I was sitting at home at some point and caught a documentary about Iran and the West which really is worth watching. I was also of course reading news on the web and saw that some of the people being interviewed where at that moment having their family members put in jail or disappeared. Very hard to see this sort of thing happening.
So my reaction (after imploring you to watch that documentary) is to run away. Iran so far away. Something about this makes me think that this is one of the ways we should combat the posturing of insane dictators. Make fun of them until they become the laughingstock of the world. Unfortunately it just seems sad at the moment. Hmm, yes we admit that some of the regions had more votes cast than there were people in the region, but this was the best election we’ve ever had!
On a brighter note (and changing the subject because I have nothing left to say about it all at the moment), I never saw this music video, really nice and simple from Kanye and Gondry, and another guest appearance by Mr. Levine.
On to the list…
1. An alternate use for shoes. Living by numbers is an excellent summary of the potential benefits of one small part of the pervasive computing world… sensing, feedback, and communities. Read this.
2. Cooking with greenscreen (yes that is the secret ingredient)! I really have no idea what is going on here.
4. Infoporn du jour… Baseball infographic overload!
Doug Lenat’s (CYC) review of Wolfram Alpha…
Summary (graciously provided by Jeff)? I “like” WA, it is a “nice math engine” — it has potential… but it’s not CYC. It’s about 1/2 between google (which is merely mushy tripe) and CYC (which can’t (yet) answer very many questions). Not surprisingly he does not delve into the difficulties in building such a thing or the problems with it once you do have it built… (IMHO: that would require a lot of inwardly focused analysis…)
The architecture of data farming… Snippet… “it is estimated that a 100-millisecond delay reduces Amazon’s sales by 1 percent” and “Data centers worldwide now consume more energy annually than Sweden.”
A nicely done multitouch, rfid enabled, and looks like actually useful, wall… This is part of what will be in the pervasive world.