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June 30, 2005

Ice Rink Zamboni Operator Charged with DUI


Nice headline— sure beats "The Quick Brown Fox Jumped Over the Lazy Dog," although I guess it's missing a few letters.

Posted by tplambeck at 11:04 PM

Pronunciation of Schuppanzigh on the Music @ Menlo CDs

They say "Shoo-PAN-zig," which has to be wrong, I think?

I thought it was "SCHUP-pan-zich" (ie, with a German-sort of 'ch' sound at the end)


[Google does not seem to be my friend in resolving this one]

Posted by tplambeck at 09:48 PM

Monarch on Agapanthus

Monarch on Agapanthus
Originally uploaded by thane.

Posted by tplambeck at 08:08 PM

TV B-Gone

TV B-Gone
Originally uploaded by thane.
TV B-Gone packaging
Posted by tplambeck at 05:14 PM

Perelman conf at MSRI

Ricci Flow, 3-Manifolds and Geometry

It would be nice to spend some time trying to learn this stuff, or at least something about it.

Posted by tplambeck at 04:59 PM

TV B-Gone

This morning I received TV B-Gone Universal TV Power Remote Control Keychain that I bought at Amazon. Since we don't have a TV, Gloria and I proceeded to a sports bar to try it out. It was mid-afternoon and the bar was practically empty. Still, Gloria insisted that I show restraint.

I pointed it at a large screen plasma showing a food-eating contest.

Blink. Off in two seconds.

Next, at a small TV in the corner, showing a NASCAR video.

Blink. One second.

Most satisfying.

From a message "Turn off Your Television!" included with the device:

You're staring at a piece of furniture!

People on TV are not your friends. They're not in the room with you. You are alone in the dark, staring at a plastic box. Think about it. This is like a science fiction horror story, but it's really happening...

Also, this "disclaimer" from the back of the package:

This product is sold for the exclusive private use of the buyer on their own equipment. Use under adult supervision. For external use only. Side effects may include decreased anxiety, increased social skills, increased cognitive ability, increased sense of well being...
Posted by tplambeck at 03:12 PM

June 29, 2005

From an essay by Lloyd Trefethen, "The Definition of Numerical Analysis"


There is a general principle of computing that seems to have no name: the faster the computer, the more important the speed of the algorithm [...] In the early years, the gaps between fast and slow algorithms were narrower...
Posted by tplambeck at 02:43 PM

Late Heavy Bombardment

google search

Posted by tplambeck at 02:37 PM

Sudwest Funk

Recorded 21 December 1958, Hackensack NJ

There was a time when Donald Byrd probably spent as much time out at Rudy Van Gelder's house in Hackensack recording sessions as he did in the clubs performing for live audiences...

The Complete Blue Note Donald Byrd/Pepper Adams Studio Sessions

Added later: previously blogged

Posted by tplambeck at 02:27 PM

June 28, 2005

The Lerch zeta function


Posted by tplambeck at 10:57 PM

Scapino, or the Trickster

This season the theme of the Chichester season is the con man...

Google: I'm feeling lucky / search

Posted by tplambeck at 10:52 PM

Adams trounced by Hydra

The latest Grandmaster vs Machine chess match got a little messy.


From a report by John Nunn:

The Adams-Hydra match signals the approaching end of man-machine contests. Already, last year's event in Bilbao was a sign that things were looking bleak for the humans. In Bilbao, it was not so much the performance of Hydra that was so impressive, but Fritz's score of 3.5/4 against Ponomariov, Topalov and Kariakin (twice). Hydra, which made the same score, was running on its special-purpose hardware but Fritz was running on a laptop computer from the local department store...

Posted by tplambeck at 08:16 PM

From a spam email chain letter


OK, I thought: I'll bite. Fully expecting to find no such code or "part," I instead immediately Googled up this interesting law.
* * *
Whoever knowingly deposits in the mail, or sends or delivers by mail:

Any letter, package, postal card, or circular concerning any lottery, gift enterprise, or similar scheme offering prizes dependent in whole or in part upon lot or chance;

Any lottery ticket or part thereof, or paper, certificate, or instrument purporting to be or to represent a ticket, chance, share, or interest in or dependent upon the event of a lottery, gift enterprise, or similar scheme offering prizes dependent in whole or in part upon lot or chance;

Any check, draft, bill, money, postal note, or money order, for the purchase of any ticket or part thereof, or of any share or chance in any such lottery, gift enterprise, or scheme;

Any newspaper, circular, pamphlet, or publication of any kind containing any advertisement of any lottery, gift enterprise, or scheme of any kind offering prizes dependent in whole or in part upon lot or chance, or containing any list of the prizes drawn or awarded by means of any such lottery, gift enterprise, or scheme, whether said list contains any part or all of such prizes;

Any article described in section 1953 of this title - Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both; and for any subsequent offense shall be imprisoned not more than five years.
* * *
This would seem to rule out the Publisher's Clearinghouse Sweepstakes (not that we get that anymore).

Posted by tplambeck at 10:09 AM

June 27, 2005



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Posted by tplambeck at 08:19 PM

Glow in the Dark Zome


Posted by tplambeck at 01:16 PM

Eugene Strens collection

While in Calgary, I briefly visited the Eugene Strens Collection of materials on recreational mathematics. Richard Guy directed Martin Demaine and me to the twelfth floor of the main library on the University of Calgary campus—"We'll tell them a Guy sent us," said Martin. From the web page of the collection:

* * *
The collection was established in 1983. It was acquired from the family of the late Eugene Strens. Eugene Strens was an engineer, amateur mathematician, and a friend of the mathematical artist Maurits Escher. Strens lived in Breda (Netherlands) and collected over two thousand items mostly books but also newspaper clippings, periodical issues, and manuscripts. The collection is being developed by donations from authors and other collectors, and by purchase.

The aim of the collection is to be as comprehensive as possible in the areas of intuitive and recreational mathematics. All periods and all geographic areas are included although the emphasis of the material is on the Western world. Journals are included and there are clippings of columns from early journals. Rare books and manuscripts are present. The collection can be used by non-specialists but is primarily aimed at specialists.
* * *
To look at stuff from the collection, you have to look up accession numbers from a database (which you can access online at that link, above) and then give the numbers to the curator, who brings out the goodies. I find this an unsatisfying way to browse, but Martin, Steve Norman and I were also permitted a brief look into the collection itself, which occupies a big portion of library stacks behind the main room. It's full of rare manuscripts and books on recreational mathematics. I could have easily spent days prowling around in there. Martin Demaine said that Don Knuth had spent ten days there.

Posted by tplambeck at 01:14 PM

Work vs Jobs

From Jeffrey Steingarten's review of Tom Hodgkinson's book How to be Idle, in the Sunday NYT:

The chief problem with modern life is not work in itself. It is jobs. In 1993 Hodgkinson founded the British magazine The Idler, on whose Web site he succinctly sums up the horrors of having a job: "With very few exceptions the world of jobs is characterized by stifling boredom, grinding tedium, poverty, petty jealousies, sexual harassment, loneliness, deranged co-workers, bullying bosses, seething resentment, illness, exploitation, stress, helplessness, hellish commutes, humiliation, depression, appalling eithics, physical fatigue and mental exhaustion." Yes, that pretty much sums it up. On this we can all agree.
Posted by tplambeck at 11:14 AM

June 26, 2005

Digital camera coaching

"It needs to be on the green triangle."

"Do you see this thunderbolt? Press the thunderbolt."

"No, it needs to be on the green triangle."

"Press OK."

"You don't want that. That's setup. Red camera to take a picture. Green triangle to look at pictures."

Posted by tplambeck at 11:26 AM

June 25, 2005

Timely question, 9:30pm

Shall I walk downtown to see what the anarchists are up to?

(Probably not).

Posted by tplambeck at 10:14 PM

United States Minor Outlying Islands

link (list, wikipedia)

Posted by tplambeck at 10:10 PM

Adrian Fisher Mazes Ltd


Posted by tplambeck at 04:53 PM

Quaternary Bounties

Quaternary Bounties (PDF)

Posted by tplambeck at 10:50 AM

Using LaTeX in WordPress

Using LaTeX in WordPress

Posted by tplambeck at 10:48 AM

June 21, 2005

John Horton Conway lures in suckers for his card tricks

Originally uploaded by thane.
Posted by tplambeck at 09:59 PM

June 19, 2005

Konane tournament

Originally uploaded by thane.
Posted by tplambeck at 08:59 PM

June 18, 2005

Philosopher's Phutball

Originally uploaded by thane.
Richard Nowakowski and John Conway play a game of Philosopher's Phutball.


Posted by tplambeck at 09:10 PM

Flooding on the road to Banff from Calgary

Flooding on the road to Banff from Calgary
Originally uploaded by thane.
The highway between Calgary and Banff, closed because of flooding today.
Posted by tplambeck at 03:46 PM

Steve Norman

Steve Norman
Originally uploaded by thane.
Steve Norman. We were waiting in a long line of cars on the road from Calgary to Banff, delayed by flooding. We ended having to turn around and take another highway.
Posted by tplambeck at 03:45 PM

June 16, 2005

Google Research Publications


Posted by tplambeck at 08:27 PM

Tour d'Eiffel

Tour d'Eiffel
Originally uploaded by Chad Miller.

Posted by tplambeck at 08:10 PM

Tourists in the rain at the Tower of London

Tourists in the rain at the Tower of London
Originally uploaded by Adam Tinworth.

Posted by tplambeck at 07:38 PM

Constantine 2

Constantine 2
Originally uploaded by mharrsch.

Posted by tplambeck at 07:16 PM

Emperor Meiji's Imperial Carriage(Shimbashi Factory of the Japan Railway Bureau)

Emperor Meiji's Imperial Carriage(Shimbashi Factory of the Japan Railway Bureau)
Originally uploaded by shuichiro.

Posted by tplambeck at 07:10 PM

Henry Reed, Inc [1958]

Henry Reed, Inc [1958]
Originally uploaded by thane.
A 1958 book Cole checked out from the library. Henry Reed looks a bit like Bill Gates.
Posted by tplambeck at 12:33 PM

Google sign: building Pi

Google sign
Originally uploaded by thane.
People at flickr seem to like this photo I took of a Google sign in Mountain View.
Posted by tplambeck at 12:47 AM

Casino carpet gallery

link (via boingboing)

[Unfortunately most of these photos don't show enough of the pattern to determine which of the 17 possible plane symmetry groups is involved in each carpet].

Posted by tplambeck at 12:19 AM

June 15, 2005

Lautenberg S.527

Handguns are getting so powerful they are more like assault weapons. Here's the preamble to a bill sponsored by Frank Lautenberg and others:

To protect the Nation's law enforcement officers by banning the Five-seveN Pistol and 5.7 x 28mm SS190 and SS192 cartridges, testing handguns and ammunition for capability to penetrate body armor, and prohibiting the manufacture, importation, sale, or purchase of such handguns or ammunition by civilians...
The Five-seveN Pistol and 5.7 x 28mm SS192 cartridges are capable of penetrating level IIA armor. The manufacturer advertises that ammunition fired from the Five-seveN will perforate 48 layers of Kevlar up to 200 meters and that the ammunition travels at 2100 feet per second.

Delightful innovation from our nation's weapons manufacturers.

Posted by tplambeck at 04:51 PM

From the Music at Menlo CDs [note to self]

Mozart K. 464 string quartet in A major vs Beethoven Op 18 #5

Music at Menlo

Posted by tplambeck at 11:54 AM

Flaming truck

Flaming truck
Originally uploaded by selva.

Posted by tplambeck at 10:34 AM

The Grey Cat coffee shop, Reykjavic

The Grey Cat coffee shop, Reykjavic
Originally uploaded by honeyfumblings.
It's a sparsely populated country, with plenty of room in the Grey Cat.
Posted by tplambeck at 12:04 AM

June 14, 2005


Originally uploaded by purplecthulhu.
Nice photo of the Mauna Kea summit
Posted by tplambeck at 11:37 PM

Mathematics tag slideshow at Flickr

link (mathematics)

Added later:

topiary (dunno, just came to mind. Watching that slideshow makes it looks like the Disney Corp owns the concept of topiary.)
hydroelectric (now I'm just picking words out of books...)

Posted by tplambeck at 03:02 PM

Edgar E Escultura

My favorite mathematical crank is Edgar E. Escultura, who somehow has maneuvered his way into a position as a mathematics columnist for the Manila Times, the newspaper with the largest circulation in the Philippines.

From today's article:

The central issue here is whether FLT [Fermat's Last Theorem] is true or not. The answer is quite categorical: it is false.

Someone is baiting the good doctor (read down a bit into the article):

* * * *

Monday 05/23/2005 6:52:13pm

Dear Sir,

As a former collaborator of Andrew Wiles (on the FLT proof) I have to congratulate you with your spectacular discovery. Andrew and I are of course delighted to acknowledge you as a far greater luminary of science than we could ever hope to be. We kneel before you in humbleness and would be honored to offer you our feeble efforts in further developing your alternative theory of mathematics and FLT. Sincerely, R. Taylor

Posted by tplambeck at 10:32 AM

Found: Earth's distant cousin


Posted by tplambeck at 01:05 AM

June 13, 2005


Gerry Mulligan / Serge Chaloff

Posted by tplambeck at 10:56 PM

ichinensei, ninensei, sannensei

Ok, so I'm an assisstant teacher in three Japanese middle schools. The grade levels are ichinensei, ninensei, and sannensei. Translated this just means "1st years", "2nd years", and "3rd years", and it's equivalent to American 7-9th grades. So the kids are about 12-15 years old.
For the ichinensei, they JUST started learning English. So this means they know nothing. Well, they know "Good Morning" and "I go to school by bike", but that's about it. Some of them don't even know that. It's not a bad thing, try to think about how much Spanish/French/German you knew after 3 years of it in High School. I took HS Spanish for 3 years and all I took out of it was "Yo quiero taco bell". My apologies to Mrs. Gonzalez, Ms. Kuchinski, and Mrs. Mach...


Posted by tplambeck at 10:24 PM

Three more randomly generated people that Google hasn't heard of

timothy stoneberg

kristi caple

elsie pickhardt

Posted by tplambeck at 06:57 PM



Posted by tplambeck at 06:41 PM

Phishing & user authentication at the 1st TIPPI

I attended this interesting talk by Min Wu from MIT in the Gates computer science building this morning.

Summary—(1) users can't distinguish real pages from phishing attempts in an experimental setting, even when the users are told to look out for phishing and are MIT students; (2) callback session identifier selection via cellphone works great as an authentication mechanism. [Had this idea myself, but in my idleness I haven't done anything about it of course]. This is a killer startup idea.

Remember, I'm the expert at this startup b***shit, so go off and do it yourself. You can thank me when you make your millions. That is a really good idea, in my opinion. Let this paragraph be your Holy Text as you begin this crusade:

A promising approach was shown by the second part of the cell phone authentication user study. The cell phone interface was redesigned so that instead of simply approving a session name users were obliged to choose the session name from a short list of choices. Even though the attacker can still present his list of choices on the phone, there was little chance that his list included the user's session name in the browser. Under attacks, users cannot choose any session name from the list except to drop the current login attempt. As a result, the spoof rate dropped to zero. By integrating the security indicator into the user's critical actions, the new design forces users to attend to the security indicator and prevents them from rationalizing away the indicator's presence.
Posted by tplambeck at 06:31 PM

Complete alphabet of the small


A-5, B-3, C-3, D-3, E-6, F-2, G-3, H-4, I-5, J-3, K-3, L-6, M-4, N-6, O-4, P-4, Q-1, R-6, S-6, T-6, U-4, V-2, W-3, X-2, Y-4, Z-2

The Scrabble distribution? Or not?

Added later


Posted by tplambeck at 06:17 PM

about:config [note to self]

Type in about:config into the Firefox address bar to see settings

Posted by tplambeck at 03:52 PM

Longest possible Starbucks drink order

The following drink was suggested on one web site:

Double Ristretto Venti Nonfat Organic Chocolate Brownie Frappuccino Extra Hot With Foam Whipped Cream Upside Down Double Blended

Posted by tplambeck at 03:30 PM

Driving to the North Pole via Google Maps

I got as far north as Fort McMurray, Alberta.

Google directions

It doesn't seem to be possible to coax Google into giving me driving directions to Alaska (I tried Juneau and Fairbanks). So I tried to see how far north I could drive, at least.

Posted by tplambeck at 03:27 PM

June 12, 2005

Lego Star Wars PS2

flickr slideshow

Posted by tplambeck at 11:58 PM

Career Guide for Engineers and Computer Scientists

link (philip greenspun)

Posted by tplambeck at 10:07 PM

Diet Coke Warning

On every can, just after the "Nutrition Facts" and Ingredients:


This dramatic notification is expressed in all capital letters—the preferred style of military explosives labelers and ransom note composers.

I wonder what it means?

Added later:

Vito says:

People with PKU used to die shortly after birth, but new medical advances allow them to actually live to adulthood. However, the compound Phenylalanine is highly dangerous to them and thus, the warnings have appeared on diet soft drinks so that they know, DON'T DRINK THIS OR YOU WILL DIE!

There was actually an interesting bit on this in my abnormal psych textbook. I suppose when I get home, I could pull it off the shelf and get more complete details. I first noticed this warning right about the time that I read that section of the text.



Posted by tplambeck at 06:34 PM

A vs B

imminent / immanent

Posted by tplambeck at 04:47 PM

A vs B

straightened / straitened

Posted by tplambeck at 04:44 PM

A vs B

complacent / complaisant

Posted by tplambeck at 04:41 PM

A vs B

tortuous / torturous

Posted by tplambeck at 04:39 PM

June 11, 2005

Russian Ridge Running

Originally uploaded by thane.
It's best downhill
Posted by tplambeck at 11:43 PM

"Block that port!"

My ISP (SBC—Going beyond the CallTM) blocked port 25 (SMTP) when I tried to send email from my laptop from San Francisco rather than Palo Alto, where I usualy am. Maybe that fits a spammer's profile, trying to connect to a given SMTP server from multiple IP addresses, but when the number of such IP addresses is TWO it's a bit extreme...

If port 25 is now blocked from home, I may string up an Internet Service Provider of my own.

goingbeyondthecall.jpgRigging the gibbet

The suggested workaround from the (different) ISP that runs the SMTP server for me—run SMTP at a different port number instead. It worked.

Good to know a little pirate jargon:

Gibbet Cage—Chains in which the corpses of pirates were hung and displayed in order to discourage piracy in others.
Posted by tplambeck at 02:12 PM

MIT classroom

Originally uploaded by Night Owl City.
"I imagine this where MIT students take torturous tests."
Posted by tplambeck at 10:00 AM

From Dan

fictitious vs factitious

Posted by tplambeck at 09:29 AM

June 10, 2005

1st TIPPI workshop

Despite tremendous advances in computer technology in general and information security in particular, users still typically provide personal information and credentials such as passwords the same way they did 30 years ago: through a text interface that they assume they can trust.
Today, that trust assumption clearly can no longer be relied on.
Many security protocols have been proposed to protect credentials and personal information, but few are used in practice. A major reason is that the protocols have not been implemented in a way that ensures that they are actually used. For instance, a rogue Web site can still just ask the user for her password, regardless of how sophisticated a protocol the correct site employs...


Maybe I'll go. The kids will be in pirate camp, nearby.

Posted by tplambeck at 11:14 PM

Inside Islam, outside view


Posted by tplambeck at 11:08 PM

Sunday lunch with Marjane Satrapi


Posted by tplambeck at 11:06 PM

June 09, 2005

this is a virus

this is a virus
Originally uploaded by atomicity.

Posted by tplambeck at 07:20 PM

Persepolis 3

Originally uploaded by Angela Law.
I have no idea what this is, but I like the look of it.

* * * *
Added later:

looks interesting

Posted by tplambeck at 01:43 PM

Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track


Posted by tplambeck at 10:31 AM

Oracle to acquire TimesTen


Posted by tplambeck at 09:36 AM


Possible Titan Volcano

Posted by tplambeck at 12:20 AM

June 08, 2005

From King Lear

The worst is not
So long as we can say 'This is the worst.'

From a Shakespeare site:

While this perception diagnoses the seemingly bottomless horrors of life, it also suggests a redeeming power of language: that as long as we can articulate something we are not utterly bereft. There is no such thing as nothing so long as we can give a name to it.

* * *
I remember seeing King Lear in Ashland, Oregon, and not enjoying it nearly so much as I thought I would, and certainly not so much as I enjoyed reading it. By contrast, Coriolanus is awful to read, all preachy and tiresome, but on the stage it seems to kick ass, or at least it did in Ashland a few years back, when we had but one child and he could be toted in a plastic carrier...

Posted by tplambeck at 11:59 PM

Interesting article on Wikipedia

Like other online media Wikipedia also attracts vandals (users intentionally writing nonsense) and trolls (users provoking for sake of discussions) but the possibility to restore any article version decreases their ability to do harm. Reliable Wikipedians get admin status so they can restore articles more quickly, delete and undelete articles and ban users if needed. In the community there is heavy effort to reach consensus in such decisions...


Posted by tplambeck at 11:54 PM

Stanford City Block project


Posted by tplambeck at 11:45 PM

Smile, you're on Google camera


Posted by tplambeck at 11:43 PM

Two Invisible Men

link #1 and link #2

Posted by tplambeck at 08:11 PM

Unknown Bach aria


Researcher Michael Maul found the aria, dated October 1713, in May in the eastern city of Weimar, the Bach Archiv foundation said on its Web site. There was no doubt about the authenticity of the handwritten, two-page score, the Leipzig-based foundation said. Maul said it was the first Bach work to come to light since 1975, when a copy of the "Goldberg Variations" in a private collection was found to contain extra canons for piano in the composer's own handwriting. The last previously unknown vocal work by Bach to surface was in 1935, when the single-movement cantata fragment "Bekennen will ich seinen Namen" was discovered, the foundation said.

Bach Archiv Leipzig (but I couldn't find any announcement on the web site)

Posted by tplambeck at 11:15 AM

Don Byrd / Pepper Adams

The Complete Blue Note Byrd/Adams Studio Sessions

Chant (audio) (give yourself a treat; this recording goes on for over eight minutes). From the web page:

This quintet introduced to the jazz world two important pianist-composers in Duke Pearson (heard on the "The Cat Walk") and Herbie Hancock (heard on "Chant", his first recording session, and "Royal Flush").
Posted by tplambeck at 09:29 AM

Measure A passes


The "Pro" side distributed absentee ballot applications that Gloria and I returned. I like absentee voting. It sure beats absentee not voting.

Posted by tplambeck at 09:08 AM

June 07, 2005

Captionable cat

Originally uploaded by jacksonolsonclan.
But I couldn't think of anything.
Posted by tplambeck at 10:32 PM

From checkmate to inmate

Maxim Dlugy, the American chess grand master turned businessman, faces up to 10 years in a Russian prison for fraud after being arrested under the same laws used to convict Mikhail Khodorkovsky...


Scary—not a good thing to have your situation likened to Khodorkovsky's.

Posted by tplambeck at 02:37 PM

June 06, 2005

From an essay by David Mamet in the June 2005 Harper's Magazine

Are any of us immune? Anyone who has sat through the town council, PTA, or school-board meeting has experienced this phenomenon: this fine idea before us, so clearly good, so elegant, in fact, so simple, so transcendent in its purity, is going to fail because Joe Brown, that idiot, will not shut up and stand down. Why, if only he were gone, this fine measure would pass. I wish he were dead. Add guillotines and we have the Terror. For we human beings are a bad lot. This is the subject of both drama and religion: how do we live with our own inexhaustible folly?
Posted by tplambeck at 10:55 PM



Posted by tplambeck at 10:23 PM

Gentry magazine

Gentry magazine
Originally uploaded by thane.
A magazine that is carpet-bombed into our neighborhood (maybe the whole of Palo Alto, for all I know).

Opening it (for the first time, instead moving it directly to the recycle bin), I find a realtor's advertisement for LarryEllisonAthertonEstate.com.

I wonder if Larry got the magazine, too.
Posted by tplambeck at 09:25 PM

Vulture crashes through bus windshield


Could be the very same bird that was eyeing me over Memorial Day as I sat on the back porch admiring Colin's deck repairs. He had a crazed look in his eye.

[The vulture, not Colin].

Posted by tplambeck at 07:34 PM

Crazy optical illusion

Bruce writes:

seems like a trick, but i believe it's legit.


Posted by tplambeck at 05:56 PM


Originally uploaded by thane.
Owen throws the ball to Ryan for the force out at home plate in our final coach pitch game of the 2005 season.

[More cub photos than you ever thought would be possible here (flickr slideshow)]
Posted by tplambeck at 12:31 PM

June 05, 2005

Graham et Julie

Graham et Julie
Originally uploaded by dontask.
Just a random photo from flickr. I'm experimenting with their web interfaces
Posted by tplambeck at 05:20 PM


What do Scoville Units measure?


Posted by tplambeck at 05:06 PM

Chasing Dirty Money: The Fight Against Money Laundering


Added later

Reminded me of a book I read on the topic of fringe banking (google search). I mentioned this book to a venture capital friend and he said, "Hey, is there a venture capital chapter in that book?" I said no, but couldn't think of why that seemed to not fit the spirit of the subject. Later, I thought of it—it's one thing to enjoy a book about swindling money away from the poor, but taking money from poor and unsuspecting rich people is a different matter entirely...

Posted by tplambeck at 12:29 PM

From an Amazon review

I think that fans of old school Star Wars (IV-VI) will enjoy this game as well because you can actually kill Jar Jar Binks.

PS2 Lego Star Wars

Posted by tplambeck at 12:05 PM

The Old College Try


Posted by tplambeck at 10:12 AM


Mosque (18)

Originally uploaded by BaghdadCrash.

via Baghdad Crash

* * *
Added later: Too cool! I can click on any photo at Flickr and blog it here at plambeck.org, with no fuss and no messy cleanup! These guys deserved the millions they made in the Yahoo acquisition.

Posted by tplambeck at 01:09 AM

June 04, 2005

More on small gaps


Posted by tplambeck at 04:39 PM

Foundations of Computing page at Springer


Posted by tplambeck at 04:36 PM

Han Shot First

google search

Posted by tplambeck at 03:59 PM

Twin primes: the rematch

back into the ring

Posted by tplambeck at 12:12 AM

June 03, 2005

Word in a Kierkegaard translation


Posted by tplambeck at 11:51 PM

Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine


I'd earlier investigated trying to get a copy of this DVD, but couldn't find a "Region 1" encoding of it, and didn't want to deal with potential problems. But tonight I noticed it in the video rental place nearest our house, and rented it.

It's good, and better than I expected. It has a lot of great old footage of Kasparov-Karpov matches. Maybe it gives too much play to Kasparov's conspiracy theories, but I don't think so. It's a recent production because the "Bio" special feature knows about K's recently-announced retirement from chess.

Chess is full of conspiracies. I remember reading a review of this DVD which belittled its treatment of the subject of collusion & cheating. I think it's right on the money.

Posted by tplambeck at 11:36 PM

More Emerson

It makes a great difference to the force of any sentence, whether there be a man behind it, or no. In the learned journal, in the influential newspaper, I discern no form; only some irresponsible shadow; oftener some monied corporation, or some dangler, who hopes, in the masks and robes of his paragraph, to pass for somebody. But, through every clause and part of speech of a right book, I meet the eyes of the most determined of men: his force and terror inundate every word: the commas and dashes are alive; so that the writing is athletic and nimble,—can go far and live long.
Posted by tplambeck at 10:52 AM



Posted by tplambeck at 10:16 AM

Koz Speaks

Remember, IBM didnt make $46,213,000,000.00 in consulting revenue by selling software thats easy to install.


Posted by tplambeck at 12:10 AM

June 02, 2005

From Goethe; Or, The Writer

In England and America, one may be an adept in the writing of a Greek or Latin poet, without any poetic taste or fire. That a man has spent years on Plato and Proclus, does not afford a presumption that he holds heroic opinions, or undervalues the fashions of his own town. But the German nation have the most ridiculous good faith on these subjects: the student, out of the lecture-room, still broods on the lessons; and the professor can not divest himself of the fancy, that the truths of philosophy have some application to Berlin and Munich. This earnestness enables them to out-see men of much more talent. Hence, almost all valuable distinctions which are current in higher conversation, have been derived to us from Germany.


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Via Voodoo Zebra

in numerical order

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Welcoming a new Thane


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Flickr slideshow from the "Williams Family" on the Laguna Beach landslide


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Attributes of children

1. Preternatural calm & niceness. Honesty & self-possession. Fearlessness in new situations.

"Intelligent and nice." (violin assessor)

2. Athleticism, determination, precision, self-reflection. Moodiness and caution.

"No, you are wrong." (He was right).
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June 01, 2005

Class Number Theory

Notes by Steven Finch (PDF)

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Please dont lick the lens.

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Archive of old WGBH Boston TV news clips


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Posted by tplambeck at 01:33 PM

Poem ID: Time and the Witch Vivien

[Enter Time as an old peddler, with a scythe, an hour-glass, and a black bag.]

Vivien: Ha, ha! ha, ha, ha!
The wrinkled squanderer of human wealth.
Come here. Be seated now; I'd buy of you.
Come, father.

Time: Lady, I neither rest nor sit.

Vivien: Well then, to business, what is in your bag?

Time: [putting the bag and hour-glass on the table and resting on his scythe].
Grey hairs and crutches, crutches and grey hairs,
Mansions of memories and mellow thoughts
Where dwell the minds of old men having peace,

Vivien: No; I'll none of these, old Father Wrinkles.

Time: Some day you'll buy them, maybe.

Vivien: Never!

Time: [laughing]. Never?

Vivien: Why do you laugh?

Time: I laugh the last always.

Posted by tplambeck at 01:20 PM

Poem ID: Youth and Age [1924]

Much did I rage when young,
Being by the world oppressed,
But now with flattering tongue
It speeds the parting guest.

Posted by tplambeck at 01:07 PM

Interesting one-pager on the history of photographic processes, at SFMOMA


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