The hero responsible
for the exploding
has died. The video
is one of the first links I remember sending to people because of its awesomeness and still makes me laugh. Talk a little walk back through Internet history
The US has lost
a quarter of its high-tech jobs since 2000, the number declining by 687,000. A veteran headhunter opines on the causes
: The technical jobs in Silicon Valley are hard to fill with Americans...I get email every day from new grads, asking for help finding jobs, but honestly, most are Indian or Chinese, not many Americans.
He cites a NYT article
which claims that the reason iPhone manufacturing doesn't happen in the US is that Apple’s executives believe the vast scale of overseas factories as well as the flexibility, diligence and industrial skills of foreign workers have so outpaced their American counterparts that “Made in the U.S.A.” is no longer a viable option for most Apple products.
Law enforcement authorities are in awe of the new wave of narco "supersubs"
that are being found in the jungles of Colombia. [more inside]
The veteran recording engineer and seven-time grammy winner Roger Nichols
lost his battle with pancreatic cancer and passed away April 9th at age 66
. Though not a household name, you've undoubtedly heard at least one album he did the sound for. Some of the artists he engineered recordings for were Stevie Wonder, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Frank Zappa, Donald Fagen, John Denver, the Beach Boys, Crosby Stills & Nash, Al Di Meola, Roy Orbison, Andy Laverne, Plácido Domingo, Gloria Estefan, Diana Ross, Rickie Lee Jones, Kenny Loggins, Mark Knopfler, Michael McDonald, and Toots Thielemans, among others. He also invented the first functional drum sampling machine WENDL
(.pdf file), first used on the 1979 "Gaucho" album.
He is likely best known for the amazing pristine sound he achieved for every album done by Mssrs. Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, aka Steely Dan.
He was a giant in his field, a real innovator,
and it is a sad loss for the industry.
Did you know that there's an art museum on the moon? A tiny, tiny one. The Moon Museum
features works by Forrest "Frosty" Myers
(the instigator), Robert Rauschenberg
, Claes Oldenburg
, Andy Warhol
, David Novros
, and John Chamberlain
, inscribed on a little chip of silicon and surreptitiously transported
to the moon's surface on the Apollo 12 mission. But of course there's a mystery, in this big of a secret: who is John F.
, the engineer at least partially responsible for smuggling the chip onboard the lunar lander?
Related: other stuff people have left on the Moon
Meet Barbie the Computer Engineer...
Barbie, the favorite of little girls everywhere, has been a teenage fashion model, concert pianist, astronaut
and even a Miss America. But now there’s a new Barbie, with glasses and a Bluetooth earpiece, and boasting of being a computer engineer. Oh... and five things to make her more realistic
Producer/engineer Iain Burgess
played a vital role in defining the Chicago punk sound in the 80's with his work with Naked Raygun, Big Black, and the Effigies. Burgess passed away on Thursday from a pulmonary embolism
, a complication of the pancreatic and liver cancers he'd recently been diagnosed with. Although British, he is best known for his years in Chicago, where he helped create a distinctive large sound
with a live-centered recording style and served as a mentor to Steve Albini
. He also worked with Didjits, Ministry, Mega City Four, the Cows, Pegboy, Shellac, Jawbox and many others.
is the web home of Steven Wittens
, designer of AVS presets
for WinAmp, as well as the current Bluebeach theme at Drupal.org
. Steven also dabbles in programming
; for instance his Farbtastic jquery color picker
. Be sure to watch his blog
for development jewels like Projective Texturing with Canvas
For 150 years or more
, the locomotive engineer has held a special place in American history
. [more inside]
Today is R. Buckminster Fuller's 113th birthday. Visionary
, designer, inventor, engineer - 'Bucky
' continues to inspire us
. Known as the grandfather
of sustainability, even today we discover
that we've barely scratched
the surface of his thinking
and still have far
to go and much
to learn about managing
Spaceship Earth. [ previously
Today is the 202nd birthday of Isambard Kingdom Brunel
, one of the world's greatest engineers
and a personal hero. I gaped at the Clifton Suspension Bridge
when the shock of recognition
dawned on my jetlagged brain. This was the man that laid the foundation
for Britain's global economic might, built the first underwater
tunnel, Paddington Station
and inspired engineers
everywhere. His legacy lives on
in his works, a university
, a museum
Banned by the Vatican
and created by a tone deaf engineer
... presenting the Hammond.
A Dutchman at Google.
His blog has some gems: a glimpse
into life as an Google engineer, and a brief history of searching
(going a short way into the future). Some of his projects are neat: Google talks
, Google tells you the best time to visit
any place. And he has a little Google joke: type "bush's foreign friends" into Google
and click [I'm Feeling Lucky]