Monthly Archive: December 2007

Dec 22

1 in 75

There is a one in 75 chance that an asteroid will hit Mars in January 2008.   That probability may go down after more observations. It wasn’t discovered until November of this year. I recognize and acknowledge that global warming is a problem.  But if you found out that an asteroid had a 1 in 75 …

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Dec 20

Open Source Revolutions

A commenter on a blog I read said the old chestnut:  “for the 1,257th time, someone name something new and revolutionary that’s come out of open source. Th incentive that drives creativity isn’t there. Real artists see no virtue in being starving artists.” So I thought I would compile a list of great software projects …

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Dec 20

Golden Age…

I’m sitting in my car, using my wireless broadband on my wife’s computer, which has been flawlessly connected for the last 3 hours, while listening to my iPod Nano through the car stereo. Fricken Sweet

Dec 15

Upgrade from Microsoft Vista

Coding Sanity reviews Microsoft’s latest OS, and gives is a great report – a welcome improvement over Windows Vista. I haven’t upraded my game machine to Vista. I think I’ll leapfrog it and install this great new OS. I suspect it will go very, very smoothly, like I wasn’t upgrading at all! *Edit* – must …

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Dec 14

Amazon SimpleDB

So after providing technology to make storage simple, and make setting up computers trivial, Amazon adds a database system on top. I wonder what happens when they run out of things to virtualize?

Dec 14

Human nature

Who would have thought that reviews of a product on Amazon would be so amusing. Must be that dry British pen humor, not the profanity-laced, scatalogical humor of us Yanks.

Dec 13

Awesome Christmas Present for the Steampunker in your family

Steampunk Flat-Panel LCD Mod

Dec 07

Better for Whom?

Via Bryan Caplan, commentary from Tyler Cowen on anti-natalism: Most people believe that they were either benefited or at least not harmed by being brought into existence… David Benatar argues that coming into existence is always a serious harm. Although the good things in one’s life make one’s life go better than it otherwise would …

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Dec 06

10 reasons I didn’t start this tech bubble

Very funny for those of us with scars from the last tech bubble. I haven’t watched the video yet, so I am not commenting on that until I get the chance to see it. *Edit* I watched the video.  It’s priceless.

Dec 06

Live Free or Die Hard

One of the benefits of living and working in DC is that I now know a lot more about the layout of our nation’s capital and the surrounding area. So, for example, in Live Free or Die Hard, when I see metro trains that say “MTA”, I know that they’re not Washington’s Metro, whose logo …

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Dec 06

Giving Thanks

You know how sometimes you forget to do something, and then you forget that you forgot, and then you feel bad that you forgot and it just seems awkward… Well, I wrote this just before Thanksgiving. Since it’s still the holiday season, it’s still worth saying: I want to thank Pamela Slim, and J Timothy …

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