined to remain a niche market.

Posted 10:19 AM

Catastrophes, by their nature, are rare. That makes it difficult to predict or mitigate their effects. As in so many other fields, faster computers are gradually making probabilistic catastrophe models feasible.

(New York Times link, free registration required.)

Posted 09:53 AM

3150 words over the weekend, 30,660 since January 1. Now that I'm through the 30K barrier, it feels like the words are really starting to add up.

Posted 09:25 AM


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