Jan 092008


Press Release:

BALTIMORE – NASA will debut a new book for blind readers at a media event and reception Jan. 15. The agency will unveil “Touch the Invisible Sky,” which gives blind readers the ability to experience cosmic images from the agency’s space-based observatories and other telescopes on the ground.

“Touch the Invisible Sky” is accessible to both blind and sighted readers. The book presents celestial objects as they appear through visible-light telescopes and in different spectral regions that are invisible to the naked eye. It uses a combination of Braille and traditional text. A variety of tactile textures and symbols were chosen to represent different physical features and characteristics of the images.

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Jan 082008


Yeah you heard it.  The Duke is back, and even more crude, and anti-alien as ever.  Full of the famous one-liners everyone’s come to love and repeat, “Duke Nukem: Forever” seems to have made the unlikely transition from vaporware to reality.  3DRealms.Com released this new trailer for the game that been on the development shelf for ten long years. A bit disappointing because it doesn’t show any gameplay!  However, those who can remember back to the days of old….*grin*  Here’s a recap of the DN:F video 3DRealms released back in 1998 that previews some gameplay and cutscenes.


I’ve been waiting a loooooong time for this title.  A while back, I gave up the ghost, and surrendered it to the vaporware category.  Oh Duke – Why do you tease me so?!?  Don’t let me down again ;)  In the immortal words of the Duke himself – “It’s time to kick ass and chew bubble gum. And I’m all out of gum.”

Jan 082008

Surgical instrument

You know what I hate? I hate it when I go in for an operation and weeks or months later I’m in pain and agony or die, only come to find out it’s because the Doc left a foreign object in me.

Not foreign like Pakistan or Chile, I mean foreign like ‘I wasn’t born with this thing in my gut so why the hell is it in me now?’.

You’ve probably seen the numerous news and court judgements against the doctors and nurses that left a surgical  sponge in a patient, sewed them up and sent them home.

But then there’s the biggies like the surgical instruments left in patients like clamps or even a 13″ retractor!

Apparently it isn’t so rare with 1500 people in the USA alone finding gear in their guts every year.

To help resolve this dilemma, we now have hospitals using sponges with RFID tags in them. Nurses can swipe a wand over the sponges before and after to obtain a count and ensure one or more didn’t end up missing.

You can see the gadget at RF Surgical Systems product page here.

Fine, now that they have resolved the deal with the sponges, can someone do something about this clamp and retractor business?

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