Archive for month: October, 2005 : Dynamic images

October 31, 2005 | Link of the Day | By: Mark VandeWettering

Make Einstein write whatever you want. I love stuff like this.

Pluto has not just one moon, but three…

October 31, 2005 | Astronomy | By: Mark VandeWettering

Breaking news from Phil Plait’s Bad Astronomy Blog: Pluto has two previously undiscovered moons circling it. Neat! Nice press release, go read it.

Halloween Music

October 31, 2005 | Audioblogs and Podcasting | By: Mark VandeWettering

Need a spooky mp3 for your halloween party? Try this brief mp3 of Bach’s Toccatta and Fugue in D minor. I created this myself from an unlabelled MIDI file using Timidity, and I release as free for whatever use you can think of.

Trick or Treat: A Halloween Treat for Your MP3 Player

October 31, 2005 | Audioblogs and Podcasting, General | By: Mark VandeWettering

On October 30th, 1938, Orson Wells’ Mercury Theater broadcast what is quite likely the most famous radio play ever created: his own version of the classic H.G. Wells story The War of the Worlds. On the occasion of Halloween, and corresponding to the current opposition of Mars, it seems like an appropriate treat would be […]

Brainwagon Radio: My Wife Reviews the Video iPod

October 31, 2005 | Brainwagon Radio, General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Holy crap, it’s been a month since I published my last podcast. But today I managed to corner my wife in the car and we recorded a brief 10 minute podcast, largely consisting of a review of the new video iPod. She gives her impressions of the iPod, how she’s using it, and the success […]


October 30, 2005 | General, My Projects | By: Mark VandeWettering

Well, I have achieved a modest amount of success! Yesterday, I burned my first EPROM for my Atari 2600 project. After figuring out what I was stupidly doing wrong, it worked without problem, and I stuck the chip into my Atari Age carrier board, stuffed it into the Atari 2600, and, it worked! Just like […]

Copyright and the Evolution Wars. Copyfight: the politics of IP

October 29, 2005 | Rants and Raves | By: Mark VandeWettering

Cory Doctorow thinks that the recent move by the NAS and NSTF to ban the use of their copyrighted materials as part of the Kansas standards is ill-conceived and poorly motivated. He says: I don’t think this is a proper use for copyright. Copyright is not about endorsement or agreement, and its not a right […]

More cleaning/enhancing of frames…

October 28, 2005 | General, My Projects | By: Mark VandeWettering

I was watching the previously mentioned MPEG of The Phantom of the Opera with an eye toward cleaning up it, and found that by and large, it really is dreadful. The transfer seems very poorly focussed, so getting any reasonable detail out of it seemed difficult. But, I thought I’d experiment anyway. I extracted five […]

Doom (2005)

October 28, 2005 | Movie Review | By: Mark VandeWettering

Last night there was not that much going on, Tivo showed nothing really worth watching, the baseball season is over, and Carmen and I needed something to do. What do you do when you don’t know what to do? Why, the movies of course! And yesterday’s movie was the movie version of the video game […]

An Interesting Optical Illusion

October 28, 2005 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

From Craig on our internal Pixar science mailing list: Mr Angry and Mrs Calm.

National Academy of Sciences and National Science Teachers Association Play Hardball

October 28, 2005 | Science | By: Mark VandeWettering

As the Kansas Board of Education review gut their science standards to appease creationists, the NAS and the NSTA have decided to revoke their permssion to use their copyrighted materials in the new proposed standard. Yeow. From their letter to the Kansas BOE: While there is much in the Kansas Science Education Standards that is […]

Congratulations White Sox!

October 27, 2005 | Baseball, General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Well, after spending five or so hours watching the game on Tuesday, I really didn’t feel like investing the same amount of time watching what proved to be the final game in the Series last night, but the Sox managed to pull it off: the sweep was completed against the Astros in their home stadium. […]

Why Microsoft Sucks for Programmers

October 26, 2005 | Rants and Raves, Stupidity | By: Mark VandeWettering

Charles Petzold has some interesting thoughts in his essay Does Visual Studio Rot the Mind?, but for me, it’s really this which illustrates why Microsoft is sapping all the allure out of programming: Today we are ready for the official release of the .NET Framework 2.0. Tabulating only MSCORLIB.DLL and those assemblies that begin with […]

Internet Archive: The Phantom of the Opera

October 26, 2005 | Link of the Day | By: Mark VandeWettering

The 1925 classic Phantom of the Opera is available as a download from the Internet Archive. Very cool, one of my fun memories of my time spent in New Jersey was seeing this film in the chapel at Rutgers on Halloween, accompanied by live organ music. Unfortunately, the mpeg itself is of very marginal quality: […]

O’Reilly’s Retro Gaming Hacks

October 26, 2005 | Toys and Gadgets | By: Mark VandeWettering

BoingBoing ran a short bit about the publication of a book after my own heart: Retro Gaming Hacks by O’Reilly. My own project just requires a bit more work, which I am going to get to this weekend. Really.