12 January 2007

Dinner, Caitlin Roran, Phyllotaxis, Car GPS, and Buzzwords

Hello -

The books I mentioned in the last posting have started arriving, and they will keep me busy for a bit. But I can't help but share the following.

Imagine my surprise when I found that not only is there a WikiPedia entry about people trying to deduce the whereabouts and identity of gmail's Ms. Roran, but that it points right here! J-Fav and I agreed that it would be entirely appropriate to invite Caitlin to dinner, even if there's a chance that she's already inundated with requests like that, or would be creeped out, or whatever.

Long story short, after some back-and-forth, and a lot of over-modesty, J-Fav and I had the opportunity to have a really fun dinner. To assuage online fans of Caitlin Roran, she approved putting up a photo. (No, it was neither sushi nor a BBQ!)

Caitlin Roran dinner

In other news -

Your Old Friend Phyllotaxis

If you've ever wondered about why plant stems grow in patterns, you may enjoy this page out of Wolfram's A New Kind of Science. Also, see this deeper work by Douady and Couder, "Phyllotaxis as a Dynamical Self-Organizing Process: Part I..."


CIO Magazine arrives free at our office. Its articles and advertisements crack me up with a heavy dose of IT-buzzword-itis and such abbreviated ad copy that it's as if everyone knows about "cross-platform synergies." Here are some examples of ads and phrases on their website:

  • Lean how to renegotiate and future-proof your outsourcing arrangements
  • Check out this pro-active approach to process outsourcing efficiency and business agility!
  • Learn how Sybase 365 enables directory services through SMS
  • Boost your computing power for higher performance and better business alignment

Visualization Methods

A "periodic table" of visualization methods that's making its way around the web. Unusually broad collection of techniques, even though many smack of things I'd cringe seeing in a stereotypical Fortune 500 boardroom.

A (Much Better) Car GPS

CNet award-winning "Dash" is an upcoming vehicular GPS that updates its maps wirelessly, shares a continuous stream of data about road conditions, and modifies your route based on traffic! It even knows about year-road historic road speeds.

Colbert on CES


1 comment:

RLM said...

If your Labels at the bottom of your post are intended to help create hits or links to your blog, you may want to spell Ms. Roran's first name correctly. It appears to be missing an "i".
What is this all about, anyway???