The Saddest Cubicle In America Comes With Its Own Stench


The sadness of David Gunnells’ work cubicle has been confirmed by and voters across the country.

The information-systems specialist for the University of Alabama, Birmingham, won Wired’s Saddest Cubicle Contest for his work space in the Community Health Service building.

Gunnells, who works for the university’s Department of Occupational Health and Safety, sits at a desk behind large filing cabinets in a windowless conference/break room. An old refrigerator, microwave and smells from an adjoining bathroom complete the cubicle’s ambience.


Some Whale Conversations Deciphered


Aussie scientists analyzing the audio recordings of humpback whales claim they have begun to decode their mysterious communication system. Among other things they have identified male pickup lines and motherly warnings.

Squeaks, pops, womps and gurgles are part of the vast whale repertoire recorded by scientists from the University of Queensland working on the Humpback Whale Acoustic Research Collaboration project.

Recording whale sounds over a three-year period, scientists have deciphered at least 34 different types of whale calls.

Link to the Sydney Daily Telegraph for the story.


The gPhone Is Doomed


When I see a bunch of joiners jumping on some unknown, unreleased unfinished pipe dream, I actually laugh. The peak of this nonsense occurred during the initial announcements for the Intel Itanium processor. Why is it going to be great? Because Google said so.

Read the rant on PCMag.

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One SimCity Per Child


The original SimCity from Electronic Arts will be included in every laptop in the “One Laptop per Child” initiative.

According to EA, the idea to incorporate 1989’s SimCity into the low-cost laptops didn’t come from the publisher itself, but rather OLPC advisor John Gilmore, a self-professed entrepreneur and civil libertarian.

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MIT Sues Architect Of $300 Million Computer Science Building

Stata Center

Architect Frank Gehry’s celebrated design for the Stata Center (view pics of the horror) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is making headlines again — this time because of a lawsuit claiming deficient design work is the cause of leaks, cracks and mold in the 730,000-square-foot building.

I gotta ask though, with a monstrosity like the Stata, what the hell did you expect? This Old House toured the facility a couple years ago when they worked on the ‘Cambridge House’ and I was just aghast that a technical institute would think this structure fit with their rep.

Link to the article on Network World.

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