Saturday, December 10, 2005

Comedian Richard Pryor dies at 65

Richard Pryor, the caustic yet perceptive actor-comedian who lived dangerously close to the edge both on stage and off, has died, his ex-wife said Saturday. He was 65.

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Pimp Juice

Hmmmmm..... This would be cool if it wasn't a little wierd. Kinda like the icehouse beer slogan that went wrong with "nectar of the guys". Something about it just doesn't work.

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Friday, December 09, 2005

Basics of the Unix Philosophy

Rule of Modularity: Write simple parts connected by clean interfaces.
Rule of Clarity: Clarity is better than cleverness.
Rule of Composition: Design programs to be connected with other programs.
Rule of Separation: Separate policy from mechanism; separate interfaces from engines.
Rule of Simplicity: Design for simplicity; add complexity only where you must.
Rule of Parsimony: Write a big program only when it is clear by demonstration that nothing else will do.
Rule of Transparency: Design for visibility to make inspection and debugging easier.
Rule of Robustness: Robustness is the child of transparency and simplicity.
Rule of Representation: Fold knowledge into data, so program logic can be stupid and robust.
Rule of Least Surprise: In interface design, always do the least surprising thing.
Rule of Silence: When a program has nothing surprising to say, it should say nothing.
Rule of Repair: Repair what you can — but when you must fail, fail noisily and as soon as possible.
Rule of Economy: Programmer time is expensive; conserve it in preference to machine time.
Rule of Generation: Avoid hand-hacking; write programs to write programs when you can.
Rule of Optimization: Prototype before polishing. Get it working before you optimize it.
Rule of Diversity: Distrust all claims for one true way.
Rule of Extensibility: Design for the future, because it will be here sooner than you think.

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$225 million dollar typo

Mizuho, the world's second largest bank based in Japan, with total assets of nearly the GDP of France (around 1.2 trillion USD) accidentally sold 610,000 shares, valued at $3.1 billion... for 1 yen each. A 27 billion yen loss would almost match Mizuho Securities' group net profit of 28.1 billion yen for the financial year ended in March, though... the incident would not threaten the brokerage's financial stability.

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Major Holiday Ordering Deadlines for On-Time Xmas Delivery

Amazon - 12/21
Best Buy - 12/22 (11am)
Circuit City - 12/22 (1pm)
CompUSA - 12/22 (3pm)
Geeks.com - 12/21 (noon)
J&R Computer/Music World - 12/20
Overstock - 12/22 (7am MST)
Wal-Mart - 12/20 (11:30pm PST)

More retailers listed here (via BoingBoing)

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Alarm clock wakes you with a noise hovering chopper

One thing that sometimes wakes you up at night and prevents you from sleeping is the mosquito or blowfly when flying around your room. You can't and don't want to fall asleep again until you've caught it. These produces adrenalin and requires movements. The alarm clock blowfly works like a "blowfly" that at the desire time it escapes from a cage in your room. It starts moving and producing sound around you - to turn it off you should catch it and put it back in the cage.

BoingBoing via Gizmodo

MPAA gives film about itself an NC-17

IFC, the first and largest network dedicated to independent film, announced today that the IFC Original Documentary, "This Film Is Not Yet Rated," from Academy Award-nominated director Kirby Dick and producer Eddie Schmidt, will premiere at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and air on IFC in Fall 2006. The documentary, a breakthrough investigation into the MPAA film ratings system and its profound effect on American culture, is executive produced by IFC's Alison Palmer Bourke and Evan Shapiro... Read More

CIA Sabotage Manual

A pretty awesome FLICKR Photoset
"In the 1980s the CIA produced a small illustrated booklet in both spanish and english designed to destabilise the nicaraguan government and economic system."

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2005 SCUBA Photo Contest Winners

Some very cool photos...Macros, Wide-angles, Wrecks, and a bunch more. I especially like the huge! stingray (2nd place wide-angle), the eel (or whatever it is) with a fish in its mouth, and the 3rd place wide-angle shot. There are some bizarre creatures underwater!

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New record speed for bandwidth 150 gigabits per second!

Batavia, IL and Menlo Park, CA—Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford Linear Accelerator Center recently joined an international team in shattering the world network speed record. To capture first place in the SC|05 Bandwidth Challenge, the team of high energy physicists, computer scientists and network engineers led by the California Institute of Technology transferred physics data at a rate of over 150 gigabits per second--equivalent to downloading over 130 DVD movies in one minute.

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How it's made - Laser etching Powerbooks

(from Make: ) Last weekend we laser etched 3 more Powerbooks. We etched two 15" Powerbooks and a 12" - this time we etched a very cool bunny infused Tsunami, a NeXT logo as well as a subtle and elegant plum blossom. If you've wondered about the process, tools or just how laser etching looks - I put together some of the photos, links and files. Enjoy!

Saul has a new Instructables up on the laser etching process, be sure to check that out too.

We're using an Epilog laser mini for the cutting and Corel Draw as the design application.

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Extreme Engineering: Transatlantic Tunnel!!!

A magnetically levitated train could theoretically take you from New York to London in 54 minutes. But you'd have to go 5,000 mph through a 3,100 mile-long tunnel that itself was floating in the Atlantic Ocean. How might that work?

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Other projects of Extreme nature include the Sky City (Tokyo), City in a Pyramid (Tokyo), 55 mile Bering Strait Bridge, Tunneling through the Alps, Airport at Sea (Hong Kong), Boston's Big Dig, Panama Canal 2, American Subways (New York City), and Flood Stoppers (a.k.a. "Dam with doors", Holland). Visit Discovery Channel Extreme Engineering

Air Marshal Kills Passenger, Citing Threat

MIAMI - An agitated passenger who claimed to have a bomb in his backpack was shot and killed by a federal air marshal Wednesday after he bolted frantically from a jetliner that was about to take off, officials said. No bomb was found.

The man, identified as Rigoberto Alpizar, a 44-year-old U.S. citizen, was gunned down on a jetway just before the American Airlines plane was about to leave for Orlando, near his home in Maitland...

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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

First Cell Phone for Dogs

(via slashdot) Lost dog? As of next March, pet owners will be able to drop the photocopier and staple gun and pick up the phone instead. That's when PetCell, the first cell phone for dogs, is due to hit pet-store shelves.

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Cool: Laser Board Game

Welcome to the world of Deflexion, the game that combines lasers with classic strategy for an experience enjoyed by players of all ages. Players alternate turns moving Egyptian themed mirrored pieces around the playing field after which they fire their low powered laser diode with the goal of illuminating their opponent's pieces to eliminate them from the game.

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Fox Adds Web Family Guy Run

Fox will produce original episodes of it's resurrected hit Family Guy exclusively for the Web sometime next year.

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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Photos by David LaChapelle: a fashion disaster

(from BoingBoing)

Reader comment: Hugh Crawford says,

They look like they were taken on the set of the movie War Of The Worlds -- Link. This photo in particular looks like the photo in the LaChapelle post.

Cool website with some nice photoshoots.

Google: Ten Golden Rules (Newsweek Article)

Getting the most out of knowledge workers will be the key to business success for the next quarter century. Here's how we do it at google.

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Model's Blog Pushes Tech Into Fasion Industry

(via Wired) A top international model is using social software and cell phones to give high fashion an air of high tech.

Anina, who struts her stuff on European catwalks and magazine covers, is a self-proclaimed geek and entrepreneur on a mission to turn the fashion industry inside out using an array of mobile gadgets and websites...

Wired: Le Chic Shall Inherit Les Blogs

In my opinion, the fashion industry is lacking the up-to-the minute news/trends that blogs have to offer. Blogs are based primarily on people's opinions, so one would think that the ever-changing fashion industry would be a perfect place for such a facility.

Monday, December 05, 2005

TIME Magazine Person of the Year

(via DoubleViking) Time Magazine is promoting its Person of the Year issue on the Reuters board in New York’s Times Square. As part of the promotion, developed by Fallon, the first 50,000 people who submit their photo will, after review, be shown on the 45 foot tall electronic display at 43rd Street and 7th Avenue. There will also be photographers, who will beam photos of selected people to the board, roaming Times Square from 12 Noon until 3PM each day until December 8. Each headshot will be framed in Time Magazine’s Iconic red border on a mock Time Person of the Year cover.

TIME Magazine Person of the Year

The Worlds most Thrilling Rollercoaster

This is incredible. The site looks like it's in Russian, so I'm assuming the coaster is probably in Russia (cap't obvious).

This thing looks completely out of control. The pics at the bottom of the page give the gist of the user feedback. Literally. Best. Looking. Coaster. Ever.

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Google Calendar Expected Tomorrow

Erick Schonfeld says that the rumor is that Google will unveil the long-ago rumored Google Calendar at Tuesday’s When 2.0 conference at Stanford.

(via Findory )

"Lost" Girls Arrested For DUI


DECEMBER 2--Two actresses from the television series "Lost" were arrested early yesterday within minutes of each other for drunk driving in Hawaii, where the ABC megahit is filmed. Honolulu cops nabbed Michelle Rodriguez, 27, and Cynthia Watros, 37, just past midnight after spotting their cars weaving on the Kalaniana'ole Highway, which connects Kailua and Honolulu. The women, both of whom failed field sobriety tests, were each charged with driving under the influence and released after posting $500 bail

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Angry BellSouth Withdrew City Donation because of free Wifi

From Boing Boing: "Hours after New Orleans officials announced Tuesday that they would deploy a city-owned, wireless Internet network in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, regional phone giant BellSouth Corp. withdrew an offer to donate one of its damaged buildings that would have housed new police headquarters, city officials said yesterday."

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Referring to an earlier post, I wonder if BellSouth will try to degrade the traffic coming from NO. There are all kinds of preferential treatments given to certain customers on these top tier networks that the public doesn't know about. The monitoring is not as technically robust as one might expect, but the perks do exist.

All in all, this is just bad business. BellSouth should be banned from offering DSL to any of the hurricane recovery zones cause of this.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Flying Digital Camera On Sale At Wal-Mart

What's the coolest thing you can buy at Wal-Mart? It very well may be this RC airplane with built-in DIGITAL CAMERA. You take pictures from the plane by pressing a button on the remote. It's perfect for gadget geeks who already have everything else, nosy kids and peeping toms. (via TheRawFeed)

Meteor lights up night sky in Australia

A Perth astronomer says a spectacular light show in the sky last night was a meteor.
Witnesses say the the sky lit up about 9:00pm AEDT, and the light was followed by a thundering sound that shook buildings.
Video can be found at: http://www.abc.net.au/reslib/200512/r66292_183334.ram

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Worlds Largest Rubix Cube!

Well, not exactly. This is a hilarious prank on a giant statue cuber in manhattan. A lot of pictures are included on how they did it. A bit old but still a good look.

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Learn C++, Java, HTML, Visual Basic, And More Though Flash Videos

A man named Sean Greasley who is from the UK made quite a few flash video tutorials on how to program. C++, Java, HTML, Visual Basic, Direct 3D, SQL, with more on the way. These videos combined with a book will get any novice on their feet.

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IP addresses and files ARE NOT PROOF! RIAA is *WRONG*

An article about the mistaken and fraudulent role the RIAA is trying to use IP addresses and files or lists in. These should be ruled inadmissible! Posted in Ray Beckerman's (lawyer for the case involving the single mother vs. RIAA) blog.

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6 Places You Must Use AJAX


Alex Bosworth has written up his thoughts on areas that you must use Ajax, and areas in which you shouldn't.

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