Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Epson Sumatra?

I read this article today about the future of 3-D printing and was just blown away by where things are heading, not to mention thinking it's got to be kind of cool to say that you work at the Center For Bits and Atoms. And to think, this coming fom an English / Theology double major. Go figure. Here's a preview and a link:

Imagine that your coffee maker breaks just before you're about to host a brunch. You go online and click on the model you want to buy. But you don't have to wait for it to be shipped; instead, a machine on your desk kicks into operation. Inside a glass chamber, a nozzle spits out the electronics, chassis, motor and other components, layer by layer. An hour later, you snap together a few parts and the brewing begins.

click here

Monday, November 28, 2005

Sucker-punched by a (not quite) three year old

A few nights back I was putting Sydney, who turns 3 today, to bed. I was in the middle of Dr. Seus's "Fox In Sox" when she tired of my mangled tongue-twisting reading attempts, interrupting me to say, "God came to, um, ... she came to get me."
I asked, "who came to get you Syd?"
"God did. She came to get me. It's scary when God wants to fix you."
BLAMMO! I was almost too floored to hear that from her to respond in any way, but I figured it was worth asking her some more questions about this.
"Why is it scary when God wants to fix you?"
"Because you're different."
BOFFO! This kid of mine just sucker-punched me again! What's going on inside that little noggin? I merely repeated, "because you're different than you were before God wanted to fix you?"
"Yeah. Um, I was two before and now I'm three and I'm bigger."

To think that even at (almost) three years old, my little girl has a sense of what most people (myself included if I'm honest) try to ignore, run from and disparage in others is a humbling thing indeed.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Where I've been

Got these cool little things from a friend's blog.
I like maps. And while I'm more a blue stater, I realize that this is a non-partisan tool ... or is it?!

create your own visited countries map

create your own visited states map
or check out these Google Hacks.