Hmmm… That's An Idea

Never regret thy fall, O Icarus of the fearless flight…

Glenn Curtiss & Theodor Ellyson

… For the greatest tragedy of them all Is never to feel the burning light.  – Oscar Wilde

Money Quote: – Autonomous flight up to 10,000 feet / Top speed of 150km/h (93.2 mph) / 10 min autonomy

The new Zapata Invention: Flyboard® Air


Zapata Racing has achieved the dream of mankind and offers you the first video of Franky Zapata flying on the innovation Flyboard® Air.

The Independent Propulsion Unit represents 4 years of hard work for a result exceeding all records



“…Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?” – T. S. Eliot

Old Data

The Future of Big Data: Distilling Less Knowledge Per Bit

Money Quote: “It is both unknowable and all-knowing. It answers all questions, if only we know how to interpret those answers.”


Photo: WITCH

Year: 1951

Short for the Wolverhampton Instrument for Teaching Computing from Harwell, the WITCH was also known as The Harwell Dekatron Computer. It was slow (a multiplication took 5-10 seconds), but this was justified by its ability to run long periods of time unattended. It could therefore be left on its own with a large amount of input data. At one point it was left running over the Christmas and New Year holiday and was still working when the staff came back 10 days later. – Courtesy of Pingdom via Wired