Monthly ArchiveOctober 2007

Muzak 21 Oct 2007 08:14 pm

Beethovenfest Bonn & Free Classical from Wikipedia

The Beethovenfest in Bonn just ended, and they have a podcast with select performances available for download.

The RSS and iTunes feeds are at the bottom of this page.

I also found a list of free downloads (copylefted) at wikipedia

Programming Languages &Software 16 Oct 2007 05:04 pm

More New Rails Screencasts from

Reference for myself mostly.

More New Rails Screencasts from “Ryan Bates is being a total champ in rolling out more and more consistently good Rails related screencasts for free at Some of the latest include:”

(Via Ruby Inside.)

Humor &Software 12 Oct 2007 11:50 pm


The StupidFilter project has high goals.

“The solution we’re creating is simple: an open-source filter software that can detect rampant stupidity in written English. This will be accomplished with weighted Bayesian analysis and some rules-based processing, similar to spam detection engines. The primary challenge inherent in our task is that stupidity is not a binary distinction, but rather a matter of degree. To this end, we’re collecting a ranked corpus of stupid text, gleaned from user comments on public websites and ranked on a five-point scale.”

(Via Anarchaia.)

Humor &Language &Philosophy 11 Oct 2007 10:00 pm

How Brilliant is Pinker’s Article? Fucking!

Why We Curse. What the F***? by Steven Pinker. Leave it to a linguist to write such a filthy provocative article.

(Via TNR Online.)

Humor &Software 10 Oct 2007 12:39 pm

Exploits of a Mom

Her daughter is named Help I'm trapped in a driver's license factory.


Miscellaneous &Software 09 Oct 2007 12:02 pm

Cool Tool: Goog(le) 411

Cool Tools mentioned Goog(le) 411 today. It’s a free phone information service that also connects you to the number. It also doesn’t have the obnoxious 20 second ad up front like the other free 411 services.


Muzak 09 Oct 2007 12:52 am

Riff-A-Week #1

I have really slacked off in my guitar playing over the last few years, and I thought if I recorded something and posted it every week, maybe I’d get good enough to only post something not-too-horrible once a month.

So, better late than never, last night I put together a little riff called, “It’s Sunny Charlie Brown”.

It’s an acoustic track with a very simple progression, and then a heavily distorted solo meandering over it. ‘Rubato’ is the word of the day.

Art &Math &Science &Software 07 Oct 2007 03:34 pm

Turing Machine in Conway’s Life

Vadim Bultiko site has a cool paper by Paul Rendell on creating a Turing Machine in Life. I didn’t get to read it all in detail yet, but this looks pretty clever.

There is a lot more, including the data and patterns, on Paul Rendell’s site.

Great Outdoors &Science 07 Oct 2007 02:50 pm

The Palumbi Lab – Red Snapper or Not — DNA test

The Palumbi Lab: “Did you know that when you buy ‘Pacific Red Snapper’ it often isn’t Red Snapper at all? Pacific Red Snapper actually isn’t a species at all, it describes a number of different species, usually of Rockfish which are sold under that name. Steve shows Lynne Rosetto Kaspar (of NPR’s ‘The Splendid Table’) how to extract and sequence DNA from supermarket fillets to tell what kind of fish they really are.”

This includes a movie, of limited value.

Via the Palumbi Lab’s “Short Attention Span Science Theater.”

Great Outdoors &Science 07 Oct 2007 02:39 pm

Squirrels Zap Rattlesnakes with Remote Ground squirrels use an infrared signal to deter rattlesnake predation — Rundus et al., 10.1073/pnas.0702599104 — Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Ground squirrels use an infrared signal to deter rattlesnake predation — Rundus et al., 10.1073/pnas.0702599104 — Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Sweet! Squirrels with infrared tails fight off predatory rattlesnakes.

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