Wednesday, April 27
Tuesday, April 26
This is one of my favorite images from patentroom.com. I wish they still built diners like this. It would be great to drive down the highway and see something like that on the side of the road.
Behold the 188 WallyPower. This stealth-looking yacht can do 60 knots and sleeps eight, plus four crew. The forward desk rises on hyrdaulics to expose storage for a tender and personal water craft.
I found this great image on Flickr of the Brazilian Air force putting on a demonstration off Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro.
Monday, April 25
For decades, we've worked under the assumption that mass culture follows a path declining steadily toward lowest-common-denominator standards, presumably because the ''masses'' want dumb, simple pleasures and big media companies try to give the masses what they want. But as that ''24'' episode suggests, the exact opposite is happening: the culture is getting more cognitively demanding, not less. To make sense of an episode of ''24,'' you have to integrate far more information than you would have a few decades ago watching a comparable show. Beneath the violence and the ethnic stereotypes, another trend appears: to keep up with entertainment like ''24,'' you have to pay attention, make inferences, track shifting social relationships.
Saturday, April 16
Thursday, April 14
Wednesday, April 6
Tuesday, April 5
Now, though, work done by Marc Hellerstein and his colleagues at the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that it may be possible to have, as it were, your cake and eat it too. Or, at least, to eat 95% of it. Their study, to be published in the American Journal of PhysiologyEndocrinology and Metabolism, suggests that significant gains in longevity might be made by a mere 5% reduction in calorie intake. The study was done on mice rather than people. But the ubiquity of previous calorie-restriction results suggests the same outcome might well occur in other species, possibly including humans.
Friday, April 1
During a break in the rain this week I walked down 2nd Avenue South and got a picture of this Birmingham Electric Battery Co. sign. There are a number of old signs and ghost signs around downtown Birmingham that I hope to get a photographic collection of. This image is grainy because I took it with a Palm Zire 72.