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Archive for March 2007

Mailhook: email-to-POST service

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Provides email addresses which redirect (POST) to a URL of your choosing.

Console: tabbed cmd.exe wrapper

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cmd.exe by default, but will work with any other shell. Copy and paste that doesn't suck!

google-code-prettify

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Another JS syntax highlighter with automatic language detection.

Django - newforms

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Gorgeous new form-generator in Django. It has very few dependencies on other components, so it should be trivial to use in non-Django projects too.

Richard Dawkins answers questions from staff/students of Liberty University

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I don't think the response to the question about "reasonable faith" was adequate. A posteriori belief is not a matter of evidence alone, it's a matter of falsifiability. Years of falling apples don't prove Newton was right or that the force we call gravity will continue to operate in the future, but his observations have been tested and verified (unless and until faced with contrary evidence). It's reasonable to believe in gravity. By contrast, most claims of faith -- e.g., Intelligent Falling -- cannot be tested even in principle, let alone in practice. It's not that there isn't any evidence, but that adequate evidence is impossible.

Video: Douglas Crockford explains JavaScript

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There are other good videos there, but the Crockford lectures are better than good -- for programmers, they're the best introduction to the language available, bar none, and go further and at a higher level than most "advanced" resources. Even if you already know (or think you know) JavaScript, watch them!

"I want to stick my long-necked Giraffe up your fluffy white bunny."

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On the impossibility of preventing undesirable communication in virtual worlds.

More than you ever wanted to know about FreeCell

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Ooh: game numbers -1 and -2 in the Microsoft versions are impossible easter eggs!

Piggy Bank - turn your browser into a mashup platform

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Piggy Bank plugins are site-specific screen-scrapers that extract structured data as RDF, which can be analyzed, sorted and connected at your leisure, or shared through a "semantic bank".

Supercell thunderstorm hits Canberra

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Hail blocked drains and gutters, so there's massive water damage. They even had to shut down the ANU and the Canberra Centre.

Small things, links and miscellany, sparkling with light. Sam's tumblelog.