Just some thoughts

Monday, August 28, 2006

iPod in toilet causes terror scare

This has apparently made it's way around the internet. It's amazing what the government and pukes who think they've got some sort of power will do.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Generative Systems: Their use in games and music

This is a fairly long talk given by Brian Eno (a musician) and the creator of SimCity.  They are talking about writing algorithms on computers which will dynamically generate a piece of music or a game experience in real time.

The format of their talk is very free-form, and they move off into some very, very interesting intellectual conversation.  Some of the talk is rather slow, but listen to the entire thing.  It is very worth it.

The pi song

Check out this website.  There is no other way to decribe it--it's the pi song.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Jon Stewart is great

This is old news, but still very very good.

An awesome piece of satire from Jon Stewart

Cleanup after your car

Everyone's car emits greenhouse gasses.  Many tons a year, in fact. 

I've just discovered TerraPass.  By buying a TerraPass, you are giving money to green sources of energy.  There are different types of TerraPasses; each one is designed to offset the emissions of a different car type.  This is an interesting idea.  Does anyone know what percent of the cost of a TerraPass is actually passed on to green energy projects?

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

From Freedom to Fascism

I've been learning some troubling things about the United States recently.  In a nutshell, we are not as free as we think we are.  There is quite a lot to that statement; I'd basically have to write a book to support it.  Rather than leaving myself completely unsupported, I'd like to refer you to the congressional record.  Look at mid-March 1933, and you'll see some interesting things.

I have just heard about a new documentary.  It's being directed by Aaron Russo.  It's about the IRS and the Federal Reserve system.  It's so important that I want you to see it.

Monday, June 12, 2006

How markets could be better.

This is abstract, almost pie-in-the-sky, but I think it is valuable.  This article points at something that could drastically change the *economy* (not just an industry) as we know it, but only if the thoughts expressed are fleshed out and implemented.

Planner Love!

I just discovered emacs' planner mode!  I've only used it for a few minutes, but it's already insanely usefull.  Among the things I can do are:

  • Take notes on a buffer that get stored in my daily planner page.  The stored note comes complete with a url to the file and line that my point was at when I created the note.  For example, if I am looking at the mozilla project's nsStringAPI.h file (line 42) and I take a note it will be stored with a hyperlink to that exact line.  This allows me to arbitrarily annotate any given file.
  • Set up tasks
  • Schedule events
  • Record conversations in erc.
All in all very neat.

Friday, June 09, 2006

My representative's voting record

I would like to take a moment to post Brian Higgins' recent voting record.

HR 373:
Federal Propaganda Prohibition Act
HR 5085:
American Broadband for Communities Act
Network Neutrality Act of 2006
Markey Net Neutrality Amendment to COPE Act
HR 5252:
Communications Opportunity, Promotion, and Enhancement (COPE) Act of 2006
HR 581:
Free Flow of Information Act of 2005
HR 5417:
Internet Freedom and Nondiscrimination Act of 2006

The above information is from: http://www.freepress.net/congress/congressmem.php?id=573

I have written him multiple times requesting that he support net neutrality.  Not only did he vote for COPE, but he also actively voted against net neutrality (Markey Net Neutrality Amendment to COPE Act).  If he is your rep as well, please remember this in his bid for reelection.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Gary King may eventually use some of my code!

Gary King, a renowned lisp coder, has created a new lisp http library.  It is based on Trivial-HTTP (thttp).  He says he will be adding some more functionality to his library.  Among the code that he plans to add is something I did a while back!  I know what I did was usefull, but to have someone on the order of Gary King plan to use it is validating and incredibly welcome.

That said, as I look at the code now, there are some changes I'd like to make.   Primarily, I didn't abstract the header and header-list data types.  To do that would make the code both easier to read and maintain.