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


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


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


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


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

(Via Daring Fireball)


Another daft civic implementation of copyright

10/26/07 | by Adam | Categories: Copyright


Another day, another silly misinterpretation of copyright law. Sadly, it's a Canadian case this time.

(Via BoingBoing)


Common Proteins of Life

10/25/07 | by Nimble | Categories: Thoughts, Science

There is a site that summarizes many of the proteins that creatures have in common with one another. Most of the creatures listed are bacteria, but there are a few multicellular organisms with respective codes: Microsporidia [E], thale cress [A], a worm [C], the fruit fly [D], baker's yeast [Y], fission yeast [P], and humans [H]. "Coming soon", they have rice, the mosquito, chimpanzees, dogs, mice and rats.

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The Baby Experience

10/25/07 | by Nimble | Categories: Thoughts, People

Dena and I haven't really been posting a ton, with the new baby in tow, but with five weeks and a bit of baby under our belts, I think I'm ready to share a bit of the whole experience :)

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Doctor housecalls, the modern variation

10/25/07 | by Adam | Categories: Technology


I'm sure there many reasons for the decline of the housecall in favour of the centralized clinic, but this post makes for an interesting read. Summary is that a doctor in the US has given up the office and takes the show on the road using modern technology to coordinate vists to his patients.

(Via Kottke)


10 hours

10/24/07 | by Adam | Categories: Technology


Ten hours is how long it takes to fill a 160GB iPod using USB2.


(Via Wired)


New iPods locked to iTunes in hardware

10/23/07 | by Adam | Categories: Copyright


Oh, for pity's sake. I was leaning in favour of picking up the new larger capacity iPod and then I read that Apple's locked down the hardware such that iTunes is required to put music on it. Why?

(Via BoingBoing)


It's true

10/22/07 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Silly


It really doesn't matter what the programmer is actually doing; as soon as the words "code's compiling" are spoken, a free period appears to be granted.

I suppose I could counter that with "document the change while you're waiting" and watch heads explode.


Marketing surveys: eternal damnation for television pilots

10/21/07 | by Adam | Categories: Whining

Every year, a crop of shows are made for the TV networks. Of these, only a few actually make it to air. But what happens to the ones that aren't selected?

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Yeah, looks comfortable alright

10/20/07 | by Adam | Categories: Macintosh


Another use for dead(ish) computers: make a really hard couch out of their corpses.

(Via PopGadget)


Amiga WB 1.3 Website

10/19/07 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Music


This is a neat concept: a website built in Ajax that looks just like a Workbench 1.3 vintage Amiga.


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