Newsvine

Newsvine is a new social news aggregator which combines live Associated Press content and user submitted articles. It’s in a similar vein as CommonTimes [previously] and digg, with all kinds of extra functionality like the ability to view your news submissions as a column, and earn revenue from ads on your column page (ads will be added once Newsvine goes public).

It’s currently in private beta, but I’ve got some invites – leave a comment if you’re interested.

Newsvine

Newsvine is a new social news aggregator which combines live Associated Press content and user submitted articles. It’s in a similar vein as CommonTimes [previously] and digg, with all kinds of extra functionality like the ability to view your news submissions as a column, and earn revenue from ads on your column page (ads will be added once Newsvine goes public).

It’s currently in private beta, but I’ve got some invites — leave a comment if you’re interested.

10 Wonders Of The New China



Fueled by a surging economy (…), China will soon be home to the world’s largest airport, the world’s first fully sustainable city, and the world’s highest outdoor observation deck, to name just a few of its innovative architectural feats.

A slideshow essay of incredible Chinese architectural landmarks, both current and in development, including Dongtan Eco City: the self-sustainable metropolis mentioned above, being built from scratch to hold 50,000 with expected completion in 2040.

Eyes are definately on China as a growing superpower. Although who are we to call them growing? China’s population outnumbers America four to one; and by the Chinese calendar the year is 4702, the US just a spec on the timeline.

10 Wonders Of The New China



Fueled by a surging economy (…), China will soon be home to the world’s largest airport, the world’s first fully sustainable city, and the world’s highest outdoor observation deck, to name just a few of its innovative architectural feats.

A slideshow essay of incredible Chinese architectural landmarks, both current and in development, including Dongtan Eco City: the self-sustainable metropolis mentioned above, being built from scratch to hold 50,000 with expected completion in 2040.

Eyes are definately on China as a growing superpower. Although who are we to call them growing? China’s population outnumbers America four to one; and by the Chinese calendar the year is 4702, the US just a spec on the timeline.

Survival Of The Tastiest

I just found this on the Dogs On Acid forums, via DJ XO’s blog:

Whenever I get a package of plain M&Ms, I make it my duty to continue the strength and robustness of the candy as a species. To this end, I hold M&M duels.

Taking two candies between my thumb and forefinger, I apply pressure, squeezing them together until one of them cracks and splinters. That is the “loser,” and I eat the inferior one immediately. The winner gets to go another round.

I have found that, in general, the brown and red M&Ms are tougher, and the newer blue ones are genetically inferior. I have hypothesized that the blue M&Ms as a race cannot survive long in the intense theatre of competition that is the modern candy and snack-food world.

Occasionally I will get a mutation, a candy that is misshapen, or pointier, or flatter than the rest. Almost invariably this proves to be a weakness, but on very rare occasions it gives the candy extra strength. In this way, the species continues to adapt to its environment.

When I reach the end of the pack, I am left with one M&M, the strongest of the herd. Since it would make no sense to eat this one as well, I pack it neatly in an envelope and send it to M&M Mars, A Division of Mars, Inc., Hackettstown, NJ 17840-1503 U.S.A., along with a 3×5 card reading, “Please use this M&M for breeding purposes.”

This week they wrote back to thank me, and sent me a coupon for a free ½ pound bag of plain M&Ms. I consider this “grant money.” I have set aside the weekend for a grand tournament. From a field of hundreds, we will discover the True Champion.

There can be only one.

Speaking of evolution, M&M’S advertising has transcended to a new level of cool recently with their “Chocolate is better in color” campaign. I especially like “Green”, “River of Chocolate”, and “Kaleidoscope” featuring The Postal Service’s “Such Great Heights” as covered by Iron & Wine.

Survival Of The Tastiest

I just found this on the Dogs On Acid forums, via DJ XO’s blog:

Whenever I get a package of plain M&Ms, I make it my duty to continue the strength and robustness of the candy as a species. To this end, I hold M&M duels.

Taking two candies between my thumb and forefinger, I apply pressure, squeezing them together until one of them cracks and splinters. That is the “loser,” and I eat the inferior one immediately. The winner gets to go another round.

I have found that, in general, the brown and red M&Ms are tougher, and the newer blue ones are genetically inferior. I have hypothesized that the blue M&Ms as a race cannot survive long in the intense theatre of competition that is the modern candy and snack-food world.

Occasionally I will get a mutation, a candy that is misshapen, or pointier, or flatter than the rest. Almost invariably this proves to be a weakness, but on very rare occasions it gives the candy extra strength. In this way, the species continues to adapt to its environment.

When I reach the end of the pack, I am left with one M&M, the strongest of the herd. Since it would make no sense to eat this one as well, I pack it neatly in an envelope and send it to M&M Mars, A Division of Mars, Inc., Hackettstown, NJ 17840-1503 U.S.A., along with a 3×5 card reading, “Please use this M&M for breeding purposes.”

This week they wrote back to thank me, and sent me a coupon for a free 1/2 pound bag of plain M&Ms. I consider this “grant money.” I have set aside the weekend for a grand tournament. From a field of hundreds, we will discover the True Champion.

There can be only one.

Speaking of evolution, M&M’S advertising has transcended to a new level of cool recently with their “Chocolate is better in color” campaign. I especially like “Green”, “River of Chocolate”, and “Kaleidoscope” featuring The Postal Service’s “Such Great Heights” as covered by Iron & Wine.

Holophony

image: Jason Sims

Plug in some headphones and listen to the following recording. You’ll hear a match being lit, then a matchbox shaken and moved around you – behind and in front, then above and below. I’ve heard clever effects like this before, but nothing so realistic, and nothing that captured vertical space with just left and right channels. You can almost see the sound moving about – but only with headphones – speakers will simulate planar movement but not the full 360 degrees.

Developed in the 1980s by Hugo Zuccarelli, Holophonic Sound uses the same “multiple exposure” premise as that used to create holographic images (“holograms”). Holophonic Sound is produced by recording the interference pattern generated when the original recorded signal is combined with an inaudible digital reference signal. The recorded sound produced is so realistic, some people claim they can smell sulphur when they listen to a holophonic recording of someone striking a match!

Sound Ideas – “What is Holophonic Sound?”

Holophony

image: Jason Sims

Plug in some headphones and listen to the following recording. You’ll hear a match being lit, then a matchbox shaken and moved around you — behind and in front, then above and below. I’ve heard clever effects like this before, but nothing so realistic, and nothing that captured vertical space with just left and right channels. You can almost see the sound moving about — but only with headphones — speakers will simulate planar movement but not the full 360 degrees.

Developed in the 1980s by Hugo Zuccarelli, Holophonic Sound uses the same “multiple exposure” premise as that used to create holographic images (“holograms”). Holophonic Sound is produced by recording the interference pattern generated when the original recorded signal is combined with an inaudible digital reference signal. The recorded sound produced is so realistic, some people claim they can smell sulphur when they listen to a holophonic recording of someone striking a match!

Sound Ideas – “What is Holophonic Sound?”

The World Question Center 2006

Every year since 1998, the Edge Foundation has published one question, and the answers to this question from esteemed scientists and thinkers from around the world. This year’s question is “What is your dangerous idea?”, with 117 original essays in response.

The most dangerous idea I’ve come across so far is trying to consume all these responses in one sitting.

Here you will find indications of a new natural philosophy, founded on the realization of the import of complexity, of evolution. Very complex systems — whether organisms, brains, the biosphere, or the universe itself — were not constructed by design; all have evolved. There is a new set of metaphors to describe ourselves, our minds, the universe, and all of the things we know in it.

The World Question Center 2006

Every year since 1998, the Edge Foundation has published one question, and the answers to this question from esteemed scientists and thinkers from around the world. This year’s question is “What is your dangerous idea?”, with 117 original essays in response.

The most dangerous idea I’ve come across so far is trying to consume all these responses in one sitting.

Here you will find indications of a new natural philosophy, founded on the realization of the import of complexity, of evolution. Very complex systems — whether organisms, brains, the biosphere, or the universe itself — were not constructed by design; all have evolved. There is a new set of metaphors to describe ourselves, our minds, the universe, and all of the things we know in it.