Fumbling Towards Workspace Ecstasy

Fumbling Towards Workspace Ecstasy

In my mind, I have a perfect office space imagined. I’ve had it for years. In my mind, I mean.

In this space, I can work free from clutter and distraction in a energized yet Zen-like environment that will allow my creativity and productivity to blossom.

Here’s see how that is working out in practice at the moment. Literally, as I type this — here is my desk.

Okay, it’s a work in progress.

What you’re seeing there is a bunch of hard drives hooked up as I’m attempting to clear enough space on one big ole’ two terabyte so I can format it and partition it for use with my MacBook that you can spot among the spaghetti.

My dream office? Actually, it’s close all of a sudden. I thought it was years away. Then I remembered that it didn’t have to be. I’ll explain more about that in some other posts.

Right now, though, I’m actually feeling very good about my workspace — and even my work — appearances to the contrary.

Amazing Immersive Video Concept

I’m blind in one eye so all that 3D stuff you binocular freaks talk about all the time does nothing for me. Please, many of y’all complain about headaches.

But this concept from MIT Media Lab’s Object Based Media Project is wicked cool. Blurry side screens that are intelligently rendered in real time provide a more immersive experience by giving your peripheral video something to so.

And did someone say GAMING? Yes, it’s the monotoned narrator, towards the end. He said it.

Watch this video.

Statement from Montgomery county Maryland public information office regarding Bret Kimberlin Swating Claim

Subsequent to inquiries I made this morning, I received the following email from the Montgomery county Maryland public information office:

Good Morning,

I searched our 911 call database for the above listed address. There was no call listed for 5/31, nor anything similar to what you described. I then searched each of our 6 districts for the entire day of 5/31 for a murder in progress, murder just occurred or murder occurred earlier call with negative results. I then spoke with our director to determine if this type of incident was brought to his attention recently and it was not. If your research proliferates any further detail that would help us to narrow down the search, please let me know. I can always check another address if you find one, but for the time being, I don’t see anything similar to what you described.

Statement from Brett Kimberlin’s attorney regarding swating claim

I received the following email from Kevin Zeese, the attorney for Velvet Revolution and Brett Kimberlin:

Regarding all the SWAT-ting incidents: This is a law enforcement matter, we are cooperating with the FBI in all these matters. We have offered the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons involved in these four swatting incidents. We do not intend to try this matter in the press. We have no further comment at this time.

You are welcome to report that, but make it clear — this is for all SWAT-ting incidents including of the right wing bloggers and Kimberlin.

The Solar Powered Wifi GPS Tent Of The Future

People often talk about the innovation created by project like NASA. Well, here’s some serious innovation created by people who get high at concerts.

Telecom giant Orange unveiled a concept solar tent in conjunction with the opening of this year’s Glastonbury music festival in the U.K. Inspired by the new flexible photovoltaics in development, the tent–if produced for consumers–would be covered in a semi-photovoltaic fabric woven with both coated solar threads and conventional threads to form a solar shell that could be adjusted to face optimum sun throughout the day.

The solar energy would then be channeled into four main power uses: heating, lighting, communications, and recharging.


And how many times have you been to a field festival only to spend an eternity trying to find your way back to your camp? The development team for the tent noticed that this wandering was a common problem at Glastonbury each year.

For that reason, the tent would be equipped with “Glo-cation” technology that would allow users to find their tents by sending an SMS message or using an automatic RFID tag similar to the ones used in London’s Underground Oyster subway cards. The tent would then glow in response.

The tent would also serve to broadcast a Wi-Fi signal, though it’s unclear whether it would have a Wi-Fi booster for a central area hub or act as an independent Wi-Fi router.