Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Radeon HD 6990: A Silicon Masterpiece

Radeon HD 6990
For me one of the most expensive components of maintaining a cutting edge PC tower is the graphic card.  I have always stayed with ATI, I mean AMD...  Based on my history, it seems I upgrade the motherboard and CPU about every 8 months,  drives every year, monitors every 2 years, but maintaining the fastest graphic card is getting quite expensive.  Pictured above is the world's fastest graphic card.  I have yet to purchase it, but from hearing how Dave Erskine, the Senior Public Relations Manager for AMD is trash talking Nvidia, it seems worthy of owning this silicon masterpiece...

"So now I issue a challenge to our competitor: prove it, don’t just say it. Show us the substantiation. Because as it stands today, leading reviewers agree with ushere, here, here, and here that the AMD Radeon HD 6990 sits on the top as the world’s fastest graphics card."  Dave Erskine...

Monday, March 28, 2011

Oh! Chateau - Parisian Wine Bar

This is one of my favorite wine bars in Paris, it reminds me of another wine bar in Tokyo that I've long forgotten the name, but they both serve Petrus and Ch√Ęteau Latour by the glass.

Oh! Chateau 
This wine bar in Paris serves small tastes of the world's top wines.      http://www.o-chateau.com/

Donation to the Japan Tsunami Charities

This is a work I recently created that I am donating to various charities that are raising money for the Japan Tsunami - 
The piece is entitled "Endurance and Survival Triumphs over Adversity".   
It will be available in large print and postcard format.  
Please contact this website for further details, especially if you are organizing a fundraiser or are directly involved with a charity that is focused on this cause.

Interesting Stat about Government Spend

For every $1 Obama spends he borrows 40cents.  That ratio is almost to amazing to shock.. Even countries that are on the brink of financial collapse such as Portugal and Greece didn't spend that flagrantly...

Sunday, March 27, 2011

First Leaked Photos of the Nokia Windows Phone 7

Photos of the stealth Nokia Windows Phone 7 have arrived.  Just after Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and Microsoft chief executive Steve Balmer took the stage in London Friday to announce a partnership between the two technology giants, Engadget received leaked photos.  Sleek and interesting colored angled form factor.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Detroit - Almost like Time Traveling 100 years back...

Well not actually time travel,  but the city of Detroit keeps shrinking, back to a population base that it last saw in 1910.  Detroit's population witnessed 25% depart the city in the past decade to 713,777.... 

 In the 1950s, Detroit peaked around two million... Sad, but the city may have to sell itself to Hollywood as a setting for apocalyptic style movies...

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Google launching a new ‘Media Ads’ format for video ads on Google.com

Google is launching a new ‘Media Ads’ format for video ads on Google.com. Ads appear as thumbnails with a play button, clicking on the thumbnail, the video ad expands and takes over Google search page.  Google is trying to grab morer big ad dollars spent by media companies when promoting movies and TV.  The Lightbox media player is used for the video ads when expanded.


Getting around to scanning old drawings when i was a little kid with a large imagination...

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Formula One - design and composite materials applied to the Venge racing bike.

There is not a sport as expensive and technology pushing the limits as Formula One, but I do enjoy the occasional bike ride..  carbon fiber frame weights only 2.09 pounds...
World's sexist green car: Porche 918... This V8 engine, paired with two electric motors delivers an incredible 718 horsepower for a 3.1-second dash to sixty with an amazing 78 miles per gallon. For only $845,000 you too can own the fastest green car on earth...

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

LG Thrill 4G - TC HD7S:

Normally I am at CTIA this time of year, but this year I'll be staying NYC.. so all my mobile handsets updates will have to come via info attained from other blogs....
Very nice Windows 7 fone T-Mobile HTC HD7 - 1 GHZ CPU, 5 megapixel camera, 4.3″ display, and Windows-Phone-7-poweredness) 
LG Thrill 4G:
Glasses-free 3D smartphone.  See that's why being stuck in nyc and not getting your hands on experience limits how you can understand new stuff or vapor stuff... Glass free 3D, can't tell whether it is impressive or not... difficult to decide from a youtube video...
AT&T’s - Dual 5-megapixel camera setup for 3D stereoscopic photos, a dual-core 1GHZ CPU, 16 cof internal storage (8 GB imicroSD), and HDMI out. Android 2.2 no 3.0 yet...

CTIA daily details

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Radiation Chart of the current situation in Japan

Word of the Day - "Recriticality"

Nytimes is always an interesting read, where today's work of the day comes from
"Recriticality" occurs when spent fuel rods that hold a vertical stack of cylindrical uranium oxide pellets start to melt and become critical in nuclear terms and resume the fission that previously took place inside the reactor, spewing out radioactive byproducts.       

Today's Word of the Day - Libration

We all know the Earth's ocean tides are effected by the Moon, such that the closer the moon is the higher the tides..  But did you know Earth induces land tides on the moon, with the moon's land swelling and contracting... This tidal interaction is called libration.

What is 14% Larger this Saturday

Well it is our celestial body we call the moon...  not since 1993 has there been a full moon been this close

An interesting bit of info - the size of the body that collided with the earth blasting material into orbit to form the moon was the size of Mars...  that is one impressive impact...

The end of free content.... nytimes.com ends beta testing and goes active march 28th

We have been informed (warned) for some time now that this day of free content from NYtimes would be behind a paid wall.  Well they just announced that day has come... As in March 28th...
  • It begins on March 28. Unless you're in Canada, since you have been beta testing their service already...
  • 20 free articles per month on NYTimes.com. Then it get interesting.
  • You click on that 21st article to read, you're presented the option of buying one of three digital news packages - $15 for a month of access to the Web site and a mobile phone app; $20 for Web access and an iPad app; and $35 for an all-access plan."
  • Home delivery subscribers get online access for free.
  • Seems though if you're not willing to fork of the green, you'll be able to see articles from links to NYTimes.com from Google, Twitter, Facebook, and blogs (huzzah!) even if you've already reached your 20-article limit.
  • "When you visit NYTimes.com by clicking links in Google search results, you'll enjoy up to five free articles per day."

Big Bang or Not?

Interesting article questioning the Big Bang theory including theorizing the super clustering including the massive Sloan Great Wall can only occur if the universe is over 250 billion years old... not the 13.7 stated by the Big Bang...


Either way, the next few years are going to be quite exciting... James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), successor to the HST with 10x light-gathering power will be launched in 2014. And, the ultra-high resolution radio telescopes such as Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile which is to become operational in 2012, will be peering still deeper into the universe.

Rocky planets a few times heavier than Earth - seems will not support life..

Rocky planets a few times heavier than Earth that were thought might be life-friendly may lack  a protective magnetic field that originates from an iron core that is at least partly molten.

A simulation of exo-Earths between a few times and 10 times Earth's mass suggests that high pressures will keep the core solid and hence there won't be a magnetic field to protect the surface from solar radiation... if our core solidified life as we know it would slowly come to an end...  Mars once had an active core and protective atmosphere, but it's core solidified  and the red planet's protective field was switched off half a billion years ago.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Microsoft Mobile Windows 7 is still sliding down hill...

All the buzz around its launch of the Windows Phone 7 OS last November, Microsoft continues to fall farther behind rivals Apple and Google in the smartphone market.
Microsoft's share of U.S. smartphone platforms slipped 1.7%, to 8%, during the three months ended Jan. 31, according to market watcher comScore. Over the same period, Google Android's share increased 7.7%, to 31.2%, while Apple's iPhone held steady—increasing .1% to 24.7%.
The new data surely comes as a disappointment to Microsoft, which was counting on Windows Phone 7 to restore its relevance in the increasingly crucial smartphone arena. Backed by a multimillion dollar ad campaign and events around the country, Microsoft launched Windows Phone 7 devices from HTC, Samsung, LG, and Dell on Nov. 8 with carrier partners AT&T and T-Mobile.The biggest quarterly falloff in market share belonged to Research In Motion, which saw its stake decline 5.4% to 30.4%.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Selection of my works at various galleries

An example of my latest Photography 2011...  Blending custom code with visual media

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Interesting Quote about the approaching roadblock in Proccessor Power

In 2008, Darpa, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency assembled panel of nation’s best supercomputer experts and asked them to think about ways in which it might be possible to reach an exascale computer — a supercomputer capable of executing one quintillion mathematical calculations in a second, about 1,000 times faster than today’s fastest systems.
The panel, led by Peter Kogge, a University of Notre Dame supercomputer designer, came back with pessimistic conclusions. “Will the next decade see the same kind of spectacular progress as the last two did?” he wrote IEEE Spectrum. “Alas, no.”  “The party isn’t over, but the police have arrived and the music has been turned way down.”

Incredibly Power hungry with today architecture...A 10-petaflop supercomputer — scheduled to be built by I.B.M. next year — will consume 15 megawatts of power, roughly the electricity consumed by a city of 15,000 homes. An exascale computer, built with today’s microprocessors, would require 1.6 gigawatts. That would be roughly one and half times the amount of electricity produced by a nuclear power plant