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I've just been reading about the Sikorsky Challenge - a challenge with a $20000 prize to build a human powered helicopter which can hover for 60 seconds and reach a height of 3m.

I wish I had the skills to enter this! I'm pretty sure that rotors based on a parafoil design should be able to generate some serious lift for very little weight...

Woah. Alex Zanardi's F1 and CART racing career was ended in a crash in 2001 where he lost both legs. He's now winning races in touring cars and today won the handcycle race of the New York Marathon. Respect!

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Fun fun fun!
Google Easter Eggs
[ #Google, #EasterEggs]

+Veronica Belmont as well as several others posted a fun easter egg today: This one was do a Google search for "do a barrel roll", press Enter after. Click here to see.

So naturally I had to look up more on google search:

Open up and press: up arrow, up arrow, down arrow, down arrow, left arrow, right arrow, left arrow, right arrow, B, A". Still works with the reader refresh.

Google Search Pirate Theme: or
Google Search Hacker Theme: or
Google Search Pig Latin Theme: or
Google Search Klingon Theme: or
Google Search Elmer Fudd Theme: or

Search for "once in a blue moon" or click here

Search for "tilt" or click

Search for "askew" or click here

Search for "recursion" and look at the Did You Mean link or click here:

Search for "answer to life, the universe and everything" or click here

PacMan was the daily "banner", still available here:

Search for "1 beard second"

Search for "1 Potrzebie"

Search for "1 donkeypower"

Search for "100 pounds in blintz"

Search for "1 liter in ngogn"

Search for "a bakers dozen"

Search for "anagram"

Search for "the loneliest number"

Search for "ascii art"

Search for "the number of horns on a unicorn"

In Gmail where the ad-banner is right above the messages pane. Click on the "Spam" link and that ad-banner becomes a Spam recipe.

I love easter eggs.

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The people doing this study have totally missed the point!

Their study shows that CPR is no more effective performed with music as an aid than with a metronome.

Hands up everyone who either carries a metronome around with them or can mark 103bpm in their head. OK, now hands up everyone who can sing Stayin Alive or Nellie The Elephant in their head...

THAT is why the advice is there to do CPR to music.

Caution: #techie post.
I have a number of Varnish caches talking to a mixture of nginx and Apache web servers.
All the logs are sent (using syslog-ng) to a central Syslog server. I chose syslog-ng for its log correlation functions more than anything else as I want to treat each web request as one log entry.

The only problem is that I can't figure out how to reliably connect a request hitting the Varnish cache to the same request hitting nginx or Apache, given that there may not be a request to the backend servers.

Does anyone have any pointers?

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I'm quite excited by the ideas that +Rob Malda (ex of Slashdot fame) talks about in this post. If I were even a vaguely competent developer I would be starting to re-write SpamAssassin as a general purpose personal content rating library and writing a combined email/social network/RSS browser/IM client application which could order content based on how important it will be personally to you.

I've got a load of ideas buzzing around my head at the moment for how this could work. If anybody's interested in taking it further then get in touch...

I'm really glad to see that Ice Cream Sandwich (the latest version of #android) is close to being released. Does anyone want to place a bet on how long it will take for the AOSP version to come out though?

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This. Is. Cool.
That silly tea kettle wireframe really does get around, doesn't it? This video is really nifty. Makes the impossible seem almost simple.

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Very sad news - his influence cannot be underestimated.
I just heard that, after a long illness, Dennis Ritchie (dmr) died at home this weekend. I have no more information.

I trust there are people here who will appreciate the reach of his contributions and mourn his passing appropriately.

He was a quiet and mostly private man, but he was also my friend, colleague, and collaborator, and the world has lost a truly great mind.

Just got back from what was supposed to be an 8 mile run in the rain. I measured it wrong and ended up doing 9.5. I also have runner's nipple (which prompted a shocked "Oh my God, you're BLEEDING!" from Paula.) Still, it's all in the name of charity...
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