Knowing .NET Sometimes a coder who writes, sometimes a writer who codes. Formerly, a coder who edited magazines.

January 26, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Filed under: Uncategorized — larry @ 6:01 am

January 25, 2011

Kickstarter: A Crowd-Sourced Dragon’s Den

Filed under: Uncategorized — larry @ 6:04 am

Kickstarter is a service that allows you to raise money for projects easily: write up a proposal, come up with a set of bonuses that your funders get (You’ve watched PBS, you know the drill: “For $50, you get a lifetime license and a tote bag! For $100, you get all the benefits of the $50 level, plus a golf umbrella!”).

I am tempted to see if it works for my line of interests: for instance, a technical article or podcast on (say) neural networks or genetic algorithms or somesuch. Or, even more interestingly, to fund a project in the hit-driven world of iPhone development.

January 24, 2011

Goldilocks: A race-aware Java runtime – Microsoft Research

Filed under: Concurrency — larry @ 6:05 am

Goldilocks: A race-aware Java runtime – Microsoft Research.

This one’s been in my backlog to post about for awhile. Not only is it interesting as a concept, I find it also interesting that it’s a Java runtime and not based on the CLR. Technical reason or just researcher interest?

January 23, 2011

Surfing “Jaws” At Night

Filed under: Uncategorized — larry @ 3:06 pm

The Eddie did not go, but the winter storms that have kept the waves big all January gave someone an opportunity to do something truly nutsy — surfing Maui’s “Jaws” break in the middle of the night.

Sure, it was a stunt and, for surfing, stinks of dissipation and decadence, but still… 30′ waves at night?

Dangerous Minds | Surfer Mark Visser makes history by riding 30-40 foot waves in complete darkness.

January 20, 2011

Sho — A “Playground for Data” Written in IronPython

Filed under: Uncategorized — larry @ 8:18 am

Sho looks interesting, a .NET set of libraries, utilities, and an interactive console for rapid prototyping, data analysis, and visualization.

I am not sure how or if this interacts with Pivot, another Microsoft tool that seems to cover the same ground.

January 19, 2011

Wordless Wednesdays

Filed under: Uncategorized — larry @ 9:19 am

January 17, 2011

90-second version of A Wrinkle in Time

Filed under: Uncategorized — larry @ 9:21 am

“A Wrinkle In Time” In 90 Seconds from James Kennedy on Vimeo.

This is awesome: award-winning children’s books retold as 90 second films. Although my nieces and nephews are probably too old for this, I checked the list of Newbery winners and was amazed by how few I’d even heard of, much less read.

We Shall Fight Them In The Registers, We Shall Fight Them In The Heaps…

Filed under: Uncategorized — larry @ 8:58 am

Stuxnet Worm Used Against Iran Was Tested in Israel – NYTimes.com.

If we must have war, by all means let it be wormy.

January 16, 2011

808 Computers

Filed under: Uncategorized — larry @ 8:20 am

Big Island Nerds…

January 15, 2011

Shocked, shocked to discover astrology unreliable

Filed under: Uncategorized — larry @ 8:13 am

I don’t know what to make of the furor that your astrological sign does not accord with the facts.

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