Archive for April, 2005

Hacking the Papal Election

Saturday, April 30th, 2005

Bruce Schneier has a nice article in the latest cryptogram on hacking the papal election.The bottom line is when an election process is left to develop over the course of a couple thousand years, you end up with something surprisingly good.

Saturday, April 30th, 2005

I installed Tiger – MacOSX 10.4 today. It looks sweet – especially Dashboard. I can now get rid of my cpu-hogging Konfabulator widgets but I really want to have my dashboard widgets flush with the desktop. My laptop had a broken DVD drive so I had to use partiboi’s laptop and connect my laptop to [...]

Tetris

Friday, April 29th, 2005

I have recently become heavily addicted to Ksirtet – a KDE tetris clone. I have a strong feeling that I have played it a few years ago but I cannot be sure, due to lesions in my lateral temporal neocortex. I cannot remember who told me about the lesions. Tetris has an interesting history with [...]

Bodyworlds

Wednesday, April 20th, 2005

I went to see the Bodyworlds exhibition of dead bodies yesterday, at the Museum of Science and Industry. It was not as sickening and disgusting as I hoped it would be, however it was well worth the trip. The hand specimen was simply awesome, but my most vivid memories would be that of the unborn [...]

How to survive a Zombie Attack

Tuesday, April 19th, 2005

Finally!! A good guide on how to survive a zombie attack. After all the zombie movies that yasmin has made me watch one thing becomes clear – I need to make plans in advance.

Hitchhikers Guide

Sunday, April 10th, 2005

Here is a link to a review by DNA’s biographer MJ Simpson of the new Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Movie. He seems to find it “amazingly, mind bogglingly awful” and I am sure I will not like it one bit. An example he gives: “I eventually had to go down to the cellar to [...]

Locating Taxi Cabs with Google

Monday, April 4th, 2005

Google Labs gives us Ridefinder. It shows in real time the location of available taxi-cabs in most major cities in the USA. With one click I can find out what cabs are available in Hyde Park and which cab company to call. I really hope that this idea graduates from Google Labs. Since I do [...]

Computer Aided Proofs

Sunday, April 3rd, 2005

The economist has a nice article on what it means to prove something. It talks about the proof of the Kepler conjecture being accepted into the Annals of Mathematics and what this means for the future of mathematics. The conjecture basically states that if you pack spheres into a box the same way oranges are [...]