Oh yeah, while at Disneyland, we gave a shot at the new Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters ride. At the end, rather than trying to convince you to spend $12.95 to get a photo of yourself, they just have a bunch of terminals where you can mail your picture to yourself. Like the one on the […]
Archive for month: July, 2005
Sorry to both all of my loyal readers, but I’ve been off with the family enjoying a brief vacation stint at Disneyland. We took the opportunity to see the 50th anniversary celebrations there prior to this week’s SIGGRAPH conference. Both the wife and son are now back in the Bay Area, while I go off […]
Think you are having a bad day? Try the Wikipedia list of unusual deaths. At least no vultures have mistaken my head for a stone.
Need to do calendar calculations in your head? Try this page which describes Conway’s Doomsday Algorithm, with lots of good links. Note: I found Lewis Carroll’s method of doing the same in a previous post.
Or at least (as Dan noted) it’s a dark day for fiction again, as the results for the 2005 Bulwer-Litton Contest are in. For those not familiar with this annual contest, writers submit opening sentences for imaginary novels. My favorite entry: When Detective Riggs was called to investigate the theft of a trainload of Native […]
Next week I’ll be leaving for SIGGRAPH, the premiere computer graphics conference. Today I’m trying to work through my agenda, make lists of papers that I want to see, figure out the reception schedule and the list of parties that I’d like to attend. While doing so I noticed that the Computer Animation Festival trailer […]
I’m watching the live feed on NASA TV. They are in a pre-programmed hold at 9:00 till launch, which should go on for another twelve minutes, and then they should launch. Best wishes to all those aboard. Addendum: Looks like there are no constraints for launch. Countdown is about to resume. Countdown has resumed. Eight […]
I’ve been thinking for quite some time that I need to make some cards that I can hand out to people when I meet them so that they can remember my blog. These aren’t really business cards, but rather just reminders. Here is my first (well, second actually) attempt: To illustrate what a geek I […]
This is getting a lot of play everywhere, but Microsoft’s new mapping application, Virtual Earth is now live. In most respects, I find it very similar to Google’s offering, but the API seems a bit more refined, and it doesn’t have the problems associated with generating usage keys. You can find information about programming the […]
If there is ever a time that I seem like I sound too smug and self assured, just whisper “39th out of 40, and only by three seconds.”
I’m hopeless when it comes to color. But ColorBlender.com has a really nice interface that allows you to match and generate color palettes. Fun.
Every year Pixar has a small auto show. People who work here bring in some of their classic cars, and a couple of local dealers usually bring out some top of the line dream cars. We have a picnic and lots of people show up. It’s kind of fun. I snapped a bunch of pictures, […]
I picked up a new book on my trip to Reno: Extra Stuff: Gambling Ramblings by Peter Griffin. Griffin is the author of one of my favorite books in my collection of books on gambling topics: The Theory of Blackjack. This book includes all sorts of interesting tidbits of gambling theory. The book had a […]
I feel strangely sad by the following graph:
The Internet Archive has a version of the 1962 documentary The Wall about the first year of the Berlin Wall, including the murder of Peter Fechter on August 17, 1962. A sobering glimpse into the Cold War. For those young-uns without historical perspective, check out the Wikipedia entry for the Berlin Wall.