Well, the day has finally arrived. We’re off to hike the Inca Trail and visit Machu Picchu. Extended forecast for Cuzco: rain, rain, thunderstorms, rain, rain, rain.
Saw the latest Quentin Tarentino movie last night. I actually quite liked “Death Proof” so I didn’t see this as any kind of “comeback,” as the critics seem to be labeling it. For 7/8ths of the movie, I was queasy about the trivialization of the Holocaust: a movie about a squad of bad-ass Jews and […]
“Bokeh” is a term used by photographers to praise the out-of-focus areas of a photograph. Researchers at MIT have figured out how to exploit bokeh so that they can read 3mm barcodes with 2.5 micron elements at a distance of 4 meters with an off-the-shelf camera! The “bokode” dot uses a lenslet to create lightrays […]
Did a final training hike around Lake Geneva the other day. Five hours in the rain with full packs, 14 miles or so. Felt fairly good about it until realizing: “So instead of around a lake, it’s 4000′ of vertical. Take a break, put your pack on and do it again in the afternoon, racing […]
Researchers say that tone-deafness has a physiological basis: few neural connections between … uh … the frammitz and whatzitz lobes. I think I may be tone-deaf. On the other hand, I may just have been lazy in music classes (I was lazy in all my other classes). I absolutely love music but I cannot play […]
Update: The first time I read the post, my take was that Jeff Atwood took at face value the claim that COBOL is by far the most common programming language in the world. Subsequently, comments have pointed out he was skeptical. But I still read the post as ambivalent to the claim. (FWIW: I’ve known […]
$latex \pi r^2$ Huh. Must be only on WordPress.com Update: Requires the $latex \LaTeX$ plugin
My coworker Bob Amen was killed in a motorcycle accident on Thursday night, leaving behind a wife and child. He was the IT Director at one of my client’s and I spoke with him daily. We’d never met in person, so the only way I really knew him was as a voice on the phone, […]