Monthly Archive: November 2007

Nov 30

Emotional Impact of Inanimate Objects

What I find fascinating about this video is the visceral reaction I have to watching it. They are just chocolate bunnies, after all.

Nov 29

The Fourteen Types of Programmers – Type 6: The ones who comment on articles like this one

(You can find the full list here) Some people feel compelled to comment.  Some feel that they have humorous observations to add.  Others simply enjoy the self-referential nature of blog posts about commenting on blog posts.   Others enjoy the meta-story of how they comment on blog posts about commenting on blog posts. Sometimes, when the …

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Nov 28

Futurama – Bender’s Big Score

It took three stores, but I found, and watched the new Futurama movie last night. It was not the best Futurama ever, but a bad Futurama is better than most TV. If you’ve never seen Futurama, this is not the first thing you should watch – it drops you right into an existing universe w/no …

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Nov 27

Prince of Persia movie

Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time – is one of the best video games I’ve ever played.   Well-animated, a fairly rich and engaging story, heroic and noble deeds, excellent voice work, energizing music and brilliant use of the “do over” concept to make the nigh-impossible seem, well, straightforward, I still enjoy playing it, even …

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Nov 26

Oh my gosh

This is terrifying.  Astonishing, but terrifying.

Nov 26

“Lost Purposes”

Eliezer Yudkowsky deconstructs education, examining the incentives and relative power of the various people in the education “food chain”.   He points out a series of issues – governments mandate certain tests, administrators focus on reducing costs and managing “process”, bookmakers focus on covering subjects at the expense of readability and effectiveness, teachers are not …

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Nov 22

Bender’s Big Score: Out Tuesday

Mark your calendars, Futurama fans.

Nov 21

Windows Vista

Best webpage ad of the year, or of all time?  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRAUlK8_2VE

Nov 20

Fun things to do in Washington DC

Test your money

Nov 19

Bookworms Untie!

This should be a Facebook app, but until then, it’s a pretty nifty website – a social networking system for book readers. http://www.goodreads.com/friend/i?i=LTM2MDY0NzM1NTM6MzIz%0A

Nov 16

Minesweeper is NP-Complete

The Traveling Salesman problem. The backpack problem. Public Key encryption. All examples of the NP-Complete family of algorithms – are they non-polynomial? Are they polynomial w/a really brilliant algorithm that we haven’t yet found? Nobody knows. It turns out that humble Minesweeper is of the same family. The proof of this is absolutely brilliant. Thus, …

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Nov 16

Sock Puppet Extinction

Every once in a while, I run across commentary that seems to believe that man is a plague on the earth, and the earth and nature would be better off without us. Recently, a friend of mine said that these statements were made by trolls and sock puppets. But I don’t think this guy is …

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Nov 15

Vocabulary

If laughing for a minute is a good workout, I had a great one reading this. 9 words that don’t mean what you think they mean I use many of these words correctly, but not all of them.

Nov 14

You know who would like this? Kids!

This is pretty cool:  http://www.zefrank.com/snowflake/ Also, I need to push the picture down the page a bit.  It’s bigger than I thought it was going to be 🙂

Nov 14

A marathons’ distance away from my goal

25 miles to go.   Note that I will not be actually running a marathon, I just thought it was interesting that I had that much distance left to run. (This picture will change over time, so this post may not be meaningful after I run another 10 miles or so)

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