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If Jules Verne Built a Data Center

It’s Microsoft’s Project Natick, an experimental undersea data center off the coast of Scotland.

It has 12 racks containing 864 standard Microsoft datacenter servers and has enough storage for about 5 million movies.

Spencer Fowers, senior member of technical staff for Microsoft’s special projects research group, prepares Project Natick’s Northern Isles datacenter for deployment off the coast of the Orkney Islands in Scotland. The datacenter is secured to a ballast-filled triangular base that rests on the seafloor. Photo by Scott Eklund/Red Box Pictures.

There are also 2 underwater fish cams.

More at Microsoft.

Roughing It

Have friends who are into glamping?

Requirements:

  • Unique structure
  • Immediate access to the outdoors (as opposed to a hotel lobby)
  • All of the comfort of a hotel (at the very least a bed and hot water)

 

Or in other words:
It’s a way to experience the untamed and completely unique parts of the world—without having to sacrifice creature comforts.

Then here’s a perfect gift to help keep them connected – a $599.95 battery with 428 watt-hour capacity, to power lights, USB devices—even a mini fridge.

There’s an App for That – Birth Control

FDA allows marketing of first direct-to-consumer app for contraceptive use to prevent pregnancy.  

The app, called Natural Cycles, contains an algorithm that calculates the days of the month a woman is likely to be fertile based on daily body temperature readings and menstrual cycle information, a method of contraception called fertility awareness. Designed for mobile devices, it is intended for use in pre-menopausal women aged 18 and older.

 

Culture: Burning Man Edition

If you ever considered attending Burning Man, but didn’t find a week in the desert appealing, now you only have to endure Washington, DC.

The Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery has a large-scale, participatory work from the desert gathering. The exhibition takes over the entire Renwick Gallery building and surrounding Golden Triangle neighborhood, bringing alive the maker culture and creative spirit of this cultural movement.

 

 

Slower Times – 1903

Would you bet $50 you could drive across the country in less than 3 months in this?

In 1903, Horatio Nelson Jackson, left, and his mechanic and sometimes chauffeur Sewell Crocker became the first to drive an automobile across the United States. With them is Bud, a dog they adopted along the way. Photo courtesy of UVM Special Collections/Bailey-Howe Library
Bud, complete with goggles.

 

 

 

 

 

How Hot Was It?

July was the hottest month ever recorded in Burlington, Vermont, according to records from the local office of the National Weather Service.

And you know the warnings against leaving pets and children in the car, no matter how briefly you’ll be away.

Apparently, the warning is just as applicable for the parabolic mirror you plan on converting into the best solar oven ever.

 

 

Conspicuous Consumption

A $180.00 steak sandwich speaks for itself (or should for that kind of $$$!).

At Don Wagyu, a new sandwich shop in the financial district, a five-ounce piece of steak, imported from Japan, can cost as much as a hundred and eighty dollars.

But hey, it’s served in a small wooden box, tied up with a ribbon and stamped with the establishment’s logo, the head of a louche-looking steer with a cigarette dangling from its mouth.

Old Farts Club

The origins of the Old Farts Club can be traced to the mid-1990s, when Smith and his daughters would meet at the nearby Bristol Bakery for morning coffees. By 2000, several Bristol Rotarians joined in, growing the group to around eight members.

 

OLD FARTS CLUB founder George Smith, 92, shows off a mug with a picture of the most senior member of the club — 107-year-old Bill James — who also attended last Wednesday’s coffee klatch.

Membership in the Old Farts Club can be an ephemeral thing, given the fragile stage of life that most of its members have reached. But if members may come, go, and sometimes slow down a bit, the club itself shows no signs of going anywhere.

“I’ll have them for as long as they come here,” Chamberlin said. “It’s town history. Just to have them as part of Cubbers is an honor.”

Each day, Chamberlin opens his doors to the Old Farts hours before the restaurant’s official opening at 11 a.m. But, he explained, his accommodation is only a small way of repaying the esteemed group, whose members who have contributed to the community in many ways, include retired teachers, postal workers and firefighters.

“All of those guys did their service,” he said. “What’s a cup of coffee?”

Eerie, But in a Good Way

An unusual transplant may revive tissues thought to be hopelessly damaged, including the heart and brain.

Kate Bowen with her infant, Georgia, in the intensive care unit at Boston Children’s Hospital. Doctors tried to revive the baby’s heart with an infusion of one billion mitochondria.