Wolfram|Alpha

Noticed on twitter: many tweets about a new ‘computational knowledge engine’ called Wolfram|Alpha.

I checked it out, and it seems pretty damn cool. You can type in birthdays, historic events, any mathematical equation and it will pull up as much information as it has in its system. I smiled a little smile to learn that I had been born on a Sunday with 13.1 hours of sunlight. :)

Another awesome things: you can type in any food and get a complete nutritional analysis of it. What an awesome tool!

What I like best is that I feel that it can only get cooler from here. They say on their About page that they have more than 10 trillion pieces of data. They say that they think it’s silly that it’s the 21st century and we don’t have better search engines. And I really couldn’t agree more. We seem to have all this technology and yet I still can’t figure out how to set up my Wii/my mom’s tv sometimes. So strange, but so true..it’s so complicated! So I salute the makers of Wolfram|Alpha (those must be their names because it’s an awfully odd name to be honest) for stepping up to the plate on this one.

I feel like the search engine (although not perfect now) will and can only get much much better from here.

Except now it won’t let me search because it has exceeded its maximum test capacity? Bummer. I was searching for the caloric content of my smoothie.

Love, s.

Space Cadet

For all of those not yet sold on the whole Twitter idea, (and I know there are a lot of you out there..) I give you something to convert even the most stubborn of all non-believers:

THE SPACE TWEET.

Yes that is correct. Mike Massimino is an astronaut with the STS-125 mission to the Hubble Space Telescope (an eleven day mission said to be the ‘final mission’ to the telescope for repairs). There are seven astronauts on the mission (one woman!) planning to do five back to back space walks in order to repair the telescope, replace parts, etc.

And this Mike Massimino has done the world an awesome service by agreeing to tweet from space. Personally, this is the ultimate in star-watching (pardon the pun) since one can follow Ashton Kutcher and Larry King all one likes, but there will never be anything cooler in my books than the undiscovered frontier..nothing cooler than people who get to go to space. It’s incredible!

So far, there have been tweets about getting ready, being up in space, and eating grapple..I am looking forward to finding out what else exactly they do out there. Throwing the juice in the air til it forms into little balls? Floating around doing handstands on the ceiling? Eating liquid food? Strapping yourself to the toilet? The list goes on. Definitely an awesome idea, original and interesting.

Check him out here.

Love, s.

Awesome Things

I’ll try to avoid being repetitive in future, but when I love something, I love it.

Today I am excited by one of my favourite websites, and felt like sharing it (multiple times through twitter, blogging and facebook, but no matter. :) )

It is a wonderful website that just blogs about everyday things that are just so..AWESOME. There’s no other word for them. They’re things almost anyone can relateĀ  to, and so funny.

Some of My Personal Favourites

#771: Waking up before your alarm clock goes off and realizing you’ve got lots of sleep time left

#779: Getting into a bed with clean sheets after shaving your legs

#796: The sound of rain from inside a tent

#810: Returning to your warm bed and comfy bed after getting up to pee in the middle of the night

#815: When you nudge the person snoring next to you and it makes them stop [or cough really loudly..this worked on my dad last weekend :) ]

#828: Remembering what movie that guy is from

#836: When you push the button for the elevator and it’s already there

#854: Crying. :)

#856: The Perfect Chicken Wing Partner [definitely a fave, SO GOOD]

#866: When the gift receipt is already in the box.

..and so many more. Check it out for yourselves! Such a cute site.