Category Archives: Miscellaneous

First Post of the New Year

Let’s have a show of hands. How many of you out there think that “Spirit” and “Opportunity” are incredibly stupid names for the rovers now photographing and crawling around Mars? The first one sounds like a glee club from high … Continue reading

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Excel games, the definition of noise, CSS selectors and screen captures

Some cat from Japan has worked out how to get Excel’s grid of cells to play Pac-man and Space Invaders. Apparently a group of artists and technicians over in the UK are exploring the difference between noise and information. I … Continue reading

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Smalley Speaks, Roman Geeks and Safari Peeks

In nanotech news, Drexler and Smalley throw down some fearsome science as they debate the validity of mechanosynthesis. In my opinion, Drexler won it. Christie’s actions off an ancient Roman twenty sider. Let’s see–they had pewter for figs, they could … Continue reading

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Hilbert, hacking novelty items and hardcover books

This is just wrong Umberto Eco talks the future of books in a world of pervasive information technology. A nice outline of David Hilbert (Of Hilbert’s Hotel fame) 23 problems in mathematics showing their status as solved or unsolved.

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By Way of DiveintoMark's RSS Feed

The acme of the CSS-fu, (Warning! the link that follows leads to a page that makes absolutely no sense in screen readers. Don’t bother; just get someone to tell you about it.) a house built purely of CSS rules and … Continue reading

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It makes a lot of sense when you think about it.

Although I haven’t signed up with these folks, I think that mentally I’ve been a member of the Voluntary Human Extinction MovemenT (VHEMT) for many years now. We should stop breeding and get off the planet. That’s the only way … Continue reading

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In Honor of Bastille Day

A little fireworks java applet for ya! Courtesy of da Lawman!

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One can only hope this will end up in Memepool one day

I worked at the Lazy M Ranch in one capacity or another for four years and I saw first hand how the best brains of my time were warped beyond all recognition while there. As an example of this, allow … Continue reading

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Been waiting for this for a long time

Progress continues to be made on robot cars–cars that drive themselves. Like I’ve said many times, human are just not reliable enough to be put in charge of a tonne or so of steel and plastic.

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Imagine this as a transition

So I got flattened by a chest cold and only now have I got the motivation to write here again. Computational biology develops computer models of bacteria sophisticated enough allow us to predict evolution. Anyway, I discovered one of my … Continue reading

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