These Pumpkin Carvings are really cool.
Google made an online RSS reader. It's kind of interesting, although I'm not sure I like the interface all that much yet. Maybe I'm just not used to it, but it seems like there should be an easier way to get to certain feeds and to mark more things as read.
Posted by Robert Stern on 10/08/2005 01:53:00 AM
MSNBC takes a look at a few possible outcomes in the evolution of the human species, mostly evolutions that involve artificial technologies. They missed Homo virtualis (totally just made that up), which would be uploaded minds living in computers or smart matter (which is basically a computer anyway) and could basically be whatever they wanted.
Posted by Robert Stern on 10/07/2005 10:51:00 AM
John seemed to like this:
There was a girl from Reading.
Her husband, a jerk, gave her a beating.
So then last week,
she stopped being meak,
and her husband and her bat had a meeting.
Posted by Robert Stern on 10/06/2005 08:00:00 PM
I stumbled across this game n a book in Barnes and Nobles awhile ago and glossed over the rules. I didn't actually get to play it till today, but apparently it's simple enough that I remembered how to do it correctly. Give Sudoku a shot, it makes you feel smart while you're playing it, probably because it involves numbers ;-)
The instructions are deceptively simple:
Each 3x3 square must contain the numbers 1 through 9
Each row must contain the numbers 1 through 9
Each column must contain the numbers 1 through 9
No repeats of any numbers in any columns, rows, or squares.
Posted by Robert Stern on 10/05/2005 05:26:00 PM
"Rewind your brain 15 years and imagine what you'd think if I told you:
Your computer will be roughly 1,000 faster than what you're using today. You will probably have more than 4,000 times the memory, and a fast hard drive that stores over 100,000 times as much as that floppy you're using. You can buy these supercomputers for less than $500 at Wal-Mart.
That computer will be hooked into a self-directed network that was designed by the Department of Defense and various universities - along with nearly 400,000,000 other machines. Your connection to this network will be 10,000 times faster than the 300 baud modem you're using. In fact, it will be fast enough to download high-quality sound and video files in better than realtime.
There will be a good chance that your computer's operating system will have been written by a global team of volunteers, some of them paid by their employers to implement specific parts. Free copies of this system will be available for download over the hyperfast network. You will have free access to the tools required to make your own changes, should you want to.
You will use this mind-bendingly powerful system to view corporate sponsored, community driven messages boards where people will bitch about having to drive cars that are almost unimaginably luxurious compared to what you have today.
Remember: in some fields, the singularity has already happened."
There is a post in reply to that one that is quite interesting as well. It's the one that starts, "The Intellectual Property/information singularity is happening right now, if anyone cares. At this exact moment. From now on, there will be pre-2000 knowledge, and post-2015 knowledge, or whenever this ends."
Posted by Robert Stern on 10/04/2005 01:09:00 AM
"Where is my flying car.
Get on it. I was promised one more than 50 years ago.
We'll deliver you your flying car once you show you can handle the responsibility. They aren't a toy, you know. And your current record with wheeled cars frankly doesn't inspire confidence. Maybe next year.
All the best,
Posted by Robert Stern on 10/04/2005 01:06:00 AM
Posted by Robert Stern on 10/03/2005 10:46:00 AM
Harvey Danger has made their latest album available for download for free. If you don't remember who they are, they're the ones that had the song "Flagpole Sitta". It's a pretty cool album and hey, it's free, so give it a shot.
Posted by Robert Stern on 10/03/2005 04:00:00 AM