cake stories

Friend of the site Rachel Linhart combines two awesome interests: geekery and baking. The result? A stunning cake such as the Death Star you see above, complete with a blinking LED light for where you'd normally find a planet-destroying laser. Pretty much the entire thing is edible, from the ball to the base, as well as the Millennium Falcon, the prowling Star Destroyer and the Star Wars signage. There's a sad end to this tale, however — but one fitting for the Empire's, erm, decidely combustible space station.
Someone thinks I know what I'm talking about. I was invited last month to sit on a panel entitled "The State of Consumer Electronics of Today and Tomorrow: A View From the Front Lines and a Look Ahead" at the annual Freescale Technology Forum (FTF) in San Antonio, Texas, mostly on the strength of a column I wrote on DVICE on tablet commercials. I'm not sure what front line I'm on (I'm more of a consumer electronics camp follower), but the look ahead is decidedly murky. Despite constant prodding from the panel moderator and audience to prognosticate a bit too specifically about tablets and e-book readers, all the panelists agreed none of us were 21st century Nostradamuses. I'm not sure how my, uh, personal enthusiasm (I can be a bit, shall we say, boisterous, expressing my opinions) went over. But my own impressions of the conference can be summed up as: The biggest problem with technology, is technology.