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Sunday, July 21, 2002
andrew wk interview (via dirtynerdluv :)

and an interview with! mark borchardt

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Saturday, July 20, 2002
an impending change of magnetic seasons ?

This theory suggests that the center of the earth is a breeder fission reactor that periodically shuts down due to the build up of waste products and then restarts again as they float to the surface of the sphere. This could explain the periodic fluctuation of the Earth’s magnetic field every 200,000 years.

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Friday, July 19, 2002
mouse cleanliness

I have those weird felt things clogging the rollers

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Thursday, July 18, 2002
oddest prophet (via spike)

So he found himself relentlessly pushed into the third stage, the religious stage. This is where all the pseudonyms were put aside, and he became just Søren Kierkegaard, a poor sinner who knew nothing except that he existed now, with time as an eternal present, and that whatever fate might lie in store for mankind, they would never see in this earth their only habitat, or in history their only destiny.

minority (via boing boing)

The Dick-to-Spielberg bridge in the last reel ended up working more successfully than I had imagined it could. The script seems to me to make a classic existential point. Here, approximately, is the message I think the movie ends up expressing: "Belief in free will makes itself so, but also makes so a certain level of uncertainty, danger, and chaos, which is a worthwhile and noble price to pay."

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Wednesday, July 17, 2002
a schematic model of how it looks inside

"Stroszek" (1977) is one of the oddest films ever made. It is impossible for the audience to anticipate a single shot or development. We watch with a kind of fascination, because Herzog cuts loose from narrative and follows his characters through the relentless logic of their adventure. Then there is the haunting impact of the performance by Bruno S., who is at every moment playing himself.

hey, i got a hairless rat today! a guy got her to feed his snake, but she was too small and/or too cute or something so he decided to give her away. and thus i inherited her :) do not tell my landlady! she was hanging out in my pantleg earlier, which sounds pervy, but really it was as innocent as a hairles rat :) she is asleep now i think or maybe she's just hangin in her hut? i don't know! anyway, i have not named her yet :)

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Tuesday, July 16, 2002
game engine anatomy 101, part X

Other world awareness issues can crop up, such as the situation where two guards are standing next to one another, and you pick one off using a sniping weapon, and the other stands there completely oblivious to what happened. Again, nailing down the little facets of real-world behavior is the difference between a good game and a great game.

But let's say you have that stimulus-response section all squared away – you've scanned the world, decided there is something going on that the NPC should react to - he's heard the player character make a sound - and you (the developer) decided what he should do about it – he's going to investigate. Now comes more complex stuff. How does he get from where he is now, to where he thinks the sound is coming from, without running into walls, bumping into furniture, and generally looking like a digital dolt? Read on...

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Monday, July 15, 2002
all life on earth is insects :)

As you can see in the following chart, the volume of 8-bit embedded chips is enormous and growing steadily. These little suckers are selling to the tune of more than a quarter of a billion chips every month! That's one new 8-bit microprocessor for every man, woman, and child living in the United States, every month. Are you consuming your fair share?

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Sunday, July 14, 2002
active role needed in oil

the choice of currency for the denomination of the oil bill

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Saturday, July 13, 2002
ecology and economy - live together :) (in perfect harmony!)

Kenneth Arrow and Larry Goulder, two economists at Stanford University, suggest that the old ideological enemies are converging: "Many economists now accept the idea that natural capital has to be valued, and that we need to account for ecosystem services. Many ecologists now accept that prohibiting everything in the name of protecting nature is not useful, and so are being selective." They think the debate is narrowing to the more empirical question of how far it is possible to substitute natural capital with the man-made sort, and specific forms of natural capital for one another.

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Friday, July 12, 2002
our experience

so, i assume that you're not in favor of this?

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Thursday, July 11, 2002
ask a question :) (part deux!)

"Sixth Replicant, The: A rich source of speculation among fans. During his briefing, Bryant tells Deckard that six replicants escaped from the colonies and that one of them was killed by a security system in the Tyrell Pyramid. The problem is that Roy Batty's group only consists of four replicants. Who is the sixth replicant? There are quite a few spectacular theories circulating, but the truth is not very dramatic. There was supposed to be one more replicant, named Mary and looking like an ideal American housewife of the '50s. An actress named Stacy Nelkin was chosen for the part. All scenes with Mary were cut prior to principal photography, but Bryant's line unfortunately never got changed."

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