Archive for March, 2011
Supposedly, it’s spring. Thanks to the annual NCAA Men’s Basketball March Madness, my brackets are completely a mess. Pittsburgh’s out, as are much of the Big East. Me and my Big East sentiments. And, I didn’t pick Princeton, but I did kind of rooted for them (had to support the Ivy League); then again, who [...]
From the NY Public Library Digital Gallery – a photo of a page of Julius Caesar – not sure if its from one of the early Folios, but it looks quite amazing. Slate posts Julius Caesar stuff from the Magnum Photos collection. Can’t believe how quickly March is going…
3/14… Pi Day. Discussion on 8Asians on this nonsensical (to me, anyway) debate on whether Japan “deserves” its situation (8Asians says this is a silly debate too). NYTimes.com opinion section recently did a link to this William Safire column that he did during the time of the Indonesian tsunami, which I think is profoundly applicable [...]
I’ve really had to take a break from the news this weekend. Just not good stuff. The news from Japan worsens arising from the earthquake and the resulting tsunami, aftershocks, and nuclear reactor crises. Then, locally, the tragic results of the horrifying casino bus crash at the Bronx/Westchester border. Granted, I have nothing personal at [...]
I have done a spin off on tumblr, with a book blog (more or less): Literature in Motion (and Other Things). Kind of like how “Frasier” spun off of “Cheers.” I’ll continue doing the longer, rambling posts here on triscribe, in addition to the tv commentaries. But, basically, I’m going on-line with this experiment that [...]
MUSEUM PRANK – KING PHILIP IV Source: www.youtube.com More info: http://improveverywhere.co m/2011/03/06/king-philip-i v/ For our latest mission we staged an unauthorized autograph signing in the Metropolitan Museum of Art with an actor who bears a striking resemblance to King Philip IV of Spain. Standing in front of the 400-year-old Velázquez painting Now that’s classic (or at least 400 years old)
Cracking open the Sinclair ZX81 | TechRepublic Source: www.techrepublic.com In 1981, Sinclair Research released the ZX81 as a follow-up to their earlier ZX80. The ZX81 was manufactured by the Timex Corporation and sold as a ki My first computer – 30 years later I have 16 million times more storage on my iphone today in half the space!
I beat the computer 62% of the time! – Rock-Paper-Scissors: You vs. the Computer – NYTimes.com Source: www.nytimes.com I beat the computer 62% of the time! Test your strategy against the computer in this Rock-Paper-Scissors game illustrating basic artificial intelligence.
You’ll shoot your eye out…with a 1MW laser pulse pistol – Hack a Day Source: hackaday.com G.I. Joe used them to battle Cobra’s evil forces. Han solo shot his first in the Mos Eisley Cantina. For years, hand-held pulse laser guns have been something that existed only in the realm of cartoons and movies…until now. Now no longer sci-fi: this handheld laser pistol can take 50 shots without recharging. The target needs to be black to do damage, but it can also blind you if don’t have eye protection.
$15 for $30 Worth of Ice Cream at Chinatown Ice Cream Factory Source: www.groupon.com Ice cream ascended to popularity in 1972, when Richard Nixon returned from China with a Ming vase full of rocky road and kindly split it with Elvis Presley. Mix east and west into a tasty swirl with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of ice cream at Chinatown Ice Cream Factory on Bayard Str