Hurricane Season (Already!)

It has started! For anyone like me who lives in Florida, “it” at this time of year can only mean the much dreaded Hurricane Season. It’s supposed to “officially” start June 1, but this year the weather gods are jumping the mark with a new tropical depression, which only has a number (One) for now, off the coast of Rhode Island.

Tropical Depression One

Tropical Depression One


Bing is the Natural Successor to Bob

Microsoft today announced its new search platform, called “Bing“. It was greeted by a mock (or perhaps not?) protest by long-time Fortune magazine columnist Stanley Bing, who in a press release “expressed ‘moderate outrage'” at what he termed “brand encroachment” by Microsoft.

“For nearly 25 years, I have jealously guarded the value of my brand,” Bing (the original) continued. “For several years, it was threatened by the enormous reputation of Rudolf Bing, the fictional presence of Chandler Bing and the high-profile persona of Stephen Bing. This, however, is the worst challenge the Bing Brand has faced to date, particularly in regards to my search engine optimization positioning.”

Bing Crosby

Bing Crosby

Not to question Mr. Bing (The Columnist) on his claim the “Bing” brand, but it would seem to me that “Bing” is forever owned by 1940s crooner Bing Crosby. Who else would come to mind when one hears “Bing” (at least if one is over 40 and has sat through countless holiday marathons of (That) Bing’sWhite Christmas” film and the endless Bing Crosby and Bob Hope Road movies?

Microsoft Bob

Microsoft Bob

And further more, what would be a more natural successor to Microsoft’s much maligned desktop interface “Bob” than a new product called “Bing“?

Google Wave Adds Communications and Collaboration to Google Product Mix

Today at Google I/O, Google announced Google Wave, a new web product the search giant is calling “a new platform built around hosted conversations called waves.”

Google Wave client

Google Wave client

Information is still coming out of the presentation, but it appears that Google Wave:

  • has a Gmail like browser interface and involves both Gmail contacts and Wave contacts
  • has a preliminary API to allow third parties access and Google is establishing a Google Wave Federation Project to formalize vendor interactions
  • allows real time collaboration between multiple users one a single document, with each user’s edits merged in real time

Over at Google Code Blog, they explain it this way:

“…anyone can build a wave server and interoperate, much like anyone can run their own SMTP server. The wave protocol is open to contributions by the broader community with the goal to continue to improve how we share information, together. If you’re interested in getting involved, here are a few things you should check out on”

Here are some Google Wave links:

What’s unknown at the moment is whether Google Wave Federation Project and Google Wave APIs can federate something besides shared Google Doc — say Dave Winner’s Millions of (Twitter-like) servers.


More reaction to Google Wave:

Wow! Quite Creative Stop Animation

Tomas Mankovsky, a name you’ll likely hear again, created this awesome stop animation video, “Sorry I’m Late“, entirely from snapshots from a still camera.

Tomas shares his experiments and setups and some “making of” videos at He used a storyboard to sketch out the flow of the story, and individual frame sketches that the actors mimicked to provide the action.

Emergency Landing from Inside the Cockpit

Flight instructor Kyle Davis got a chance to test his own abilities April 19, 2009, when the engine on his small plane quit multiple times and he was forced to land on two lanes of a four-lane road in Winter Haven, FL.

The whole ordeal — from engine failure to heart-stopping landing — was caught on tape from a camera in the cockpit.

“I was incredibly lucky,” Davis told FOX 13 television in Tampa. “It was a whole bunch of luck and a little bit of experience.”

Davis, and his passenger, a professional videographer, left Gilbert Field in Winter Haven around 10:30 a.m. They were on their way to the Sun ‘N Fun Fly in, a 15-minute flight. As the plane descended rapidly, Davis had to make a split second decision: land in a field, a lake or on the road. Fortunately, being a Sunday morning, there was little traffic on the road and no nearby cars in the lanes where Davis landed.

When the plane slowed, Davis turned it into a driveway and rolled to a stop in a parking lot.

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