Goodbye Steve. You’ll be missed.

I’ve been using Macintosh computers ever since I remember. I grew up using MacPaint, playing Toxic Raveen, Marathon, and arguing with my friends over loving Macs more than PCs.

That was a long time ago and the arguments are long behind, yet today I’m still sitting in front of an Apple who someone’s taken a bite out of; writing on a MacBook Pro with my iPhone on my desktop. Watching NetFlix on my AppleTV while my docs are backing up onto my Time Capsule.

Picture of Steve Jobs. Thanks for everything.
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I’ve known of the father of Apple for equally long. And, frankly, I don’t remember feeling so sad over the loss of any person or celebrity I never knew personally.

His ingenuity and technology has been what enabled many of my creations and achievements. Thank you for everything Steve.

Some of my augmented reality domains are up for grabs

I normally don’t sell anything in my posts here on Think Artificial. In fact, I’ve never done so nor allowed anyone else to. However, this is uniquely related to our topic of interest and may benefit some lucky readers.

I’m considering selling a few of my augmented reality domains; originally intended to be put to use, other projects have gotten in the way. It seems a shame to leave them parked. So, here they are.

The domain list


Make an offer

Contact me directly to make me an offer on any of these domains. I intend to keep prices fair. I want to see them go to deserving individuals and startups.

I reserve the right to accept or deny offers based on personal preference.

First augmented reality application makes it to the iPhone App Store

The application was smuggled in through an update; an addition to the Metro Paris Subway app by French company Presselite. ReadWriteWeb and Fast Company wrote good coverage of the event. The question is whether Apple will remove the application as AR apps were not to be allowed until September.

The real life Doctor Manhattan

Watchmen novel coverI thought many of you might enjoy this little gem I came across while digesting my daily dose of science. It turns out that Dr. Manhattan of Watchmen seems to have a real life counterpart.

For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, Watchmen is a graphic novel written by Alan Moore and illustrated by David Gibbons. It’s the only graphic novel to receive sci-fi’s most prestigious award, Hugo Award, and the only graphic novel to make the NY Time’s 100 best English-language novels. Those of you who’ve read it, read on for the real life Dr. Manhattan. For those of you who haven’t read it fetch yourselves a copy, enjoy some great sci-fi, and then come back to this post. If you don’t the writing style of this entry won’t make sense to you.

The Happening, or: What the hell just happened?

THE HAPPENINGNice poster for The Happening

  • Director/Writer: M. Night Shyamalan / M. Night Shyamalan
  • Release Date: 11 June 2008
  • Plot outline: A paranoid thriller about people on the run in a natural crisis that presents a large-scale threat to humanity.
  • Freebase entry.

[UPDATE] See the conclusion in the comments below.

And now for a look at science fiction: I watched Shyamalan’s The Happening last night and, you know, this may have just been the most interesting movie this year. No really: simply because I can’t wrap my head around it. What the hell was that? Why the bad acting, why the goofy protagonist? Is there a puzzle in there somewhere? Read on for a brief rant.

Robot Shortage [Picture]

Warning, due to a shortage of robots workers here are human beings and may react unpredictably if abused

Brilliant. Unfortunately I have no idea who made this poster or took the pic.

Edward O. Wilson Discusses Science and Religion

When I was about sixteen years old, I read Edward O. Wilson’s Consilience — a book that confirmed and reaffirmed many of my views on science, as well as inspired me to look through entirely new keyholes. New Scientist recently published an excerpt from an essay Wilson wrote in an edition of four books by Darwin. Do read my following excerpt, and by all means read the full article — Wilson certainly knows his way around science (and words).

Added the MBL Reader Widget

You’ll notice that I added the MBL reader widget to the sidebar. Not sure whether it’s responsive enough to keep (don’t want it slowing the site loading down). But we’ll see.

PKD’s Next

Just watched “Next”, with Nicholas Cage, based on PKD’s novel. Actually a lot better than I had anticipated. I love it when potentially horrible flicks turn out okay.

Smart Image Resizing

Pages on the modern web have means of dynamically arranging text when windows are resized, but images remain rigid. There’s a solution, however, have a look at this demonstration video of a technique that makes it possible to resize images without distorting them.

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