Friday, January 31, 2003
Thursday, January 30, 2003
What do you do when software attacks? Wired has an article on a sneaky toolbar that hijacks Internet Explorer. Once active in a system, it periodically changes users' designated homepages to xupiter.com, redirects all searches to Xupiter's site, and blocks any attempts to restore the original browser settings.
Wednesday, January 29, 2003
So last night's State of the Union address only mentioned weapons of mass destruction four times. That's kind of disappointing considering WMD was 2002's phrase of the year. Just for a brief history lesson, here is a chronology of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East. Or we could just sum up the history with this cartoon. But is the burgeoning field of nanotechnology the future of WMD?
Monday, January 27, 2003
He shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in case of disagreement between them, with respect to the time of adjournment, he may adjourn them to such time as he shall think proper; he shall receive ambassadors and other public ministers; he shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed, and shall commission all the officers of the United States.
-- U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section III
President Bush's State of the Union address will be broadcast tomorrow night. To add a bit of excitement, how about playing the State of the Union Address Drinking Game 2003? If I was even a drinker, I'm confident I'd pass out within 10 minutes.
Saturday, January 25, 2003
Friday, January 24, 2003
Just in case you forgot, we're still in the middle of a telecommunications revolution. Economist.com has a nice summary of the dilemmas we still must face: privacy, security, intellectual property and the nature of government itself. Also today, in a small victory for privacy, the US Senate has voted to ban funding for the Total Information Awareness program.
Wednesday, January 22, 2003
Three-dimensional tubes of living tissue have been printed using modified desktop printers filled with suspensions of cells instead of ink. The work is a first step towards printing complex tissues or even entire organs. I guess that's a faster way to get a new organ than growing one inside a mouse.
Tuesday, January 21, 2003
I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm excited about the second season of American Idol. The advertisements show a laughable selection of awful singers. Why do these people think they have talent? And I love the show, but how did it inspire a video game? I think the game would be more fun if you played as one of the judges.
Monday, January 20, 2003
Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year! I'm starting up my blog again, and this is my first post since November. Did you miss me? My first link of the new year is to the Words of the Year list. It's funny how a few carefully selected words can sum up a year or an entire decade.