Consider all the powers of 2: 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512, 1024, and so on… The unit digits follow the progression 1, 2, 4, 8, 6, 2, 4, 8, 6, 2, 4, 8, 6… Nothing too amazing, a nice cyclic relationship, and except for the priming 1, all evenly distributed. [...]
Archive for month: September, 2004
Some patents are just too much fun, and the pat2pdf script allows you to look them up and get a look at them. Today’s fun patent is for the Slinky. The real invention was the machine that can take 80 feet of steel wire and coil it into a Slinky in 10 seconds. Now that’s [...]
Fred von Lohmann has published an interesting article on the intricacies of law surrounding the development of P2P software entitled: What Peer-to-Peer Developers Need to Know about Copyright Law. It is a good article which tries to clearly describe what direct, contributory and vicarious liability means, and how developers can potentially avoid legal pitfalls in [...]
Well, the A’s fall a game behind the Anaheim Angels with 4 games left to play. I like Jim Mecir, but it seems to me that you just can’t make him the guy you hang your season on. Nobody is really fooled by that screwball anymore (the pitch, not Jim), and you are risking a [...]
I was surfing this morning and noticed that Dave Slusher, the Evil Genius, had provided a link to this site in the announcement of his audioblog. So, I synched my iPod and set off for the drive to work, eagerly awaiting the mention of this humble blog. What would he say about me? Did he [...]
Woohoo! The first half of the X-Prize challenge was achieved today in Mojave, after a wild corkscrew ascent. Congratulations to all! Yahoo! News – Private Rocket Ship Lands After Space Flight
Wherein your host is stirred (but barely shaken) by an earthquake and then goes on to ponder baseball, copyrights and other miscellaneous topics o’ the day. Addendum: It appears the earthquake did relatively little damage.
On this day in baseball history, Willie Mays made this spectacular over the shoulder catch at the wall to rob Vic Wertz in Game 1 of the 1954 World Series. The New York Giants would go on to upset the Cleveland Indians in four games: the last time the Giants franchise won the World Series. [...]
Just a few minutes ago, I felt a couple of gentle rolls that usually indicate an earthquake. I mentioned it to my wife via IM, and she felt it too (in Pleasanton). I then did what I always do: I hit the USGS Realtime Earthquake site. Apparently a magnitude 6 event happend near Parkfield, right [...]
Yesterday I reached a minor milestone: the tenth of my audioblog entries, and I have a strong suspicion I may have had more than ten downloads. I also chose to wrote up a brief description about how I make these entries, and I hope that some people found it useful. After another minor glitch in [...]
Wherein your host experiments with a remote on-the-street feed, thanks his patient and benevolent listeners for their comments, and reviews the British zombie comedy Shaun of the Dead. Download the MP3 for the complete review, but the summary is: it’s a terrific zombie movie and a terrific comedy welded together to make a really great [...]
Andrew Grumet asked in one of my comments what hardware and software I used to produce my audioblogs. Since I thought this might be of general interest and would be the kind of thing that people might like to find via search engines, I thought I’d actually write down the nuts and bolts of how [...]
Wow, on the same day I get a mention on the Evil Genius Chronicles, Dan Lyke endorses my little attempt at audio monoblogging. I think two more endorsements, and I’ll be eligible for an appearance on The Surreal Life.
While driving into work this morning and trying to catch up on my audioblogs for the weekend, I noticed that Dave Slusher had mentioned the comment that I left on his weblog regarding the idea of giving fees to the record labels in exchange for making filesharing legal. Woohoo! I feel just like Jonathan Frakes! [...]
Your beloved editor (that’s me, in case you didn’t realize) was apparently taken in by an Internet hoax. The image of the “computer of the future” envisioned by Rand scientists in 1954 is in fact a cleverly edited photograph from a Navy website which shoes a full scale mockup of a nuclear submarine’s maneuvering room. [...]