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{ Monthly Archives } November 2004

How to test if you’re American

Found an online test to see if you’re American. I pretty much hit most of the marks…. well duh. However there’s one that sounds like it was written by someone who can only see black and white: Between “black” and “white” there are no other races. Someone with one black and one white parent looks […]

Some interesting differences between the Japanese and English version of Windows

I was following a discussion on the Squeak Mailing List and found this interesting discussion regarding the differences in text encoding of keyboard input and the clipboard for the Japanese and English version of Windows: J.S. posts his initial problem … thank you for replying. Perhaps I should have just asked if there was a […]

I want the Transformer option for my car, please

Well, I know what option I want on my next car. Wouldn’t you?

Stuffed Cocaine Squid

Seems authorities nabbed a giant squid stuffed with approximately 700 kg of cocaine on its way to Mexico and the U.S. from Peru. Street value is about $17.5 million That’s one way to try to sneak in something. Seems also that Peru is one of the leading producers of cocaine in the world as well. […]

Tales of Unemployment

This is from around 2002 when the job slashing in the U.S. was at some of its worst however I find it an interesting read on one person’s journey to unemployment (again). Not being in the U.S. it’s hard to judge the job market now but it seems certain locations are doing better than others […]

Some Croquet News

Being into 3D and all that, I also follow the Open Croquet project. I need to be more productive one of these days rather than passively observing. Anyways here’s some really interesting news from one of the Croqueteers: I have decided to write the Wicket editor in Python. There are a number of good reasons […]

Blender 3D Conference 2004 Videos

I’ve been slowly getting into 3-D. One of the coolest FREE tools I’ve found is Blender however like any 3d artistic tool it’s not exactly simple to learn. But having a free version available is definitely nice. I also try to follow what the Blender community does once in awhile. Every year there is a […]

A mini review of Howl’s Moving Castle

I just went to see Howl’s Moving Castle in theaters in Japan now. Being a Studio Ghibli fan it was a must see in the theaters for me. I will try to avoid any spoilers since I don’t believe in ruining the fun beforehand. That’s like giving away The Sixth Sense. First off, if you […]

Made in the USA

Paul Graham has another essay up. His last sets were not too bad but this one I find has some interesting remarks regarding the general character of America versus other countries when it comes to building products: But the just-do-it model does have advantages. It seems the clear winner for generating wealth and technical innovations […]

So what do they do at Chinese Beauty Pageants?

Thanks to Nanjinren one of life’s mysteries has been revealed in what they do at Chinese Beauty Pageants (which seem to be picking up in the mainland). Calligraphy … while in a bikini

Chinese Internet Acronyms

Read it yourself

A trek through text-based games with a foul tongue

If you’re old enough to remember the text adventure game then you probably eventually at one point decided to enter in profanity into the game to see what happened. Here’s a gallery of some of the responses those games would give you. Seems the earlier developers did put some anticipation of foul language in their […]

Computer overusage bad for your eyes

Well, it is about time a study finally hints that overusge of computers can lead to eye problems. I’ve always suspected it but the doctors have always been telling me otherwise. Guess, I need to start being more careful in front of the computer. Read it yourself

Pacman VR

Pacman VR! Now you can live the fever with lots of hi-tech augmented gadgets. And as Pac Man you can communicate with people over the net to give you navigational help. Why, all I need now is a rocket launcher… Read it yourself

Vietnam is advancing as a nation, shhyeah right

The UK news.telegraph has a story about Miss Vietnam becoming the target of a kidnapping. The reason being that she was about to go to England to study on a scholarship. That’s really pathetic. One thing that is definitely necessary to increase economic output is a good supply of WELL EDUCATED people that can be […]