Thanksgiving week catch up

Here are some stories that I was going to write about last week among the working, extra travel, and general lazing about:

  • Schoolboy’s lifesaving MythBuster moment The importance of separating true science from collective Hollywood fiction has come into its own. After revealing positive aspects of playing video games (including venting your aggressions, building problem-solving skills, and hand-eye coordination), we are now finding good excuses for watching geeky shows on television. Having seen the episode of Mythbusters dealing with the idea of getting electrocuted by the Metro track, this kid knew exactly what not to do, and saved a life. He was very brave, even at the peak of geekery.
  • Babbling Babelfish sparks international incidentTechnology can help us in a lot of ways, especially when dealing with hard science, mathematics, etc. There are some areas that aren’t nailed down quite as well, and one of those areas is in language translation. The dictionary translation software can help you out greatly, but one really should at least know some of the basics of the target language, especially if the communication is legal, governmental, or really, has anything to do with business. These guys were down a translator, and decided that Babelfish would make a good stand-in.
  • Clean, carbon-neutral hydrogen on the horizonAn exciting 288 percent efficiency gain has been made by a new process for creating clean hydrogen from cellulose. I’m stoked about this!
  • If Gmail Had Been Designed by MicrosoftA fun look at a screenshot of Gmail, walking through User interface traditions used by Microsoft to create something awful. This is brutally truthful and rather hilarious, especially if you have ever done web design.
  • Residents reject rude roadTo the road signage crew: Thou shalt check thy spelling before placing road signs henceforth! By the way, you will all need to update your address books. I now live at 2389 Dolphin Waxing Lane.
  • Quaid’s scareDennis Quaid’s newborn twins got a horribly large overdose at the hospital, which is incredibly scary. The article says that they will be alright. As a parent, I know that something like this can keep you up at night for years afterward. I hope that they are well and safe, and that nurses everywhere are mindful and alert when metering out meds, and also that Dennis and Kimberly have patience and understanding in their hearts.