Month: June 2008

Morning burnoff

Morning burnoff

Warren, Connecticut. My friend Zarinna called again this morning to tell me the fog and morning mist on the Shepaug Reservoir was incredible. We had a thunderstorm last night and it dawned hot, perfect for morning evaporation and burnoff. By the time I got coffee made, got gear packed up and drove over I’d missed the best part of it. Still, this shot gives you a taste of what she saw earlier.

This is looking east across the Shepaug Reservoir (bottom) toward Litchfield.

Google and Creator of ‘Family Guy’ Strike a Deal

Google and Creator of ‘Family Guy’ Strike a Deal

Google, which calls the distribution service the Google Content Network, until now has only dabbled in distributing original content. In May, it announced a deal with The Washington Post to distribute real estate listings from the newspaper’s Web site in a similar manner.

I guess it was just a matter of time. Part of me likes the idea, part of me thinks it will miss as many times as adsense does.

Save Polaroid

Save Polaroid

On February 8, 2008, Polaroid Corporation announced that it will discontinue production of all instant film. This site will document the aftermath of this announcement and will serve as a home-base for the effort to convince another company to begin producing the cherished technology that Polaroid has so carelessly abandoned.

This site is not about saving Polaroid, the company, rather the remarkable invention of Edwin Land, the instant film that made Polaroid a household name.

[via .leah]

Google: Behind the Screen

This is a 50 minute documentary on the history of Google, their technology, and the various things they’re working on including the various controversies about stored personal information, public access to information, and more. It’s quite well done and worth watching.

Note: toward the end at about 44:20 the interviewer asks Vint Cerf a question about the big brother/trust me nature of Google’s control of all of this information and Cerf’s answer is fantastic.

Laptop Searches in Airports Draw Fire at Senate Hearing

Laptop Searches in Airports Draw Fire at Senate Hearing

Russ Feingold:

“If you asked most Americans whether the government has the right to look through their luggage for contraband when they are returning from an overseas trip, they would tell you ‘yes, the government has that right,’ ” Senator Russ Feingold, Democrat of Wisconsin, said Wednesday at the hearing of a Senate Judiciary subcommittee.

“But,” Mr. Feingold continued, “if you asked them whether the government has a right to open their laptops, read their documents and e-mails, look at their photographs and examine the Web sites they have visited, all without any suspicion of wrongdoing, I think those same Americans would say that the government absolutely has no right to do that.”

Amen.