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Thursday, November 20, 2008  

This would so totally be Murray if we had a Roomba...

posted by John | 8:48 AM
Monday, November 10, 2008  

This is super duper amazing....

Tree fungus could provide green transport fuel
Organism discovered in the Patagonian rainforest produces mixture of chemicals similar to diesel

A tree fungus could provide green fuel that can be pumped directly into tanks, scientists say. The organism, found in the Patagonian rainforest, naturally produces a mixture of chemicals that is remarkably similar to diesel.

"This is the only organism that has ever been shown to produce such an important combination of fuel substances," said Gary Strobel, a plant scientist from Montana State University who led the work. "We were totally surprised to learn that it was making a plethora of hydrocarbons."

posted by John | 2:32 PM
Monday, November 03, 2008  

Amazon launches Frustration Free Packaging:

Amazon's Green Scene Blog.

I think this is pretty cool. I hate most of the unnecessary packaging that comes with most products. Amazon is starting a new program where you can buy the product without all the wasteful packaging. Very limited now, but in the future for products which I know that I want, I would be happy to support Amazon if I could get the same product with less waste!

posted by John | 11:10 AM

Continuing on the theme... here is the cover from this week's Austin Chronicle. I need to find one of my favorite GWB pictures from an old LA Weekly cover...

posted by John | 10:12 AM
Tuesday, October 28, 2008  

This is very, very cool...

The Thinking Machine 4: Chess

From their site:
"What do the images mean?
When it is your (White's) turn to move, the chess board will gently pulse to show the influence of the various pieces. in the left image below, you can see waves over the squares around the king and (very lightly) over the squares where the pawns might capture. When the machine (Black) is thinking, a network of curves is overlaid on the board; see image at right. The curves show potential moves--often several turns in the future--considered by the computer. Orange curves are moves by black; green curves are ones by white. The brighter curves are thought by the program to be better for white. "

posted by John | 11:02 AM
Sunday, October 26, 2008  

This is the coolest Excel geekout I have ever seen...

posted by John | 12:05 PM
Wednesday, October 22, 2008  

Get out and vote, or else...

posted by John | 11:37 AM

This is good stuff...

My favorite:

posted by John | 10:30 AM
Monday, July 14, 2008  

14 hours to race start!

We're here in Kansas City, about finished with a million details. Race starts at 8am tomorrow morning.

If you want to follow the race, some folks will be posting results as they are available in this thread on the message board: race results

See you on the other side!

posted by John | 4:04 PM
Tuesday, July 08, 2008  

It's exactly 7 days till the start of the MR340. ( Now is the time when all the training is over with and just have to avoid hurting yourself doing something dumb. Last year I did the Colorado River 100 in my Kruger Sea Wind canoe. After training for several months and feeling pretty good, the day before the race I was cutting some cord with a pair of scissors and cut pretty deep into the pad on my left index finger. I can't remember in my life ever cutting myself with scissors, but of course that day I did. It hurt like heck through the entire race...

Phil and I have been training since February for this race, so I'll be very careful around sharp objects till I cross the finish line.

During the race there should be online coverage on the MR340 website, including a leaderboard. When they post the link to that, I'll try and put it up here too.

posted by John | 9:39 AM
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