Archive for October, 2008

links for 2008-10-30

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

MTV Music - huge archive of linkable and embeddable music videos. Finally! MTV does something music-related! Roanoke Robotics Society and Club - We actually have a Robotics club in little ol' Roanoke? Very surprising! In fact, they are hosting a robotics competition event at our science museum ...

Fake flier circulating in Hampton Roads, Virginia

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

A fake flier is circulating in Hampton Roads, Virginia. It encourages Republicans to vote on November 4 and Democrats to vote on November 5: It's amazing what people will try to do to mess with the election.

links for 2008-10-24

Friday, October 24th, 2008

My del.icio.us auto-posting doodad no longer works. Automation has failed me. *Cry*. So, here are some hand-cranked, slow-cooked links for today. X-rays detected from Scotch tape. Incredible. Maybe somebody will exploit this to take a peek inside of Christmas presents. How the Weird Mars Science Laboratory Floating Sky Crane ...

R-obama-noke

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

Obama held a rally here in little ol' Roanoke on Friday. He is the first major-party presidential candidate since JFK in 1960 to visit Roanoke. So, Kathryn and I took the day off and waited in the cold, wet line with our friend Kelly to witness this historic ...

It almost passed the Turing Test

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

.k { background-color: #eee; color: #009;} This morning on AOL instant messenger, I got hit with some bizarre messages out of the blue: kemptcoho: Let's look at the world with respect to theta. doranchak: ok, let's do that kemptcoho: what up kemptcoho: so who is this? doranchak: i was going to ask you the same thing kemptcoho: ...

Obama releases new campaign symbol

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

(thanks, Chris)

Scientists discover breakfast on Mars

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

"This image from NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander's Optical Microscope shows a strongly magnetic surface which has scavenged particles from within the microscope enclosure before a sample delivery from the lander's Robotic Arm. The particles correspond to the larger grains seen in fine orange material that makes up most of the ...

VP debate: It had some words in it.

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

I couldn't help but follow up my previous Wordle posts with some new Wordles generated from last night's VP debate transcript. As John Hodgman said recently on Twitter during the debate broadcast: "Word salad. Word salad. Word salad. I feel like I'm hearing a spam. So ...

They’re small but they’re smart.

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

It seems appropriate to follow up my previous post on politics with one about insects. We bought one of those Antworks ant habitats recently. It is filled with a NASA-developed transparent gel compound that the ants eat and tunnel through. I thought it'd be fun to make ...

The presidential debate was full of words, part 2

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

I'm a little late in following up my previous post, but I was curious how last week's debate Wordle looked like broken down by each candidate. McCain: Obama: Lehrer: I wish Wordle had a B.S. detection option. But such a thing would be overworked during election season... "We're sorry, this application is not available ...