Subject: Viridian Note 00348: Viridian Potpourri
- Key concepts
- ubicomp, physical computing, NASA,
West Nile Virus, Pluto, Exxon tattoos, weblogging,
- Attention Conservation Notice:
empties the vats. These data morsels bear almost
no relation to one another. A great way to waste
time websurfing, though. Heaven knows I did.
Pope-Emperor ranting about ubicomp at a Core77 event.
Core77 is getting very into "physical computing" lately.
Smart Environments - By Lisa Sundbeck
The Zoology of Physical Computing - by Joey Stein
Designing Systems for Human Interaction,
Not Human-Computer Interaction == by Camille Utterback
Swell Metropolis piece on office design.
Exxon inscribed into one's flesh. Nothing much compared
to what their evil exhalations do to your lungs, though.
Forbes magazine goes nuts over ubicomp. Then again,
Forbes is owned by Steve Forbes, who is bonkers.
All-Seeing Ubicomp Eye in the Sky Dept.:
NASA Researches Developing Tools To Help Track and Predict
West Nile Virus
"NASA researchers are conducting Earth Science research
that may one day allow public health officials to better
track and predict the spread of West Nile Virus. NASA's
goal is to provide people on the front lines of public
health with innovative technologies." ((("So, the more
global warming, the more tropical diseases I have to
fight." "No no, doctor, you don't get it == we're NASA,
we want to launch you some satellites.")))
"The four species represented here have tested positive
for West Nile Virus in each of the past four years. They
are: Culex salinarius, Culex pipiens, Culex restuans, and
NASA to Develop Biohazard 'Smoke' Detector
"Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory,
Pasadena, Calif., have demonstrated a prototype device
that automatically and continuously monitors the air for
the presence of bacterial spores. The result is a novel
alarm capability reminiscent of smoke detectors."
(((Imagine actually seeing the bacteria in your air. Or
in your gut. Or on your skin.)))
(((Here's the gizmo in question. Needs massive
Pluto Is Undergoing Global Warming
"Pluto is undergoing global warming, as evidenced by a
three-fold increase in the planet's atmospheric pressure
during the past 14 years. The warming trend may be a
completely normal 'seasonality' (Pluto's year is 250 Earth
years), but this is the first time we have had the
technology to observe it."
While researching LEDs, lab guys in Berkeley accidentally
invent a better solar cell.
Foggy San Francisco is now the world capital of solar
power as an act of political resentment.