Tue, 01 Aug 2023
Anniversary Message

It is our 21st wedding anniversary, and my wife just gave me a puzzle in the form of a
beaded bracelet, telling me that there was a message but not what it was.

The bracelet, a sequence of beads described  below.

The beads run like this, starting from the decorative knot that lets you
adjust the size, and using an O for the round beads and X for the cylinders:


Now, there are two easy possibilities off the top of my head. It might be a
computer code in binary. There are 24 beads total, so they could be three
8-bit characters --

00010011 10001010 11111001

or that sequence backwards, with all the bits flipped, or both. But any way you do that,
you get leading 1s, which mean it can't be ASCII. It doesn't follow the right bit pattern to
be a character in UTF-8, and none of 0x138AF9, 0x9F51C8, 0xEC7506, nor 0x60AE37 are
defined Unicode characters, so also can't be a character in UTF-32. Putting binary aside,
then, I go back to my actual first guess and try Morse code, substituting dots for the
round beads and dashes for the cylindrical ones.


That still needs to be separated out, first into individual letters and then into words, but
that's pretty straightforward:

.. / .-.. --- ...- . / -.-- --- ..-

I was pretty fortunate that the most straightforward decoding was also the right one.

I'm also pretty fortunate to have a wife who knows I'd enjoy this so much, aren't I?

Thu, 02 Jun 2011
OSCON 2011

OSCON 2011

Seems that OSCON moved back to Portland in 2010, right when I wasn't paying attention. Well, then, looks like a daytrip is in order...

Tue, 10 Nov 2009
Advertising works

I occasionally come across images that get variations on old advertising jingles stuck in my head.

Like this image, and the following jingle:

"Nobody makes / girl_in_a_cup / like Lip-tan cup of girl..."

(Images and advertising on the site may contain nudity. The corresponding links on the supposedly safe-for-work version, safebooru, are here, here, and here. The whole Lip-tan manga is available translated at the full danbooru but not at safebooru.)

Sat, 28 Apr 2007
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    "Each face of the planetary Icosahedron displays a part of the (nearly spherical) planetary surfaces. The triangles are folded so that adjacent triangles are joined exactly at their closest edges."
Fri, 27 Apr 2007
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Wed, 25 Apr 2007
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Tue, 24 Apr 2007
Second Life Map Widget

I made this: Second Life Map Widget.

Here's what I posted on my LiveJournal:

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Wed, 18 Apr 2007
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    "I use Ctrl-a and Ctrl-e to jump to the start and end of Bash lines, but screen uses Ctrl-a as its hotkey. At least, it does until you add one line to your ~/.screenrc: 'escape \034\034' Now Ctrl-\ is my hotkey; I never type that by accident."
Mon, 16 Apr 2007
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    "Nomadic functions are small, optimized, and fairly specific. An example may be anything from a simple Drag & Drag function, to a AJAX Star Rating, or a Text Scroller. They are like widgets… but even smaller." Nifty stuff.
Sun, 15 Apr 2007
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    "What SLOpenID plans do with it’s SL Maps API is along the lines of what XHTML did for HTML; SLOpenID plans seperate design from data, simplifying things a hell of a lot in the process." JSON.
Sat, 14 Apr 2007
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Wed, 11 Apr 2007
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Sun, 08 Apr 2007
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    It really is a book about Ruby. And poignant.
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    "The conclusion is that either people are in a big rush to learn about computers, or that computers are somehow fabulously easier to learn than anything else. There are no books on how to learn Beethoven, or Quantum Physics, or even Dog Grooming in a few
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Sat, 07 Apr 2007
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    "The tips in this little document are geared towards Emacs power-users."
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    "Mac users ... frequently put spaces in file names because it's natural and may read better. This means that Mac OS X Unix geeks need to make sure their shell commands (and shell scripts) work correctly when faced with spaces in file names."
  • Unixjunkie Blog: Two Cool Bash Tricks
    "Bash does some super-cool magic when you access /dev/tcp/hostname/port. It will create a TCP socket that is connected to the named host on the given port. This lets you easily use network sockets with regular shell IO redirection."
Fri, 06 Apr 2007
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Tue, 13 Mar 2007
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    "Make 100 different MiniCards for just $19.99. Click a logo below to find out more." Half-width business cards with your pictures from SL or Flickr on one side and writing on the other. Spiffy!
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Tue, 06 Mar 2007
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Sun, 25 Feb 2007
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  • MOCKIA: Banokia
    I'm sorry, I can't hear you -- I've got a banana in my ear: "This is a genuine realistic faux plastic banana wired to work with your mobile phone as a plug in handsfree."
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Wed, 21 Feb 2007
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Tue, 20 Feb 2007
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  • The Ecstasy of Influence (Harpers.org)
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