This blog is rated W, for “Who the hell cares, anyway?”

Just as a follow up to my earlier post, Greg Storey of Airbag Industries has deployed the Airbag Blog Advisory system, a clear and perfectly easy-to-understand color-coded chart that tells you how the blog you’re reading stacks up. You can see our rating to the right (or you could if WordPress and JavaScript weren’t fighting like siblings in the backseat on a family vacation). I like this way better than O’Reilly’s badges.

(via Daring Fireball)

Badges? We don’t need no steenkin’ badges

Noted technology author and publisher Tim O’Reilly has drafted his suggestions for a blogger’s code of conduct. The plan stems from the “firestorm” (obligatory terminology) around death threats issued to blogger Kathy Sierra. While maintaining civil discourse on the Internet is a laudable goal, it’s kind of like trying to bring peace to the Middle East armed with a sign reading “Can’t we all just get along?”.


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“What were they thinking?” Part II: Feeling sheepish

So, nobody in the British military has ever seen Terminator. But far worse, it now appears the scientists who have created sheep that are up to 15% human do not read our blog.

South By Southwest Recap

Earlier this week, I returned from Austin, Texas, where I had attended the South by Southwest Interactive Festival. SXSW started as a music festival, as I understand it, which started up a film festival, which somehow decided it needed an “interactive” festival for web developers, hackers (the DIY/tinkering type, not the security threat/rollerblading type), and more recently, video game designers. I think the idea behind it is probably that being associated with music and film festivals would attract a “hip nerd” set more than a “loser nerd” set, which would be good for interesting personal and professional networking. Indeed, if I hadn’t known better, I might have thought it was a Stylish Glasses and Binge Drinking convention.

Today I came across one person’s entire SXSW experience in a single 11×17 infographic. I am too burned out on a week of intense awesomeness followed by unnecessary meetings, so I’ll just blog my own high and low points. Be sure to check the SXSW web site for podcasts and videos of the best panels, still being uploaded.


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I’m sure *these* satellites won’t just decide to kill everybody on the planet

Apparently nobody in the British military has ever seen Terminator.

South Korea Leads In Robot Ethics

The South Korean government wants people to stop mistreating robots, and figures it might as well give a nod to Asimov as long as it’s writing up codes of ethics anyway.

How Many Caminos Must a Man Walk Down?

Sometimes trying a new web browser feels like trying 42 different browsers. If you’re anything like me, you don’t just quit a browser cold turkey and open up a new one thinking, “This will do.” No, you try to tweak the new program until it does the new things you need while keeping what you liked about the other one in the first place, one tweak at a time.


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Current Mood: Murderous

Apparently, scientists predict we’ll have robots with emotions in about a decade. Programming emotions into robots is supposed to make them perform mundane tasks better because they’ll be more motivated. Oddly, the words “uprising” and “armageddon” appear nowhere in this article, perhaps suggesting that it was written by a robot.

The Original PowerBook

This video reminds me of my tech support help desk glory days alongside Jordan. Highlights of that short career include my steadfast (former) roommate trying to recruit me for liberation from the Matrix (by sending me cryptic messages through unix) and teaching a woman how to drag and drop things over the phone (which I believe was the event that prompted the caller comment, “Jason, you have taken me to the moon and back again!”).

Scientist Astounds Me

Harvard professor (apparently) slows light, turns it to matter, turns it back to light, and suggests we should use this to make better computers. I guess this information is all coming directly from Harvard, so I’m curious to see what others have to say about it sometime.