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    Where forward thinking terrestrials share ideas and information about the state of the species, their planet and the universe, living the lives of science fiction. Introduction
    Featuring Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames, based on an idea by Kees Boeke.

    In Jill's song we meet Jack Stone, and see a little of what makes him tick. It's a tragic and personal tale of lost love and broken dreams. Jill's Song is also a short companion piece to a much larger film currently in production.
    Jill's Song on Lit Fuse Films (Source)
    Fri, Jul 9, 2010  Permanent link

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    I was browsing the net when I stumbled upon this beautiful poem. Enjoy!

    Crush test dummy

    I love the brick wall
    Went ahead to smash my head
    To get close to my beloved brick wall
    Could I be one with the beautiful wall?
    My silly and blind imagination for the wall
    Yet it stands still and we are still apart

    I crush my self with the wall
    This time with the arms that just falls

    I think for a solution and found my chest
    Again my silly imagination for the wall
    With all my might and speed ahead
    I smash my chest to my beloved wall

    Now I lay and my chest crushed
    I realized I lost my heart
    Embedded in the wall
    Yet I m not one with my beloved wall

    There she stands proud and tall
    And here I lay beside the wall

    I now realize that I m just a crush test dummy
    Thu, Nov 19, 2009  Permanent link
    Categories: love, poetry
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    You can go here to talk to anonymous strangers from around the world.

    I've met many different kinds of people from around the world and had many interesting conversations. I have learned things about other cultures and even some things about myself.

    What will you experience?
    Wed, Nov 4, 2009  Permanent link
    Categories: internet
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    This is a clip from Modern Marvels on the History Channel
    Sun, Sep 27, 2009  Permanent link

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    Looking far into the future, wars will probably be fought between unmanned robots and vehicles. So will there be any point at all? If nobody dies, is it still worth calling a war?

    As for the near future, the US is most likely going to start using more unmanned combat vehicles instead of risking the lives of its soldiers. This puts the US at an incredible advantage—the ability to kill an enemy and not lose any soldiers, making war virtually one sided. (Will this bring a rise in terrorism?)
    Fri, Sep 4, 2009  Permanent link
    Categories: War
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    What would it be like if there was no night sky? What if the only thing up there was just blackness?

    Would we have ever tried to cross the oceans? Would we have ever landed on the moon?

    Would we ever look up?
    Fri, Sep 4, 2009  Permanent link

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    I figured this was a good idea. So, does anyone who has seen it actually want to discuss it?

    Official Website

    You can also torrent the DVD (legally, as the movie is free for distribution), but I'm not going to provide that link unless you ask. I don't really feel like looking it up right now. You can also buy the DVD from the site above for $5.00 + shipping.

    Sequel - Oct 2008 Zeitgeist - Addendum
    Sequel - Oct 2010 Zeitgeist III
    Wed, Apr 30, 2008  Permanent link
    Categories: Zeitgeist, discussions
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    This is an idea I've been toying with for a while.
    Have you ever noticed how some people's lives are centered around holidays?

    Think about it, we spend our lives skipping from one holiday to the next. After one is over, we look ahead and begin to make plans for the next one. In the dull bits in between all the birthdays and such, we just go about our days making preparations for the next, while we are distracted by other things that keep us entertained.

    Thoughts? Comments? Additions? Omissions?
    Tue, Jan 15, 2008  Permanent link
    Categories: Life
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    Computer Models
    The first nCUBE machines to be released were the nCUBE 10 of late 1985. These were based on a set of custom chips, including a 32-bit ALU and a 64-bit IEEE 754 FPU with 128kB of RAM combined onto a board known as a module. Each module delivered 2 MIPS, 500 kiloflops (32-bit single precision), or 300 kiloflops (64-bit double precision), and ran the Vertex operating system.

    The name referred to the machines ability to build an order-ten hypercube, supporting 1024 CPU's in a single machine. Some of the modules would be used strictly for input/output, which included the nChannel storage-control card, frame buffers, and the InterSystem card that allowed nCUBEs to be attached to each other. At least one host board needed to be installed, acting as the terminal driver. It could also partition the machine into sub-cubes and allocate them separately to different users.

    Researchers Robert Benner, John Gustafson and Gary Montry of the Parallel Processing Division of Sandia National Laboratory won the first Gordon Bell Prize in 1987 using the nCUBE 10.

    For the second series the naming was changed, and they created the single-chip nCUBE 2 processor. This was otherwise similar to the nCUBE 10's CPU, but ran faster at 25 MHz to provide about 7 MIPS and 3.5 megaflops. This was later improved to 30 MHz in the 2S model. RAM was increased as well, with 4 to 16 MB of RAM on a "single wide" 1" x 3.5" module, double that on the "double wide" module, and quadruple that on a double wide, double side module. The I/O cards generally had less RAM, with different backend interfaces to support SCSI, HIPPI, etc.

    Each nCUBE-2 CPU also included thirteen I/O channels running at 20 Mbit/s. One of these was dedicated to I/O duties, while the other twelve were used as the interconnect system between CPUs. Each channel used wormhole routing to forward messages along. The machines themselves were wired up as order-twelve hypercubes, allowing for up to 4096 CPU's in a single machine.

    Each module ran a 200kB microkernel called nCX, but the system now used a Sun Microsystems workstation as the front end and no longer needed the Host Controller. nCX included a parallel filesystem that could do 96-way striping for high performance. C and C++ languages are available, as is NQS, Linda, and Parasoft's Express. These were supported by an in-house compiler team.

    The largest nCUBE-2 system installed was at Sandia National Laboratory, a 1024-CPU system that reached 1.91 gigaflops in testing.

    The nCUBE-3 CPU included several improvements, and moved to a 64-bit ALU. Among the other improvements was a process-shrink to 0.5u, allowing the speed to be increased to 50 MHz (with plans for 66 and 100 MHz). The CPU was also superscalar and included 16kB instruction and data caches, and an MMU for virtual memory support.

    Additional I/O links were added, with two dedicated to I/O and sixteen for interconnects, allowing for up to 65,536 CPUs in the hypercube. The channels operated at 100 Mbit/s, due to use of 2 bit parallel instead of the serial lines previously The nCUBE3 also added fault-tolerant adaptive routing support, in addition to fixed routing, although in retrospect it's not entirely clear why.

    A fully loaded nCUBE-3 machine could use up to 65k processors, for 3TIPS, and 6.5 teraflops. The maximum memory will be 65 Tb, with a network I/O capability of 24 TB/second. Thus, the processor is biased in terms of I/O, which is usually the limitation. The nChannel board provides 16 I/O channels, where each channel can support transfers at 20 Mbyte/s.

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    Tue, Jan 8, 2008  Permanent link
    Categories: Parallel Computing
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