Archive for December, 2002

Clifford Pickover’s Reality Carnival [bOing bOing] far out mathematical author Clifford Pickover has a blog

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in 50 years, after 99% of the worlds forests have been cleared by hungry people, fleeing the rising oceans, something will need to be done.
here’s what i propose
nanobots, using harvested dna genomes and proteomes, assemble gardens and entire ecosystems, using a swarmed, parallel algorithm of emergent growth, based heavily on the chemical and behavioral interactions of natural systems.
seed a vacant lot with some nanobots, add water, grow a japanese tea garden. should be easy!

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memigo : mining the web
This is cool, a news recommendation engine, based on collaborative filtering (ala Amazon’s recommendations).
I want to keep using Radio though. It would be cool if:

  • the News Aggregator kept track of click-throughs/ratings on news stories
  • this tracking was uploaded to the recommendation service once a day (via REST or xmlrpc)
  • the recommendation service catalogs, analyses, etc.
  • News Aggregators could periodically pull down recommendations, as an RSS feed perhaps

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Iraq History and Culture from Noah to Present: "762 AD: As capital of the caliphate, Baghdad was also to become the cultural capital of the Islamic world. Baghdad became a center of power in the world, where Arab and Persian cultures mingled to produce a blaze of philosophical, scientific, and literary glory."

Important to remember the amazing history of this region, not just Evil, but the cradle of civilization. Early Baghdad sounds great.

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Treesit Blog
By Remedy an activist who has been sitting 150 feet up an ancient Redwood in Freshwater, California. She has been in her tree Jerry for over 8 months as part of a community’s protest to save their forests and watershed. She uses Debian GNU/Linux on her laptop and a 5 mile 802.11b wireless link to get online.

Now we see the tech really get some use!

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There’s a small update to YGroups.root

Pleas download and install this update, if you’re using the Yahoo Groups module in myRadio.

This fixes a bug in the edit menu.
Soon, this module will be included in the main myRadio.root, so updates will flow automatically.

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Whirling dervishes, performing on Tuesday

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Mary Hansen (1966-2002). Mary Hansen (1966-2002) “Mary, vocalist and guitar player with Stereolab since 1992, died in a cycling accident in London on December 9, 2002.” [MetaFilter]
a terrible thing

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