Saturday, April 30, 2005

Thursday, April 28, 2005


Furry Island Beach(#6396RLJ)
You are standing on Furry Island Beach, looking out over the crystal-blue waters of Henson Lake. The white sand of the beach is warm and comfortable to your feet, and refreshing breezes blow toward you from the lake.
To the north, east, and south you can see scenic views of the lakeshore landmarks and buildings, and to the west you can follow a trail back to the clearing and grass hut.
The waters of the lake look refreshing... why not go for a swim?
The afternoon stretches on, as the sun slowly drops toward the western horizon. Small clusters of furries chat amiably on the beach while others lie in the sun or drink cool drinks.
Obvious Exits:
lake [e] trail [w]
Beach umbrella
You take a deep breath and wade east into the lake until the water is over your head.
You find yourself underwater, yet oddly enough you are neither cold, nor PARTICULARLY wet, and you are able to breathe.
Underwater In Henson Lake
The water here has a very odd quality to it. It's light, almost airy, and is
a particularly iridescent blue. You find that you are neither cold nor
extremely wet, and that you are able to breathe fairly well.
The surface overhead ripples with sunlight and color, and to the west, you
can see the bottom rising until it meets the surface and becomes the Furry
Island beach. To the north, the water takes on a darker, denser appearance
as the lake bottom slopes downwords.
The airy water continues to the east, where you can make out some kind of
building or structure.
To the south, the water resumes its normal appearance, where a sandy stretch
of lake bottom leads around to the west, and past that, the lake bed slopes
up to the surface.
You go east through the light, airy water.
You find yourself in the Octopus's Garden, in the shade.
In The Octopus's Garden (In The Shade)
This underwater eatery is patterned after the ornamental gardens of the surface world. Tables are scattered amongst the paths and walkways of seashells with a large open area near the center for gatherings. Octopi waiters and waitresses stand ready to assist you in ordering or delivering your repast. Occasionally a vast dark shadow moves overhead, on the surface.
The "door" out of the restaurant is to the west, past two ornamental columns.

--------- A Poem About Lemurs ------------
Lemur Lemur burning bright
In the forests of the night
Staring out with your huge eyes
At the Madagascar skies
Old World primate though you are
I bet that you could drive a car
Better than most blondes I know
They don't have foxlike muzzles, though
Or any kind of tail to see
But yours are long and bushy, gee
I wish that I could be like you
And live in the jungle canopy too
Alas, I am an AOE *
And Fortran, Fortran calls to me
'Twill make me rage, and make me curse
So now I terminate my verse.
by Vance Kochenderfer
[ * AOE = Aerospace and Ocean Engineering student ]

found on furrymuck. come visit sness, 7th floor of the furry arms apartments. eat some berries!

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

the ELL (Emacs Lisp List) has moved here
great page on pretty printing XML.

Monday, April 25, 2005

milestone in Grid software 500TB were recently transferred.
sapphire as a substrate for carbon nanotubes

Saturday, April 23, 2005

an article about how tridg really threw a wrench in the works.

How to use red leds to grow lettuce more efficiently. looks perfect for the sness farm.
how to make a fire with a coke can and a chocolate bar.

and it doesn't involve bribing a local for a light.
sness: creating the craziest google searches since 1999.




i want to talk to the blue whales.
bc hot springs

Friday, April 22, 2005

cat siras.scaleit.xml | tr -d '[:blank:]' | tr -d '\n' > siras.line.xml

Thursday, April 21, 2005

A little script to resize all the images in a directory with bourne shell and ImageMagick.



cd '/fun/pictures/2005-04 (Apr)-21'
for n in `ls`

echo ${n}
convert -size 1024x768 ${n} -resize 1024x768 +profile "*" /usr/src/sness/keukenhof/${n}


Wednesday, April 20, 2005

check out this crazy google search

(-nazi necessary to filter through the roughest chaff)
colors used by tcl/tk.
my morning:

Loading dictionary....dictionary loaded.
Starting first tree walk....tree walk completed.
Starting second tree walk....tree walk completed.
Grouping items in their categories....done
Dumping symbol table....symbol table dumped.

Monday, April 18, 2005

And their impure blood shall water our furrows:

Le Marseillaise.

Sunday, April 17, 2005

i'm contemplating adding a new name for me "dj subvocal"

Friday, April 15, 2005

How to search through all your open buffers in Emacs:

M-x igrep-visited-files

So cool! I had a string in one open buffer, but I couldn't remember the file name. With this command, I found it right away.


Thursday, April 14, 2005

thinking aloud


future lokation of sness moon base alpha.

sness moon base beta to be setup on southern lunar pole.

magnetic anomaly found. recovery mission begins.

monolith begins transmissions. contact with jupiter acheived.
so funny, a timeline of every fictional history all the way from Dr. Who to Flintstones to Blackadder to X-men.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

(as i later discovered, she is irritating.)

M-x query-replace-regexp

\([0-9.%\]+\) *& *\([0-9.%\]+\) *& *\([0-9.%\]+\) *& *\([0-9.%\]+\) *& *\([0-9.%\]+\) *& *\([0-9.%\]+\) *& *\([0-9.%\]+\)


Monday, April 11, 2005

the history of photoshop
Beautiful Soup - A way to grab information off of websites, in python. Looks useful. python code here

Sunday, April 10, 2005

muio - usb to real world interface

tech sing. soon.
The PICStart Plus - Even though it's pricey, at about $300, I think it would be useful to have in the long run. Gotta check that it's fully compatible with MIDIbox though.
some information on the blue whale

link festival

about midi
what are opcodes?
Wikipedia MIDI
MIDIbox portal
Neat software filters from Kjaershus Audio
USB audio capture
Guitarists guide to recording
MIDIbox sequencer
The Notron
The Latronic Noroton
neat new midi controller
build a 24 track recording studio for $100
gizmodo, a mostly annoying but sometimes interesting tech blog, has a way to build a fairly expensive ($5000) but interesting pro home recording
studio story

here's what it looks like, quickly:

and then I said "we're not worthy"

the MIDIbox of

and details of a joystick

MIDIbox Hardware Platform, Core Module
the midibox

- sadly windows only, but looks neato.

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Friday, April 08, 2005

this dolphin 49e keyboard looks like exactly what I need. just a nice simple interface to MIDI for the notes. I have the drum kit for the beats, but I think it would be hard to do melodies on.

the octopus. wow. sweet interface. keep the yellow and blue leds, though.

how to setup a home recording studio for cheap

Thursday, April 07, 2005

sunset aurora borealis
Occasionally, I scare myself with UNIX commands:

fwnc0200 781 [~/cranktestdata] % ls -1 generated/ | tr "/" " " | grep -v TAGS | xargs
aep_infl aep_low aep_peak caufd cbm1 cbm2 crustacyanin cyanase_infl cyanase_low cyanase_peak dna180 dna270 dna360 dna90 gere_high gere_infl gere_low gere_peak gilu haptbr hmc_infl hmc_low hmc_peak insulin jia_high jia_infl jia_low jia_peak krel2_sir krel2_siras lyso2 pen_sir pscp_infl pscp_peak pscp_remote rnase_sir rnase_siras sav3 ss_high ss_infl ss_peak titia weiss135 weiss180 weiss225 weiss270 weiss315 weiss360 weiss45 weiss90 x15_infl x15_peak x15_remote x16_infl x16_peak x16_remote

This was a little thing where I wanted all the directories listed on one line, for cut and pasting into an emacs window with a little bourne shell script.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

human foozball
another boing boing japan link. thnks boingboing!
excellent sounding recipe, partially reproduced
here, due to the caprious nature of the web:

Roasted Salmon With Wasabi Cream
Olive oil
1 3/4 pounds wild king salmon fillet
Sea salt
6 teaspoons wasabi powder
1 cup sour cream.

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Sprinkle a roasting pan (large enough to fit the salmon) with olive oil. Lay the salmon in the pan skin-side down. Rub a thin slick of oil over the salmon and season with salt. Roast until just cooked through, 20 to 30 minutes.

Juice of 2 lemons
1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
2 tablespoons tamari
1/4 cup mirin
1/4 cup bonito flakes
13-inch square kelp, cut in thirds.

In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients. Let sit for 24 hours, then strain through cheesecloth. Ideally, the ponzu should sit, refrigerated, for at least a month; it improves with age and may be stored in the refrigerator for up to six months. Serve as a dipping sauce for tempura. Makes about 1 1/2 cups. Adapted from ''Essentials of Asian Cuisine,'' by Corinne Trang (Simon & Schuster).

hell bank notes
yagoohoogle. wow.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

dub sounds like this
did you know that dna might be conscious?

also -> pi
some very up to date (1824) data on sheep farming in canada.
mollycoddle (oed)


to give someone too much care or protection:

- You're not helping the children by mollycoddling them - they have to grow up sometime.


1833, originally a noun, "one who coddles himself," from Molly (pet name formation from Mary), used contemptuously from 1754 for "a milksop, an effeminate man" + coddle (q.v.). The verb is 1870, from the noun.

Monday, April 04, 2005

cosset (oed)

verb {T} -t- or UK ALSO -tt-
to give a lot of attention to making someone comfortable and to protecting them from anything unpleasant:

- Children need to be cosseted.

- DISAPPROVING The country has been cosseted (= too protected) by the government for so long that people have forgotten how to take responsibility for themselves.


1659, "to fondle, caress, indulge," from a noun (1579) meaning "lamb brought up as a pet" (applied to persons from 1596), perhaps from O.E. cot-sæta "one who dwells in a cot."

grid programming tutorial from Globus. A really funny and well written document.