Warp Drive – One Step Closer

November 18, 2010

The main problem with developing working warp drive apparently isn’t the math. We’ve figured that part out. What we need, though, is an unimaginably monumental supply of energy to power the thing. The spokesman for CERN’s ALPHA experiment—Jeffrey Hangst of Aarhus University, Denmark—says that trapping these atoms was a bit of an overwhelming experience: What’s […]

Pics AND It Didn’t Happen

October 12, 2010

With a little image processing in real time, the camera can, in fact, lie.

First Synthetic Life Form Created

October 11, 2010

Those of you who have read and enjoyed speculative fiction all their lives, take note of this newest development.  The J. Craig Venter institute has created the first synthetic self-replicating species whose parent is a computer.  It carries the names of its creators and its own web site encoded directly into its DNA. It is […]

Getting Photofly Off the Ground

September 20, 2010

I was very excited to see Photofly from Autodesk – this looked like a fantastic way to quickly model objects and buildings using nothing but photographs and the click of a mouse (and time waiting for some computing to be done on some server someplace to figure it all out and stitch it all together). […]

That Whole ‘Stop and Smell the Roses’ Thing

September 18, 2010

I think I’m finally beginning to understand it. When your life is a blur of work and driving to and from work and being so tired from work that you don’t even have the energy to sit up and watch television when you get home – when things you thought were being handled for you […]

Beautifuel, Two Years Later

September 8, 2010

My Eagle Talon had decided to commit suicide days before I left on a business trip to India during the month of March of 2008. Blow-by pressurized the cooling system in the car, which manifested by explosively disconnecting the top hose on my radiator. This eventually resulted in the engine seizing up. So I bought […]

Code

August 31, 2010

A very very small OpenGL engine. I wrote this thing ages ago for a commercial project for the now-defunct subsidiary of Sony, Sony Development.  We were trying to make a giant pinball machine where you tilted the entire machine to play.  To test the physical controller hardware as they worked the kinks out of the […]

Paper Cylons

March 1, 2010

This is just too cool not to comment on.  Yes, I’m geeking out here – this is an article on Make.com on how to create old-style Cylon armor as papercraft. And here’s the link to the article itself on Make Magazine’s web site. The reason this caught my attention is that one of my first […]

Ray Bradbury, From the Heart

October 1, 2009

Ray Bradbury, one of the world’s most notable secular humanists and one of the greatest writers of all time, came to speak at the Simi Valley Senior Center last Sunday, and I took my wife and son to see him.  It was a fundraiser for the city library – Mr. Bradbury’s a huge supporter of […]

You Can Do Anything

September 30, 2009

The next time you think to yourself, “I can’t do this, they won’t let me do that” – think about the boy who harnessed the wind. There’s no such thing as luck, really – it’s just a matter of being in the right place with the right stuff, often enough or long enough for the […]