Please note: the viewport design is copied from Steve Den Beste's excellent blog, USS Clueless. Used with permission.

Saturday, April 10, 2004  

via No-Off

From No Off to On Off, a Java Puzzle

On Off

Found via Boing Boing this puzzle is apparently solvable in 44 moves; I did it in 48...

posted by Gary Williams at 2:58 AM | link |

via A Short History of FICS and ICC

Pawns Call King a Rook

Members of the Internet Chess Server rebel against fees.

My ICC membership ran out, but Jesse found the FICS server, at, so I've been playing there. Ok, but not as many players, I guess. Brad Stone has an article here about the history of ICC and FICS...

posted by Gary Williams at 1:59 AM | link |

Friday, April 09, 2004  

via Stu Savory's Blog

Stu Savory's Easter Dog

Stu Savory's Easter
With His Dog

Stu Savory and his wife took the dogs for an exhausting walk through the local forest, then took lunch in Castle Trendelburg's excellent restaurant. Stu says, "After several beers or four, I gave the photo the title : The Hare of the Dog, that Bitch, Me ;-)"

posted by Gary Williams at 10:19 PM | link |

via and the FDA

Radio-labeling blood platelets?

FDA, in co-sponsorship with the Hitchcock
Foundation, is sponsoring a public workshop on the development of a new standard for assessing the in vivo quality of platelet products through radiolabeling studies. The workshop objectives are to review current methods in radiolabeling studies, to propose a new approach that will set the performance of fresh platelets as a gold standard, to present data on application of a new standard, and to discuss the development of a novel experimental protocol. The public workshop agenda is posted on FDA's Internet at

posted by Gary Williams at 1:49 PM | link |

Thursday, April 08, 2004  

via whiskey river
It was the genius of the Buddha to pinpoint this abiding human problem and to apply gentle acupressure right at the heart of it. The Buddha felt that since what we hold to as identity, our fixed sense of being a person, is so unreliable (as we always knew, always feared), we should stop insisting on it with such shrillness. Rather than trying to avoid the reality of not being someone, Buddha thought that we should observe and embrace this fact. There is no real identity outside of flux, he taught. If we practice and train in this existential fact, which we verify with meditation experience, then we have nothing to fear. As we begin to warm up to life in this way, with openness to the endless change within and outside us, we come to see the effort to maintain a brittle sense of identity as cold, even frozen. We come to appreciate that the whole point of spiritual practice is to warm up, to become flexible with what we think we are and begin to release ourselves to our experience as it really is. This warmth melts the ice of identity and lets the waters of our lifetime flow."
- Zoketsu Norman Fischer

posted by Gary Williams at 1:42 AM | link |

via I Love Me, vol. 1 (formerly, Uninstalled)

"I don't see much sense in that," said Rabbit.
"No," said Pooh humbly, "there isn't.
But there was going to be when I began it. It's
just that something happened to it along the way."

Happy Birthday, Michael. Or, as Kate Atherley says, "In the words of our hero A.A. Milne, Hipy Pappy Bithuthday..."

posted by Gary Williams at 1:28 AM | link |

Tuesday, April 06, 2004  

Reason Magazine Puts 40,000 Subscribers On Cover, 1 By 1 (Via Sattelite)

From Declan McCullagh's Politech

From: Declan McCullagh
Date: 04/06/04 19:00:24
Subject: [Politech] Reason magazine cover story has unusual privacy theme[priv]

[Disclaimer: I was involved with the Reason article. --Declan]

Putting 40,000 Readers, One by One, on a Cover
Published: April 5, 2004

When the 40,000 subscribers to Reason, the monthly libertarian magazine, receive a copy of the June issue, they will see on the cover a satellite photo of a neighborhood - their own neighborhood. And their house will be graphically circled.

On one level, the project, sort of the ultimate in customized publishing, is unsurprising: of course a magazine knows where its subscribers live. But it is still a remarkable demonstration of the growing number of ways databases can be harnessed. Apart from the cover image, several advertisements are customized to reflect the recipient's particulars.

Nick Gillespie, editor in chief of Reason, said the magazine, with an editorial mission of "Free Minds, Free Markets,'' used the stunt toillustrate the cover article about the power and importance of databases.

"Our story is man bites dog," Mr. Gillespie said. "Everybody, including our magazine, has been harping on the erosion of privacy and the fears of a database nation. It is a totally legit fear. But they make our lives unbelievably easier as well, in terms of commercial transactions, credit, you name it."

Rodger Cosgrove, president of Entremedia, a direct marketing firm and a member of Reason's board, assisted in coming up with a program that allows the subscriber list to be integrated with satellite photographs. He also worked with Xeikon, the manufacturer of the printer that made the endless customization possible.


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posted by Gary Williams at 3:32 PM | link |

Learning To Use Moveable Type

My friend Jesse Perry asked me yesterday about blog software, because he and his brothers run a server site, Techbrothers. (Jesse's my daughter's boyfriend.) So I told him about Blogger and Moveable Type having software and I couldn't remember some of the other packages (like Greymatter, I remembered the name last night). Anyways, Jesse likes the GPL and he liked the writeup at the Moveable Type site, so he downloaded the MT software and asked me to give him some advice.

Which isn't easy, since I've never used MT at all — so Jesse gave me a user id and I set up a test blog on his server. Jesse's the webmaster of and he's thinking about setting up a blog for people to write postings there. I did find out a few things about MT, basically you can see what I was learning by checking out what I wrote about, since as usual I posted about whatever I was thinking about — and it served as examples for Jesse to look over as I found things about using Moveable Type in blogging: so, here's Garytest.

posted by Gary Williams at 2:20 AM | link |

Sunday, April 04, 2004  

via Boing Boing

Tibetan Sand Painting

Tibetan Sand Painting

(Click picture for more info...)

posted by Gary Williams at 11:57 PM | link |

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