April 29, 2006

Waveforms for Lovers

Poking around today I stumbled across the Swedish all-girl band Audrey. Check out their single Mecklenburg. They're not what you'd think of when you hear "Swedish all-girl band", or at least not what I'd think of, but that's probably a good thing.

Also in the act now and you won't be disappointed catagory is Buried Beds. I keep playing their track Insomnia over and over.

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April 27, 2006

Nerd Files

The other day I stumbled across a site with links to 195 programming books available online. The best I've seen so far is called The Programmers' Stone. It's a bit abstract, but is talks a lot about the deeper aspects of programming which is something I've been thinking about. Tonight I found a link to How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School which I'm finding useful too (chapter 2 in particular).

If this post had a point I would state it now, but it doesn't.

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April 25, 2006

Hawaii Five-O

Book 'em, Danno

I sincerely apologize for posting this link.

Hmmm, since I have already apologized you might not to watch this either. Avoid this one completely.

Finally, be careful! The electrons know you're watching!

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April 20, 2006

Bad Places to Stand

I hope this guy went out and bought himself a lottery ticket right after this experience.

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Student Body (Vice) President

A note to student body presidents everywhere: Relax man, it's a JOKE!

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"...on that day we're all murders"

People who want to speed up the rate at which we execute condemmed prisoners might want to watch this.

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April 19, 2006

Why Software Patents are Bad

At this point the only thing software patents are achieving are providing employment for lawyers.

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My Mind is a Perfect Vacuum

Physicists postulate there is a thing called Vacuum Energy, which is the energy that exist in space even when there is nothing there. According to Einstein mass and energy are equivalent so, even when you have absolute nothingness, there is still something there.

I wonder if the principal applies to blogs?

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April 14, 2006

Time, time, time...

I was walking down the street on my 35th birthday and noticed I was followed by an odd stranger. When I turned a corner I stopped and waited for him. He turned the corner and I tackled him roughly and said, "Who the hell are you and why are you following me?" He replied, "I am you." I punched him to knock some sense into him.

"No! No! Wait!" he cried. "I can prove it! Remember that scar on your elbow you got from the milkshake machine when you worked at McDonald's?" and he turned he elbow towards me revealing a jagged scar. It wasn't conclusive proof, but I decided to hear him out and stood up and helped him of the ground.

"So you're telling me in a couple of years I build a time machine?"

"Seven years actually, but..."

"Cool. So did you come to tell me what stocks to buy to or the winning lottery numbers so, um, we become a rich man?"

"No, that's not what I came to tell you." My future self didn't seem all that smart.

"Well shit, couldn't you have done that TOO? It's not like it would have been much work."

"Shut up. God, I forgot what an idiot I was when I was young."

"I'm not the one who forgot to SPEND FIVE MINUTES looking up winning lottery numbers..."

"Look," he interrupted, "I don't have much time here before I return to your future..."

"Okay, what huge, important, earth-shattering message do you have for me that won't make me rich?"

"What I came to tell you is that you need to find...." but then his voice trailed away like a song fading out and I was shocked when his body began to fade too, making him look like a ghost. Within moments he was gone.

Sadly, I never learned what this older and hypothetically wiser version of myself, who traveled so far, wanted to tell me. Every birthday since then I've stopped to ponder what it might have been. I've also been working on creating a time machine, since now I know I invent one in the future. I have spent countless hours researching the structure of time and space. I have conducted experiments with mind bending results, but have kept them to myself for fear I be thought insane.

It has required great sacrifices, but the machine is almost done. Ironically I also now know what the message I wanted to tell myself is. I wish I had spent more time to find that special person I could spend the rest of my life with. I will tell myself not to invent a time machine but instead to find love and be happy. I should be ready to test the machine at the end of the month. Some simple calibrations are all that are left to do. I'll let you know how it goes when I get back.

And this time I'm also going to bring myself the winning lottery numbers.

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April 13, 2006

The Great Oracles of Our Time

theOnion was the first great seer of the new Millenium. And now MAD Magazine....

In our crass, vulgar society, product placement is everywhere.  So what's keeping the federal government from selling out The Pledge of Allegiance?

Sure, it goes against everything our country was founded on — but, more importantly, if we list a bunch of products in the pledge, it'd make us a ton of money! Here's what you can expect...

iPod Allegra, Tootsie Fab, Fuji United Franco-American,

Banana Republic, Ford Chicklets Vans,

One Nathan's, Wonder BOD,

Disney Vagisil,

Wisk Listerine, Ban Jergens, Hormel.

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April 08, 2006

Golf vs. Nature

Nature loses.

Bird experts and enthusiasts reacted with surprise and anger Thursday when they learned that two nesting hawks at an exclusive golf resort in Orange County were shot down by federal agents.

The red-shouldered hawks were killed Wednesday morning near the clubhouse of the Villas of Grand Cypress Golf Resort near Interstate 4 and south of the Dr. Phillips community. About a dozen guests had complained of being attacked.

The mating hawks, which can be fiercely protective, had just begun their nesting season and were guarding eggs.

"They were killed because they were inconvenient," said Lynda White, coordinator of the Audubon EagleWatch program in Maitland.

[...]

Bernice Constantin, state director of wildlife services in Gainesville for the Agriculture Department, said the shooting of raptors is a rare event.

John White, a biologist and raptor expert with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in Eustis, said he was surprised to learn that the government had sanctioned the killing of protected birds.

"This is the first time I've heard of two adult birds of prey being shot by permit," White said.

Constantin said the nest and its eggs were removed from the tree. He wasn't certain what became of the eggs, although the agency's practice is to hand them over to a wildlife care center for hatching, he said.

The Audubon's White said the hawks could have been captured and released at a nesting site elsewhere, a measure done successfully with other red-shouldered hawks.

Other steps could have been taken, such as arming guests with umbrellas or cordoning off a wider swath of resort property to separate people from hawks nervous about the welfare of their nest, she said.

And what happened with the eggs/chicks? Austringer has an update:

Update: A comment on “Scientist Interrupted” site relates that the nest was left for two days. When the nest was finally examined, the chicks were dead. It also reports that the golf course management consulted with Florida Audubon, who told them about a successful relocation of hawks and their nest. The golf course management apparently decided that would take too long.

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