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Olive this story: Pit Explusion Laboratory

LA Times covers Caltech’s Olive Oil experiment. Take 130 trees dropping olives on campus walkways. Add in students seeking prankish respite from their studies. Mix in a French-born university president with a taste for Mediterranean cuisine. That’s the formula for making olive oil at Caltech. Brings a whole new meaning to the phrase Dabney Eats […]

Double Delight

A rose from his garden Shafts of dawn sunlight: Ah, bliss! Computer still asleep.

Hollywood Ending

Wired Magazine: How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran. Based on a True Story! Now it can be told! Seriously, this is jaw-droppingly cool. [via BoingBoing] Then Mendez hit upon an unusual but strangely credible plan: He’d become Kevin Costa Harkins, an Irish film producer leading his preproduction crew […]

Conference call coolness

Yesterday I had a conference call with members of my family. It was a glorious connection that combined both Voice over Internet and Phone over landline technology. I set it up using Gizmo Project. A while back, my Bro-ski urged me to try out Gizmo Project, and we use it to talk from time to […]

Disk drive hidden in a book.

An 80 gb disk drive in a moleskine case. Lovely. I’ve got a dead-ish toshiba 80 gig drive that I replaced. I was actually thinking of taking it apart just because. But I totally love what Zonageek did with an outgrown (but still operating) laptop disk drive. [via BoingBoing and Dangerousmeta ] I did the […]

RSS in plain english

It’s a video. Illustrated with paper. Nicely done.

Book Festival Saturday

L.A. Times Festival of Books is upon us this weekend.* Two events of note: WriteGirl reading on the Etc. stage: 10:30 am Saturday. My mentee and I will be there. WriteGirl booth: (# 653) I’ll be working the booth from 11-12 Saturday. (It’s down on the Food Stage level) Come on by! The rest is […]

How much?!? 2.0

Lisa Williams contemplates the Where 2.0 conference.

Air-drop Rocket launch today

Launch from Vandenberg today. Early afternoon local (Pacific) time. Vehicle will be air-dropped from an L-1011 jumbo jet staged from Vandenberg AFB. Payload is the AIM scientific satellite. Targeted launch time is 13:26:49. The booster will insert the payload into a 600-kilometer, sun-synchronous, noon-midnight polar orbit NASA-TV coverage from 3-6 eastern, noon-3 Pacific. AIM scientific […]

More Haiku

This came to me in email from a friend. Have no idea whether he penned it or picked it up from somewhere: It’s called Jewish Haiku: Is one Nobel Prize so much to ask from a child after all I’ve done?