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Space Quest 0: Replicated
Wow, what a pleasant surprise to find this link today.  It appears that some fans (or fan?) have preduced a prequel game to the classic ‘Space Quest’ series: Space Quest 0: Replicated.  It has a text-parser and 16-color graphics just like the originals, which really …
Monday Jun 30, 2003 | 1 Comment
Will Ferrell: Class Day Speech
This is the text to the Class Day speech that Will Ferrel gave at the Harvard Commencement. As most of you are probably aware, I didn’t graduate from Harvard. In fact, I never even got a call back from Admissions. Damn you, Harvard! Damn you! …
Friday Jun 27, 2003 | 0 Comments
BrowserCam
I heard about this shortly after it launched last December, but I guess I never quite understood exactly what it did.  Whatever the case, I never actually looked in to it.  More’s the pity in this case. BrowserCam is a fantastic resource for web developers.  …
Friday Jun 27, 2003 | 1 Comment
EFF on File-Sharing
The EFF (who I always associate in my mind with Steve Jackson because of a little FBI break-in issue back in the late 80s or early 90s) has a new section up on their site about File-Sharing.  As the site correctly states: The problem is …
Thursday Jun 26, 2003 | 0 Comments
The Road to Oceania
Yesterday’s New York Times had an op-ed piece by William Gibson, who’s best known for his cyberpunk classic Neuromancer.  Gibson writes about George Orwell (who would have been 100 yesterday) and his own classic 1984.  Gibson discusses not only how 1984 wasn’t a commentary on …
Thursday Jun 26, 2003 | 0 Comments
Two Men, Two Years, and a Bomb
We’re all rather scared today with Al Qaeda, terrorists, and “rogue” states.  Many people claim that Iraq, Iran, and North Korea all have looked in to how to create a nuclear weapon (or have done more than that).  But there’s still the question of just …
Wednesday Jun 25, 2003 | 0 Comments
PHP Form Validation
Evolt had an article a while back about form validation in PHP.  I read it at the time and it was okay, but didn’t really seem like anything new to me. Simon Willison has been working on a bit of a different approach that looks …
Tuesday Jun 24, 2003 | 1 Comment
When Cybersex Goes Bad
Got this link off Davezilla and it’s by far one of the funniest things I’ve read in recent memory.  Its something like I imagine I’d try if I ever participated in cybersex: j_gurli3: thats ok. ok i’m a japanese schoolgirl, what r u. bloodninja: A …
Monday Jun 23, 2003 | 3 Comments
Homestar Kicks Ass
Yeah, you know you’ve seen the Homestar Runner link over in the right sidebar forever now.  If you’re a smart cookie you even visit every monday to see what’s new.  Well, it appears that lots of other people are getting into it, too, since Wired …
Monday Jun 23, 2003 | 1 Comment
Patent on GIFs Expiring?
According to this kuro5hin article, the patent on the LZW compression used in the GIF image format expires today here in the United States.  A lot of people probably don’t know, but there were big scares back in ‘94 and ‘99 when Unisys—the company that …
Friday Jun 20, 2003 | 0 Comments
Sen. Hatch, Software Pirate?
If you haven’t heard about it yet, Senator Orrin Hatch recently suggested that people who illegally download copyrighted material should have their computers destroyed after being given two warnings.  A little drastic, much less illegal, don’t you think? As José suggested, imagine if you came …
Thursday Jun 19, 2003 | 1 Comment
Ice Cream: In 0 to 30 Seconds
Oh, this just looks way too cool:  using liquid nitrogen to make ice cream.  Apparently, it only takes about 30 seconds, which is a far cry from the more typical 30 minutes (or more) it normally has to spend freezing.  What’s really cool about this …
Wednesday Jun 18, 2003 | 5 Comments
The Matrix Reloaded: Abridged
Editing Room presents an abridged script for The Matrix Reloaded.  “Abridged” in this case should be taken to mean “really, really funny”, of course.  It says everything that both you and I have secretly thought about the movie and either 1) loudly proclaimed to everyone …
Wednesday Jun 18, 2003 | 0 Comments
Beckham Goes Real
It looks like the word is in: David Beckham appears to be headed to Real Madrid.  His transfer for 35 million ($41 million) isn’t the biggest in history by far, but that’s still a ridiculous amount of money.  To me, at least.
Wednesday Jun 18, 2003 | 0 Comments
Microsoft: Screw the Consumer
Jeffery Zeldman talks a bit about how Microsoft’s recent actions simply support the common view that MS will do anything and everything it can get away with, cares not about being a monopoly, and has no compunction with screwing everyone else.  Big surprise, right? Case …
Monday Jun 16, 2003 | 0 Comments
CSS Mini Tabs
A link to yet another site’s take on the ever-more-ubiquitous “Tabs via CSS”.  This time, it’s a wee bit different in that it isn’t full tabs, but rather mini tabs.  I still haven’t used any of these ideas in a site, but I’m sure I …
Monday Jun 16, 2003 | 0 Comments
I Want my Two Towers
It appears that, like last year’s Fellowship of the Ring DVD release, this year’s The Two Towers will have both a regular release in August and a Collector’s Edition release in November.  I got both of them last time, but I think I may just …
Friday Jun 13, 2003 | 0 Comments
A “Shocking” XBox Controller
It seems that someone didn’t think the “rumble pack” feature of the XBox controller was good enough.  It just didn’t have the effect they wanted when their fighter got hit while playing Mortal Kombat.  So, they decided to replace the rumble motor with something to …
Thursday Jun 12, 2003 | 0 Comments
Soda Can Stove
I saw one of these incredibly awesome soda can stoves on my recent kayaking trip.  One of the other kayakers, Randy, used one for cooking his meals.  It’s incredibly cool because it weighs next to nothing, runs off of regular alcohol, and cooks surprisingly well.  …
Wednesday Jun 11, 2003 | 0 Comments
Designer Drugs
The pharmaceutical industry has obviously been getting better and better in recent years with creating special-purpose drugs (and with charging outrageous prices for them!).  It seems, though, that things may progress even beyond that when they start delving into things such as a substance that …
Wednesday Jun 11, 2003 | 1 Comment
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