Ganymede, Saildrone, North and Only 20 years left?

First geologic map of Ganymede made with Voyager data.

A drone that can sail around the world.

Why is North up?

Only 20 years to go before Climate Change destroys the world.


SaaS, Resurrection, Disney Accelerator, Hemingway

“To make matters worse, the more successful an open source project, the more large companies want to co-opt the code base. I experienced this first-hand as CEO at XenSource, where every major software and hardware company leveraged our code base with nearly zero revenue coming back to us. We had made the product so easy to use and so important, that we had out-engineered ourselves. Great for the open source community, not so great for us.”

Red Hat was the first and last? I’m not sure.

The 808 is back!

Even Disney has an accelerator these days.

An interesting new way of looking at text editors – built in improvements to your prose – think the Word paperclip, but actually useful. Hemingway.


Polyfauna, Lua, Go 1.3 and Restart prompts

A new app from Radiohead. Polyfauna.

Lua. I love the one page complete syntax description.

Towards Go 1.3. Interesting to see how the hello world size has increased over development. Bloat is hard to deal with. NaCl looks very interesting.

So many memories spurred by just a Restart prompt or two. OS/2! Workbench!



A Pen that lasts Forever, Fragile Machines, GitHub for Schools, Comped?

I have always loved pens. How about one that lasts forever?

10 things we forgot to monitor. I feel like these engines of computing are being tended in a similar ways to the great days of stream power in the 19th Century. Is it time to abstract a layer up? Perhaps it’s a historical sign that we should pay attention to.

GitHub goes to school. GitHub for everything I ever did at school would have been so useful. How could we merge the worlds curricula?

I’m saying it’s a comp. What say you?


Drones Mapping the World, Don’t learn to code – learn to program,, Cheating, How to Fly in Zero Gravity and Clojure

A game looking to “drone source” the entire planet.

It’s not about coding, it’s about solving problems.

“Like Kickstarter, Indiegogo, RocketHub and other crowdfunding sites to emerge in recent years, allows individuals to donate to projects and receive a gift in return. Unlike those sites, which include art, film, dance, technology and other categories, has one sole focus: science.”

“Everybody always asks me how to gain a competitive edge,” he said, “and I’m always surprised because the answer is so obvious.” Eighteen-year old me knew where this was going. He was going to tell us to work hard, that successful people prepare for their luck, yada, yada, yada.

“You cheat.””

High Speed Trading is cheating.

How to fly a broken space craft. Via Memo.

Intro to Clojure by nardove and toxi.


Hosting OF via Compute Engine, What is Digital Art, Glitchspace

A new program for art supported by Google. I wonder if openFrameworks can be deployed via Compute Engine?

“The real artists of today will not find favour with us, or with our institutions, maybe not even in their own lifetime, because their work is not for us. It is for our great grandchildren. That said, I will still be happy when no one talks about ‘digital art’ or ‘digital culture’. For, when today’s intimidating technology seems as natural as a pen or a camera, we’ll know we’re on our way to finding our own Stravinskys and Duchamps, and that the cycle is repeating itself.”

Good article on “Digital Art” by Tom Uglow of Google.

“The red glitch blocks aren’t formed to serve you. They’re unfinished, or possibly corrupt, pulsing and fragmenting uncontrollably. You’re armed with a programming gun that brings up a drag-and-drop interface of commands, objects, and functions. These are the tools you use to manipulate the glitch blocks.”

I want a programming gun too.



Open Catalog from Darpa, Hyper Light Drifter and Origami

“… the DARPA Open Catalog … contains a curated list of DARPA-sponsored software and peer-reviewed publications. DARPA sponsors fundamental and applied research in a variety of areas that may lead to experimental results and reusable technology designed to benefit multiple government domains.

The DARPA Open Catalog organizes publicly releasable material from DARPA programs. DARPA has an open strategy to help increase the impact of government investments.”

via Bruce Sterling.

Hyper Light Drifter looks and sounds delicious.

Origami is an in house prototyping toolset based upon Quartz Composer that has been released by Facebook.


Forgetting is the Killer App, Only Two Pins, Decoding a Copter Stream “4 million songs on Spotify have never been played.
Not even once. Let’s change that.”

Aruduino + touchscreen  = joy

A mystery signal from a helicopter. A great technical detective story.


HeartSync, Spacebrew and a kind of Holodeck™

HeartSync looks like a very interesting interaction.

I’m looking forward to some time with Spacebrew.

Kind of holodeck.


Boys 2 Men, No Power Anywhere, The Ness of Brodgar

Being a man.

I think the scariest thing of all is that there isn’t an overarching world conspiracy, rather that no one is really in control. Rory Stewart agrees:

“But in our situation we’re all powerless. I mean, we pretend we’re run by people. We’re not run by anybody. The secret of modern Britain is there is no power anywhere.” Some commentators, he says, think we’re run by an oligarchy. “But we’re not. I mean, nobody can see power in Britain. The politicians think journalists have power. The journalists know they don’t have any. Then they think the bankers have power. The bankers know they don’t have any. None of them have any power.”

A neolithic site that may be more important than Stonehenge, The Ness of Brodgar.