And it's not even a very interesting prime at that

According to United States law, certain prime numbers are illegal.

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Neat little single panel Web comic I found.

What I need is some more commentary on this site. Hmm. Maybe I should have two sites. A personal site and professional site. Have to think about that.

Anyway, in the spirit of Gary Larson, B Kliban and Gahan Wilson is The Parking Lot is Full. PLIF explains why the afterlife is overrated and Christmas presents involving severely distorted spacetime.

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Artificial life was just a phrase twenty years ago.

This article is a little old but I didn’t have my journal script in place then. Still, it’s interesting and it’s early in the morning (a little insomnia) so I decided to point to it.

Basically biologists and bio-engineers are getting to the point where they’ll be able to build a virus entirely from scratch. And they are already thinking about what it will take to build artificial bacteria from scratch.

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You learn somethin' new everyday

Even in HTML. I consider myself pretty experienced with this stuff but today I found something about the BASE element that I didn’t know before. I found this striking because I have a lot of internal links in my journal posts and, until now, I had to mark them as absolute URLs to keep them from breaking as Greymatter archived the posts. Using BASE will help me to keep them as relative URLs. Nice. Thanks Marshy!

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Some weird links sent to me by friends

Mr. Gamut sent me a story about a boyscout who tried to build a breeder reactor in his mother’s backyard shed.

Lord Odinmank sent me the result of using Lego to pry into secrets humanity was not meant to know.

I found a story about some nerds from IBM and Cambridge University who managed to coax carbon nanotubes to grow in coherent, extremely pure, crystals–more shades of nano.

For better or worse, humans love to tinker.

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Robots and Page Design

MEMS are miniature (centimeter sized) or microscopic (micron sized) robots and machines. MEMS technology can also be thought of as proto-nanotech because many of the control and software issues faced by MEMS engineers are very similar to those that will be faced by nanotech engineers.

Browsing Memepool, I came across these rather interesting robots developed by MIT and Sandia Labs.

Oh, and I also found this rather interesting article about content oriented page design over at RobotWisdom.

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Ban the use of tables for layout!

Dotfile brings us, by way of A List Apart, this list of sites that don’t use tables for layout. Farlops Industries has been free of layout tables since late 1998. The ranks of CSS-only page designers are finally growing! Progress is being made comrades!

Web Nouveau also has a more extensive list of sites free of layout tables.

Addendum (6-19-03): Donimo’s list of sites without layout tables mysteriously disappeared many months ago. I have since replaced the link with Meryl’s list, which carries on the tradition.

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Foreshadowings of Nano?

Scientists in Tennessee have genetically engineered microcrobes to function like logic components in computer circuits.

Now if they can just get them to work in colonies with specialized bacteria doing different functions, then we’d be getting somewhere.

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Is civilization speeding up?

I read James Gleick‘s Faster: The Acceleration of Just About Everything nearly a year ago and today I came across a skeptical review of a book with, in my mind, a similar theme.

Is technical progress accelerating? An odd question to ask in this economic correction. The transhumanists and extropians think so. It is true that are there are more scientists, technicians (craftspeople) and engineers alive now than at any time before the XIX century.

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A Note from One of Our Chief Scientists, Victor Von Doom

This is a public announcement! Do not enter the main factory! Apparently, a misplaced plutonium bolt has mutated serveral termites into giant, man-eating monsters! We repeat, do not enter the main factory building! Our last testing cow came out 30 senconds later with no marrow at all! This has been a public service announcement from Victor Von Doom, representing your friends at Farlops Industries.

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