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Archive for May 2007

LOLCODE

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HAI
CAN HAS STDIO?
PLZ OPEN FILE "LOLCATS.TXT"?
    AWSUM THX
        VISIBLE FILE
    O NOES
        INVISIBLE "ERROR!"
KTHXBYE

Sushi bar conveyor-belt video

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Strangely compelling.

Cinemetrics - movie measurements

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Measurements like average shot length can be surprisingly illuminating.

The origin of the word "Frisbee": Yale students and Connecticut pies

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Exactly when Yale students started tossing around tin pans made by the Frisbie Pie Company of Bridgeport, Connecticut, isn't clear. Most histories of the Frisbee, as well as lists of "Connecticut Firsts," put the date at about 1920. Students would fling the empty pie tins to each other as they crossed the campus and shout "Frisbie!" as a warning, like golfers shouting "Fore!" [...]

Scrivener's Error on the legality of fan fiction

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Copyright concerns the right to control duplication of both exact original expression and derivative works based on previously existing exact original expression. It does not involve "ideas" per se. ...

reCAPTCHA: "Digitizing Books One Word at a Time"

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We've all heard about spammers exploiting CAPTCHA-solving users for evil; reCAPTCHA does the same on the side of good, getting users to transcribe scanned text for book digitization projects. Great idea!

10,000 Joost invites for Ars Technica readers

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Surprisingly fantastic software; unlike with YouTube et al, I can actually imagine abandoning TV for this (or something like it).

FanLib wholly exploded

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Henry Jenkins has the best summary; the short is that the founders made a terrible mistake by trying to establish a business based on exploiting a demographic they don't understand.

Hoshi Saga

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Simple, elegant minigames.

Sphere Online Judge (SPOJ)

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There's nothing like a programming challenge to make you realize just how stupid you are!

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