Science & Tech

The way you interface is about to change…

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The firm, Emotiv, is developing a brain-wave detecting video game headset.

From the article on’s The Machinist

“Thinking my way through a video game was terrific fun. The warrior-master asked me to clear my mind, and then to imagine myself levitating a boulder a few feet off the ground. I concentrated, my brain working as hard as it’s ever worked. The boulder began to levitate, but as soon as it did, my excitement that the thing was working broke my concentration, and the boulder tumbled. I tried again, and this time the game responded within a second — the boulder floated off the ground. As I pushed through the warrior landscape, I was asked to move more and bigger hurdles — a mountain, a bridge I had to get across — and by the third or fourth time, the objects seemed almost to be lifting themselves. I didn’t even have to think about thinking: Simply seeing the object, comprehending that it needed to be lifted, sent it flying up. There was something very nearly magical to it.”

Artificial Life Likely in 3 to 10 Years

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Experts expect an announcement within three to 10 years from someone in the now little-known field of “wet artificial life.”


Plaster Cast of an Ant Mound.

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This is a plaster cast of a large Pogonomyrmex badius nest (ant mound). This nest consisted of 135 chambers and 12 meters of vertical shafts. The top-heavy distribution of chamber area and spacing is typical for the species, as are the helical shafts and the decrease of chamber size with depth.

This is an amazing link!

WTTW Chicago – Max Headroom Pirating Incident – 11-22-87

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“At 11:15pm, viewers of the PBS affiliate WTTW were absorbing an episode of the British sci-fi series Doctor Who when their TV pictures danced sporadically for a moment. With a randomly gyrating panel of corrugated metal used as a backdrop, the unnerving Max Headroom doppelganger launched into an eccentric diatribe in a highly distorted voice. With no engineers on location at the transmission tower, WTTW employees looked on helplessly as the intruder seized control of their broadcast to say the following:

“He’s a freaky nerd!”

“This guy’s better than Chuck Swirsky.” (a WGN -TV sportscaster at the time)

“Oh Jesus!”

“Catch the wave.” (a reference to the New Coke marketing slogan)

“Your love is fading.”

(hums the theme song to the 1959 TV series “Clutch Cargo”)

“I stole CBS.”


“Oh, I just made a giant masterpiece printed all over the greatest world newspaper nerds.”

“My brother is wearing the other one.”

“It’s dirty.”

“They’re coming to get me!”

“This symphony of strangeness reached its crescendo when the rubber-masked imposter dropped his trousers, exposed his backside, and weathered a spirited flyswatter spanking from a female assistant. Moments later the picture went dark, and the surreal signal terminated in a flash of static.

“The exhaustive investigations by the three-letter agencies turned up nothing substantial, and over time the FCC and FBI resigned their manhunts without any significant insight into who he was, how he did it, or why. To this day the unexplained transmission of 22 November 1987 remains an historic curiosity, since it represents the last such signal of its kind… no other instance of a complete hijacking of a commercial broadcast has occurred in the US in the twenty years since.”

Full article here at

PS: “FANG ROCK” is one of my favorite Doctor Who story lines!

(Thanks, Jack!)

Hundreds Watch ‘Corpse Flower’ Bloom

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Since working on Swamp Thing I’ve become fascinated with plants and their many mutations.

This one is truly amazing…

“Hundreds of visitors filed through a Virginia Tech greenhouse to get a glimpse, and a whiff, of a powerfully malodorous Corpse Flower as it bloomed.”

Read the full article here.

What the article doesn’t mention is that this flower is one of the, if not the, largest in the world. Coming in at virtually the size of the Audrey II. One was clocked in at 9 feet tall in May of 2003.

How bad does it smell?

From the article…
“It’s like several days old road kill on a hot, sunny day,” Wiley-Vawter said.

She said she went home shortly before midnight Friday and returned about 8:15 a.m. Saturday and could smell the plant from her parking spot about 100 feet from the greenhouse.”

The Corpse Flower

… and the Audrey II