According to astronomer Lyman Spitzer’s 1946 paper “Astronomical advantages of an extraterrestrial observatory”, there were two main advantages that a space-based observatory would have over ground-based telescopes. The first advantage was that “the angular resolution (smallest separation at which objects can be clearly distinguished) would be limited only by diffraction, rather than by the turbulence [...]
I still remember when I started seriously playing the guitar. I was in seventh grade. At that time, we were given a choice of band, chorus, or guitar. But you had to pick one. Well, by then I had already determined that I was done with the clarinet, so I would not be joining the [...]
I first saw a post regarding a concept shoe with convertible heels on Book of Joe back in 2005, and now it looks like an easier to operate variation of the same idea has actually come to pass. Say hello to CAMiLEON, a company which produces women’s shoes with heels that can adjust from a [...]
Here’s a dirty secret of many online weather services. I’ve also seen this secret used by TV and RADIO weather forecasters for many years. Timely United States weather forecasts are distributed primarily from one organization. And they’re available online, for free and without any annoying banner advertisements or user registrations.
Tazz is an online makeover site that does an admirable job of recognizing your facial features from an uploaded photograph. You experiment in real time with different hairstyles, eye color (different contact lenses) makeup (colors and shades). There’s an easy way to compare before and after photos and share them with friends. Thinking this would [...]
I’m still undecided on the usefulness of Twitter. Part of me loves the news feeds from ZDNET, Techmeme, WeSmirch and of course GearDiary – which notify me when new articles have been posted. The other part hates the blatant self-promotion from some bloggers, which while entertaining isn’t relevant to my day. Here’s an interesting Twitter [...]
“WHAT is the one item you never leave home without? Sure, the American Express folks have you conditioned to think about their product, but the more likely answer is your cellphone.” The author is absolutely right, and thus starts “Souping Up a Cellphone for Maximum Multitasking,” written by none other than Kevin C. Tofel. In [...]
I’ve been using twhirl for the past week to read and respond to Twitter messages. While I’m still not sold on the long term usefulness of Twitter, I am impressed by the free twhirl program. Because it’s based upon the Adobe AIR platform, the software runs on either Windows or the Mac.
Twitter account? Guilty. Jaiku account? Guilty. Never update those two microblogs after getting a Facebook page? Guilty. If you haven’t yet discovered the fun world of microblogging, it’s a great way of keeping tabs on what your friends and online acquaintances are up to without having to make the effort of actually contacting them directly. [...]
This morning we laughed at an email about a groom who stood up and exposed his cheating bride to 300 reception guests. Have you received this one too? Doubting the validity (though not the humor ) I quickly went online to see if this funny story was true. Keep reading for the story and whether [...]
You’ll have to forgive me, as I was feeling too lazy to burn and then mail thousands of CDs out today. But I thought you all might like to listen to some of my favorite writing music, made possible by Muxtape. The cool thing about this is that the playlist might not necessarily stay static [...]