Not sure if I’m hoping for Captain Jack or the Dread Pirate Roberts

If you haven’t heard, this weekend a group of Somali pirates hijacked a Saudi oil tanker holding close to 2 million barrels of oil and 25 crewmembers. While the Saudis are still working on a solution to get their crew home safe, their Forreign Miinister Prince had this to say:

“Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal on Tuesday called the hijacking “an outrageous act” and said, “piracy, like terrorism, is a disease which is against everybody, and everybody must address it together.” Speaking during a visit to Athens, he did not elaborate on what steps, if any, the kingdom would take to better protect its vital oil tankers.”

My question is this: how many of the pilots on 9/11 were Saudi? Answer: 15 out of 19.


Great ideas

If you’re unfamiliar with this logo, I think you’re in for a treat. TED(Technology, Entertainment, and Design) is a group that, among other things, holds an annual conference where some fairly savvy folks present new ideas, technology, and so on, about topics ranging from self-aware robots to string theory. They’ve a fairly large library of videos since the last time I visited, so it’s well worth bookmarking to go back and visit. 

I was talking to a friend of mine this weekend about the video below and doing a fairly horrible job of articulating just how cool the Photoshynth project is. Check it out, but afterwards you might want to swing by the actual Photosynth site. The video is from last year and from the look of things it seems like they’ve made some cool strides.

My daughter is just a bit over one now and watching the video I can’t help but wonder what incredible things are in store for her. But, for all that, some days I really miss Atari.