Even with cheap printed books, you can tell that someone proofed every page. With many e-books, they’ve clearly just been run through a converter with no proofing whatsoever. Daring Fireball Linked List: Texts, as Opposed to Books Astute comment from Gruber that reminds me of the transition from handwritten manuscripts and texts (often laboriously copied) … Continue reading

Pay Per VOIP Me initially: “yay! Finally.” Me after reading description: “wait, really? Sigh.” I have no issue paying for services. However, paying for 3G calls via Skype even though I already pay Skype and ATT seems a little… opportunistic by the vendors? Just sayin’ Continue reading

We realize that removing features and support is not easy, but with this spring cleaning done, we’ve laid the groundwork for more Reader improvements down the line. Official Google Reader Blog: Spring Cleaning: Comments, offline, and older browser support I love the way the Google Reader team links to developers that work in both the … Continue reading

We report the design, synthesis, and assembly of the 1.08-Mbp Mycoplasma mycoides JCVI-syn1.0 genome starting from digitized genome sequence information and its transplantation into a Mycoplasma capricolum recipient cell to create new Mycoplasma mycoides cells that are controlled only by the synthetic chromosome. The only DNA in the cells is the designed synthetic DNA sequence, … Continue reading

While I am a Luddite who fears powerful folks sashaying with hubris, I cannot help but wonder: Which came closer to preventing Dr. Venter from venturing this far? Science teacher: Craig Venter: Cautionary Tale One Sometimes, life is a lot like Lost (or the other way around). Continue reading

At that time, Bent Stumpe was an electronics engineer, newly recruited to work on developments for the SPS Central Control room. One of the things his supervisor asked him to build as soon as possible was a device to control a pointer on a screen, also called a tracker ball. The bowling balls – CERN … Continue reading

Beginnings of the Spring Final for Robotics 8 at Spartanburg Day School in Spartanburg, SC. (Source: http://vimeo.com/) Continue reading