Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Google unveils Nexus One

Uh, an accelerometer ... well, I'll be

CS - Nexus One Google phone

Google unveiled its new smart phone, the Nexus One, at a press conference on Tuesday. The phone is designed by HTC, and comes with a touch screen, a five-megapixel camera, a compass, light and proximity sensors, a trackball, and an accelerometer. It's also designed so that the user can speak any text into the phone, whether it be an email, text message, or internet search. (Though Wall Street Journal writer Walter S. Mossberg says the feature "worked only adequately at best, and very poorly at worst.") The phone will sell for $180 with a two-year contract on T-Mobile, and $530 unlocked.

Picture of the day

I don' know where I'm a gonna go when de volcano blow?

Mount Nyamulagia erupts near Goma, Congo on Monday. The ash from the volcano is threatening Virunga National Park,
which is home to some rare animals, including the rare mountain gorilla, officials said.

Tide or Cheer? Them's fightin' words!

Still, a laundry is better than beating wet towels against a rock down at the fjord

‘The Laundry Room’ exhibit at Stockholm’s cultural history museum features
angry notes from launderers.

A washing machine is not the first place you’d expect to find a threatening note. But in Sweden, where communal laundry rooms are standard in apartment blocks, laundry stirs strong emotions.

Communal laundries were introduced in the 1930s as part of a project to raise living standards. By the 1950s, more than 80 percent of apartment blocks in Sweden had shared washing machines and dryers, as well as a strict set of rules on booking times and cleaning duties. It was perhaps inevitable that laundry rooms became battle zones.


Year-long eclipse may solve space mystery

star eclipsed by giant space disk - picture

While relatively few people were looking, an unusual eclipse darkened New Year's Day.

On January 1 a giant space object blotted out our view of Epsilon Aurigae, a yellow supergiant star about 2,000 light-years from Earth. Based on studies of Epsilon Aurigae's previous eclipses, astronomers expect the star won't fully regain its bright shine until early 2011.

Normally the star is so bright it can be seen with the naked eye even by city dwellers. For all but the most rural star-gazers, though, the mystery object that eclipses the star causes it to vanish for about 18 months every 27.1 years.

Ever since the star's periodic eclipses were first recorded in 1821, astronomers have been puzzling over how Epsilon Aurigae pulls off its lengthy disappearing act.


Doin' the math

Even if you figure one good come-on line per woman, that amounts to ...

StarI just don’t understand the mathematics behind this new Warren Beatty book. So he slept with a woman every day for 35 years? What about the days when he was travelling and in airports all day? What about days when he was hiking in remote areas of the Amazon jungle? What about days when he was filming with an all-male cast and crew?

Also how is it possible to keep count and come up with the figure of 12,775 conquests? Did he have a black book or multiple black books, or perhaps an Excel spreadsheet where he’d also enter grades and comments, and create pie charts?

I’m sure Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America by Peter Biskind is a fascinating read for any man who has slept with less than 5,000 women.

Author/pet pairings -- redux

We liked the original Author and Pet Pairings post a few weeks ago so much that we started thinking up our own and having a good laugh. Some of the ones we came up with:

Danielle Steel and an Irish Setter
Jhumpa Lahiri and a Tabby Cat
Margaret Atwood and a Llama
Mark Twain and a Schnauzer
Joan Didion and a Squirrel Monkey
Jodi Picoult and a Poodle
Edgar Allan Poe and a Basset Hound

Entrepreneural Imagination...From Paris

"On my desk sit various humble objects--a tiny clock, a stapler, a paper clip box...each object represents a fractal geometry of complexity, composed as it is of parts that themselves require enterprise to manufacture, assemble and deliver, all born along on waves of energy and infrastructure to which yet another set of entrepreneurs contributed. The fact that all of those distributors and manufacturers tried to make a profit does not detract from the fact that they offered goods which enhance our lives. It is the ingratitude that kills me the most among anti-business types. The materials that furnish a single room in an American home required daring, perseverance and organizational skill from millions of individuals over generations. I hope they all got filthy rich." --Heather Macdonald, speaking of the anti-business mindset in America today.

Decline lead by the Dems

The Limits Of Politics: “Since the 2006 elections – and even more so after 2008 – blue-state politicians have enjoyed a monopoly of power unprecedented in recent history. Hardcore blue staters control virtually every major Congressional committee, as well as the House Speakership and the White House. Yet they still have proved incapable of reversing the demographic and economic decline in the nation’s most ‘progressive’ cities and states.”

“The public is not only shifting from left to right. Every single idea associated with the educated class has grown more unpopular over the past year. . . . A year ago, the Obama supporters were the passionate ones. Now the tea party brigades have all the intensity.”

Obesity Now Poses as Great a Threat to Quality of Life as Smoking

In a new study, researchers calculate that the Quality-Adjusted Life Years (QALYs) lost due to obesity is now equal to, if not greater than, those lost due to smoking

The Failure of the Ivy League

WILL COLLIER has a bone to pick with David Brooks. “What Brooks, with his touching faith in ‘pragmatic federal leaders with professional expertise’ doesn’t want to talk about, of course, is just how badly the Ivy League class has failed over the past couple of decades. All those rows of degrees from Harvard didn’t keep a pack of Brooksian elites–mostly members of the Democratic Party–from running Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac straight into the toilet, and taking the private economy with them. Hiring out of the Ivies also didn’t save Lehman Brothers or AIG from doing remarkably stupid things with other people’s money. And as for ‘professional expertise…’ just what profession does the Obama cabinet posses expertise in, other than hardball politics?”

Wrong on GW, wrong on OCare

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