Archive for April, 2006

Two Online Videos

Sunday, April 30th, 2006

(via John Tokash) This video is demo of what the QuickCam Orbit MP is capable of. You can add one of dozens of augmentations ranging from hats to glasses to full blown avatars to your video chat experience. All of the effects utilize face tracking to keep in synch with your face’s eyes, eyebrows, lips, [...]

Rainbow’s End

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

Vernor Vinge has a new novel coming out on May 2nd called Rainbow’s end. I really liked his previous novels, A Fire Upon the Deep and A Deepness in the Sky. Vinge is a mathematician who used to teach at San Diego State University, but he retired to write full time. What amazes me about [...]

US Press secretary

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

GWB appointed a new press secretary. BBC’s headline : Radio host is new Bush spokesman CNN’s headline : Fox anchor named Bush press secretary Guess which one provokes more derision and maniacal laughter. I wonder what the Onion will have to say next week.

Magpie Unit tests

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Since people were waving tasks around several months ago and I finally got tired of atom feeds showing up incorrectly in Gregarius, I decided to port some of Feedparser tests to Magpie. I created a rudimentary ajax-ified unit testing harness for Magpie. You can download it to your webserver with subversion svn co Then, [...]

Dreamhost Quirks

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Dreamhost is doing some strange things with my php scripts. Why are you stealing my newlines? For some strange reason newlines at the end of files seem to be eaten. Take a look at these two php files. < ?phpecho "This string has no newline at the end";?> and < ?phpecho "This first string has a newline at the end\n";?> If you wget these two files (file1, file2) you will see that [...]

Chicago Museums

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

Via Factoids (an excellent little site at UChicago) I learnt about the MUSEUM PASSPORTS at the Chicago Public Library. You can check out a museum passport for 1 week from any of the Chicago Public Libraries. It gives you (and your immediate family) absolutely free access to 11 museums in Chicago. I shall try to [...]

Particle Accelerator day

Saturday, April 22nd, 2006

(Via Cosmic Variance) Yesterday, Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, declared Particle Accelerator Day, in Illinois, in recognition of the state’s federal laboratories (Fermilab and Argonne) as world leaders in accelerator technology. I wonder what other wierd days have been declared in Illinios. Since the UofC helps to manage Fermilab and Argonne, I was hoping that someone [...]