Updates

I know I keep delaying on announcing anything, but with the blogging book and other work filling my days, and with no real resolution yet to one of the issues in the Good News list, I’m afraid I’m going to have to ask you all to wait just a little longer before I reveal the big news on all fronts. In the meantime, here’s some relaxation linking.
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Many will have already heard about the “newly discovered” planet sitting beyond Pluto in our solar system. Of course it’s not really that new. People have been talking about Quaoar (aka Persephone, or even ‘Rupert’) since 2001 but it’s taken until now for scientists to agree that it is, indeed, a planet, and in fact a lot bigger than had been previously considered. Now slashdot is reporting that hackers actually forced the latest news stories to be released. That might be romancing the issue a little, as it’s more likely that it was just that a few Advanced Googlers who felt it was time the crew investigating Quaoar actually said something about their work, but it sure sounds better to blame hackers. ‘Open source’ has probably always meant ‘open findings’.

Later today I’ll be installing Google Earth for one of Rob Dew‘s classes, where students will be considering the possible uses for this tool. Some of the hacks associated with the (US-centric) relation of Google Earth, Google Maps (gmaps), are fascinating in tracking the world patterns. Boing Boing have pointed out the rather haunting simulation of high yield detonations on New York as calculated by gmaps.

As a regular user of Skype, I’m one of many who will be interested in the planned Skype WiFi phone. Engadget are reporting on the possibility of more news maybe coming this way on the subject. Soon. So not much information, but stay on the line.

And finally, MeFi can be useful on occasion. From that melting pot of the beautiful, the bizarre and the banal, I was alerted to Cameron Jones’s work out at my old alma mater, Swinburne University of Technology. Jones uses nanocrystals printed with fractal designs on CDs to work with sound and image files. It’s too difficult to explain in detail, so you’ll need to read through the stuff, or just listen to what happens when you play the CDs he’s created.

Oh, and I suspect I’m not the only one who really wants to see the Jamster Crazy Frog (currently appearing in the #1 song on the Australian charts) throughly beaten to a pulp.

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