Friday, July 29, 2005

BBC NEWS - Jedi knight stars at Asean gala

BBC NEWSJedi knight stars at Asean gala:

"the stars of a skit at a dinner after the Association of South-East Asian Nations (Asean) summit in Laos were the Russians, participants agreed.

Dressed as a Jedi knight, Darth Vader, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stole the show.

Cloak-clad and with a lighted sword, Mr Lavrov brought the house down."

Monday, July 25, 2005

Joel on Software - Hitting the High Notes

very nice article from Joel, as usual: Joel on Software - Hitting the High Notes:
"For today, though, I want to answer just one question, because if this part isn't true, the whole theory falls apart. That question is, does it even make sense to talk about having the 'best programmers?' Is there so much variation between programmers that this even matters?"

read the whole thing.

it's new to you

if you did not know it, it's new to you. Found this interesting tidbit online today:

"One of the nice things about GMail is that you can send an email to yourself and add on a “qualifier” after the email name. That is, if your email address is, you can send yourself email like The +todo is what I call the “qualifier” and, despite its addition, your email will get delivered as normal. The benefit of this is that you can create a filter that looks for incoming messages addresses to and have them automatically labeled and archived, thereby bypassing your Inbox. With GMail the TODO list is readily accessible from any online machine and can be quickly searched. And when I finish the TODO task, I simply delete the email from GMail."

For the record, I keep my TODO lists in a mindmap file creating with MindManager.
While this does not cover the issues of accessability over email, it does let me organize things quite nicely.

eBay: Pinhole Camera made from a human skull (item 7532689700 end time Jul-27-05 16:44:18 PDT)

Wierd item for sale. What else is new? eBay: Pinhole Camera made from a human skull:

This can be yours, I made this pinhole camera from a life size replica of a human skull a few years ago. Works great with no light leaks. The Shutter is between the Eyes and the back opens up to accept a 4x5 film holder (included). Also comes with two incomplete boxes of Fuji Provia 100 4x5 color slide film as well as one box of Ilford Delta 100 4x5 Black and White film.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

moon-made materials

A friend writes in with:

Google maps now present a partial map of the moon. Kinda nice.

Don't forget to try zooming in for a close up. "Moon Grommit! The moon is
made of cheese!"

Google promises that,

on July 20th, 2069, in honor of the 100th anniversary of mankind's first manned lunar landing, Google will fully integrate Google Local search capabilities into Google Moon, which will allow our users to quickly find lunar business addresses, numbers and hours of operation, among other valuable forms of Moon-oriented local information.

Google Earth is also very very good.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

snark: what kind of neighborhood president is this?

At the conclusion of this article, we read:

"I liked the space, the location, the layout, the pool, the lifestyle," said Mrs. Bartow, the president of the Murray Hill Neighborhood Association. "You never have to go outside for anything."

[boldface mine - ed.] How does this recommend the neighborhood if the president of its association does not even want to leave the building?

Friday, July 08, 2005

Photo: A. with book

A friend took this image in our house.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Image: strange bedfellows

Strange bedfellows in this newspaper article digest relating to London terror attacks. A Circuit City ad for Halo2 a game in which "... Master Chief—a genetically enhanced super-soldier—is the only thing standing between the relentless Covenant and the destruction of all humankind."

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Photo: w/ blackberries

A. with blackberries during a recent outing.