Month: January 2007

Arrange Meetings with Diarised

Diarised is a web-based tool for groups of people to arrange the best time for a meeting. It looks fantastic.

1. Enter the details of your proposed meeting into Diarised, including the meeting invitees and the possible times and dates for the meeting.

2. Diarised sends out emails to all invitees.

3. The invitees choose the times that suit them best.

4. Once the invitees have chosen their preferred meeting dates, Diarised will give you a summary of the best dates for you to choose from.

5. All meeting invitees will be sent an email confirming the chosen date and time

(Source Daring Fireball Linked List.)

Taking off from LAX

Morning in Long Beach and San PedroWe just took off from LAX and will eventually make the turn out over the Pacific to head east to New York. The cranes on the distant Long Beach shore are the ones in my image of Long Beach Harbor; we will turn south then east and fly back over those cranes in the next few shots.

Note: I know there is window glare here but I thought this view of Long Beach from the north was worth sharing.

Morning in Palos VerdesPalos Verdes. Our path will take us right over the clouds just under the horizon and back over Long Beach (next photo).

Long Beach HarborAs we turned I got a very clear view of Long Beach Harbor, the Queen Mary, a cruise ship, and the cranes that load and unload containers in this, one of the busiest container ports in the world.

Google maps satellite view

Reggie Watts: Out Of Control

This is an incredible performance, done with a loop machine in real time with no video editing including the slow motion part. For those who don’t know what a loop machine is, it will take sound and loop or play it repeatedly and Reggie is making all of the sounds with his mouth, no drum machines here. He builds up the mix, track by track and then sings over it. This is not only a wonderful piece but it’s a great demonstration of how a top performer can work with these tools to make something great. I can’t stop playing this. Argh!

(Source kottke.org.)

Robert Drinan dies

The Rev. Robert F. Drinan died this past Sunday and as a sign of the times, there was too little notice in the media and too few people remember who he was.

Robert Drinan was a Jesuit who was a leader in the peaceful anti Vietnam war movement as well as one of only two priests to serve in Congress in history.

While in congress he was the first person to call for the impeachment of President Richard Nixon for his secret invasion of Cambodia (not for Watergate which came later). He worked to eliminate the draft and helped get rid of HUAC.

Few in Congress now are willing to do what Drinan did which is to take a principled stand on issues no matter what polls said would be popular. Drinan was popular with his Massachusetts constituents and with the anti-war left all over the country. Only a few, principled Democrats in the current Congress voted against giving President Bush the power to go to war with Iraq. Drinan would certainly have been one of them and would have, long ago called for Bush’s impeachment.

Intel Says Chips Will Run Faster, Using Less Power

Intel Says Chips Will Run Faster, Using Less Power: “Intel has overhauled the basic building block of the information age, paving the way for faster and more energy-efficient processors.”

Solid state portable computers are on the way and this is one more piece of the puzzle. Cheaper, faster, and larger flash memory will eventually displace the hard disk and lower power processors as discussed here will allow smaller, lighter batteries in portables.

(Source NYT > Business.)