Wednesday, August 29, 2007

New image rescaling technology

WOw, amazing.

A la carte airline

Wow, what a great idea.

Glenn talks about this stuff at length, and I agree, the hub and spoke model is antiqudated. If the internet ran like the airline industry, 10% of the people would be connected, and it would crash every half hour.

Reign of the Fallen

An hour long indie Star Wars film. Check it out!

Lukes Lightsaber in space

This image greeted me this morning in the newspaper. Cool!

Monday, August 27, 2007

Airline Bill of Rights

Sign it here.

Joss Whedon interview

From Amazon, via instapundit.

Multicore processors and you

Something i've noted for a long time; with the exception of the operating system, there are very few applications designed to run multi-core processors well. This Wired article sums up the issue and notes that new tools are being developed to overcome this hurdle.

Key quote:

Indeed, the potential benefits of multicore chips are rendered obsolete if the software itself isn't coded to take advantage of its primary selling point: namely, parallelism.

But for now, i still say you'll get 99% of performance if you just buy the fastest single-core CPU for your PC.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

World record tumor?

Holy freaking cow, i can't believe this is real. Warning, pretty damn ugly.

Update: And in the catagory of Worlds Largest Hand is this fellow, who's hand continued to grow during his lifetime (whereas this growth is stopped in adulthood usually).

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Mike Totten in Iraq

Story here.

This part is just critical to the whole effort I think.

“We support you,” the man continued. “You support our back, we support your back. But you must understand: If you pull back, we will pull back. I will have no choice but to pull back if I can’t depend on you. It will be much harder for us to stand together. But as long as you stand firmly behind us we will support you against Moqtada al Sadr and the other bastards in the area.”

“Are they Sunnis?” I said to Lieutenant Pitts. Moqtada al Sadr leads the radical Shia Mahdi Army militia.

“No,” he said. “They are Shias. But they don’t like any of the idiot groups, regardless of sect. They want peace.”

Interesting marriage proposal


Friday, August 17, 2007

Birds and Bees

You know, *that* talk. But things didn't go as expected in this household. Freaking hilarious.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Video game cheaters

Oh my!
It's mostly about gold farmers in WoW. To me, that's bad, but circumvented largely by having a limited amount of things you can actually buy in the game. Most of the really good stuff you can't just buy, you have to quest to get it (by killing certain monsters). So, yeah, it's not that much of a problem to me. The real problem is when said gold farmers ruin the economy by flooding the market, driving prices through the floor, making it impossible for people to sell items, and thus acquire enough gold to buy what they need. Still, the main use for the currency in the game is to buy special mounts at certain levels; things you can do without, for sure.

Fight the good fight

Slate has a great article about the lexicon of Al Qaeda in Iraq (aka AQM); its nice to hear such things coming from Slate, which usually (to me) is very negative in its opinion writers (we're losing, etc)