Behind the Koi Pond Craze

Koi Pond

Koi Pond is the hottest app in the Apple App Store and has been leading in downloads for quite a while (download here). If you’re not familiar with this app by Blimp Pilots, it serves no function other than to turn your iPhone or iPod Touch into a virtual fish pond. You can view it in action below.

It’s been an amazing and puzzling phenomenon and Macworld interviews the developer for Koi Pond to learn why this thing is doing so well.

Gadgets / Devices

News Link Dump – 11/13/08

News and Coffee in the morning

Web Services:

- Google gives customers faster Site Search service

- Google Cries Foul Over Coverage of Apps Outages

- Is Microsoft Biting Its Own Hand with Windows Live?

- Cybercrime crusaders shut down shadowy Web hosting operation



- iPhone Apps for Cheapskates

- BlackBerry Storm Coming Nov. 21 For $199, iPhone Not Toast

- When Will Apple Add Copy/Paste To The iPhone?


Military Tech:

- Ruling unlikely to quell sonar storm



- AMD Refreshes Opteron With 45nm ‘Shanghai’ Quad-Core Processors

- Apple Black Friday Deals rumored to be fantastic



- Upgrade To ISS Allows Astronauts To Turn Urine Into Water

News Links

Doppelganger’s Abound!

An interesting website fell into my lap the other day.  How Many of Me is a page that allows you to search current compiled census data for people’s names within the United States.


It’s fun to search the database for people with your own name, or even old friends!

Stumble of the Day

Military Bans YouTube, Launches TroopTube


Last year the military banned service personnel from posting videos to Youtube. Apparently some not so nice things or classified things were on full display for the public. And as we all know by now, the public is not to be trusted. Hey, I don’t trust you, why would the military?

In any case, today the troops have their own video hosting web service, TroopTube:

Not too many videos are up yet, I’m looking forward to some Submarine vids, in the meantime here’s one from a pair of wives with a shoutout to their men in 3rd Brigade 133 Cavalry.

(MSNBC) The U.S. military, with help from Seattle startup Delve Networks, has launched a video-sharing Web site for troops, their families and supporters, a year and a half after restricting access to YouTube and other video sites.


Collecting Whale Snot. Not The Dirty Job You Think It Is

Helo collecting snot

Until recently, most of what scientists know about whales comes from dissecting the ones that have washed ashore or through examining captive specimens.

Now scientists are using small, remotely controlled helos to maneuver above a whale’s blowhole and sample the mist it blows into the air. Their blowhole could be thought of as somewhat similar to our nostrils in the sense that during exhale there’s an accumulation of mucus and other interesting matter. These samples can reveal bacteria lurking in these beasts.