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©2001 Andy J. W. Affleck
Friday, April 12, 2002
If I did this right, there should be a new googlebox on the right side of this page on the radio version of this site... just playing around...(11:18 PM)

Thursday, April 11, 2002
I love it. NASA or the SAO (I forget which, maybe both) is not allowed to actually say who their contractors were. But we do, at least, get a nod on the contributors page (Ragged Castle Design). Sad thing is, that was our last major job. We've done some small stuff for in-house use by various clients but nothing major to show since this.

Anyone want to hire us for a job? We're good. And not too expensive either... anyone? anyone? Ah well, it was worth a shot.

And now I really do have to go to sleep.(10:11 PM)

Aside from stars made of quarks (as found by my old friend the Chandra X-Ray Observatory -- see the site my wife and I designed for them at - specifically the public outreach site) it's been a busy week. I'm still out here and I owe a lot of people email. I'll respond this weekend, I promise. After I finish the taxes. Hey, at least we're getting a refund this time around. With all the insanity of last year, it's nice to know we're getting a little something back from it!

The new home is shaping up nicely (pictures coming soon) and Jack has more words (something that sounds like "eyesh" which is either cheese or Thomas the Tank Engine, "Story" when he wants a story (he pounds his chest to request Goodnight Gorilla), "Key", "Blue", and I *think* he tried to say Lion tonight... Pictures of him coming soon as well. He's 25 months old and 6'3" and 200 pounds. Or something like that.

Well, sleep beckons.(10:06 PM)

Stars Suggest a Quark Twist and a New Kind of Matter(9:15 PM)

Incredible! Lost city found off Indian coast. A city which has been the subject of legend for thousands of years is
discovered off the south-east coast of India. [BBC News: sci/tech](2:54 PM)

Wednesday, April 10, 2002
Astronomers discover a star made entirely of quarks! Weird!(1:41 PM)

More goodies from the Shifted Librarian:

Wow - check out the Lego Church. [via Ian's Messy Desk] Other great Lego sites:

[The Shifted Librarian](1:37 PM)

Ann's friend Jarat has made it out of Ramallah and is fine. "They walked 50 feet into Jerusalem with a "great, heaving sigh," and were shocked at the normalcy of life only a few feet away, Chopra said."(10:45 AM)

Monday, April 08, 2002
In a Slashdot thread titled "Unix Isn't Dead," one reply reads: "To paraphrase "Dark Paladin" in a recent article about his Mac OS X conversion: Microsoft Windows is like your class president that didn't do shit. Linux is like a super-smart, sexy redhead girlfriend that's also a bit insane. Mac OS X is like the geeky girl at school who shed her braces and became a total hottie--and still wants to spend all her time hanging around with you. " Brilliant!(10:28 PM)

The following tidbit is from the Shifted Librarian, a weblog I just discovered today:

Two interesting font resources to file away from WebDesign-L.

  • WhatTheFont - "Ever wanted to have a font just like the one used by certain publications, corporations, or ad campaigns? Well now you can, using the WhatTheFont font recognition system. Upload a scanned image of the font and we'll show you the closest matches in our database!"

  • Identifont - "Welcome to Identifont®, the unique font identifier that enables you to identify a font from a sample by answering a series of simple questions. It is ideal if you want to match an existing typeface, or identify a typeface you have seen in a publication."
[The Shifted Librarian]
(10:23 PM)

Physicist Thinks He'll Have a Time Machine by Next Fall. We all have dreamed about traveling through time. Seeing the wonders of the future, or visiting Caesar in ancient Rome. Now one physicist, according to this Boston Globe article, and this Eureka Alert article, thinks he'll be able to transport neutrons through time by next fall. []

Huh. If this is actually true, it raises huge issues for morality... huge ones. Makes all the debate over cloning look like trite.(11:13 AM)

Brown Professor Trapped in Palestine This is a friend of Ann's from when she worked at Brown. I met him once at Waterfire (very briefly). We're hoping he stays safe and is able to get out soon.(11:05 AM)

GAO says XML not ready for extensive government use "XML, the data exchange standard that is being deployed by federal agencies to improve interoperability, is not a mature standard. And without centralized leadership, XML implementations by various agencies could actually hurt the interoperability of government systems, the U.S. General Accounting Office said in a report released Friday."(10:42 AM)

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