24 December 2008

The song of one-foot budgie

One-foot budgie only needs one foot, To sit on his perch all day. One-foot budgie only needs one foot, To relax in an avian way. He’s got two feet, He can climb and tweet, Chew on his toys and play; But one-foot budgie only needs one foot To sit on his perch all day. He wakes up every morning, Stretches out his wings. Stuffs his face with bird seed, Sometimes even sings. ... Read more

21 December 2008

The NSA cheese test

I was enjoying some soft blue cheese on fresh French bread, thinking about algorithms, when I had a sudden revelation. I’ve implemented it as The NSA cheese test so you can enjoy it.

10 December 2008

A bailout here, a bailout there, pretty soon you’re talking real money

There’s a US car industry you don’t hear much about. Over 100,000 Camry hybrids have been manufactured in Kentucky. The State of Ohio has cited Toyota Motor Sales for environmental excellence. Over a billion dollars has gone into building a state of the art Tundra manufacturing plant in Texas. There are over 36,000 people working in the USA for Toyota. Yet somehow, there’s a perception that US vehicle manufacturing means Detroit. ... Read more

8 December 2008

Lola the budgie in HD

YouTube has started offering HD video. I’m not sure it’s really HD, but it’s way better than the crappy pixelated video they used to offer. I re-encoded the video of our new parakeet meeting Chester for the first time. I’ve uploaded it in HD. The result is much clearer. Now to re-do all my other movies… For anyone else hoping to do the same, the magic settings for QuickTime / iMovie are: 1280×720 progressive, MPEG-4 H. ... Read more

4 December 2008

Put on your tinfoil hat!

Chicago Tribune: The U.S. Supreme Court will consider Friday whether to take up a lawsuit challenging President-elect Barack Obama’s U.S. citizenship, a continuation of a New Jersey case embraced by some opponents of Obama’s election. But this isn’t just any normal political theory. After Internet blowhards started circulating rumors that Obama was born in Kenya, the Obama campaign published a scan of his birth certificate. So the wingnuts moved on to claiming that the scan was a cunning Photoshop fake. ... Read more

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