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Everest
As the peak climbing season (no, it's not a pun) on Everest draws to a close, A few amazing accomplishments have gone unnoticed by the regular news media. The National Federation of the Blind 2001 Everest Expedition does some record breaking:
  1. Erik Weihenmayer is the first blind man to summit Mount Everest.
  2. Brad Bull and Sherman Bull are the first father and son team to summit Mount Everest together on the same expedition(during the same season).
  3. Sherman Bull, at age 64, is the oldest person to successfully summit Mount Everest.
A 15-year old Sherpa becomes the youngest to summit.

Expedition Commitment Everest 2001 manage to summit, despite the tragic death of their Expedition leader almost a month ago.

The Mallory and Irvine Research Expedition gives up the summit to make a rescue.

Lots of other stories continue. See Everestnews.com for updates.



Science links
Forgive me if you've seen these elsewhere.

3D art
Three-dimensional Analysis and Reconstruction of Paintings Researchers at the University of Oxford's (Department of Engineering Science) "have developed reliable and flexible geometrical techniques for reconstructing Virtual Reality worlds from single and multiple perspective images. An important feature of the work is that no knowledge of the camera position and its properties is required at any time: they can use uncalibrated images. " See the Single View Reconstruction Web site for MPEGS and VRMLS.

Russian PhotographyPortrait of a Dagestani Couple
This link has been all over the place for good reason - The Library of Congress's Exhibit of Pre-WWI Russian color photography. Taken by the Photographer to the Tsar, these stunning photographs are the result of three glass plate images, taken with red, green and blue filters and combined using digichromatography.

Alright already! I'll go tableless!
Thanks to webstandards jihad everybody's going tableless. Here's a list of those who've done it. I haven't done it since this site is simple enough to work in any browser. As a professional, I've built standards compliant pages for clients, but designing from scratch is typically easier than rebuilding. I just haven't had the time to mess with this one. I tried a few months ago but I need to sit and figure out the glitches that appear in simple stuff like the link-list tables to your left. And I guess I need to think up enough disparaging things to say about anyone using Netscape 4.
Its going to be awhile before I accomplish this however, so don't hold your breath. As a first step, Here's a bookmark dump of CSS stuff as reference. Some of these pages have better CSS resource link lists, but these are pages that have answered some of my questions and solved some of my problems in the past.


Web-related links


Busted
I linked to the Kaycee and her mom thing last week (a 19 year-old courageuos-cancer-fighter-blog-journaler dies), and like most people, I had no reason to doubt it. A few people started picking it apart and it was quickly exposed as fiction. Lots of people are upset for many reasons. We were duped, our deepest feeling were played with, and we will never again look at a touching story on the Web without a tinge of cynicism. This whole story does prove that the Web polices itself, and just like real life, you can't get away with a lie forever.

Blog Recession
The list of Webloggers on hiatus is growing. I'd list them but there's no point sending you to pages that don't have anything new on them. There's no shortage of blog journals however. Here's a few worth spending time in their archives.
  • There isn't much that's sadder or more powerful than this journal of a 19 year old girl going home with her mom.
  • Still complaining about petty decisions? Read this.
  • notmydesk.com the journal of a very funny temp. And believe me, you'll need funny if you went to those last two links.

Blogs
It been awhile since I pointed to some good blogs.
Energy
Those who advocate drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to meet current needs are careful to conceal the facts that almost none of the electricity in energy-troubled California is generated from oil. Jimmy Carter, Misinformation and Scare Tactics.

Science on the Edge
Three very weird and scary articles.
  • Art as a Form of Life Joe Davis has "altogether different ideas about how science and art could be coaxed or forced together, ideas that have often made both professions uncomfortable."
  • Engineering ET: The Path to Alternate Life Forms "In two separate research efforts, scientists have altered the very nature of nature by creating cells that break a cardinal rule of biology, incorporating an entirely new basic building block into their cellular structures. It is a first step on a path of neogenesis -- the creation of alternate life forms."
  • Robo-eels, critters on chips lead cyborg pack "Mixing and matching parts of everything from fish with robots and bacteria with microchips, scientists hope their creations someday lead to advances in medicine, warfare and environmental protection."


Web-related links


iBook
Apple's new iBook seems to have solved all the things that bug me about my old one: Small enough that somebody with a 36" waist can use it on a train without constantly clicking the mouse button, 2 pounds lighter, 300 bucks cheaper, no CD door to pop off, 1028 screen, upgradable disk drive, choice of CD drive, firewire, video out ports and an input mike. Nice job Apple. Anybody want a pre-DVD Graphite SE?

Random Web links
  • Locals to have say on roadless areas "The Bush administration on Friday said it would proceed with a last-minute Clinton-era plan to put nearly a third of U.S. forests off limits but would allow local changes to be made case by case."
  • Water parasite causing deaths in Canada "Cryptosporidium, the waterborne parasite linked to the deaths of three people in North Battleford, Sask., is so tiny it can't be seen without a microscope. It's just four to six microns - the approximate size of a red blood cell"
  • US Navy's Low Frequency Active Sonar System maybe harmful to sea creatures
  • Chinese and American Cyber Warriors lose interest? "In real cyberwars, the motivation would be not media hype but true cyber-terrorism. In a real cyberwar, guys won't quit after five days because the press stops covering"


Spam
Ever want to respond to spam? This LA time reporter answers to a week's worth of junk email to see if he can get rich, thin, or actually find out anything about anyone.

More Random Web links
really backed-up around here.
  • Microsoft fixes serious security hole in Windows 2000 Web servers
  • Hyakugojyuuichi - flash movie. Our japanese translator tells us it means 151, and the music seems to mention 151 forms or kinds of happiness.
  • John Frankenheimer directs a 5 mintue BMW commercial. Not for the bandwidth impaired. More to come by Ang Lee and Wong Kar-Wai.
  • Good Experience has a discussion with MOMA's New Media manager about Workspheres, an online exhibit featuring work space and tool design. I think it's interesting that the items featured combine design and usability with style, i.e. the iBook, a double-decker desk etc. Each item's design helps it perform its function. The site's design however, impedes its function. It should draw you in, and let you focus on the item, not distract you with trying to figure out how you're going to get back to the main page each time.



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