Monday, July 25, 2005

Google Moon - Lunar Landing Sites

Just in case you missed celebrating humanity's visit to our nearest celestrial neighbour, Google provides us Google Moon. It marks the various landings and gives the crew of the Apollos missions.

For an interesting display, zoom in to the max.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Online pirates pounce on new Harry Potter book - Yahoo! News

I don't condone such things as illicit trading of files. That is so wrong. But here's something interesting, the new Harry Potter is available on the internet as a file. I understand from some more research that you can download it as either a .rtf, .pdf, .txt, or a .lit file. The latter means you can read it on your pocket pc devise.

The book sold, according to one article
8.9 million copies in the US and the UK. That is a huge number of books and truly all the fans of Harry Potter have probably bought the book. So it could be argued that those who are taking advantage of the various copies on the Internet probably wanted to have a copy for their computer, and I doubt these copies have had a negative effect on sales.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Ian on Cats and Endangered Small Wild Cat Species - The Official Jethro Tull Website

While the article is a few years old, it still worth a read. I've been a fan of Jethro Tull and Ian Anderson for over 20 year, perhaps even thirty years and I was impressed to read about his concern about the wild cats of the world.

I suppose it's easy for us to think all cats are domesticated but it's not true at all. There are still a number of species that are wild and now require our help. It's a project worth supporting, especially if you are a cat fancier.

I recall and i wish I could find the quote, 'a cat is as close to a tiger as most men will come". It's true, we all have a tiger in our homes, if we have a cat. Notice I didn't say, 'own' because as more then one person has said, no one owns a cat. The cat allows us the indulgance of thinking such thoughts but in the end, it does as it pleases and still expects us to feed it.


Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Sympatico / MSN

this is an interesting article. Also a little troubling; the UN wants to control the development of the Internet. The feeling is among many nations that it is a little too controled by the US. Well historically speaking, it was developed by the US government you can read about it through this link. I won't go into the history lesson, but let it be said, it's anarchistic nature is because of the fact the US did develop it. Consider this, for the most part the US doesn't care too much about ideology. No I mean it, yes they want to present a capitalistic point of view, but that view means making money. For many years they have recognized that it is a sort of cyber wild west with very little rules to control it. yet, it has thrived. Indeed it has also become the haven of a lot of nasty stuff too, but it's really part and parcel.

Can you visualize an Internet controlled by the UN? I can it would be a place where thought is controlled and corruption is even worse.

Let the Internet stay as it is, uncontrolled, anarchistic and one of the best communication tools we have. Let the UN work on getting the 'Net to the third world and leave the rest of it alone.


Tuesday, July 12, 2005

For this blog, I thought I'd mention three of my favourite podcasts. Now that iTunes has a feature that will collect blogs, I thought I'd mention the three I listen too regularily. Mind you, I don't listen to them on my iPod, I listen to them on my Dell Axim. Since it has wifi access I can download and then listen to the MP3 file on the Media Player.

Here they are: the first is techphile. It has a number of things going for it, the first is, it's Canadian. The second is the interviewer has done some great interviews over the past little while; people such as Kevin Rose, Leo Laporte, Mikey from Call for Help, Andy Walker and Amber MacArthur.

The second is diggnation. The format is simple, Kevin Rose and Alex Albrecht sit around and talk about the stories that are making it on is, to quote the website: "Digg is a technology news website that combines social bookmarking, blogging, RSS, and non-hierarchical editorial control. With digg, users submit stories for review, but rather than allowing an editor to decide which stories go on the homepage, the users do". Kevin and Alex talk about these stories, giving their own unique spin. What makes it interesting, besides bringing together the former hosts of The Screen Savers, is that it's casual and informative. Sure they sit around, shoot the breeze and drink beer, but you know these guys are techies and know what they are talking about.

The third is THIS WEEK IN TECHNOLOGY or TWIT. This features Leo Laporte, Patrick Norton, Kevin Rose, Yoshi and guests. Yes it's the TechTV podcast and it's great. If you like your tech hard core and funny then listen.

follow the links, follow the instructions and enjoy some of the best tech podcasts out there. If you like any of them you can vote for them at Podcast


Monday, July 04, 2005

Meditations on Zucchini

the green thing

long and string

opens my minds to the divine

as I injests its magic seeds

by moon and stars it ripens

to bring me to the throne of creation

eternity in its design

of the pathway of life, nirvana in its white flesh

covered with green, the colour of paradise

so let take its body

and make our union complete

come o zucchini and fill me

with your taste