From OpenDarwin (thanks to Dave for the link):
I'll let you draw your own conclusions from the article. Personally, I just love the juxtaposition of phrases like "hate crime" and "well-planned and coordinated assault" with phrases like "think sheet" and "play date." And Activist Lesbian Mothers would make a great band name.
(Thanks to Dave for the link...)
A nice comment came at the end of the Long Now discussion between Brian Emo (composer) and Will Wright (game designer):
It's interesting that just one verb is used both for music and for games: "play."
This seems to be true in a large number of languages too, which implies some kind of universality of the concept. I also note that my dictionary says the English word play is related to the Middle Dutch word pleien: 'leap for joy; dance'.
DocBug Exclusive — Yesterday the US Senate passed a non-binding resolution declaring that Democrats are all "poopy-heads." The resolution passed along party lines, with all Republicans voting for the resolution, plus Joe Lieberman (D-CT). When Senate Minority-Leader Harry Reid of Nevada protested the resolution as childish and irresponsible, an amendment was passed adding that Democrats are "all whiners and a bunch of cry-babies too." Republican strategists predict similar resolutions will fill the bulk of the Senate's time until after the November elections.
The resolution now has to be resolved with the House version of the bill, which declares that Democrats are idiotic dumb dumbs and girly cowards. In recent days several Republican Representatives in the House have condemned the Senate language as being squishy-soft and going against core conservative values, and a compromise version is not expected before the end of this legislative session.
I've really gotta wonder about this NYT review of the latest Superman movie:
'Superman Returns' to Save Mankind From Its Sins
Jesus of Nazareth spent 40 days in the desert. By comparison, Superman of Hollywood languished almost 20 years in development hell...
...what is essentially a new and considerably more sober sequel to the first two films, one that shakes the earthiness off Superman and returns him to the status of a savior. There's always been a hint of Jesus (and Moses) to the character, from the omnipotence of his father to a costume that, with its swaths of red and blue, evokes the colors worn by the Virgin Mary in numerous Renaissance paintings. It's a hint that proves impossible not to take.
OK, so I can see the omnipotence of Superman's father angle, if by "omnipotence" you mean unable to even save himself, much less his planet, from complete destruction. As for the red and blue costume, doesn't that mean Superman is actually the Virgin Mary rather than Jesus?
Of course there are a few similarities between Superman and Jesus. For example, Superman pretends to be a mild-mannered reporter while fighting crime in the big city. So does Jesus. And Jesus fights a never-ending battle for the salvation of our immortal souls, which is kinda like Truth, Justice and the American Way. Oh yeah, and they're both American.
Not that the Times is entirely to blame here. This latest movie is pushing the whole Christ theme in their trailers, presumably hoping the crowd that made Passion of the Christ a box office success either doesn't know or doesn't care that they're being exploited. But really, this is as dumb as those literary critics who claim Shakespeare's Julius Caesar character is a Christ figure — you can tell, see, by the fact that both of them have the initials J.C.
We explore making virtual desktops behave in a more physically realistic manner by adding physics simulation and using piling instead of filing as the fundamental organizational structure. Objects can be casually dragged and tossed around, influenced by physical characteristics such as friction and mass, much like we would manipulate lightweight objects in the real world. We present a prototype, called BumpTop, that coherently integrates a variety of interaction and visualization techniques optimized for pen input we have developed to support this new style of desktop organization.
I don't know about this being a full desktop replacement, but for some kinds of applications I could see it working quite well. For example, I'd love it for sorting through tens to hundreds of images or other visual media, especially if they added two-handed or multi-handed interaction to it.
For those in the Bay Area, Will Wright (creator of "Sim City" and the forthcoming "Spore") and Brian Eno (British musician) will be speaking at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco next Monday (June 26th) at 7pm as part of The Long Now Foundation's seminar series. Reservations are $8 ($10.50 after fees) from City Box Office, and are highly recommended because this will sell out fast.
(I just picked up my ticket — if you're going let me know and I'll keep an eye out for you.)
Headline in today's Wall Street Journal: Tumbling Markets May Be Reflection Of Strong Growth
From a 2003 bug report on the Mac OS X Open Firmware utility:
If you used Open Firmware Password utility to create a password that contains the capital letter "U", your password will not be recognized during the startup process (when you try to access Startup Manager, for example).
How on earth did that bug creep in? (Thanks to Conrad for the pointer.)
Update 6/12/06: He's now posted a tutorial on how to make these illusions yourself.
A two-laser trick that renders opaque media transparent can be achieved in systems of tiny optical resonators — with potentially profound consequences for optical communication and information processing.
The discovery of electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) — an unusual effect that occurs when two laser beams interact within an optical material — and the use of novel techniques to fabricate ever smaller structures to control light have been recent exciting developments in optical physics. Writing in Physical Review Letters, Xu et al. neatly combine the two, demonstrating an on-chip, all-optical analogue of EIT based on the response of coupled optical microresonators. The result may open up untrodden pathways in photonics, offering prospects of smaller, more efficient devices for the manipulation and transmission of light.
(Thanks to eLMo for the link!)
Yet another huge loss of names and Social Security numbers:
The information was prepared by the loan company in January for use by Hummingbird. The data was encrypted and password-protected, but subsequently decrypted and stored on the now-lost hardware by the Hummingbird employee, Texas Guaranteed Student Loan said.
And this, boys and girls, is perhaps the truest meaning of "information wants to be free." Not Free as in beer, not Free as in speech, but free as in free-flowing water streaming through even the smallest of holes in a dike.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. summarizes the huge amount of evidence of malfeasance and outright election fraud that led to Bush's "win" in 2004, including a whopping 208 footnotes ranging from newspaper reports to court decisions to official investigation findings. The article is the result of a four-month investigation by Kennedy and Rolling Stone magazine (to echo my friend Judith, why the hell do we have to go to Rolling Stone for in-depth political reporting?).
Most of the findings will be old news to those who followed the story at the time, and it's clearly just one side of the argument, but seeing the case laid out all in one place is still maddening. (I'm actually still reading it, because I can only read about a page at a time before getting too mad to continue.)