Archive for November 2006

Very good rant on what is wrong with government funding

November 19, 2006

Check out this rant on government funding. Forget the nuclear physics he is talking about (although very interesting) what he says about the government as a whole and the politics involved in getting a sliver of funding from the government on potentially game changing, out of the box projects. Toward the end it gets better, and for a moment reminded me of the scene in “Contact” when at the end of her rope, Eleanor Arroway pleads with big money to have a sense of adventure and push past the political barriers for a relatively tiny pile of money (Google says in the side bar that the max money that he needs, 200 million, is less than their electric bill for a year!!)

Make me cry

November 8, 2006

I found this video on Digg today. It made me cry.

Linux and open source rocks.

The Oil Drum

November 5, 2006

Today I ran across an interesting site devoted to the peak oil theory. Cool stuff!

Swing state

November 3, 2006

So I have voted at every election since I turned 18, and I have never been bugged as much as the last couple of days… Calls to our phone, stuff under the door at our apartment, mailings, and heck even Dave Winer is campaigning so I can’t even read tech blogs. Maybe some of it is the moving to a swing state. Minnesota is a little move divided than Nebraska, but, boy, I will be glad when Wednesday is here. I’m just glad the campaign people got my VOIP phone and not my cell phone number.

Idle Time

November 2, 2006

So, work is a little slow right now. With nothing to work on engineers charge their time to overhead. What does one do for 8 hours a day while he is on overhead? So far I have split my time on various activities. Learning verilog, statistical DSP, Macro economics, Java, how to hack the company’s intranet, and caching up on the latest stories on slashdot and digg. A very productive day for myself learning all this cool stuff, but at the end of the day I wish I could contribute to something in the company instead of getting paid to train myself some cool new thing. Oh well I’m going to take the opportunity and run with it.