Adventures in Smarshland

June 7, 2008

Microsoft does something cool (no sarcasm)

Filed under: Computer — Tags: , , , , — smarsh @ 3:11 pm

Check out Photosynth.  This online photoaggregator takes known pictures of the same thing from the internet from flicker and such social media sites and puts them together in a 3d model that turns landscapes and other areas of interest into something like an online museum.  An amazingly innovative way of using public data to generate something more than the sum of its parts.  Enough words, go experience.

The “Smart Money” says gas will cost less in the future

Filed under: Economics — Tags: , , , — smarsh @ 12:50 pm

All of these doomsayers who are forecasting the price of gas going to 10 dollars a gallon are full of crap and should put their money where their mouth is.  The futures price of light sweet crude is expected to be $131-132 over the next 7 years.  Yes, that is right, if you are convince the price of oil will be about $500 ( the approx. price a barrel of oil would need to be to generate a retail gas price $10 per gallon) in 7 years you can lock in a bet that is extremely leveraged.  On the other hand if you are worried your transportation costs may skyrocket in the future you could use these futures contracts to hedge your transportation cost risk.  I am going to defer my risk entirely an build a fixed gear bike for commuting instead 🙂

TED Conference: Mushrooms save the world

Filed under: Worth Sharing — Tags: , — smarsh @ 12:14 pm

This is a particular good TED Talk that was recently released: Paul Stamets: 6 ways mushrooms can save the world

June 6, 2008

Can you imagine?

Filed under: Innovation — Tags: , , — smarsh @ 8:02 pm

Rare disease (1/100,000) cured using stem cells. A child with a disease that does not allow the skin or digestive track tissue to adhere to surrounding tissues is cured by stem cells.  This kid couldn’t eat an oreo without dying before treatment.  Aside from this being a miracle for this child’s family, this also marks the first disease that has been cured by stem cells than is not blood related.

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