Litter Box Dessert

04/04/08 | by Adam | Categories: Silly

Link: http://www.boingboing.net/2008/03/31/cat-litter-cake-is-b.html

From one of the commenters:

i made one of these at a family reunion about 18 months ago. kids loved it, adults were seriously grossed out and segregated this dessert from the others.

Yeah.

(Via BoingBoing)

 

Oversize Big Wheel trike

04/02/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Silly

Link: http://cars.ign.com/articles/628/628210p1.html

The first time I saw the picture of the archetypal child's trike at the top of this Gizmodo page, I didn't get it. It took a moment before the scale sunk in...

(Via Gizmodo and UberReview)

 

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04/01/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Silly, Canadian, Games, Calgary

No April Fools today*.

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On Pedestals

03/31/08 | by Adam | Categories: Silly

Link: http://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/issues/2008/March/SecurityBeat.htm#Science

It's always sad when one's heroes turn out to be not merely human but, to put it nicely, utter shits. I've been an SF fan for a long time and enjoyed authors like Orson Scott Card, Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven. Jerry Pournelle was the first I soured on when I corresponded with him on the Byte Information Exchange (BIX) a number of years ago. Card followed somewhat later when his assholery made itself apparent when the growth of the internet allowed easy pontificating.

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IOGear's PCPortal

03/30/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology

Link: http://www.iogear.com/product/GCN1000/

Every now and again you see a piece of kit and think "Oh, cool"; and then when you read the real specifications you find that it's just not going to work for what you had in mind.

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Those darn blinking LEDs

03/29/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Whining

Link: http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2008/03/when-excessivel.html

One thing that's becoming more and more prevalent are blinking LEDs on pretty much all computer equipment. As one wag put it, there's not a lot of sense in having "everything's great" lights, and that's what these are.

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MAME TARDIS

03/28/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Silly

Link: http://www.asciimation.co.nz/tardis/

This gadget serves no purpose whatsoever, but a freaking TARDIS-shaped MAME arcade box? Woo!

(Via Wired)

 

GoogleStreets on Holiday

03/27/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology

Link: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=&layer=c&ie=UTF8&ll=58.378499,-134.68792&spn=0.044011,0.119133&z=13&cbll=58.382387,-134.686796

While fiddling around with GoogleStreets, I noticed that they had a section of the Alaska panhandle digitized -- specifically the area around Juneau. It's not exactly the most easy place to get to so I was wondering why they would have gone there instead of mapping, say, Seattle.

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Wikihistory

03/26/08 | by Adam | Categories: Potpourri

Link: http://www.abyssandapex.com/200710-wikihistory.html

Creative short story about time travel written in the style of a Wikipedia discussion page. After reading it, take a gander at this earlier post on the inherent paradox.

Bonus link: alternate history as viewed through a commercial search engine.

(Via BoingBoing)

 

Mini Movie Reviews

03/25/08 | by Adam | Categories: Reviews

Too much time on aircraft (and the road generally) recently has resulted in the following brief movie synopses(*):

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Standards and why there are so many to choose from

03/24/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology

Link: http://www.joelonsoftware.com/items/2008/03/17.html

Another great article from Joel Spolsky on the problem of enforced versus suggested standards. He's primarily discussing web browsers but covers a lot more.

 

Windows Vista, you suck

03/23/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology

Recently I had a need to reformat a 60GB USB drive to FAT32 on my Vista box. Back in Windows 2000, Microsoft pulled their FAT32 formatting option out of the GUI as they preferred that people use the proprietary (and admittedly more stable) NTFS. Sometimes though, the older format is what's needed so they left in a command line option. It's too bad they didn't spend a little bit of time doing some parameter checking. It's worth noting that, despite the message below, FAT32's maximum addressable space is 8 TiB, or roughly 8 terrabytes.

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Literature as "fanfic"

03/22/08 | by Adam | Categories: Potpourri

Link: http://gotmedieval.blogspot.com/2008/03/did-they-have-fan-fiction-in-middle.html

Fanfic (or "Fan Fiction" to use its unabbreviated name) is typically considered a contemporary phenomenon. For those unfamiliar with the term, it's where readers of a particular story decide to continue it themselves. It's particularly common in the SF&F world where it's possible to imagine what-if scenarios that the original author choose not to explore. The need to continue a story or insert oneself into it isn't that new as this article at Got Medieval points out. If I were still at university and working on a graduate thesis, this would make for an excellent starting point for a research paper.

(Via BoingBoing)

 

The View From The Trenches

03/21/08 | by Adam | Categories: Potpourri

Link: http://www.inc.com/magazine/20080301/how-hard-could-it-be-lessons-i-learned-in-the-army.html?partner=fogcreek

As always, Joel Spolsky has an excellent article on how there's a significant perception gap between the more senior people in an organization and those a bit further down.

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