Just some thoughts

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.