Sunday, November 25, 2007

Herding Cats at the Garden

Wow! These people are trying to show what it takes to be a sysadmin! Silly NY Times doesn't let us embed, blah.

Here's the best commercial, ever:

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Did the Great Masters "Cheat" using Optics?

Yesterday I saw a very interesting computer science/art history lecture given by David G. Stork, chief Scientist at Ricoh Innovations.

His lecture was, in large part, a response to the Hockney-Falco thesis, which basically said that around the rise of Realism in painters around 1420 is attributed to the use of optical aids.

Stork has an abstract of the talk up: Hockney Technical Abstract

Basically, the answer was: they most probably didn't cheat. The two biggest reasons (of a lengthy list):

  1. Oil paint saw a dramatic rise in the 15th century for artistic purposes. Oil paint is much better for creating the tones needed for realism.
  2. Eyeglasses came into larger use during this time.

It was certainly a very interesting talk! Stork has a FAQ online as well.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Tipping Point

Video Friday continues: I love Rube Goldberg machines.

Mmm... and now I'm all thirsty.

Lev and Thumpbot play Crazy

Thats just... Crazy.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Oh noes! You've got Pac Man in my Zork!

In a mash up of all things very geeky and very old:
Pac-Txt: Pac-Man meets Zork

To see two worlds of my younger years collide like this. Wow.