The T-SQL Mandelbrot, or “ZOMGSQUEE”.

November 19th, 2008

"So I was bored at work one day," Graeme Job explains, "and wondered, what's the most useless thing I could do with my time without actually doing anything. Then it hit me. I could use T-SQL to generate... Mandelbrot."

Graeme continued, "Following is a single T-SQL SELECT statement that generates a text-representation of a Mandelbrot Set. The results are best viewed in text-mode."

Oh my sweet baby goddess. If the fact that this sort of thing makes my toes curl is wrong, I don't wanna be right.

Multicolr Search Lab

October 27th, 2008

I'm having a hard time explaining why you should check this out beyond GO HERE NOW.

Pick some colours. Watch Idée Labs pull a screenful of correspondingly-tinted pictures from Flickr in response. Repeat while giggling delightedly. (Okay, you can leave the giggling bit out, if you really must. I understand you might be at work or something.)


October 17th, 2008

You remember the TimeCube, right? Someone must be missing it nearly as much as I, for lo -- The ThymeCube.

Variations on a Theme x84

October 17th, 2008

You know that rather iconic Obama 'Hope' poster that the 'net's clogged with these days? Well, here's eighty-four different takes on it. Some funny, some deeply offensive -- which is which depends on who you're voting for, I suppose.

I think my favourite is the Star Wars one.

World of GOO!

October 15th, 2008

We downloaded World of Goo for the Wii last night (1500 WiiPoints, as I recall, so ~$15), and it's lovely. Wonderful. Toe-curlingly awesome. I think I try to complete each level just to hear the little goo-balls all whisper, "OooOOOoooh!" as they reach the pipe to the next level.

Highly recommended, double-plus especially to those who sunk any time into Fantastic Contraption recently.

Get thee to a Photoshop, SVG!

October 7th, 2008

I figured that importing an SVG file into Photoshop would be similar to dealing with an EPS.

Naturally, I figured wrong. What the hell, Adobe? Wasn't SVG your idea in the first place?

Google knows everything, however, and pointed me at Inkscape, an open-source vector graphics editor.

Install. Open SVG. Save as EPS. Off to Photoshop. FLAWLESS VICTORY!

Love you long time, Inkscape.

Attack of the 280,951 Post-It Notes.

October 1st, 2008

I grinned the whole way through watching this. It's wonderful.

Spoonflower: On-demand fabric printing.

September 10th, 2008

Lucretius linked me to this last night, and I've been thinking about it ever since. You send them a pattern you've cooked up on the computer, and they send you back fabric printed with your pattern.

Fractal-patterned fabric, say. Ohgodsavemenow. This is all your fault, L.

Note: Link is to a review of the service, as it's currently in beta and the site itself is mostly just a vicious and cruel teaser-site.

Digitale Nixieröhrenuhr

August 28th, 2008

I think this means "Pure Concentrated Nixie Tube Awesomeness" in German, but I'm not certain.

So, yeah. A lot of German I'm very sad I can't read, and some amazing pictures. There are a lot of references to "Flip-Flop-Stufen" which make me giggle in a "watchen der blinkenlights" way.

Hey, I hear hurricanes are a little windy.

August 19th, 2008

Alternate title: Too Stupid To Live. Via Invictus, someone trying to kite-surf in Tropical Storm Fay.

I had to post it. The opener was too good to pass by.

August 6th, 2008

"The founder of the legendary rock band Queen has completed his doctoral thesis in astrophysics after taking a 30-year break to play some guitar."

Canada, land of pacifists and decapitators.

July 31st, 2008

A passenger repeatedly stabbed and then decapitated a young man aboard a Greyhound bus travelling through Manitoba overnight in what appears to be a random attack, witnesses told CBC News.

"While we were watching the door, he calmly walks up to the front with the head in his hand and the knife and just calmly stares at us and drops the head right in front of us," said [a witness].

Land of Devastation (Web v0.1)

July 31st, 2008

Once upon a time, back in the days of BBSes and door games, I had a deep love for LOD. There were a couple or three places I went every night to play -- a friend of mine even set up a private BBS for the both of us to play on.

I can't even remember what got me patting down Google today in regards to it, but I seem to've found all the installer files. Now I'm torn between getting to play this again and wrangling with decades-old programs to make them go.

The pros and cons of handmade tools.

July 25th, 2008

Once upon a time, I had a [fingerwiggle]proper[/fingerwiggle] photoblog, powered by MT, that automagically scattered thumbnails hither and yon as I updated it.

Seeing as my picture output is only a fraction of what it once was, though, I decided to cook up my own little upload/thumbnailer tool. It works brilliantly (though I really need to get rid of the history.go(-1); how many times have I sworn to never use that terrible thing again, now?) but on weeks like this, where I've actually updated it repeatedly, I've got no way to let people know there's new things to look at without posting like this.

Posting in one column to mention another, so LJ/feedreaders will pick up on it, then expecting them to come here to read the post, click out to the main site, and poke through my photos? More than a leetle broken, yeah. I suppose the newest addition to my To-Do List can be figuring out how to make an RSS feed for my photos.

Until then, here's a direct link to the picture that spurred me to post.

Fallout 3 Official Trailer

July 15th, 2008

Diablo 3, Starcraft 2, Fallout 3... it's a good time to be a gamer. Mmm.

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