Monday, March 30, 2009

Why I'm addicted to email

I figured it out: The reason I'm addicted to email is that my brain expects the rules of normal conversation to apply. They don't. Unlike a face to face conversation, I don't necessarily get a response quickly. All the while, my brain is pinging my consciousness to find out what the response is so I can reply to that, or act on the new information. Multiply this by the number of email threads I'm keeping up with on a day to day basis at work and at home, and you'll see why I never feel settled or content. There's always hope that if I check my mail, I'll get that final response on the final thread, and all will be well. Even if I am up to date, it's hard to know this for certain, so the sense of incompleteness lingers in my psyche.

I think a study of people who are addicted to email and chatting should look into how those people normally communicate. Are the folks who can chat for hours with old friends the worst when it comes to this? Maybe I just need to learn to be complete with incompleteness in my life.

So, what do you think of that? I'm waiting for your reply :)

Sunday, March 15, 2009

1 GB vs. Commodore 64's memory




In the 6th grade I got a Commodore 64 from my parents. The best decision they made, ever. It taught me that video games, are really, really fun. That, and it put the seed in the back of my mind that maybe someday I could actually make games for a living.

Many of the games I played on my trusty C64 had incredible depth. (here's a third C64 link)

The original Sid Meier's Pirates and Defender of the Crown come to mind, as well as Jumpman & Jumpman Junior.

Looking at my keychain flash drive the other day, I decided to make an image visually comparing 64K to 1 gig. It's an 1024 by 1024 image (not including the outline), with each pixel representing 1 KB. the little 8x8 brown spot (inspired by the color of the C64's case) in the upper left represents the C64's memory (click to enlarge).

Enjoy:

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Enough with the Halos Already!

I hated it when I saw them on W. I hate them just as much on Obama. Is some AP photographer just trying to be cute? Stop it already!








Another blog thread about them here

Here's one from a conservative blog, with a nicely rebutted comment from an Obama supporter

If people want to idolize a president, the best way is to do something like this (Anyone know who made this image? It's all over the web, and I couldn't find the artist's name)

Hold Obama's Feet to the Fire

I think that Obama has done a pretty good job in office so far, particularly considering the incredible mess that Bush left the nation in when he left.

Side note: in my lifetime, it would seem to be the Republican party's tactic to do whatever the hell they wanted until popular opinion turned against them, and then leave the Dems to spend 4-8 years cleaning up the mess. Blame the mess on them as it manifests itself even more during their tenure, then get back in office and wreck more havoc.

In any case, if you want to measure Obama's integrity according to how many campaign promises he's kept, you can easily do so at this webpage: The Obameter.

Enjoy!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Dr. Who Title Sequence Complete Set


One thing I absolutely love about the internet is being able to think about an idea, check to see if anyone has already done it.

I came up with the idea of "3D Minesweeper" a long time ago. A quick Google search turns up quite a few results, some of which were very close to my idea (and all are not as nearly as fun as I thought they would be)

Yesterday, I wanted to see the title video sequence for every doctor along with the different logos used over the years. A quick search on YouTube yields multiple results:

This one looks to be the most complete:

For just the different songs, check this link out (It is missing the end credits song from the fifth doctor, which has a wonderful explosion sound... oh well)

For a bunch of Logos, go here (I got the one from the fifth doctor here):