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April 2008 Archives

April 11, 2008

Charles Babbage's masterpiece difference engine comes to Silicon Valley. A modern build of Babbage's mechanical difference engine will live at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View for 6 months starting in May.

April 9, 2008

Commuting, a series of photos of people commuting to work, shot with a tilt-shift lens that makes its subject look like toys, but they're actual photographs of real-life people and places.

April 8, 2008 is shutting down print-on-demand books that don't use Amazon's own POD service, BookSurge. BookSurge has fewer features and cannot do Ingram distribution, so if you want both Amazon and, say, Barnes and Noble, you'll have to publish two editions of your book. I hope there's a lawsuit.

April 7, 2008

You Have To Burn The Rope [Flash]. Sound up.

Knoboo, a browser-based Python programming notebook application. Write Python code in your notes, and see the evaluated results, text or graphics. Open source, GPL. Currently just a source-based download, not a hosted service.

April 2, 2008

And Great Lyrics Quiz Rock Roll The by Matthew Baldwin (of defective yeti).

Game Neverending has relaunched as an unsupported April 1st-but-continuing service. The login redirects don't quite work, so you have to sign in to Flickr first, then go directly to

I'm too stoked to see GNE again to properly enjoy this joke announcement. reports the rumor that it'll stick around after the 1st.