Tuesday, June 29, 2010

radiolab favs.

as any radiolab listener knows, the cognitive brain can only juggle about 7 discrete things at once, so making a list of favorites from about 40 episodes is bound to get a few wrong here or there.

that said, i think ive done it. if you dont listen to radiolab, start. and start with these...


beyond time.



memory and forgetting.



the mcchrystal method.

youve probably heard about the rolling stone article that got mcchrystal fired. now heres a guess as to what the hell mcchrystal was thinking...

mcchrystal is convinced afghanistan is screwed without more troops and is trying to avoid the blame.

he asked for 60,000 troops, but obama only sent 30,000. he said anything less than 40,000 would run the risk of failure, and now that afghanistan is failing, he wants to make sure hes not going to become the administration's scapegoat.

mcchrystal wants the blame to fall on obama's afghan policy, which is where it should be. obama's afghan policy was doomed from the beginning, and if i were him, i might wanna get out of the way of that shitstorm too.

(full speech.)

that said, its definitely ridiculous for a commanding officer to play politics with his position. he should be above the blame game, and definitely shouldnt be doing his job with politicking in mind.

then again, he might not have cared about the politics and was legitimately just so frustrated that he couldnt see the disastrous magazine article a few days in front him.

so much for brilliant strategist.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Thursday, June 17, 2010

guard corps defectors.

this is pretty fascinating.

it reminded me of those hopeful days last june when apparently, according to a defected revolutionary guard, both the protesters and the regime thought the regime could fall. the relative calm of today kinda bums me out, but hopefully hope is enough to keep the movement going.

Monday, June 14, 2010

project natal.

this is so nuts...

i can almost guarantee this is not going to be as cool as the videos make it seem, as in milo was probably just scripted for a lot of that, but even if natal is not as accurate or responsive as the videos make it look, the motion recognition and object scanning will definitely open up a whole new world for designers.