Archive for April, 2007

Happy DNA Day!

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

Today is National DNA Day. In celebration, marvel at the wondrous complexities of molecular biology: I am boggled with wonder at the endless coils within coils within coils, and the molecular machine in the 2nd half of the clip. Life is amazing!

Zodiac web toy

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Get our your decoder rings and try out my Zodiac cipher web toy. Crack the code; become instantly famous! Click the scribblings to try to outsmart the killer. This cipher is one of the famous unsolved ciphers that the Zodiac serial killer sent to newspapers back in the late ...

If only all politicians would admit this…

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

"Looking back at the age of eighty-eight over the fifty-seven years of my political work in England, knowing what I aimed at and the results, meditating on the history of Britain and the world since 1914, I see clearly that I achieved practically nothing. The world today and the history ...

Fun with

Thursday, April 19th, 2007 has a nifty and free slideshow-creation widget. Check out this slideshow that uses my Flickr photostream - Here's a a larger 800x600 version. It looks nicer!

Flickr randomness

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

Trying out the Scriptless Flickr Badge, which pulls out random selections from 300 of the most recent posts to my Flickr photostream: Reload to see new selections.

The universe is filled with lawyers.

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007

I had to sign a form tonight that has this legalese about permissions I'm granting to ACM by submitting my abstract to an evolutionary computing conference. Maybe I'm not around legal-speak enough to think that using the term 'universe' this seriously is not at all strange:

I think he blew my mind.

Monday, April 9th, 2007

Geekery, as revealed by an instant messaging exchange with Josh: josh: You know what's better than Dune? josh: Iron Maiden. josh: You know what's better than Iron Maiden? josh: Iron Maiden having a song about Dune.

Shiny Four

Monday, April 9th, 2007

Here is the latest toy that I made for my AI course: Shiny Four. Shiny Four is a Connect Four implementation, using a minimax search with alpha-beta pruning, written in JavaScript. The JavaScript makes it quite slow and inefficient. But it works. Kinda. If you play against the ...