Monday, January 30, 2006

Wired News: Sometimes There Is a Free Lunch

"Here's a short -- and totally idiosyncratic -- list of some of my favorite free games, each of which innovate one thing cool and new"

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny

Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny:
"Old Godzilla was hopping around
Tokyo City like a big playground
when suddenly Batman burst from the shade
and hit Godzilla with a Batgrenade
Godzilla got pissed and began to attack
but didn't expect to be blocked by Shaq
who proceeded to open up a can of Shaq Fu
when Aaron Carter came out of the blue"

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Whale 'vomit' sparks cash bonanza

"An Australian couple who picked up an odd-looking fatty lump from a quiet beach are in line for a cash windfall.
Worth up to $20 a gram, Mr Wright's find on a South Australian beach could net his family US$295,000 (£165,300)."

DaveProxy - Your free internet proxy

"DaveProxy is a free internet proxy, that allows you to surf the world wide web safely and anonymously. Due to the nature of proxy servers, this also allows you to bypass Company firewalls and proxies, allowing you to browse your favourite websites at work or school, while your friends and colleagues cannot."

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies | Support | Knowledge Base

"There are various noises that may indicate a failing hard drive. If you are experiencing any of the noises, please contact the technical support center at: 888-426-5214"

IP Spotting - How interesting is your IP address?

"Your IP address has scored: 4. This is ranked #11903 of the 16886 IP's spotted so far."

Idle Words

"Raymond is the original perpetrator of the 'what is a hacker?' essay, in which you quickly begin to understand that a hacker is someone who resembles Eric Raymond." » Inverted Indoor Gardening » Inverted Indoor Gardening: "Like many people I enjoy gardening and growing houseplants. While my wife and I have a large garden during the summer months I have often thought about how it would be nice to grow things such as tomatos and beans indoors during the winter months. Now I could have the floors lined with even more pots and planters than I do now but as much as my wife likes the movie I don’t think she would appreciate the house having that little shop of horrors decor."

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Penn Jillette Radio

Penn Jillette: "Penn Jillette has been the larger, louder half of comedy-magic team Penn & Teller for over 30 years."

Mastering Ajax, Part 1: Introduction to Ajax

Mastering Ajax, Part 1: Introduction to Ajax: "Understanding Ajax, a productive approach to building Web sites, and how it works"

Code Snippets: Create an RSS feed from an SQL query

Code Snippets: Create an RSS feed from an SQL query: "import PyRSS2Gen"

Player Flash MP3 léger comme une plume - dew's blog

embed mp3 in web page:
Player Flash MP3 léger comme une plume - dew's blog: "Macromedia Flash offre la possibilité de lire des sons à la demande. Dans certains cas, il peut être utile d'intégrer à des pages web des animations permettant de prévisualiser (préauditer plutôt) un son au format mp3."


DewMP3: "A filter for WordPress that replaces bracketed mp3 urls by the dew's mp3 flash player embeded object. In posts as in comments."

Friday, January 20, 2006

Universal Feed Parser

Universal Feed Parser: "Parse RSS and Atom feeds in Python. 3000 unit tests. Open source."

Thursday, January 19, 2006

The Paranoid Style in American Politics

The Paranoid Style in American Politics: "By Richard Hofstadter†
Harper’s Magazine, November 1964, pp. 77-86.

It had been around a long time before the Radical Right discovered it—and its targets have ranged from “the international bankers” to Masons, Jesuits, and munitions makers.

American politics has often been an arena for angry minds. In recent years we have seen angry minds at work mainly among extreme right-wingers, who have now demonstrated in the Goldwater movement how much political leverage can be got out of the animosities and passions of a small minority. But behind this I believe there is a style of mind that is far from new and that is not necessarily right-wind. I call it the paranoid style simply because no other word adequately evokes the sense of heated exaggeration, suspiciousness, and conspiratorial fantasy that I have in mind."

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Pikachu Hors d'oevres

Pikachu Hors d'oevres: "Abstract: A Hasbro (TM) Pokemon (TM) Character Creater (TM) is used to make attractive Hors d'oeuvres out of softer kinds of cheese."

Falling Sand Game - hosted by Chirag Mehta @

Falling Sand Game - hosted by Chirag Mehta @ "Strangely Compelling Falling Sand Game"

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Contracting Containers

Shrinky Dinks compatible! "Check your container carefully and make sure it says that it is made out of 'number 6' recyclable plastic. "

Monday, January 16, 2006

Pictures of Pennies

Pictures of Pennies: "The following is the basic pattern for building cantilevered structures with Pennies. Although it looks trivial, we can build amazing structures with these pillars. All penny columns are ten high, a 'stack'. Two side-by-side pennies held in place by a penny above them is called a 'triad'. Below is a stack with two triads resting on top."

Animaatiokone Studio

Animaatiokone Studio: "Create your own stop motion animation using a PC and a camera! Perfect for pros, beginners and schools.

Animaatiokone Studio is a fully featured program for creating stop motion animation. It does the work and leaves the fun part - animating - to you. Take anything you want to animate, put it in front of a camera and get started. Animaatiokone Studio's proven, unbelieveably simple three button interface keeps you focused on the work, and there is a lot more: real time preview, onion skinning and publish for web and video."

PCGuide - Ref - RAID Levels

"There are many different ways to implement a RAID array, using some combination of mirroring, striping, duplexing and parity technologies."

Friday, January 13, 2006

HB 1145

AN ACT permitting vehicles to proceed straight through an intersection after stopping for a red light."

straight ahead on red! Vroom! Live Free or Dieeeeee!

Cooking For Engineers

"Have an analytical mind? Like to cook? This is the site to read!"

Baen Free Library

Baen Books is now making available — for free — a number of its titles in electronic format. We're calling it the Baen Free Library. Anyone who wishes can read these titles online — no conditions, no strings attached. (Later we may ask for an extremely simple, name & email only, registration. ) Or, if you prefer, you can download the books in one of several formats. Again, with no conditions or strings attached. (URLs to sites which offer the readers for these format are also listed. )

Build an Electrostatic Motor

"Normal motors are driven by electromagnetic forces. This motor needs no batteries, mains supply or solar cells. Electrostatic motors are turned by the kind of electricity generated by wearing nylon clothes in a modern office. Think of it as gigantic nano-technology as well, because this is how the microscopic motors of nanobots work."

TCS Daily - The Metaphysics of Conservatism

"Richard M. Weaver’s Ideas Have Consequences, published in 1948, was among the founding documents of contemporary conservatism. The title phrase has become something of a cliché, and overuse has stripped it of the interesting meaning it once had. Nowadays most people assume that what Weaver was saying was that how we think is bound to affect how we act, and that the intellectual trends that prevail in a society will determine its moral and political character. To be sure, that was part of his meaning, but if that were all he had in mind his message would have been a pretty banal one, since no one denies that in this sense “ideas have consequences.” What is largely forgotten is that Weaver was making a play on words, and that his primary reference was to Plato’s famous Theory of Ideas, a metaphysical thesis that has cast a long shadow over the history of Western civilization. Indeed, Weaver’s view was that this metaphysical vision is what made Western civilization possible, that its abandonment was the primary source of the pathologies of the modern world so decried by conservatives, and that its recovery is essential if those pathologies are to be overcome."

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

The Ground Meat Cookbook - 204 Intriguing Recipes

"I share with you what may just be the best cookbook of all time."

Bill Nolan's Cartooning Self Taught

"The system of drawing comics, presented in this book, is the one used by the famous motion picture cartoonists in creating their laughter provoking characters for the screen. They have made comic art pay big dividends, but only by hard work and practice. Comic art will do the same for you once you master it. This you can do only by diligent practice."

CS 248 2005 Video Game Competition

"The final project for CS248 was to write a 3D video game. To help inspire our students to delve deeply into the wonderful world of graphics, we also held a public competition, with a panel of expert judges selecting the best game.

There were 7 finalists. The winning group won a trip to Siggraph 2006, while second place won a free dinner for two at Il Fornaio in Palo Alto. We also had a 'wackiest, most creative' prize consisting of an Xbox 360, generously donated by Microsoft. All finalists also won video games donated by Electronic Arts.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Computer Collector Newsletter

"Interview -- Paul Allen

Several months ago, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen launched his new site in something of a beta mode. Now, it's the live version, officials of his Vulcan Inc. holding company said.

The most appealing aspect of is live Telnet access to machines in Allen's personal collection -- click the 'community' link to register for an account. The PDP-10 systems are the same kind that powered the original ARPANET; they reside in a Seattle warehouse and the restoration stories, along with technical tips, are fully documented on the site. The site also contains user stories, an image gallery, a history timeline, and discussion forums."

Fred's Airshow Journal: Photos of the 2005 Edwards Air Force Base Open House and Air Show

"These photos were taken by me, Fred Bruenjes, at the 2005 Edwards Air Force Base Open House and Air Show. Edwards is also the Air Force Flight Test Center, and is where virtually all new U.S. aircraft are first flown. It is located on dry lakebeds in the middle of the desert which give plenty of space for test flights."

Amateur Microscopy

Amateur Microscopy: "I bought the QX3 with money given to me as a present which the giver insisted I only use on something frivolous, so I bought the one thing I always wanted and never got because I couldn't justify the price."

Ninjas vs. Pirates movie

"'Ninjas VS Pirates' started out as a 30 second teaser, but spiraled out of control into a short film, with more and more talented people seeking to be involved. Almost all scenes in NVP were shot in front of 9 sheets of 30-cent green posterboard in a 12'x13' apartment living room, lit with $12 Wal-Mart halogen work lights."

Guy Kawasaki: The Top Ten Lies of Entrepreneurs

"I get pitched dozens of times every year, and every pitch contains at least three or four of these lies. I provide them not because I believe I can increase the level of honesty of entrepreneurs as much as to help entrepreneurs come up with new lies. At least new lies indicate a modicum of creativity!


A novel method for the removal of ear cerumen -- Canadian Medical Association Journal

"We describe the off-label use of a recreational device (the Super Soaker Max-D 5000) in the alleviation of a socially emergent ear condition."

Sunday, January 08, 2006

WorldNetDaily: Dawkins: Religion equals 'child abuse'

WorldNetDaily: Dawkins: Religion equals 'child abuse': "Controversial scientist and evolutionist Richard Dawkins, dubbed 'Darwin's Rottweiler,' calls religion a 'virus' and faith-based education 'child abuse' in a two-part series he wrote and appears in that begins airing on the UK's Channel 4, beginning tomorrow evening."

Barrynomics, or a Road to Funny Money - New York Times

Barrynomics, or a Road to Funny Money - New York Times: "'My point is that given a choice between having money and not having, you should definitely go with having it,' he writes. 'And that in the end is why I wrote this book: to get your money.'

Still, he is willing to offer a money-back guarantee.

'Seriously, I wrote this book to help you, and that is why I will end it with this promise from me to you: if you follow the advice in this book, and you somehow fail to become wealthy, simply take this book back to the bookstore where you bought it, explain to the employees what happened, and ask for a full refund.

'You have my personal guarantee, right here in writing, that they will laugh until they blow snot into their lattes.'"

Powers of Ten - Google Video

Powers of Ten - Google Video: "A film made for IBM to explore the effects or adding a zero."

Air Engines

"Mike Smyth's Compressed Air Engines

Welcome to my compressed air engine page! Below you'll find information about the V-twin and radial air engines that I designed and constructed. If you have questions about any of my projects feel free to e-mail me at the link below."

Saturday, January 07, 2006 Scott's Stoves: Overview

"The Pepsi-G Stove and Scott's Mini Stove are composed of parts made from aluminum cans. The larger of the two stoves, the Pepsi-G Stove, is made from a PepsiCo can and a Guinness can. It is best suited for 1-4 hikers cooking meals made with 4 cups of water or less."

Friday, January 06, 2006

Science's 10 most beautiful experiments

Robert P. Crease, a member of the philosophy department at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and the historian at Brookhaven National Laboratory, recently asked physicists to nominate the most beautiful experiment of all time. Based on the paper of George Johnson in The New York Times we list below 10 winners of this polling and accompany the short explanations of the physical experiments with computer animations.

Legal Affairs

"Dragon Slayers or Tax Evaders?

Buying and selling imaginary goods in computer-game worlds is big business. Now let's figure out whether gamers should pay real-world taxes on virtual treasures."

LA Weekly: Features: Zeitlist: Feuilletons: 5 Wonderful Things

"Your time is better spent at the many Web sites devoted to the genre known as “oddio” — short for “odd audio.”"

fröhlich im bad - [merrily in the bath]: Retro Office Pictures: IBM 4331 Processor brochure

"I was cleaning out some old files and came across this great IBM brochure from 1979."

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Make your own imitation Floam | Beyond Satire

"We found several anonymous recipes online. My husband Keith Golden tried three different recipes, then refined the best one. The result is virtually identical to Floam™ (except for smelling better)."


"Clearsilver is a fast, powerful, and language-neutral HTML template system. In both static content sites and dynamic HTML applications, it provides a separation between presentation code and application logic which makes working with your project easier."

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Tough Love: Norris Fans Board the Chuck Wagon

"There is no theory of evolution. Just a list of creatures Chuck Norris has allowed to live."

NashvilleFiles Blog

"Chuck Norris Never Cries"

meandering wildly in all directions » Blog Archive » What Causes Chilblains?

"I’m a sucker for old maps, old books, old reference material of basically any kind. So you can imagine my delight when, while wandering garage sales last summer, I discovered a complete 20 volume set of children’s encyclopedias from the 1920s, the humbly titled Book of Knowledge."

Brickshelf Gallery

"Ringu" lego bricks

Project Raptor

"Project Raptor is a new, free graphical tool that enhances productivity and simplifies database development tasks. With Project Raptor, you can browse database objects, run SQL statements and SQL scripts, and edit and debug PL/SQL statements."

Monday, January 02, 2006

LILEKS (James) Matchbooks

"Blake's, of Berkeley.

'As good as the best' would seem to say it all; the rest is logically obvious. No Vulcans were involved in the creation of this matchbook, it seems.

Huzzah! It still exists."

LILEKS (James) Matchbooks

"Yes, this will be a T-shirt." 115,000 more programmers needed by 1975

The New Criterion — It’s the demography, stupid

"Most people reading this have strong stomachs, so let me lay it out as baldly as I can: Much of what we loosely call the western world will not survive this century, and much of it will effectively disappear within our lifetimes, including many if not most western European countries."

How to Do Anything Photographic © 2005 Ken Rockwell