Monthly Archives: May 2006

More recent reading

[it’s late, forgive typos] I re-read Lois McMaster Bujold’s Curse of Chalion, which is a readable and capable. The sequel, Paladin of Souls, I have had trouble getting through; the main character seems aimless and not well motivated, and the … Continue reading

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Readings in video

A bunch of readings about video technology for a UCB course. Link. (The first paper on NTSC is a fun read).

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Hamsta Power

Hamster-powered night light. “[We guess that] Skippy is good for 200 milliamps without tiring…” Link (via Making Light, appropriately enough).

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Early Intel Days

Recollections of Early Chip Development at Intel. 64-bit, 256-bit and 1Kx1 RAMs, where “80” came from, and doing chip layout on drafting tables with mylar film. “By 1974 [we started using digitization] so repeated cells could be layed out automatically, … Continue reading

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Reflections on being a Bob

Interesting rumination on comparing programmers, and career advancement. Link.

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Java bile

Behold, the Bileblog. No, it’s not a Gaimanite Norse god who has been brought to the Americas by immigrants, now making a living in the stock yards of Chicago and working the occasional scam against we soft, pudgy mortals. The … Continue reading

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Those who do not study the past…

One of my favorite books, Smalltalk 80: Bits of History, Words of Advice, long out of print (and bloody unlikely to be reprinted), is available online. Link. While some of the obstacles to getting a system as rich and complex … Continue reading

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Potpourri

Climacs, a Common Lisp based Emacs. Link. Graph drawing. Fun. More fun. All via Planet Lisp.

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Cadillac-O-Death

According to this BBC news bit, a gallows kit costs about $25,000. (This guy exports them to foreign countries, presumably excluding Texas, who apparently don’t have any convenient trees or something). Though one can imagine the reaction of the condemned: … Continue reading

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Real Scrum

Apparently this guy and me share the same name – Josh Kubiak led the UMHB defense with nine tackles and Ricky Lopez added eight tackles, four tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. Lopez also recovered a fumble for UMHB. Landon … Continue reading

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