Swimming with the Razorfishes

Saturday, March 24, 2007


Oh, man! Larry Bud Melman died.


A book of Ansel Adams landscapes. But not photos of the landscapes, Luke Strosnider is publishing a book of histograms of Ansel Adams photos.


No way. Crazy.

Thursday, March 22, 2007


Ars Technica: News Corp. and NBC announce partnership to create YouTube competitor

If I were writing the headline, it would have been something like, "News Corp. and NBC announce plans to spend a huge amount of money on a site that will quietly disappear six months after launch." Or something like that.

My favorite quote:

This is a game changer for Internet video. We'll have access to just about the entire U.S. Internet audience at launch. [...]" said News Corp.'s President and COO Peter Chernin in a statement.

Just about? What am I missing? Some of these people aren't connected to the series of tubes?


Substances like this that become more viscous when agitated or compressed are a subset of non-Newtonian fluids called dilatants. An interesting comparison can be made between different "slimes" by making a batch of glurch (see below) and comparing the physical properties of oobleck and glurch.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007


I can't believe The Show with Ze Frank is over. Has it really been just a year?

Monday, March 19, 2007


Wow. Ian Murdock is leaving the Linux Foundation and joining Sun Microsystems as head of Operating System Platform Strategy.

Gutsy move for Sun. Going outside the company, choosing someone deeply aligned with Linux shows a real willingness for change. A bit dangerous, though. Of all the problems facing Solaris, I don't think that the usability gap is at the top of the list.

I hope is does some good stuff with Solaris. I've always been a fan of the OS, as well as Sun's hardware. I've been playing with OpenSolaris for a few weeks, and I'm really impressed. Great stuff. It has come a long way since the OS was first released as open source.

Sunday, March 18, 2007


Good God. I think that might be real.