November 2005 Archives
This has probably been around for awhile, but I just saw it and found it brilliant.
Tetran is a supercute holder for earbuds and their tangley cables. However, based on the pictures I think it's a bit too big to carry around in one's pocket. But still, super supercute!
Treehugger is a blog that highlights environmentally friendly products. Now you can fulfill your consumerist desires with a minimum of guilt.
Hey there where ya goin', not exactly knowin', who says you have to call just one place home. He's goin' everywhere, B.J. McKay and his best friend Bear. He just keeps on movin', ladies keep improvin', every day is better than the last. New dreams and better scenes, and best of all I don't pay property tax. Rollin' down to Dallas, who's providin' my palace, off to New Orleans or who knows where. Places new and ladies, too, I'm B.J. McKay and this is my best friend Bear.
Slate has an awesome article on the end of the universe, in which the author interviews several cosmologists, trying to find out how it will happen and how humanity might survive. (Bottom line: no one really knows.)
Here's a bit I quite liked, regarding the future of intelligent life in an ever colder universe:
"The most plausible answer," Dyson said, "is that conscious life will take the form of interstellar dust clouds." He was alluding to the kind of inorganic life forms imagined by the late astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle in his 1957 science fiction novel, The Black Cloud. "An ever-expanding network of charged dust particles, communicating by electromagnetic forces, has all the complexity necessary for thinking an infinite number of novel thoughts."
How, I objected, can we really imagine such a wispy thing, spread out over billions of light-years of space, being conscious?
"Well," he said, "how do you imagine a couple of kilograms of protoplasm in someone's skull being conscious? We have no idea how that works either."