Here’s the obligatory Manhattan skyline pic:

Here’s the obligatory Manhattan skyline pic:

“When you program a computer, there is a little piece of your mind and now it’s a little piece of the computer’s mind. And now you can see it. I mean, the computer can be just like you if you program it to be, your thoughts, your pictures, your feelings, your ideas, not everything, but a lot of things. And you can see the things you think and change them around” — Deborah, 13 years old

from The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit. (via David)

India’s Top Physicists Develop Plan To Get The Hell Out Of India

MultiTran.ru has a nice way of translating documents to Russian. Simply hover over each line to read the translation!

Here’s an idea I’m trying out. Here’s some text:

cat Idea.opml | tr ‘a-z’ ‘A-Z’ | md5sum

4dbb82a1048ff3e59ce5c7ccc58314ac – md5sum Idea.opml

a17de3abcf5e225d51e6eab412f25781 Idea.opml

This is some text I have written, but prefer not to publish. However, I can prove that I wrote this text before writing this blog post; since the text in this blog will be public to all, especially the search engines who will crawl it and immortalize it.

Later, I can simply say that the odds of me being able to crack the MD5 hash to custom-write a piece of text that is one out of many millions; double hashing it makes it even more difficult. This way, I can prove I wrote a piece of text at a certain time without disclosing it.

Do you think there are any flaws to this? Email me!

Bob Dylan wrote every single popular song in the last 35 years, every single one.

All this stuff has been around for a while, but MS is taking the bold step to commercialize it. The new product is called Microsoft Surface. Pretty slick:

The videos on the MS Surface homepage are also worth watching, though do have an overzealously awesome attitude.

Note though that none of this is new technology — it’s just that a mainstream software company has decided to convert established ideas into a mainstream product. Here’s a set of videos of other surface computing projects:

The BumpTop Project at UToronto does file management using a surface.

TouchLight by MSR

MultiTouch Displays by Jeff Han, and his spin-off Perceptive Pixel

Frustrated Total Internal Reflection — the technology that powers most of these interfaces

Reactable from Universitat Pompeu Fabra. MS totally stole their “shapes” idea.

And last, but definitely not least, is my entry to this game :)

Last winter I took a class with Prof. Michael Rodemer called “Interactivity and Behaviour”. I tried to build a tabletop that reacts to where you touch it, changing lights and modifying the music that it plays. The video is a little lame, but it was fun to build the damn thing!

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