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Okay, so here's another link roundup, sue me. I should get back to real posts soon enough. I've determined that I spend wa~y too much time colocating links from all my various sources (yeah yeah, hush you), and so I'm planning on easing off. In my last post I mentioned that I'm officially pruning TechEBlog from the things I'll post here about, and a while back I decided that most links found through livejournal will make their way around soon enough without me. But that still leaves me with a number of sources before even getting into the random stuff I actually found myself cruising around.

For those who follow my weblogs via the RSS feeds, heads up. I'm planning on separating out all the link roundups (and similar links-only posts) to their own blog, including retroactively. That should help folks who only care about my more essayic posts, or only for the links. It may be a while yet until I do that since I've still yet to get this site switched over to Titania from its immediate predecessor; there'll be an announcement on the website updates blog when it does happen, maybe also here. For those who're following from livejournal, I'll still mirror the links posts (I finally got my mirroring script set up :). I'll also start mirroring the f/oss blog since folks seemed interested in hearing about Eng.

Less talking, more linking:

Adults spend more time playing games than kids
New Sumerian library discovered
Brain cells fused with computer chip
Scientists make 'bionic' muscles
Writing in Science, they say these artificial muscles are 100 times more powerful than the body's own. They said they could even be used in "exoskeletons" to give superhuman strength to certain professions such as firefighters, soldiers and astronauts.
Middleware: or why it's hard porting games to Mac
An interesting article for those interested in game design/programming.
FF XII intro cutscene
From wedding to funeral in 4min. Apparently the "final" fantasy is Star Wars.
Programming Language Design/Semantics
Somewhat dated, but still helpful bibliography for those interested in designing PLs.
First robots to break Asimov's First Law of Robotics
Well, as some've pointed out, maybe not the firstdepending on definitions of "robot", but nevertheless.
Anti-choice tales
So what does an anti-choice woman do when she experiences an unwanted pregnancy herself? Often, she will grin and bear it, so to speak, but frequently, she opts for the solution she would deny to other women -- abortion.
Some discussion on the many ways to say "I" in Japanese
Why are Japanese girls dressed like seals and taunting polar bears?
Because the Japanese are strange
Who wants to make an H-game?
H-game producer Leaf used a GPL codec in one of their latest games, which means their game engine is GPL too.
Creative Commons license upheld by court
A court in the Netherlands has ruled that a Creative Commons license is binding, in a case brought against a Dutch gossip magazine by an ex-MTV star.
Washington passes legislation forcing electronic manufacturers to pay for recycling
Followup: more details from Environment News Service, full text of the bill (pdf), chart of all states with e-waste bills pending (xls).
Corning develops nature-friendly glass for LCDs
Charlie Sheen questions official 9/11 story
A disturbing take on the whole scenerio. Disturbing enough that it seems most media outlets are blacking it out.
911 Loose Change (2nd Ed)
Old news, but watch it if you haven't yet
The Cat with Hands
Another creepy video. Or so I hear, it's in one of those windowsmedia formats that VLC doesn't like, so this one's for win users only.
Careful who you try to mug
Lego aircraft carrier
France moves ahead on DRM legislation
Robert Jordan says he needs 30 years
RIP : Stanislaw Lem (1921~2006)

Date: 2006-03-30 06:56 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] altrus.livejournal.com
thanks for the links...

nice to see more clout behind the loose change though.

makes me wonder if the 5th of november may move up a few months... historically speaking.

Date: 2006-03-31 05:17 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] winterkoninkje.livejournal.com
Glad that someone reads them :)

Yeah, I'd never watched loose change all the way through before. But just looking at the footage again, even before any analysis, it's glaringly obvious that those buildings came down in a controlled explosion. I mean, the fact that some hundred-odd storey buildings fell in the middle of downtown and didn't topple to the side crushing others... that alone is unnatural. And the fact that they were specifically designed to withstand plane crashes (which I'd known beforehand), and have even been hit by planes before! The party line is utter bullshit.

The scary thing -- more than that the whole sham was orchestrated by insiders (leaving who and why unspecified) -- is that this is becoming the new way to wage 'war'. A while back I made a post talking about memetics and how I see that as a brilliant new field that I will no doubt have to create myself if I wish to study it. And one of the things which has always disturbed me about memetics, is the idea of memetic warfare: tooling people's perceptions to effect a population large enough to do your bidding. The sad thing is, like it or not, memetics is coming and along with it comes its misuse to control the populous for nefarious ends. I only hope we theorists can come up with a cohesive vision to lead the world in defining what is acceptable application of the knowledge, and what should be considered war crimes, before Halliburton or their ilk decide it for us.

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