stunt artists get a dose of reality
computer-generated image of a skeleton leaping
onto another is the creation of Petros
Faloustos. The prototype has been created in an
effort to show human stunt artists the physics
of their stunt.
skeleton pauses at the top of the staircase and
then, fearlessly, dives headfirst, crumpling in an
apparently bone-jarring fall. Petros Faloutsos
chuckles as he replays the clip on his laptop
computer. Again and again, the UCLA scientist
commands the virtual character to dive. The
animation is primitive, the technology complex.
e-mail shredders give senders unprecedented
In the off-line
world, it can be quite a challenge to retrieve and
destroy confidential documents from a business
deal gone sour or a top-secret project that
involved outside help. The options boil down to
either trusting your former business partner -- or
resorting to illegal breaking and entering. But
e-mail is changing those rules.
Shredding your e-mail
don't quite understand Web's power
Congressional Web sites can do a lot of positive
things for politicians and their constituents.
Using the Web appropriately can enhance service to
the public, provide a continuous unfiltered link
between elected officials and the people they
represent and help build coalitions and grassroots
support, to name only some benefits of being
little print brings big problems
Read the fine
print, and you'll discover you can't use
Microsoft's logos and cartoons to belittle the
software giant. Nor should you use Opera's Web
browser to pilot an aircraft or a nuclear
of Everything: A hilarious snapshot of another way
There is one
activity we don't see too much of in our country:
negotiating the price when we make a purchase.
Rarely, if ever, will a shopper in a mall store or
food market haggle over an item's price. Most of
us just pay what's on the tag.
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