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Bill Coderre
Shover Robot at the Stripey Fruit CompuCo
Shover Robot at the Stripey Fruit CompuCo

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Cheap, Works great with 10.8.2 on a MacBook Air.

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Watch this now. No, seriously. Stop what you are doing, and watch this.


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My pal Laurie is going to fulfill a lifelong dream to produce a broadway musical about the life of Amelia Earhart. Very cool!

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Long ago, you might have seen this commercial: Snausages dog treat commercial

One of the most evil hacks I've ever seen was based on this. Long before OS X, on your Mac, about once an hour, a tiny dog icon peered out from behind a window, and said, "Snausages!" and then disappeared. You could set the hack to run rarely, and only when the user was typing or mousing busily for quite some time.

No, it's not evil because it interrupts you, it's evil because the first few times it happens, you're sure that you must have been seeing something. So then you start watching for it, waiting for it, and it senses that you aren't working, and doesn't show up.

Recently, I was told of a hack almost as evil: The Vetinari Clock:
(The movie shows the effect exaggerated to an extreme.)

It keeps time well-enough on average, but each "tick" and second advancement might come a little too soon or a little too late, at random.

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OK, so I have a Vizio 3D HD TV (32 inch, model E3D320VX) arriving maybe tomorrow. I desperately need a Blu-ray player to go with. Which one do I want? Requirements: Inexpensive, 3D. Would like some kind of magic that makes movies run at 24 fps. Not a big need for internet apps etc.

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Peter Norvig's AI books are really good. I'll probably try to do this for a while, just because, hey, it's free and it's good to get some brainial exercise.
A free, online version of "Introduction to Artificial Intelligence", taught by Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig. A syllabus and more information about the Stanford course is available here.

The class runs from Sept 26 through Dec 16, 2011. While this class is being offered online, it is also taught at Stanford University, where it continues to be a popular intro-level class on AI. For the online version, the instructors aim to offer identical materials, assignments, and exams, and to use the same grading criteria. Both instructors will be available for online discussions.


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Here. Listen to these while you drink coffee and fix bugs late on a Friday when you should be giving your wife time off from Mommy Duty.

Facebook has:
• oversharing (especially about children, cats, and cats that are really children)
• political rants from your relatives
• wtf videos
and, of course,
95% of Facebook is
• Farmville/Mafia Wars "Your friend is trying to give you a free sample of crack"

Google+ has:
• cross posts from Facebook,
• rants about how Google+ is not good enough,
and, uh
... gimme a minute here...
... thinking...
• rants about how Google+ is not good enough.
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