Monthly Archives: November 2007

Driving twit

To the person with the (omitted-but-easily-remembered vanity license plate number) I saw driving to work yesterday morning, weaving in traffic because you were reading a paperback book: Yes, I called the police, they have your plate, your car description, and … Continue reading

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Atari folding (again)

This article on Atari’s current woes brought tears to my eyes. Well, not really.  But it’s interesting to see things fall apart from the outside for a change (I joined Atari in 1982, just before the first big video game … Continue reading

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Fresh steaming news

“We gotta go do this!” “Huh?” “They’re frobbin’ our greepers!  They’re dissin’ our twonkles!  They haven’t shut down their illegal vapinators and any year now they could be comin’ inna our cities with new-cleerah probbadingers!” “Uh, yeah.  Uh huh.  Why … Continue reading

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World loading

Interesting article about the seamless continuous world-model loading system in Dungeon Siege.  Link. (You do get “loading” screens when you’re teleporting around, IIRC, but that seems pretty reasonable to me, and they disguise it with a kind of travel metaphor). … Continue reading

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Kindling

Apparently the Amazon Kindle book reader can’t directly read content from the SD card slot.  Instead, you have to email the content to the unit.  Costs ten cents. Frankly, a dime isn’t that much.  On the other hand, if I … Continue reading

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Jackhammers Templar

The protagonist character in the game Assassin’s Creed spends a lot of time surrounded by baddies.  The setting is the medieval mid-east, around the time of the Crusades, and all the fighting is with swords, knives, arrows, kicks and bad … Continue reading

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While they're young…

Laptops designed by kids.  Link. I linked to the middle of the gallery for a reason: Note the “Google” button.  Microsoft has a button on most keyboards these days, why doesn’t Google?  (Or Dell, or IBM, or the US Government … Continue reading

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Birds and breathing

I never knew that birds don’t breathe the way that, say, you and I do.  Link.  

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The Right Stuff

Interesting article on the software development process for the stuff that runs the space shuttle.  Link.  

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Hell is other people's code

One of the Mikes sez, Hell is Other People’s Code. It’s interesting watching the process of how truly horrible crap gets written… — The worst piece of code I ever saw took me by surprise and was a little poignant, … Continue reading

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