Buffalo buffalo buffalo
Buffalo buffalo buffalo

I just saw this story in Chinese in which every syllable is pronounced /shi/. There are some similar constructions in English. Apparently this is a valid sentence: James while John had had had had had had had had had had had a better effect on the teacher. [Wikipedia link] And: Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo […]

Bypass iPhone Lock Screen
Bypass iPhone Lock Screen

In case you haven’t seen it yet, a recent bug was discovered that allows you to bypass the iphone lock screen. You can only get to the phone features – dialer, contacts, voicemail, etc. Still, it’s rather uncool. Link: http://crave.cnet.co.uk/mobiles/ios-41-flaw-lets-you-bypass-iphones-lock-screen-make-calls-50001297/

Unique shell helper for Emacs
Unique shell helper for Emacs

To launch a shell in Emacs, you can use M-x shell. However, when you want to launch another one, you have to name the second shell.

Build your own face
Build your own face

Here’s a fun diversion, especially if you enjoyed Mr Potato head — Veer’s Unusual Suspects has a face builder with some odd features.

at the rate of
at the rate of

Trivia of the day – one funny thing you might find as you share data verbally across cultural boundaries is that names for bits of punctuation aren’t as universal as names for letters. Heck, even with letters I remember my British physics Mech Engineering teacher referring to “z” as “zed” (“zed zed 9 plural zed […]

Meet Emily

It’s intriguing to see how far CG animation has come.

Finally – A New Track from Telefon Tel Aviv
Finally - A New Track from Telefon Tel Aviv

Why is it that most of the people making music that I like tend to disappear for long periods of time? Well anyway, Telefon Tel Aviv have finally released something new – a preview track off their new album for their new label – German producer Ellen Allien’s BPitch Control. The first beat had me […]

Visualizations
Visualizations

I’ve been experimenting for a while with Flash, Processing, and Ruby-Processing – making particle systems and various interactions and animations. I started a new page to collect these experiments – visuals.

UI PSA: Do not do this
UI PSA: Do not do this

I’m generally annoyed by the precautions designers take against shoulder surfing (Windows WEP key entry, anyone?), but this is clearly a mistake: Really, there’s no need to protect a CAPTCHA from shoulder surfing.

Chronotext – the text time curvature
Chronotext - the text time curvature

From Ariel Malka, this typewriter visualization allows the rendering of the text path to be affected by the act of typing – inter-keystroke timing affects the curvature of the path. [text time curvature]