I've had a fairly uneventful week. I'm still in the process of getting my house ready to be rented out, which is a very expensive process. I'm having a new furnace installed in a few days, and that's going to set me back $3300. I could have gone with a cheaper one, but it's an old house and needs all the heating power it can get.
In terms of weight loss, I've pretty much plateaued somewhere between 20 and 25 pounds. In other words, I've definitely lost over 20 pounds but most certainly have not lost 25. My guess is that this is where my weight will be staying, which isn't too bad. My goal for the summer was 32 pounds, but more than 20 is nothing to sneeze at.
I've somehow managed to get way behind on my blog reading. (I doubt that Bakerina and Orionoir even remember me anymore.) My strategy for catching up is to read ten entries every day. Currently I'm hacking away at Youngest of One. Honestly, you people are way too prolific. Why can't everyone be like me and just post once a week? (Or, better yet, be like mg and blog never.)
Now for some links.
For those who liked last week's cultured meat story, here's something else that is equally weird and controversial.
Ever wonder where digital photography is heading with all the improvements to resolution? Well, check out these images taken with a 4-gigapixel camera.
It would appear that I'm just not going to be blogging on a daily basis this summer. In fact, I seem to only be posting about once a week. I'm sure that, once I get back to Oregon, I'll be posting with my regular frequency. In the meantime, I'll try to make every entry count by seeing to it that each one is chock full of quality. Let's see; what can I cram in here?
Well, for starters how about another picture? This is my parents' cat admiring the two photos I entered in a local gallery exhibition I mentioned a few weeks back. No one was interested in buying, so I got to keep my work. Actually, from what I hear, no one there managed to sell a single piece of their work, so I don't need to feel too bad about it.
Okay, now how about some more links? Here we go:
Scientists are working on cultured meat, in other words, meat without animals. I wonder if this could be considered vegetarian meat. It would also be cool to grow human meat, so I could practice cannibalism without all the guilt.
Leo claims to have big news, about Call for Help but won't yet say what it is. It looks as though the show may go back to being aired here in the US. Let's hope.
Wow, I'm actually posting two days in a row! Perhaps I'm making a comeback. Probably not, though. Anyway, this is just a brief entry with some interesting links that I'm putting up before I go out for my first 10-mile run of the year.
Longhorn will be out soon, but not quite yet, because it's still a bit annoying.
I love the concept of the new Optimus Keyboard, which will be available next year. Each key is a small color video screen that displays what the key does at the moment. In other words, if Caps Lock is on, all the letters will be capital. Otherwise they will be lowercase. If you're in a program like Photoshop, each shortcut key will display an icon for its function (so you don't have to memorize the keys). I would use it to switch between Dvorak and Qwerty and also for foreign language configurations. (from Zannah)
I've been having a pretty hectic week with little time for blogging, but, since I didn't post yesterday, I'd better put something up today. How about a single link? Check out this article about technologically-enhanced wildlife, and be sure to look at the pictures. (from Brin)
Today they released the trailer for Joss Whedon's new Firefly movie. It looks pretty good. Who knows? Maybe they'll even base a series on it. (Thanks to Will for the trailer info.)
One thing that never gets old is when someone comes across a food item that vaguely resembles something and sells it on eBay.
They're redoing the micronauts. Personally I prefer the old ones. The only improvement needed is increased durability. (The old ones always broke within the first ten minutes after removing them from the packaging.)
Patrick Norton must be one of the most talented bloggers in the world. He started a blog last month, posted a single entry, and now has over 564 comments. I wish I could blog like that.