Curitel, the South Korean handset maker ... grabbed some headlines last week with the launch of the P1, a slick-looking camera phone with a twist: speech synthesis. Yes, the phone has text-to-speech as a built-in feature. continued
This is really amazing and brought a tear to my eye - Hallucinogenic Treatment of Neuro-Vascular Headaches
Halpern is also working with Bob Wold, a 51-year-old construction firm owner who suffered from debilitating cluster headaches, which are rare but brutal, until four years ago when he tried psilocybin to treat them. Wold had never used psychedelic drugs recreationally, and he was concerned and skeptical about using an illegal substance. But he was in the midst of choosing between three surgeries for his cluster headaches, each of which would have cost about $35,000. One involved a gamma knife to cut into his brain; the other two required holes drilled in his skull. Given those options, psilocybin didn't seem so radical.
"(The psilocybin) broke my cycle" of headaches, Wold said. "There is nothing on the market now, and there never has been, that will actually break a cycle."
Nick Gray WFU: yo, what's up
Kaushal in Mumbai: well celebrations happening in town. a festival called 'Ganapati'
Kaushal in Mumbai: ppl worship the God Ganapati, get His idols home and today immerse them all in the ocean
During a debate in 1860 between the Anglican Archbishop of Oxford University, Samuel Wilberforce, and evolutionist and agnostic Thomas Huxley, the latter asserted that given sufficient time, all the possible combinations of matter (including those necessary to produce a man), would eventually occur by random chance.
This exchange prompted Huxley to famously ask Wilberforce for the services of 6 monkeys that would live forever, and 6 typewriters that would never wear out. Arguing that given an infinite amount of time, the monkeys would eventually type the complete works of Shakespeare. Rumour also has it that Wilberforce, a skilled mathematician, was forced to concede the truth of Huxley’s point and lose the debate as a result.
via Lee Chapman at Tokyo Times
video blogs on nickgray.net - just get the shit out the door. I made this during the commercial break of The Apprentice, which is funny because I have Tivo. Sharing beats talent, any day.
Nick Gray WFU: ask me what the coolest city that I've ever been to is
EmGBlondie: What's the coolest city you've EVER been to?
Nick Gray WFU: M
Nick Gray WFU: I
Nick Gray WFU: L
Nick Gray WFU: A
Nick Gray WFU: N
Two years ago, Zach and I backpacked around Italy for a week. The word from other travellers about Milan was that it was dirty and industrial - the New Jersey of Italy. On our way through the train station, we saw enough filth and dirt to keep moving and bypass the city.
But today I was blown away by Milan. From the few hours after working at the private airport all day yesterday and today that I walked around downtown near the Duomo, I can safely say that Milan is by far the coolest city I have ever visited.
Nick Gray WFU: Dad and I were wearing nice pants and nice Oxford-type shirts
Nick Gray WFU: and I felt really under-dressed tonight
Nick Gray WFU: everybody downtown - nice sport coats, jackets, sweaters... We stumbled upon some super-hip trendy bar, and... I think I've been to some cool places in Los Angeles and I've at least walked some streets in NYC, but Emily, I've never seen anything like this city
Cool in an attitude sort of way. Honestly, every single person I saw tonight - thousands of walking fashion advertisements. This place is clean everywhere - on the streets, in the restaurants, even the architecture..... I'm just, like, really impressed by Milan right now. I can't wait to come back when I have some money and a language guide. Honestly, if you are buying a new wardrobe - do it over here. OH MY GOD I am so pissed to be leaving here tomorrow. SERIOUSLY, wow, Milan, you know? The Galleria Vittorio.... MWAH! Canon had their great aerial photo exhibit on display for at least two kilometers of outside walkway nearby - also very impressive.
I am now en route - destination Cannes, Cote d'Azur... Touchdown Monday, returning Saturday.
I just talked on the phone to my uncle Neil. He's working for the US Army Corps of Engineers over in Basra, Iraq right now. Neil spent the better part of our conversation trying to convince me to go work there.
You wouldn't believe how far behind these guys are in Information Technology. Seriously, send them your resume, you can get a great four month contract position here and have a ton of fun. Hell yeah it's safe in Basra! You walk around all day flanked by skinhead bodyguards, it's like a movie or something.
I feel like anything Atlanta says about this hurricane season will be like me-too! Los Angeles after 9/11.
In all seriousness, it's mad outside tonight. I stepped out onto our porch and heard this massive earth noise, for lack of a better term. Mostly wind through these North Georgia hills, laden with big green trees not quite sure what to make of all this wind shit. There wasn't any rain, which was odd, but god damn is it dark tonight. Pitch black skies, and things just don't feel right. A possum runs across my neighbor's nicely manicured lawn.
I want to stay outside and play - run around suburban turf, play in our spec under this massive weather system. But I found a good excuse to put me inside - a hair berret, or a telephone. Here now, I can hear outside and upstairs - school's cancelled tomorrow, so my sister is texting and listening to music tonight. I'm going to look for a helmut.
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Nick, wondering if I could ask your readers to indulge in this quick academic excercise.
My publisher and I are having a dispute on naming my upcoming marketing book -- will be Penguin/Portfolio in August, 2005. I actually convinced them to let READERS (horrors) name the book!
I'm trying to get everyone possible to choose the name they like the best. If you have 7 seconds, please click and choose the title you'd like to name the book:
Author, Got Buzz? (Penguin/Portfolio, 2005)
Yawn... Let's start this rainy Thursday right! Tim Oren's got some good notes for Open Source and Off-Shoring critics, via my blogroll:
I am bemused by folks who can simultaneously cheer the global spread of the Internet and the beneficence of the open source (OS) movement, and decry the offshoring of IT jobs. Whether they're naive, or disingenous, or took Emerson a little too seriously, they are missing the correlation: Open source and IT offshoring are the products of the same driving forces, two faces of the same coin. And they are feeding off one another.... CONTINUED
I bought a new book today, Running Money: Hedge Fund Honchos, Monster Markets and My Hunt for The Big Score. Seriously, I'm addicted to reading.
"You remember my suggestion for C-Cube."
"Of course, you told me that a salesman or broker has 30 seconds and three bullet points to pitch our deal. So we need to provide that in our positioning."
"Right. But I figured out that the bullet points are always the same."
"Sure. Bullet one is a large market. Bullet two is an unfair competitive advantage, and bullet three is a business model leveraging that unfair advantage. I just fill in the details company by company."
when I was 13, I emailed the Nice chamber of commerce
zach klein: telling them I was relocating my business there
zach klein: and they sent me a VHS tape
zach klein: and huge picture catalogs
Holy September, this is the coolest Internet application I've seen in a long time!
ecotonoha, by NEC Corporation
From The Times of India, the most in-depth article on CXO Systems that I have read to date - US IT firm gets $7.5 mn funding - The company's primary offering is a dashboard solution, which like the dashboard in an airplane, offers a real time birds-eye view of the whole business, to enable top-management get all the key performance indicators on one screen. This is done by integrating disparate data sources across different platforms. This solution is priced at around $275000, 1/8th the cost of other such solutions and faster to deply - about eight weeks..
skyscraper travelogue On Friday night, I had the rare opportunity to explore Atlanta's tallest and brightest skyscraper, the Bank of America building. Thanks to my friend Mark, who works in an anonymous prestige law firm around the 40th floor, we had an all-access night pass to the building (very rare).
Mark and I spent the better part of two hours exploring space and time in the huge lobby. It spans nearly seven floors before ceiling in a great dome. Fantastic murals of bills - it is a bank after all - decorated two of the walls! I felt like a little kid in a Disneyland candy store at Christmas. When Mark introduced me up the elevator to his firm's floor, my jaw dropped - it was luxury at one hundred eighty meters.
We continued around the building in the vicinity of... absolutely nobody! It's amazing that a skyscraper like this goes from maximum capacity to zero occupancy in a matter of hours. I've always loved exploring public spaces at night - alone to my own traffic patterns. Vrrrrrrooooommmmmming through lamp-lit architecture.
I love you, reader. Moments like this - I need a better way to share. (Nick throws his arms open, extending them as far as possible.) The space was huge! Humans built good!
All About Satellite Reflected the TV signals it received from earth. Two years later Telstar followed, which was the first so-called active TV satellite... it also converted the signals in order to avoid interference between the incoming and outgoing signals
via my dad
Recent Books I've Read, by Nicholas Todd Gray
Ugly Americans, The True Story of the Ivy League Cowboys Who Raided the Asian Markets for Millions. This book sucked but was a fun/trashy read - finished it in about five hours. I bought this because it was supposed to be about hedge funds and Tokyo, instead I got a lot of Soap Opera. The author is only famous because he lucked out with the brilliant MIT blackjack story.
Money From Thin Air, The Story of Craig McCaw, the Visionary Who Invented the Cell Phone Industry, and His Next Billion Dollar Idea. This book took me a very long time to finish - about half of it is rather dry reporting of McCaw's wireless license aggregation strategies, the other half covers his childhood and college years running his inherited cable company. Don't let the subtitle fool you - McCaw was less inventor than he was shrewd futures trader. The
man myth built his entire wireless business with massive debt and junk bonds, and was eventually rewarded by AT&T's aquisition of his company. Fortune magazine profiled McCaw as "the father of cellular" in their latest issue. This book provided some great insight into the early 1980's days of cellular - true mobile telephone cowboys who realized a potential and took the risk. Great anecdotes about one of the most secretive business minds today.
On Our Own Devices, The Past and Future of Body Technology. A July read, and timely (considering my science eyes were on the horizon). A really great humans are monkeys read, because this book basically says, "Look how Man improves himself." From chairs to canes and tennis shoes to typewriters, this book was very informative (if a little bit boring at times). I learned a lot of random facts that I hope to remember in conversations.
Rules for Revolutionaries, The Capitalist Manifesto for Creating and Marketing New Products and Services. I met Guy Kawasaki when I was 17 or 18 - he came to Atlanta speak for his Garage.com company. I quickly introduced myself as he was leaving and blurted out, "Your newsletters ruined some friendships I had in middle school!" He stopped and didn't know what to say, but realized it was a compliment - we shared a nice moment and shook hands. This book strokes Guy's ego a little too much, and has a lot (and I mean a lot!) of common sense fluff. Still, there are a few gold nuggets and good motivational quotes, and it's a very easy read. As quoted throughout the book -- Create Like a God - Command Like a King - Work Like a Slave
Lately I've been listening to this book on Audible:
but I need something new to read. Do you have any suggestions? Please e-mail me.
STRANGE BUT AWESOME
The French have done something really freaking cool. Police in Paris have discovered a fully equipped cinema-cum-restaurant in a large and previously uncharted cavern underneath the capital's chic 16th arrondissement. via blogdex
Maigh is in Ireland this week, and by the reads of her blog, she got to check out The Book of Kells - one of the most lavish illuminated manuscripts to survive the medieval period, produced by Celtic monks in about 800 A.D., considered by many scholars to be one of the most important works in the history of western art at Trinity College. Check out some fantastic scans.
Jeffrey Immelt is the 48-year old chairman and chief executive officer of General Electric. Following Jack Welch in the position, he seeks to fill some of the biggest shoes in American business history. This past June Immelt gave the commencement address at the Dartmouth College graduation ceremonies...
Yes, Yes, Yes.
Location and Presence in Mobile Data Services
Zach's cool new t-shirt reminded me of this funny house ad I saw last week in the Wall Street Journal:
"It is antisocial not to smoke," he said before leaving me with this tried-and-true Chinese proverb: "You should practice smoking. And you should try to drink more."
Two cool follow-up e-mails to my post on Kelly Martin's article, A Polluted Internet. First, from the author himself!
Glad you liked the intro to my article. :) But there are no narrow streets or buildings with windows in your blog's photo. Here are a couple from my website:
image5 (my favorite at sunset), and
delhi_PB0100970_002 (the same area, taken just two years later)
This next message makes me want to enable comments on my blog.
Once every week I checkout all my favourite blogs, one of which happens to be yours. I was pleasently surprised when I saw what you were reading. I lived and grew up in New Delhi from 1980 to 1999 ( I am now in Chennai, capital of Tamil Nadu state). By the early 90's Delhi had become a hellhole with nearly 17 million people and 5 million vehicles and the highest rates of respiratory diseases in India.
But as Kelly Martin mentions a lot has changed in the past 6 years and it is now one of the cleanest cities in Asia. All public transportation runs on CNG and Indian vehicles confirm to the latest European emission standards and are three times more fuel eficient than US automobiles.
graphic by TAMASO