Thursday, July 31, 2003

Different Take on UML

I always thought of UML as either a language for non-programming business analysts or a 5th generation programming language. By here's an article that focuses on the Universal part of the name. There's also mention of an interesting way to browse code.

Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Is DARPA Sick or Stupid?

Hey! I've got an idea! Let's bet on the lives of US soldiers and others! I'm sooooo glad to see my tax dollars going to such good use. Not!

404 of the day

This 404 page is sure to get the message across to the diverse population of Ren & Stimpy fans. Another, more practical, new age Rosetta Stone can be found here.

Mmmm... stinky...

This flower is one of those oddities that seems like it ought to be from an alien planet... a very smelly alien planet. It makes me sad to think about the rate at which bio-diversity is decreasing on this planet.

Monday, July 28, 2003

Good Advice

You can fool some of the people all of the time... and those are the ones to concentrate on. --Unreal32

Friday, July 25, 2003

Cool Looking Game

I'm not sure if it's exactly a game, but AI Planet definately looks interesting. Haven't tried it yet though...

Thursday, July 24, 2003

Burning Man Hoax

I thought this hoax was funny. Here's an even funnier previous hoax too.

Video in Your Pocket

This seems too good to be true. A video/MP3 player for $99! There has to be a catch...

Unexpected Google...

I was looking for info on the wireless standard 802.15.3a but when I typed "15.3a" into Google I got a link to US Marines field manuals. It's not exactly top secret stuff, but I'd think they'd at least try to keep their training materials to themselves. I looked around a bit and did find a couple timely items that had restricted access.

Digital Gutenberg

The University of Texas has digitized it's Gutenberg bible. The images can be found on the website for UT's Humanities Research Center.

Wednesday, July 23, 2003

I Think Too Much...

Logical, rational thinking that is... After was looking at some of my friend's blogs, I realize that I don't ramble on enough. I guess I don't have nearly as much weirdness in my life as I once did. This goes back to a short lived resolution I made to myself awhile back to add some creative activities to my life... I have ideas in my head all the time for inventions, art, and stuff to make my home more unique. Maybe after we move I'll be more creative with the next house. Even though we've been in our current house about 3yrs, I never really did anything I really wanted to beacuse I always had moving (and resale value) in the back of my mind.

Don't Look Now...

If you had any dilusions that your M$ systems were safe, check this paper out.

I Need to Go to Sleep

Scope is a man's drink. The kind of beverage that says "Hey, I may be a moronic drunken slob, but I've got nice minty breath." -unknown

Enter the .plan

I kinda started doing this blog thing years ago with .plan file that kinda grew out of control. I'd just keep adding stuff I found around the internet. The kewlest part of it is the quotes. So I figure I'll throw some of my favorites in here from time to time. Here is one of my favorties...

I left a piece of paper sitting on the desk with hints on how to solve a brain teaser and the Pee o' Wee was confused by it so he sent me this letter:


What the fuck is this?

big loop

If that's a poem, I wish like hell I'd written it.


Tuesday, July 22, 2003

Two Cool Reference Sites

Scorecard gives lots of facts and figures about environmental issues.
Corporate Researcher has information about the ethics of companies.

SCO's Position Looking Weaker

Here's a Slashdot post that has a lot of interesting tid-bits about the development of Linux that seems to refute some of SCO's claims.

Amateur vs. Professional Journalists

This is an interesting bet... I see both points of view. I have seen unsubstantiated info on blogs or small-time websites that clashed with "facts" in the popular press. I think it is dangerous to take either the NY Times or some dude with a web page as the gospel. That's why both exist and will continue to exist (IMHO). Also the relevence/importance of this debate depends largly on what is being reported. War coverage and movie reviews have very different accuracy requirements. There is so much info out there that even the act of searching for information can skew the view we get.

North American IPv6 Global Summit 2003

Lots of good IPv6 stuff to be found here.

Panel Discussion about Linux

Here's another article at The Register... I found the point about the fragmentiation of Linux very interesting. While Linux vendors are not as motivated as *nix (don't wanna use the "U" word without permission and get sued by SCO) vendors to distinguish themselves through proprietary technology, they aren't really motivated to necessarily work together. They are after all competing for business.

Biometric US Passports are Comming

The Register has a brief article about forthcomming inhancements to US passports. I always thought they seemed too easy to forge. I think public key crypto systems will eventually be our "keys" to everything. Although the algorithms will change over time as computers advance, I'm still not sure how they will deal with the advent of quantum computers.

Monday, July 21, 2003

Slashdot: Amazon Plan Would Allow Text Search Of Books

This sounds like a cool service... but a nightmare for Amazon lawyers. It'll save me the trip to Borders when I can't find something in my library.

Friday, July 18, 2003

DARPA Revamps M$ Bob!

Here's an article at The Register about DARPA funding research into software agents. There has been alot of work into this over the years from places like the Media Center at MIT, but the only comercial product I've seen is that annoying paper clip in M$ Office. Maybe the Department of Defense wants to train the paper clip to spy on enemy Werd documents.


Cannot find Weapons of Mass Destruction
This is just too damn funny.

Thursday, July 17, 2003

Good Parenting -- Hollywood Style

"Out on the street, you never know what [kind of marijuana] you're getting. Suddenly two days later you're beating yourself in the head with a tennis racquet, wearing a towel, quoting Poe. You don't want that for your kid.

--Johnny Depp, who plans to provide quality pot for his children when they grow up. GQ, August 2003. " MS DRM is pure smoke [July 17, 2003] MS DRM is pure smoke [July 17, 2003]

An interesting tidbit being discussed on O'Reilly. I have kinda ignored the whole DRM issue from the standpoint of music and video. I figure some sort of DRM will eventually be the norm, and that's fine; people deserve to get paid for their work. The two things that worry me, are Micro$oft getting some kind of monopoly on the technology, and companies tracking user's listening/viewing habits. The second one isn't an inherent part of DRM, but the big media companies want it and will try and slip it in.

Wednesday, July 16, 2003

Wisdom of Woz

"Never trust a computer you can't throw out a window." -Steve Wozniak

Tuesday, July 01, 2003

National Do Not Call Registry

National Do Not Call Registry
It's about time something like this came to be, but I'm skeptical about how effect this will be. Annoying people trying to make money will find ways around legislation faster than the laws can keep up. Probably the first thing to happen will be that the telemarketers will start having foreign accents. India has a huge population that speaks English and is ready to work. There has already been a recent trend of tech companies farming out their tech support line overseas.