Monthly Archives: June 2004

Cassini

Yay, Cassini (as of this writing) finished its 96 minute burn and entered orbit around Saturn (it’s still got to pass through the ring plane, in under an hour). This is pretty cool. Here’s an excellent article on the events … Continue reading

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Das Boot

Before you can get wind and spray in your face and enjoy the waves and stuff, you have to stick the bloody mast into the top of the sailboat. This is not a light undertaking, especially for the untrained and … Continue reading

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INDUCE act commentary

A good inline commentary on Hatch’s “aiding and abetting copyright violation” act, currently burrowing its way through the legislature…

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Monopoly history

Some of the history of the board game Monopoly. ’twasn’t invented in the 30s, really…

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HV

A long time ago, I took apart a “stun gun” (actually not a gun, but a high-voltage generator with a couple of wicked prongs on it). I figured out most of how it works, and this is a pretty good … Continue reading

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Next, They'll Blame it on Terrorists

According to CNN, the FBI’s anti-terror computer system is slipping. An official even says that it might have to be ditched, which is Bureaucratese for “The low bidder on the contract screwed us bad.” Us meaning, of course, you, dear … Continue reading

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DDJ Index

Dr. Dobbs indexed. (No, not the articles). I still remember writing versions of Tiny Basic and PILOT, inspired by articles in DDJ, and it’s where I first learned about hash tables, before I ever owned a computer…

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Perl6

I am following Perl 6 (more about this later) with a sometimes interested, sometimes horrified eye. The latest cute horror is a periodic table of its operators. Perl makes C++ look like LISP. It really does. It’s got darned coolness … Continue reading

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Peoplesoft Lawyer Blog

My favorite company [1] has a lawyer who maintains a blog. Interesting reading (even if the company’s software is a stomach-churning pile of amphibian doo-doo). [1] There’s worse software on the planet. Truly not a comforting thought.

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One of my favorites…

… is the album Six, by Mansun. (No no no, not Marilyn Manson. Really totally different).

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