Archive for: June, 2007

Déjà-vu

Jun 30 2007 Published by under Ramblings

So it seems that déjà-vu is NOT a glitch in the matrix….

Neuroscientists at the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at MIT report in the June 7 early online edition of Science that they have identified for the first time a neuronal mechanism that helps us rapidly distinguish similar, yet distinct, places. The discovery helps explain the sensation of déjà vu.

Research deciphers ‘déjà-vu’ brain mechanics

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Crash Tests

Jun 28 2007 Published by under Ramblings

Watch your car get smashed on video!

ConsumerReports.org – Car crash test

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Wired Cover

Jun 27 2007 Published by under Ramblings



Wired Cover

A live shot from the camera on my phone.

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Regarding SUVs

Jun 26 2007 Published by under Ramblings

Among the “car people” I hang out with, its clear we know that SUV’s aren’t very safe… and we joke about how people believe that SUV’s are the definition of safety (as my father does)… As the article discusses, I do the Pepsi-Challenge between an SUV and a roadster regularly, and I can tell you that its a night and day difference in both driving confidence and collision avoidance.

How the S.U.V. ran over automotive safety

Big and Bad

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Richard Simpson

Jun 25 2007 Published by under Ramblings

You can create your own Simpsons Avatar at:

http://www.simpsonsmovie.com

Simpsons Ryoo

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SysAdmin Magazine No More

Jun 24 2007 Published by under Ramblings

Wow… another one bites the dust…

SysAdmin will be folded….

In Major Restructuring, CMP Focuses Online

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Credit Card Limits

Jun 23 2007 Published by under Ramblings

I find this confusing as well, the pump should actually say whats going on instead of just shutting off…

“Using my Visa card, I commonly hit a limit and I would be standing there scratching my head,” Shawn Bloomfield, who pumps premium gas into his SUV, said from his home in Allentown, Pa. “I would always assume it is the gas station setting a limit on how much gas I could purchase. It felt like a ration scenario.”

As the price of gasoline rises, rules to limit credit card fraud at the nation’s pumps are confusing consumers who just want a full tank of gas.

Caps on transaction amounts — or the total dollar amount of gas a customer can pump into their car — are limiting some drivers.

Credit cards cut off gas purchases

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Opportunity Urbanism

Jun 20 2007 Published by under Ramblings

Maybe pursuing the “creative class” isn’t the right course?

So you’ve heard all the discussion about how cities must lure the so-called “creative class” if they want to be great places, right? Basically, the idea is that the creative class — knowledge workers, artists, intellectuals and creative types, a subset of workers identified by economist and author Richard Florida — spurs economic power, high-tech industry, new ideas and growth in places that court it. Sounds like something Houston should be trying to attract, right? Well, no, according to one urban strategist.

Houston and the rise of ‘opportunity urbanism’

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Power meter monitoring

Jun 19 2007 Published by under Ramblings



Power meter monitoring

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HCA

Jun 18 2007 Published by under Ramblings

Another reason to eat your meat on the rare side… πŸ™‚

… Research has shown that grilling can create cancer-causing compounds in meat, experts say.

Among the compounds are heterocyclic amines (HCAs), which are created when heat acts on amino acids, and creatinine in animal muscle.

Tips to Keeping the Barbecue Cancer-Free

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The Great Global Warming Swindle

Jun 16 2007 Published by under Ramblings

My buddy Keith sent this to me… interesting video…

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The Loudness War

Jun 14 2007 Published by under Ramblings

This is an interesting demo explaining what the record industry is doing to “ruin” the quality of the music you buy….

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Natuba

Jun 12 2007 Published by under Ramblings

We’ve been very busy here in Houston… most recently we’ve finally launched one of the projects we’ve been working on to the public. As Steve Jobs would call it, Natuba is a “hobby.” πŸ˜€

If you’d like an invite, drop me a line… meanwhile, here’s some local press about it:

Houston’s HushLabs launches new Natuba social media aggregator

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Move over Toyota

Jun 12 2007 Published by under Ramblings

Move over Toyota, the Koreans have taken over your turf…

Once known best as the maker of cheap, entry-level cars with nagging manufacturing flaws, the South Korean automaker outperformed its Japanese, European and U.S. rivals in this year’s survey, based on interviews with 27,780 people who bought 2007 models in September-November 2006.

Last year, Hyundai had no winners. And highly regarded Toyota Motor Corp., despite improving its overall quality, went from four leaders last year to one in 2007.

Hyundai grabs lead in auto quality study

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Vikram Malpani

Jun 11 2007 Published by under Ramblings



Vikram Malpani

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Teleportation

Jun 10 2007 Published by under Ramblings

I know that lot of you think I’m being silly when I say that I believe that we’ll have Startrek-style teleportation in our lifetimes… but I’m REALLY optimistic! πŸ˜€

Breakthrough Brings Star Trek Transporter Closer

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New Laptop

Jun 08 2007 Published by under Ramblings

My new laptop is on its way… yay!

PC Magazine Review: Toshiba Portege R500

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Weird Al

Jun 06 2007 Published by under Ramblings



Weird Al

A live shot from the camera on my phone.

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Tips on Driving From Cops

Jun 06 2007 Published by under Ramblings

I generally back into parking spots, and everyone always gives me a puzzled look about it…

Since about one-third of driving incidents involving officers on duty occur when the cruiser is in reverse, cops are instructed to back into parking spaces when they’re not under pressure. You should do the same thing. The main advantage for you is that it’s much easier to see — and avoid — cross traffic when pulling forward out of a parking space. Ever park between two giant SUVs? As you backed blindly out, your car was perhaps two-thirds into the traffic lane before you could see around the behemoths. When responding to an emergency call, cops can’t, or don’t, take time to back out slowly.

Drive Like a Cop

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Dying Google

Jun 04 2007 Published by under Ramblings

I whole-heartedly agree!

Google is an amazing entrepreneurial petri dish. Yet at the same time, it is doomed to disappoint nearly every entrepreneurial type who works there. This is key: Google is sowing the seeds of its own eventual destruction. It can’t help doing so.

The Final Days of Google: It is going to be an inside job.

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Mo’ Miller

Jun 02 2007 Published by under Ramblings

My buddy Morris is in the news! W00t!

Companies need to focus on one thing even if they have to sacrifice other products.
That’s entrepreneur Morris Miller’s mantra.

4 to watch: Morris Miller

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Banner Ads

Jun 02 2007 Published by under Ramblings

Interesting research regarding banner ads…

A quick test: how many of you can name the product being advertised in the banner ad at the top of the page? Chances are, the ad’s presence didn’t even register with most seasoned web browsers. But that’s probably okay, at least according to research that appears in June’s Journal of Consumer Research.

The psychology of banner ads

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