20070524

Serendipitous unblinking

Despite the fact that I'm the owner of two books about knots and keeping trying out various cross-platform geometry visualization software, I still am wowed by this book's title:
The Shoelace Book: A Mathematical Guide to the Best (And Worst) Ways to Lace Your Shoes

But, then again who am I to be surprised; it's only been a few weeks since I bought a book about a topological object The Mobius Strip: Dr. August Mobius's Marvelous Band in Mathematics, Games, Literature, Art, Technology, and Cosmology.

While I'm fascinated by math, it's not my forte. And, in case you're wondering, I discovered this title after entering a similarly authored book QED about the beauty of proofs at Goodreads.com.

From whence do the best bloggers originate?

Or, as The Boston Globe put it "Where the bloggers blog".

20070517

Best analogy involving porn

The bastion of good family morals, Utah, is now behind policing Wifi for the kids. Old news from April but I like the quote so much! You can read the details from a local perspective courtesy of the Deseret Morning News. Of course, I'm more fond of the commentary wherein aim is taken at proposing to ban all open wifi networks and to mandate wifi network providers police traffic content vigorously.
[It's]...like fining the state's transportation department for building roads that people might drive on to go buy porn somewhere.
(In an otherwise unrelated note, the domain porn.com recently went to the highest bidder for a whopping $9.5M!)

20070516

ohmygod, now I know why my cell ... CINGULAR bites

Serendipity at work again. This time browsing the cell phone sub-section of The Consumerist I discovered the truth about the pre-ring utterance emitted by our GSM cellphone, a Sony Ericsson z525a -- N.B., the american is important to me since discovered in December 2006 that the only difference between it and the international version is that us USA-ians can't install security-signed third party software on our cells.

Anyways, this noise causes SOME serious radio interference that has allegedly blown out one of someone's speaker. Curious...it's all captured (too) fabulously in this consumer art byte-back:

Other fun to catch at The Consumerist include "Wendy's Wins Fast Food Zagat Survey" and "McDonald's Employee Hides Pot Stash In Happy Meal Box, Gives Happy Meal To Child".

20070508

MySpace: bound to keep getting dirtier and uglier

We have this kernel by way of /. post that brought me to the Post's “OFF/beat” blog.
"MySpace Photo: Costs Teacher Education Degree
Teacher Sues For Diploma And Damages"
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Regardless of the merits of the action's sentiment, do we really want to go down this slippery slope? If the institution in question actually has legal standing to re-direct a student's degree shouldn't more college students be very very afraid? Myspace...is just an moment away from whatever is the next administrative anathema.

20070507

What kind of [???] are you?

Not enough of a programmer to have a code preference but knowledgeable enough to appreciate the humor in "Programming languages and their relationship styles"; nevertheless, if I were to guess as to how I'm perceived...hard to choose between ADA (which I've only read about) and Assembler (which I never really grasped). But, we do exist on a continuum so when I'm feeling more flexible, it'd be a toss up between Logo or Python. Although I do covet the code simplicity of PERL.

Now, ask me to fill out a silly series of questions...and I'm willing to oblige. Saturday, I learned of my superhero designation:
Green Lantern

Green Lantern
75%
Spider-Man
65%
Batman
65%
Hulk
50%
The Flash
50%
Superman
45%
Catwoman
45%
Iron Man
40%
Supergirl
25%
Wonder Woman
20%
Robin
18%
Hot-headed. You have strong
will power and a good imagination.
Click here to take the "Which Superhero are you?" quiz...

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