People are having mixed reactions to the CMU student whose "offbeat approach to education" includes an "external study" for credit that involves dressing up in a lobster outfit and living in a 3-story house he built out of construction scraps for four months.
Funnier than this story (and I really like to see people doing things like this, even if the projects are on the dumb side) are reader comments on the Pitt News website underneath the story. Some of the comments start off with lines like, "You make me hungry for lobster." and "As a CMU grad, I am appalled..." and "Let's go torture him."
I spent $15 on this yesterday because instead of evaluating it first, I got so excited about this idea that I just bought it immediately. Unfortunately, it only tracks your moods on a daily, not hourly basis, though that information can be valuable as well. It also does not sync with the Palm Pilot for mood tracking while away from your computer. The interface has pretty pink colors, and even has a diary option where you can type in your inner-most secrets, crushes, and feelings, in that order.
I found out about this on a comment thread on kottke.org. I'll be revisiting that thread today as I am interested in collaborative software that actually works. No offense to CourseTools.
A new PC for $399 sounds pretty tempting to me. How hard is it to install Linux out of a box like Red Hat or Suse? Maybe Walmart could rent out geeks to set up the open source OS for you as well. That would *really* piss off Microsoft. Go out and get while the getting is good, because I doubt the average Wal-Mart shopper is going to prove that there is a demand for this type of machinery, and you'll be back to ordering parts from Computer Shopper in another three weeks.
Speaking of Microsoft, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly has ordered Microsoft to reveal a stripped-down version of Windows code to lawyers representing nine states in the current anti-trust battle against the software giant. Is this really going to happen? Does Windows contain middleware? Do anyone even care any more? Yet another tech lawsuit I am totally burned out on.
"The Department of Defense does not now and has no plans to conduct any disinformation campaigns or to promulgate false or inaccurate or misleading information to domestic or foreign audiences. Any suggestion to the contrary would not be correct. I can assure you, our new operating system is the highest quality product we have ever released."
Boot Excel 2000
Under file menu, do 'Save as Web Page'
Say 'Publish Sheet' and 'Add Interactivity'
Save to some htm page on your drive.
Load the htm page with IE. You should have Excel in the middle of the page.
Scroll to row 2000, column WC. Select row 2000, and tab so that WC is the active column.
Hold down Shift+Crtl+Alt nad click the Office logo in the upper-left.
If you have DirectX, you will be playing what looks like spy hunter. Use the arrow keys to drive, space to fire, O to drop oil slicks, and when it gets dark, use H for your headlights.
If you encounter problems, look at the comments below the directions on this page.
"Popular online search engine maker Google Inc. is introducing a new program that allows Web sites to be displayed more prominently by paying more money - an advertising-driven system derided by critics as an invitation to deceptive business practices."
I tend to think that this is a deceptive business practice, though the application of trademark law is difficult in the Internet environment. As a consumer, however, I do prefer search results based on relevancy rather than "who paid the most to have their website prominently placed." It's more of an issue of quality- and I think this will lower the quality of Google's search rankings, though only time will tell.
"A non-profit Internet publisher and other plaintiffs" are challenging the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, and specifically the Sonny Bono Term Extension to the Copyright Act, reports the New York Times (Feb. 19, 2002). The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case.
Besides the prohibition against reverse-engineering of encryption mechanisms employed to protect electronic copyrighted materials, the extension of the protection of copyrighted works is the most troubling aspect of the DMCA. I would love to see the Supreme Court rule in the public interest for the preservation of everybody's Constitutionally-mandated fair use rights, and to uphold the concept of an intellectual public domain in this era of increasing privatization of everything from public space to people's genetic material, let alone Mickey Mouse.
"Grad school is an intellectual and emotional mosh pit; without Lingua Franca's Real Guide, you're going to get a metaphorical Doc Marten planted on your skull."
—Corey Brennan (classics professor, Rutgers University)
Somehow, I got along just fine, but maybe that's because I already had a Doc Marten plant growing from my skull from seven years of college. Or maybe it was because I went to library school.
"GLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO— Pete Strausbaugh, 33, a Denver-area electrician, realized a longtime dream Saturday when he got drunk in an A-frame house. "Man, that was even better than I thought it would be," said Strausbaugh, finishing off a ninth Coors Light in the living room of his A-frame at Sunlight Mountain ski resort. "It's not quite up there with being drunk in a treehouse, but still." Strausbaugh later announced that his new ambition is to get baked at Niagara Falls."
"I don't see the great, nefarious plot in this office [of Strategic Influence] that some people do," said Dan Kuehl, a specialist in information warfare at the National Defense University. "It just makes common sense" to use the power of information, he said.
And a good site to check out in planning one's celebration (or looking for
catchy subject lines in e-mailing one's friends):
Regardless of its significance, I think its rarity is a juicy tidbit -
there's 20:02 tonight - another palindromic moment 111 years from now - and
then... NEVER AGAIN - or, perhaps more disquieting, never again for OUR
CIVILIZATION (loaded words I knowingly use without self-censorship, for
impact in an abbreviated medium)... So many juicy lines of thought in all
that - just thought I'd share. - Tom
"I don't think we need everything to be vitamin enriched. My feeling is, If people are worried about their vitamins, they can take a daily supplement. They don't need to have zinc in their Froot Loops."
The hottest look of 2002 is...unstyled hair. Let it grow 4 in. below the shoulder, then cut off 2 in., straight, with kitchen shears. Note: This only looks good if you (or your parents) have multiple residences.