Archives March 2004

Beautiful Golnar coming by for dinner (Persian beauties are wonderful just to be around)

It's been 3 months since I've seen her, almost as long for Shiva, longer for Neda and Nousha. Honestly, how is a man, once exposed, supposed to be content while out of the presence of such beauties? I've been floating most of the day, and even the rather frustrating process of getting Debian Linux installed ...

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Sometimes you have to wonder... (7% of Americans haven't heard of the EU?)

Okay, according to the IHTribune (silly layout alert), a recent poll found that, among other things, 7% of Americans had never heard of the European Union.

What the heck! I'm impressed that someone even thought to ask. I mean, who would have thought that people could be so totally asleep on foreign affairs as to ...

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Groovy... (But not particularly compelling)

As I'm sure everyone and their dog has linked to now, Groovy is an attempt to create a JVM language with some of the characteristics of Python and/or Ruby, but hewing to the "java way". So far I haven't been particularly impressed, but I suppose I should actually download and play with it some day.

Sure, it's easy to install, but 10 times? (Knoppix install goes poorly on messed up hardware...)

Knoppix, as many of the none of you will surely know, is a bootable Debian Linux CD. It is also one of the easier ways to install Debian, you boot into the full Linux environment off the CD and run a (rather primitive) script to install to the hard-disk.

A Safe Place to Explore Ideas (Playfulness in design as a mechanism to allow exploration of difficult topics)

Apropos to the question of play in design, particularly the effect described in my thesis of providing a safe environment for exploring ideas:

Arlo and Janis: Can I have a kiss?

What you see here is a fairly deep topic; getting caught up in trivialities and as a result losing the chance to demonstrate affection. It's something that's painful for many people, yet ...

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Robotics of electro-active polymers for space (Scatterthought ideas on the DARPA race)

Well, as everyone and their brother has been reporting, the DARPA race across the desert wound up with best showings of 7 miles (14km or so). Lots of coverage of the mechanical exoskeleton for soldiers as well.

Of course, coverage of Spirit and Opportunity has been phenomenal Still, they're expected to drive maybe a few ...

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