links for 2009-02-25

  • “Sunlight Labs is proud to be hosting the first ever Open Government Hackathon, March 29-31 in Chicago.

    “This will be a 48 hour sprint where developers that are interested in contributing to an open source project that will free or otherwise enhance government data can gather to brainstorm and hack on things.”

  • “Today there’s a new addition to the “real life is stranger than fiction” category. Check out the fish Macropinna microstoma. It has tubular eyes and a see-through head.”
    (sources: Delicious user aruzin)
  • “Last Wednesday, when I read Corey Rusk’s announcement that Touch and Go Records was shutting down its distribution operation, the first thing I had to do was swallow my disbelief. But then I began to think of the labels that could fall victim to the move.”
  • “Just as epidemiologists crunch massive data sets to predict disease outbreaks, so will investors parse the trove of publicly available financial information to foresee the next economic disasters and opportunities.”
    (sources: Twitter user @EllnMllr)
  • If you thought Chumby would stop at digital photo frames, you were wrong. Dead wrong. Today, the widget-loving company has announced a tie-up with Broadcom that will integrate its rich media internet platform onto system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions that will eventually find their way into HDTVs, set-top-boxes and Blu-ray players. Essentially, Chumby is making sure it doesn’t miss out on the quickly filling insert-your-connected-device-here bandwagon, and quite frankly, we’ll be shocked if any of those other guys can rival what Chumby’s bringing. After all, widgets are this company’s forte, and we’re downright giddy at the thought of having over 1,000 internet-connected snippets of information at our fingertips while intently watching future episodes of Lie To Me. Hey, TV / STB makers — jump on this. Now. Video demonstration is after the break.
    (sources: Twitter user @timoreilly)
  • “Sam Fuller had a straightforward idea: Toss a paper airplane from the 31st floor of a New York City office building just to see what would happen. The outcome, however, was sublime.

    “Fuller’s two-minute clip never lets the plane get out of our sight: At first it appears on course for the Brooklyn Bridge and the East River. Then it veers left and begins a slow, graceful descent. Somehow the trip manages to be nerve-racking and soothing at the same time.”