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AutoDraw: Free AutoCorrect for Drawings

April 12, 2017


Today’s true strange news award goes to a fun graphical AI. Try AutoDraw, free from Google. It’s like autocorrect, but for drawings. See if it can guess what you are trying to sketch. It can be a really useful tool for some projects. It guessed my Mona Lisa. Google AI can now turn your crappy […]

Claim Your Land: Adopt the Earth from NASA

April 10, 2017


I just adopted some land in California. Try it HERE and see what area you get. 64,000 locations are available. After you adopt, check out the data to find out more. For example, you may see the amounts of carbon monoxide in your area. The Carbon Monoxide layer indicates the amount of carbon monoxide (CO) […]

Can you solve a chess puzzle that could prove quantum consciousness? 

March 14, 2017


The creator of this puzzle is brilliant. It might look like a simple chess problem, but this puzzle could finally help scientists uncover what makes the human mind so unique, and why it may never be matched by a computer. 75 years after Bletchley Park sought codebreakers in the Second World War by placing a […]

Volunteer to transcribe declassified documents

March 11, 2017


Here’s an interesting and useful thing to do if you have some time to donate. Transcribe declassified documents for the National Archives. You can learn a lot. In honor of Sunshine Week, a celebration of government openness and public records, the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration is holding a marathon of document transcription to […]

A map of human problems

June 21, 2014


I want something I can’t find on the net: a visual interactive map of human problems and where we are along the various paths to solutions. I want everyone to be able to interact with it, add to it, vote on it! We have all this information, so organize it! Who can help? Google? I […]

Daylight savings: Spring forward.

March 10, 2013


Daylight Saving Time (United States) 2013 begins at 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 10 and ends at 2:00 AM on Sunday, November 3 At 2:00 AM turn your clocks forward to 3 AM. Sorry to steal an hour, but you can have it back in the Fall.

A Day at Half Moon Bay

February 18, 2013


A few iPhone photos I took during our trip to Half Moon Bay this weekend. Life is sweet.

Day of the Dead, 2012 in SF

November 5, 2012


A few days after Halloween I attended an event to remember the dead. Thousands were there in costume to join the parade and remember those who have gone before us. This was my first time. Here are a few pictures:

Happy Halloween! Drive Carefully

October 31, 2012


Chess with Xeno (free on line)

February 11, 2012


Have an iPhone? Like chess? Let’s play! Directions: Go to the App Store, search for “chess with friends free”, install it, enter your email address (I wont see that), choose a user name (I will see this), scroll down and tap “Create Game”, tap “User Name”, enter “”, then tap “Search”! I’ll get an offer […]

Citizen scientists: Help find life on Mars

October 3, 2011


Interested in helping NASA scientists pinpoint where to look for signs of life on Mars? If so, you can join a new citizen science website called MAPPER, launched in conjunction with the Pavilion Lake Research Project’s 2011 field season. How can the MAPPER and Pavilion Lake Research projects help scientists look for off-Earth life? Since […]

Puzzle Gamers Solve Scientific Mystery that Could Help Cure AIDS, News from GamePro

September 19, 2011


Pete Davison – Foldit, an online game put together by the University of Washington’s computer science and biochemistry departments, was launched in 2008 as an attempt to leverage the ingenuity and spatial reasoning skills of gamers to help solve scientific problems. Recently, players of the game have helped discover the structure of an enzyme which […]

Happy 4th of July!

July 5, 2011


Hope you are enjoying it! Xeno

Play Democratic Zork

June 28, 2011


Here’s my version of the Zork text adventure game written a few years ago for laughs.

Break the Code — Central Intelligence Agency

February 11, 2011


Did you know the CIA has games for kids on their web site?  I had fun seeing how fast I could get the answer to all six coded messages on the site. I got all six correct in under 1 minute.  Can you guess how I did it? See: Break the Code — Central Intelligence […]

‘Flash Mob’ of Christmas Carolers Force Evacuation of California Mall

December 22, 2010


Mara Gay- A holiday “flash mob” of merry Christmas carolers forced the evacuation of a California mall when shoppers reported that the floor had begun to buckle. Nearly 5,000 people showed up Monday night at the Sacramento-area mall to spread holiday cheer in an event organized on Twitter and Facebook by a local choral society. […]

Vote: Toy of the Year Awards (FBI vs Barbie?)

December 8, 2010


Vote for Toy of the Year. Great place to get ideas for the kids this season. Up for a nomination is a controversial Barbie with a built in video camera. Seems like a fun techno gift for girls, no? Well, the FBI has some concerns about this particular toy… no, they aren’t afraid that terrorists […]

Paul the Psychic Octopus Available as iPhone App

July 19, 2010


Paul the Psychic Octopus may be leaving the Sea Life Aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany, for the Madrid Zoo, but more importantly, he could also be headed right into your iPhone. Yes, the cephalopod soothsayer who became a media sensation during the World Cup by correctly predicting Germany’s seven victories and Spain’s win in the championship […]

Win $50.00: Seeking places to include in a Subterranean Guide to North CA and Oregon

December 2, 2009


SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 18, 2009. My girlfriend and I writing a book: The 2010 Subterranean Guide, Northern CA and Oregon Edition. We need your ideas for anything interesting below the surface of the Earth in our area…  a club, a bar, a cave, a lava tube, a mine, anything subterranean that we can visit and […]

Hear the songs written and recorded in one weekend for NPR

November 27, 2009


Update:  Nov 27:  Hear the songs that were submitted to NPR: Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4. Here is the entire group on one page. Wow, some great stuff! I’m definitely learning some new things about recording and mixing by listening to how others did what they did. Previous Post: This is my […]

One man shows how to move stonehenge sized blocks alone

November 25, 2009


I think I saw this several years ago, but it is still interesting. One man can build construction like Stonehenge this video shows it. Wally Wallington has demonstrated that he can lift a Stonehenge-sized pillar weighing 22,000 lbs and moved a barn over 300 ft. What makes this so special is that he does it […]

How to play chess anywhere

November 4, 2009


My girlfriend met someone recently who had met two IT guys from India who could play chess against each other in chess boards in their minds. They would be answering IT calls, helping people, and then suddenly one would turn and say “Nf3“.  Her friend said that while this seems amazing to most of us, […]

Let them sing it for you

October 23, 2009


My friend Mark sends this weird little thingy: I couldn’t get it to sing “xeno” or “blog”. 😉

DIY Lucid Dreaming Device Makes Your Dreams Come True, Just Not In Real Life

October 21, 2009


Lucid dreaming is the ability to realize you’re dreaming and then actively control what you do, like flying naked into the president’s office or winning the ball game with a nuclear touchdown or whatever crazy crap you people fantasize about. It isn’t an easy thing to do, but there are people out there hell-bent on […]

Best free tools for learning to read music

October 14, 2009


I’ve played music professionally for years without actually being able to read music.  Many times, however, I’ve wished I was able to throw up a page of sheet music and play it on the guitar, piano, and trumpet. I’d also like to be able to sight sing with absolute pitch recall (not having to check […]

Card counters’ days are numbered

October 12, 2009


GAMBLERS who adopt a well-known probability strategy to beat the house at blackjack beware – UK researchers have developed an automated system that will detect card counters before they can cash in. Card counting, a strategy made famous by the film Rain Man, involves remembering which cards have been played, and which might be likely […]