April 2, 2010
"Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak told CNET he was saddened to learn of Roberts' death. 'He took a critically important step that led to everything we have today,' Wozniak said." Ed Roberts, creator of the Altair 8800, the first personal computer, died Thursday. [more inside]
Bassoon-core? Aw yeah! "The BASSOONCORE movement in the early 1990's consists of a short list of little-known bands and foremost among those is CHOTCHKE (1993-1998), who began life as a six-piece and went on through fluctuating memberships and styles to record a lot and release a little. Today I will present the first in a series of studies of the unedited studio noodling of Chotchke." More music from Chotchke courtesy of WFMU. The Story of Chotchke from a former member.
Bunnies gone wild! There are rabbits overrunning the University of Victoria (BC, Canada) campus. For some it's fun and facebookable. For the University, it's a problem. They've tried humane methods of control. Now they may have to turn to more conventional means.
maxwell, a college film version...... You've seen this one, you probably haven't seen this one ( a bit creepy! don't let your daughter date this guy!). There is this studio version . The Steve Martin version, a bit more professional. Another college version...(extra credit for a damn nice hammer in this one!). This one scares me a bit! and... if you just want to play the darn song without all the blood! This one gets points for hammer and teeth! or.."wanna see my hammer?"
Actor Tony Danza is teaching 10th grade English, for a year, in Philadelphia. What started as yet another reality TV show idea for A&E Network (purveyor of A&E Classroom), has become something more, or less, depending on your POV.
Bob and Beyond - Tandy Trower (previously) on the history of Microsoft Bob, Clippy and other Microsoft forays into the field of embodied agents.
‘If You Voted for Obama, Seek Urologic Care Elsewhere’ 'A doctor who considers the national health-care overhaul to be bad medicine for the country posted a sign on his office door telling patients who voted for President Barack Obama to seek care "elsewhere."' This is but a new twist in the continuing debate over a physician's right to refuse treatment. [more inside]
"Broadside was a small underground magazine smuggled out of a New York City housing project in a baby carriage, filled with new songs by artists who were too creative for the folkies and too radical for the establishment." The entire back catalog of this influential magazine - which helped set the visual standard for underground zines until desktop publishing - is now avalable online, in PDF.
The myth of shareholder capitalism. It's commonly believed that a company's primary duty is to maximize shareholder value. Anything that might reduce the returns to shareholders is questionable, including giving employees good wages and benefits. According to a recent article in the Harvard Business Review, this is a misconception, and corporate management is being taught the wrong lessons based on obsolete case law. [more inside]
On Good Friday, Filipino Catholics participate in a reenactment of the life and death of Jesus known as a Senakulo. For some, the practice includes self-mortification and nailing to an actual cross. Church leaders have rejected the practice: one bishop calls crucifixions a "tourist activity." [more inside]
Information-age math finds code in ancient Scottish symbols. "The ancestors of modern Scottish people left behind mysterious, carved stones that new research has just determined contain the written language of the Picts, an Iron Age society that existed in Scotland from 300 to 843. The highly stylized rock engravings, found on what are known as the Pictish Stones, had once been thought to be rock art or tied to heraldry. The new study, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society A, instead concludes that the engravings represent the long lost language of the Picts, a confederation of Celtic tribes that lived in modern-day eastern and northern Scotland."
Just in time for Easter (or estrous festival, or whatever you celebrate this time of year)... Muppet Rabbits!
If you tell your commander that you're a homosexual, you can be discharged from the military, unless they think you're doing it to get out of the military. "If commanders are ignoring or rejecting credible evidence of homosexuality because of the alleged motive of the person who makes the statement, the bottom line is they are keeping gay people in the service," said Frank, a senior research fellow at UC Santa Barbara's Palm Center. "That gives the lie that known gay people undercut the military."
Harvard University finished in 1986 construction of the Harvard Depository, a mysterious storage facility in a publicly undisclosed location 30 miles from campus where large tracts of land are less expensive than in Cambridge. While the facility was originally intended to store Harvard's least-used volumes, it is now home to 45 percent of Harvard's collections. David Lamberth, chair of the Library Implementation Work Group, calls it a "precise warehouse" for which the term "library" would prove inaccurate.
I think this blog, not quite a comic but not quite all text, is extraordinarily funny with a nice occasional sharp edge. You may too. via metachat and metafilter's own ThePinkSuperhero
"Tennis Girl" photographer dead at 63. Photographer Martin Elliot was best known for the iconic 1976 photo "Tennis Girl". [more inside]
Have you ever wanted to change the functionality of the GUI of a program that you didn't have the source code for? Prefab is a tool that was made to allow you to do exactly that. [more inside]
Let me introduce you to the Lifesaver bottle. This very compact design (in both a bottle and a jerrycan form) allows someone to get clean drinking water in seconds. Their filters can last up to 20000 liters in the jerrycan form and 6000 in the bottle form. The price for this technology? $150 for the bottle and $400 for the top shelf jerrycan. [more inside]
Runme.org is a software art repository, launched in January 2003. It is an open, moderated database to which people are welcome to submit projects they consider to be interesting examples of software art. Previously.
7 reasons to not use Comic Sans in your comic.
Cory Doctorow gives a talk at Bloomsbury on book pricing in the internet age (47min video)
Whit wid ye dae if ye fund yersel face tae face wi a muckle lion? Staund as still as a stookie? Mak yer feet yer freens and rin? Creep awa quiet-like? Mibbe ye wid jist steek yer een and hope that ye were haein a dream – which is whit Obed did at first when he saw the frichtsome lion starin strecht at him. [more inside]