Archive for month: July, 2005

Playing Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters

July 31, 2005 | My Diary, My Photos | By: Mark VandeWettering

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 […]


July 31, 2005 | My Diary | By: Mark VandeWettering

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 […]

List of unusual deaths

July 28, 2005 | Link of the Day | By: Mark VandeWettering

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.

Doomsday Algorithm

July 28, 2005 | Link of the Day | By: Mark VandeWettering

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.

It was a dark and stormy night…

July 28, 2005 | Link of the Day | By: Mark VandeWettering

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 […]

SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival Trailer Available

July 27, 2005 | Computer Graphics | By: Mark VandeWettering

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 […]

Shuttle Discovery Launch Today?!

July 26, 2005 | News, Science | By: Mark VandeWettering

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 […]

New “business” card…

July 25, 2005 | General, My Projects | By: Mark VandeWettering

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 […]

Microsoft Virtual Earth is out…

July 25, 2005 | General, Web Programming | By: Mark VandeWettering

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 […]

Humble Pie

July 24, 2005 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

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.”

Need more help with color blending?

July 22, 2005 | Link of the Day | By: Mark VandeWettering

I’m hopeless when it comes to color. But has a really nice interface that allows you to match and generate color palettes. Fun.

Pixar Motorama 2005

July 22, 2005 | My Photos | By: Mark VandeWettering

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, […]

Extra Stuff: Gambling Ramblings

July 21, 2005 | Books I Read | By: Mark VandeWettering

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 […]

The Rise and Fall of Popularity

July 21, 2005 | General, My Projects, System Notices | By: Mark VandeWettering

I feel strangely sad by the following graph:

The Wall

July 21, 2005 | Link of the Day | By: Mark VandeWettering

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.