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June 2008 Archives

June 25, 2008

Albert Einstein's FBI file, released by the FBI under FOIA. 1,427 pages. (Thanks Dad.)

June 23, 2008

RIP, George Carlin.

100 Useful Web Tools for Writers.

A.V. Club interview with Jonathan Coulton, in their series of interviews with musicians based on what their iPods play in shuffle mode.

June 20, 2008

Edith Macefield, 1921-2008.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: The Abridged Script. (Uh, spoilers.) I agree with commenter rocko: "dear god, the more I think about this movie, the more stupid it becomes. I try not to think about it..."

June 18, 2008

Text Preprocessing in Forth. I don't know much about the Forth programming language, and I really enjoyed this video. I hope Samuel does more.

See also LispCast.

June 17, 2008

MagCloud, print-on-demand no-cost-to-set-up printed magazines. Now I want to start a magazine.

June 13, 2008

How we read online.

June 11, 2008

A picture of the Earth and the Moon, as seen from Mars. Photo taken last October.

Is Google Making Us Stupid? I made it about half-way through the first page. How far did you get?

June 6, 2008

parchment, a Z-machine (text adventure player) implemented in pure browser JavaScript.

Douglas Engelbart: The Demo. Aka "The Mother of All Demos." The inventor of the computer mouse demonstrates the NLS, a networked mouse-enabled terminal, in a 1968 film. About 18 minutes in, he starts clicking on links in text, and refers to them as such. Later, they introduce the collaboration features. Watch the whole thing (1 hr 14 minutes).

The Mother of All Demos. Douglas Engelbart.

June 4, 2008, a browser-based Unix-shell-like interface to Google. Surprisingly useful for keyboarding across the web. I need a Unix terminal version.

Magnetic Movie, a 5-minute movie visualizing magnetic fields in scientific laboratories, narrated by the scientists.