Archive for month: June, 2006

Windows Vista Feedback ~ Chris Pirillo

June 30, 2006 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Apparently the thing that is most worthy of critical comment from Microsoft Vista is that fonts and colors don’t please Chris Pirillo. While these sorts of rough edges undoubtably displease sensitive aesthetes, does anyone else find such pixel-f*cking to be a little misplaced? Is the factor that will decide whether you spend your money on […]

I don’t get Gnomedex

June 29, 2006 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Can someone tell me what the point of Gnomedex actually is? I’ve asked this question before, and I’m still just as mystified. Josh has said “it’s a place to network”, but surely networking has to have some purpose. To me, it seems like a place for bloggers to talk about blogs and bloggers, but the […]

$9 billion dollar windfall for film industry

June 29, 2006 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

The BBC is reporting that the FBI has arrested thirteen individuals who are part of a massive film piracy ring. They claim that these individuals may account for half of all pirate video in the U.S. Wow. That’s major. The article goes on to say that film piracy costs the film industry $18 billion each […]

Is Podcasting “efficient”?

June 27, 2006 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

As pointed out by Robert Scoble, blogger Peter T Davis questions whether podcasts are an efficient means of content delivery. He says: But, it begins to seem to me that this is an inefficient means of receiving information. In the time I can listen to an average podcast, I could have caught up on my […]

Happy Kooks’ Day!

June 26, 2006 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

According to this article on, June 26 is recognized as “Kooks’ Day”, a day dedicated to all things crazy and loony. This holiday was established by the denizens alt.kooks.usenet on the anniversary of the passing of Earl Curley. Who? I didn’t know either, so I took the time to look him up. He may […]


June 25, 2006 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Friday night, the A’s stole a game with late inning heroics. Yesterday, the Giants returned the favor when Ray Durham hit a three run homer in the bottom of the ninth against Huston Street to win. Today, the deciding game, and through the generosity of Carmen, we’re going to the game. Update later. Addendum: The […]

Virtual Percussion Objects

June 23, 2006 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Ah, the occasional benefits of working at Pixar: UC Berkeley researcher Cynthia Bruyns is coming by today to give a technical seminar on her work in creating software to simulate the sounds of virtual percussion instruments of varying shapes. Here is her website. A somewhat interesting mathematical question is “Can you hear the shape of […]

Stunning views of Saturn’s Moons

June 22, 2006 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Courtesy of the Bad Astronomy blog, check out these amazing pictures of Saturn’s moons taken by the cameras aboard the Cassini probe. Technorati Tags: Cassini, Saturn, Astronomy

Printable Robots

June 22, 2006 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

I’m on a bit of a robotics kick lately, so this article on the possibility of using inkjet printer technology to “print” robots was very thought provoking. The idea is that specialized printer technology could make printing batteries, logic circuits and display devices possible. Neat! Technorati Tags: Robots, Inkjet

Hitler or Coulter?

June 21, 2006 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

I missed three. In every case, I attributed statements to Adolph Hitler that were in fact actually made by Ann Coulter. In this respect, it would appear that Ann Coulter actually is even more loathsome than I thought. Technorati Tags: Politics, Quiz, What’s up with Ann Coulter?

Starting to Make Stuff

June 21, 2006 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Sorry if I’ve been a bit distracted lately: there are a number of factors which are conspiring to keep me from updating my blog as often as perhaps I would normally otherwise. One cool reason is that we started a new mail alias at work. Well, that normally wouldn’t be news, but in this case, […]

we hates software

June 19, 2006 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Courtesy of Dan, I’m now subscribed to we hates software. Reading it is like group therapy for all that is frustrating with computers. Addendum: In a similar vein, try The Daily WTF.

Megabyte Does a Handstand

June 19, 2006 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Megabyte is a robotic whirling dervish of destruction. I’ve seen him obliterate many a robot, throwing tires, axels, body armor in all directions. But I have never seen him do this. A very nice demonstration of what I suspect is an unplanned failure mode. Incidently, it took a bit of doing to figure out how […]

Robogames 2006 – a photoset on Flickr

June 18, 2006 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Here are my photos from Robogames 2006 as a Flickr photoset. Later, I’ll get all of my video files uploaded onto YouTube (they are much cooler, saw some great sparks and general robot destruction yesterday!) Carmen and I are going back today for even more. Stay tuned. Technorati Tags: Robogames, Robolympics, Robot Combat Addendum: We […]

Perfect Lemonade Recipe and a Rant on the Simple Pleasures

June 17, 2006 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

It’s getting to be the time of year when cold icy drinks are the ticket to bliss, and I just found this recipe for lemonade, which is very similar to the method that I use when I make real lemonade. You know, real lemonade. Made from lemons. That you squeeze yourself. No, not from concentrate. […]