In less than an hour you can build the simplified digital computer shown in figure 1
, using only a pair of scissors, three dozen common pins, and the parts shown in figures 1 and 2.
The BBC reports that the last typewriter to be built in the UK
(according to its manufacturers) has been donated to London's Science Museum. "Brother said it had stopped making typewriters because demand had fallen to 30 a day, with most of those being sold in the US." [more inside]
Among his collected works
, in the few, short years before mathematician Alan Turing
was driven to suicide, he published "The Chemical Basis of Morphogenesis"
, theorizing how a standing wave
-like distribution of "cannibal" and "missionary" chemicals might explain how plants and animals develop their shape and pigmentation
. Blogger Jonathan Swinton focuses on this more obscure aspect
of Turing's research, and reviews some of his posthumous and unpublished efforts — including one of the earliest known examples
of digital computation applied to the field of biology.
Paper enters the digital era.
Anoto has developed a platform that allows you to send anything you write on paper or another surface to any computer in the world.
Oh, yeah. Reboot!,
truly one of the geek shows of all time, is returning Fall 2001. Two made-for-television moives have been in production forever. But, now this
: not movies, but a freaking full 13 episode season! With talk of another 13 after that! And a season-ending musical number! Fall 2001 can't come soon enough. Reboot! is a Canadian production; anyone know about US release dates and network? (more inside)