Archive for month: September, 2004

Math Puzzle of the Day…

September 30, 2004 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

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. […]

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Patent of the Day – Slinky!

September 30, 2004 | Intellectual Property | By: Mark VandeWettering

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 […]

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EFF: What Peer-to-Peer Developers Need to Know about Copyright Law

September 29, 2004 | Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt, Intellectual Property | By: Mark VandeWettering

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 […]

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Sigh, A’s fall to second place…

September 29, 2004 | Baseball | By: Mark VandeWettering

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 […]

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Woohoo! Validation!

September 29, 2004 | Audioblogs and Podcasting | By: Mark VandeWettering

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 […]

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Private Rocket Ship Lands After Space Flight

September 29, 2004 | News | By: Mark VandeWettering

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

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Earthquake! Baseball! Copyright!

September 28, 2004 | Audioblogs and Podcasting, Brainwagon Radio, Intellectual Property | By: Mark VandeWettering

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.

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50th Anniversary of “The Catch”

September 28, 2004 | Baseball | By: Mark VandeWettering

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. […]

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Shake, rattle and roll.

September 28, 2004 | News | By: Mark VandeWettering

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 […]

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What goes wrong in recording audioblogs…

September 28, 2004 | Audioblogs and Podcasting | By: Mark VandeWettering

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 […]

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Remote broadcast, and a review of Shaun of the Dead

September 28, 2004 | Audioblogs and Podcasting, Brainwagon Radio, Movie Review | By: Mark VandeWettering

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 […]

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HOWTO: Produce Your Own AudioBlog

September 27, 2004 | Audioblogs and Podcasting, Blogging | By: Mark VandeWettering

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 […]

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I’m going to have trouble getting my head through the door

September 27, 2004 | Audioblogs and Podcasting, Blogging | By: Mark VandeWettering

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.

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I feel just like Jonathan Frakes on Futurama

September 27, 2004 | Audioblogs and Podcasting, Blogging | By: Mark VandeWettering

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! […]

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Blogger fooled, news at 11.

September 27, 2004 | Games and Diversions, I Kid You Not | By: Mark VandeWettering

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. […]

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