Category Archive for 'technology'


Monday, November 15th, 2010

We had something of a wind storm this evening. Apparently thousands of people in the Seattle area lost power as a result. The power was flickering at my house for an hour, just before the hail started. Fun stuff. I shut down my computers for about an hour. [...]

Sun Dance

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

This video of the flight of the Solar Impulse is mesmerizingly beautiful.

You can watch the first night flight of the Solar Impulse live here. With its first night flight behind it, the Solar Impulse will soon attempt to be the first plane to fly around the world on solar power.
I [...]

Playing With a New Toy

Monday, June 7th, 2010

I’ve been spending the evening playing with my new toy, a Wouxun KG-UVD1P dual band VHF/UHF radio. The radio is capable of being programmed for nearly any service between 136 and 520 Mhz, but I bought it to use in the amateur radio 2 meter and 70 cm bands.
You [...]


Saturday, June 20th, 2009

The New York Times Magazine has this short & sassy interview with the second human to walk on the moon, Buzz Aldrin. Here is a snippet:

What sort of music do you like?
I just did a rap session with Snoop Dogg and a rap composition called “Rocket Experience.” It’s going to be an online [...]

Flying WiFi

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Imagine how much better the flying experience would be if all flights had high-speed WiFi. Alaska Air is now experimenting with it on one route.
Once Alaska masters the flying WiFi, perhaps they could do another technological miracle: make some damn power outlets available at gates.

Saturday Head-to-head Poll

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

There was only one new head-to-head poll released today. Rasmussen released a poll in Connecticut. Sen. Hillary Clinton leads Sen. John McCain 48% to 42%. The result is a slight improvement over the two most recent (March) polls, that both gave Clinton a +3 point lead.
Sen. Barack Obama [...]

Become a Political Study Subject

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

I received an email from a graduate student at New York University asking me to post a link to a political survey. The research seem legit, and is being overseen by a well-established Professor at NYU.
So…help a graduate student out by taking the survey.
(Disclaimer…aside from the email, I have no connection whatsoever [...]

Space Junk Alert

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

Oh, great! From The New York Times:

A disabled American spy satellite is rapidly descending and is likely to plunge to Earth by late February or early March, posing a potential danger from its debris, officials said Saturday.
Officials said that they had no control over the nonfunctioning satellite and that it was unknown [...]

On the Phone with Jay Inslee

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

So tonight I was sitting at my computer working away and the phone rings. It turns out it was an unsolicited call from Rep. Jay Inslee’s (WA-01) office inviting me to joint a conference call. Cool. I had no idea that this kind of thing was going on [...]

French Fears

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

The French see a threat from CIA spying.

BlackBerry handhelds have been called addictive, invasive, wonderful — and now, a threat to French state secrets.
That, at least, is the fear of French government defense experts, who have advised against their use by officials in France’s corridors of power, reportedly to avoid snooping by U.S. [...]

Search the DOJ Documents

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

Kos diarist mwmwm has OCRed over 1900 Department of Justice pages released by the House Judiciary Committee on April 13, 26, and 27.
He then built this engine to search the text of documents.
Cool stuff!

Soda Can Fire

Sunday, January 7th, 2007

How do you start a fire using a soda or beer can and chocolate? Three clues and a link to the answer are given below the image.

Clue I: the can can be empty or full.
Clue II: it will only work on a sunny day.
Clue III: It will not work with a [...]

Rocket Scientist

Thursday, January 4th, 2007

You’ll never believe what Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is up to these days.
He’s building spacecraft.
Check out this video of a recent test flight:

Bezos’ web report includes other cool videos and images.
Also, if you are a rocket scientist, Bezos wants you:

As I said above, Blue Origin is actively hiring. We are particularly looking for experienced [...]

George Bush Don’t Like…

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

…blind people. From the AP:

The Bush administration on Tuesday asked an appeals court to overturn a ruling that could require a redesign of the nation’s currency to help the blind.
The appeal seeks to overturn a ruling last month by U.S. District Judge James Robertson, who ordered Treasury to come up with ways for [...]

Light Rail for the Eastside!

Friday, July 14th, 2006

Last Wednesday afternoon I picked up a friend at SeaTac Airport. What is normally a 30 minute drive early in the morning ended up taking an hour in the snarled afternoon traffic.
As I drove by the several miles of new light rail structure near the airport, I thought about how nice it would be [...]

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