Monday, September 18, 2006

Q&A: Ellen Ullman / Programmer turned novelist talks about computers, writing and the world we live in: "The Bug has several code samples in it, and I found that to write
even such short routines, I had to imagine the shape of the whole system
they were part of. And, immediately, I slipped right back into the coder's
mind-set, hours going by in a kind of ferocious anxious humming. It was
hugely pleasurable; it was exhausting. I soon found I was using code to
avoid writing -- oh, I'll just fiddle with this little section here -- and a
whole day would go by without my having written a scene or a line of
dialogue. So I had to put the code aside."

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Gordon's Tarantula Care Sheet
: " Personally I prefer buying tarantulas as young spiderlings, this way you have all the pleasure of watching your spider grow, you can collect the skins as it moults, and if you buy a text telling you how, set the skins to look almost life like, giving a series of permanent images of your pet."

Conversion of XML to CSV - An XSLT example
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rubber band helicopter

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Dog And Butterfly Chords by Heart @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Dreamboat Annie Chords by Heart @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
River Chords (ver 2) by Joni Mitchell @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
California Tab by Joni Mitchell @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Give A Little Bit Chords (ver 2) by Supertramp @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Breakfast In America Chords by Supertramp @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Daniel Chords by Elton John @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Chords by Elton John @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Levon Chords by Elton John @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Tiny Dancer Acoustic Chords (ver 2) by Elton John @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Dance Music Chords (ver 2) by Mountain Goats @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Big Trucks Chords by Pedro The Lion @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Our House Chords (ver 2) by Crosby Stills Nash And Young @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Anchorage Tab by Michelle Shocked @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Sunshine On Leith Chords by Proclaimers @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
500 Miles Chords by Proclaimers @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Dannys Song Chords by Kenny Loggins @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
All I Want Chords (ver 2) by Joni Mitchell @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Big Yellow Taxi Chords by Joni Mitchell @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Desperado Tab (ver 3) by Eagles @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Same Old Lang Syne Chords by Dan Fogelberg @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Closer To Fine Chords by Indigo Girls @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Hammer And A Nail Tab by Indigo Girls @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Who Will Save Your Soul Chords by Jewel @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Come Monday Chords (ver 2) by Jimmy Buffett @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Dont Think Twice Tab by Bob Dylan @ Ultimate Guitar Archive

Monday, September 04, 2006

Uke Club Death Cab ? Yirmumah
Come Monday Chords (ver 2) by Jimmy Buffett @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Full Metal Planet
BGG Thread: Making a copy of FMP from the files...: "Use a roller cutter or a chopping cutter to get the counters to be the exact same size. Clip the corners for a neater look. Then, once cut, spray a coat of Krylon Matte varnish--a couple light coats won't run the inks at all, even with ink jet printing. I prefer to use a matte photo paper for really sharp, nice-looking images on the counters. You'll end up with a very professional looking game."

Friday, September 01, 2006

Preimplantation genetic diagnosis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "This procedure can bring practitioners in difficult situations, e.g. when no embryos are available for transfer and a mock transfer has to be carried out to avoid the patient to suspect that he/she is a carrier and the lack of embryos is due to the fact that they are all affected."
eMedicine - Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis : Article by JJ Marik, MD: "Definition

PGD combines recent advances in genetics and reproductive medicine. For PGD, the early embryo is examined after IVF for inherited diseases or to determine the sex of the embryo for sex-related genetic disorders. The process starts with a basic IVF. When the embryo is at the 6- to 8-cell stage, 1-2 cells (blastomeres) are removed and sent to the genetic laboratory for diagnosis using either polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) techniques, depending on which disease is being sought. The unaffected embryos are then transferred into the mother's uterus.

In certain situations in which the genetic problem is only with the female, a polar body can be removed from the eggs and tested before fertilization."
What is a designer baby?: "dvanced reproductive techniques involve using InVitro Fertilisation or IVF to fertilise eggs with sperm in 'test-tubes' outside the mother's body in a laboratory. These techniques allow doctors and parents to reduce the chance that a child will be born with a genetic disorder. At the moment it is only legally possible to carry out two types of advanced reproductive technologies on humans. The first involves choosing the type of sperm that will fertilise an egg: this is used to determine the sex and the genes of the baby. The second technique screens embryos for a genetic disease: only selected embryos are implanted back into the mother's womb. This is called Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)."

This is a great link! It's better than CATS. | Death and Taxes: A visual look at where US tax dollars go
The Infamous Exploding Whale - Video: "Paul Linnman

If there are no images on the page, try allowing port 8090 through your firewall, or click here.

Here, for your free downloading pleasure, is the newscast that caught the whale as it fell. Exploded. Happened. Whatever.

Oh, yeah... don't ask for a copy of this on video tape. I don't have a copy on tape, and I don't really have time to make dubs for the entire Internet anyway. Thanks for asking, better luck next time, have someone tell you about your lovely parting gifts."