Added an article on ways to improve the auto industry.
Updated my speculations on how a word processor might allow the user to encode meaning, this time by manipulating the graphical presentation of the syllables in a text's words.
The large movie distributors will soon be selling movies over BitTorrent. This is a positive move, as it will allow studios to release multiple versions of the same movie: Wal-Mart will no longer be able to dictate what people see. In the first few years there will be the cinematic version, the kids' version, and extended or director's cuts. However, I hope that over time some movies will become like Lego sets, with anyone able to upload their own selection and ordering of the scenes. A while ago I wrote an article on open-source movies.
Added travel pictures from our trip to the Loire in May 2006.
Added brief reviews of Underworld Evolution, Aeon Flux, and Tank Girl. All three are movies with strong, sexy female characters in which the movie version or sequel has betrayed the premise of the original work.
Considered a weblog thread on a slip in the release date of Windows Vista.
Added an article on e-government.
Started a new section on the future of farming! A subject of which I have little personal experience, but an increasing interest in how robotics might revolutionize the field(s) .
A weekend of plays at Stratford, Ontario inspired me to update my computational rhetoric page.
Updated the runner's knee resource page.
For the past couple of months I haven't been rock climbing due to a bout of runner's knee. Here's a little resource page.
Added two little articles on the book The Rebel Sell and the Mac Mini.
Last autumn I read an article on extensible programming by Greg Wilson. This has subsequently been referenced on Slashdot, although only a few Slashdotters actually read the article or understood it. At the time I wrote Greg a response, which I have recently formatted in HTML.
Wrote a response to the programming challenge on IOTUM's web site.
As part of a showcase of my graphical endeavors, I've added a gallery of some pictures I liked on a visit to art.com.
I factored my response to the Craig Larman talk into articles on evolutionary software development, market distortion in times of technological change, and the auto industry.
After attending a talk by Craig Larman at the XPToronto interest group, I gathered some thoughts on how evolutionary development techniques might become more widely used.
Added musings on social networking.
I release this concept to the world: Gothic Retirement Homes. Anyone who wishes to cash in on the concept is free to do so; I'll even provide advice for a small consulting fee!
Added an article on open-source movies.
Updated my article on the oil crash. Using this as a jumping-off point, I now ramble on about various population-related issues.
Added a review of The Seige
Attended the Ad Astra science fiction and fantasy convention.
Just read an interesting article on the impending fall of civilization due to rapidly worsening oil shortages. See my response here.
Joined Orkut, an online social networking environment. I also took another of those online personality tests that used to be popular three or four years ago. The results are still the same: I'm an "INTJ", destined to be a programmer or engineer from birth.
My first new article in a while: Online democracy.
A fire that started in the garage behind our neighbor to the East (390 Queen) spread into our back storage area. The fire was put out pretty fast, but we had to move to Kristin's sister Paula's place for a week and a half. (Thanks Paula!) It took a week and a half because the electrical inspector noticed various things that needed upgrading before the power could be turned back on. We're back here now though, and the place doesn't even smell that smoky any more!
Added an article on the crossover between geekiness and other subcultures, and one on an approach to simplifying AI problems.
I notice the gutter press is currently excoriating TV's Crocodile Hunter for teasing a crocodile with his children. My feeling is that a father's role includes showing the kids dangerous things at close enough range that they understand risk.