October 12th, 2012

Eddie and Musky

Insider cider

I'm far from knowledgeable in the field, but this story from the Telegraph interviews Professor Magnus Essand, who's helped develop a potentially promising treatment for pancreatic cancer. Thus far, he stresses, all the results have been in vitro. The next step would be clinical trials, which is where they're apparently running into funding difficulties. Thus, an IndieGogo fundraising campaign's been started, with the aim of collecting $2m for said studies - to see whether the virus works as well in real use as it does in the lab.

I can't add much knowledge as to why no other body, public or private, hasn't funded this, but I'd like to try finding out. It certainly lacks the air of snake oil, as you'll see - this isn't a miracle natural potion, magnets, or prayer. However, S.L.Singh put out a call for any further information others might be aware of, and one individual pointed me toward this article, which delves deeper into the underlying biology, and the nature of cancer research. Essentially, it's not a unique idea, but may hold promise.

Hopefully this isn't just vaporware: supposedly a German company, txtr, is coming out with a new e-reader, the Beagle - for 9.90€. It's a very minimal spec, as you'd expect: bluetooth only (no WiFi or cellular data), 4GB internal flash, 5" 800x600 8-levels e-ink display. On the other paw, it's also only 128g. It may have caveats, though; one commenter over on Engadget: "One reader noticed (and txtr has confirmed) that the Beagle can only carry 5 ebooks at a time. They have to be pre-rendered by the [Beagle] app before being transferred over." The article also notes "Txtr is positioning it not as a standalone e-reader, but as a smartphone accessory it hopes that carriers will offer with a small subsidy", so it remains to be seen if you'll actually be able to buy it by itself; 9.90€ may just be their idea of the price carriers might sell it for.

BTW, if anyone's curious as to the kind of work some of the other project partners get up to, here's one of their showreels. Elements thereof will likely be used in our CVMP demo in December, and it's possible I might get roped into staffing the demo station.. ^_^;; You may recognise some of the sequences, particularly in Europe.

Read of some true sushi excellence. =:9 Caution: the posting is adorned with many high quality photographs of the nigiri in question.

IDW Publishing confirmed to me that the forthcoming My Little Pony comics (with advance orders exceeding 90,000, thereby outselling Uncanny X-Men =:) will indeed be available digitally, via ComiXology, commencing Nov 14 2012. ^_^

Planning for the possible is an agreeably whimsical expression of setting goals such that they're attainable, noticed via tuftears. It does perhaps leap a little between the state of easily failed and easily succeeded, but the notion remains sound.

Photography contest time! This time, it's the the Burrard-Lucases, with this quarter's theme being "travel". This one's winner gets a 24"x18" framed print of their shot, and is carried forward for the grand prize, with the possibility of a Canon 60D.

As for the previous entry, loganberrybunny came closest to identifying it precisely: it's part of a coal canal, later superceded by the railways, offering more flexibility and capacity.