Well, if any of you noticed, I added one of the pictures to my site a few days ago. It’s the same pic I described in the previous posting. I have a lot more now, but, alas, not enough time to touch them up and upload them with this 15-minute connection. I’ll try my best, though.
So many things have been happening all over the world this past year, especially in the Science/Health/Technology sector. I’ve been reading up on developments these past few days and I’m very impressed with the pace at which the world is moving. Popular Science’s web site has a feature story going on about ‘The Best Of What’s New’. I urge everyone to go and read it. They have catalogued all of the new stuff they consider to be the coolest not only in the area of technology, but also in other professions. Check out the aritcle at: www.popsci.com/bown/index.html . And check out their main Web page, too – they have a lot of interesting stories: www.popsci.com. One of them is the story about DNA detectives. Apparently, they should be able to examine DNA right at the scene of a crime, and thus identify the criminal immediately.
I read an excellent article over at Scientific American about the new Oxygen project which has just been started over at M.I.T. It was written by none other than Michael Dertouzous (yes, he’s Greek), the Director of M.I.T’s Computer Science department for the past 25 years!! His article starts of with him sitting in an aeroplane right next to Tim Berners Lee (the inventor of the Web) and Ron Rivest (inventor of RSA encryption). Shit! (x50).
Anyway, so the Oxygen project’s basic goal is to allow us to do a lot more with a lot less and to totally change current computing habits so that computing becomes absolutely ubiquituous. This will NOT be done by wearing strange suits and donning gloves and goggles, as some people predict. It will be achieved by a combination of hand-held devices, wall-mounted devices, and a large internetwork that will be created between them. If you’re really interested, (you should be!) check it out at: www.sciam.com. Sorry, but I don’t have a link to take you directly to the article. You’ll have to find it, but it’s on the first page anyway
And finally, check out Discover magazine’s tenth annual awards for technological innovation. They have some other really nice stories too, specifically about the human brain. It’s at www.discover.com.
I finally bought Sarah McLachlan’s new Mirrorball CD, and it is really great; Darryl, you must go buy it! And yes, I’ve already MP3ed it! Darryl, if you want, I can MAIL you the MP3z!! The songs I like so far are: Building a Mystery, Hold On, Good Enough, I Will Remember You, Adia, I Love You, The Path of Thorns, Sweet Surrender, and Angel.
I’ll be going with Siddiqi in about fifteen minutes to finalize his new PC purchase. Ah … another trip to Mosadia Plaza … another doughnut … well, maybe not this time. Let’s see.