Sunday, October 29, 2006

Rave for Gaiman's Eternals and Heroes

I'm really enjoying the Neil Gaiman Eternals. Related: Rob Owen of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette interviews the time distorting actor in Heroes Masi Oka. Apparently, and stereotypically (Would love to have this "good at math" stereotype by the way), this guy is good at math and is a real computer geek who works for Lucas' ILM. He moved from Japan when he was six to the US which explains why future Hiro with the sword speaks better English than I do...

The Transhumanist Beat/"Skyliner" by Boards of Canada

The Transhumanist Beat/ Hendrix Melody by Tuck and Patti

Really Good Issue of Business 2.0...

Really good issue of Biz 2.0. I was actually impressed with the last issue as well. Those disruptive companies, seem, well, very very disruptive. First, there's this car company--backed by Kleiner Perkins--the gold standard of investment firms--that looks like it could create an electric car that really really works. More about this company from Treehugger and here as well. Also adding the Energy Blog and Clean Break to the permalinks.

"EEStor's device is not technically a battery because no chemicals are involved. In fact, it contains no hazardous materials whatsoever. Yet it acts like a battery in that it stores electricity. If it works as it's supposed to, it will charge up in five minutes and provide enough energy to drive 500 miles on about $9 worth of electricity. At today's gas prices, covering that distance can cost $60 or more; the EEStor device would power a car for the equivalent of about 45 cents a gallon.

And we mean power a car. "A four-passenger sedan will drive like a Ferrari," Clifford predicts. In contrast, his first electric car, the Zenn, which debuted in August and is powered by a more conventional battery, can't go much faster than a moped and takes hours to charge.

The cost of the engine itself depends on how much energy it can store; an EEStor-powered engine with a range roughly equivalent to that of a gasoline-powered car would cost about $5,200. That's a slight premium over the cost of the gas engine and the other parts the device would replace -- the gas tank, exhaust system, and drivetrain. But getting rid of the need to buy gas should more than make up for the extra cost of an EEStor-powered car."

Sounds like a disruptive winner. Combine that with the Google foundation attempt to create a great hybrid car...are the Software Kings taking on the Oil Barons? I back the Software Kings. They're competent and they don't necessarily have to kill people to make a buck.

And I really really hope this disruptive and probably cheaper broadband play--based on Wi-Max--isn't so much make believe vaporware. ..Read the whole thing as they say.

The Transhumanist Beat/Dog Meat Variations

The Transhumanist Beat/ "Sleep Dirt" by Frank Zappa