Monday, October 31, 2005

Mysterious NYC speech balloon stickers explained

Coincidentally, a colleague of mine had the initiator of this project as her teacher in design school!



Friday, October 28, 2005

What's under the pavement?

Gothamist has a link to a National Geographic site that explains all about what goes on under the street in NYC.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

iPods are now officially REAL medical devices... more pretend medical device for the white-headphone set.

source: slashdot

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

The Broadcast Flag in 3 minutes

I was trying to explain why the Broadcast Flag mattered the other night. I wish I had read this first.

Friday, October 21, 2005

How to rock the command line with Perl

More prestidigation at

Article in the LA Times about Nigerian email scammers

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

The 10,000 year clock

The Clock of the long now.

To forestall looting ... it cannot contain parts made of jewels and expensive metals. In case of societal collapse, it must be maintainable with Bronze Age technology. It must be understandable while intact, so that no one will want to take it apart.

What kind of machine can, for 10 millennia, accurately reconcile hours, days, weeks, months, leap years, leap centuries, the precession (wobbling around an axis) of planetary orbits, and, grandest cycle of all, the 25,784-year precession of the equinox? Answer: a digital one... Bits and bytes are typically rendered electronically, but Hillis says he "rejected electronics from the start. It would not be technologically transparent..." So Hillis invented ... a mechanical binary computer... Still, no mechanical clock, however cleverly crafted, can keep perfect time for 10,000 years. So Hillis added solar synchronization: A sunbeam striking a precisely angled lens at noon triggers a reset by heating, expanding, and buckling a captive band of metal...

"So when you visit the clock, it shows the last time someone was there," says Hillis. "When you wind it, it catches up to now and stops, set for the next person. It rewards attention."

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Sleep like Edison

By sleeping only twenty to thirty minutes every four hours you can stay awake longer. The short time you do spend sleeping the body is in REM sleep, which is the most restful phase. This technique has been used by many famous inventors.

Also at Hack-A-Day

I used to pretty much be on this schedule in the early 90's, and it ruled. Except, as he says, if I stayed up more than about 6 hours without a nap, I went straight to gently hallucinating, logic-free sleep deprivation mode.

Secret Code in Color Printers Lets Government Track You

"...the government and private industry make backroom deals to weaken our privacy by compromising everyday equipment like printers. The logical next question is: what other deals have been or are being made..."

Friday, October 14, 2005

A Ruby On Rails tutorial

This stuff looks bitchin'

Will wrote a comparison of R.O.R. vs J2EE

The web-browsing handkercheif is on its way

Fuckin' A. Prototype smart paper by 2007 FTW!

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

cotoure fashion made of deliciously smash-able spun sugar!

High-fashion clothes made of spun sugar, just like they use to make
fake glass bottles in the movies. For the smashing.

The best part is that the models have hammers and they smash each
other's clothes.

Series of stills, starting with this one:

This photographer is kind of cool

NY Historical Society's Slavery in New York

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Society's Slavery in New York</a>

WorldOfWhoWatchesTheWarcraft... Men

"Dead Worg Pup in the alley this morning. Tauren track on burst stomach. Orgrimmar is afraid of me, I have seen its true face..."

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

How To manipulate Palm data with Perl

Read Slashot's source code! Read Gmail's source code too!

Friday, October 07, 2005

the Flu Wiki

Thursday, October 06, 2005

JSTL conditional logic

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

w00t JSP

Monday, October 03, 2005

Michigan and Illinois pass laws banning violent videogame use by children