What happened to Sphera Software?
It was a mac shareware company that made some great games: Scramble in particular, was a lot like the current Word Challenge game on Facebook, and then there was Spin Crisis, and a CHM reader called Chimp… and now they are gone without a trace. Their old domain takes you to some band.
Lego + Eddie Izzard = Death Star Canteen
Hilarious video, great animation, Lego + Eddie Izzard in the Death Star Canteen
iphone objective-c pain ... give me ruby, bastards!
I’m writing an iPhone app in Cocoa Objective-C and really wishing that I could be writing it in Ruby instead (cocoa-ruby on iphone anyone?).
Great percussionist video: Evelyn Glennie
Evelyn Glennie is a deaf percussionist. I guess that this is possible because percussion creates vibrations that you can feel with your feet, your hands, your fingertips, maybe even your whole body. She is now one of the few or only professional solo percussionists in the world. Anyway, the TED conference gave her a 30 minute session which is reproduced here in high definition (definitely consider plugging into decent speakers or headphones). Evelyn Glennie on “How to Listen”. Click on the High Definition link under the video to get the real video.
My home theatre: Audioengine 5, Airport Express, Sharp Aquos 32D64U, and a Mac Mini
Someone asked me recently to describe my home theatre. I’ve put quite a lot of thought & work into it. But not a lot of money. My goal from the start was to achieve the maximum return with the minimum of complexity.
Spotlight does Math (but not conversions)
Mac OS X has Spotlight (Cmd-Space) which rocks for not just finding files but launching applications (just start typing the name). I just discovered it also does math, just like google. For example, try typing in 5*9+pow(sqrt(10),3) . Nifty.
Ruby on Rails Feed/RSS Aggregator (35 lines)
I wrote myself a feed aggregator for my front page. And… voila! I’m finally satisfied with it to post it.
New version of FractalTrees X (FTX) 2 beta 1
So after something on the order of 4 years I’ve finally upgraded my FTX program that draws fractal trees in 2 dimensions. I’ll update the program’s home page later, but in the mean time, here’s the download link, with source code included.
Yummy FTP for Mac OS X: still good, still ignored
Yummy FTP is a great Mac FTP program with side-by-side browsing, sychronization, remote editing, etc. I’m not a huge fan of the icon but other than that it’s great.
Atheists most discriminated against group in the USA
Hard to believe… But so says wikipedia. I wonder why this doesn’t come up more often. Would being “outed” as an atheist be as bad as being “outed” as gay or muslim or . . . whatever?