June 5th, 2007

powerpuff utonium

Puzzles Tues June 5

Jumble = 1:00 (What the dieter ended up with when his trousers didn't fit)
Word Sleuth = 3:36 (King of ---)
NEA Crossword = 3:27 (6-5-07)
NY Times Crossword = 5:30 (No. 0424)
Sudoku 21:16 (Easy)

Okay times for first four. On Sudoku, I found a major mistake after 7:30 so I erased everything and started over. The second time it was 13:46.
bsg gaius

cell phones as distributed detection sensors

Interesting article from the recent NASA Tech Briefs about the possibility of equipping cell phones with sensors to detect biological attacks (along with other things). Now that's a concept that fits right into a story somewhere.

Link goes to Gentag's web site

CELL PHONE SENSORS
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is researching the use of cell phones
equipped with sensors that could detect biological agents such as anthrax,
as well as radioactive isotopes and toxic chemicals. Since fixed sensors
can't be placed everywhere, the solution could soon be in everyone's hands.

Gentag, a Washington, DC-based company, is working with the government on
a patented technology that modifies a cell phone to serve as a low-cost
radiation and/or chemical sensor to discover external threats. The technology
incorporates both modular (removable) sensor modules and built-in sensors.

The DHS program, called Cell-All, would link cell phones equipped with the
detection sensors via the Global Positioning System (GPS). If a detector
sensed a threat, the GPS would transmit the location and time to local
emergency responders and the DHS operations center. According to the DHS, if
the program works, it could be a "game-changer" in how the nation detects and
responds to a deadly attack.

Visit http://link.abpi.net/l.php?20070605A2 for more information.
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squirrels on my roof and "dog poetry"

I'm working at home today. The squirrels have decided to hold drag races on the roof. Every few minutes, it's budda-budda-budda-budda from one side to the other.

I am reminded of the classic "Dog Poetry" bit from the David Letterman show, many years ago. Merrill Markoe, who wrote and directed it, has it on her website.

It's also available, along with many other probably illegal clips from Letterman Show, here.
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continuing on "Walls of Stars"

Got through the third scene of "Walls of Stars, Like Eyes" in a flurry of activity this afternoon. It was a tough scene to write, I was never quite sure how far the characters go in the direction they're going. I'll have to review it once I'm done and see if it works for me.

I'm at 2100 words and there's three scenes left. Seems like it's shaping up to be about 4000-5000 words. That would be a good length, given that I've been indulging myself (and the SacSpecFic group) with 7K+ word stories. I'm really trying to keep it lean and keep it moving.

C returns from NYC sometime soon tonight. She and her friend Terri saw "Moon for the Misbegotten" starring Kevin Spacey and Colm Meaney (along with autographs and pictures afterwards), took in a performance of Upright Citizens Brigade, and hit MOMA and some good restaurants. It will be nice to have her back - things have felt a tad empty around the house, and a bit lonely. I've managed to keep myself busy, but I definitely miss her.