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Time to Calibrate Your HDTV

I wasn't aware that there was a simple and reasonably cheap way to calibrate your HTDV. The upshot is better picture quality, and you wind up owning Terminator 2 and a weird set of glasses.

by Christopher Heiser on August 20 13:44

Public Data How It Should Be

San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom has announced a plan to place the city's data online for use in applications and services that anyone can create. In Newsom's own words:

The new web site will provide a clearinghouse of structured, raw and machine-readable government data to the public in an easily downloadable format. For example, there will be updated crime incident data from the police department and restaurant inspection data from the Department of Public Health. The initial phase of the web site includes more than 100 datasets, from a range of city departments, including Police, Public Works, and the Municipal Transportation Agency.

We imagine creative developers taking apartment listings and city crime data and mashing it up to help renters find their next home or an iPhone application that shows restaurant ratings based on health code violations.

It's kind of funny how revolutionary this feels, don't you think? Accessing data that we already own through the web...seems like this should have been done a decade ago. This should be the norm for cities and states across the union.

But sadly, it isn't. And so Newsom and the SF bureaucrats deserve congratulations for making the first step. Let's hope all our local, state, and federal agencies quickly follow suit. Because a government of, for, and by the people should make every reasonable effort to make free and unfettered access to the information upon which our institutions run.

by Christopher Heiser on August 20 13:40

Power Perspective

A journalist recently noted that Americans have about 35 times more power generation capacity in our driveways than we do in our power plants. This is a really good illustration of why attacking efficiency and emissions in our automobiles is of such great importance.

by Christopher Heiser on August 20 13:31

J-Pop Tab

Found some excellent guitar and bass tabulature of a song by my favorite Japanese pop band called Asian Kung-Fu Generation. The song, called "After Dark" ("アフターダーク"), has wonderfully syncopated drums and driving guitar lines, and was used as the intro music for a season of the anime megaseries, Bleach (ブリーチ). The video for the song is entertaining as well.

by Christopher Heiser on August 20 01:09
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