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NEW: ece.cmu.edu (27 Jan 2003 at 17:38)
I have a temporary account in the ECE department for my compilers class, so here is my web page (not for epileptics).
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Yellowtail (21 Jan 2003 at 13:19)
I wish I had invented this (needs java).
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GeoURL (20 Jan 2003 at 12:51)
I just added myself to GeoURL so that you can find me with your ICBM or find others near me.
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Old-ass Topos (16 Jan 2003 at 16:08)
I also found a site with a bunch of old-ass topological maps. Here's one that's 111 years old of my home town in CT -- I was able to find where my house is (most of the roads are the same!!). The 1914 one has even more detail.

I also found my new house, which is a much tinier pixel on 1907 Pittsburgh Map.
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Traffic Waves (16 Jan 2003 at 15:50)
I found a great page that provides animations and pretty convincing evidence for a driving technique I've been practicing for a while: leaving a large space in front of you in order to reduce resistance at traffic jams. (Leaving a large space has other benefits, too, especially in terms of giving you a safe stopping distance.)


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Frodo Has Failed (14 Jan 2003 at 16:34)
Hehe. Frodo Has Failed -- a nice piece of photoshop work.
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AMI BIOS or NOT? + TCPA woes (14 Jan 2003 at 13:35)
OK, here's a nerd joke. AMI BIOS or NOT?

I found this on the slashdot discussion that ensued after AMI announced that they'd be supporting TCPA in their BIOS. If you haven't been following the assault on fair use of corporation-controlled copyrighted content (and indeed, probably illegal but harmless use like sharing MP3s with your friends), you might not know what TCPA and Palladium are. But if you care about that kind of thing, or even if you just like the convenience of sharing music, you should read about it and then tell supporters that you think it makes their products less attractive. Or, at least, know that when you buy a TCPA-enabled computer (look for it!) you're contributing to the digital enslavement of consumers. This technology is already showing up in computers -- it's no longer just a bad dream.

To tell you the truth, I think I would not be so upset to lose my mp3-sharing abilities. Most of the stuff I buy can't be found on, say, EMULE or KaZaA Lite anyway. What really scares me is that all of this stuff has the very real potential to raise the "barrier to entry" for small-time bands or amateur music makers. I could live without buying any more music from RIAA members, but if I was not able to share MP3s of music I made conveniently with people on the internet, then that would be a sad, sad world. Remember, these guys aren't actually evil and don't actually want to make the world a worse place for you -- they just want your money. So vote with your wallet!



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Partial Capo (10 Jan 2003 at 11:15)
These bastards stole my idea ... in 1976!! Read about Partial Capo devices for xtreme tunings on guitar.

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Get yours! (08 Jan 2003 at 10:26)
I just found on some other weblog that that old class-action settlement against the recording industry (RIAA) means that you can sign up to get about twenty free dollars cash money. (If you bought a CD between 1995 and 2000, which I know you did.) This is for that price-fixing thing.

Go, get yours!

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NEW: Album-a-day 12 (06 Jan 2003 at 16:12)
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Oh, I forgot to post this: My 12th album-a-day is finally online. It's called Image Gap Committee, named after the committee (apparently filled with cold-war era folks?) devoted to making Pittsburgh seem more hip. I like this one a lot, so check it out if you like to put vibrations in your ears.
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Word of the Year, etc. (06 Jan 2003 at 15:11)
In the spirit of the banished words link below, Karthik sent me this link to the American Dialect Society's Word Of The Year page, where you can read about a bunch of timely words. Some of these should probably be banished, too, but some are pretty funny, like, assoline (methane used as fuel).
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UPD: gallery.spacebar.org (05 Jan 2003 at 12:35)
I just got back to Pittsburgh and loaded some more photos that I took recently into the New category on my Photo Gallery.
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Banished II (01 Jan 2003 at 23:08)
Just like last year (right when I added the ability to put comments on radar entries), I enjoyed reading the list of Banished Words for 2003. I especially agree with the term "reverse discrimination," one that I've hated for many years.
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UPD: photo gallery (01 Jan 2003 at 02:18)
Happy N Year!

I just posted a bunch of new pictures I took with my new camera this break. They're at my my photo gallery in the New! pseudo-category. Soon I'll also post "family" and "friend" pictures from my visit to CT this break...
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