Peahens Fan Too

11/07/07 | by Nimble | Categories: Distractions

Unless these are males of a different peafowl species, this is my first encounter of peahens, the female counterparts of peacocks, fanning their tales in much the same manner as the males do, only somewhat less spectacularly.

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Strange Bible Verses: Numbers 22:8-35

11/07/07 | by Nimble | Categories: Thoughts, Religion

(NOTE: Update about this story at the end of this post)

There are a number of odd tales in the Bible, but some of them are odder than others.

The tale of Balaam and the talking donkey is an odd one, but not just for the talking donkey. This is a tale of God getting mad when you do what he told you to do.

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Evidence Based Scheduling

11/07/07 | by Adam | Categories: Technology

Link: http://www.joelonsoftware.com/items/2007/10/26.html

Joel Spolsky on another of his smart ideas: a combined process and time tracking tool that allows better estimates for software development. This is pretty much the Holy Grail. Now if only I knew somewhere I could try this out on...

 

A seriously low MPG vehicle

11/06/07 | by Adam | Categories: YouTube

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewUSzAgJcgk&eurl=http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2007/10/40-year-old-p50.html

It's been a while since I've done a Top Gear/YouTube related post, so here's one. I suspect the video will be gone in a day or two as those take-down notices seem to fly thick and fast, but this one's all about the Peel P50 from 1963. It does 100 MPG, it's small enough to be picked up and wheeled around, drive through the BBC offices, fit into normal elevators and generally let Jeremy Clarkson annoy everyone around him.

(Via Wired)

 

The Leopard has landed

11/05/07 | by Adam | Categories: Macintosh

Radio Adam, after a recent outage, is back on the air and has migrated platforms again. Initially on Linux, then on Windows XP, it has migrated over to Leopard on a refurbished Mac Mini (the older PPC version, rather than the newer MacIntel variant.)

But this isn't really about Radio Adam; this is about the newest OSX upgrade: OSX 10.5, aka "Leopard".

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Software development: five easy ways to fail

11/04/07 | by Adam | Categories: Technology

Link: http://www.inc.com/magazine/20071101/how-hard-could-it-be-five-easy-ways-to-fail.html?partner=fogcreek

Good article from Inc.com by Joel Spolsky of "Joel On Software" about common ways that software projects crater. Some comments on it are below the fold.

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LolNimble

11/03/07 | by Adam | Categories: Silly

Link: http://lolinator.com/lol/blogs.nimblebrain.net

First we had gender-reversed NimbleBlog; now the the severely twisted minds behind teh internets bring you: LolNimble!

(Via XOverboard)

 

CD/45 RPM hybrid

11/02/07 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Music

Link: http://www.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.optimal-online.de%2FCD.13.0.html&langpair=de%7Cen&hl=en&ie=UTF8

While I love the ingenuity that went into designing a gramophone-compatible CD, I don't think I would dare stick it into a CD player after the first time a needle had touched the top surface.

(Via BoingBoing)

 

George Lucas In Love

11/01/07 | by Adam | Categories: YouTube

Link: http://www.mininova.org/rss.xml?cat=8

I saw "George Lucas In Love" a few years ago and thought it was brilliant then. On watching it again, I think it still qualifies as brilliant now.

 

Stupid, stupid, stupid

10/31/07 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Whining, Reviews

Link: http://www.consumer.philips.com/consumer/en/ca/consumer/cc/_productid_7FF1M4_37_CA_CONSUMER/PhotoFrame+7FF1M4-37

A year or so ago, I bought a Philips PhotoFrame (7FF1M4/37 model) as a present for a relative. It was well received and was used daily with no problems. That made it a great success in my eyes.

Until tonight when I bricked it.

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Dena and Beowulf

10/30/07 | by Nimble | Categories: Distractions

Was poking through the Old English-plus-translation version of Beowulf I have, and was intrigued that the first line was:

Hwæt, we Gar-Dena in geardagum

There you go, Dena's in Beowulf!

(Even though it means the Danes, here: Gar-Dena = spear-Danes)

Not knowing where Tolkien got his inspiration, there's an awful lot of homage to Beowulf in Lord of the Rings. Beowulf refers to Middle Earth, ring-givers, and one of the Old English words for king, apart from "cyning" (kewningg) is "þeoden" (the "þ" giving a "th" sound). Theoden King indeed!

 

Darth Vader, Harmonica Maven

10/30/07 | by Adam | Categories: YouTube

Link: http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1776532/

If you ever wondered what that gizmo near the bottom of Darth Vader's helmet was, the title above gave it away.

(Via Daring Fireball)

 

The high stakes of chocolate making

10/29/07 | by Adam | Categories: Silly

Link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/10/15/nchocolate115.xml

Squishing fine chocolate truffles with one's thumb? Hanging is too good for him (harumph).

(Via BoingBoing)

 

Flavour, not flood

10/28/07 | by Adam | Categories: Potpourri

Link: http://www.seriouseats.com/videos/2007/10/mario-batali-video-how-to-sauce-pasta.html

Interesting video from a TV chef on how pasta should be served with the sauce adding to the flavour rather than being the overwhelming focus. I rather agree -- the best lasagne is the one where the noodles act as a structural component separating the meat, cheese and tomato rather than as something limp floating inbetween the other pieces of filling. I feel much the same way about fresh tomato sauces; make it sticky, thick, gungy, but sparing. Tomato-flavoured water is for the consomme.

(Via Kottke)

 

The trouble with randomly generated license codes

10/27/07 | by Adam | Categories: Macintosh

Link: http://www.rogueamoeba.com/utm/posts/Random/RASN2-Swears-2007-10-16-15-00.html

Funny post from a Mac developer on a four letter issue he encountered when generating license keys for his product.

(Via Daring Fireball)

 

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