Monthly Archives: December 2007

MacHeist

We’re counting on you, agent, to get to the bottom of all this. We think it’s safe to say at this point that whomever stole the RDF is up to no good and you may be able to thwart their plans with your persistence.

Democratic QOTD

My best friend, who is a lazy, apathetic bum, had a sudden attitude change when I told him that Ron Paul supports gun rights and legalization of drugs and prostitution. Almost before I could finish the sentence, he said, “Dude, I’m in.”…   “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Democracy simply doesn’t [...]

Cool for cats

As a companion-perspective to Cool URIs for the Semantic Web, I stumbled across this, from the “Dear Domey” column, in the domain name scene: Superior URL (to the tune of Material Girl by Madonna) Users searching, users clicking, Online ev’ry day, If you’ve got a lousy domain, They won’t come your way. If your site [...]

20Q +/- 2

I was just revisiting 20q.net, reminded after seeing the ontogame site. The latter starts with a Wikipedia/dbpedia concept, and asks you to classify it according to some ontological criteria, I think drawn from Proton. The former (neural-net based I think) lets uses supply random concepts, and when needed provide distinguishing yes/no characteristics. I wish all [...]

Lost the plot

I made this with the trial version of I Can Animate, a stop-motion package for MacOSX that leans towards the schools/education market. I was impressed at how easily I got up and running: just plugged an Isight into my old PowerBook and pointed it at the table (which was white, and didn’t help the Isight [...]

Dawkins QOTD

My impression remains what it has always been, however: the Postmodern Emperor is not only bereft of clothes. He doesn’t even have a skin. – Richard Dawkins, in comments thread for his review of the excellent Intellectual Impostures by Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont.