Sunday, November 28, 2010
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Listen to the episode here.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
There certainly seems to be a lot more controversy at the CFI than was originally let on. I'm personally glad that we are getting Mr. Kurtz's side of the story. I'll be watching closely to see any official responses from the CFI.
I know that some people will start pleading that this sort of public disagreement will ultimately harm the secular movement. And while I don't disagree that some harm will come of it I wouldn't want to endorse any sort of organization that doesn't at least attempt to address open dissent within its ranks in an free and public forum.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think. The prizes are intended to celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative — and spur people's interest in science, medicine, and technology.The event will be live streamed from youtube tomorrow. Be sure to catch it if you can. If anything little Miss Sweety Poo is sure to be an entertaining time keeper for the event.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) with the mission of providing a world-class education to anyone, anywhere. Despite being the work of one man, Salman Khan, this 1600+ video library is the most-used educational video resource as measured by YouTube video views per day and unique users per month. We are complementing this ever-growing library with user-paced exercises--developed as an open source project--allowing the Khan Academy to become the free classroom for the World.The overview of the library in the video below is really impressive. You can even sign in with your google account to participate.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
from their website:
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Friday, July 30, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Just got wind of the news that Maddox will be premiering his new show on his youtube channel. I can't wait to see what awesomely offensive content he'll be delivering. The event is just a little over 16 hours away as of this writing.
For this of you who aren't familiar with Maddox I might suggest you pop over to his website and read up on some previous posts. This guy have made being a dick an art form.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
The cat is amazingly friendly and affectionate. He'd make a great pet from what we can tell. If anyone is interested please let me know.
Friday, July 23, 2010
I don't think religion is going to become obsolete but I think theism might. So I think that religion came up with a couple of things which are profoundly important. Religion is the repository of human thinking about how to get into a certain kinda mood through physical behaviors: the praying, the ritual, the meetings, the community, the meditations. And that mood is still very precious to human beings and it is a very real part of being human.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Another benefit of listening to the podiobook is that I was introduced to the podiobooks.com website which features a plethora of free podiobooks to choose from. I've decided to try some non-fiction next.
Friday, July 9, 2010
The Thiers Issard series of straight razors is available from http://www.rasagepoulin.com which is entirely family owned and operated and also sports a decent environmental policy. Kudos!
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
From the article:
One way in which tires are used is as a fuel source for generating power, but this is very inefficient, not to say questionable in terms of emissions. Incineration occurs at higher temperatures than coal and produces 25% more energy, but since burning a ton of tires produces almost the same amount of carbon, it is hardly eco-friendly.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
If something doesn’t work, try something else. That’s a lesson that the FSF needs to embrace, if it wants to succeed with a mainstream audience. Being the Party of Gno, and trying to tell users to just avoid Windows, Cloud Computing, iPads, and proprietary software isn’t cutting it. It’s time to come up with credible alternatives or be satisfied with remaining irrelevant to the majority of users.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
If you're interested in taking a trip down memory lane you should also have a look at the interactive fiction database online to search for some title you can either play online or download an interpreter to play on your desktop.
Monday, June 7, 2010
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Fences uses a very clever way of organizing your desktop by creating shaded areas which become movable and sizable containers for your icons. Double click blank spaces on your desktop and all your fences will fade out, and back. While this is certainly a potentially helpful way of keeping a cluttered desktop organized it doesn't actually deal with the clutter itself. My experience with it has been that I simply ended with a bunch more fences on my desktop hidden an ever growing collection of files. Not really the all encompassing solution I was looking for.
DropIt is a simple drop target (a floating image on your desktop) that you can drop files onto to quickly position them in folders of your choice. It allows to set a destination folder for each pattern rule defined and group patterns as different profiles. While this is certainly a good idea there are severe limits to how useful this can be. Because DropIt relies so heavily on the file name and extension pattern matching for organizing your files you are limited by the naming conventions you want to manage. Taking the extra step of renaming a file before dropping it on the target is equivalent to the effort needed to filing it in the folder myself.
Tabbles is similar to DropIt in regards to the drag and drop approach to sorting your files. However, Tabbles steps it up a notch by tagging and tracking your files with specific tags depending on the icon (or tabble) you drop it on instead of moving to a specific folder based solely on a filename pattern. Think of it as a way of associating multiple keywords to a file and then being able to search and navigate your file system through these keywords (which show up as virtual folders in the Tabbles navigation window). The net advantage here is that you can associate a single file with multiple tabbles. This means that you can dump all you files into one giant folder and use Tabbles to make sense of everything. The program will also monitor your file system and will automatically apply certain default tags to new files, such a file type, to streamline the process.
While this software is potentially the most useful solution I found I'm sad to say that the free version limits you to only 1000 files. As such it's not really a practical solution for my work environment as I have well over this amount. Still, I'm tempted to try this at home for a while to see how useful it ends up being over the long term.
BumpTop is a 3D desktop environment that aims to make sense of your desktop by turning your clutter into simulated physical objects that you can throw around, stack, scale, flip through, and even pin to the wall. While this is more eye candy that anything else the concept is very intriguing. Unfortunately the software is no longer available since it was acquire by Google in April of 2010. The company has not issued an official statement of what they intend to do with the software but it seems likely that they will use it in conjunction with their Android OS for a tablet to rival the iPad. If you are curious you can have a look Anand Agarawala's, the creator of BumpTop (yes a Canadian), talk at TED. Alternatively you can also play around with a very pale imitation of the software ShockDesktop3D that only has a fraction of the features.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
While alternativeto.net doesn't only focus on open source it does offer more regular updates and a wider variety of options.
From the website:
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Based on our users recommendations we list great alternatives to the applications you want to replace. By joining the site you can participate in the process of making these recommendations better, so please join in!
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
- Magic Island
- Guy in charge who likes to help people: Hurley
- Seconded by a helpful, smaller, sidekick: Ben
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
William Li: Can we eat to starve cancer? | Video on TED.com
Monday, May 24, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
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Thursday, May 20, 2010
This week on WireTap, tune in for advice from Starlee Kine on how toget over a bad break up. Plus, Howard confesses his true feelings for Jonathan, and a selection of short notes to people we have loved from Dear Old Love. And Jonathan reads his story "You Call That Love", with musical accompaniment by John K Samson, Christine Fellows and Leanne Zacharias.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Moreover, in recent years the board had concerns about Dr. Kurtz’s day-to-day management of the organization.