Astronomers have found twelve new moons orbiting Saturn. Quite the archipelago, that makes 46, I think. Most of the newly found moons are tiny, and many are retrograde (orbit the "wrong" way around), suggesting they are captured Kuiper belt objects.
Did you hear about the conference for time travelers at MIT? "The convention, which drew more than 400 people from our present time period, was held at MIT's storied East Campus dormitory. It featured an MIT rock band, called the Hong Kong Regulars, and hilarious lectures by MIT physics professors." Unfortunately no visitors from the future attended - that we know of - but that could change. I'm going to go, too, but not yet; I'll wait for another ten years or so, then go back :)
Paul Graham is one of those
I've been trying to see Tablet PCs with high-resolution screens. There are some out there with 1400x1050 now, like Toshiba's new Tecra M4. No dealers seem to carry them, however, and who's going to buy such a thing sight unseen? Tablets would be perfect for Aperio's Pathologist customers, since it would make annotating so natural (for many people annotating on screen with a mouse is pretty unnatural). But we do need a lot of pixels; 1024x768 won't cut it. If you know where I could physically see a high-resolution tablet in Southern California, please let me know! Thanks.
The other day I gave attribution for Rob Gonsalves terrific The Sun Sail Sets, but neglected to link Discovery Galleries, which is selling prints. Sorry about that. They have a wonderful selection of his work; I think Written Worlds is my favorite (pictured at right), for the idea as well as the execution.
Rafe Needleman considers the Escape Route. "If there were a system that could tell drivers which of their few known routes to work or home was the least congested at a given moment, they'd likely pay for that information." I know I would; I think traffic information is the killer product for in-car navigation systems, particularly since it leads directly to a recurring revenue model. Furthermore I think the information should come from the cars themselves, not "smart roads". Here in L.A. we've spent a fortune building traffic sensors into the freeways, which is stupid;
So, that sound you heard was the other shoe dropping, quietly. Apple has released iTunes 4.8, and it includes videos. Right now they only have a few music videos, but general support for any videos is clearly built in. I tried adding a feature-length movie to my Library, and it just worked. It played in a separate window, and full screen worked, too. (Had to be a Quicktime movie, though; AVIs did not work.) Uh huh.
Utility of the day: Desktop Save and Restore. Saves and restores your desktop icon layout for each screen resolution, including multiple monitor configurations. Right click, Save Desktop. Later, right click, Restore Desktop. Just works. I love it!