Sunday, October 31, 2004
Machinima music video "Fallen"
Via Boing Boing and Hollywood Liberation Army: Fallen is a machinima music video created in Star Wars Galaxies about a tragic romance between a female Imperial officer and a male Rebel fighter using the song "Fallen" by Delirium.
It also won the Star Wars Galaxies Fan Film Fest 2004.
More : Rouge Farm; Red vs Blue Season 3; The Art of Machinima; Spielbergs with a joystick or Reservoir Dogs/Star Wars mashup
Friday, October 29, 2004
Google Cheat Sheet
National Geographic on Evolution :Was Darwin Wrong?
"Yes, it can be measured in the laboratory. Shut up.Category Evolution
Yes, there is fossil evidence. Shut up.
No, no one claims we evolved from present-day apes. Shut up.
And yes, it's just a theory. And so is that whole 'the Earth orbits the Sun' thing. Time out to look up the scientific definition of the word 'theory,' okay? Go on. I'll wait here.
Got it? All done?
Good. Shut up."
The rise of Asian filmmaking.
Presidential Enblogments 2004 :
Thursday, October 28, 2004
Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Agent Boost Alpha
"Agent Boost is an extension manager hook [that] will allow you to write regular Notes agents and have those agents be invoked during database and server events, like when a document is saved or mail is delivered."
Here was the first pre-annocement
Rouge Farm, machinima
Via Charlie's Diary comes word that this story Rouge Farm ("Live without a Net" edited by Lou Anders, published by Roc.) has been machinima'ized into Rouge Farm ,the animated short film and nominated for a BAFTA Scotland award in the Best Animation category.
Rogue Farm will be released on DVD in November 2004.
More on Machinima.
On GMail and DHTML architecture again
Tuesday, October 26, 2004
GLUCOBOY is it GameBoy or Is it a blood glucose meter?
Monday, October 25, 2004
Now with del.icio.us
I've added del.icio.us links to the right.
Sunday, October 24, 2004
Tiny Ideas Coming of Age
From The New York Times (registration required; or use bugmenot.com) talks about NanoTech and that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has announced a new registration category just for nanotechnology inventions (Class 977).
Also this definition of things Nano-tech : Information technology was about recording and analyzing the physical world, but nanotechnology is about changing how the physical world behaves.
Intel's Dual Core Strategy Investigated
From AnandTech via Slashdot
Anandtech has a bunch of insider information concerning Intel move to dual-core CPUs, contrasted with AMD's aproach.
While Intel's current roadmap appears to place dual core on the desktop before it makes its way to the enterprise (other than with Itanium), AMD's strategy is reversed - with dual core appearing in workstations and on servers before making a splash on the desktop.
More on Core Wars
Saturday, October 23, 2004
USS Make Shit Up
A match made in bloggers' heaven
Friday, October 22, 2004
Attack of the 50 ft. Windows error....
Performance Engineering Lots Notes Domino Applications
Windows v Linux security:
From the The Registerr, a counter is the FUD.
Thursday, October 21, 2004
Review of Kar Wai Wong's 2046
Casshern, the best SF film this year that you haven't heard of via Casshern: SciFi Unseen (IMDB). here's a review.
It's comming out on DVD (in asia) on Oct 23 and you can get at YesAsia or cdJapan.
Director:Kazuaki Kiriya (feature film debut; (known as a photographer & video director)
Cast:Yusuke Iseya, Kumiko Asou, Akira Terao, Kanako Hiquchi, Fumiyo Kohinata, Hiroyuki Miyasako, Mayumi Sada, Toshiaki Karasawa
Update Twitch Films has a review of the Casshern DVD
Proud Member of the Reality Based Community
Wednesday, October 20, 2004
The Personal Network
The Personal Network : Informationweek has a piece on the
The Next 25 Years, and there is some interesting stuff there, but what really got me was their section "The PC Versus The Personal Network".
It's like the next step beyond Sun's the "Network is the Computer", which is okay if your a big company or government, but this is "MY Network", I just happen to be using this device to access it right now.
It's not new but a new vision of a "Network is the Computer". It's not theInterNet, it's MyNet.
Run a Lotus Notes Domino Web agent via Javascipt
// this code could be in your JS header or Js include file.
path = window.location.pathname.toLowerCase();
nsfPos = path.indexOf(".nsf");
path = path.substring(0, nsfPos+5);
// path now contains the relative url of the window upto ".nsf/"
if ( confirm('Please confirm this very dangerous Action.') )
f = document.forms;
action = path + "YourAngentsName?OpenAgent";
After the "?OpenAgent" you can pass paraments of course, which then needs to be parsed out. This whole technique lends itself very nicely to the proper way to Delete Domino Doc on the web
I'm not sure if I "borrowed" this for someone else years ago or invented myself. Part of the reason for posting this is so I don't forget it.
Also Search Domino posted a similar tip to fill a more complicated need, from which I'm sure I can learn a few tricks.
Get your Typogrpahical Bullets - a free bullets project at Stylegala
Bullet madness is a list of 200 bullets, arrows and icons
More Muilt Core, 50 Billion Flops
ClearSpeed Technology demos the Revival of the co-processor
96 processors on a single chip... 50 billion floating point calculations in a second and while dissipating as little as 5 watts of power.
Put that in your pipe and smoke it! What would/could you do with 50 B flops? (in addtion to Doom I mean) "I've just simulated today’s weather, Dear, better bring you umbrella!"
all this follows up nicely on the More Core Wars theme.
Neal Stephenson's Slashdot interview
Loft Lust :Downtown, Starck designed Wall Street condo complex
Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars on DVD
Monday, October 18, 2004
Ten CSS tricks you may not know
Jon Stewart's Brutal Exchange with CNN Crossfire Hosts
IFlim is Hosting Jon Stewart's (of the Daily Show) appearance on Crossfire.
It?s sad (scary) how they (CNN) can?t answer a straight question (they can't believe he asked a straight question, then avoid the question any way they can), and hold a comedy show to a higher standard than they themselves follow. Here one column describing what happened.
Update: It was also on Boing Boing, but I missed it.
There are now suggestions that (maybe) Crossfire Downloads Exceed Broadcast Audience
Another update: Jon comments on his appearance and CrossFire's tempid response
And the New York Times has finally noted it:No Jokes or Spin. It's Time (Gasp) to Talk.
Mr. Stewart's frankness was a cool, startling, rational version of Senator Zell Miller's loony excoriation ("Get out of my face") to Chris Matthews of MSNBC during the Republican convention...
Mr. Stewart's Howard Beal (of "Network") outburst stood out because he said what a lot of viewers feel helpless to correct: that news programs, particularly on cable, have become echo chambers for political attacks, amplifying the noise instead of parsing the misinformation. Whether the issue is Swift boat ads or Bill O'Reilly's sexual harassment suit, shows like "Crossfire" or "Hardball" provide gladiator-style infotainment as journalists clownishly seek to amuse or rile viewers, not inform them....
When Mr. Carlson took the offense, charging that Mr. Stewart had no right to complain since he had asked Senator John Kerry softball questions on "The Daily Show," Mr. Stewart looked genuinely appalled. "I didn't realize - and maybe this explains quite a bit - that the news organizations look to Comedy Central for their cues on integrity." When Mr. Carlson continued to argue, Mr. Stewart shut him down hard. "You are on CNN," he said. "The show that leads into me is puppets making crank phone calls."...
All late-night talk-show hosts make jokes about politicians. What distinguishes Mr. Stewart from Jay Leno and David Letterman is that the Comedy Central star mocks the entire political process, boring in tightly on the lockstep thinking and complacency of the parties and the media as well as the candidates. More than other television analysts and commentators, he and his writers put a spotlight on the inanities and bland hypocrisies that go mostly unnoticed in the average news cycle.
Cory Doctorow interview
Via Boing Boing, All About Symbian has part 1 of an Interview conducted early October in Edinburgh.
Mostly good backgound stuff with a few tidbits. inculding that his 3rd novel (Someone Comes To Town, Someone Leaves Town, an urban fantasy based around wireless community networking in Toronto's Kensington Market) in out in Feb 2005, his 4th is (working title) usr/bin/god in 2006, plus more short stories and "a joint project with Charlie Stross about the first multi million dollar heist in a Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game"
Update: Part 2 is now up. Hear Cory design a better Phone and Network.
Saturday, October 16, 2004
Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars
Bell's Axioms on Standards
People buy products, not protocols or algorithms.
If their is no product their is no market, hence:
You get no product, technology, or standard before its time.
you actual have to solve the need not make the pain visible,which leads to:
Once a technology has been proven in a hardware implementation, it proceeds to be implemented in software running on high-performance processors.
many leading edge problems at first require dedicated hardware, but high volumes become only really high volume in software running on general processors, which leads to:
Ultimately, each high-volume information technology product becomes a commodity distributed free of charge or given away with something else.
but as soon as it is practical to run it as software it is unlikely stay proprietary and starts getting commodized, which leads back to
People buy products, not protocols or algorithms.
value add beyond the algorithm
Think of what this means not just the computer and software biz, but the music and movie biz, or others. (banking, telecom, advertising,...)
Friday, October 15, 2004
Domino Error Messages
Thursday, October 14, 2004
Google Desktop Search
Google Desktop Search Download
Tiny (400k) download. Indexes Outlook (Express), AIM, IE, Word, Excel, Powerpoint and text files. Runs on Windows 2000 and XP only.
More details on O'Reilly, plus John Battelle's Searchblog and Search Engine Watch
Very weird doing a google search and seeing the resuilts of your desktop search. (not bad, just weird). Missing: mozila mail; Lotus notes data; images; mp3 ad other audio; Open Office files; pdf's!!!. Is it just chance that it focus's on Microsoft formats?
It's a very Google world !! I've got Gmail and notifier, Adsense, Google Blog (Blooger) and now Google Desktop search.
Via ComputerWorld Grazing the Nanograss : a bed of upright silicon posts a thousand times thinner than a human hair. Apllications inculde: Improved Battaries; Heat sinks for computer processors and other devices; Liquid lenses; Liquid photonics.
"Nanograss is an important technology because it combines a materials breakthrough with electronic properties that enhance the material and allow it to be used as a platform for a slew of applications,"
This is something I would expect to see in Roland Piquepaille's Technology Trends or Howard Lovy's NanoBot.
- The "Liquid lenses" is something that I think I remember reading in Frank Herbert's Dune books: in the first one didn't someone (a Atreides like Paul or Duncan) use a Binocular with a water or liquid lens that could be focused?
- Howard was kind enough to post my email to him regarding the NanoGrass story. Thanks! (and now I wish I had been more eloquent)
Wireless tech glossary
Hide .jsp Names from the URL
Via Dex Tip of the DayHiding .jsp Names from the URL:
There are instances when .jsp names need to be hidden from the URL. This can be done using various design techniques. But if your application is small and simle enough that it doesn't even require a servlet, you can hide a real URL by defining a mapping in the web.xml file. Here is a snippet from the web.xml file:
Now the url can point to /company.myco.admin, which would actually take the user to /admin.jsp.
Extra thanks to Puneet Sangal, whom authored the tip, and the Tip Bank
Saturday, October 09, 2004
Globe and Mail food columnist Joanne Kates (registration required) spares a few inches after review the new Jolly Miller.
Sushi wars: If the Ontario government proceeds with its wacky plan to ban the use of fresh raw fish, sushi will go the way of the dodo in the province.
How much frozen fish do sushi chefs use now? Hiro Sushi uses about 20 per cent frozen fish (surf clam, butterfish and eel). All his other ingredients (tuna, snapper, mackerel, squid, octopus, sea urchin etc.) come in fresh.
Were they to be frozen, the sushi would have the texture of porridge.
Hiro (along with Michael Stadtlander and other chef luminaries) is organizing a petition to fight this law. You will soon be able to get information at http://www.nofrozensushi.com.
previous related posts started here : Sushi Insanity; "The Battle for Toro" One and Two; and The End of Sushi or Sayonara Sashimi
Friday, October 08, 2004
Towards tag-based bookmark management in web browsers?
Tom Coate @ plasticbag.org has some neat ideas about a next gen way to slice and dice Bookmarks and make them more usable / flexable. I wonder if Mozilla (xml?) bookmark format might be amenable to be hacked, extended and redisplayed?
Alan Cox on writing better software
Via Ping Wales. Lots of good ideas:
Execute-only code; Firewalling by default; Languages; Validation tools; Type safety; Tainting; Rule verification; Good interfaces; Defensive interfaces; Mathematical models; Scripted debugging; Brute force testers; Root cause analysis; Document trails; Rigorous reviews; Statistics
Thursday, October 07, 2004
TV Via DSL - Waiting for cheap set-top boxes
As Time Warner Cable begins to push into their phone business, Cincinnati Bell says they're getting closer to pushing back into the television business. Jack Cassidy, president and CEO of Cincinnati Bell, says the only thing that has kept his company from deploying TV over ADSL2+ gear is the cost of set-top boxes for the service, which he says often run in the $400-500 range. InStat-MDR recently noted that sub-$100 boxes would allow the TV via DSL business to start moving forward.So, how quickly could we get from "Broad-cast" to Nich-cast? Think TiVo + Netflix: and think Evan:
"The Power of the Tail: 1 million sites with 1000 users is far larger than 100 sites with a million users (AdSense, Affiliate models, et al" Hmmm...for more about the Power of the Tails see The Long Tail via Boing Boing
Forget squeezing millions from a few megahits at the top of the charts. The future of entertainment is in the millions of niche markets at the shallow end of the bitstream.and more about: TV over Internet protocol (TVIP)
Wednesday, October 06, 2004
6 Best Practices for J2EE Architecture
Via bTang reBlog:
MultiMap.com is using its aerial photo/map mash-up as a tool to sell maps and photos. But it's the combination of the two that leaves me with my mouth hanging open.
Hover over the map and the (dhtml?) trick which will have you catching flys. So Cool.
TokyoArtBeat and QR codes
From Antipixel comes TokyoArtBeat, which is a brilliantly executed site (in English and Japanese) which tracks shows and events in the art, design, film, art party and opening events.
As an interesting plus, it has those QR Codes which you scan with your mobile (Camera) phone to instantly download a map to the event location. (It also has Yahoo! Maps for those not so blessed).
I've mentioned QRCodes (two-dimension quick response codes) before : One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, BarCode Fish... and Camera-phone barcode reader and Camera Phones Link World to Web.
Categorized under: Cameraphone/QRCode/Tech
Life as I know it....: Lotus Notes RSS Aggregator
Life as I know it has kind words for my Lotus Notes News Reader (v0.3). Remember It's : free; open source; designed for R5.x.
Thanks Colton! It's allways nice to hear from folk who have found it useful (like the Nsf-On-Air people).
I haven't got around to adding other major changes to it, but keep thinking of modifing to make it easier to use as a server newsfeed reader (an admin role to maintain feeds), plus a web view of the feeds (for non notes client people).
Tuesday, October 05, 2004
Sunday, October 03, 2004
Bigelow's Inflatable Treehouse and the Next X
Bigelow's Gamble, via futurismic
Given Mondays 2nd flight, and hopeful X-Prize win, it time to set the next big challenge.
Update : SpaceShip One successfully reached it's altitude of +100km (+62 miles for the metrically challenged), piloted by Brian Binnie to a maximum altitude of 368,000 feet, passed an altitude record set by NASA's X-15 forty years ago. (Google tells me that = 112.1664 kilometers).
Xeni Boing's the event and links to Jason DeFillippo's photos
on a related note: Mercury 7 Astronaut Gordon Cooper passed away at age 77
FuturePundit blogs "X Prize Shows Prizes Can Speed Technological Advances", with a great summary of why this is important and , links for more info.
The more important story is that prize money can very efficiently speed the rate of technological advance in targetted areas. If NASA's entire budget was shifted over into prize money it would do far more to accelerate the development of space technology than the current set of programs that NASA funds.
Saturday, October 02, 2004
The FAQs on Frequently Asked Questions
From OSDir.com: open source FAQ generation and management tools that make maintaining and deploying useful FAQs al little bit easier.
Although at the end of the day, there is no substitute for listening to your users and tracking common issues and questions.
The Globe and Mail has a few inches devoted it the Sushi Ban in it's "Intelligence" column (registration required (try www.bugmenot.com) )which mentions Malcolm Jolley's http://www.gremolata.com were he is gathering a names and massges for a "massive electronic petition to be submitted to the provincial government."
"I love all good food and what really insults me is that we're being denied access to the very best for silly reasons," he says. "At the end of the day we'll all be eating at McDonald's and having Kraft Dinner because it's safe. How far do we want to take this?"see more at "The Battle for Toro" One and Two; and The End of Sushi or Sayonara Sashimi
In just a few days, his site has been flooded with dozens of posts by Ontarians outraged that the government is sticking its dirty hands into their sushi platters. The petition now has more than 200 signatures, and Mr. Jolley says he hopes to reach thousands before sending it next weekend to Ontario Health Minister George Smitherman, an admitted sushi fan himself who nonetheless has defended the deep freeze.
Toronto has some of the finest restaurants in the world, Mr. Jolley says, and the fresh-fish ban is embarrassing for the city.
Update Sushi Wars
Friday, October 01, 2004
The Battle for Toro, 2
Following up on The Battle for Toro, Part 1 and the original The End of Sushi or Sayonara Sashimi, and Via Blue Frog's Blog, I've sent a Petition to the Hon George Smitherman (" sushi aficionado as well as Ontario's Health Minister") from the fine folk at Toronto Area Sushi Society, and you can to.
Update Sushi Wars