Monday, April 11, 2011

frantic strawberries

We (NS and I) are speeding away from El Palo Alto (Palr Altr?), that tall tree, two more clues to plant, already running late, driving like a maniac, narrowly avoiding death at each intersection, and Game Control is severely understaffed/overburdened.  We need to plant a human at a cafe before heading over to Hacker Dojo to see off two more waves of teams.

It was intended to be a small game (limited to Palo Alto-Mountain View-ish), a precursor for our next epic one, not a 47-team 3-wave Gordian knot of chaos, epic as it is.  In the coming hours, clues will go missing, locations found to be condemned, devices broken (falling into the river), teams speeding towards the city or Saratoga (outside the domain of this game).  Microsoft security will move the location of our clue.  At this point, we have yet to break Google Voice with our massive texting volume (and by necessity field all confirmations via voice in the 30 min it took BK to build a GV clone), have yet to find the bluetooth problems with the phone clue, potentially deal with the chaos of 47 tequila sunrises.  So many lessons learned that will make the next one better.  Issues with scaling, human volunteers, need for food/electricity.

But at this particular stop sign, we are stopped waiting for a woman and her dog to cross the street.  The cuteness of that puppy overwhelms.  NS tells the parable of the strawberry.  This moment, here, waiting for the puppy.  The strawberries have never been so sweet.

Current music: Bitter:sweet - Bittersweet Faith

Friday, March 25, 2011

Symphony of Science: Ode to the Brain

[Vilayanur Ramachandran]
Here is this mass of jelly
You can hold in the palm of your hands
And it can contemplate the vastness of interstellar space

[Jill Bolte Taylor]
Information in the form of energy

And then it explodes into this enormous collage
And in this moment we are perfect
We are whole and we are beautiful

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Friday, March 11, 2011

Take part in a giant real-life game in the Bay Area

The game is a non-stop treasure hunt -- the ultimate test for renaissance men & women.
This extreme sport has grown from a secret society to a Stanford, Microsoft, MIT and Bay Area phenomenon.   The next Game begins April 9th -- are you up to challenge?

When & Where

Saturday April 9th
10:00 AM
Hacker Dojo
Mountain View, CA

Monday, March 7, 2011

Ars Poetica 2.0

The second day of freedom is a fitful
dream, an unmoored kite, uncertain
of the missing.  The wind

is sharper without a grounding
force, the light harsher like the flicker
the moment the hanging

lamp has its cord cut.

Have a little faith.
Set fire to the orange grove.

Full manuscript (pdf): 
Variations and Metamorphosis

Current music: Evolution - Walking on Fire (Ambient Mix)

Monday, February 28, 2011

Save Science Funding [from the SfN mailing list]

Urge Your Senators to Oppose $2.4 Billion in Proposed
Cuts to NIH and NSF

SfN urges you to contact your Senators TODAY to support NIH and NSF funding. On February 19, the House Republican majority passed legislation to reduce FY2011 funding for science, including a $1.6 billion cut for NIH and an $826 million cut for NSF – reducing the NIH and NSF budgets to FY2008 levels. Debate about the future of funding now shifts to the Senate.

Contact your Senators NOW through the SfN Legislative Action Center and ask them to oppose cuts that will delay treatments, eliminate jobs, and jeopardize America’s standing as a global leader in scientific discovery. The Senate is the research community’s last hope to restore the $2.4 billion cuts to the NIH and NSF for the remainder of the FY2011 budget cycle. Even if you contacted House members last week, we need your voice again.

Senate debate and votes begin on Monday – contact your Senators TODAY! And please urge five colleagues to add their voices in opposition to cuts that will hurt science and hurt America.

Thank you!

Saturday, February 19, 2011


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