Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
It is that time of the year when winter suddenly finishes and spring violently bursts out, with all flowers blooming in profusion: sakimidareru
咲き乱れる 。Only, this year the flowers did not last long. Our neighborhood has a squirrel invasion and they ate all flowers in a day, so today I had to buy flats of different flowers, hoping the squirrels do not like them.
In fact, the squirrels do not like all flowers, and this one pot shown below has survived for well over a decade. Are the colors not pretty? Yoko would say that happiness is being a trichromat.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
ACM named Charles P. Thacker the winner of the 2009 ACM A.M. Turing Award for his pioneering design and realization of the Alto, the first modern personal computer, and the prototype for networked personal computers. Thacker's design, which he built while at Xerox PARC (Palo Alto Research Center), reflected a new vision of a self-sufficient, networked computer on every desk, equipped with innovations that are standard in today's models. Thacker was also cited for his contributions to the Ethernet local area network, which enables multiple computers to communicate and share resources, as well as the first multiprocessor workstation, and the prototype for today's most used tablet PC, with its capabilities for direct user interaction. The Turing Award, widely considered the "Nobel Prize in Computing," is named for the British mathematician Alan M. Turing. The award carries a $250,000 prize, with financial support provided by Intel Corporation and Google Inc.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Writing about workflows for scientific books, I recently came across two old documents while I was searching for a completely different document.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Books can do amazing. Last October, in his post To Bits and Back Again, Nathan picked up a story on how I had to clean up the clutter on my desk. He wrote how Google's Dan Bloomberg recycled my book clutter through his secret π machine for the edification of readers on the whole planet. Here is the next saga:
Friday, March 19, 2010
✝ We know from another recent post that insect vision emerged later than in vertebrates.
The marketing and advertising spend for custom print publications is estimated at $19 billion while search engine ads is estimated to be $14 billion.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Of course once you get past the elegance of the ripple carry and listen to the docents it's clear that the difference engine was actually a print automation engine.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Hydra are simple animals belonging to the phylum cnidaria, which first emerged 600 million years ago. The vision of insects emerged later than the visual machinery found in hydra and vertebrate animals.
"This work continues to challenge the misunderstanding that evolution represents a ladder-like march of progress, with humans at the pinnacle," said Oakley. "Instead, it illustrates how all organisms—humans included—are a complex mix of ancient and new characteristics."
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Of course, we cannot see magnetic fields other than in the aurora borealis, that is why we have computer animation. Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt of Semiconductor are two masters in the use of computer animations for visualizing phenomena.