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When a Good Idea Works

The latest issue of Technology Review has a nice article by John Maeda about the early history of Processing. Fry and Reas were students of Maeda’s at the Media Lab, and Processing was heavily...

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25 August 1609

On this day 400 years ago, Galileo demonstrated his telescope in Venice. When we were in Italy last year, we visited the Museo di Storia della Scienza in Florence. They have a number of...

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Charbucks and the iPhone

Ken Perlin has an interesting theory about why Starbucks coffee tastes the way it does and how that relates to the sensitivity of the iPhone’s touch pad. Why is it that the quality of...

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Paleodictyon Nodosum

There’s an interesting article in the NYTimes about the search for the creature that leaves this pattern on the bottom of the ocean. This pattern was first seen in ancient rocks and were believed...

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Age of Wonder

Richard Holmes has a new book called The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science. It’s about an interesting period (1770 to 1830) in England when there...

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Unreason in America

A lot of commentators are amazed by the way in which a lot of public discourse in the United States has become disconnected from reality recently. For an example, go check out this article...

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Filming in Lexington

This evening when we went into Lexington to have dinner and go to the library we found many extra people milling around and massive bundles of cables running up and down the sidewalks. It...

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Equations of the Undead

At work, we love to see the work that our users are doing with our products. This paper has been a big favorite at the office recently. You can hear an interview with one...

Obama’s Big Startup 3

Obama’s Big Startup

TechDirt and Anil Dash each have interesting articles (link, link) about Aneesh Chopra and Vivek Kundra. Those are the guys that the new administration put in charge of overhauling the federal government’s IT infrastructure...

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Meteorite on Mars

The Opportunity rover is still chugging along after more than five years on Mars. Look what it recently discovered on its way to Endeavor crater. Yes, that’s a meteorite. It’s about 2 feet across...