2008 Jun 30, 5:45
Erik on writing for games vs books: "Even worse for game writers, the 98% garbage part of a game isn't even usually garbage because instead of reading something boring about the history of Belgium,
the "reader" probably gets to jump a Camaro over a dino
2008 Jun 25, 2:50
A few interesting interface ideas for a dual-display reading device.
2008 Mar 17, 12:51
Google toolbar updates the IE Feed View like I had suggested on my blog.
2008 Feb 26, 2:24
At the grocery store the other day Sarah and I attempted to find shallot for a recipe, but I can't
tell the difference between shallot, sweet onions, yellow onions, etc. etc. We found something that we decided was the closest we'd find in the store and I believe we picked correctly because at
checkout the cashier rang it up as shallot.
I think this could be
a practical problem that the 20q Pocket Mind Reader should be able to solve: obtain the name of an unidentified object. When we got home
I decided to test the 20q Pocket Mind Reader on shallot. Unfortunately, it told me I had an onion, but I think if these were designed for identifying unknown objects based solely on information you
can obtain by looking at it, rather than requiring knowledge of seeds, where it grows, etc. it would do better. Or I could just ask someone who works at the grocery store.
2007 Dec 24, 12:41
These days it seems like there's a social sharing website for everything representable as bits. Like Scribd
for (mostly legal) documents, SciVee
for scientific research videos, Wordie
for words, and Kuler
for color themes. Kuler seems
like a ridiculous website (overkill) but I had been meaning to update my homepage's color design and Kuler has an RSS based REST API
The API lets you obtain things like the most recently added color themes or the most popular or all themes containing the color dark red, etc... So of course rather than update my website's design I
hooked up my css to the color themes coming out of Kuler. Select my main page's color theme from a list of random Kuler themes
. As I'm sure
the regular readers can guess I use an xslt
and blah blah blah... It looks OK with Silver Surfer
and Happy Hipo
but in general
changing the colors this way doesn't produce something pretty.
When reading about Kuler I found that they may have stolen the whole idea wholeslae from ColourLovers
. They discuss the thievery in an article
on their blog. I would have switched over to ColourLovers out of principle but
they don't have an easily accessible API.
2007 Aug 13, 3:35 2007 Mar 19, 1:03
Help ensure that projects to turn books into text files are correct by proofreading the results.
2006 Dec 4, 1:27
A 3D RSS reader built on WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation) free from Microsoft.
2006 Nov 28, 5:13
The Resource Description Framework (RDF) is a language for representing information about resources in the World Wide Web. This Primer is designed to provide the reader with the basic knowledge
required to effectively use RDF. It introduces the basic conc
2006 Nov 7, 4:48
Readers of Raymond Chen's blog speculate that Raymond isn't real because the blog is too consistent. Funny.