August 2006 Archive

paging Reverend Malthus

29 August 2006, 8:35 pm
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Once upon a time, I attended a conference about (unclassified) artificial intelligence applications in (defense) logistics. One presentation there trumped any horror flick I’ve ever seen for sheer terror. It dealt with robots designed to enter storage tanks that had a mixture of toxic contaminants, identify their contents, and neutralize them (if possible). What made […]

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groovy music resources

23 August 2006, 8:34 pm
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Groovy (but flawed):

What is my favorite radio station playing right now? Maybe Yes.com knows. But then again, maybe not, because new and indie label content are both distincly underserved; by my unscientific guesstimate, Yes.com bats about .333 against “Breakfast of Champions” and “Late Risers’ Club”. (Best gaffe I’ve caught it in so far: a DJ […]

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words of wisdom from Jerry Trupiano

13 August 2006, 5:25 pm
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Jerry and Joe, referring to a fan who ran onto the field at a game:

Joe: You have to wonder what these people are thinking. Sometimes you have to assume they’re not thinking.
Jerry: Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life.

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50 Foot Wave Swamps Cambridge

12 August 2006, 9:42 am
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I may try to write something more like a review and less like fanboy gush for some other venue, but I wanted to share my overriding impression of 50 Foot Wave live while it was still raw: I think this band is about as close as you’re gonna get to seeing Nirvana after Bleach and […]

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hit in the head

11 August 2006, 8:44 pm
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Sometimes when a player gets hit by a ball and “shakes it off” and stays in, I have to wonder whether he’s really going to play effectively for the rest of the game. But I guess Mike Lowell can tell when he’s okay, because after being de-helmeted and knocked down by a pitch, he proceeded […]

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when life gets you down

11 August 2006, 5:17 pm
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Among your options:

Turn to one of the Daily WTF’s galleries of interface oddities. If nothing else, you can (probably) give thanks that you’re not the responsible party.
Go marvel at the fine line between boundless optimism and wilfull self-delusion.
Listen to a swell record by a new band with an embarrasing name, like Headlights or Hot Young […]

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