Month: December 2011


Ice bubbles

While hiking up Bear Mountain today we stopped a few times to take pictures of ice. As someone with Raynaud’s syndrome (cold hands from a faulty thermostat) it’s tough to take gloves off and take pictures on cold days. A solution for me is carrying hand warmers and more serious mittens for the times I get in trouble. I used both today and the problem abated quickly and we had a great hike.

Running stream under ice

Grass and leaves under ice

Leaves under ice

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, again

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: A bigger, darker Swedish nightmare

Andrew O’Hehir over at Salon reviews the new David Fincher version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

I love the Swedish version, all three movies: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the Girl who Played with Fire, and The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. I love the acting, the directing, the setting, the music, all of it.

When I heard Fincher was working on an American version I had the same reaction to reading about and then seeing the American remake of Mostly Martha: No Reservations. Dumb Americans can’t deal with subtitles. But, O’Hehir thinks Fincher’s version of the first of the three Dragon Tattoo movies is good if not better than the Swedish version. Now I can’t wait to see it although I have a certain loyalty to the Swedish movies and the actors in them.

Here are the new movie trailers: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Talk to the wrist

Apple’s Work on Wearable Computer Concepts Includes Wrist-Wrapping iPod with Siri

Imagine an iPod Nano wristwatch that’s also a bluetooth-connected communicator. Makes perfect sense, the question isn’t if Apple will make this, more like when.

Not sure I want to have even a short phone conversation talking to my wrist but for some things I think it might work out quite well. Bring up a todo list, a shopping list, a music list (on the phone, not the iPod), and more with voice using Siri.

Amazing comment thread at MacRumors, a few are asking why one needs a wristwatch, assuming that if one has an iPhone one can always get the time from it. Man, am I old. Not only do I wear a wristwatch, I wear an analog wristwatch (and it’s not an iPod with an analog screen on it).

New Samsung A5 plant in Austin

Samsung’s New Texas Factory for A5 Chip Production Now Fully Operational

If you don’t think Apple is making a lot of iOS devices, read the numbers on this: Samsung built a 1.6 million square foot, $3.6 billion plant in Austin, Texas to build Apple A5 processor chips for iPhone 4S and iPad 2 devices.

Since the devices are assembled in China at the moment I wonder if this marks a move by Apple to have an assembly plant in the United States. I’d love that. But, short of that, the more components in these devices that are manufactured in the US, the more Americans will have jobs even if the factories are owned by other countries, in this case, Samsung is a Korean company.

Libraries adapt to a changing world

Libraries Make Room For High-Tech ‘Hackerspaces’

“We see the library as not being in the book business, but being in the learning business and the exploration business and the expand-your-mind business,” he says. “We feel this is really in that spirit, that we provide a resource to the community that individuals would not be able to have access to on their own.”

This is the spirit of a community computer user’s group, I love it.