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15 nanoseconds of fame

Posted by , 05 March 2006 - - - - - - · 275 views

My Google interview post (more than a year old now) got dugg earlier today.

h/t: dohtem, for pointing it out to me.

The digg, at ~1,200 diggs and counting thus far; the comments.

No associated blog entry today, although we did post about the ongoing Gang of Four/Chinese censorship idiocy earlier today. Fun stuff.

Sex workers give GTA the shaft

Posted by , 15 February 2006 - - - - - - · 325 views

Obvious jokes aside, it looks like the Sex Workers Outreach Project is serious about its call to boycott GTA. Curiously, they vehemently oppose censorship, but "since the video game Grand Theft Auto accrues points to players for the depiction of the rape and murder of prostitutes, SWOP-USA calls on all parents and all gamers to boycott Grand Theft Auto." Full entry here.

Sociopolitical recipe for disaster: serves 4-6

Posted by , 15 February 2006 - - - - - - · 243 views

Nick Anthis reports on how politics and science clash, and the fallout from when it does. Small wonder that the US (while still leading) is losing its edge, as Time magazine reports. Is injecting political decisions into science -- a realm historically dominated by a motivation for truth and a shunning of rhetoric -- a good idea? Full entry here.

A practical Valentine's Day gift

Posted by , 14 February 2006 - - - - - - · 205 views

Roses say, “My love for you is fleeting and high-maintenance, and I require daily tending-to or I’ll wilt”. Chocolate says, “I melt in your mouth, yielding to even the weakest challenges, and what little backbone and fortitude I have is made out of delicious, creamy nougat.” A card says, “Our relationship exists solely on the basis of meaningless $3.50 platitudes sold at convenience stores and drug-marts.”

Give them Distilled Brilliance coupons instead and treat your baby right.

Push it to the L +/- epsilon

Posted by , 13 February 2006 - - - - - - · 307 views

There's nothing quite like repurposing contemporary pop-rock to make a mathematics-related YTMND. Push it to the limit!

Congrats SiCrane!

Posted by , 13 February 2006 - - - - - - · 273 views

SiCrane was named a Staff member on Saturday during our bi-weekly meeting. Elevation to this rank of the GDNet pantheon is a feat approximately equal in coolness to any of the following:

-- finding a whole roll of Pineapple Life-savers that you forgot about in a jacket pocket
-- discovering that your Mag-Lite flashlight is, in actuality, a powerful lightsaber that can slice through steel girders with the ease of a hot knife through butter
-- getting to relive that scene in Back to the Future where Marty turns Doc's amps up to maximum volume, plays a chord, and is hurled against the opposite wall
-- falling into a vat of radioactive waste and then emerging with the supernatural ability to punch Michael Moore in the face at will, no matter the separation between the two of you in space-time
-- extension methods in C# 3.0, mmm

Drop him a line and give him some warm fuzzies, and tell him I sent you. =)

How many operating systems is too many?

Posted by , 12 February 2006 - - - - - - · 210 views

Apparently, 117 isn't enough for this guy, who's used grub (the LILO successor) to round out his boot-loading screen. I know Linux is cool and all, but does anyone reeeeally need ninety-plus distros of it? :)

C# mini-quiz solutions

Posted by , 10 February 2006 - - - - - - · 247 views

Solutions posted to the quiz, along with a little philosophical discussion for good measure. How did you fare?

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