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November 28, 2006

Posted by pagani in Cars, Uncategorized.
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A scaled dow version of god, and a nitrus powered audi tt

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Chess November 26, 2006

Posted by marvinx in Science and Technology.
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Some people have too much time on their hands. I happen to be one of them. I enjoy having an almost entirely flexible schedule. And don’t make fun of me for it; I know you guys are jealous.

The question becomes, though: what do I do with my free time? The answer is not much. Usually. On rare occasions, though, I become bored enough to try something ambitious. This is always some sort of programming project, and generally it’s small or stupid, like writing an invincible tic-tac-toe program. It usually doesn’t go very far. But sometimes something worthwhile comes out of this. Like a program that lets you play chess with other people over the internet.

The url is http://lab.marvinxart.com/chess. It’s the second version; the first really sucked so I started from scratch. Granted, there are a few flaws: the game pieces look like crap, for one. Also, it is possible to trick the program and thus cheat (but it’s hard to figure out how). Occasionally it will screw up the display of your available moves. But all in all it works, and I’m proud of it.

Another incredible movie November 23, 2006

Posted by nukes in Music/Movies.
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I have seen a whole bunch of amazing films. Among these, one can count Star Wars, LOTR, Hotel Rwanda, Braveheart, Happy Feet, and others. Tonight, I have just finished watching another movie, which I believe is to be placed up at the very top of the list of best movies ever made. This movie is German film, telling the tale of a Jewish refugee family during World War II. This movie is called “Nowhere in Africa”. I recommend this movie to everyone. It is truly a beautiful film.

A car for … Me November 22, 2006

Posted by pagani in Cars.
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Job Security November 10, 2006

Posted by cmac in Uncategorized.
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From The Elements of User Experience by Jesse James Garret. I’m often asked what I do at work; this picture sums up what I try to do. I try to make your life easier – at least as far as school websites are concerned. Next time you visit one of your favorite websites, think about the work done to make it your favorite. 🙂

Stop and THINK!!!!!!!!!!! November 8, 2006

Posted by nukes in Life, Politics.
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Has anyone ever wondered as to why the world is ridden of pain, death, and hate? I think I have a possible answer. No one stops to think. For some odd reason, people, men and women alike, tend to have this overriding belief : an eye for an eye. Why is this? Why is it that the people in this world can’t simply stop, wait for their anger to dissipate, and then think rationally? The ability to think is what makes us human. It’s not the ability to love and hate, but to think. So many humans tend to forget that we ahve a brain. They let themselves be carried away by their emotions, often falling into a selfish state where they believe that they are the only wronged party. As an example, the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Why are they fighting? Is it for some scrap of desert? Is it because one of their grandfathers killed the others grandfather? Is it because someone decided that Jews must suffer? Is it because of some other sensless reason? All of these, if the participants simply stopped to think, even for a year, and considered, “Why the hell am I doing this?” I think that the world would end up a much finer place to be.

Torture – If your loved one was kidnapped? November 8, 2006

Posted by cmac in Uncategorized.
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Michael Levin’s piece “The Case for Torture” explores the aspect of a practice almost always rejected by modern society. He advocates torture not as punishment, but a method of saving innocent lives. Levin provides several scenarios where lives could be saved by torture: the terrorist who planted a time-detonating atomic bomb in Manhattan is apprehended. The bomb will go off in two hours; should the terrorist be tortured to reveal the location of the bomb and thus save thousands of innocent lives. Levin thinks so. He states that the terrorist has already lost any right to humane treatment by setting this bomb; if his guilt is obvious, he should be tortured for information.

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Dreams on Demand (TM) Episode I: Dumbledore-Gandalf-Santa and the Fruit Robot Army November 7, 2006

Posted by marvinx in Dreams.
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So before we get to the part where you realize that this post is actually less interesting than the title, let me first state that it came as a great shock when I learned five minutes ago that people actually read this blog. Mostly because even I don’t read this blog. Usually. And I’m probably the one with the most free time here. It is because of that revalation, however, that I’m taking Arick’s suggestion and posting some of my dreams, starting with this really weird one which is well summed-up in the title. On account of the fact that my dreams are way less profound and meaningful than Arick’s (and by that I mean they make no sense whatsoever, no matter what planet you’re from), I’ve chosen a slightly different method of expression. My hope is that with a flamboyant title and a few strange but related images I can distract you from the truth that there is, in fact, no real content here. Without further ado, then, we get to the part relating to the title.

Dumbledore-Gandalf-Santa, in case you couldn't tell.This is a dream I had a few weeks ago. Most of my dreams are better told in person, but this particular one (due to its completely incoherent nature) is probably best understood when you can go back and reread it when you don’t understand. Which will be just about all the time. But it won’t matter, because I’ll bet you spend more time looking at that picture than actually reading the post.

The dream starts off with me and someone else. I don’t remember who it was, but they followed me around for the whole dream and didn’t seem to do anything. For lack of a better name I shall call this person “Jim.” The two of us first fight our way into the robot lair. I don’t recall any sort of introduction to this, but it made loads of sense at the time. The robots were all fruits (specifically, spherical fruits like apples or oranges), and they all had blocky arms and legs and no apparent heads.

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