When Blobjects Rule the Earth

Blobjects are blob-shaped objects, because of NURBS and meshes and splines and injection molding and CAD-CAM. They’re highly curvilinear consumer items designed on workstations, and then they’re generally blasted into being in a burst of injection-molded goo. Blobjects are the period objects of our time. They are the physical products that the digital revolution brought to the consumer shelf. Blobjects were impossible until the early 1990s. Then they got cheap.…

HERBIE: FULLY LOADED Casting News

Michael Keaton (“Batman”) will join Lindsay Lohan (“Mean Girls”) in Disney’s “Herbie: Fully Loaded” according to Variety, but the film’s writers might be its brightest spot. Herbie is a car with a mind of his own, but don’t let that fool you–this is no “Knight Rider.” –HERBIE: FULLY LOADED Casting News (TD) My six-and-a-half-year-old son is a big fan of the Herbie series.

Kids, Play With Your Food

In an effort to educate the nation’s neediest children on nutrition, a new project uses the familiar medium of video games to broadcast its message. The Fantastic Food Challenge, a package of four computer games, is designed to teach people who get nutrition aid such as federal food stamps how to make better use of their food. Because so many young adults played such games as kids, they ought to…

Many engineers lack a four-year degree

In computer and math science, holders of high school diplomas and associate’s degrees make up approximately 40 percent of employees. In engineering, 20 percent of workers have less than a bachelor’s degree. The proportions are much smaller (10 percent or less) for occupations in the life, physical and social sciences. –Ed Frauenheim –Many engineers lack a four-year degree (CNET\MyWay) Thanks for another good suggestion, Rosemary. Incidentally, I’ve been blogging less in…

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It's Just the 'internet' Now

Effective with this sentence, Wired News will no longer capitalize the “I” in internet. At the same time, Web becomes web and Net becomes net. Why? The simple answer is because there is no earthly reason to capitalize any of these words. Actually, there never was. –Tony Long –It’s Just the ‘internet’ Now  (Wired) Thank goodness. I occasionally capitalized Internet internet when used as a noun — probably more than…