Friday, October 31, 2008

download free mp3s of ambient music & new age music soundscapes from the UKs deep sky divers

download free mp3s of ambient music & new age music soundscapes from the UKs deep sky divers: "Here you can purchase digital downloads of deep sky divers CDs and individual tracks. There are also links to some sites where you can download free deep sky divers MP3s.

deep sky divers music is now available from many online sources, either legally or illegally. We are truly independent musicians trying to create unique and worthwhile music without industry support, and we need all the help we can get. By downloading our music from preferred sources (see below), you would be helping and supporting our efforts in the best way possible..."

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Processing 1.0 (BETA)

Processing 1.0 (BETA): "Processing is an open source programming language and environment for people who want to program images, animation, and interactions. It is used by students, artists, designers, researchers, and hobbyists for learning, prototyping, and production. It is created to teach fundamentals of computer programming within a visual context and to serve as a software sketchbook and professional production tool. Processing is an alternative to proprietary software tools in the same domain.

Processing is an open project initiated by Ben Fry and Casey Reas. It evolved from ideas explored in the Aesthetics and Computation Group at the MIT Media Lab."

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Never Give In, Never, Never, Never - The Churchill Centre

Never Give In, Never, Never, Never - The Churchill Centre: "this is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy"

FWWeekly: Feature: SAXE MANIAC

FWWeekly: Feature: SAXE MANIAC: "He may have given away as much as $6 million, a figure arrived at by adding the amounts of cash, pledges, and the estimated increased value of donated artworks during the last 40 years, but even he’s not sure. “I’ve forgotten some,” he said. “And I haven’t kept the best records,” like the cost of the 1983 Chevrolet pick-up that stayed behind at Happy Hills.

What makes Saxe unique in the annals of philanthropy, said Ruth Brock, a UTA business librarian and his companion of 30 years, is that almost all of the money he’s donated has come from his professor’s salary, boosted one time only by a half-million-dollar inheritance from his frugal, working-class mother. “And he got rid of that as fast as he could,” Brock said."

Game Theory — Open Yale Courses

Game Theory — Open Yale Courses: "This course is an introduction to game theory and strategic thinking. Ideas such as dominance, backward induction, Nash equilibrium, evolutionary stability, commitment, credibility, asymmetric information, adverse selection, and signaling are discussed and applied to games played in class and to examples drawn from economics, politics, the movies, and elsewhere."

Sunday, October 26, 2008

'Round the Chuckbox: Grilled Hot Mexican Beef Sandwich Santa Fe

'Round the Chuckbox: Grilled Hot Mexican Beef Sandwich Santa Fe: "The sandwich was a hit Saturday at the engine house of the El Dorado Western Railway. I served it with old fashion navy bean soup and cole slaw.


This sandwich is a great way to use leftover roast beef. Santa Fe cooks toasted open faced sandwiches under a red-hot broiler. I adapted the sandwich to engine house cooking by toasting it in a cast iron skillet. I added sliced tomatoes and changed the hot chilies to fresh (from fresh, parboiled)."

University of California: StatFinder

University of California: StatFinder: "Table 16-2007. Fall applicants, fall admits, fall enrollees, admit rate and fall applicant yield rate: first-time freshmen, by high school GPA, universitywide and by campus: Fall 2007"

App Engine Recipe - XML RPC server using Google App Engine

App Engine Recipe - XML RPC server using Google App Engine: "XML RPC server is a very popular way of exposing an API to your website. XML RPC server can run standalone. On a past website project I got it running inside Apache so that it could run alongside the main website. (For XMLRPC server in Apache - check my post

Implementing the XML RPC server is very easy.

First download Julien Oster's standalone XML RPC server from

It is a single file that you will find inside a tar.gz archive. Just copy the file to your Google App engine project."

Saturday, October 25, 2008

SQL : Free Sample Lectures

SQL : Free Sample Lectures: "These are free extracts of SQL courses covering a variety of topics."

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Top 10 Epic FAIL Funny Videos - Starpulse Entertainment News Blog

Top 10 Epic FAIL Funny Videos - Starpulse Entertainment News Blog

Podcasts from the University of Oxford

Podcasts from the University of Oxford:

"Podcasts from the University of Oxford"

Lyra Fidelium | The Scriptorium Daily: Middlebrow

Lyra Fidelium | The Scriptorium Daily: Middlebrow: "Samuel J. Stone (1839-1900) was an Anglican clergyman and poet whose claim to fame is that he wrote the hymn, The Church’s One Foundation. But that’s just the hit single off a great album. That hymn is from an interesting collection that Stone wrote in 1866 entitled Lyra Fidelium: Twelve Hymns on the Twelve Articles of the Apostles Creed. It’s available online here."

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Streaming video: X-rays

Streaming video: X-rays:

amazing video of making xrays with sticky tape!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Do five simple things a day to stay sane, say scientists - Times Online

Do five simple things a day to stay sane, say scientists:
"Steps to happiness

Developing relationships with family, friends, colleagues and neighbours will enrich your life and bring you support

Be active
Sports, hobbies such as gardening or dancing, or just a daily stroll will make you feel good and maintain mobility and fitness

Be curious
Noting the beauty of everyday moments as well as the unusual and reflecting on them helps you to appreciate what matters to you

Fixing a bike, learning an instrument, cooking – the challenge and satisfaction brings fun and confidence

Helping friends and strangers links your happiness to a wider community and is very rewarding"

Monday, October 20, 2008

The psychology of conmen - The Law Report - 30 September 2008

The psychology of conmen - The Law Report - 30 September 2008: "How do conmen convince you to part with your money? Who are they? And how do they choose their victims? Learn their secrets from someone who has studied their dark arts. Magician Nick Johnson has some interesting insights into psychology of scams...and some suggestions on how to stop your money from going up in smoke!"

Loo with a view: The world's toilets with the best vistas | Mail Online

Loo with a view: The world's toilets with the best vistas | Mail Online:

The beautiful places one can go.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Design Classics, The London Underground Map | Smashing Telly - A hand picked TV channel

Design Classics, The London Underground Map | Smashing Telly - A hand picked TV channel: "But the pinnacle of London Transport’s modernist design was the Tube map which rearranged distances to produce a supremely navigable schematic diagram that is little changed today. (I have been looking for this documentary for ages)."

Friday, October 17, 2008

Valued Lessons: How to DTrace Python in OSX

Valued Lessons: How to DTrace Python in OSX:
"So, here's how you use dtrace on your python application in Mac OSX:

1. Get DTraceToolkit.
2. Edit Python/py_cputime.d by replacing 'function-entry' with 'entry' and 'function-return' with 'exit'.
3. Call 'sudo dtrace -s Python/py_cputime.d'
4. Let it sit there a while and hit ctrl-c.
5. Enjoy the results"

NIX v. HEDDEN, 149 U.S. 304 (1893)

FindLaw | Cases and Codes: "The attempt to class tomatoes as fruit is not unlike a recent attempt to class beans as seeds, of which Mr. Justice Bradley, speaking for this court, said: 'We do not see why they should be classified as seeds, any more than walnuts should be so classified. Both are seeds, in the language of botany or natural history, but not in commerce nor in common parlance. On the other hand in speaking generally of provisions, beans may well be included under the term 'vegetables.' As an article of food on our tables, whether baked or boiled, or forming the basis of soup, they are used as a vegetable, as well when ripe as when green. This is the principal use to which they are put. Beyond the common knowledge which we have on this subject, very little evidence is necessary, or can be produced.'"

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Finance - So Simple a Caveman Could Do It

Finance - So Simple a Caveman Could Do It: "Imagine you live in a cave in hunter-gatherer society. Og is going to spend the day hunting. You have previously harvested some berries, lived frugally, and now have an extra handful of berries you can give Og to eat while he hunts all day. You and Og make a deal. When he returns from the hunt, he will give you two handfuls of meat. That’s debt. If instead of promising you a fixed amount of meat, you agreed that he would give you a fixed share — say half — of what he brings back to the cave, that’s equity."


"The news feed for the 50th Birthday of Lisp at OOPSLA 2008.
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Monday, October 20, 2008"

Monday, October 13, 2008

Noteflight - Learn More

Noteflight - Learn More: "Noteflight is a new online service that lets written music take full advantage of the web. The Noteflight Score Editor is a full-featured application that displays, edits, prints and plays back music notation in any standard web browser. You can create your own scores, choose to share them with others, or publish them to Noteflight's browsable, searchable online library of music."

A Backspace Key Can't Fix Everything - New York Times

A Backspace Key Can't Fix Everything - New York Times: "An enduring drawback of correction fluid is the solvent vapor. That could be fixed, but not without damaging the psyche of faithful consumers, said Mr. McCaffrey of Liquid Paper: 'People who have grown up using a product tend to equate its smell with quality, and you don't want to change that - whether it's crayons or correction fluid.'"

Sunday, October 12, 2008

The Forbidden City: Beyond Space and Time

The Forbidden City: Beyond Space and Time: "The Forbidden City: Beyond Space and Time is a partnership between the Palace Museum and IBM. The goal of the project is to provide the means for a world-wide audience to celebrate and explore aspects of Chinese culture and history."

The Internet Treehouse - A Broadcasting Masterclass

The Internet Treehouse - A Broadcasting Masterclass

Saturday, October 11, 2008

home [LiquiBase]

home [LiquiBase]: "LiquiBase is an open source (LGPL), DBMS-independent library for tracking, managing and applying database changes. It is built on a simple premise: All database changes (structure and data) are stored in an XML-based descriptive manner and checked into source control."


solarsystem: "For years I had wanted to go see the Maine Solar System Model.

Built with diligent skill on a tight budget by the Northern Maine Museum of Science, the whole thing runs for 40 miles along US Route 1 between Houlton and the University of Maine at Presque Isle where the Museum is located."

Friday, October 10, 2008

sqlmap: a SQL injection tool

sqlmap: a SQL injection tool: "sqlmap is an automatic SQL injection tool developed in Python. Its goal is to detect and take advantage of SQL injection vulnerabilities on web applications. Once it detects one or more SQL injections on the target host, the user can choose among a variety of options to perform an extensive back-end database management system fingerprint, retrieve DBMS session user and database, enumerate users, password hashes, privileges, databases, dump entire or user's specific DBMS tables/columns, run his own SQL SELECT statement, read specific files on the file system and much more."

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Applied Geometry � American Scientist

Applied Geometry � American Scientist:
"HOW ROUND IS YOUR CIRCLE?: Where Engineering and Mathematics Meet. John Bryant and Chris Sangwin. xxii 306 pp. Princeton University Press, 2008. $29.95.

The great power of computers to model various aspects of geometry and mechanics has made it possible to visualize things quickly and in useful and innovative ways. But nothing beats the construction of a physical model. And when the model conforms exactly to the mathematical prediction, it is very satisfying. How Round Is Your Circle?, by John Bryant and Chris Sangwin, is a guide to making physical models of various phenomena of geometry that are related to serious applications, both historical and contemporary. The mathematics required is elementary: standard geometry and trigonometry, with occasional bits of calculus."

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Consola Fonts

These are the nice looking ones

The Underground Grammarian - Richard Mitchell

The Underground Grammarian - Richard Mitchell

"All of Richard Mitchell's books are now available online for free."

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Liquid Mongoose - Folding Paper into CD and DVD Cases with Album Art and Movie Covers from the Internet

Liquid Mongoose - Folding Paper into CD and DVD Cases with Album Art and Movie Covers from the Internet: "The Paper Case project allows you to print a fold-able piece of paper into a CD or DVD case, using the content of the internet as your album art or movie cover. This solves the issue of your DVD collection taking up 20 times more space than the size of the disc. Or when you buy an album online, and are left on your own to store and label your burned CD. No longer are expensive CDs and DVDs left to chance to get scratched beyond recognition."

Monday, October 06, 2008

Japan: Playing Baseball with Rocket Launchers and Tanks on Japanese TV

Japan: Playing Baseball with Rocket Launchers and Tanks on Japanese TV: "The crew trekked down to Cambodia to use the military's equipment. At first, the Cambodian military didn't want to use a tank, so instead they taped a baseball to a rocket. This, obviously, didn't show how well the baseball would travel at such speeds, as it just blew everything up, as you can see above."

Amazon Web Services Developer Community : Oracle Database 10g Release 2 Express Edition - 32 Bit

Amazon Web Services Developer Community : Oracle Database 10g Release 2 Express Edition - 32 Bit: "This AMI comes with Oracle Enterprise Linux Release 5 Update 1 and Oracle Database 10g Release 2 Express Edition software pre-installed and configured on the 32 Bit platform. In a matter of minutes, you can have a fully configured Oracle Database computing environment running on Amazon EC2 that includes the web based rapid development tool Applications Express (APEX). For further information about Oracle Database in the Cloud or this Amazon Machine Image, please visit"

Sunday, October 05, 2008

A Beautiful Math: John Nash, Game Theory, and the Modern Quest for a Code of Nature

A Beautiful Math: John Nash, Game Theory, and the Modern Quest for a Code of Nature: "The following HTML text is provided to enhance online readability. Many aspects of typography translate only awkwardly to HTML. Please use the page image as the authoritative form to ensure accuracy."

Saturday, October 04, 2008

simonsound � Sound

simonsound � Sound: "1947-1959

Ken Hollings presents a live twelve-part series of unscripted reflections on the fantasy of science in the early years of the American Century

With electronic sound production by Simon James

Between 1947 and 1959, the future was written about, discussed and analysed with such confidence that it became a tangible presence. This is a story of weird science, strange events and even stranger beliefs, set in an age when the possibilities for human development seemed almost limitless."

Kelly Link, Magic for Beginners

Kelly Link, Magic for Beginners: "To celebrate the publication of Kelly's new collection, Pretty Monsters, most of Kelly's previous collection Magic for Beginners is now available as a free download in various completely open formats"

Friday, October 03, 2008

Secrets of email |

Secrets of email |

"At some point, email programs will be so large and complex and feature-rich they will vindicate every argument made by Ted Kozinski."

18.25 SimpleXMLRPCServer -- Basic XML-RPC server

18.25 SimpleXMLRPCServer -- Basic XML-RPC server: "If logRequests is true (the default), requests will be logged; setting this parameter to false will turn off logging."

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

oracle 10g dbms_scheduler explained

oracle 10g dbms_scheduler explained:

begin dbms_scheduler.create_job(
job_name => 'DEMO_JOB_SCHEDULE'
,job_type => 'PLSQL_BLOCK'
,job_action => 'begin package.procedure(''param_value''); end; '
,start_date => '01/01/2006 02:00 AM'
,repeat_interval => 'FREQ=DAILY'
,enabled => TRUE
,comments => 'Demo for job schedule.');

Canvas tutorial - MDC

Canvas tutorial - MDC:

" is a new HTML element which can be used to draw graphics using scripting (usually JavaScript). It can for instance be used to draw graphs, make photo compositions or do simple (and not so simple) animations. The image on the right shows some examples of implementations which we will see later in this tutorial."

Some Schumpeter Links

"Schumpeter advanced the paradox that economic progress destabilizes the world.
Progress and job destruction go hand in hand in a dynamic process he called creative
destruction. Today, as in the 1930s, Schumpeter's insights help explain how jobs
emerge and disappear through the innovation and entrepreneurship of free enterprise."

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas


Harvard University Press:

'Pan Am, Gimbel's, Pullman, Douglas Aircraft, Digital Equipment Corporation, British Leyland--all once as strong as dinosaurs, all now just as extinct. Destruction of businesses, fortunes, products, and careers is the price of progress toward a better material life. No one understood this bedrock economic principle better than Joseph A. Schumpeter. "Creative destruction," he said, is the driving force of capitalism.

Described by John Kenneth Galbraith as "the most sophisticated conservative" of the twentieth century, Schumpeter made his mark as the prophet of incessant change. His vision was stark: Nearly all businesses fail, victims of innovation by their competitors. Businesspeople ignore this lesson at their peril--to survive, they must be entrepreneurial and think strategically. Yet in Schumpeter's view, the general prosperity produced by the "capitalist engine" far outweighs the wreckage it leaves behind.

During a tumultuous life spanning two world wars, the Great Depression, and the early Cold War, Schumpeter reinvented himself many times. From boy wonder in turn-of-the-century Vienna to captivating Harvard professor, he was stalked by tragedy and haunted by the specter of his rival, John Maynard Keynes. By 1983--the centennial of the birth of both men--Forbes christened Schumpeter, not Keynes, the best navigator through the turbulent seas of globalization. Time has proved that assessment accurate.'