Bio tech Sea Sponge

I like it when either the medical community or the science community, who often exhibits a "God" complex, has their bubble deflated by reality. (Of course the legal community is exempt.)
It is especially cool when these strokes come from nature. The newly discovered "Euplectella" has been found by Bell laboratories to contain ultra fine fibers that could be superior to current fiberoptic technologies.

..."We can draw it on paper and think about engineering it but we're in the stone age compared to nature."


Too bad this didn't come out before Qwest layed miles of the stuff all over the country, eh?

| Full CNN story here or the ABC story here

Josh Wolfe promises us that there will be breaking news at his blog soon about this. So keep your eyes out for a followup.


Ray Bradbury

Happy 83rd Birthday!

Brief Bio
The Distopianism of Farenheit 451.

Mr.Bradbury's literature inspired me to both read and write as a child, but more importantly to dream.


Synthetic "Weed" Good for You?

Or at least for alzheimer patients according to this story from Science Daily. Hmmmnn...what is next...maybe...synthetic crack? One other thing, the people who I've known who use marijuana...they never seem to be able to remember anything. Is there a connection?
Via Macromedia News

Skynet: The Rise of the Machines Begins

According to the NewScientist:
"The US Air Force's Global Hawk became the first pilotless aeroplane to be given permission to fly routinely in civilian airspace on Thursday."

While opponants of the program are assured that the drones are unarmed, factoids like this don't seem to appease:

"The first (crash) was during the plane's development, when someone accidentally tested the self-destruct program. As a result the plane flew to a pre-programmed, remote location and nose-dived into ground as its operators looked on helplessly."


And then there is this tidbit:

"Pentagon data on the number of crashes per hours flown show that the Global Hawk has a crash rate 50 times higher than the F-16 fighter.."

I am not all anti military or anything. I just question the wisdom of new technology being tested over public airspace.

Via John Robb

Corporate Snooping or Brand Management?

In follow up to the follow up and post below. I noticed in my traffic stats that this site had over 200 hits from a domain called Nameprotect.com. Since the searches cost for same day service and they appear to all be done in one day I estimate between $150,00 and $225,000 was spent on this service by someone. Which along with the stated client list of entities like MasterCard International, Microsoft and PepsiCo, Inc, inturn would point to a corporate entity. This is a good example of why Americans should be concerned about both privacy and copyright legislation. Why my server should be "heated up", for posting e-pinions on a non-comercial blog is beyond reason. But that is what it has come to. Corporations are trying to control speech. Not because they are "inherantly evil be nature" as some claim, but because Americans have failed to stand up and "fight for their right to party." I cannot help to wonder if I can expect a rash of cease and desist letters citing something as ubiquitous as links to corporate sites as the offense. Which is exactly the problem, people should have the ability to express ther opinions publicly without fear of "brand dogger" reprisal.

Voting Taking Over Corporate Brands?

In follow up to the post below I found this: Buy a taco, buy a vote at TacoBell®.
At first I thought it had to be a hoax. But appears to be legit. Unless the site was hacked. Polling to promote sales of corporate products? Is this legal? Sheer marketing genius. Maybe the financially screwed California could place various police/fire/DMV in koisks in Pizza Huts®, Kentucky Fried Chiken® and McDonalds® inplace of costly facilities, cutting down on utilities, building and maintainance costs?

(Note: The fear of corporate reprisals from brand dogginglegal departments for use of the logo is nullified by the fact that this is "political satire".)


Good editorial about our NikeIBMTacoBellVerizon Nation

Check out the editorial by Andrew Zolli at Z-Blog a very well thought commentary on the state of corporate branding.


• "McSqaud Cars"
• Corporate America's failure to respect public domain and their misuse of copyright.
• The idea that the "down with The Man" subversives are failing to do anything but annoy and be counter productive.
• Approaching "sane commercialism" with both respect for communities and corporate investment, through dialogue and partnership.

While the conclusion could have been stronger, there is a lot here, including thoughts about corporate identity not bisecting society, but that it has become American culture.

I also liked the use of the term "brandscape". Read it and discuss.
(Second post down- sorry they are z-missing the z-permalinks.)

Wireless Projection the Future of How We Say Things?

A slightly under-mentioned developing technology is the world of projectors. Previously relagated to disjointed slideshows on sagging and dangerous screens in darkened rooms where embarassed presenters make excuses for failing equipment, these units have become affordable, reliable, easy to use, and able to be viewed under brights ligths in the last few years. Now with the addition of wireless remoting from your PDA to numbers of netwroked projectors, we have a new powerful communication tool. Learn more from a Flash presentation at boxlite.com

While both these tools are familiar items, think about the "adaptive media" approach that claims the future of mass communication is through easy edit interactive video imagery that was mentioned on this blog here.

Facial Recog SCRAPPED!

The Tampa Bay Police have decided to scrap the controversial facial recognition program that after two years has not resulted in one positive ID.


Mama's Future: Clothes that stay clean.

Forbes/Wolf "guest blogger" Steve Waite brings us up to date on the latest aquisition of the sagging textile giant Burlington Indsutries. Wilbur Ross had a bidding war with investment partners Warren Buffet and Charlie Munger and won. The post notes that while some might wonder why they would pay top dollar for a bankrupt company, the fact is they own considerable intrest in a newly patented nanotech textile. "The Game is Afoot!"

My thoughts:

• Will clothes that stay clean, severely hurt the cleaning detergent, dry cleaning and laundry and washing machine industries? What do they turn to to innovate? Door to door service? Nano-soap? How about closets that are washing machines?

• "Really small stuff "as As. Prof Amy Moll at the BSU engineering labs like to call nanothech, makes me wonder about a future filled with abundant unseen powerful technology not built by human hands and it's meaning, for my children and their children?

• What type of dangers will be looming on this horizon? Imagine a bag of nano-crap accidentally falling into the wrong hands, like and ant or wasp colony? Or how criminals will exploit the "tiny tech"? Like nano-bots that collect and store micro particles of gold jewelery from crowded trainstations and sports events.

• I do have to comment on the new-tech neoprene cotton combo business shirts I own; they are awsome. No more feeling like I am in a straight jacket. Now if they could just stay clean and email me whne they should be retired. (Guys have a hard time knowing when clothing should be replaced, our theory "When it begins to dissolve, replace." Of course that would only apply to non-metrosexuals.)