I can’t keep up. So many cool things are zipping back and forth in front of my eyes that I don’t even have the time to write about them before they’ve been eclipsed by something else…
…so in this brief blog I’m going to quickly mention just a couple of the things I’ve seen today with links so that you can see the full-up versions.
For example, did you see the short film that tells the true story of the original Panyee football team? This really is an inspiring story about a group of boys who loved watching soccer on TV, but had nowhere to play because they lived on a small floating village … so they built their own floating soccer pitch… (Click Here)
Have you ever noticed how - when you start talking to people - you discover the most interesting things about them. Earlier today, for example, I was chatting with Dave Millman, who is Vice President of Marketing at Ciranova. Dave pointed me at a really interesting website called The Ring Finders under which he has his own Blog (Click Here to see Dave's blog).
This is a really cool idea (it's nothing to do with dressing up like Lord of the Ring characters or anything). It was started by Chris Turner from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Chris uses his metal detector to find people’s lost valuables in his local area. I think we all have a story of a lost ring to tell. I remember when my wife lost one while gardening – fortunately we spotted it in the posting soil, but it was a close thing.
The point is that Chris can’t be everywhere, so he’s created the Ring Finders website and now he has ring finders around the world – admittedly there aren’t many, but I’m sure this is an idea that will grow and grow.
Dave tells me that he and his daughter go out together helping folks to find rings in the San Francisco/ South Bay Area (California, United States) area. I bet this is lots of fun – something you can do with your kids that helps other people – it doesn't get much better than that.
Have you seen the U3-X from Honda? This is amazing, strange, scary, weird… It’s like a miniature self-balancing unicycle with a foldout seat that you sit on and control by leaning in the direction in which you wish to travel. Sort of like a mini-Segway from the 25th Century.
From what I hear this U3-X prototype weighs under 22 pounds and runs for about an hour on one battery charge – if this is true then that’s really rather amazing. On the one hand I really would love one of these just to play with – on the other hand it really does make you think about the fate of humankind as depicted in the animation WALL-E (note to self, I must go for a walk this evening).
Talk about nature imitating real life… I just saw an amazing image of two birds acting out a typical conversation between myself and my wife:
The bird playing the role of my wife is on the left… this is so like my real life that it's really scary… it feels like Déjà vu all over again (didn’t someone just say that? :-)
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.