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Tuesday, April 24, 2021

When the 2007 edition of the Cyberstates report, a state-by-state detailing of the tech industry, came out today, I’ll bet Florida economic boosters winced when they read this quip by AeA president William T. Archey regarding the Sunshine State’s robust job growth in this sector:

“It’s diffused and there’s no identity to go along with it — you don’t think of Florida as a high-tech state,” Archey said. “I keep thinking the Florida Chamber of Commerce needs to get its act together and start promoting this.”

The joke is that Florida has, indeed, tried to promote itself as a tech-friendly mecca. Using NASA’s presence at Cape Canaveral as a base, the state launched the Florida High-Tech Corridor initiative more than a decade ago, specifically to get the word out. The hope was to spur economic diversification beyond the traditional pillars of tourism and agriculture — at least perceptionally.

That the head of a prominent technology association hasn’t gotten the message means some folks in Tallahassee are heading back to the drawing board.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 04/24/2007 10:37:53 PM
Category: Business, Florida Livin', Tech
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krypto rock
While the planet Krypton remains fictional, kryptonite is now discovered to be real — sorta:

“Towards the end of my research I searched the Web using the mineral’s chemical formula, sodium lithium boron silicate hydroxide, and was amazed to discover that same scientific name written on a case of rock containing kryptonite stolen by Lex Luthor from a museum in the film Superman Returns,” [mineral expert Chris] Stanley said.

The material is white, powdery and not radioactive — unlike the glowing green crystals usually depicted in the Superman comics. It will be formally named Jadarite when it is described in the European Journal of Mineralogy later this year.

So Stanley found white kryptonite — which is, indeed, one of the rainbow chunks of Krypton. It won’t faze ol’ Kal-El, but apparently it kills plants dead. So even though it’s allegedly not radioactive… I wouldn’t use it to decorate your garden.

Now get to work on finding the other krypto-strains! I, for one, will pay top dollar for some of that sweet-sweet jewel kryptonite!

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 04/24/2007 10:11:23 PM
Category: Pop Culture, Science
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