Ron Paul Asserts Wikileak Cable That Says H.W. Bush Lied About First Iraq War

September 4, 2011

“Once it becomes acceptable to equate truth with treason we are no longer a free society.”

http://rixstep.com/1/1/1/20110905,00.shtml

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March 22, 2011

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I’m Still Taken with Kinect

November 25, 2010

I’m am still dumbfounded by the Kinect platform.  It feels to me what the PC was to the word processor or more relevantly what Mosaic was to the World Wide Web.

I cannot see how this technology does not revolutionize computing.  It has been advertised as the Wii without the remote, however this seems quite short sighed to me as it beginning to look like a whole lot more.  As a Wii without a remote the implication is that it is “simply” enhancing/redefining the user’s interaction with existing software (games).  As amazing as that transformation would be by itself, the growing number of hacks of the technology being posted online show something far more sophisticated than that is now taking place.

I think this technology is truly disruptive in that it is creating entirely new applications which will soon be in search of a home.  And later, as the technology matures, experts will develop skills to create applications using 1st, 2nd or even 3rd order derivatives (hacks) of this real time 3D platform to meet complex problems.  I would imagine we may very soon see incubators and venture capital chasing this platform to build portfolios of IP, applications and products.

And the Kinect marvelously coincides with the television and film industries push into 3D displays.  It seems to me that 3D object recognition may be the precipice of an entirely new decade of technological advancement, and somehow I am not sure anyone else feels this way but me!  This either makes me irrationally exuberant about Kinect, or extremely naive.  And I am willing to accept either.  Since I’m a Mac guy though, this is not an intentional love fest for Microsoft.  The applications outside of gaming seem as endless as imagination itself.  I do wish Apple had owned this one!

Consider this seemingly simple hack below.  With a little vision, this could be come complete object recognition technology of the Star Trek variety. Forget scanning barcodes. Imagine a computer just looking at what you have in your hand and identifying it any any number of associated characteristics. Now imagine cross referencing a found object with a missing one, sorted for instance, by GPS coordinates.

Or imagine a full body scan in the comfort of your own home, with the data sent to your favorite apparel retailer for custom, made to order clothing that you can receive by mail.

My mind is small in comparison to some of the videos I have seen, and other people will certainly trump any pea-brained idea I may come up with.   But in general the possibilities seem truly endless.

Does anyone know how protected this platform is for Microsoft?  Is there room for them to build a monopoly around this technology?

 


Signs the US Can Still Innovate

November 22, 2010

The United States has been left for dead along with capitalism by a good number of people around the world.  People often forget that Microsoft and Apple were born out of past deep recessions, by authentic tinkerers who dared to dream.

There are a new set of viral videos over the last couple of days from a man named Oliver Kreylos at UC Davis.  His videos of the results of his hacking of the new XBox platform called Kinect which is able to allow gamers to use their bodies as the controller.  Oliver has essentially inverted the system, turning the sensors into 3D cameras that can recreate what the Kinect actually sees.  The results are remarkable, and the possibilities are astonishing considering this technology just hit “main street”.  I have pasted a number of links below to his most recent work.

I don’t know if Oliver is the originator of this hack and I am not surmising that he is the next Bill Gates or Steve Jobs, but I am truly inspired by his simple first steps.  It feels to me that this sort of garage innovation is a great reminder of what America still holds as a competitive advantage over the rest of the world: the disruptive combination of wealth and talent.

The videos of his breakthroughs are prehistoric looking for people spoiled by HD video, but it opens the door to a whole new host of applications.

And he seems to be keeping a Kinect hacking blog here: http://idav.ucdavis.edu/~okreylos/ResDev/Kinect/

For more cool videos of connect hacks and applications check out: http://kinecthacks.net/


Physics Porn: Carl Sagan Explains the 4th Dimention and the Cosmos

October 9, 2010

This is absolutely mind-bending and incredibly well described.  A blast from the past, that I just discovered for the first time.


Text to Animation Website

September 23, 2010

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FL7yD-0pqZg]

This video has made the rounds and won a lot of popular acclaim.  The creator has probably gotten funding for a feature, and the website that helped create it has put itself on the map.  I posted an earlier entry on Text to Speech, so I felt it was relevant to provide a link.  Maybe one of these days I’ll get around to making my own short.

The website is called Xtranormal.com.


Math Geniuses

September 21, 2010

Stumbled on a series of interesting videos on math.  Had to share. These each offer different subtext on why the US is so lacking in engineers, particularly if most all of these come as new to you, as they did to me.

Schools ought to teach more than one method as different kids learn in different ways.  In real life people care more about the right answer than how it was derived.

Math genius!

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otCLgQjBaio&NR=1]

Genius fast calculation by kids

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EueFhYZ4HxI&NR=1]

Amazing technique for calculating easily in your head

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tMEiVlamrc&feature=fvw]

Be Human Calculator

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rf3_36a9MWc&feature=related]

Fast Maths Trick of Calculation

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLdKsKep1og&feature=channel]

FREAKY MATH TRICK!!!!!!! (This is really weird that it works)

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCq3NFEB2bc&feature=related]