Word of the Day for Thursday, November 22, 2007 (yes, I know it’s 6 days old)

deipnosophist dyp-NOS-uh-fist, noun:

Someone who is skilled in table talk.

At the age of six his future as a deipnosophist seemed certain. Guzzling filched apples he loved to prattle. Hogging the pie he invariably piped up and rattled on.
— Ellis Sharp, “The Bloating of Nellcock”


I would love to be a better deipnosophist, in a way that would draw people out yet still let me say my piece.  Is that even possible?  I was raised by wolves, so I’m not sure.


Urban Word of the Day

November 24, 2007: sike


The immediately preceding statement is false and was told to mislead.

I really miss that show [Blossom] … SIKE!


Okay, the editors of the urban dictionary are either dumb or younger than 13.

Psych – as in the slang derivative of Psych-Out — would be the word they are trying to define.    Am I wrong here?

I need this NOW

Ray Kurzweil Talks About ‘Augmented Reality’ and the Singularity
Computerworld (11/11/07) Vol. 41, No. 46, P. 26; Lamont, Ian

Futurist Ray Kurzweil’s book, “The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology,” predicts that advances in computing technologies and biological research over the next 40 years will result in the merger of biological and nonbiologial intelligence. Kurzweil says technology advances exponentially, not linearly, which is often overlooked and one of the reasons long-term forecasts will generally fall short of the eventual reality. Kurzweil also predicts that over the next 10 years computers will look much different than today’s desktop and laptop computers.

“They’re going to be extremely tiny,” Kurzweil says. “They’re going to be everywhere. There’s going to be pervasive computing. It’s going to be embedded in the environment, in our clothing. It’s going to be self-organizing.”

Technology will also advance to the point of augmented reality, with computers watching and listening to humans and helping. “The computers will be watching what you watch, listening to what you’re saying, and they’ll be helping. So if you look at someone, little pop-ups will appear in your field of view, reminding you of who that is, giving you information about them, reminding you that it’s their birthday next Tuesday.”

Such pervasive computers will provide similar information when looking at buildings and other objects. “If it hears you stumbling over some information that you can’t quite think of, it will just pop up without you having to ask,” Kurzweil says.


Just Like Mom Used to Calculate

Pilot fish is installing software on a PC in this manufacturing plant when he notices a heavy rag on top of the monitor, covering the cooling slits. “Thinking I should remove it so it doesn’t overheat, I lifted the rag,” fish says. “To my surprise, under the rag was a chicken breast and another piece of food in baggies. I put the rag back down and asked the employee I was helping what was up with that. He said some of the guys heat their lunch that way, though he didn’t. I asked what was wrong with the microwave in the break room. He said the PC was closer and on their way out the door. Umm-mmm! Nothing tastes as good as chicken warmed by the radiation coming off a CRT!”


I love Shark Tank, read it every day.   I’ve even submitted True Tales and got t-shirts for my efforts.  It’s a fun column, all about the things IT people have to deal with every day.

More Fiber

I just chopped an onion for some baked beans. That damned onion was so strong I swear to god it was like rubbing steel wool on my eyeballs. I cried like a little bitch and really f*cked up my makeup. Not good, I spent a long time on it this morning because we’re going out later and I’m too lazy to do it twice in one day. Blew that one. I look like an OMG ZOMBIE. Black down to midcheek, and it’s not just my normal dark circles.

More than you needed to know.

And the baked beans weren’t that good.

One Laptop Per Child

Nicolas Negroponte’s brainchild laptop/education project should pick up steam tomorrow. November 12 is the first day of the two week “Buy One Give One” promotion. For $400 you’ll get a laptop to keep or give to a kid and the program will donate a laptop to one of the third world countries they’re working with on this. I’m doing it. I think the idea is monumental – get kids everywhere on computers with access to the internet – and level the playing field around the world.
One Laptop Per Child

T-Mobile is donating a year of free wireless hotspot access with ever laptop purchased in the next two weeks. That rocks! The laptops have integrated 802.11b/g (2.4GHz) interface and 802.11s (Mesh) networking is supported, and they have dual adjustable, rotating antennas that will support a broad spectrum of connectivity. I don’t suppose there are a lot of T-Mobile hotspots in the hinterlands of China, but it will give people doing the “Buy One Give One” a nice incentive.

These laptops are human – powered but I’m not sure what that means. The hand crank proved impractical in their beta tests, so they have an ac adapter and something else. Guess I’ll find out pretty soon. Or I could hit the wiki if I weren’t so lazy.