I’m a fan of ambient music when writing code, and in the late 90’s spent far too much time listening to the Orb – especially the 2 disc set The Orb’s Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld. Track 1 was the famous “Little Fluffy Clouds“.
The song gets it’s origins from a sound clip (above) that came from an interesting interview with Rickie Lee Jones talking about growing up in Arizona. Bonus points for the fact the interviewer asked her “What were the skies like when you were young.” Who would think to ask that kind of question of a pop star?
Jim Keller has lead chip design efforts at Tesla, the highly performant Xen architecture at AMD, design of A4 and A5 processor at Apple – with both x86 and ARM processors over the years. He currently work here at Intel as a design lead.
Jim gives his thoughts on Moore’s law. Definitely worth a listen from probably the leading designer in the industry today.
With something that looks right out of BladeRunner – German photographer Tom Hegen recently traveled to the Netherlands to document the country’s LED greenhouses. The greenhouses were developed as a response to the small country’s growing need for food both within its own borders and to the international market. Dutch exporters are second only to the U.S. industry for global food exports as measured by value. Although the greenhouses offer incredible efficiency in their design, cultivating food year-round through high temperatures and humidity levels, their round-the-clock use also gives off a great deal of light pollution.
It’s no secret that Eastern Oregon is a fantastic, barren landscape full of plains, deserts, mountain ranges – and most of all – solitude. The Wallowas Mountain area is located in the far NE corner of the state and is a wonderful area to get away and enjoy the outdoors far from big city tourist.
JO Paddle (which stands for Joseph, Oregon), a family-run paddling outfitter that launched in fall 2018, offers a guided two-hour Wallowa Lake Monster Expedition that takes visitors out under the cloak of darkness, with just the lights of the glass-bottom kayak to illuminate the way.
Mysterious Lodging is a recent guest house that opened in Kyoto. The building houses 11 themed rooms each costing 7,500 yen (US$70) per night, each large enough to fit up to two people.
On the wall of the Horror Room is a dial that adjusts the level of uncanny occurrences produced, starting from the “off” position where nothing happens and all the way to “3” where even the bravest of souls would think twice about staying. The real fun begins after 7 p.m., however, as that is when maximum-level scariness begins
Room of Plenty has the walls completely covered with numerous buttons and switches. Hitting the switches produces different sounds, allowing customers to experiment and combine different elements to enjoy a delightful auditory playground.
The Room of Scenery projects more than 20 surreal videos onto its windows.