Archive for October 2007

Why Cell Phones Kill Gorillas

At Burning Man, under the man there were a couple preachy signs. Here’s my favorite.cell-phones-kill-gorrillas.jpg

Sorry it’s hard to read. I lost my digital camera at the Albertsons in El Cerrito on my way to Burning Man so all I had was my emergency film camera.

I thought it was ludicrous at the time but it got me thinking a lot.
polar-bears.jpg The problem is: cell phones need a metal called tantalum to make their tiny capacitors, the largest supplies of tantalum are in the Democratic Republic of The Congo which is a fairly lawless place and gorillas and miners are treated poorly there.

Read it for yourself.

SWARM Video

I created and submitted a video for the VIDA 10.0 international competition with help from my friends.

VIDA 10.0 is an international competition created to reward excellence in artistic creativity in the fields of Artificial Life and related disciplines, such as robotics and Artiftcial Intelligence.We are looking for artistic projects that address the interaction between “synthetic” and “organic” life”.

In previous years prizes have been awarded to artistic projects using autonomous robots, avatars, recursive chaotic algorithms, knowbots, cellular automata, computer viruses, virtual ecologies that evolve with user participation, and works that highlight the social side of Artificial Life.

You can make the video below play full-screen by clicking one of the buttons on the toolbar.

local version:

The video is available on Youtube as well. http://youtube.com/watch?v=pZpcGwWfRBE

A high quality version can be downloaded here (mpeg4, 1kbps, 74megabytes)

A (0.5 gb) DVD quality version of this video is also available for the asking.

Webkinz

Julia is building a whole little world on the internet.

Here’s her panda Debbie’s bedroom. She bought and placed every object in the room on Webkinz :-)

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Today’s Thought: A person in uniform…

“A person in a uniform is merely an extension of another person’s will” – Philip Slater – according to RPG Motivational Slides

New Car Stereo: Pioneer DEH-P6700MP – Part 2

My original post on the subject of my Pioneer DEH-P6700MP car stereo has received so many comments that I created this second post, just so people don’t have to scroll down so terribly far to read all of the terrific comments.

I have closed comments on the original post. Please leave a comment here to continue the thread.

Yours in music,

Lee

Motorized Bicycle – Part 2

My original post on the subject “Motorized Bicycle” has received so many comments that I created this second post, just so people don’t have to scroll down so terribly far to read all of the terrific comments.

I have closed comments on the original post. Please leave a comment here to continue the thread.

Yours in bikes,

Lee