Sand Flea is an 11-lb robot with one trick up its sleeve: Normally it drives like an RC car, but when it needs to it can jump 30 feet into the air. An onboard stabilization system keeps it oriented during flight to improve the view from the video uplink and to control landings. Current development of Sand Flea is funded by the The US Army's Rapid Equipping Force. For more information visit www.BostonDynamics.com.
So the folks at Google have decided to try a pratical field test for their autonomous car project.
It's quite exciting to see someone with a disability taking advantage of a technologic improvement to do things that he wouldn't normally be able of achieving by himself. Well done Google!
Managed to take a couple of pictures of the Moon and Venus from my area in London. I've used my Tamron 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens and a tripod
I've also taken another one (thumbnail below) which is a bit brighter. There are several objects that can be seen, so the Moon of course, Venus in the top right corner. There is also a moving object which left a trail (a satellite?) plus some greenish blob just on the top left of the moon, not sure what that could be? I've also made a small video.
This man surely has a lot of balls to climb so high on an antenna to repair it. I wonder how scary it would be with wind or bad weather!
The last part is mental!
Watch out this awesome guy playing the Imperial March on bagpipes while on his unicycle ...
So as I've moved home recently I have gone back to the good, old tube commuting. It's not as bad as the old house in Fulham, which entailed no less than one bus and two tube lines, but still it's not the same as simply walking five minutes to the office. What are the main differences?
Well the first thing you notice is the shift in the politeness and courtesy levels across the two options.
When you walk to work, you are on the side of the road, and it's all about checking if someone is coming the opposite way: if a bloke comes your way you have to check the space on the walkway between the parked cars and garden walls / fences, and prepare to shift and wait for the other to pass, triggering a profusion of "thank you / cheers" which are to be returned back, preferably while nodding and/or smiling slightly. If then there is a lady, or some elderly person or a kid you need to be even more careful and possibly stop between two cars to let them pass. Most of the times when they notice your courtesy they will speed up their walk to cope with your kindness and ensure that you are not waiting too much to let them pass.
On the tube you still get some degree of politeness but it's more the exception rather than the rule: it's a free-for-all race to gather the few sitting places available. You have to employ all the strategy you are capable of and watch out for the typical signs (often hardly discernible) that someone is about to stand up and get off at the next stop, freeing up a valuable seat that you may exploit util your destination. At the same time you have to watch out the other predators which populate the ecosystem of the carriage, and which are as eager as you on gaining the privilege of a seating place or, if not available, one of the standing corners. You need to act fast and decisively, any hesitation usually costs you the seat or, even worse, losing a good position you conquered with tactical moves across the last two stops and which you eventually gave up, in an attempt to reach that damn seat.
A good thing of the Tube is the time you have to do something that would be quite difficult doing while walking such as, for instance, reading a book. The phone is usually okay on the walkway too, although it may result in bumping over some granny carrying three or four Sainsbury's bags full of produce, causing great discontent and shame upon yourself.
And you? What are your thought about commuting?
Roberto Maroni definisce peracottai i ministri italiani che si stanno occupando dell'incidente diplomatico con l'India, suggerendo che la presenza di Franco Frattini agli Esteri avrebbe sicuramente agevolato la risoluzione.
Hmmm really? Vabbé dai, la Lega Nord avrebbe comunque potuto mandare nelle trattative i fini negoziatori che militano tra le sue fila e che giá piú volte in passato hanno dimostrato tatto e cautela nelle loro esternazioni pubbliche ... ce li vedo proprio a dialogare con un indiano!
I was trying to read some Italian politics articles but I quickly got very very bored and found out something much more interesting and mentally challenging to appreciate. Have a look at 10 Hours of Technoviking, one of my favourites superheroes ...
If you still have another 10 hours left to spare, you can also have a look at 10 Hours Nyan Cat - HD Version, another unmissable masterpiece from you tube. In this one you will find quite good acting, and the sound track surely can compete with classics tracks from Howard Shore or Hans Zimmer for example. If you still have time (and you understand Italian) you can also watch Brunetta and the Report journalist, another masterpiece of the art of deception.
Here you are a cool video which shows how you can extract a DNA strand using an easy method and things that are available in pretty much every household!
Cool isn't it? Now if you have a powerful microscope as well you may want to take a look!