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Friday, January 26, 2001

From the NY Times, Mining the 'Deep Web' With Specialized Drills:
To dig deeper into the Web, a new breed of search engine has cropped up that takes a different approach to Web page retrieval. Instead of broadly scanning the Web by indexing pages from any links they can find, these search engines are devoted to drilling further into specialty areas-- medical sites, legal documents, even Web pages dedicated to jokes and parody.
I love funny people:
Fire is an extremely hard thing to simulate accurately on a computer because it is a huge monster 3D fluid dynamic system. To produce an accurate simulation would require this much (arms stretched wide) computing power, and would certainally not be possible in real time. Moreover, I haven't the foggiest idea how to do it. It is for these reasons that I am not going to describe a super accurate model.
From Hugo Elias's resource on modeling fire. [Thanks Milo]
Peter-Paul Koch has a great DOM and Javascript tutorial/reference resource.
At only a few weeks of age, a kitten's bones have not yet hardened and become osseous. They are extremely soft and springy. In fact, if you take a week-old kitten and throw it to the floor, it will actually bounce! We do not recommend that you try this at home. The kitten may bounce under the furniture and be difficult to retrieve, as well as covered in unsightly household dust.
You've probably already seen the Bonsai Kitten site (one of the funniest things I have seen in a long time), but you must also read the write up on Cruel Site of The Day which documents all the troubles the satirical site has gotten in to. Those poor, poor kitties!

Thursday, January 25, 2001

On a music mailing list of mine we were today discussing, in various conversations, The Dixie Chicks, The Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers, and The Velvet Underground. Then I happened across this image. To see the connections, you will have to remember that Andy Warhol was involved with VU. And even if you see the connections, you're not likely to get much more than a chuckle out of it. But then, that's about all I'm worth these days.
Godfrey Cheshire paints a depressing picture of the future in The Death of Film/The Decay of Cinema:
Film refers to the traditional technology of motion pictures: the cameras, projectors, celluloid, lights and other gear that have been responsible for every movie you've ever seen in a theater. Prognosis: Sudden death.
Godfrey goes on to predict a lot worse than the death of film as technology of course. He thinks the art of cinema will die along with it.

Please read Roger Ebert's overly optimistic (but wonderful anyway) The Future of the Movies for the other side of the story:
I have seen the future of the cinema, and it is not digital. No matter what you've read, the movie theater of the future will not use digital video projectors, and it will not beam the signal down from satellites. It will use film, and the film will be right there in the theater with you.
More info on Kubrick/Spielberg's A.I. than you could possibly hope for.
HTML Goodies CSS Tutorials.

Tuesday, January 23, 2001

From Danny Goodman comes the JavaScript Bible 4th Edition Quick Reference and Compatibility Guide:
Preview the new Object Roadmap for IE4, IE5, IE5.5, NN6. The most popular downloads from this web site over the years have been the convenient Object Roadmaps, which are excerpted from the JavaScript Bible. In anticipation of the release of the JavaScript Bible 4th Edition in the Spring of 2001, a completely revised version of the roadmap (now referred to as the JavaScript Bible 4th Edition Quick Reference and Compatibility Guide) is now available for preview.

To accommodate the huge object models of the latest browsers, the new Quick Reference is printable on 12 (count 'em) sides of paper in a variety of combinations suited to your development environment. ... requires Adobe Acrobat version 3 or later.
BlogVoices dies:
At 10:53PM on Monday, January 22: I received an email from the billing department of Hostrocket.com informing me that the BlogVoices.com account was in violation of the Hostrocket Terms of Service. Regardless of whether or not I agree with the reasoning, the decision has been made.

Hostrocket was to be the third and final attempt to host the BlogVoices service and I do not intend to deviate from my resolution. BlogVoices.com will be closing indefinitely.
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