Xeni Jardin @ Applied Minds

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Xeni Jardin is a rising (risen?) star in the tech-journalism world, who in addition to being a co-editor for BoingBoing, has been featured on ABC World News Tonight, NBC Nightly News, CNBC’s Dennis Miller Show, Fox News, BBC News, and is a technology correspondant for NPR. She also occasionaly writes for Wired, which is where you can read about her recent visit to the Applied Mindsheadquarters in Burbank, California.

Co-founder Danny Hillis escorts me down a hallway that dead-ends into an old-fashioned red phone booth. The phone rings. He places receiver to ear.

“The blue moon jumps over the purple sky,” he says, and hangs up.

Suddenly, the booth becomes a door, swinging out to reveal a vast, open room filled with engineers, gadgets and big ideas.

It’s as if Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory just yawned wide to welcome us. Only here, all the candy plugs in.

“This is where the secret laboratories are,” Hillis says.

Read on for a description of, among other things, some cool interactive mapping technology they’ve been working on, including a device that bears a striking similarity to the 3D pin terrain model featured in the first X-Men movie.

Jesus Loves ALL The Little Children

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A puppy with two extra legs and a second penis is drawing curious stares at a temple in Pandamaran (…)

The puppy, found by a temple caretaker at the entrance on Thursday morning, is being cared for by the temple committee.

On a similar note: an Engyptian baby girl, Manar Maged, successfully underwent surgery back in February to remove her undeveloped second head – the result of a condition known as craniopagus parasiticus. Magar was originally conjoined with an identical twin in the womb, but her sister failed to develop completely.

The head that was removed from Manar (…) had developed no body, and was capable of smiling and blinking, but not independent life.

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Xeni Jardin @ Applied Minds

Xeni Jardin is a rising (risen?) star in the tech-journalism world, who in addition to being a co-editor for BoingBoing, has been featured on ABC World News Tonight, NBC Nightly News, CNBC’s Dennis Miller Show, Fox News, BBC News, and is a technology correspondant for NPR. She also occasionaly writes for Wired, which is where you can read about her recent visit to the Applied Minds headquarters in Burbank, California.

Co-founder Danny Hillis escorts me down a hallway that dead-ends into an old-fashioned red phone booth. The phone rings. He places receiver to ear.

“The blue moon jumps over the purple sky,” he says, and hangs up.

Suddenly, the booth becomes a door, swinging out to reveal a vast, open room filled with engineers, gadgets and big ideas.

It’s as if Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory just yawned wide to welcome us. Only here, all the candy plugs in.

“This is where the secret laboratories are,” Hillis says.

Read on for a description of, among other things, some cool interactive mapping technology they’ve been working on, including a device that bears a striking similarity to the 3D pin terrain model featured in the first X-Men movie.

Jesus Loves ALL The Little Children

A puppy with two extra legs and a second penis is drawing curious stares at a temple in Pandamaran (…)

The puppy, found by a temple caretaker at the entrance on Thursday morning, is being cared for by the temple committee.

On a similar note: an Engyptian baby girl, Manar Maged, successfully underwent surgery back in February to remove her undeveloped second head — the result of a condition known as craniopagus parasiticus. Magar was originally conjoined with an identical twin in the womb, but her sister failed to develop completely.

The head that was removed from Manar (…) had developed no body, and was capable of smiling and blinking, but not independent life.

Continue reading “Jesus Loves ALL The Little Children”

In The Beginning…

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Welcome, at last, to Centripetal Notion. While the idea has changed a bit since inception, we still have all kinds of badassery waiting in the wings. Casey and I (Justin) will be using this space to share links, video clips, music – anything that strikes our fancy as we make our way through the internet. In other words, this is a blog. We’ll spare the broad descriptions of our interests and let the site’s content speak for itself as things progress.

Feel free to leave comments wherever you deem worthy of your intellect.

You can check out the previous iterations of CN in the attic (its dark in there, be careful).

Enjoy.

In The Beginning…

Welcome, at last, to Centripetal Notion. While the idea has changed a bit since inception, we still have all kinds of badassery waiting in the wings. Casey and I (Justin) will be using this space to share links, video clips, music — anything that strikes our fancy as we make our way through the internet. In other words, this is a blog. We’ll spare the broad descriptions of our interests and let the site’s content speak for itself as things progress.

Feel free to leave comments wherever you deem worthy of your intellect.

You can check out the previous iterations of CN in the attic (its dark in there, be careful).

Enjoy.