Happy Easter! In which we celebrate the resurrection of the son of God by eating chocolate bunnies... or are we celebrating spring fertility by hunting for hidden eggs? Not clear. At least Easter is a nice opportunity to get together with your family, enjoy a great dinner with some nice wine, and reflect on the nature of the universe...
So, the Oculus Rift is out! Yes I am getting one, despite not being a gamer; I can't wait. I believe it may be the first iPod or iPhone or iPad of a whole new product category, VR devices. But two things limit it, the form factor (people are NOT going to end up wearing headsets, I just know that) and the need for a powerful desktop PC to drive it (people are NOT going to buy powerful desktop PCs for VR). The tech issues will get resolved. I just wonder about the form factor. Maybe VR rooms are going to be the future. They have issues too though, but more comfortable and more social. Will be most interesting to watch this play out. There are many things VR can do besides gaming...
Here's why the next SpaceX launch isn't just about the booster landing. It's also about the Bigelow Aerospace expandable habitat. The picture at left shows it [virtually] attached to the ISS. These "living spaces for space" have significant advantages in size and weight. Excellent.
Scott "Dilbert" Adams: The Elbonian Zombie virus. "Now here’s the interesting part. What is the functional difference between the Elbonian Zombie Virus and radical Islamic terrorism? In both cases they are spread by prolonged personal contact. In both cases you have no way to identify infected people until there are symptoms. In both cases the “virus” is deadly to both the person infected and those around them." Adams is on fire as a blogger.
News item: California to announce $15 minimum stage wage. Meanwhile: restaurants face pressure to trim menus and staffs under California's wage hike. This is going to be a massive failure, especially for the poor people it is trying to help. Perhaps the only good that will come from it is that the concept will be discredited.
News you can use: Make Escher -style tessellations online! Heh, excellent. Just a little too late for coloring Easter eggs, maybe next year :)