Ambient bus arrival monitor from hacked Linksys WRT54GL.
Transport for London has a wonderful service called Countdown
that can give live bus arrival times. For example, here's a page showing live buses passing No. 10 Downing St
. Underlying this is a simple JSON API that, while not public, seems to be usable by the average programmer. So with its details deciphered (hardly hard since the web site uses the API) John Graham-Cumming set about building an ambient bus monitor into a model London bus. The idea is to glance at the model bus and see the times of the next two real buses you're likely to want to catch, and know when to leave the house.
What peace did Hezbollah Shatter?
asks Anders Stringberg in the Christian Science Monitor
, a paper that has won the Pulitzer seven times and is particularly well-known for its in-depth coverage of the Middle East
. Relying on the most recent United Nations Interim Force In Lebanon (UNIFIL) report
, Strindberg believes that Hezbollah's attacks stem from Israeli incursions into Lebanon. In the same publication, another commentator says that the latest Levantine crisis is a 'moment of opportunity' but only if the U.S. asks Israel the hard questions.
High Dynamic Range (HDR) imagery rendered in software is only half the story
if your monitor can't actually display that full dynamic range.
Bit-Tech has an excellent article on an actual HDR-capable display
brought out by a crowd called Brightside Technologies
(formerly Sunnybrook Technologies).
Needless to say, you want this. And it can be had, for the bargain price of $50000 USD. Here's more on various HDR Display technologies. Brightside HDR is also covered at HardwareSecrets and Toms Hardware Guide. The Max Planck Institut has their take on HDR, Hyperfocal Design has a few good links if you're interested in trying your own hand at HDR content creation, and here's Brightside's own take on HDR and gaming.
Building on a Robert A. Frietas theory
(4th paragraph down) from his book, Nanomedicines, Vol 1: Basic Capabilities
, a 6 cm x 5 cm programmable display embedded
into your skin made up of 3 billion display pixel nanorobots could be used to monitor and direct medical nanobots within your body.
has recently completed work on a three minute animation of the concept, available in both QT
(8.1 megs) or WMV
Ohio Poll Challengers
Keep track of all the other last-minute fraud here
Blog Change Bot
is an AOL Instant Messenger
-based bot that will send you an IM whenever your favorite blogs are updated. (via Blogroots
; more inside)
Silt-Filled Turret of USS Monitor Raised From Atlantic
The silt-packed gun turret of the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor was raised Monday from the Atlantic floor, nearly 140 years after the historic warship sank during a New Year's storm.
I hope this is not a repost. For any history lovers, this is fascinating.
Ahhh...From the rediculous (my last post) to the sublime