intersection 05.15.09

Extra Geeky
Plus: the skint

Well, we might have gone for a catchier name than Wolfram Alpha, scheduled to launch today. Still, this variation on a search engine looks pretty cool. Put in 'Springfield weather 11/6/89' and it knows where you are and assumes you want the closest Springfield (its assumptions can be changed) and then gives you the details of the weather in Springfield, Mass. on that date. Obviously it can do much more than that, though it may be useful to think of it for now as a research tool
and almanac on steroids.

Nicholas Jitkoff, also known as Alcor, is the programmer behind Quicksilver, a semi-retired launcher with a passionate Mac following. Jitkoff has been developing a similar program for Google called Google Quick Search Box, now at the 2.0 stage for Mac. We though the first version was decent; but the latest version, even if it doesn't do everything that Quicksilver can, has made us a believer. For Windows, it's part of Google Toolbar. The Mac version is available here.

You can't play the puzzle/adventure game Machinarium yet because it's still in development. Check out the amazing artwork, though, done by the same team as the much-loved Samorost.

The striking Gnana laptop bags are made by women artisans in rural India. You can buy various styles and designs here. Most are under $100; the one pictured is $107.

Science & The City is a terrific resource,
tracking 'the intersection of science and culture' in NY.

Is the fact that MUG is now on Twitter a good reason to finally take the Twitter plunge? OK, sure. Yes.

Around town this weekend, courtesy of the skint: a daily listing of free and cheap things to buy, see, do and eat in New York.

see ernesto neto's immense interactive installation, 'anthropodino' @ park ave armory, $10 [thru 6/14]

ny-based violist nadia sirota plays selections from her new album. w/ appearances by nico muhly (the reader), others. galapagos, $12
[fri 8pm]

12 hours of live show tunes (new & classic) @ symphony space's wall-to-wall broadway, free [sat 11am-11pm]

sonya (south of the navy yard artists) studio stroll = free, self-guided studio+gallery walking tour, bklyn [sat-sun 12-6pm]

50 genres, 5,000 dancers: the 3rd annual nyc dance parade shimmies down broadway, free [sat 1pm]
[Note: their website is down as we go to publish]


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