This seven star hotel skyscraper - rooms start at $1400 per night - is located in Dubai, a city in the United Arab Emirates with lots of zany development dreams. Big pockets help make big dreams real, so it is quite possible that the tallest building on earth and a world map raised from the ocean could happen. For more information-
A Short History of Dubai Property Part 1, 2
or this recent Washington Post article,
Making the Desert Boom The idea behind The World is that it will look as much like the world as possible. When finished, this collection of hundreds of man-made islands, dredged up out of the Persian Gulf off the coast of Dubai, will be shaped like the seven continents of planet Earth.
To do something well you have to love it. So to the extent you can preserve hacking as something you love, you're likely to do it well. Try to keep the sense of wonder you had about programming at age 14. If you're worried that your current job is rotting your brain, it probably is.
We can all be super-powered individuals in the future. (read book)
In other old news, God invented the moon and that bubble gum smell.
Extemporaneously Speaking about
1. What are stem cells?
Stem cells are a type of repair cell in the body. They have the ability to change into many types of cells to help repair or re-grow a part of the body. These cells can split and each half can become another stem cell or any type of cell the body needs such as a brain cell, blood cell, or muscle cell.
2. Why are they important for research?
These cells can be used to create many types of cells or even to create whole organs. Embryonic stem cells can be used to create almost anything because they are undifferentiated, whereas adult stem cells have already specialized and therefore are more difficult to manipulate and keep alive in a lab. With the ability to grow cells, scientists believe we will be able to cure ailing organs by adding a few cells with the ability to rebuild the entire organ.
3. What are some things that can be done with them?
Stem cell usage, especially embryonic stem cells, has the potential to cure diseases from heart disease to kidney failure. Virtually any part of the body can be rebuilt with stem cells. The periodontal ligament , bone marrow , diabetes, strokes, burns, arthritis, and Parkinson’s disease are just a few of the potential applications. Stem cells researchers believe there may be potential help almost any injury or disease. To find out more check out Research as U-Wisconsin. There is a tremendous upside to stem cell research and much work is being done to over turn G.W. Bush’s decision to stop government funding of stem cell research. Check out NIH stem cell or sign the petition.
A lot of people ask me how I have so much time to blog. Well, blogging to read what I'm reading has become habit. If I'm on the internet, I'm blogging. If I'm not blogging, I'm probably not on the internet.
Big Quantitative Analysis II test tomorrow, so I'll probably be off-line until then.
DIM: Hijacking IM for Data Transport - In the beginning, IM communication was strictly a human-to-human affair. A few years ago companies starting sending alerts via IM making it a computer-to-human affair. Now, with the advent of Data over Instant Messaging technology, IM is rapidly set to become a computer-to-computer affair.
by Bill Burnham
As you know, I believe in the untapped potential of consumer Instant Messaging. The above blog post (author is a Managing Partner at Softbank Capital Partners bling bling) crystalizes some tech aspects of untapped data capability in the Buddy List, but does not address the fun consumer opportunities I see. Maybe because it is difficult, if not damn near impossible, to monetize the consumer B.L.?
related news - Lindsay Lohan rejoices, goes on a shopping bender.
(Jane Jacobs) has also watched other businesses - independent bookstores and hardware stores - become endangerd by chain stores with hardly a peep from residents or local government. "One thing that astonishes me always is how stupid chambers of commerce and boards of trade are about what's good for them," she says.
"Long ago, as a chld, I read a story that's always stuck with me about the man who sold the sun for a guinea." Jacobs tells me of the poor young man who one day finds a golden coin lying in the gutter. In his hunt for another one, he never looks up at the sun again. It's her metaphor for short-sighted institutions that focus on money and ignore things that may be valuable in other ways.
Quote from a July 24/July 25 article in the Financial Times, Lunch with Jane Jacobs: Street activists's saving grace, by Jeff Pruzan. Jacobs' latest book, Dark Age Ahead, is available everywhere good books are sold.
Attention high school readers - You should go to Wake Forest for no other reason than the fact that we have hot employees.
My Beef With Big Media, by Ted Turner
How government protects big media--and shuts out upstarts like me.
ranting on regulations article predicting the death of television, from the founder of CNN - a great read. Featured in this month's Washington Monthly link via dailywireless
The Social Numerator.
The Human PageRank.
It's like Google's system for determining the relevance of a website, but for social purposes. It tells me how important you are - how much money you have, who you're connected to, your SAT score and how good you can dance.
A series of phones going on sale this summer in Japan, for use on NTT DoCoMo's wireless network, are the world's first with an embedded computer chip that you can fill up with electronic cash.
A few days ago I noticed something
interesting amazingly colorful growing near a few of the trees on our Quad.
Scientists think that there are about 100,000 species of fungi. Rust, mold, yeast and mildew are included in this kingdom Fungi are organisms that scientists once confused with plants. However, scientists have found that, at the cell level, the fungi are more like animals than they are like plants. For one thing, fungi cannot synthesize their own food like plants do, but instead they eat other organisms as do animals. - and, of course, mushrooms!
I was sitting outside of the dorms last night and I had my Treo 600 cell phone face down on the grass. The speaker phone was facing up, and of course I was listening to those hot MP3 mashups from osymyso.... I had the vision for a TV commercial.
This is a storyboard I made to try and pitch the idea.
Love Song is a thirty second branding exercise
In 1898, with the improvement of printing techniques and the increase in transportation speeds, the cost of postcards were lowered from two cents to one, and postcards began to scatter from Coney Island at an astonishing rate: on a single day in September 1906, an astonishing 200,000 postcards were postmarked from Coney Island.
I've been tossing this ideaI want a MT plugin that will let a select group of my closest, most trusted friends correct typos in text and URLs on my blog posts and republish their changes without my intervention around in my head for a few months now - Part blog, part Wiki. There are a lot of topics I like to write about, and often my blog entry reflects the first time I'm introduced. New companies, music groups, ideas. I write them down with some reference notes I can trust in the future.
My readers often know more about these topics than I do. So, it makes sense for you to contribute, and not just in a comments form. Would you hyperlink and research and add images for the sake of knowledge? Or is that what your own website is for?
At the very least, yeah, you could correct my
speeling spelling errors.
Which folksy gospel bluegrass group is currently a mock pop sensation in a few of London's hipster clubs?
Paul Williams and The Victory Trio bring fierce conviction, along with a touch of righteousness and didacticism, to these stark, old-timey spiritual testimonials.
In the '50s and early '60s, singer, songwriter, and mandolin great Paul Williams served in formative bluegrass bands the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers and Jimmy Martin's Sunny Mountain Boys. Paul Williams's self-appointed mission has been to spread the bluegrass-style gospel, and though nearly every bluegrass artist worth his salt gives an occasional tip of the hat to gospel, Williams lives and breathes it.
(Jordan Weisman's) belief, which we all shared, was that if we put a clue in a Turkish newspaper at dawn, it would be under discussion in a high school kids basement in Iowa by dinner time.
Jerry Lee Lewis, the story goes, was touring with Chuck Berry. In theory they were each headliners, and the idea was they would take turns opening for one another. In practice, Lewis refused to be the opening act. Pressure from the tour promoters grew, until finally Lewis was forced to open. He played, by all accounts, a blistering set, and at the end of it, he poured lighter fluid all over his piano and set it on fire in the middle of the stage before stalking to the side and snarling, "Let's see the son-of-a-bitch follow that."
We used up a lot of lighter fluid on the Beast. Good luck, whoever's coming next.
Who is doing 1-900 sex lines, outsourced to India or Thailand on VoIP?
Who is doing straight sex phone via VoIP? ie, you're not routing the traffic through an interner carrier... the call originates from the desktop, or Vonage etc
Are there going to be private VoIP exchanges for 1-900 calls,
and would Dubai Internet City DIC offers foreign companies 100% tax-free ownership, 100% repatriation of capital and profits, no currency restrictions, easy registration and licensing accept this company as resident?
I think that a good idea for a product would be mailing addresses* like the fake PO boxes at the Empire state building that Seth talks about in places like Colorado, Dubai and Singapore that scan and digitally deliver your snail mail over the internet.
Your articles would be:
This must have been done before with fax, right? E-mail me if you know.
My vision comes from thinking. I don't watch TV.
Ted Turner at Brainstorms 2004, interview notes here
I rapped with Mark Hughes from BUZZ MARKETING what he was a part of as VP Marketing at Half.com is truly impressive for about two hours last night. Great guy, very cool. He's working on writing a book that should be really, really solid for new media models (like blogs and away messages!).
Watch The WB next Tuesday,
July 22, at 9:00 p.m.
I am working part-time again at the library on campus, and today The Washington Post came in.
During my interview with the writer, I made it a point to try and explain the phenomenon of away messages in a campus environment relative to their social scheduling functionality. I think Laura already had that impression. One thing, though - We're always on! Please don't call us Generation Y. I used my mouthful of a BuddyGopher description, One-to-many bite-sized blogging for the college masses! , but that didn't make her print.
Props to prior art on the Always On generation Google Results for "always on generation". For a larger scan of the Washington Post print article, see BuddyGopher ~ Got Press?
Oh, and yes, we really do love Away Messages.
Reed's Law is the next valuation asymptote that we all get to strive for, possibly for the rest of our careers. The data-rich relationships that it requires online communities to build may be twenty years in the future. The current software How can the smart money throw away the lessons of the dotcom bust and Metcalfe's Law so completely? is a tiny step in that direction.
For reference, all via Wikipedia:
Hackers have discovered that the handy feature that tells you who's calling before you answer the phone is easily manipulated through weaknesses in Voice over IP (VoIP) programs and networks. They can make their phone calls appear to be from any number they want, and even pierce the veil of Caller I.D. blocking to unmask an anonymous phoner's unlisted number.
Article by famed hacker Kevin Poulsen.
This Thursday at 10:00am
Senate Hearing on Nielsen Local People Meter. via Maigh, my former boss at Siemens, now working for the
VP Chief Research Officer they're known collectively as the C-suite at Turner.
Will the Nielsen LPMs destroy current television ad rates?
Broadcasters have resisted the new system because it has told them things they don't want to hear. When introduced experimentally in Boston in 2001, Local People Meters (LPMs) showed that cable viewing was higher and broadcast viewing lower than previously thought. TV viewing overall was 8 percent lower than reported by the old system. source
According to one station's analysis of Nielsen data, the differences between the two systems can be as much as 20 percent, depending on the daypart. "It's enormous," said the station executive. "Eyeballing it, it's usually no less than 10 percent difference in terms of HUT levels, and up to 20 in some time periods. In some cases, the differences in HUT levels is greater than the rating for the highest-rated show in the time period." source
One obvious disadvantage for on-line publishers is the inability to grossly over-estimate our audiences. Detailed website statistics I use StatCounter.com, and I really like their free service. serve as a double-edged sword.
THE SYSTEM LEARNS MORE ABOUT YOU AND CAN PICK UP SUBTLE PATTERNS IN YOUR BEHAVIOR. THE MORE VARIABLES YOU GIVE THE SYSTEM, THE SMARTER IT BECOMES.Aging Baby Boomers Want Smart Houses for Their Golden Years
IN THE FUTURE, WE'LL DECOUPLE SYSTEMS AND STANDARDIZE INTERFACES. WE'LL PREDICT THE LIFE CYCLES OF COMPONENTS AND REPLACE THEM AS NECESSARY.
Gosh, we haven't talked in a while.
Errol Morris, Good Film Director.
Why It Makes Sense to Beat a Dead Horse:
- Sets an example for other horses. (that might be watching)
- Aerobic workout.
- Horse might not be dead yet. (Better safe than sorry. You can never be too careful.)
- Tenderizes the meat.
- Horse is unable to fight back.
- Makes you feel good. (Provides a welcome relief from tension or anxiety.)
(Oddpost has) labored in relative obscurity, growing a customer base, raising VC money, adding people, and staying out of the way. Then Google launches Gmail, with a very Oddpostish interface, and someone at Yahoo says "Hmmm, I've seen that somewhere," calls up Ethan and Iain and their new VCs and asks "Are you for sale?" and the rest is history.
Away messaging keeps users in touch
Many college students use the feature daily
MSNBC - Away messaging keeps users in touch same article by Laura Sessions Stepp - it is cool to see this article go through the distribution channels
Ana Marie Cox, the satirical scribe behind Washington political blog wonkette.com, is hooking up with MTV News to be a correspondent at the upcoming Democratic National Convention.
reference link via M.H.
My mom sent me this link to an awesome news segment about the great mushroom season that Atlanta is experiencing. Click here to watch.
Welcome International Visitors!
In the last 24 hours, read what I'm reading on nickgray.net was accessed by computers in the following countries:
I want you to slow down for a second. Seriously. Stop and slow down. Quit quick-scanning for bold words and listen to me for one second.
Great design will not sell an inferior product, but it will enable a great product to achieve its maximum potential.
Thomas Watson Jr
JetSet Composer writes in with a first-hand travel scoop:
i thought you might want to know that wireless headsets are super popular in paris...business men talk into them while driving, and guys in athletic clothes look cool while clipping them to their ears as they walk down the street. they're small and silver, and they remind me of images from films about 5 or 10 years ago. i think they use bluetooth technology.
previously 6/5/2004... "videophones are everywhere here in italy. people hold them away from their faces and talk with the speaker phone."
Nick, I did some work for a kid who is starting at Vanderbilt this Fall and he had Party Poker on his system. He said that all of his friends have party poker on their computers and it is the thing for kids his age. He is a typical very good student/athlete from a very rich school district here on L.I. (Roslyn, the one the papers keep talking about as several employess took a few million from the school to finance personal stuff) He said poker is a very big thing among suburban boys. Our cousin who is going into tenth grade made 800 dollars over spring break at a resort from other kids. I guess all of the ESPN showings of the world series of poker have something to do with it.
I don't at all like this t-shirt design, but the slogan fits... this was supposed to be the future - where's my jetpack?
Jeff Slipko, a super Japanese film fan, e-mailed me about this movie.
Zatoichi is Takeshi Kitano's (I believe you are familiar with him from Battle Royale) stab at the popular samurai series and it is wonderful. Very funny, very entertaining, and unique. Check it out if you get the chance. Miramax picked it up for North America distribution.
I don't care who you are - If your e-mail newsletter does not have an easy REMOVE link, I'm going to mark you as spam.
Faithful readers, I encourage you to do the same. If enough of us start flagging these sorts of disrespectful messages as spam, Google and Yahoo! et al will start to automatically put every one of their messages into my spam folder. And that would be really good punishment for bad e-mail practice.
Today's offender was Hoover's Online - Great business research. Bad on-line customer sales relations.
30 years ago today on June 26, 1974, a revolution begun that changed the way businesses from retail to rental cars to the U.S. military operate. On this day in 1974 a pack of Juicy Fruit chewing gum passed over a bar code scanner at Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio, it was the first commercial transaction involving a bar code. Today, it's hard to imagine a transaction in our daily life that doesn't involve one. Congratulations go to engineer Joe Woodland for the invention, which was so far ahead of it's time it is hard to appreciate. While patented in 1952, grocery store scanners didn't proliferate until the 1980's, although the railroads and General Motors implemented the technology much earlier. By the way, it's interesting to note that Woodland's inspiration for the barcode was Morse Code that he learned as a boy scout.
THE WORLD IS 10 YEARS OLD. I was listening to an Audible book The Lexus and The Olive Tree on the drive to Wake Forest today. Now living in Taylor with four football players and a nice fellow named Ben, thrice my size each.
If I were in the market to make a big purchase, the first thing on my list would be an LCD projector with built-in Bluetooth. Now that's what I call future!
"sniff kissing" is very normal. It is a form of kissing without the tongue and lips, to show that i do adore you and care for you. Especially as a kid ... so they would not use the lips, just their tip of the nose to sniff u good night. No it isnt because u smell. Its just another habit that the Thais have.
Cheap text messages: they are a dream come true for most teenagers and those who foot the phone bill. They're also the next venture by tech entrepreneur Steven Goh.
The x-txt system will tie in with instant messaging, allowing messages to be sent and received via MSN Messenger in July. The mobile-instant messaging link up could be important, says Juma-Ross. 'It's reasonably popular in the tech-savvy youth set,' he says.
The ability to indicate when a user is connected is called presence. In future versions of the service, x-txt users may leave away messages ('I'm in class') via this facility.
They Might Be Giants have opened their own music store, featuring "highest quality" (256kbps) un-DRM-encumbered mp3's. There are only two CDs currently available (at $0.99/song or $9.99/album), but presumably more will be added as time goes on.
per Slashdot "Looks like a great way to directly support the artists." Yuppers.
this "make you smarter" update thanks to richard van veen, Manhattan
Last night was highlighted by a very spiritual, moving conversation from my parents after dinner. I am living at home in the suburbs of Atlanta and helping out at my father's very small avionics company office nearby. Sometimes inspiration comes from an unlikely source. In this case, it was enough to hold back tears. I can do this.
Two hours earlier, my mother lectured a lesson in strategy that was punctuated with an example from a recent episode of The Simple Life. The protagonist to her story was Nicole Richie. Oh, sweet suburban life. It's not so bad once you get here.
Hong is among the many Chinese immigrants and their descendants returning to their ancestral homeland, bringing their American know-how to one of the world's fastest-growing economies. Their capitalism is transforming China.
The Chinese have a proverb, Hong said.
Drink water, and remember the source.
via Josh Shader and the guys at Terra Firma Films, I consulted with a new Hollywood writer last night. He is developing a script about censored for censored Studios and had a few technical questions.
The writer explained a scene that was occuring in censored censored and was very concerned. Is this possible? Could it happen in real life? Yes, I said. What you are imagining is not only possible - it is reality!
After exchanging buzz words and electronics slang that would pepper his dialogue, this man asked me in a low voice- By the way, do you read Fark? Imagine that! I was speaking to my first TotalFark member. I had to ask- So why do you pay for it? It's my home page, it's my Internet!So much more content- I almost can't keep up with the links.
Enough said. It's your internet, and we're thrilled to have you paying for it.
At some point over the next five years, you will see military organizations, schools and corporations try to figure out how to seal off parts of their facilities from wireless communications.I don't agree with the example of public transportation, but the article thesis is definitely correct.