RIP Gary Gygax

03/05/08 | by Adam | Categories: Potpourri


Gary Gygax, the co-creator of "Dungeons And Dragons", has died.

An estimated 20 million people worldwide have played D&D, with more than $1bn spent on game equipment and books.

"I thought we would sell about 50,000 copies," Gary Gygax told me back in 2004.

Also worth reading: Woot's Jokes Not To Make About This. The two best are also probably the most obscure:

7. “With his last breath, he cursed the name of Marlon Wayans.”
11. “Lorraine Williams is behind this somehow, I just know it.”

xkcd's tribute.


Ross Rubin on the HD-DVD/Blu-Ray wars

03/04/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology


Interesting article on why although Blu-Ray may have outlasted HD-DVD, it hasn't necessarily succeeded.


Self-destructing wind turbine

03/03/08 | by Adam | Categories: YouTube


Impressive video of what happens when the wind over powers a wind turbine tower.

(Via BoingBoing)


Top "greenest" cars in North America

03/02/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology


Wired has a small article on what are the twelve cleanest-running production cars in North America, as well as the twelve worst. What's nice is that there are a number of the cleaner cars I'd be happy to drive when my current (not-so-envirofriendly) vehicle finally implodes.


NewsFire RSS Reader is free

03/01/08 | by Adam | Categories: Macintosh


David Watanabe, author of my favourite OSX-based news/RSS reader, "NewsFire", has made it freeware today. I highly recommend it so give it a whirl.


Palm emulator for the iPhone

03/01/08 | by Adam | Categories: iPhone, PalmT3


Wired asks:

The question is, Why?

The answer is: there are a lot of good PalmOS applications that simply don't exist on the iPhone.


Indoors composter

02/29/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology


It's probably an expensive way to dispose of vegetative material, but given Calgary's climate, I like the idea of a composter that you don't need to go outside into the severe cold to feed.


$140,000 gem-encrusted Hot Wheels diecast

02/28/08 | by Adam | Categories: Silly


Sometimes think that I need an "obscene" category when "silly" just doesn't cut it.

I suppose I should be glad they they didn't deface one of their decent-looking models while creating this hideous monstrosity.

(Via Gizmodo)


The apostrophe: victim of poor programming practices

02/27/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology


Interesting article on how poorly constructed code makes a hash of legitimate names.

On the other hand, xkcd has a nice example of when you really should filter your input data...


The English, she is hard.

02/26/08 | by Adam | Categories: Silly

I recently received an email with the following sentence:

No one seems to want to say the "R" word out loud, but there are irrefutable signs that a recession may be looming

When things are "irrefutable," one doesn't qualify them with a "may."


Fired for posting a comic strip

02/25/08 | by Adam | Categories: Calgary


Wow. It's sad when real life not only imitates Dilbert but appears to be instigated by it.

(Via Nodwick)


Logo evolution

02/24/08 | by Adam | Categories: Potpourri


Link is to a neat illustration of how some tech companies' logos have changed over the years.

(Via Gizmodo)


It'd go well with the hidden room

02/23/08 | by Adam | Categories: Potpourri


A staircase/bookshelf/reading spot. I love this design!


Contemporary Playmobil

02/22/08 | by Adam | Categories: Silly


Forget the Gizmodo story (although it is a follow up to something I linked to earlier); just look at the associated photo and try not to think "I want that set."


Why the Apple G4 Cube failed: cats!

02/21/08 | by Adam | Categories: Silly, Macintosh


Too bad he de-emphasized it as the reason in favour of cabling, but blogger bbum felt that one of the principal failings of Apple's G4 Cube was that of:

having a flat topped, conveniently sized, surface on top of which things will be placed, will fall, and — yes — may choose to nap.

In context he was actually talking about the design of the cooling system being very dependent on clear airflow. I liked the cat angle though.

It's a much more interesting rationale than the difficulty of having to connect cables to a box where the mounting location is on the base.

(Via Daring Fireball)


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