2012 Jun 30, 2:55
Brief history of Worms and info on the next entry in the series.
2012 Jun 7, 3:07 2010 Jun 12, 2:40
The American's succeeded with the revolution thanks to the 2010 Dodge Challenger. This makes me eager for Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter.
2010 Jan 29, 3:54
Raymond Chen has some thought experiments useful for discovering various kinds of stupidity in software design:
Tim Berners-Lee's principles of Web design includes my favorite: Test of Independent Invention. This has a thought experiment containing the construction of the MMM (Multi-Media Mesh) with
MRIs (Media Resource Identifiers) and MMTP (Muli-Media Transport Protocol).
The Internet design principles (RFC 1958) includes the Robustness Principle: be strict when sending and tolerant when receiving. A good one, but applied too liberally can lead to interop issues. For instance, consider web browsers.
Imagine one browser becomes so popular that web devs create web pages and just test out their pages in this popular browser. They don't ensure their pages conform to standards and accidentally end
up depending on the manner in which this popular browser tolerantly accepts non-standard input. This non-standard behavior ends up as de facto standard and future updates to the standard
essentially has had decisions made for it.
2009 Dec 16, 2:47
I played paintball for the first time at Eric's bachelor party a couple
months ago. With the worst of my bruises fading I'm examining what I've learned:
- Wearing a big jacket was a good idea, but another layer for my legs would have been good too.
- In retrospect I'd rather have run out in the open and had the brief pain of getting shot than take my time crouching in wait and feeling sore in my legs for all the next day.
- If I don't want to be first against the wall when the revolution comes, I'm going to have to make friends with folks who can aim.
2009 Nov 29, 2:01 2008 Sep 16, 5:08
"Today I invented a new way to tell time. ... it will revolutionize time-keeping as we know it.... time is based on the percentage of the day. 12:00 midnight is 0%, 12:00 noon is 50%, 6:00 p.m. is
75%, and so on." I imagine this would be the most depressing way to look at time. Good morning, you've already wasted 33% of the day unconscious in your bed! Every day would be a progress bar slowly
counting down the time. I'd probably stop watching TV completely. Why stop at counting the percentage of the day, how about the year, or how about the percentage of your life expended based on
average life expectency?
2008 Aug 8, 12:29
"Evolutionary biologist Paul Ewald drags us into the sewer to discuss germs. Why are some more harmful than others? How could we make the harmful ones benign? Searching for answers, he examines a
disgusting, fascinating case: diarrhea."
2008 Jul 29, 2:40
"The Home of the Internet-enabled Home. We are an Open Community in the Home Automation and Domotics space. We believe an Open Source approach can revolutionize the way people create, install, and
maintain software in the industry."
2008 Jun 17, 12:32
Some of my favs: UFOs creating pyramids, a periodic table of elements consisting of 'Air', 'Water', 'Fire', etc., and satin in overalls burying fossils. I'm surprised by the lack of FSM.
2008 Jun 2, 12:57
A card game where 'new players are often told only "the only rule you may be told is this one."'. '...the game being a parody of life in the People's Republic of China during the Cultural Revolution,
where the laws changed secretly..."
2008 Feb 11, 7:07
Whenever I get a package of plain M&Ms, I make it my duty to continue the strength and robustness of the candy as a species. To this end, I hold M&M duels.
2008 Jan 8, 6:43
The promotional video for this wheel feels like the beginning of a porn video. Images are delivered wirelessly to the wheels but the site doesn't say what protocol. I really hope they didn't consider
2008 Jan 3, 12:01
The title says it. This is a description of the build process, make files, and programming language syntax that is life.
2007 Oct 3, 10:21
Tim Berners-Lee writes about principles for new technology in the context of the evolution of HTML and the development of namespaces and XML.
2007 Jun 17, 10:40
FTA: "Let an ultraintelligent machine be defined as a machine that can far surpass all the intellectual activities of any any man however clever. Since the design of machines is one of these
intellectual activities, an ultraintelligent machine could de
2007 May 2, 1:39
From The Onion News Network: "In The Know: Do You Remember Life Before The Segway? Panelists discuss how the Segway personal transporter has revolutionized American life."
2007 Mar 30, 11:36
During the whole intelligent design & evolution thing in Kansas this guy wrote an open letter requesting that they also teach the creation beliefs of his religion as a follower of the Flying
2006 Dec 18, 1:34
Raymond Chen has made a book from the various lessons learned from his blog.
2006 Sep 22, 5:14
Neat Looking Flash Game