Archive for March, 2006

All Hail 42

42 *IS* The answer to Life, the Universe and Zeta

Posted byHemos on Monday March 27, @09:04AM
from the douglas-adams-was-right dept.

Venusian Treen writes “In their search for patterns, mathematicians have uncovered unlikely connections between prime numbers and quantum physics. The gist is that energy levels in the nucleus of heavy atoms can tell us about the distribution of zeros in Riemann’s zeta function – and hence where to find prime numbers. This article discusses this connection, and introduces two physisicts who tell us ‘why the answer to life, the universe and the third moment of the Riemann zeta function should be 42.’”

This is why I love SlashDot.com. It truely is my news for nerds. I don’t even like math but things like this, for some reason, I find interesting. And according to the article, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, wasn’t too far off.

Gravitomagnetism

From SlashDot

Posted by samzenpus on Friday March 24, @09:59AM
from the stay-groundeddept.
CompaniaHill
writes “Have scientists been able to artificially generate a gravitational field? Researchers at the European Space Agency believe so. “Small acceleration sensors placed at different locations close to the spinning superconductor, which has to be accelerated for the effect to be noticeable, recorded an acceleration field outside the superconductor that appears to be produced by gravitomagnetism. This experiment is the gravitational analogue of Faraday’s electromagnetic induction experiment in 1831.” The effect is very small, so don’t expect to see it used in spacecraft any time soon. But the effect is still many times larger than the predictions of Einstein’s theories. “If confirmed, this would be a major breakthrough,” says [Austrian researcher Martin] Tajmar. “It opens up a new means of investigating general relativity and it consequences in the quantum world.”"

I think that’s pretty cool. Actually the word, gravitomagnetism, is pretty cool just by itself. Say it with me…gravitomagnetism. See how it kind of tickles your tongue?

At least I’m not alone…

A recent report from the Consumer Electronics Association.

58% of homes with consoles consider it their primary game platform
25% of adults used handhelds in the last 6 months
64% of adults play alone
55% of adults play online

5x more teens are playing mmogs than adults especially women
77% of teens used handhelds in the last 6 months
78% of teen males
play online games
58% of teen females play online games

At least I’m not alone.  Can I get an Amen?

To WoW or not to Wow

WoWFor about a year, maybe more, I have been struggling with deciding whether or not to get involved with World of Warcraft. I have friends who play it, work colleagues who play and it does seem like a very attractive game. Once of the main reasons why I have not made the purchase is the fear that my life might get sucked away like the horror stories I have heard about Everquest, another game I avoided with fear. The number of times I have been in Best Buy with the box in my hand and on my way to the cashier is uncountable. I have resisted successfully.

Last week at SXSW I attended a panel which was entitled “Joi Ito Presentation: Why I Love WoW”. This was more of a look at the game from a business management training and educational side. Basically how the game can teach you business applications and management without you even realizing that you are learning such horrible things. Okay maybe horrible is a bit strong. It was very informative and sparked my curiousity about the game even more.

Today Wired release an article entitled “You Play Warcraft? You’re Hired!”. So yet another article singing praise to the game that must be played.

And then there’s Leeroy Jenkins. With evidence of the fun that can be had there, how can I not get it.

There are way too many things I have on my plate right now. Web design, music to write for 4 different projects, sleep, hot tub, social time. But the ability to resist this game grows! WHYYYY! Please comment and convince me either to get this game or not to get this game….. okay GO!

Recovery time

SXSW is completely over now.  So many things to say and I don’t have the time now to say them.  I’ve added a link on the sidebar to my Flickr site so you can easily go view some of the pictures I took during the week.  So it’s back to work now.

And a special HAPPY BIRTHDAY shout out to Lacey!

Pi Day

Happy Pi Day everyone. 3.14.  SXSW Interactive is over as of today and looking back I will say that it was a successful event.  Last year when I attended I was very determined to go to everything I had planned to and took notes and photographed everything.  This year I did have a schedule but I was a little more relaxed on what I would actually attend and the notes I did take.  This year the panels did focus on a lot of topics that I have only tapped into with new projects that I have begun.  The panels have made me think of one of my projects in a more business sense.  Attending the interactive events just makes me realize more that the work I do now is not my passion, but it does pay the bills, but it also teases me into thinking that I should actually try.  I salute the brave individuals that are able to work in the industry they want, and do the job that they are passionate about.  One thing that was said in several panels was that starting out they had to have the day job too.  I figure I have about 13 more years before I would be able to take the plunge of my own business due to circumstances outside of my control.  But that does give me 13 years to try and get something started.  Now with SXSW almost behind me I can go back through my notes and reorganize my thoughts and possibilities

SXSW is Here!

Tim FiteSXSW kicks off tomorrow and I haven’t even built my schedule of events to attend. I don’t even know if I’m going to laptop it this year. I’m taking all of next week off of work so I can concentrate on film, interactive, and music panels. Call me up and lets do lunch one of those days. Downtown of course.  Tim Fite is coming back and playing 3 or 4 shows and one is at my second home.
I’m also registered for the MS150 Houston to Austin ride this year. So I’m thinking of just riding my bike from my house near Braker and Lamar to downtown and back everyday this next week to help kick off the last minute training.

Another option is to cruise my new ride that is still in progress but close to ridable. It’s low and it’s shiny.  I guess we’ll just have to see what happens.

Ear Wax

One of the most relaxing and even orgasmic daily functions I do is cleaning my ears with a Q-Tip.  As a child I don’t think I cleaned my ears as much as I should have.  One day it caught up to me when I was about eight or nine years old and the wax buildup had clogged my ear and I could not hear very well.  This was very stressful for me.  Mother had to buy special ear wax acid medicine that ate away at the wax so that it could be cleaned out.  The noise, the pain, and the stress was unmanagable.  Once the passages were clean I was good and swore that this would never happen again.
I would also like to point out that in the mid to late 80′s they introduced the plastic shaft Q-Tip.  I am greatly opposed to these.  They are simply too bendy to be able to properly scrape the wax from  the walls of the canal.  The classic paper/cardboard shaft type Q-Tip is the only way to go for proper ear cleaning.
If we all work together we can rid this world of the evils of collective ear wax.  Thank you.

Inspired by: http://ars.userfriendly.org/cartoons/?id=20060303

Review of The Wedding Present show

I’m speechless.