Precognitive Cell Phones

I’d actually thought up this technology myself and described the possibilities to my wife. The next step would be to have GPS in the phone so location recording was automatic. I’d want my phone to give me advice on best driving routes based on day of week and times. It would also be nice to know if it was a weekend and you happened to be in the same part of town as your friends.

The Phone That Learns About Its Users’ Lifestyle


(I’d like it so it would remind me to call/text my wife! -John)


Last week, the latest incarnation of the Swedish mega store Ikea opened here in the metro area. I visitied it on Wednesday and found the store to be impressive. Its big, big as any Target and verging on Costco size. The second floor adds a gob of floor space. The selection of stuff is nice, just about everything the young trend followers need to look the part can be had there.
I’ll be buying a bed and a few other things from there once I have a better place, right now I have hardly enough area for all the old non Ikea things I have. IKEA!

Like all good games, this one has a walkthrough that will let you go right to the boss and get the dresser and bath set of your dreams:
Ikea Walkthrough

U.S. Airborne Laser Advances to ‘First Light’

I’m not sure how good the lasers are for the intended purpose, but they’ve got to be impressive. Gas dynamic lasers essentially deliver a fraction of the energy of a rocket engine as a directed energy beam. Very Death-Star-ish.

“…It includes breakthrough optics designed to focus a basketball-sized spot of heat on a missile’s skin to rupture it up to hundreds of miles away.”

Airborne Anti Missile Laser


Mach 10 or bust!

“They call it a “scramjet,” an engine so blindingly fast that it could carry an airplane from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., in about 20 minutes — or even quicker. So fast it could put satellites in space. So fast it could drop a cruise missile on an enemy target, almost like shooting a rifle.”
‘Scramjet’ shoots for Mach 10

Very cool, thanks Greg!

2600 Meeting

Phoenix 2600
Last evening I was at Boarders and I noticed a bunch of kids (18-25) sitting at a group of tables discussing the various bits of electronics they had set out in front of them. I could tell right off that this had all the trappings of a 2600 club meeting. Not wanting to arouse suspicion as older folks often do at meetings like this, I sat at a table a few yards away and read my magazines and drank my cafe mocha. I noticed that some of them were busy poking around a beautiful vintage Zenith ‘portable’ computer (portable in the sense it has a handle on it). Recognizing that that was once in my now long past collection of relics, I figured that I’d ask them about it. They were open to my questions about the old computer and verified that yes it was a 2600 meeting. Turns out they have been meeting there for about six months now. It was quite fun hearing to them talk about USB Linux distributions and attending the HOPE convention. One even passed out little pocket watch sized phones for everyone to play with. He got them at the dollar store and said if anyone wanted one feel free to take one. I declined stating that I don’t own a land line, a true statement.
I’m going to try my best to go to the next meeting, maybe I can give away some of the sub 1 GB 2.5 inch hard drives I have.