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{ Monthly Archives } May 2004

NEC pleads guilty to defrauding poor schools in E-Rate program

One of my interests lately is in the intersection of technology and education (if you haven’t noticed from some of my blog posts). Catching this story on NEC pleading guilty to defrauding a set of poor schools in the San Francisco area of making them buy way more technological equipment than they needed is just […]

Mosir: a GIS App in Squeak

Okay, I’m going to try to blog some more stuff that is harder for non-Japanese speakers to access due to the language barrier… I make no promises but…. Introducing Mosir a Map Viewing software built for Squeak. Features: Can read Japanese GSI data Can read USGS GTOPO30 data It’s 3-D Runs on Squeak (Seems to […]

Dante’s Inferno Audio (In Italian)

Now this is neat. A version of Dante’s Inferno I (The Divine Comedy) is available from this Italian website along with a reading in the original Italian (requires RealPlayer). Very neat. Check it out Thanks to Jerry Lerma’s Dante Page for bringing this up. He also made a map of The Simpsons if you’re interested.

Games and Education

The New York Times has an article about the intersection of Video Games and Education. In my opinion this is not really a brand new frontier. However, there definitely is synergy (oh yeah there’s that evil word!) between two disciplines however I don’t think it is one of those cut-and-paste cases. To make GOOD educational […]

In the weird department…

Swearing (Don’t play this one too loud in the workplace) The Simpsons (The Outsourced Version) My Heart Will Go On German dude demands compenstation for lack of sex (SHeesh talk about demanding A LOT from a social welfare system) Thanks to Zongrila for collecting these into one spot

Chinese Word Play

This is very neat. I love Word Play, especially in languages. The original poster describes it as follows: From left to right, top to bottom, the Mandarin pronunciation of the sentence, in hanyu pinyin, is “jin4 shi4 jin4 shi4 jin4 shi4 jin4 shi4.” “jin shi” == in recent times “jin shi” == scholars. (A particular […]

A Basic Arabic Tutorial

I have a passive interest in learning languages. Some of the trickier languages for a native English speaker are Chinese, Japanese, Russian and Arabic do to their different writing systems (I left out a lot). In my search for stuff on the web, most of it has been rather uninspired but this site I stumbled […]

Seoul Panoramas

Here is a link to some really nice panorama shots of Seoul. Thanks to Hunjang for the link

From the depths of the bottom of the ocean….

Aquaman summons a DVD compilation!

Slashdot Q&A session with Indian Techies

Seems Slashdot interviewed a bunchof Indian techies and posted up their thoughts on India. There has been piles of articles that I’ve read regarding outsourcing however most of it has been from the American side. THere have been a few articles from Indians but most of them seem to have the corporate veneer painted on […]