Nov 26 '07
Infringement Nation [PDF] - Good argument for copyright reform. The author strengthens his argument (Page 7, half way down... a must read) by telling the story of a fictional professor, "John", who innocently racks up $12.45 million in liability fines + criminal charges in a single day.
listed in: copyright, politics, yro | ∞
It's been an hour since I saw the movie and I'm still sitting and trying to take it all in, or "decompress" as my roommate said.
To start off: I went into this movie not having read the short story by Stephen King, so I had no idea what to expect, and I didn't go in with any expectations based on the book.
I really liked it. It went in directions I didn't expect: especially in the area of religion and human nature. It started out really... cheesy... in the area of special effects and shallow character development ... so don't get discouraged in the first 20 minutes.
Give it a chance. It gets a lot better. The characters begin to seem more real, and as you get tied in tighter with the story, the special effects become more real, and I eventually got sucked right in.
And the ending. Wow. Just wow. After talking to a friend of a friend that read that book, even if you did, you won't even see it coming.
listed in: movies, review | ∞
Nov 25 '07
Songza - A really cool search engine that lets you search for music, and play it right there (although not download it). The one thing that bothered me about Last.fm was that I couldn't play the full version of specific songs. I was able to find a bunch of obscure songs too!
listed in: music, search | ∞
Nov 24 '07
Recent Music Finds
I love music. I listen to a lot of different music. Between the iTunes radio stations, Last.fm, and Pandora Radio I discover a couple new artists I like every week.
Below are some recent finds. "Recent" as in I recently discovered it... the songs might be old. Hopefully you hear something new that you like. If you do, I encourage you go buy the music from iTunes or Amazon.com.
listed in: music | ∞
Nov 20 '07
What if Gmail was designed by Microsoft? - Spot on. And their horrible ad-cluttered design is the reason I switched from Microsoft Money to Quicken. I couldn't tell which buttons in their software would actually do something, and what would bring me to some website asking to purchase something.
listed in: design, google, microsoft | ∞
Nov 19 '07
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Nov 16 '07
Only in Madison
This guy made my day:
"Why does everyone suck but you?" a woman screamed from her car.
"Because I have a sign and am shouting very loudly!" replied the guy.
The woman smiled, she understood.
listed in: madison, religion | ∞
Nov 15 '07
Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda - New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman explains how the Bush Administration missed out by not introducing a gas tax. And how right he is.
Although our very own Badger Herald hit the nail on the head a month ago :)
listed in: economics, politics | ∞
Nov 14 '07
Madison's annual memory tax starts November 15 - Starting tomorrow I'm going to have to move my car every day for the next four months :( This blogger writes
The rest of the time, the policy serves as a memory tax, with the forgetful being aggressively ticketed by enforcers who seem to prowl the streets at night looking for every possible municipal revenue enhancement. For me this functions as a handy check on the state of my mental acuity and memory.
We'll see how I do.
listed in: madison | ∞
Nov 13 '07
Well ladies and gentlemen, THIS is what had consumed over 40 hours of my week this week, but it's finally done! (and I am now a happier person)
It may look basic, but everything is done from scratch. The curve is actually calculated mathematically by me and composed of many many little straight lines. The objects were all created with primitives (squares, triangles, lines). And the rotation calculations were also done by hand (no using pre-existing libraries).
I didn't get all the features done I wanted to (like arc-length parametrization and some simple physics), but I think I did enough to give my grade a little boost.
You can download my program if you'd like to try it out. Let me know if it doesn't work... I might need to add more things to the zip file.
listed in: c++, graphics, school | Comments (2)
Nov 11 '07
Nov 10 '07
Hockey v N Dakota - Two great games, but check out the AMAZING SAVE in the first minute of the "11/10/07 Wisconsin vs. North Dakota Part 6" video clip. The student section went WILD! I don't think I've ever heard it that loud before.
listed in: hockey, madison | ∞
Nov 9 '07
Moving to all LEDs - Cree, "a manufacturer of LED solid-state lighting components" recently converted their offices to LEDs resulting in an energy savings of 48%. Not to mention their office looks a lot more open and inviting now too. I think LED lights will be hitting mainstream fairly soon. Even in the entertainment technology sector, 'the next big thing' is wireless LED lighting instruments for concerts and performances that use so little power that they can run off of batteries.
listed in: energy, environment | ∞
Watergun Umbrella - "This unique, funnel shaped umbrella harnesses the flow of rainwater down into its handle, a water pistol." Come on, don't tell me that doesn't look like fun! Although, for obvious reasons, I don't see these hitting store shelves anytime soon.
listed in: hacks | ∞
Nov 8 '07
Hello all! I made some updates to my website today, some you may or may not notice:
- I upgraded to Movable Type 4. I still like it much better than WordPress. A lot more organized and cleaner. I don't find myself un-doing features of MT... it comes just with the basics. I also feel the template system is a lot more powerful.
- Tags! I started going back and tagging all my entries. You can see my tag cloud grow on the new archives page.
- Due to popular demand, I enabled comments on all entries... not just blog posts. So comment away! To cut back on junk mail, comments will close on an entry after a month or so.
- On a similar note, you can now comment using your LiveJournal or OpenID account... or create your own on my website.
Now that school is slowing down, I should be posting more. Let me know if you have any comments/suggestions!
listed in: website | Comments (1)
Nov 4 '07
Steampunk Victorian Laptop Mod -
"This may look like a Victorian music box, but inside this intricately hand-crafted wooden case lives a Hewlett-Packard ZT1000 laptop that runs both Windows XP and Ubuntu Linux. It features an elaborate display of clockworks under glass, engraved brass accents, claw feet, an antiqued copper keyboard and mouse, leather wrist pads, and customized wireless network card. The machine turns on with an antique clock-winding key by way of a custom-built ratcheting switch made from old clock parts."
listed in: mods, technology | ∞
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