Monday, July 19, 2010

J'ai Un Sciphone

I bought a new phone. It's an iPhone clone called a Sciphone. I still don't even know how to use all the features. This is the main screen when it's turned on. This is the screen  that comes up when you "Slide to Unlock". There are ten screens in total. Most of them are games (I think) and there is a lot of room for other apps if you want to add them.  I most likely won't add any for a long, long time because A) I don't want to pay to use them and B) I don't know how to use them.

We went to dinner with Dee and Judy at The Manor on Wilton Drive. It used to be several smaller places, but was recently renovated into one large place. Inside, there are two bars and a "restaurant" area. If you like to converse while dining, The Manor is not the place to go. The food wasn't that good either, which is too bad because it's really a neat place. On the other hand, if one is to believe Mark's List the food is quite good, but neither Robb, nor I, was impressed. Maybe we just got them at a bad time. It was quite early for us (17h00), but Judy had to get up very early the next morning.

Dark Matter May Be Building Up Inside the Sun. The sun could be a net for dark matter, a new study suggests. If dark matter happens to take a certain specific form, it could build up in our nearest star and alter how heat moves inside it in a way that would be observable from Earth. 

Carl Sagan: A universe not made for us

Is Gravity Real? A Scientist Takes on Newton. It’s hard to imagine a more fundamental and ubiquitous aspect of life on the Earth than gravity, from the moment you first took a step and fell on your diapered bottom to the slow terminal sagging of flesh and dreams. But what if it’s all an illusion, a sort of cosmic frill, or a side effect of something else going on at deeper levels of reality? 

The incredible shrinking solar cell. The next generation of solar cells will be small. About the size of lint. But the anticipated impact: That’s huge.

Reconstructed: Archimedes's flaming steam cannon. Did the ancient Greek inventor Archimedes build a solar-powered steam cannon that fired flaming projectiles? That's the suggestion of an Italian engineer who has come up with a design for such a weapon. 

The best marimba player I've ever seen. 

Flying Car a Step Closer to Reality

Truth Wins Out exposes creepy practices of 'ex-gay' therapist. Another "ex-gay" fraud is exposed by Truth Wins Out. And, this one is really disturbing and creepy: Truth Wins Out (TWO) released an exclusive video statement today from two former clients of “ex-gay” life coach Alan Downing. 

À la prochaine, mes amis

1 comment:

Jacob said...

Hi Bob!

Re your comment on Paree: It was actually much busier at Notre Dame a couple of hours earlier...the line stretched way back!

I just finished Victor Stenger's book, "God, the Failed Hypothesis." Very interesting. Science, he says, can easily prove there is no god. The universe is exactly as one would expect if there were no god.

We have a plain old cell phone and don't use that unless absolutely necessary. One thing I do not need in my life is to be tied to a damn phone! :-)

Hope all is well!