Month: November 2005

Dig Dug Done

computers

For a long, long time, Slashdot has ruled the geekdom. But there is unrest. The chattering classes have found a new upstart who seeks to grab the throne. Who is this? What foul stench lies across geekland? Bodies are lying in the streets in various states of decomposition. Grim the situation seems. The peasant geeks have revolted. Led by a fresh, new leader called digg. So digg is scraping up the geeks left and right, […]

Hand-tuned Code

computers

The NYTimes.com has a great article about Kazushige Goto whose Basic Linear Algebra Subroutines (GotoBLAS) power a surprising number of the world’s fastest computers. Mr. Goto has excelled at hand-tuning code for calculating linear equations on a variety of microprocessor architectures. Currently at UT-Austin, he has been in the supercomputing field for only a decade. He’s now 37 years old. Well, go read the article yourself. It’s fascinating, if you’re into that kind of thing. […]

A Day in the Life of a Turkey

life

Today in the United States is our annual holiday Thanksgiving. The traditional meal is that of a large North American gallinaceous bird (Meleagris gallopavo) that is domesticated in most parts of the world. And in case you were wondering, a gallinaceous bird is of or relating to an order (Galliformes) of heavy-bodied largely terrestrial birds including the pheasants, turkeys, grouse, and the common domestic fowl. (Thanks, Merriam-Webster.) The non-traditional meal in the U.S. of course […]

One-Trick Ponies

computers

There is a certain class of site that falls into the One Trick Pony category. These are sites that don’t have any content or any other real purpose except to amuse. Robert Scoble, the Microsoft Blogger, links to a good one today. It’s the singing eye-yey-eye site at www.iiiiiiii.com. Another one of my favorites that I never tire of is KHAAAN! over at www.khaaan.com. You need to have the sound on for both of these […]

How to talk to a man (but not this man)

life

In the continuing Battle of the Sexes and in light of Maureen Dowd’s book Are Men Necessary?, Samantha Bonar of the Los Angeles Times has decided to limit her vocabulary when speaking to men. In fact, she finds that only 10 or so words are necessary. Check this out: I also have decided to limit my vocabulary to 10 monosyllabic words (not counting contractions and articles): You Big Strong Yes Chips Game Beer Man Want […]

Google Analytics: Thumbs up!

computers

One of the side effects of running your own website is the data that is generated by your visitors. Our web host, pair.com, dumps a daily log file of all the traffic on the site. Typically we’ve looked at these with a web analytics program about once a month. But now there’s a new kid on the block, Google Analytics. Google’s service is free, and it’s great! Basically you put a small bit of javascript […]

Manufactured Podcasts

computers

I know you’ve been anxiously awaiting Manufactured Environments podcasty goodness. Well, I’m pleased to announce that Manufactured Podcasts is up and podcasting away. I’ve posted a few select poems that I think you will enjoy. Enjoy! The RSS feed for the podcasts is over here: https://manufacturedenvironments.com/podcasts/index.xml

The subgenius school of design

design

I was taking a look at Miqel.com and liked the dense design. There’s a lot it reminds me of, and it’s well worth a look if you haven’t. It comes from the same design school as Dr Bronner’s Magic Soaps and the Church of the Subgenius. These things seem to run together. So what do you think? Should the next redesign of Manufactured Environments be inspired by Miqel.com? Update: For some reason, it seems appropriate […]

The Cure: The Top

music

Here it is 2005 and what is Dan listening to tonight? His favvy fav-o favorite album by The Cure. By some freak accident of nature, The Cure is still one of my favorite bands. I tend to only listen to their 80s music—ignoring 1979 and in whole the 1990s. I seem to never get tired of listening to this stuff. Believe me, I love every album they released in the 1980s. My friend Chris used […]

Homage to the Glass

music

Sam requested some hints and tips from the classical repertoire, and we can only but oblige. You may be thinking, “What is it with classical music?” and “Who the hell listens to that stuff anyway?” and “Anything composed after 1945 is utter shite!” Okay, fair enough. There is a lot of music post-WWII that was atonal, abrasive, and frankly difficult to listen to. But writing off the last 60 years of classical music doesn’t make […]