Tag Archive: technology


Sounds that create mental imageryHolophonic sounds are supposed to use interference wave-dynamics to create a truly 3D view of auditory space.  Check out the sample below (using headphones).

Holophonic Sounds: Tricking your mind to see alternate realities. [VIDEO].

So, what do you think?  Is this a fraud?

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Feel free to leave me comments on my blog with ideas for things you’d like to see articles about, things that are trending or other related points or facets that you are curious about.  Do you have questions about things?  Or technology things that don’t make sense to you —?  Or don’t understand and have questions about—?

Let me look into things for you—so feel free to ask!Questions?

MY QUEST IS COMPLETED!

WordPress bloggers, read on: The quest to which I refer is that of a long-standing desire to find a simple way to on-the-spottishly grab some sort of webpage, or whatever cool new thing I came across and quickly throw it into a spot where I could grab it later.  Though I had known about and explored social bookmarking, including a somewhat (but little) used del.ico.us account, I still found myself looking for something more.

That something would be later evolved, in part, into this blog.  Thus the part of the quest that involved storing and sharing the information was then done.
The full-on mission objective that I’m talking about is this: I wanted to have a way to handle all the cool-new things that we were finding online and record, save, store and share them.  The problem with learning so much is that you have to save it, remember it—that’s our job as human beings—we our responsible to remember things that are important.  It’s one of those rare human gifts, perhaps setting us apart from animals and inanimate objects moreso than walking upright, using fire, or any other technology—we are perhaps the only instrument by which a serious, detailed record of the past is imposed on the Universe…

But perhaps a wax philosophic.  I do!

So, anyways, the point of this blog was to save things—save information, and then share them with others, and all the good things that come along with that.  The question then is, now that I have all these things shared, how do I quickly harvest all this low-hanging fruit that I am constantly coming across?

Here’s the solution: the “Press This” button or “add-on” or whatever it’s called.  Apparently, it’s a little do-dad that you can download from the WordPress site, assuming then that you have a WordPress blog and you are using it to keep track of, and share interesting things that may have related how-to sites, wikis, news articles, video-sharing streams, or what-have you online.  Now, if you are, this is a good thing for you to use.

The WordPress how-to site describes it like so:

Use Press This to clip text, images and videos from any web page. Then edit and add more straight from Press This before you save or publish it in a post on your site.

But  more-to-the-point, let me describe it as this: a quick way to grab the “low-hanging fruit” and throw them back into the “blog on this later bin.”  Very cool, and probably obvious—yet, I’m a bit skeptical as to whether or not most people knew about this.  Of course, there were always social-bookmarking toolbar buttons for your browser (which is what this highly resembles) but…nevertheless, this fits well, hand-in-glove, in-fact, with the whole idea of find, save, share.

Women in Tech

Tech Crunch on women in tech positions:

Spoked flywheel

Image via Wikipedia

Well, so far, and I’ve only been at this about a month and (30+ articles or so), I’ve had a quick glimpse on what it takes to make your blog take off.  Here’s an initial round of thoughts on the subject!  (I figured you all needed something better today after that last post.)

1. Keep contributing away… I picked up a booklet at the local grocery megamart today.  Meijer, apparently put out a little pamphelet called “College Survival Guide” or some such thing…I thought it was an ingenious form of marketing, and one that gives credence to the new internet marketing model of “contributing.” Rather than just having ads, this was actually a helpful little boost of information that would do good to the reader/consumer, and also incentive sales…

2. …and see your results take off. Fly away with the flywheel— a term used in business, no less relevant here.  First of all, my blog seems to be following that addage, as I’ve tried to push through my commitment to getting one post out a day, every day, using a buffer, as much as I can.  (By buffer, I’m referring to a period-based block of content, that includes multiple posts ready-written, that are already in-line to go live, before you submit the first one to see the light of day.)  In other words, keep pressing through.  The “flywheel,” as it where, is a device that saves energy, or rather, requires a great deal of exertion up front, but gathers momentum, until it becomes very easy to keep it going, as it has gained an inertial forward-motion of its own.

2.  You have to hit the right time of day. Yes, I mentioned that in the last one or two posts…but I thought I’d mention it again, with a little bit of further explanation.  (I noticed that the blog…it dipped off on the 8th as I posted late in the day—so my “airplane takeoff trajectory” feel on my dashboard stats did a sudden nosedive.)

3. Give people what they want, when they want it. A spike in traffic occurred when I put out my first post about the KindleKindle was hot when it was “trending“—but maybe has lost some of its initial glamor and is now kind of soft in the “looked-at-ness” online.  Point being…it may have been on everyone’s mind, but my second post  about Kindle may have either lacked the same immediacy and/or relevance, or the topic just happened to stop being on everyone’s mind.

See us again for a little look on how a Google post got scraped up!

Robot Doctors! Egads.

When I was still in my youthful teenage years (as was the Internet)… I had a visit from a lady friend whom I had met in a chatroom.  She didn’t appreciate it when we drove past a building labelled “Computer Hospital” (where I often went to get computers fixed) in Toronto.  Jokingly, I told her (drawing from a radio skit I had heard earlier) that this was a place where, if you had cut your hand, you could go have a droid measure your hand and give you stitches—i.e. a hospital run by computers.  

A surgical team from Wilford Hall Medical Cent...

Image via Wikipedia

(The radio skit this was inspired by was something lampooning the potential downgrades in the nineties healthcare system of Canada.)

Anyways, this all may seem far-fetched, but apparently drone doctors—actually, remote-operated medical units, are now being used in some places.  (Really?)

Here’s an article—Robotic Bedside Manner from a notable tech-writer. 

What do you think?  Would you enjoy this type of mechanized treatment? 🙂

Watch this video of the sun’s coronal mass ejection solar wind impacting the earth’s magnetic field in the upper atmosphere.

Aurora Video Over Denmark

Remember, think of this not as beautiful lights (only) but as deadly ones—that’s extremely high energy raditation blasting the earth, and being bounced back by our planet’s magnetic field. Good thing we have one!

First Future: Exponentiality

Did You Know?

There are two possible futures that confront us.  This is the first one.  See the above link to a video that describes, in powerful terms, not the future we can expect (that one’s left open) but the very present in which we exist, and the amazing, if not frightening trends around us.

You’ve probably seen it, but here it is again.

So, I suppose it’s sad that I posted my last post on regular blogging and then fell behind for a few days.  I’ll have a relevant post on that soon too…

An interesting fact that I picked up from a recent social media seminar: apparently, people are using the microblogging site Twitter as the newest way to keep up on events.  The news media is no longer the fastest way to get on the scene of a breaking story.

Really, the first information to expose something happening is now likely to be the guy with a cell-phone camera several cars away from the accident, shooting, or what-have-you, and who posts his photos to his social media site.

Image representing Twitter as depicted in Crun...

Image via CrunchBase

 

Here’s an article that gives an example of what this might look like:

Twitter as the New Police Scanner 

…and a little bit more figuratively-related, you could check out this article:

Five Ways to Use Twitter as the New Police Scanner

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