[via Cinema Minima]
[via Cinema Minima]
BallDroppings is an addicting and noisy play-toy. It can also be seen as an emergence game. My brother Marc takes this software seriously as an audio-visual performance instrument. Balls fall from the top of the screen and bounce off the lines you are drawing with the mouse. The balls make a percussive and melodic sound, whose pitch depends on how fast the ball is moving when it hits the line.[via Lockergnome]
[also via Boing Boing]
[via Boing Boing]
Here's a clip from Max Payne 2:
“There are no choices. Nothing but a straight line. The illusion comes afterwards, when you ask 'why me?' and 'what if?' when you look back, see the braches, like a pruned bonsai tree, or a forked lightning. If you had done something differently, it wouldn't be you, it would be someone else looking back, asking a different set of questions."And one from the interview:
"All this time we got the fable of sleeping beauty wrong. The prince doesn’t kiss her to wake her up. No one who has slept for a hundred years is likely to wake up. It was the other way around. He kisses her to wake himself up, from the nightmare that has brought him there."
"I was compelled to give [him] his gun back, one bullet at a time.”
As games become more and more mainstream entertainment, and the budgets grow larger, the importance of good writing will also grow. That does not mean that bad writing would go away. There will always be games that have been written well, and games that have not been written so well. Just look at movies.
24 hours later: no snow and 82 degrees.
The company's Almaden Services Research group, a 22-employee outfit based in Silicon Valley, has set out on a mission to discover--and then hopefully exploit--quantifiable, predictive principles that underlie the delivery of technology services.The binary opposition between art and science has always been a barrier to effective technologies (and to understanding how people and cultures actually use/are used by technologies and technical systems). Technology is primarily an issue of communication (in both its technical and humanistic aspects). Computers aren't about coding per se, but about uses.
In other words, IBM is combining anthropology, game theory and behavioral economics with technologies from its labs to see if it can make corporate processes run smoother. The first person recruited from outside IBM to join the group was, in fact, an anthropologist.
[via CNET News.com]
“THE APPLE SOFTWARE IS NOT INTENDED FOR USE IN THE OPERATION OF NUCLEAR FACILITIES, AIRCRAFT NAVIGATION OR COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS, AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEMS, LIFE SUPPORT MACHINES OR OTHER EQUIPMENT IN WHICH THE FAILURE OF THE APPLE SOFTWARE COULD LEAD TO DEATH, PERSONAL INJURY, OR SEVERE PHYSICAL OR ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE.”Damn. Now they tell me.
[via Lockergnome Bytes]
I don’t think you have a right to be stealing other people’s property. Its like going in and taking something off a rack, it doesn’t belong to you.At the same time, the report suggests that it's possible to rearticulate the argument in ways that support a different set of social forces. As a man from Grain Prairie, Texas put it when the issue of Constitutional rights was raised (in the context of eBooks, I believe),
The laws are already in place and America is the land of the free. This infringes upon my Constitutional rights.Here's a summary of the key recommendations. But the report itself is worth reading (particularly if you're interested in rhetorical research):
I know it'll probably melt soon. But, still.
I myself decided a long time ago that this Games as Art thing was a movement I wanted to be a major force in, providing another reason why I'm more than happy to bear the weight of explaining how to judge a game based on artistic merit.
It's dinnertime, and you're hungry and tired, so you pick up the phone and order your favorite pizza. But you might have just landed yourself a lot more than pepperoni and cheese.
If you owe fines or fees to the courts, that phone call may have provided the link the state needed to track you down and make you pay.
That's one of the strategies of firms such as a company being hired by the Missouri Office of State Courts Administrator to handle its fine and debt collections.
David Coplen, the state office's budget director, said he discovered that pizza delivery lists are one of the best sources such companies use to locate people.
"There are literally millions of dollars of uncollected fines, fees and court costs out there," Coplen said.
[via Boing Boing]
In this dialogue box, I'm attempting to download the course grades so that I can import them into Excel--Blackboard sports a variety of grade tracking options, but they're not robust enough to allow me the grade calculation options I need. As you can see, the dialog box provides some instructions on how to import the downloaded file into Excel and a tip on finding the file after it's downloaded to my hard drive. This is good. I tried this three times in a row and wasn't able to locate the file (even after using a search function on all my local drives to find the file). I tried various mutations of the filename and was about to just give up. Then I had been (out of a habit ingrained by using thousands upon thousands of similar dialogue boxes) clicking "OK" to download the file. In fact, "OK" in this particular box actually means "Cancel"--in order to download the file, you have to click "Download" rather than "OK". Logically, I see what the designer(s) meant. And maybe I'm a moron, but that's irrelevant in this case. If a particular interface feature is so common that people expect to use it in a certain way, designers have to be very careful to not violate those expectations. (Don't even get me started about the morass of "OK" dialogue boxes that Blackboard uses for nearly every user action. In order to enter items on the course calendar in Blackboard, I have to click something like seven varying acknowledgments. For every freaking item. As you might expect, this makes it very, very time- and effort-consuming to outline a course schedule at the start of the semester.)
The story is spreading the word, reaching people everywhere with items on what Bowie calls 'mash ups' on sites in Malaysia, the US, India, Japan, Canada - you name it - and you can be sure others will follow Bowie's example. After all, he himself was probably inspired by DJ Danger Mouse's Grey Album, a re-mix of tunes from The Beatles' White Album Jay-Z's Black Album. [...] Bowie dumped Virgin in 1991 to start his own label, ISO, and in this PR exercise, wants people to use any track from his Reality CD. All 'mash-ups' must contain at least one track from Reality and mixers can also use "any other favorite Bowie track". "However," says the site, "all entries are limited to Bowie music exclusively. Don't use music from other artists."(Gray Album discussion here, among many other places.)
[W]e collect FOUND stuff: love letters, birthday cards, kids' homework, to-do lists, ticket stubs, poetry on napkins, telephone bills, doodles- anything that gives a glimpse into someone else's life. anything goes...Voyeurism at its best. (This, I should note, is where I got the "Things Found in Books" occasional series that I post to Datacloud.) [via Underdog]
Harvey Twite, general manager of KEDU-LP in Ruidoso, New Mexico, broadcasts world and local news, music and the games of the New York Sharks, a women's tackle football team..
Twite jumped into community radio after spending 25 increasingly frustrating years running commercial radio stations. He thinks KEDU's success is in part due to its civic mindedness. The station mostly relies on live, local DJs, rather than the automated, satellite-fed programming that increasingly dominates commercial radio.
"We're bucking the trend because the trend needs to be bucked," Twite said.
[via CNET News.com]
Still no word on who put it up. (The multi-colored designs on the horse are actually a reproduction of a world map....)
25 tracks. Joe Strummer must be dancing in his grave... [via Metafilter[
In February 2004 I posted a challenge on the Get Your Bootleg On forum to all-comers to take a track each from the seminal Clash LP London Calling and bootleg it. That is, remix it, add to it, subtract from it - put your own tributary spin on it. Within hours all 19 tracks had new masters (and mistresses), each charged with the task of making that track their own. 25 years on - London calls once again.
Each Randompixel camera was given to a stranger. Stickers on the camera instruct the recipient to take a few pictures and pass it along. When the camera is done, it is dropped in the mail, it returns home, and the pictures are posted here.[via metafilter]
This is off-topic, but I'm looking for recommendations for a solution to replace my Sharp DR7 MiniDisc recorder (I ordered this, as I order most of my high-end audio equipment, through Audiocubes--excellent service and great products.) I use the unit primarily for recording live concerts, both band sessions (run through the soundboard and into the MiniDisc) and stealth sessions at live shows (using hidden mics). I really like the DR7, but I've dropped it several times, tossed it into duffle bags full of cables, water bottles, and other devices, and just generally abused it to the point that it's started acting wonky.Here are the features I'm looking for:
Movable Type 3.0 is not the fabled "Pro" version as originally described. We had always imagined Pro as being a feature packed version that would contain all the features ever requested. What we've learned in the past year is that every user wants a different set of features, and we need to create a product that is not just feature-packed, but robust, extensible and geared toward a specific audience. Movable Type 3.0 and on will not be the solution for everyone, and that's okay. For some users, TypePad makes more sense. For others, non-Six Apart tools make more sense.
Movable Type 3.0 is not intended to be a feature release (3.x releases will address the addition of features). While we have devoted a great deal of resources to making the main feature -- comment registration -- sophisticated and flexible, it's the Movable Type engine that has evolved (and will continue to evolve) significantly. In this vein, we've made speed optimizations to this release as well as made processes such as rebuilding smarter.
In terms of extensibility to the engine, the main "feature" of Movable Type 3.0 is actually more powerful than any feature we could have added: it's the extensibility that we've added in the form of the enhanced plugin architecture. The plugin/developer community is one of Movable Type's greatest strengths. Since Movable Type isn't open source, this has been the way in which our users have contributed to the product while relying on Six Apart to provide the strong foundation for their work to flourish.
[via typepadistas directory]
There is no way to write, 'naturally'.
Walter Ong, "Writing is a Technology that
Restructures Thought," in Cushman, et. al. Literacy: A Critical Sourcebook.
monochrom is an art-technology-philosophy group of basket weaving enthusiasts and theory do-it-yourselfers having its seat in Vienna and Zeta Draconis. monochrom is the super-affirmation of the globalization trap. monochrom has existed in this (and every other) form since 1993.Too cool by half.
update (4.23.04 10:44a): I forgot to mention that I've posted several of Johannes' links to datacloud previously, and at one pointed wished out loud that he start his own blog.
GS: How far along is the AWE game?
MM: In this massively multiplayer environment, we’re going to see alpha testing with users within the next two months. For alpha testing, we’re talking to the 101st Airborne out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky. So we’ll get it with real soldiers and expand it over the next course of the year.
GS: Will the game be international or just based in the US?
MM: It’ll be international, but only on the Army network. The Army runs the largest private Web portal in the world. Two-thirds of our Army is outside of the US We have a Web portal that’s called AKO, which stands for Army Knowledge Online, and our soldiers all over the world have Internet access, so they’ll be able to play the game on the Army network.
GS: Why do you feel it is such a compelling game environment?
MM: I think what’s fascinating is that we now have a medium that combines both the graphic content as well as exploits broadband, because broadband has been sort of the Holy Grail of EverQuest and Asheron’s Call, as well as others. When we didn’t have broadband widely available, we couldn’t create these huge, realistic worlds and have lots of people participate. Now we’re at the stage where we can actually do this and it’s a much more powerful environment than to, say, go do a quest. You play a MOO or a MUD, and after you do a quest, you sort of walk around and you’ve got your posse or your gang or the group you hang out with and that’s it. In our case, when you have an Army that’s 24/7, literally, around the world, in this fantastic environment where we can bring people together, bring ideas, share experiences...they can create experiences for other people to go through. They can do more than recite these experiences.
(Is it just me, or doesn't the name "Dr. Macedonia" sound like the name of a character in an MMRPG?)
Seventy-One Percent. Really.
A recent survey of 172 office workers waiting for commuter trains at a London financial district transit station found a shocking 71% turned over their passwords in exchange for a chocolate Easter egg. Some even gave up the goods for a pen.
"We were really quite shocked at how easy it was to get them to give such sensitive information away," said Neil Stinchcombe, one of the researchers who took part in the third annual survey on office scruples to help promote the upcoming Infosecurity Europe 2004 conference this month in London.
[via Lockergnome Bytes]
So here it is:
Far be it for me to pass up a meme.
- Grab the nearest book.
- Open the book to page 23.
- Find the fifth sentence.
- Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
Once programmed, a synthetic city is made to proliferate and to interact with all the other cities, according to the local conditions for the application of the model.
- from "How to Build a City," by Amale Andraos, et al,
in Rem Koolhaas, et al, Mutations
The laws are already in place an America is the land of the free. This [IP policy] infinges upon my Constitutional rights.
More than half of U.S. Internet users now surf the Web over a high-speed connection as home users signed up in droves for the faster service in the past year, according to a report released on Sunday. The survey by the Pew Internet and American Life foundation found Americans increasingly willing to pay $10 to $30 more per month to spend less time waiting for Web pages to download. According to the survey 55 percent of Internet users, or one-third of all adult Americans, have a broadband connection at home or work, the nonprofit group foundBroadband use is a good case of quantitative effects leading to broader, qualitative changes. The fact that the connection is on all the time (and not tying up a phone line) means that people do different sorts of things. IM use, for example, is different if connectivity is a constant, rather than a special event. And in homes with mulltiple computers, hubs (both wired and wireless) mean that family members don't need to schedule time to connect to the net.
Mexico, D.F., 30 March 2004 — A new form of writing, fragmentary and immediate, but with literary aspirations, is growing in importance thanks to the blogs and electronic journals maintained by an army of young Mexican writers. "What this really is is a collective, virtual public journal and a completely new experience of reading and, above all, of writing," says Pedro Ángel Palou, winner of the 20003 Premio Xavier Villaurrutia.Buzio is careful to step back a little from the all too common "Weblogs will save us!" rhetoric found (not coincidentally) on many weblogs. The specific characteristics of weblogs as media do tend to encourage certain literary or textual characteristics (like casual spelling, frequent updates, etc.), but it's not a simple cause and effect issue. And similarly, many other media that people have access to are supporting these emerging fragmentary texts (instant messaging, webcams, etc.). [See the earlier posts, Broken or the Datacloud manuscript, among other things. I hadn't realized how frequently "broken" functioned as a key term for me until I searched on it on the weblog.] [via jill/txt]
My first computer is in this ad, from Lemon 64's site. (Actually, now that I think about it, the model in the ad is wicked faster/bigger than the older model I owned, a Commodore 64. For around a grand, I got 64K RAM, a cassette-tape drive, and a 10-inch monochrome (amber) monitor. This was considered high-end consumer level computing.) I feel old. (OK, I am old.)
The move will make it significantly easier for users to access information residing in their Visio diagrams and to share that information with server-based CRM and ERP applications from companies such as SAP and PeopleSoft. This makes it easier for corporate users to integrate that data into their core business processes, company officials believe.... One example of making Visio diagrams more dynamic would be working with an organizational chart within Visio and "lock it" into a backend database so that any new information put into the database would in turn automatically update the information in the diagram to reflect those changes, Moore said. Making the documentation freely available, which is under a royalty-free license, can also improve users' ability to search for information in data diagrams and e-mail files, according to Moore.[via Livia Labate on SIGIA-L]
Levy Lorenzo has created an an Intelligent MIDI Sequencer with Hamster Control for an electronic and computer engineering course assignment at Cornell. I really hope he got an A.
This project was initially fueled by the desire to explore the MIDI protocol. It was decided that this would be accomplished by building a MIDI device. I also aimed to make something novel that had never been done before. But to balance out the unusual nature of its design, I wanted to also to create something that was very musical.After much consideration of different technical design aspects and contemplating various musical ideas, I was able to arrive at a project that would fulfill all of my musical and engineering goals.An intelligent MIDI sequencer was designed with hamster control. The MIDI sequencer intelligently produced melodies by manipulating the musical elements of rhythm and note-choice. Guided by inputs based on hamster movements, Markov chains were used to perform such beat and note computations. In culmination, 3 simultaneous voices were produced spanning 3 octaves and 3 rhythmic tiers. Each voice was controlled by two hamsters: one that was responsible for adjusting the rhythmic qualities of the melody and another that modified the note sequence. With all of these elements in combination, an output was produced with very musical qualities.All of this was implemented using an Atmel Mega32 microcontroller, distance sensors, a HamsterMIDI Controller, and 6 hamsters. Embedded C programming implemented the algorithms and computations within the sequencer.Overall, this project was successful. The control between the hamsters and the musical intelligence turned out very well. The music sounds as good as I imagined, and I am very satisfied with the outcome of my design experience.A full PDF project report, video, and music samples are available at the website. [via boing-boing]
On one hand, somewhat incestuous; on the other hand, a community index.
As Cory Doctorow [of Boingboing & EFF fame] explains:
"Other blogs commenting on this post" at the bottom of our posts -- this is a link to Technorati's index of all the blogs that have linked to each of Boing Boing's posts. It's not quite a Discuss link, but if you have a blog and you post a comment about one of our posts to it, Technorati will find it and index it."I'll talk more about this later -- I'm busy with book stuff today -- but let's just say that I can't wait to get this enabled on my blog.
Hey, if Cory likes it, I like it.
[via Dan Gillmor's eJournal]
Don't Strain Your Brain in Times of Pain
- Printed inside a Magic Hat Beer Bottle Cap
This may be the greatest invention of the twenty-first century. My mind is only now beginning to grasp the wondrous new possibilities."3M has shipped tranparent "Scotch" duct-tape. Kevin Kelly's been playing with it and he says it holds up as good as the silvery stuff, but strong uptake would obviate my favorite Star Wars joke: "Duct tape is like The Force: It has a dark side and a light side and it holds the Universe together." Still, we could sub in "Duct tape is like the good government: It is perfectly transparent and it holds the nation together." - Link
So here are my notes from the meeting. They're almost completely incomprehensible--I'm trying to get an e-copy of the 20-page report that was compiled, but I only have it in print now. It's an interesting report on focus groups that DFC put together to see what sort of public messages we could construct about IP rights that would favor balance, fair use, first-rights of purchase, etc. But for now, here are my raw notes.
(I should say, first, though, that this was a really cool meeting--30 wildly smart and committed to the cause people, hearing and responding to a very well run study on IP issues, spun towards consumer and community rights rather than just stuffing the pockets of recording execs, etc.)
-------- start of incomprehensible notes ----------
Belden Russeonello & Stewart Law Offices/Washington DC
Peter Jaszi welcomes Group
"Message Development for Public Interest Copright Advocates"
eef, dfc, acm, aera, am assoc law libraries, p2united, public knowldedge, national council of teachers of english/conference on college composition & communication [that's me--which is why I get the most characters]
"master concept of the issue of property rights and the threat of piracy"
looking for a message that would cut across all demographics (balancing the very vocal pro-restrictive work)
focus groups, draft report
progressive messages (focus of the firm that did the research. they've also done work for death row inmates, guantanamo bay
message needs to be about "values and information"
"the side that gets to the core value first usually wins .... We're going to try to turn that around."
"... somebody's defined you for the public ... and that's where we find ourself" (on this issue).
public tends to see copyright law in only one direction--protection--but not creativity, freedom of speech, etc. (individual protection but not social).
"they've so poisoned the atmosphere about music downloading ... they went back to their frame of reference, which was pirates and stealing."
media giants are looking for exceptions/departures from the norm.
"more government intervention"
focus on "personal use"
people tended to back the idea that they should be able to "own" things that they've already bought. Like books from a bookstore. Being forced to watch previews on DVDs was frequently cited as a bad thing (especially when their kids had DVDs that required two or three previews for the numerous times they wathched the DVD.
people are able to make the connection to freedom of speech, provided they're cued to the constitutional topic (once that's raised, people jumped to freedom of speech--one of the few constitutional rights they know...).
321 Studios: HR107 frontal assault.
rights based ... where men were concerned. Process or procedure based where women were concerned.
This seems very interesting, but we didn't spend much time on it.
Fred is going to start compiling localized/concrete messages on IP that seem to work.
------- end of incomprehensible report -------------
The pilot bet the first officer that he could land the plane at Washington National with both eyes closed and one hand tied behind his back. So as we make our approach, you may want to fasten your seatbelts.
- Vincent, the Continental Air's Self-Described "Stewardess"
on Flight CO2694, Newark to DC, 4.12.04
[via Beyond the Beyond]
The Smithsonian is offering a public beta test of their "History Wired" project. It uses technology developed for SmartMoney's "Map of the Market" project, one of the few really good public/mass uses of infoviz; and on work by Ben Schneiderman. [via Gail Lippincott, on the ATTW-L list]
[via Dan Gillmor's eJournal]
Welcome to the website dedicated to making mixed tapes and cds. Browse the archive and check out recent submissions. Or, submit a mix yourself. And, Art of the Mix is home to a community of people all devoted to the fine art of making mixes. For more information about what this site offers, review the Frequently Asked Questions.
[via Joi Ito's Web]
The primary issue here seems to have more to do with ethics, at least on the surface--plagiarism is part of a social contract that requires students (and faculty) to separate out which words that they wrote, and which they gathered from another source. But, like honor codes, that distinction seems relatively pointless--who cares?
Small-scale copying of internet essay material for coursework is a valid form of 'self-teaching', according to Dr Ellie Johnson Searle, the director of the UK's Joint Council for Qualifications:"Pupils can change the language and grammar and put it into their own words, but if they are going to that sort of effort they are essentially self-teaching and are learning the subject anyway.
"They would not be able to make extensive alterations without an understanding of the subject."
If a student can identify and mobilize a quotation that seems useful for the goal of their project (whatever that is), why even require them to modify the quote? The reason that they plagiarize is that they've been required (or at least urged) to create their "own" text. But if we remove the admonition against over-quoting (and against having too little "original" text), then students are more likely to identify where their quotes came from. And provided that the quotes they use advance the purpose of their project--clarify a point, demonstrate evidence, provide a counter-argument--why should they have to translate perfectly good words into their "own" text?
Just freaking use it.
[via foe romeo]
(I think the only reason that this seems so funny to me is that I usually travel a modest 5 mph over the speed limit. But what I really like about it is that it makes the system smart.)
[via Boing Boing]
So here's the news flash: Revolution can't be automated. It is brewed in a perfect storm of new markets, new technologies, and a new enterprise logic. That third force--the Copernican idea--was missing from the Internet revolution. We had people hungry for a new consumption experience, and a technology capable of delivering it. But instead of a new enterprise logic, the old adversarial business model prevailed. Internet companies scrambled for survival at their customers' expense, selling private information, chasing us with ads, conning us with low prices and high fees, and secretly monitoring our behavior. They settled for a new distribution channel when they could have made a real revolution.Sad but true. In her earlier In the Age of the Smart Machine, she cautioned that sometimes "revolution" merely means revolving around a fixed point. So it has been with the Internet. Certainly the Internet has been involved in some large cultural shifts--but the revolution never really happened. It's been co-opted, returned to late-capitalist business as usual.
Phillip M. Torrone is taking a self-portrait every half hour, 24/7, for three weeks [warning: the page now holds over 1,000 pictures, so it loads pretty slowly--it does load from the top down, though, so you can start viewing before all the images load]. Spooky, in a cool sort of way, like a very slowly unfolding time-lapse movie. [via jill.txt]
It seems that the top-ranked site on Google if you search for “Jew” is an anti-semitic site. So this is CT doing our googlebombing best to correct this by linking to the Wikipedia entry for Jew instead. (See Norman Geras for more details).According to Samantha Blackmon, Jewfaq.org is also apparently in the running for a positive link to take over number 1. [via Dr. B's Blog!]
Greg & Molly's, the small convenience store near our house in the Adirondacks, recently installed this really cool statue of a rearing stallion on the property. The resolution on my phonecam pic is too low to tell, but the design painted on the horse is a map of the world. I'm not sure what the story is behind this, but I really like it.
5. Volunteers hack on stuff which they are interested in, which usually means stuff which they are going to use themselves. Because they are hackers, they are power users, so the interface design ends up too complicated for most people to use.Free software still operates under the assumption that the developers are the end user; indeed, look at this Google Search on the phrases "free software" + "developers are users"; it's one of the basic tenets of free software for many participants. Some of those hits contest that position, but the fact that they spend time contending it says something about the existing situation.
6. The converse also applies. Many of the little details which improve the interface — like focusing the appropriate control when a window is opened, or fine-tuning error messages so that they are both helpful and grammatical — are not exciting or satisfying to work on, so they get fixed slowly (if at all).
[via Blackbeltjones Work]
10. The rest of the world counts.[via Design Observer: writings about design & culture]
If you hope to accomplish anything, you will inevitably need all of the people you hated in high school. I once attended a very prestigious design school where the idea was “If you are here, you are so important, the rest of the world doesn’t count.” Not a single person from that school that I know of has ever been really successful outside of school. In fact, most are the kind of mid-level management drones and hacks they so despised as students. A suit does not make you a genius. No matter how good your design is, somebody has to construct or manufacture it. Somebody has to insure it. Somebody has to buy it. Respect those people. You need them. Big time.
About two months ago, my Sharp Zaurus PDA/mini-laptop/whatever went missing. I'd been in the midst of a series of trips to conferences and lectures, so I didn't have a chance to launch a full-blown search for it until a week or two back. When I didn't find it, I assumed it'd been swiped from my office on campus at some point. I was annoyed, but there wasn't a lot I could do about it; I leave my office door unlocked (as most people do) when I'm in the building. When I returned a last Monday from San Antonio at 2 am, I found the Zaurus sitting on the coffee table, with this Post-It affixed to it.
It was still wet, so I pulled the battery and set it next to the stove in the living room to dry out. The next day, I plugged it in. It booted without any problems and has been running fine since then.. I asked my wife where she found it. Apparently, I dropped it getting into or out of my truck in February or so. Not only did it sit in the driveway, it was actually plowed up past the house into a five-foot-high snowbank by the guy who plows for us.
I doubt a scenario like this was in the design spec. [via Underdog]
Queue management is fairly complex, especially in a two-person household like mine. For example, I went out of town. Suddenly philippe needed to get all "his" movies to the top of the queue. However, once I get back, we want to sprinkle a combination of his, mine and ours. We also go through moods-- comedies, classics, french. We also watch old series sometimes, like the avenger, and unlike other movies, it is *not* Kay if the second disk comes before the first. Really, once the queue grows to 200+ proportions, the problems are very different. You don't actually care if a movie is 57 or 62 in the queue-- what matters is "right now" and "someday" for a given film. How could this be handled?[via Dan Saffer, on the ID Discuss list]
Average number of IM sessions per day: 15.6 Move back between IM and other work/school activity:Sometimes: 42%Ever IM'd during a class or meeting?
Frequently or Always: 40%Yes: 51%Number of hours per day online:
No: 49%5+: 42% 7+: 1%Percentage of time spent in IM onWork: 8%
Now the computer savvy among us can relive the fun of having your very own personal mini-oven with the PC Ez-Bake oven! It fits in a 5 1/4" drive bay and plugs right into your power supply with the included Molex connector. Also included is "PC Ez-Cook", the open-source oven controller software with hundreds of easy and creative recipes for your PC Ez-Bake oven, and even a fuzzy-logic cooking control system to precisely measure the doneness of your cake, cookie, or cheese souffle. The PC Ez-Bake oven can even be used to cook your Pop Tarts, Bagel Bites, or any tiny or flat food. YUM!Only $29.99. (I assume this item will be availble today only.)