Did you grow up anticipating sports where death would be likely, if not certain? Almost certainly played by convicts, possibly with robot limbs? And which would be even more likely to have chainsaws and flamethrowers not usually found in the sports of today? Those We Left Behind’s
look at Future-sports of the past, in videogames
is for you!
posted by Artw
on Sep 11, 2008 -
It slipped through the cracks on my radar, but apparently the IE8 team
has met with some web standards gurus
and decided that in order to move forward with full standards compliance (and support the known quirks of IE6/7 for corporate intranets), a new "version targeting" system should be put in place. Other browser vendors
are not amused. Should IE just give up? [more inside]
posted by revmitcz
on Feb 1, 2008 -
In the early 1950's, Monsanto Chemical Company
, MIT and Disneyland collaborated
their resources and creative brainpower to build
"the house of 1986." Using 30,000 pounds of plastic (The building's structure, carpet, chairs, sinks, appliances and floors were all plastic. About $7,500 to $15,000 worth.), the Monsanto House of the Future
* was opened to an excited public in June of 1957. It was closed in 1967 as ideas of the future were beginning to change. Let's take a quick tour,
shall we? *(Not to be confused with Xanadu Homes of Tomorrow.) [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster
on Dec 12, 2007 -
What happened to the future?
Forbes has a terrific special feature on the future that offers a smörgåsbord of cool things. In addition to the usual predictions and "whither the videophone
" discussions, there are also interviews with futurists such as David Brin
, Robert Sawyer
, Stuart Brand
, and Nicholas Negroponte
about their mistakes and surprises (as well as an article on the value of futurists
and one on why you don't want to make futurists angry
). On the fiction side, it features short stories by Cory Doctorow
, Max Barry
, and Warren Ellis
, all dealing with the American workplace in 2027 during a financial crisis, as well as a discussion of nine great books about the future
. It ends with a quiz about your ability to predict what will happen next year
- Forbes will send you your score in January 2009.
posted by blahblahblah
on Oct 24, 2007 -
Growing drugs in space.
If the rainforest runs out of undiscovered medicines, just grow new drugs in space: Wired
reports that "a swaggering Texas investor" wants to turn the International Space Station
into a kind of orbiting drug lab: "If people knew what I already know," he says, "the International Space Station would be considered one of the most valuable resources our world possesses." Think of it as New Jack City
in zero-G – full of weird, crystallized proteins (and billion dollar cures).
posted by BLDGBLOG
on Oct 7, 2007 -
Physicists have 'solved' mystery of levitation
Professor Ulf Leonhardt and Dr Thomas Philbin, from the University of St Andrews in Scotland, have worked out a way of reversing ... the Casimir force
, so that it repels instead of attracts. Their discovery could ultimately lead to frictionless micro-machines with moving parts that levitate. But they say that, in principle at least, the same effect could be used to levitate bigger objects too, even a person.
posted by MythMaker
on Aug 19, 2007 -
7/7/7 marks the
100th birthday of Grandmaster Robert Anson Heinlein
, born July 7th 1907. Long live Lazarus Long
While any attempt
at a tribute
would but naturally turn into a passionate link infested paean
to this visionary genius
, one of the Big 3, along with Asimov and Clarke, one must honour
his contribution with a pointer to the Heinlein Concordance
, a portal of his stories, characters, concepts and timelines.
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
~ Robert A. Heinlein 1907 - 1988
posted by infini
on Jul 6, 2007 -
Bruce Sterling's talk at SXSW
is described on the landing page as a 'rant'. It isn't. What it is
is a survey from 10,000 feet at what's happening in culture and technology and on the web, and I reckon it's worth spending the hour of your life it'll take to listen to it. I hope you agree. [mp3, 59 minutes]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken
on Mar 19, 2007 -