The mutopia project,
a really inspired initiative, where sheet music for music
for which the copyright has expired is offered in several formats.
Volunteers enter the music in the
Lilypond music typesetting language,
which is a very powerful description language that can be
converted to the TeX and PostScript formats for printing.
Projects such as these, where people team up to create and share value,
make the world a lighter place.
A similar but older project is
where books for which the copyright has expired are put online.
The Free Online Dictionary of Computing (FOLDOC)
for everything you always wanted to know about those strange
acronyms, conventions, and inconsistencies, in both software
The Jargon File
for everything you always wanted to know about hacker terminology
and computer folklore. Companion to the FOLDOC. For one thing, note
that a hacker is not a computer criminal, but A person
who enjoys exploring the details of programmable systems and how to
stretch their capabilities, as opposed to most users, who prefer to
learn only the minimum necessary.
Continuing this list of lingual interests,
WordNet, a Lexical Database for English
is a very valuable resource. It is a large database
of words ordered into sets of synonyms. Different kinds of
relationships are attached to these sets, corresponding with
notions such as hyponymy, holonymy, meronymy, and has-part,
has-member, has-substance, pertains-to relationships and what not.
This tool really pushes the reach of my active knowledge of English
idiom towards the reach of my passive knowledge. The synonym sets
and hyponymy (entailment relationship I believe) are especially handy
in this respect.
List of all Debian packages in stable
This link here for my own convenience.
At home a smoothly running GNU/Linux Debian system has taken command of
my computer and won my mind. It may be interesting for you
if accustomed to UNIX and not already keen on FreeBSD or
some other free UNIX flavour.
Try it, you'll like it (not for the lonely or the faint of heart though -
I have a few friends helping me out every now and then).
Randal L. Schwartz
is one of the three p+++++ people in the world. Check the
Geek Code page
if that does not ring a bell and you care. Anyway, Mr. Schwartz
is one of the few cracks still around in comp.lang.perl.misc
(displaying great style), and
he writes really snazzy Perl columns (findable at the link above).
has various gruntles and raves and ongoing business he writes
about. Some call it self-righteous, I call it good reading.
Coincidentally or not, he holds the one and only True Point of View
tabs versus spaces debate.
Go forth, untabify, and expand folks!
I am interested in fast hash functions. Two random related links:
Bob Jenkins' research on hash functions.
Daniel Phillips' hash experiences.
is a link to the Church of Saint John the Baptist
of the Alien Artichoke. It is included because their
mission statement includes the following:
Our mission on this annual pilgrimage is to save the world from simulated
wood grain vinyl and prepare the faithful for the new millenium. (..),
which is a lofty goal I think - especially regarding the simulated
wood grain (I hope they succeeded in preparing the faithful).
I am particularly interested in the phenomenon of simulated wood grain,
and although the Internet is full of it (swg),
it seems that there are no
studies or collections dedicated to this subject.
I propose to introduce the notion of the simulated wood grain effect.
One definition for this could be:
From the many different ways offered by a new technology,
using one which emulates the outward look or feel of the old technology.
Of course there are border cases: The first cars looked
like coaches (they did, did they not?), is this a
simulated wood grain effect?
The other day I was thinking hard for a domain name to grab (and use),
and I thought up a random series of names and tested whether
they existed. Apart from a couple of names taken hostage by
real grabbers, I found a few funny domains.
The world's largest hoard
of lost treasure is about to yield its secrets. An
international team of treasure hunters are preparing to
salvage hundreds of tons of gold, silver, precious gems and
Holy Relics. The secrets of the Knights Templar have been
uncovered through research into the Holy Scriptures, the Dead
Sea Scrolls and many other ancient Revelations.
... It used to just say 'Vaya con Pedro', which was very cool.
Nowadays it says 'Enkele artikelen uit de UCS De Rode Lopers clubblad: de Balans' or/and other stuff, so it lost most of its appeal to me.
The quest ended when the word micans kept crossing my mind
for more than three months. What really decided the issue
was the result of a
Google search on micans.
All life forms that are micans, I guess because of its Latin
meanings trembling and sparkling.
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