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[14 Sep 2007|05:18pm]
Are we at all surprised that my top five are all computer related?

1. Computer Support Person
2. Computer Programmer
3. Computer Trainer
4. Business Systems Analyst
5. Database Developer
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Checker's have been solved! [19 Jul 2007|04:31pm]
[ mood | contemplative ]

After 18 years of calculations by dozens (sometimes hundreds) of computers, the game of checkers has been solved. This means computers can now beat or draw any human (or computer). If two players play perfectly then the result will be a draw. Neither red nor black has a move that can force a win. The only way to win is for a player to make a mistake. However, I don't know if the non-forced-jumping version has been solved.

Just for reference the search space is 5x1020 or 500000000000000000000 possible moves.

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Everything should taste like bacon [19 Jul 2007|01:32pm]
[ mood | salivating ]

You can now buy three varieties of bacon flavored salt: original, peppered, and hickory. I must consume all three in the near future.

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go html entity smilies [04 Jun 2007|11:40pm]
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[01 Jun 2007|02:27pm]
[ mood | sleepy ]



This is a graph of when I read articles on Google Reader. The period of time I am asleep is obviously 03:00—07:00. It also looks like I am either eating or driving home around 6pm (here is a hint, I read while eating).

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Prove you are human and digitize books at the same time [24 May 2007|12:20pm]
[ mood | hungry ]

This is a brilliant idea. Everyone has probably run into a CAPTCHA by now. They are those boxes of distorted text that you have to type into some sits to prove that you are a not a screen-scraping program. The reCAPTCHA project is harnessing that action to OCR books in the Internet Archive

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I always wanted a butler [09 May 2007|12:47pm]
Stephen Fry is now available as a butler. At least in the morning.
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wants [22 Mar 2007|10:32am]
Edge Brownie Pan
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cute [15 Feb 2007|01:21am]
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Talk about too much time on your hands [24 Jan 2007|12:37pm]
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groat-worthy [05 Oct 2006|03:39pm]
[ mood | amused ]

Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett are charging Terry Gilliam a groat for the films rights to Good Omens. They are going to pay the agent commission in farthings.

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[13 Jul 2006|11:59am]
[ mood | drained ]

New icon snarfed from SERPENT (Scientific and Environmental ROV Partnership using Existing iNdustrial Technology).

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The bet is on [19 Feb 2006|02:56pm]
This is to witness a bet between iuls and satanlvsu2 on whether or not Johnny Weir will make it to the next Olympics. iuls says that he will make it and satanlvsu2 thinks he won't. The bet is for five dollars US currency payable at the Winter Olympics in 2010.
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[13 Feb 2006|04:31pm]
[ mood | Amused ]

I am not normally one for memeage, but this looks interesting. If you have a moment add to my Johari thing.

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SVU: Special Valentine Unit [31 Jan 2006|05:11pm]
[ mood | amused ]

In the criminal justice system you are considered especially gorgeous.

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[31 Jan 2006|01:23pm]
[ mood | annoyed ]

So, is "[He] swallows a mug of valerian-laced decaff espresso, and estivates like a lungfish in the dry season." inventive or just a pretentious alternative to "[He] swallows a mug of valerian-laced decaff espresso, and hibernates like a bear in winter."?

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What's in your wallet... [26 Jan 2006|07:45am]
[ mood | sleepy ]

More evidence that playing has unintended consequences. Slashdot is reporting a story from Science Blog about an upcoming article in Nature:

An anonymous reader writes "Using data from the web game wheresgeorge.com, which traces the travels of dollar bills, scientists have unveiled statistical laws of human travel and developed a mathematical description that can be used to model the spread of infectious disease."
And now I am posting about the Slashdot article.

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growing fat faster [04 Nov 2005|10:36pm]
[ mood | dorky ]

growing fat faster
clownlike mice wail
power marks walls
print face shambles away
connectionless streams fade

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slip cover furniture death [03 Nov 2005|11:25pm]
[ mood | tired ]

slip cover furniture death
rosy blue bank note
bland voiceless wanderings
disjointed fuzz blanket
precise web strand capture
evenly spaced droplets
angular fear faces square
reflected darkness bone dry

Okay, maybe I do need medication

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Trying out Flock [19 Oct 2005|11:36pm]

Flock has released a new version. Flock is a web browser based on Mozilla Firefox. The twist is that it is supposed to be better integrated with blogs and rss feeds.

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