Archive for date: August 9, 2010

Drawing “circles” ala Marvin Minsky…

August 9, 2010 | Computer Graphics, Computer Science, Math | By: Mark VandeWettering

In my re-reading of Levy’s book Hackers, I was reminded of an interesting bit of programming lore regarding an early display hack that Marvin Minsky did for circle drawing. It’s an interesting hack because the lore was that it was originally coded by mistake, and yet the result proved to be both interesting and even […]

My Thoughts on The Acceleration of Addictiveness

August 9, 2010 | Rants and Raves | By: Mark VandeWettering

Paul Graham has a interesting little missive over on his website on the increasing trend toward addictiveness in our society: The Acceleration of Addictiveness. I don’t think it is bad as far as it goes, but I wonder why he didn’t ask what I thought was the obvious question: “why are things becoming more addicting?” […]