M E-L's Blog
March 14, 2008
Thanks to everyone who finished off the latest Ishbadiddle Challenge projects. I added a few more and upped the goal!
I picked up Wired at the airport and read this really terrific story: High Tech Cowboys of the Deep Seas: The Race to Save the Cougar Ace
BoingBoing reports that Joseph Weizenbaum, creator of Eliza, has died:
> Hello, I am Eliza.
> How are you today.. What would you like to discuss?
* Joeseph Weizenbaum, the man that made you.
> Say, do you have any psychological problems?
* Probably, but that's not why I'm here.
> Did you come to me because you are here?
* I guess that's one way of looking at it.
> What does that suggest to you?
* I just wanted to tell you that the man who created you died yesterday
> You're not really talking about me, are you?
* Yes, I am.
> Do you believe it is normal to be ?
* Are you sad that Joseph died? Don't you care?
> Perhaps in your fantasies I am sad that Joseph died? Don't me care?
* I would like to think that you would be sad.
> We were discussing you, not me.
* I can understand why you wouldn't want to talk to me about this.
> You're not really talking about me, are you?
* Goodbye, Eliza.
March 13, 2008
"Someone’s been eating Hall and Oatesmeal."
March 11, 2008
"In fifteen seconds the difference between composition and improvisation is that in composition you have all the time you want to decide what to say in fifteen seconds, while in improvisation you have fifteen seconds." -- Steve Lacy. More Jazz Quotes
March 10, 2008
Your Wildlife Management Advice of the Day
Making Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong and Me is a blog post by the guy who programmed Donkey Kong. For the Atari 800. Some insight there as to why the company tanked, and on the importance of decent comments in your code.
Zach is currently obsessed with Super Mario Galaxy which he plays at the local video game store (but just once a week, we've had to ration him). I wonder what he'd make of Atari Mario?
Choose Your Own Map
The Problem with Apple's Air:
February 29, 2008
SuperCopier is a freeware app that replaces the regular file copy function in Windows. Pretty removes every annoying thing about moving or copying files.
February 26, 2008: Sweeney Todd
B0013D8LOUBloody. Gorgeous. 4 stars.
February 26, 2008: 2 Days In Paris
B000YDMPAQJulie Delpy as Woody Allen? Sure, why not. 3 stars.
February 26, 2008: It's time to play...
Guess My Crime! Via Cynical-C.
February 22, 2008: The Return of...
Breakup Girl! She's back, with new episodes and a new, bloggier format! Will Breakup Girl be spotted at the Superhero ...
February 21, 2008: Do you know anybody who has ever been to Bielefeld?
The Bielefeld Conspiracy
February 20, 2008: Book Your Ticket to Ulanbaatar!
For the Mongolian Jazz Festival in October 2008! It's called.... wait for it... Giant Steppes! This pun brought to you ...
February 20, 2008: Comics, To Kill A Mockingbird, More
I've put some new proposals from DonorsChoose.org on the Ishbadiddle Challenge -- check them out and throw some money at ...
February 19, 2008: Water for Elephants
1565125606Ripping good yarn, well told. Plus: circus! A book to borrow.
February 19, 2008: D.E.B.S.
B0009298MUThe feel-good Charlie's-Angels-spoof indie lesbian-Romeo-and-Juliet film of 2004! 3 stars. Hat tip to Anvil & Sprocket's review which convinced me ...
February 15, 2008: BAGNewsNotes: What do News Photos Really Mean?
Thudfactor has been reading BAGnewsNotes, a Big-Inky linky if I ever saw one.
February 14, 2008: Rejected Valentine's Day Cards
A few more here. Happy V-Day, everyone! (Via Waxy.)
February 13, 2008: Better Than Free
Kevin Kelly (he of the WELL etc.) has an essay that's making the rounds about what people are willing to ...
February 11, 2008: This Stamp Would Have Made For An Awesome Velvet Underground Album Cover
Other neuroscience stamps via Boing Boing.
February 11, 2008: The Skeptic's Dictionary
More of a general reference than a dictionary per se, but good for some clicking around. SkepDic.com
February 10, 2008: Fighting the Good Fight, Reading the Good Book
An American politician who speaks intelligently about religion? Really?
February 8, 2008: Charles Strand, Aquasana Sock Puppet
Ishbareaders will remember the sleuthing work that Alex B. did in uncovering the Misleading Water Filter Comparison Chart, which ranks ...
February 4, 2008: Rope
B000ECX0O2"Well, that was the gayest Hitchcock I've ever seen." 3.5 stars. Half a star for the line "He was a ...
February 4, 2008: Your Word of the Day
February 4, 2008: Willow
B00003CXDDThis week's Family Movie Night selection was mine, and while Lucas shamelessly rips off every fantasy / sword'n'sorcery movie ever ...
February 4, 2008: Voting Enabled
Colin sent over a link to this video inspired by a Barack Obama speech: Here's the backstory. Compare and contrast ...
January 29, 2008: Bloggers Speak: Best Music of 2007
Hype Machine Music Blog Zeitgeist. Via Waxy.
January 29, 2008: My Neighbor Totoro
B0001XAQ0AWe've instituted Family Movie Night in our house every weekend, with the rules being 1) No Movies We've All Seen ...
January 27, 2008: The Lord Chandos Letter
1590171209There's probably a German word for the deep sense of unease one gets from these dreamlike stories. But I don't ...
January 27, 2008: Superbad
B000WZEZGIYou only think you saw this movie in 1985. 3.5 stars but probably only if you're a guy.
January 27, 2008: On The Marionette Theatre
I recently re-read the "His Dark Materials" trilogy -- which the second time around is philosophically more interesting, but ...
January 25, 2008: Chutzpah
I had Jury Duty yesterday. This was my third time on duty -- served once on a trial, the second ...
January 24, 2008: Blob Found In Maine!
January 24, 2008: Mind The Gap
I've decided, after watching three seasons of Lost, that the designers have deliberately screwed up the kerning in the title ...
January 23, 2008: The 85 Ways to Tie a Tie
1841155683I can't remember where I read a reference to a Balthus tie knot, but after some searching I found Thomas ...
January 23, 2008: The Children of Húrin
0618894640It's good to go back to Middle Earth. But tragedy -- and I mean tragedy with a capital classical T, ...
January 23, 2008: In Which I Geek Out
This morning on the subway I ran into a friend who was on his way to record an audiobook. As ...
January 23, 2008: An occasional report...
Popcards.fr -- French postcards from the 50s - 70s. Not to be confused with French letters. Via Coudal.
January 22, 2008: Ish Turns Seven
Last week was the 7th anniversary of our first Ishbadiddle post. Yay! This makes post 4506, giving us 1.76 posts ...
January 21, 2008: I, for one....
Super cockroaches conceived in space
January 21, 2008: I guess there's now two advice-giving superheroines.
Ask Golden Age Wonder Woman. Possibly NSFW. Via BoingBoing. Oh, and BTW there are new Breakup Girl episodes!
January 21, 2008: Remember When You Could Make a Music Video With Just A Warehouse and a Forklift?
Vs. Journey "Separate ways" from patsevc on Vimeo. Play them both at once for extra cheese. Via Waxy.
January 17, 2008: The Entire Wadministration Summed Up In One Painting
In an April 1995 memo, Bush invited his staff to come to his office to look at a painting. ...