NASA World Wind

If you haven’t seen NASA World Wind you’ve GOT to check it out.

It’s program very much like Google’s Keyhole but Keyhole costs $29 a year to use.  NASA World Wind is free and in many ways has more features.

It’s a 3D globe viewing program where you can zoom in to the under a meter range.  Here’s me zooming into the old Naughty Dog building on the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica.


Open Source Code vs everything else

Why is it that anytime someone writes a piece of code and puts it on the net people say “you should open source it” and yet with nearly any other endevor people don’t say “you should give it away”? Examples:

“Check out this house I just built”. “Hey, that’s awesome, have you considered giving it away to charity?”

“Check out this desk I just made on my own”. “Wow, cool, have you considered giving it away?”

“I just finished writing my novel, it took 9 months. I’m so thankful my wife could support me”…. “I just read it and it’s great, have you considered make it availabe for free?”


Open Source = Ammo for Terrorists

Did that title grab your attention? Well, it was mostly meant as a joke but read on.

I think open source is great (well, except I think GPL is evil but that’s another topic). But, lately I’ve been trying to figure out a way to fix the comment spam problem. Comment spam is generally when someone writes a script to automatically scan the web, find blogs and post ads for crap. Various ways have been tried to stop it but like e-mail, the spam still gets through.


Count me on the Google Autolinks is scary side

If you’ve not been following it, Google recently released a new beta toolbar that has a new feature called Autolink. Currently it’s mostly harmless but it’s also very scary in its potential. If you click it it will scan the page you are reading and attempt to make any ISBN number, US Street Address, package tracking number or VIN number link to a book, map, tracking info or car info. A minor change and that feature could be used to make any word on the page link to something. Reading an article about Iraq? Click the Autolink button and every word on the page would link to other pages about Iraq, Oil, Saddam, etc..



Paper constructions seem a lot bigger in Japan. You can find all kinds of sites around the net with free patterns to print out and build. Recently I ran across this fairly intricate one being promoted by Misia. Build it!

Valentine’s Day

I really wasn’t thinking much about Valentine’s day but friends keep asking in email, “How was your Valentine’s Day?” and in replying to them it unforutnately makes me analyse the situation.


Butterfly Effect

I saw the Butterfly Effect on video recently. I had heard good things about it so I was looking foreward to it. I wasn’t bad but it wasn’t worthy of recommendation IMO.

Things I find unbelievable in movies or inconsistant generally distract me out of the movie so here’s a few of the problems I had with the Butterfly Effect