Yesterday, the lab that I work at made a splash on the tech blogs. It was really, really cool. Although not a project that I am involved with directly, it’s a project that friends have worked on and is definitely a project that has held my attention for a while now. The project is the brainchild of a guy who’s been independently studying the behavior and biomechanics of ostriches for ages. It’s being worked on by some of the sharpest mechanical and robotics engineers in the world. And it’s a project with immeasurable ambition. It’s called FastRunner, and it’s in response to a DARPA challenge. We are working with MIT on the project, and their team is led by Dr. Russ Tedrake. IEEE Spectrum posted about the robot the other day, posted a clip of Dr. Tedrake talking about it, and it went on a roll of getting picked up from there. One little thing is that most everyone who picked it up assumed that the project was MIT’s baby. The blogs that DID mention us, only did so in passing. Even the IEEE Spectrum did the same thing at first. They have since gone back to change their posting to identify us as the lead on the project and to discuss our lab’s history with legged robots (which is almost all of our history with robots).
is really popular on Tumblr. Like, whoa.
Tumblr has a spam problem. Which means I have a spam problem.
And, right now, I feel like I’m alone in fighting this problem, which drives me crazy.
Thing is, this should also be driving Tumblr crazy. Crazy enough to get on this junk. Big time. Fast. Hard.
See, here’s the thing.
Merlin Mann is cranky britches about all the ChinaSpam too.
I knew I wasn’t the only one who was annoyed by this. Get your game faces on, Tumblr.
I spent some time in Mexico on the Mayan Riviera for vacation in January/February this year, and I’m a firm believer that a core part of experiencing any foreign culture is experiencing their food. Real, local food. We never ate a single meal in the resort and we ate maybe one or two times at nice, “fancy”, tourist friendly joints. Most of our meals were spent looking for the places with the most locals, and grabbing a meal there. It helped that my uncle had pretty decent conversational Spanish skills.
There were three things that were a culinary revelation to me while in Mexico: