Scott Adams’ amazing recovery

Scott Adams of “Dilbert” fame, became afflicted with Spasmodic Dysphonia about 18 months ago. This means for some inexplicale reason he completely lost his voice. At that time there was a zero recovery rate from this, no one in known history has ever fully regained their voice. Until now.

Read this amazing story on his blog and leave him a happy comment, he has no idea how long his voice will remain.


Linux powers small plane “glass cockpit”

Staying on the subject of linux, according to

FSMLabs reports that its real-time Linux distribution was used by Blue Mountain Avionics to build an electronic flight information system (EFIS) or “glass cockpit” for experimental aircraft. The EFIS/One offers dozens of solid-state instruments, digital autopilot, an air data computer, and a built-in flight recorder.

Here’s the full article with many nice pics. Click the pic below, that device goes for around $15,000. Nice gadget!

Linux Cockpit from fsmlabs

X-Mas gift idea: Wow-Wee Robo Pet

Wow-Wee Robo Pet

7″ pet: Robo Pet is the perfect fusion of technology and personality. He “comes alive” with a combination of user-controlled movements and Wow-Wee Robo Petautonomous, free-roaming behaviors, some of them naughty and some of them nice. Plus, at 7″, he’s the perfect interactive pet to take anywhere.


Robo Pet is the perfect fusion of technology and personality. He “comes alive” with a combination of user-controlled movements and autonomous, free-roaming behaviors, some of them naughty and some of them nice. Plus, at 7″, he’s the perfect interactive pet to take anywhere.

Biomechanical movements: Robopet features realistic movements, including walking and running, sitting, lying down, getting up and rolling over.

Visual and sonic sensors: IR vision enables Robo Pet to detect and avoid obstacles and table edges. In addition, sonic sensors help it respond to sound. As a result, Robo Pet performs tricks on command. It even responds to commands from Robosapien™ V2 and can make four different doggie sounds.

Remote controllable: This robotic pet features multiple functions with an easy-to-use remote control, multiple vision systems with color recognition and fully-automated demo modes.

[Found via C|Net’s Deal of the Day]


The Not So Random Coin Toss

NPR has a great audio segment on the randomness of the coin toss. They also interview statistician Persi Diaconis who asked Harvard University engineers to build him a mechanical coin flipper (seen below) that can always make the perfect coin flip. It appears that the randomness in a coin toss is introduced by sloppy humans.

They also bring up the issue of American Football games that are started with a coin flip. Listen to the segment in Real or Windows Media formats.

Coin Tosser

Data Center in a Box

Sun Microsystems has developed a ‘data center in a box’ concept that may just alter the business model of computing. Here’s Sun’s Project Blackbox site.

The system is intended for computing projects that need to come to Sun's Project Blackboxmarket or to scale up quickly. The datacenter looks like a simple cargo container that can be deployed anywhere. You can take a video tour to see the box inside and out using the box in Sun’s parking lot.

From the NYTimes article:

The expandable computer system, called Project Blackbox, is based on a standard 20-foot shipping container and can be deployed virtually anywhere there is electricity, chilled water and an Internet connection.

The system is planned for commercial availability in the second half of 2007, with prices beginning around $500,000.

New Search Engine to Keep You Company While You Search


There’s a new search engine on the scene: Ms.Dewey.

That’s her to the left. Ms. Dewey is a new, interactive, Flash based search engine. To assist you in your search, the website is hosted by smoking hot model/actress/vocalist, Janina Gavankar.

For a fun time, try entering these queries:

fastest bittorrent client
Who are you?” (enter this several times for different results)
how to fight a ninja
world of warcraft
Janina Gavankar

Video History of YouTube

In a salute to the king of online video hosts recently selling out to Goog for 1.65B dollars, Slate is hosting a video history of Youtube.

It’s 9 Youtube clips, some controversial like Stephen Colbert’s roasting of President Bush, others are runaway hits like the two leggy Israeli girls lipsyncing to the Pixie’s. Check it out.

Create your own Simpsons Treehouse of Horrors promo!

Simpsons fans can take a crack at generating their own promos for The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror XVI, which is airing Nov. 5 on Fox.

A Web-based editing tool at will allow fans to customize a 30-second promo using Treehouse video clips, sounds and music; title cards and text also can be added.

A panel of judges will choose the best fan-generated promo after the deadline at 11:59pm Oct 30. The winner receives a trip for two to The Simpsons‘ 400th episode party in Los Angeles in May and a chance for the promo to air on Fox.

Get your head in the game, mister!

Toshiba revealed this lovely device in their daring play for the future of visual technology.  Although it offers a full 360 degree view of extreme eye-candy, I’m not so sure I’d have the inclination to strap this 7lb. piece of headgear on.  “Weigh” the pros and cons for yourself, people.

Toshiba Game Device

[Found via TheLastBoss]

Want a Bluetooth Watch For Chirstmas?

From the Fossil web site:

The Fossil Caller ID watch with Bluetooth technology keeps you connected in style by combining a vintage Bluetooth Watch from Fossilanalog/digital watch design with Bluetooth Wireless technology. It notifies you when your phone rings with a discreet vibrating sensation and showing the caller’s name and/or number on the bright OLED display. When an SMS/text message is received the watch will vibrate and the text alert icon will appear. You can mute the phone’s ringer or reject a call by simply pushing a button on the watch.



    • 2-hand analog time keeping
    • Call notification with Caller ID
    • Text message notification
    • Vibrating alert
    • Bright OLED display
    • Simple 2-button operation
    • Recharge through USB or universal AC adapter


  1. Fossil is taking pre-orders for them now to be delivered in time for Chirstmas.
  2. It’s compatible with Sony Ericsson Bluetooth enabled mobile phones and Series 60 phones using Symbian OS version 7, 8, and 8.1.
  3. Personal note to the wife, this is not a hint from me to get one. I’m still in love with the one i hinted for and received from Mrs.Claus for Christmas 2 years ago. :-)