Invisibility Cloak: Not just for Harry Potter anymore?

Wow! Just Wow! I was browsing CNN this morning and I came across the article about how scientists are creating material that can redirect light around objects. This is pretty cool stuff. No longer is Harry Potter going to be the only one with an awesome invisibility cloak. Summer camps beware!

Beyond the normal perverted male thoughts I can image a million and one practical applications for this. Not to mention then billion and one ways to exploit it. 🙂 I think the Hollywood movie industry would be the first adapters of this technology in the public sector (CIA/NSA/DHS/etc. in government of course). You could theoretically wrap a camera or person in this gear and not have to worry about keeping them out of the shot. I wonder though if it would be less “see-through” for HD cameras due to the higher pixels resolution/counts.

I’m going to have to set a reminder for myself to pick up a copy of Nature or Science for the details of this thing. I don’t remember who said it but I’ve always agreed with the saying “Magic is just science we don’t understand yet.” This type of research and technology continue to blur the line between science people will understand and what others will call “magic.” I’m all for that. We could all use a little more magic in our lives.

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This post was written by Michael Tougeron on August 11, 2008

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Posted and organized a ton of pictures on Flickr

I posted a bunch of pictures (>1,000) to Flickr yesterday & today and then organized the existing photos into sets and collections.

My favorite is probably this one from the set pictures Denise had done at Sears.


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This post was written by Michael Tougeron on August 10, 2008

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Aug PHP Meetup was a success!

Last Thursday’s SF PHP Meetup had a pretty good turnout; about 70 people by my count.  Joe Stump from gave his talk titled “Deploying code with PEAR” to the group.  Thanks to Ray and Roger from who contributed pizza & sodas for an opportunity to tell the developers about the job opportunities at zynga. & are both hiring (Digg and GameSpot) as well.  Mariano Peterson and I both took pictures and posted them on Flickr at and respectively.

I already have next month’s talk/speaker lined up.  Aaron Newton from (formerly CNET) will be giving us a preview of his Mootools talk titled “Mootools: An Overview” that he has planned for the upcoming AJAX Experience conference.  Aaron has a Mootools book coming out that’s available now via pre-order on Amazon.

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This post was written by Michael Tougeron on August 10, 2008

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