July 17, 2002

Computer-generated music

Douglas Hofstadter writes about computers writing music.

July 22, 2002

Google redux

In case Google is a bit too slow for you, try its mirror site. You can even search for things (mirrored).

There is an incredible new art form using Google's highlight technique. Here is a message in their USENET archive, and here is how it looks when you search for it using the keywords (in order) "sun sky land rock brightflowers darkerock lushgrass".

It is primitive, but that's what happens when you are restricted to 10 colors.

July 24, 2002

Modest Barbie

Apparently, Barbie needs a hijab. Or so this woman thinks.

And where they went, the Orthodox Jews followed, and this one is even making money from it.

It's interesting to note that while the doll that Barbie is modelled on originally wore just lingerie, Barbie has always gone loose and free. Well, maybe it's not so interesting.

July 25, 2002

Female Computer Scientists

Here is a paper by Dr. Ellen Spertus, about gender inequity in Computer Science. I suppose it applies equally well to any other technical or engineering field.

What's sad is that even though the paper was published in 1991, most of the problems she talks about are still true.

It's a fairly long paper, and clumsy to navigate, but still definitely worth the read, especially if you are in or are contemplating entering a technical field.

July 26, 2002

More Jesus stuff

The compleat Jesus Fish, Darwin Fish, and any other fish you have seen, not seen, or wish you have seen.

And if Jesus just isn't enough, buy action figures of any religious figure, The Man included.