Archive for September 24th, 2004

Comic of the Day


by Ted Rall

Popeye ‘Puter to be Powered by Spinach


at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say they have used spinach
to harness a plant’s ability to convert sunlight into energy for the
first time, creating a device that may one day power laptops, mobile
phones and more.

Why spinach?

In reality, any number of plants could have been used. But the researchers
chose spinach because "it is cheap and is easily available from
the grocery store," Zhang said

Practical applications are still a decade or so away,
but the advantages include the technology’s lightweight qualities, portability
and environmental
friendliness. "There is no waste," Zhang said.

from the Washington Post

In A Fog, As Usual


As we drove to work this morning along Memorial Drive,
the fog lay thick over the Charles like gravy on a blue-plate special.
A pack of geese ate grass and automobile exhaust. In the background is
the Weeks Bridge (pedestrian) to the Harvard Business School.  In
the foreground note the cameraman in the mirror.

We get some of our best ideas on this drive, every morning.
Unfortunately, we have narrowly escaped accidents on several occasion
as we try to write down good blogging phrases and lines before they
get away, while maneuvering through typically cutthroat Boston commuter

Sculls cut through the calm morning water, silent and shrouded
in fog. The whole effect was spooky, like a dream, and we hoped we woke
up before our class started.  Or not.

photos by Dowbrigade

Frassle Unveiled


Last night at the Berkman
meeting we had the pleasure of watching Shimon
and Josh
Frassle, their next generation blogging tool and personal content management
system. It ambitious aim is to create a highly configurable back
end which the user can set up however they like in order to manage
multiple blogs, juggle feeds, store information and find other information
related to those already in your categories.

One nice feature is the built-in aggregator which allows
you to not only subscribe to and read feeds, but to easily categorize
interesting articles and postings which appear, which in effect files
them in your taxonomy where they can be recalled later (they do not cycle
out of your aggregator and disappear forever) and where they can be used
to find blogs and feeds with content or links similar to those you have

It is clearly a work in progess, and needs
some work on the User Interface as well as additional functionality, like the ability
to handle information in more formats (currently text only). We also
question the wisdom of settling on a name which rhymes with hassle, wrassle
and tassle, although they could go with the tag line “Frassle – no Hassle”. But we liked what we saw, and as soon as the boys incorporate
graphics capability
we are ready to give it a try as the composing and managing environment
for the Dowbrigade News.

Meanwhile, Josh and Shimon leave today for Europe, where
they will unveil Frassle at the Open-Source
Content Management Conference
at 10:15am on Friday, October
1 at ETH in Zurich, Switzerland. Good luck, guys. Remember us when you’re
rich and famous.

Madame Teresa Predicts


"What was she thinking?" moment from the Countess. Of course, we wouldn’t
put it past the Bushies to have Osama on ice waiting for the critical
moment to haul him in. But to SAY so sounds paranoid, and classifies
one as a conspiracy theorist. We suppose if we survived Martha Mitchell….

In regard to the hunt for terror leader Osama Bin Laden,
Heinz Kerry said she could see the al-Qaida chief being caught before
the November election.

"I wouldn’t be surprised if he appeared in the next month," said Heinz
Kerry, alluding to a possible capture by United States and allied forces before
election day.

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