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ICFP -- done! (29 Jul 2001 at 13:39)
OK, we finished our ICFP Entry! Actually, we submitted two. One with a very careful, monotonic transformation called (\x.x) and one with a crazy, randomized strategy called reencode. I guess we'll see how we do!

(Now -- time for sleep?)
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UPD: Tom 7 Entertainment System (27 Jul 2001 at 18:26)
Tom 7 Entertainment System has been updated with 3 new songs that I uploaded last week. 8 bits forever!
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ICFP 2001 (26 Jul 2001 at 09:53)
It's time for the ICFP programming contest again! This year's team: Perry, Dave, Joe, and Me.

Here is the task we'll be working on, when it is posted at 11:00 am! Everyone join in!
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Ugly Couch Contest (26 Jul 2001 at 09:46)
Here's a fun contest for ugly couches. Don't forget to check out previous winners..
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UPD: SICO (25 Jul 2001 at 08:53)
I added two new variations to SICO; these change the terrain of the board by adding walls. I'm working on a new piece called the MEGABISHOP but it takes a lot of concentrating, which I have not had much of the past few days. It'll be there soon.
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D.S.L.! (24 Jul 2001 at 17:51)
My Earthlink DSL kit finally came today (had to go to UPS to pick it up). Now I have a real internet connection, and I can use it at the same time as my phone!

I used an awesome set of drivers called RASPPPOE for my Windows 2000 box; I was up and running in 5 minutes and I didn't have to install any of the ISP's crazy software. I highly recommend this for new DSL users on Win2000.

Now we'll see if this improves or hinders my productivity. ;) Time to go try Quake 3.......
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paintbrush.exe (23 Jul 2001 at 13:46)
Here's some great stuff made with MS Paintbrush. This is what I'm talking about when I say crap art!
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NEW: Album-a-day #3 (19 Jul 2001 at 14:40)
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I have a new album-a-day! This one is called Spacewalk Underway, and it is sing-songy and introverted. You should listen! I also updated the album-a-day page to reflect the fact that there are now 8 registered album-a-day projects! (join in, it's fun!)
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July Update (15 Jul 2001 at 09:41)
It's the middle of July.

Yesterday I helped find a bug in MLton, and I incorporated workarounds in my network stoftware. Now they work again.

After that I finished another album-a-day in about 10 hours. It's really tuney, maybe to a fault. I'm uploading it to mp3.com via my mega-slow modem, so I suppose it will be available there next week.

Tonight I'm heading back home to Connecticut. I'll probably do the usual stuff, and then drive my new old minvan back to Pittsburgh (hooray!). There's also some kind of music festival next week in New York which I might go to. (I am a little bit apprehensive about these things, I believe firmly that Lollapalooza 1995 was what ruined indie rock for the end of the 1990's!)
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Sad Sappy Sucker (12 Jul 2001 at 11:32)
Modest Mouse just released their 1994 album Sad Sappy Sucker. I think it is their best one; it sounds like the other great low-fi albums of the mid 90s. I've been listening to it a lot recently.
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Man hit with Cow (12 Jul 2001 at 10:59)
Here's an article about the kind of thing which you wouldn't believe, except that it's true... a man knocked unconcsious by a falling cow.

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FF.MOV (12 Jul 2001 at 08:48)
After a series of terrible experiences last night, I finally saw the Final Fantasy Movie. The plot was pretty lame (not based on a video game, though exactly like one), but there was some mighty fine 3D rendering, including:

- Cloth - Hair - Caustics

It was worth watching, if just to see how incredibly expensive it was!
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It was a Dark and Stormy Night... (11 Jul 2001 at 08:40)
Check out the results of the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, where writers try to construct the worst opening line for a novel. Some of these are great!
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New MLton! (09 Jul 2001 at 18:23)
Awesome, a new version of MLton just came out. This one does native code generation (rather than compiling to C), so it is a lot faster. My mlftpd binary went from 600-something kilobytes to 200-something. An arbitrary benchmark I tried out ran 25% faster! I'm happy. I can't wait to see what impact this has on the shootout comparison.

Since they assimilated my system logging code, I'm even in the credits, yay!
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yay! (08 Jul 2001 at 21:43)
Awright, I fixed my first bug in TILT!
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NEW: misc mp3 (08 Jul 2001 at 19:50)
Here are three miscellaneous songs that don't really belong anywhere else. The newest one by "Nimbar" is me and Amy jamming; that's there primarily to embarass her (at this point I am unembarassable when it comes to music!). Also there is a song that Karthik and Amy and I made back in 2000, when we were in our Magnetic Fields phase. Finally, for hardcore Spastic Moose (Now tentatively known as "Marm and Toc") fan, there's a Tom 7 cover of an unreleased song, "Ultra Corrosion".
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NEW: Crap Art + Album-a-Day (06 Jul 2001 at 19:22)
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I put up pages explaining Crap Art (still workin' on it...) and the Album-a-Day project.
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New Aphex Twin!! (06 Jul 2001 at 14:19)
New Aphex Twin!!
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NEW: mlidentd (05 Jul 2001 at 00:21)
I added a new app in my ML internet services suite, mlidentd. This one implements the "auth" or "ident" protocol that bizarrely enough, some IRC servers still require.

My framework for writing these seems to be getting pretty good; I hardly needed to change anything to crank this one out. I know I keep saying this, but I think BIND is up next...
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Popular and Not Popular (04 Jul 2001 at 17:12)
I finally found my copy of Acre Thrills by US Maple, which I thought I had lost in the move. I still think this is the best album released this year. If you fear for the future of music (but think you have an open mind), try this one out. (I am always reluctant to recommend US Maple; maybe you should download it somewhere for free.)

I've also unexpectedly grown to like the new Radiohead album, Amnesiac. It's much less weird than US Maple, but much more interesting than most stuff I hear being called "Alternative". (From the same people who brought you "Creep"!) Kudos to both of these bands for not caring what the "right" way to make music is.
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UPD: snoot/aphasia (04 Jul 2001 at 17:05)
I added an about snoot page to snoot.org and imported the last two snoot apps (Binary Fiction and Collaborative Fiction) into aphasia apps CVS.
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Dave's Insanity Sauce (04 Jul 2001 at 00:26)
Dave Mundie showed us a great epinions article about Dave's Insanity Sauce (not related, as far as I know), which we are supposed to be taste-testing at work on Friday!

(epinions appears to not work if you are using Proxomitron. Shame on them.)
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Transforming Minivan! (03 Jul 2001 at 11:19)
Always on the bleeding edge of meme technology, I bring you:

TRANSFORMING MINVAN!

I really want to make my van do this, too...
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