Endless Parade of Excellence

Thursday, May 29, 2003
Today is the 50th anniversary of the first ascent of Everest.
Here's what it looks like from the top.

Wednesday, May 28, 2003
You should check out Smash and Teeny and John Butcher doing a set on the BBC3 show Mixing It. It's only up for a few more days, so hurry!

Tuesday, May 27, 2003
Here's a useful skill.

Saturday, May 24, 2003

What if Wile E. Coyote was 100 feet tall? Ever wonder that? Didn't think so.

"It seems like a lot of people think I'm weird since skinning animals isn't a very common hobby among girls! But what's wrong with that? This world could use more girls who are not afraid to do something like this! I've heard some girls say that they would like to do taxidermy, but just can't stomach the skinning. I'm simply not affected by that!"

Friday, May 23, 2003
You need to dress a cat. And you will say to a cat together with a family. "It has changed just for a moment". [ "it being very dear" or ] You will pass pleasant one time.
(via BoingBoing)

Thursday, May 22, 2003
I thought fluidics was dead. It's not, thanks to teeny tiny stuff. It's even kosher. Who knew?

Wednesday, May 21, 2003
A new so-called picture of the day is up.

Tuesday, May 20, 2003
I'm thinking it may be time to get a pool deck, so I went to the Skull site to do some window shopping. Among the many other cool things there is this story, which reads like it's been run back and forth through babelfish. And I mean that in a good way.

Sunday, May 18, 2003
Refreshing Park Ichikawa has a spa and a beetle dome. Why don't we have refreshing parks like that here?

If I had a dog, I'd dress it up like a beetle. No wait, an eggplant. Or maybe something else.
(via memepool)

Monday, May 12, 2003
I saw an opossum in the parking lot at work today! If I wanted to join a national opossum group, I could pick the National Oppossum Society, or the Opossum Society of the United States. Both groups were founded by the same person...now dead. Maye I should join both. I don't want to cause trouble. And I should join the International Fainting Goat Society, too, if only for the logo. Do they have T-shirts or ball caps? This page has a wicked QuickTime of a fainting goat in action.

Update: Opossom got rescued, is headed back to the country.

Thursday, May 08, 2003
" As far as I can tell, the way they taught me to program in college was all wrong. You should figure out programs as you're writing them, just as writers and painters and architects do.
Realizing this has real implications for software design. It means that a programming language should, above all, be malleable. A programming language is for thinking of programs, not for expressing programs you've already thought of. It should be a pencil, not a pen. Static typing would be a fine idea if people actually did write programs the way they taught me to in college. But that's not how any of the hackers I know write programs. We need a language that lets us scribble and smudge and smear, not a language where you have to sit with a teacup of types balanced on your knee and make polite conversation with a strict old aunt of a compiler."

From Hackers and Painters , by Paul Graham
(thanks Dan!)

Monday, May 05, 2003
"The body (10) is rockably supported on a pair of laterally extending trunnions..."
From the Drinking Bird Patent. Some more drinking bird stuff is to be found here.

If you like this and this and this, you should probably come see this.

Sunday, May 04, 2003
Hey, the picture of the day finally changed.

Here's what gnomes look like before they get sent on world tours. I heard a piece once on CBC about West German gnome producers infuriated that East German companies were ripping off their designs, and selling them to the steady stream of West Germans crossing the border in search of inexpensive East German prostitutes. I think the prostitutes were actually selling the gnomes in some kinda vertical (and horizontal, I suppose) integration type thing.
(thanks M.K.!)

Saturday, May 03, 2003
Way to go ohio.

Thursday, May 01, 2003
They're several generations down from the ones that were launched on the shuttle. That means NASA opened a whole new can of worms.
(via /. )