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- Kite Aerial Photography by Scott Haefner | Panoramas How-to
Awesome: 360-degree panoramas! “Only two images are needed to create these panoramas. I take one looking straight down from the kite using a simple rig, and a second looking straight up from the ground. Both images are shot with a circular fisheye lens that has a 180 degree view (Nikon FC-E9). You can think of it as if each image contains a “hemisphere” of information” Via.
- Future of Computing: Web focus : Nature
Nature web focus Special: “In the last two decades advances in computing technology, from processing speed to network capacity and the internet, have revolutionized the way scientists work. From sequencing genomes to monitoring the Earth’s climate, many recent scientific advances would not have been possible without a parallel increase in computing power – and with revolutionary technologies such as the quantum computer edging towards reality, what will the relationship between computing and science bring us over the next 15 years?”
- Browse Blogs – postgenomic.com
Together with Bora’s roundup, a compendium of science related blogs. Also, eatonweb. Q: canonical list on a wiki somewhere?
- O’Reilly Radar > Supernova 2005: Attention
“Continuous partial attention. Dan Gould: “I quit every social network I was on so I could have dinner with people.” The next aphrodisiac is committed full-attention focus. In this new area, experiencing this engaged attention is to feel alive. Trusted filters, trusted protectors, trusted concierge, human or technical, removing distractions and managing boundaries, filtering signal from noise, enabling meaningful connections, that make us feel secure, are the opportunity for the next generation.” There really is a Next Big Thing in these ideas, I’m convinced. Via Selva.
- Home Page of Dr. Eitan Bachmat
“I am the world’s worst storage systems researcher. This is not surprising given the fact that I don’t know anything about operating systems and file systems in particular. Instead of doing experiments I perform thought experiments. I can’t program. I like working with models from the 60’s even though they are regarded by nearly the entire community as being completely useless. I myself admit that they are completely inaccurate. I am also probably the only researcher who insists on considering serial workloads in which only a single I/O is sent at a given time, preferably with ample time between them. I also like to consider performance related problems which I know in advance to have no application. I have come to be a systems researcher because I was a terrible mathematician. To summarize my relations with mathematics, I love mathematics, it does not love me back. Given this situation I had to leave this relationship at some point. As revenge, I am exploiting mathematics in my new role as a systems researcher. This has not added to my popularity in the systems world.” Something tells me Dr Bachmat is actually pretty good at what he does. Via.
- Adventures in Ethics and Science: Hierarchies of misconduct.
Scientific misconduct = FFP: Fabrication (making shit up), Falsification (not a la Popper, but altering data) and Plagiarism. Is the latter a lesser offence? I say no.
- Rhosgobel: the Iraq Index
Radagast points to the Iraq Index as a source of data on that beleaguered country. I don’t know anything about the Brookings Inst.
- Aetiology: Bikinis make macho men stupid
Macho men are stupid long before any bikinis enter the equation.
- Terra Sigillata: Formerly proprietary natural products research database released in web version
This is excellent news: Professor Norman R. Farnsworth of the University of Illinois at Chicago will release his group’s NAPRALERT database this week to open access.