Saturday, January 17, 2009

Hudson Crash from Coast Guard Camera

Westy drew my attention to this video. But are those the World Trade Center buildings in the background?

Hudson Crash from Coast Guard Camera

Friday, January 16, 2009

WorldWide Telescope: Astronomy of the Future

Monthly Observatory Night
Thursday, January 15, 7:30 pm:
"WorldWide Telescope: Astronomy of the Future," Alyssa Goodman, CfA

Astronomy is undergoing a second revolution just as dramatic as Galileo's. No longer must astronomers spend long hours in cold domes. Computers now allow scientists and laypeople alike to access the sky from their office or home. Helping to lead this revolution is the free "WorldWide Telescope" program developed by Microsoft Research. The WWT offers a rich environment for displaying maps of the sky at any wavelength. Users can learn more about objects or processes via "research" links and interactive guided tours of the sky. Alyssa Goodman will discuss how WWT opens a new window onto the sky and brings the cosmos to the computer in a unique way.
It was cold last night, but I went anyway. I got there 20 minutes early. The lecture hall was practically full already. Consequently, the lecture started earlier than the scheduled time. Even then, it ran half an hour over until 9pm.

The lecture was delightful, mostly due to the excellent presentation by Alyssa Goodman. She was articulate, engaging, and knows how to use the Worldwide Telescope software expertly. She is even knowlegable about the Semantic Web. Needless to say, I was impressed.

The WorldWide Telescope (WWT)

To top off the evening, I had the pleasure to chat with a long time acquaintance, DickM afterwards.

Carol Bartz: Friggin

Yahoo’s New Chief Makes a Decisive First Appearance
Published: January 15, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO — When Carol Bartz made her debut in front of analysts, investors and reporters as Yahoo’s new chief executive Tuesday, one thing became immediately apparent: if nothing else, Yahoo’s leadership style had taken a 180-degree turn.

In sharp contrast to Jerry Yang, Yahoo’s soft- spoken co-founder who preceded her as chief executive, Ms. Bartz delivered a short, sharp and at times combative speech. She took only three questions, one of which she partly dismissed as “a lot of nonsense.” She used a mild expletive to demand that Yahoo be given some “breathing room.” ...
So, I looked her up on YouTube to hopefully hear for myself. Unfortunately, I didn't find the specific context. But I think the following is close enough. Friggin? That's pretty mild. :-)

Carol Bartz: Pyramids, Not Ladders

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Remembering Patrick McGoohan

I read on jadedj's journal that Patrick McGoohan has passed away.

He brings back memories. I used to love watching him on the TV series Secret Agent, aka Danger Man (yes, I'm that old. :-) ). I still remember that theme song:

Secret Agent theme by Johnny Rivers

However, I wasn't that enamored by The Prisoner, the series that he was known for. I guess I was too young then to appreciate it.