Tetris documentary

October 26, 2006

It's well known within my "circle" that Tetris is my favorite game of all time (I still have my original GameBoy cartridge) and I've never been shy about making known my ability to play it.

It is with this in mind that I present to you, Tetris - From Russia With Love, a wonderful, hour-long BBC documentary about the game, its creator, and its tumultuous ride out of communist Russia. It really is a fascinating story, though admittedly, you may not think so highly of it if you don't share my love for the game.

Does YouTube really have legal problems?

October 26, 2006
Does YouTube really have legal problems?. "What's really interesting is that the content industry actually likes §512 more than anyone will admit. The notice-and-takedown system gives content owners the twin advantages of exposure and control. When stuff is on YouTube, the owners have an option. They can leave it posted there, if they want people to see it, and build buzz. But they can also snap their fingers and bring it all down."

Flak Photo

October 24, 2006

I'm currently the "photo of the day" at Flak Photo (archived here if you are looking after the 24th). Thanks Andy! I hardly ever mention these sorts of things here, but maybe I should start. Indeed, I guess I just did.  :)

On an unrelated note, later this week I'll try to explain away my near-absence from this space over the last few weeks (if I can find the time!).

Death to liquid layouts

October 21, 2006

Why, why, why do people still insist on using liquid layouts? Let me rephrase that: why do people still insist on using the sort of layout where the main content column is not a specified width between 400 and 600 pixels (or thereabouts)? When was the last time you opened a newspaper or magazine and had to scan the entire width of the page to read the content? Never. The answer is never. So why is it that some people assume that just because they're using pixels and not ink I want to scan my entire monitor (or, more accurately, the entire width of my browser)? I assure you, I don't enjoy resizing my browser as much as you must think I do. Stop torturing me.

Upgrading the Mac Pro's memory

October 21, 2006

Update: I've received nothing but positive feedback regarding OWC.

Since buying my Mac Pro a little over a month ago, I've been patiently waiting for memory prices to drop before putting another gigabyte (512x2) in the system. While most RAM these days is fairly cheap, the fully-buffered DIMMs required by the Mac Pro (specifically, PC5300 DDR2 ECC 667MHz) are still sold at a premium.

Crucial has what I want for $300 (curiously, Apple's price is the same, which I've never seen before -- they're always more expensive), but a company called Other World Computing has the system crack for $249. Any of you guys have experience with OWC's memory? I normally wouldn't think twice about getting this from Crucial, but the price difference between the two (after having to pay taxes on Crucial's memory) is ~$75, and from what I can gather, these OWC guys are legit.

The Lost Year in Iraq

October 21, 2006
The Lost Year in Iraq. "Today, as America looks for an exit strategy, FRONTLINE examines the initial, critical decisions of the U.S.-led regime in Baghdad in The Lost Year in Iraq. [...] the film is based on more than 30 interviews, most of them with the officials charged with building a new and democratic Iraq."


October 19, 2006
Tangerine "lets you easily create playlists with upbeat music, or playlists for relaxing. It does that by analyzing the BPM and beat intensity of the songs in your iTunes library."

The final frontier

October 18, 2006
The final frontier. "Ten years ago, science journalist John Horgan published a provocative book suggesting that scientists had solved most of the universe's major mysteries. The outcry was loud and immediate. Given the tremendous advances since then, Discover invited Horgan to revisit his argument and seek out the greatest advances yet to come."

Annihilation omens

October 13, 2006
Annihilation omens. "In a nanosecond of history, the evolution that took millions of years from primates to Homo sapiens will jump into the unknown. Homo connectus will relegate the obsolete nation-state and its dysfunctional institutions to artifacts of history, quaint but useless. This gigantic leap of history will 'obliterate all previous notions about military power, pose a fundamental challenge to all religions, and eventually upend human civilization.'"