I’m afraid to even provide a quote from this press release for the scientific paper Sexual selection and genital evolution in mammals: a phylogenetic analysis of baculum length. Who knew.

Lakeside Therapy

March 8, 2007

dusk_1297.jpgI miss it. I need it. I don’t know exactly how to describe “it”. I know “it” is happening when I sit beside a calm body of water. Something changes. I feel it immediately. I’m not what I would describe as tense, or uptight, or upset before “it” happens but I really feel a difference after the first few minutes beside a calm lake.

I grow accustomed to “it” as the summer passes so the first lakeside therapy session is always a “wow” experience. Its like the shock of hearing the first song birds of the spring (hopefully soon). Or for those that have travelled to Sydney, Australia in our Winter (their summer), the overwhelming smell of eucalyptus as you step outside of the airport. After a few minutes it never really enters your conscious again.

There is something about sitting beside a calm lake that I need. I don’t know if its a learned response but, to be quite honest, the underlying mechanism doesn’t really matter to me. At this point of the year I am just really looking forward to “it”.

Intel’s CEO had some interesting things to say about an upcoming mobile CPU.

Intel is developing an ultra low power micro-architecture with integrated graphics that will be able to power mobile devices with mere milliwatts of power. The first version of the chip is slated for release later this year.

The chip features the same architecture as existing server and desktop systems, and will be able to run all existing applications and services.

“If we get power and price down to the right point, I think it is a killer silicon compilation to these kinds of devices,” said Otellini.

AMD and VIA have x86 processors aimed at the embedded market that use just under a watt of power. So I guess it depends on what they mean by “mere milliwatts of power”.

Intel spun off its mobile phone chip business last year to the Marvell Technology Group. It has been suggested that Apple’s iPhone will run a Marvell Xscale processor.

Is this why Intel sold their consumer XScale business? The industry has pretty much settled on ARM based processors (like the XScale) for PDAs and SmartPhones. A new x86 based mobile chip needs more than an incremental improvement before it is widely adopted in this space. I dunno. Seems a bit weird.