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Last Build Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2003 03:51:42 GMT

Copyright: Copyright 2003 Arthur A. Vanderbilt

Pattern Recognition

Thu, 27 Mar 2003 03:45:20 GMT

I'm reading Pattern Recognition.  It's an amazing book.  William Gibson's writing is always top notch.  The characters and worlds he spins never fail to get me.

Here's a William Gibson mediaography / bibliography.


Thu, 27 Mar 2003 03:33:45 GMT


I want a Curta

Mon, 24 Mar 2003 15:41:12 GMT


An Eye For an Eye

Mon, 24 Mar 2003 13:17:07 GMT


My New Home Page

Mon, 24 Mar 2003 05:51:24 GMT

I have an ordinary home page again, grouping together the stuff that I get enthusiastic about and then don't keep up with.

Small Pieces Loosely Joined

Mon, 24 Mar 2003 05:37:02 GMT

A public David Weinberger interview on The Well.

A conversation with Bruce Pollock

Tue, 11 Mar 2003 12:12:17 GMT

"Author Bruce Pollock digs beneath the rock & roll glitz to explore what it's really like to make a living as a musician."


Sun, 09 Mar 2003 00:59:03 GMT

Oops, I made a SeedWiki.

Untapped Networks

Sun, 09 Mar 2003 00:56:39 GMT

What do Microsoft, Kevin Bacon, and cell-signaling pathways have in common? According to sociologist Duncan Watts, all three are part of the new science of networks.

Online Etymology Dictionary

Fri, 07 Mar 2003 14:11:48 GMT

feisty - 1896, Amer.Eng. from feist "small dog," from fice, fist Amer.Eng. 1805 "small dog," short for fysting curre "stinking cur," attested from 1529, from M.E. fysten, fisten "break wind" (1440), related to O.E. fisting "stink." The 1811 slang dictionary defines fice as "a small windy escape backwards, more obvious to the nose than ears; frequently by old ladies charged on their lap-dogs."

"One of the interesting things I learned at is that when the word "access" first turned up in the 1300s it meant "an attack of fever.""

From Research Buzz

Robots at the bedside in US health care experiment

Fri, 07 Mar 2003 14:04:48 GMT

How creepy is this?

"The mobile robot, called the Companion, is fitted with a camera that films the patient while the caregiver's face appears on the robot's television screen-like head. Controlled from an off-site console, the robot uses software and a broadband wireless Internet connection to allow the patient and caregiver to see, hear and talk to each other."


Sony, others to create 3D standards

Fri, 07 Mar 2003 14:02:31 GMT

"To see images or run programs in 3D on these screens, users won't need special glasses or additional software. Sharp already sells a cell phone with a 3D screen for the NTT DoCoMo network in Japan and is showing off a 3D notebook at conferences and press events that can run a 3D version of the game Quake."


Which OS am I?

Thu, 06 Mar 2003 12:45:04 GMT


MS aims at Linux

Wed, 05 Mar 2003 13:24:11 GMT

Is this competitive because it's only ten times the price of a boxed version of Linux?

"MS aims at Linux with $399 Server 2003, Web Edition. Small, imperfectly formed, but cheap..." [The Register]


Wed, 05 Mar 2003 13:23:57 GMT

WiFinder enables "locations, companies and individuals to offer, use and profit from wireless LAN service." [Scripting News]

Outlined RSS Comes to the Browser

Wed, 05 Mar 2003 13:23:43 GMT

I was very happy to find the activeRenderer software.  I got to it through a link on brainwaves, which is a pattern library for Personal Brain.

"Marc Barrot: Outlined RSS Comes to the Browser." [Scripting News]

WiFi map

Wed, 05 Mar 2003 13:23:25 GMT

Look at all the Xs near Austin.  I've found it to be pretty easy to get free 802.11 Internet access around here.

"A national WiFi map from Don Park." [Scripting News]


Wed, 05 Mar 2003 02:45:45 GMT


I tried out VMWare for the first time tonight.  For the first time since my Age of Kings addiction I'm cursing my computer for being so slow.  VMWare is amazing.  You can spin of little Jr. computers running inside of your current operating system and then install operating systems on them.  Here it is running Red Hat Linux with Gnome.  This would be the perfect thing for testing software, which I believe is the primary market for it.  You can even give the virtual computers thier own network access and then network them with one another.  The potential for geeky fun is astronomical.

Tue, 04 Mar 2003 12:40:10 GMT

Palm Needs a Hand. Shares of Palm are being smacked today, thanks to a reduced sales outlook. [The Motley Fool]

Tue, 04 Mar 2003 12:39:02 GMT

Microsoft, Lindows trial delayed; more evidence sought. A federal court wants Microsoft to come up with more evidence to back its trademark claims in the case, meaning the jury trial now won't start until December. [Computerworld News]

Tue, 04 Mar 2003 12:37:38 GMT

Amazon gets go-ahead to sell domain names. The online retailer has been accredited as a domain name registrar, allowing it to register domains ending in .com, .org, .biz, info and .net. [Computerworld News]

Your Next Customer Is Virtual. But His Money Is Real

Mon, 03 Mar 2003 12:49:36 GMT

"There Inc. invites you to sell your wares in the most realistic and commercially sophisticated virtual world ever created. Now for the hard part: Getting people to show up."


Taking the Red Pill

Mon, 03 Mar 2003 12:44:56 GMT

"Anticipating the upcoming Matrix film sequels, the book explores the possible dangers and social effects of the emergence of superintelligence (the Singularity), the premise that we are already living in a simulation, and the philosophical and literary influences (such as Buddhism, comic books, cyberpunk, Alice in Wonderland, and Jean Baudrillard's Simulacra and Simulation). has posted advance copies of two chapters from the book."