Archives for March 2, 2008

Japan Looks to a Robot Future from PhysOrg.com (AP) — At a university lab in a Tokyo suburb, engineering students are wiring a rubbery robot face to simulate six basic expressions: anger, fear, sadness, happiness, surprise and disgust. […]

Brain Transplant

The blog Omni Brain and the blog Retrospectacle have merged into one massive, extra smart blog called “Of Two Minds.” As of Monday.

Drumroll…….

Blogotechnospherics

Reed Cartwright has two neat current posts that may be of interest to the blog nerd. One is on how to render equations with Imagemagick. This technique uses LaTeX to start with and ends up with a picture you can put on a blog post. The other is on hiding email addresses from robots with…

Sunday Script-Yours

What is your favorite scripting language? (I don’t think I can do polls on this site … but if you click on this picture of a poll, you can go to that site and take the poll)

Behold The Vampire Squid

Normally, I keep my blog away from Squid and other cephalopods because I know that if PZ myers feels threatened, he may charge, and the squiggly molluscs are his bailiwick. But, this evening at the Laden household analog of the dinner table, the question came up: “How many species of cephalopods are there, anyway? Huh?”…

Right, I know, he just died so we have to pretend we did not loath him for a least two weeks. But I have the sense that William Buckley would not give me that courtesy, so forget that. I am reminded that Buckley is often quoted as having said words to these effect: I would…

Paracetamoxyfrusebendroneomycin

Common Sense Tells us to try this drug: Thank You British NHS. We needed th is.

Holy crap, where did this come from? Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is sending thousands of troops and tanks to the border with Colombia, marking a sharp escalation in regional tensions. Speaking on his weekly television show, President Chavez also said Venezuela’s embassy in Colombia would close. Mr Chavez said he was reacting to the “cowardly…

Even though TUIB guy mysteriously fails to link to me (causing me to miss his post because it did not show up in my link detecting system), I want to point out this well done rant on the recent BlaBlaBlaBlog Flap: I would say they are being disingenuous in dissing the bloggers who get a…