Archive for September, 2008

First privately-developed rocket has made it into space

Monday, September 29th, 2008

The first privately-funded and privately-developed rocket, Falcon 1, has successfully made it into space. Falcon 1 was developed by SpaceX, a space-transportation startup company founded by PayPal co-founder Elon Musk. Eight minutes after launch, Falcon 1 reached a speed of 5200 meters per second and passed above the International Space Station. Pretty cool.

You can watch it here:

Making a computer that works like the brain

Friday, September 26th, 2008

I just love learning about biology as it relates to technology. This video repays watching.

Internet TV

Friday, September 26th, 2008

So recently I went to a lot of trouble to hook up the MythTV system I built a couple years ago, only to realize two weeks later that I don’t use it. I don’t really watch TV much at all anymore. However, there are a few YouTube channels I enjoy. More specifically, I tend to prefer the bias of Russia Today and AlJazeera English versus the horse shit that tends to come out of American media. There are a few other YouTube channels that are worth watching.

So, the problem I ran into after a week or so of watching these YouTube channels is that YouTube’s interface completely sucks. After checking around for other options for interfaces, Miro is what I ended up settling on. Miro is basically a video podcast client, but it supports BitTorrent and YouTube channels. I remember checking it out when it was called Democracy Player, but I wasn’t really impressed for reasons I can no longer remember.

What this means for you is that you can always have interesting, free, on-demand content available on your computer for when you’re ready to watch. Channels I subscribe to can basically be divided into four categories: News, Science & Technology, Libertarianism, and Humor. When I open Miro each day, I click on “New” and click Play. I am then shown a mix of videos that I am almost always interested in watching. I can skip, delete, keep each video, or just let it play through and expire ones I’ve seen after five days. The result is by far more stimulating than the content I get from my cable company.

Just FYI for those of you looking for something better than traditional cable television.

Ron Paul Predicted F&F Bail-Out, Five Years Ago.

Monday, September 15th, 2008

“If Fannie and Freddie were not underwritten by the federal government, investors would demand Fannie and Freddie provide assurance that they follow accepted management and accounting practices…. By transferring the risk of a widespread mortgage default, the government increases the likelihood of a painful crash in the housing market. This is because the special privileges granted to Fannie and Freddie have distorted the housing market by allowing them to attract capital they could not attract under pure market conditions. As a result, capital is diverted from its most productive use into housing. This reduces the efficacy of the entire market and thus reduces the standard of living of all Americans.”

- Ron Paul, 5 fucking years ago

America and Al Qaeda

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

In honor of the September 11 attacks, I present America and Al Qaeda with guests Michael Scheuer, Chris Hedges, Asad Durrani, Fawaz Gerges for the first episode. The second episode will be out next week.

Want Vista without sacrificing 200TB of RAM?

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

This version of XP SP3 looks more like Vista than any version of XP I’ve seen before. Don’t get me wrong, I suggest you avoid Windows all together. If you feel comfortable trying Linux, check out Ubuntu. Otherwise, buy a Mac.

Think you can’t afford a Mac? I just bought an iMac G5 on eBay for $300. It has a nice 17″ LCD screen and works wonderfully for anything you’d want to use a normal computer for. So, no excuses.

Anyway, if you’re one of those crack heads that likes Vista because you think it looks cool, but you still value your system resources, Give this version a spin.

Hacking DNA

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

Well, basically. This lecture by Drew Endy is essentially about reverse-engineering DNA sequences and the future of nanotechnology. Great stuff.

Bob Barr Shows His True Colors

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

by committing to attend Congressman Paul’s press conference only to declare minutes before hand that “it just isn’t worth it.” This is according to Don Rasmussen, Events Coordinator of the Campaign for Liberty.

Bob Barr has been slamming Dr. Paul publicly since he won the formerly-libertarian party nomination, but this seems to have offended more Ron Paul supporters than anything he has done so far.

For those who don’t know, Barr spent much of his life jailing people on behalf of the federal government for possessing substances that the state hadn’t approved of, before recently “seeing the light”. Even since his supposed revelation, he has praised the troop surge, argued for intervention in Iran and South America, advocated a national sales tax, and voted for the PATRIOT Act twice. This just scratches the surface, of course.

With that said, it’s probably for the best that he didn’t show up today.

Ron Paul’s Big Announcement

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

I was a little shocked by how emotional I felt watching this. Fox spends the first minute playing up the rumor that Ron Paul might take Bob Barr’s place, which would completely shake up the 2008 presidential elections. How exciting! Hope for America returns! A possibility to promote a completely anti-war, anti-tax, pro-market, pro-freedom candidate! A chance to encourage people to read Ron’s new book, and explain the ideas of libertarianism.

Alas, this excitement was promptly broken and replaced with disappointment as soon as Ron Paul began responding.

If only.

Roadside Blood Testing Comes to Canada

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

This may be old news to some, but my friend in BC informed me tonight that the police in various parts of Canada have begun issuing blood tests to drivers suspected of being high. Such blood tests also reveal past drug use, of course, not just impairment while driving. If you refuse to surrender your bodily fluids to the state, you’ll pay a $1,000 fine.

This is already taking place in Quebec and British Columbia, but since it’s federal law, I’m sure it will gradually spread nation-wide.
Source article here.