I got my first tech job off Usenet. I remember lots of conversations in rec.arts.starwars, back when you could actually HAVE a conversation. Ah, it’s sad to see the decline of Usenet. I hope Molly’s right, and that the departure of AOL will make it less desireable for spammers so the rest of us can [...]
I’m a little bit frustrated to realize that Long Way Round is almost a DVD. That is, Ewan MacGregor and Charlie Boorman’s bike trip around the world has been released in Europe, but not here in the states. This series was just absolutely captivating, and I don’t even like motorcycles. Please, please, go to the [...]
Here’s a couple of pieces I don’t have time to write up for the Vanguard Science Fiction Report: Hitchhiker’s Guide becomes a film, and Stephen Fry plays the guide and Neil Gaiman and Robert Zemeckis take on Beowulf. I did get a chance to write up Spaceballs: The Cartoon.
There’s nothing like a reminder that life isn’t all bad to get you going in the morning. Check out The Goodness of Life. Takes a few minutes to cycle through, but it’s worth it.
If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?
I majored in Physics in college and not Computer Science, so when I got my first job as a programmer, about 4 years after I graduated, and my boss, a couple of years younger than me, started talking about “design patterns,” I was sure that I had missed out on a lot by skipping computers [...]
Java 1.5, to be released soon, has a new feature that I’m glad I learned about before I hit it in my C++ crash course: generics. I point that out because you’ll laugh a lot more at
When will people learn that blogs are not private? I mean, when I’m tempted to write something about my personal life, or about work, I think very, very hard about it. I know you think the person you’re talking about would never in a million years read your blog. Guess what. You’re wrong. If you [...]
Caution: Insaniquarium is a serious time sink.