Saturday, December 30, 2006

What's up with the 72 Virgins bit?

Do terrorists really get the 72 virgins in Heaven?

How does that work? See this funny video in YouTube.

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Thursday, December 28, 2006

A (Microsoft) codename a day: Sedna

Mary Jo Foley comments on Microsoft's Code-name tradition. This time it's Sedna, the next version of Visual FoxPro, and she gets the description of the codename, and the product, right. Nice to see happening once in a while.

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Monday, December 25, 2006

The beach on Christmas day

A warm (82F) and very windy Christmas day. Not good beach conditions, with riptides and strong current due to the wind (maybe 10 to 15kts at times). This beach sign I just saw says it all.

No such thing as snow in Christmas in Miami Beach, as you may have guessed.

Happy Holidays to all!

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Andy Kramek's Design Pattern Series:"Chain of Responsibility"

Andy Kramek gives us another installment of his Design Pattern series. This time on we all use, often in error handling routines, "The Chain of Responsibility" pattern.

Clear and detailed explanation and examples as usual.

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Friday, December 22, 2006

Dean Martin and Foster Brooks

For you aviation lovers out there, here's Dean Martin and Foster Brooks!. Hilarious!

(Thanks CBris!)

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Thursday, December 21, 2006

Isn't there any decency left?

Sunny Isles Beach, a small coastal city near Miami Beach, has for the last few years gone through a construction boom, replacing the old low-rise beach hotels with million-dollar monster condos to the point where there is no beach parking and almost no beach public access.

Today, the Miami Herald reports "Landmark Rascal House deli a casualty of building boom" where this 54-year landmark (we had lunch there two weeks ago) is closing soon to make room for yet more condos. Shame on them!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Have a festive FSMas!

Happy Holidays to all!


(Via Pharyngula)

Reason for the Season

Carl Sagan Memorial: 10th Anniversary

December 20th is the 10th Anniversary of Dr. Carl Sagan's passing.

There are many articles and blogs posted today commemorating his extraordinary life.

Here are a few examples:

Celebrating Sagan
Carl Sagan Blog-a-thon
Carl's son Nick on the Blog-a-thon
What I learned from Carl Sagan

I am also reminded of this excellent article from Ann Druyan (Carl's widow).

We remember you Carl. There's still much work to be done.

More Andy on Design Patterns: Strategy

Andy on the Strategy pattern: "What is a Strategy and how do I use it".

Very good, clear explanation with code samples. Well done.

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Sunday, December 10, 2006

Andy Kramek - Design Patterns

Andy Kramek continues his series on explaining Design Patterns. This time "The Bridge".

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Saturday, December 09, 2006

Michael Shermer and the perpetual blindess test

This is a clip from a talk at TED (Technology, Entertainment, design) given by Michael Shermer, the founder of Skeptic Magazine. At around 3 minutes mark, he showed a clip about perceptual blindness (the basketball pass experiment). If you have not seen it, pay attention, and see if you can count the ball passes accurately.

Worth watching at YouTube.

(Via Neatorama)

Ronaldinho: Touch of Gold

For soccer lovers, view it here.

Still Decidin'

Would be funny if it wasn't reality.

Mark Fiore's cartoon. View it here.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Hilarious: CNN: Flatulence on plane sparks emergency landing

CNN: Flatulence on plane sparks emergency landing

Next they are going to ban beans from airport restaurants.