In the 1980s, a language called BASIC swept the countryside. It was a language beginners could use to make their computer speak, play music. You could easily draw a big smiley face or a panda or whatever you like! But not just BASIC. Other languages like: LOGO and Pascal were right there on many computers.
In this century, you may have dozens of programming languages lurking on your machine. But how to use them?? A fundamental secret! Well, no more. We cannot stand for that. Hackety Hack will not stand to have you in the dark!!
“Earth Day, which every year has become less and less the revolutionary event it once was, seems this year to have entered a new phase of meaninglessness. Indeed, this year it appears to have gone into a form of retrograde motion and begun to move actively away from the concept of comprehensive sustainability that drives all rational environmentalism. In short, Earth Day has served its time, and it must go.”—WorldChanging: Make This Earth Day Your Last!
“Sci-fi can be succinctly defined as speculation, whether based on established scientific facts or on logical pseudo-facts consistent with the framework of the fiction in question, involving smelly green pimply aliens furiously raping or eating, or both, beautiful naked bare-breasted chicks, covering them in slime, red, oozing, living slime, dribbling from every horrific orifice, squeezing out between bulbous pulpy lips onto the sensuous velvety skin of the writhing sweating slave-girls, their bodies cut and bruised by knotted whips brandished by giant blond vast-biceped androids called Simon, and written in the Gothic mode.”—Peter Nicchols, defintion of Science Fiction
“At the beginning of the twenty-first
century, we find ourselves inthe midst of a battle over the institutional ecology of the digital environment. A wide range of laws and institutions —
from broad areas like telecommunications, copyright, or international trade regulation, to minutiae like the rules for registering domain names or whether digital television receivers will be required by law to recognize a
particular code — are being tugged and warped in efforts to tilt the playing field toward one way of doing things or the other. How these battles turn out over the next decade or so will likely have a significant effect on how we come to know what is going on in the world we occupy, and to what
extent and in what forms we will be able—as autonomous individuals, as citizens, and as participants in cultures and communities — to affect how we and others see the world as it is and as it might be.”—From The Wealth of Networks by Yochai Benkler, the entire text of which is online for free.
“This has been a long and unexpected ordeal, made better by many kind and gifted doctors and nurses…I plan to gradually increase my duties in the months to come. I still love writing about the movies. Forty years is not enough.”—:: rogerebert.com: “40 Years is not enough”
“As things stand now, designers face challenges due to the size restrictions on album art images. “Bands still have a romantic notion that their art is going to be 12 inches by 12 inches — a glossy LP, a glorious image,” says Maggie Fost, designer for Merge Records. “But when I design an album cover, I come up with some design elements — and then zoom all the way out to 50 pixels by 50 pixels. Because on blogs, on Amazon, on iTunes — everywhere people see it is the same (small size).”—Wired: Designers Work to Rescue a Dying Art Form — the Album Cover (via Digg)
“Individual songs without so-called digital rights management software will be available at a higher fidelity and cost 30 percent more — $1.29 per song instead of 99 cents. EMI said its price for a full album without copy protection would be the same as lower fidelity copy-protected albums.”—EMI Dropping Copy Limits on Online Music - New York Times
Slides from Stewart Brand's "Cities and Time" lecture
Two images from the slides from Stewart Brand’s “Cities and Time” lecture. Above: different rates of change between different layers of the world. Below: Cities replace most of their buildings every hundred years or so. After 120 years exactly one building is in common in these two pictures of Boston.
“Cities are the human organizations with the greatest longevity but also the fastest rate of change. Just now the world is going massively and unstoppably urban (governments everywhere are trying to stop it, with zero success). In a globalized world, city states are re-emerging as a dominant economic player. Environmental consequences and opportunities abound.”—Stewart Brand, “Cities and Time”, The Long Now Foundation (listen to Cities and Time on mp3)
“Media objects, such as images or soundtracks, may be ranked according to a new class of metrics known as “interestingness.” These rankings may be based at least in part on the quantity of user-entered metadata concerning the media object, the number of users who have assigned metadata to the media object, access patterns related to the media object, and/or a lapse of time related to the media object.”—
Flickr Interestingness Rankings Patents Released —
SEO by the SEA
“The year 2038 problem may cause some computer software to fail before or in the year 2038. The problem affects programs that use the POSIX time representation, which represents system time as the number of seconds (ignoring leap seconds) since 1 January 1970. This representation is standard in Unix-like operating systems and also affects software written for most other operating systems because of the broad deployment of C. On most 32-bit systems, the time_t data type used to store this second count is a signed 32-bit integer. The latest time that can be represented in this format, following the POSIX standard, is 03:14:07 UTC on Tuesday, 19 January 2038. Times beyond this moment will “wrap around” and be represented internally as a negative number, and cause programs to fail, since they will see these times not as being in 2038 but rather in 1901. Erroneous calculations and decisions may therefore result.”—Year 2038 problem - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia