Thursday, July 02, 2009

Multi-Touch Tactile Feedback and Islamic Super Heros

Apple has a spiffy new patent out to resolve the iPhones (or any) multi-touch sceens biggest disadvantage. Apple proposes to do this through "a grid of piezoelectronic actuators that can be activated on command. By fluctuating the frequency of these actuators, the user will "feel" different surfaces as their finger moves across it" (MacRumors). Another patent filed along side it would allow for the iPhones multitouch screen to recognize the fingerprints on your individual fingers to perform different functions (i.e. Play/Stop is index finger, Fast Forward is middle finger, Rewind is ring finer).

The author of a comic book featuring Islamic super hero's published a letter to his sons. It is a heartfelt letter explaining what is behind his frequent absence as well as his passion that is driven by his part in his hopeful view for the (their) future. THE 99 is about 99 boys and girls from 99 different countries who each find a stone representing 99 attributes of Allah, such as generosity, mercy, wisdom and dozens of others which he explains are not used to describe Islam in the media.

Two of the most interesting quotes from the article is the role (or lack there of) that the Islamic religion actually plays in the comic:
"None of (the super heros) prays or reads the Koran, as they are meant to have equal appeal to children of all faiths"
On a similiar note, he writes to his children that his vision will be fully executed "only when Jewish kids think that THE 99 characters are Jewish, and Christian kids think they're Christian, and Muslim kids think they're Muslim, and Hindu kids think they're Hindu".

So what do you think about that one? Personally, I would be interested in getting my hands on a couple issues.

My last tidbit for today - not included in the title because I thought it was already random enough - is about unemployment numbers in the EU. I found them to be surprisingly low compared to what I have been used to hearing around Portland.

The E.U. average is 8.9% with Spain topping out the high end at 18.7% and the Netherlands working their butts off at 3.2%. In May Oregon hit 12.4%, a number I fear has creeped up even more in the last month.

How's that for a depressing - or cheery if you are as blessed as I am with a job that you are thankful for! - conclusion. Time for sunshine and a 3 day weekend!

1 comment:

Scott said...

You are so much better about blogging than I am :-(

That comic sounds interesting... Wouldn't mind seeing an issue or two as well.