2007 Dec 31, 2:49
Interview with that guy on the Segway I always see riding around Microsoft. FTA: "So, you never feel dorky wearing a gold helmet?", "Come on: I'm riding a Segway - I'm already dorky."
2007 Dec 31, 1:18
A short short story titled 'The Riddle of the Universe and Its Solution' by CHRISTOPHER CHERNIAK. A classic (apparently) from the early 80s. No spoilers here. If you liked Snow Crash just read it.
2007 Dec 30, 2:11
Jesse's photos including when we were in Vegas.
2007 Dec 28, 8:23
Todd's cycling blog.|Todd Sahl
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Programming language that again works on a 2D memory field this time using black and white images.
2007 Dec 27, 5:33
A programming language written on a 2D plane with arrows pointing up, down, left, right to control the flow of execution.
2007 Dec 27, 3:54
Jack Black on piracy. Another humorous piracy related video on youtube. Who would have thought?
2007 Dec 27, 3:36
Mark Liberman suggests the paper on which recent articles like "Humor Develops From Aggression Caused By Male Hormones, Professor Says" was a joke. The paper is based on determitologist's notes on
reactions to his unicycle riding.
2007 Dec 26, 8:41
So many things I shouldn't like: its on court tv, its a reality show, lame name, the website is entirely flash. But its like Sneakers the TV series so...
2007 Dec 26, 5:45
Miscellaneous thoughts I had that would have been relevant many months ago:
- A History Channel program had a reenactment of a 1920's archaeologist discovering a stone tablet, sending the tablet to a warehouse, etc. all behind the voice over giving the dry facts. The
reenactor hammed it up a bit and I would have rather had clips from Indiana Jones in the background. If they're already not showing me the archaeologist who discovered the tablet, they may as well
show me one who will be entertaining.
- There are many parodies of the Get a Mac ads and so when I saw a UK Get a Mac ad I payed attention to see what the joke was. I was
disappointed by the 'parody' because it was a conventional Get a Mac ad with different actors. Apple localized their Get a Mac ad campaign in this fashion in the UK and in Japan. I've got a
playlist of the US, UK, and Japan's version of the Piechart ad. Ranking the lovable bumblingness of the PC I give the order
UK, Japan, then US and ranking the sumgness of the Mac I give the order UK, US, then Japan. But don't take my word for it, view
the ads for yourself.
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 Dec 23, 11:18
Sarah and I went down to California at the end of last month for a Thanksgiving visit with my parents. We visited the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium
(fun fact: the aquarium scenes in Star Trek IV were filmed here) and saw many jelly fish. We wandered around Capitola where we visited many local
shops and ate on the wharf. We shopped in Carmel and ate at the Forge in the Forest
(fun fact: Clint Eastwood was the mayor of this city in the late
80s). We visited the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk which was very cold and closed.
My parents took us out to dinner on the first night and the rest of the nights we ate dinner at their house. They had the Shelton's over and I got
to see Chris and Alison. It was fun to talk with them and catch up since its been quite a while since I'd seen them.
We stayed in the lovely beach house of our family friend's the Goodwins.
My parents have been helping them fix it up and decorate it and it looks great. It was quite a treat staying in a house right on the ocean. Also of note, this was the first trip on which I was old
enough to rent the car and accordingly I did all of the driving. This trip was very fun and relaxing.
2007 Dec 23, 8:48
Banksy article and interview in Wired.
2007 Dec 23, 8:47
2007 Dec 23, 8:46
Banksy replaces Paris Hilton CDs with his own satirical music and cover art in stores.
2007 Dec 23, 8:44
Banksy adds his own pieces to NY's museums.
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