At one point in the past my grandmother was getting postcards similar to those from a stranger sent from random places around the world. I don't think she ever found out who it was, but it sure makes for an awesome story. I think you'd be hard-pressed to find a better use of your money than bidding on that auction.
That (awesome) video shows how Maynard James Keenan incorporated a Fibonacci sequence into the TOOL song (and album) Lateralus, using the spiral it defines to to add meaning to the song (and his philosophy). It blew my mind. Now I wonder just what else Maynard has nestled into the music I love...
That mp3 came straight down out of Maynard's podcast and I've linked to where his podcast linked it from, so it seems as if it's OK to share it. A'course, when has what Maynard wants ever affected my sharing things?
Based on my brief time spent this morning on <a href="http://www.youtube.infamousx.com/">the Deleted YouTube Video Viewer</a>, I've gained some insight into the minds of hot young girls.
Hot young girls apparently love to dance around their rooms in really skimpy clothes practicing really hot dance moves in front of mirrors. They also go into closets and jump up and down trying to make their boobs pop out of their tops. Also, their brothers sneak into the bathroom while they're showering and film them through the glass. Also, the more of them present, the raunchier they get.
Also, they think no one else will ever see these videos.
There's been lots of buzz around the blogosphere regarding Randall Munroe's 'sudo' comic. I think that on the whole, Randall's comic is really wonderful -- it's one of my favorites, in fact -- but I think this particular "episode" is a really unfortunate example for people to be praising.
I've seen posts where people are talking about how this particular comic is great because you either "get it," or it is completely indecipherable, which for the most part is true. The problem that I have with it, however, is that nobody actually gets it -- they just think they do.
Here's the comic:
See, in the context of the comic, the "sudo" command seems to serve the function of forcing a user to do something that you don't want to do yourself. Stickman 1 says "make me a sandwich," to which Stickman 2 replies "no." Then Stickman one basically just waves his "sudo" wand to force Stickman 2 to do it anyway.
But see, that's not what the "sudo" command actually does. The user of "sudo" is still doing the actual work, they're just doing it with the permissions of another user. For example, lets say that I want to create a file in a directory owned by user Bob. I ask Bob to make the directory for me, but he says no. So then I decide to go over his head and use "sudo" to make the directory myself, and as far as the sytem is concerned, the directory was created by Bob. But I did the actual work.
So, in the comic, Stickman 1 just walked into the kitchen and made himself a sandwich, appearing to any onlookers as if he was Stickman 2. This is not funny.
What is funny, though, is tons and tons of people who think they get the joke, but actually don't. I suspect that Randall did this on purpose, an act which commands of me the following : "Bravo Randall!"
Lore's Bad Gods shortform flash animated thingymawhatsits have begun showing up online. You should go take a peek. I promise you won't be sorry*.
I wasn't sure what I was going to think of it based on his description of it months ago, but I really dig what he's doing. There's just something about the limitations he's imposed that really work for me. The little door slides open and you see a brief glimpse of a world which is often times really clever and funny, only to slide shut again before you get more than just a taste of it. I hope the response is good enough that he keeps cranking these things out. Or alternately, I hope people start making these themselves and sending them to him and those begin showing up there. That woould be awesome.
Not only is the content good, but the philosphy behind the content really works for me. In addition to the RSS feed, Lore also provides the full flash source for all the animations and has licensed them under the Creative Commons, meaning that if someone wanted to do something new and different with them, they can go ahead and do it. (You may remember my evil little remix from some time ago.)
The only complaint I have is that the RSS feed -- which is the primary way I view the new entries -- contains the title of each short, acting slightly spoilerish. I'd rather not know that Darth Vader will be involved until that little door slides open, you know? No biggy though.
All in all, the results have been well worth the wait and have lived up to the hyping Lore put me through on his blog. I just hope that when these are over, that isn't the end of it. That'd make me a very sad panda indeed.
*: Promise null and void due to the unpredictability of people using the internet. Your mileage may vary.
If you enjoyed RE: Your Brains, and didn't expend the effort to see what the latest ol' Jonathan Coulton has done is, I urge you to take a second and check out Code Monkey as well. There're no zombies, but monkeys who program are just as good.
I'll try to refrain from turning this into the "look at what Jonathan Coulton did now!!!1" blog, but I can't make any promises.
As someone who loves both Jonathan Coulton and zombies, I highly recommend the song, which is easily my favorite of his Things A Week. Just click on 're your brains' towards the bottom to hear it -- you know, if you aren't afraid of having it stuck in your head the rest of the day.