The picture above is from a CNET article on Extreme Tree Houses. At $1875 per square meter, it isn’t actually as ridiculously priced as one might think. Just imagine drinking your morning coffee up in the tree tops.
Love garlic? Want to try garlic ice cream? ‘Nuff said.
The Hudson Valley Garlic Festival website has all the details on this event. Susan and I are about to head up there, and are looking forward to it.
Update: garlic ice cream is pretty good, as is the lemonade made at the same place
I just found this on the xkcd blog, and it made me smile quite a lot. Click the image to read the whole post.
The Fonz jumped the shark.
(well, actually it was yesterday, and I found out a day late. Thanks to Mike for pointing it out to me though.)
I’ve been working on the OpenSim project for the past 3 months, so it’s quite exciting to see us put out the 0.4 release of OpenSim as a stake in the ground for future progress. Physics and scripting aren’t there yet, but are getting close.
The project continues to evolve faster than I could have imagined, I can’t wait for what the next 3 months brings. 🙂
Click on the image to be taken to the artist’s site. You need to have seen a lot of Dr Who for this to make any sense. If you haven’t, trust me, it’s brilliant.
The tickets are now booked for our trip to India over the holidays. Our friend Sourav is getting married in Calcutta on January 2nd, so it made a very good reason to make the trek over there. We’ll be spending a good chunk of time in Chennai when we first get there, as Susan has a bunch of friends / connections there, then up to Calcutta for a few days of the wedding, and then back home.
Here’s to adventuring!
For my grad school class this semester we are using the book Lucene in Action, as we are doing projects in and around search engines. I did a quick search on getting this book, and found that if I ordered directly from Manning they would provide me a pdf version as well. Sign me up!
This is the same sort of deal you get with the Pragmatic Programmer books, and I love it. The PP folks went a step further, and let you buy into a BETA book where you get revs of the PDF during it’s editing cycle, and then send you a paper copy once it ships. They also provide updates to the PDF after ship (I’ve gotten at least one for my rails book), removing the need for “errata” inserts.
It’s unfortunate that the larger publishers aren’t doing this yet, as I’d love to have my O’Reilly books in both PDF and bound versions. They are selling some electronic only copies, but the lack of the safety net of having paper sort of sucks, and I’ve not quite bought into the whole safari approach yet.
Props to Manning for doing this well (or at least the way I like it). 🙂
The first time I watched an episode of Coupling, I knew I was watching something different. It was much like a Joss Whedon show, smarter than it needed to be for the genre, and funnier because of it. There was a very natural flow of humor and drama that made it stand out. That show was brought us by Steven Moffat, a writer for BBC.
This is also the man who has given us the best episodes of the new Dr Who: The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances, The Girl in the Fireplace (all of which won Hugo awards), and Blink (which airs on SciFi this Friday). Again, each of these were characterized by a playfulness with the format that kept you engaged in a way that rarely happens in the medium of television. The Girl in the Fireplace showed everything that Dr Who could be, and convinced me that David Tennent was well chosen to be the Doctor. I would have said that it was the best episode of Dr Who, period, but then I saw Blink, and it’s a toss up.
Obviously when I heard that Moffat was doing another show, I wanted to see it, no matter what it was. The show is called Jekyll, and has done runs on BBC and BBC America (hopefully they’ll do some reruns again soon), and tells a modern day version of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. It is everything I’ve come to expect from Moffat, more intelligent than the genre demands, garnished with comedy at just the right level, and telling a story in a less than traditional way that ensures you don’t have everything figured out from early on.
Find it. Watch it. You won’t be disappointed.
When this is the first thing you hear in your car on the way to work:
Cote: the first rule of knife fighting is you are going to get cut Charles: yeh, it's true Cote: I don't know what it means Charles, but it sounds profound Charles: well... not if you use the top of a trash can as a shield
That’s right, I’m now up to Drunk and Retired Episode 81: Persistence Layer Knife Fighting, We Want Java Properties, Comic Books, Strange Bezos Obsession, on my belated count down to gravitas.