Archive for date: September 20, 2005

“We’ll teach this elephant to dance. Really!”

September 20, 2005 | Rants and Raves | By: Mark VandeWettering

I know, bashing Microsoft is becoming a theme with me over the last few weeks, but I keep reading stuff on the news and blogs, and I can’t help but comment. Today’s big news is that Microsoft is reorganizing: here is their press release. There has been criticism of late from both inside and outside […]

Button, button, who’s got the button?

September 20, 2005 | Arts and Crafts | By: Mark VandeWettering

The gents at Forever Geek were saddened to think that they didn’t have one of those little 80×15 buttons to link to their site, so they used a button maker to generate one. So did I. Feel free to download it, and use it to link back to me. 🙂

Intel claims ultra low power breakthrough

September 20, 2005 | News | By: Mark VandeWettering

This news item caught my eye: Intel claims ultra low power breakthrough Mmmm. Moore’s law continues it’s march to the future.

Gutenberg Gem: Amusements in Mathematics, be H.E. Dudeney

September 20, 2005 | Games and Diversions, Gutenberg Gems | By: Mark VandeWettering

A classic of puzzles (most of which I would call only marginally mathematical) Amusements In Mathematics, by Henry Ernest Dudeney. has been made available via Project Gutenberg. Lots of puzzles having to do with geometric dissection, board games, and a host of other topics. Very nice.


September 20, 2005 | Toys and Gadgets | By: Mark VandeWettering

I mused about a retro-style game console in today’s podcast, and over lunch I found, who manufactures a simple video game system which is obviously inspired by the same ideas: Imagine understanding how video game systems are designed and developed at an engineer’s level. Imagine writing your own games for a piece of hardware […]

Brainwagon Radio: Baseball, Atari 2600, FPGAs, you name it

September 20, 2005 | Blogging, Brainwagon Radio, General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Today’s podcast recaps a bunch of topics which have floated to the top of my conciousness: a recap of last night’s baseball game, my experience in programming the old Atari 2600 video console, what it might mean to have a video game console which promoted consumer experimentation and programming, some musings about Field Programmable Gate […]

Oakland 7, Minnesota 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 6!

September 20, 2005 | Baseball, General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Whew. It’s September, and the A’s were two games back of division leading Anaheim going into last night’s game. Carmen had some homework to do, and the weather seemed beautiful, so I decided to go to the game and see the A’s versus the Twins. The weather was beautful. I had seats right behind home […]

Google WiFi?

September 20, 2005 | News | By: Mark VandeWettering

Rumors have been flying around lately that Google will introduce some kind of wireless service, but now Google itself seems to be nearing some kind of release. Betcha Microsoft wishes they could buy this kind of buzz.