links for 2009-11-23

  • If you’re with me on this apophenia thing, then not only do we write our own patterns, but at any moment, we can willingly jump to a new one. We can look at the random numbers on that blinking sign and give them meaning. That’s incredibly empowering. And I think it’s the best we can hope to do, before we place our bets and the wheel spins again.
  • Since 2006, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has been orbiting Mars, currently circling approximately 300 km (187 mi) above the Martian surface. On board the MRO is HiRISE, the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera, which has been photographing the planet for several years now at resolutions as fine as mere inches per pixel. Collected here is a group of images from HiRISE over the past few years, in either false color or grayscale, showing intricate details of landscapes both familiar and alien, from the surface of our neighboring planet, Mars. I invite you to take your time looking through these, imagining the settings – very cold, dry and distant, yet real. (35 photos total)
  • The African way.

    "Een schaap met vijf poten. Een kind met drie fluiten en twee preuten…
    AH, OEH!
    In sommige landen is dat dagelijke kost en smijten ze die gewoon weg in de vuilbak."

  • First of all, Android is still one of the most important platforms out there for the next few years. Second, we still haven’t seen a truly great Android phone (the Droid’s not it). It’s going to be interesting.
    (tags: android mobile os)
  • Regardless, the point is that splintering is happening, right now, and it's not something that'll fix itself without serious effort. The alternative is not a free-market style survival of the fittest, but simply a broken ecosystem and a lost opportunity to create a truly open alternative to the Apple mobile juggernaut.

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