Transparent Dining Room Desktop




Transparent Dining Room Desktop

Originally uploaded by sebrenner.

This was a fun little Sunday evening project. Five minutes to take the shots. twenty mintues of tedious pixel work.

The most creative performance I have seen all year

This video is incredible. I am amazed by creativity that went into the conception and the disciplined execution.

Matrix Ping Pong – Google Video

Apple brings video to iPods and iMacs, but…

I haven’t seen one in person yet, but I sure like what I have read about the new iMacs and the iPods. Even though I don’t think handheld video will be much more popular than those handheld DVD players I do think buying videos through iTunes will be immensly popular. Especially whne Apple releases a device for displaying the video on your HDTV.

I am disappointed in the remote control. Why is it IR? IR is very old technology that requires a line-of-sight to work properly. With Griffin offerin the RF Air Click and Bluetooth built into the iMac I think Apple could have don a little better by using a more modern technology. A technology that doesn’t have such a history of frustrating people.

I skied for 15 years but…

Now, after 10 years of snowboarding I only snowboard. For the first couple of years after I switched I kept planning to snowboard and ski, but the snowboarding is so much more rewarding and enjoyable. I can’t remember the last time I skied.

FDA and Drug Approval Times

The Economist is one of my favorite magazines and I am quite happy I recently got subscriptions from both my mom and Jamuna.

This recent article just gave me an idea for reforming both the patent office and the FDA- tie approval/processing times to families of drugs or patents the government believes would benefit the nation.

In the case of the the FDA lifestyle drugs like Viagra, Allegra would take a back seat to drugs for the treatment of more pressing ills (Cancer, AIDS, ALS, etc.). I think this could reduce the appeal of blockbuster drugs and the cost of pursuing less profitable segments. The latter could be achieved by reducing drug approval time and thus lengthening the time the drug is on the market protected by patent.

For the patent office the I think the implementation is less clear. I would like to see some way to reduce the burden of frivolous and defensive patents. The feelings, at least as far as I can tell are, too many frivolous patents are being awarded. As for defensive patents I think they do nothing to foster innovation in and go a long way to stifle it- very much the opposite of the nations goals for the patent office. Perhaps patent applications proven to be under current development could be expedited over applications for patents not currently under development. Determining what counts as “currently under development” could be very problematic but multi year patent application approvals are also problematic.

Regulating the drugs industry | The merry go-round | Economist.com

BitTorrent Rocks

Tonight I used BitTorrent to download a Knoppix LiveCD. This protocol saved me more than seven hours of download time. BitTorrent took about 40 minutes. My ftp client predicted 8+ hours to download. I hope more organizations embrace this technology. I would love to see it built into a few browsers.

Are You Aware of Your Surroundings?

Kevin Kelly of Wired fame, posts 34 thought provoking questions that have inspired me to learn more about the geology, fauna, flora and hydrology of my new home in Ohio.



The Big Here Quiz: “You live in the big here. Wherever you live, your tiny spot is deeply intertwined within a larger place, imbedded fractal-like into a whole system called a watershed, which is itself integrated with other watersheds into a tightly interdependent biome. (See the world eco-region map ). At the ultimate level, your home is a cell in an organism called a planet. All these levels interconnect. What do you know about the dynamics of this larger system around you? Most of us are ignorant of this matrix. But it is the biggest interactive game there is. Hacking it is both fun and vital.

The following exercise in watershed awareness was hatched 30 years ago by Peter Warshall, naturalist extraordinaire. Variations of this list have appeared over the years with additions by Jim Dodge, Peter Berg, and Stephanie Mills among others. I have recently added new questions from Warshall and myself, and I have edited or altered most of the rest. It’s still a work in progress. If you have a universal question you think fits, submit it to me.


How many of Kelly’s questions can you answer? Check out his site for some recommendations on how to learn more about your home.