A while back, I ran across this page by Daniel Kennett, explaining how to make an Arduino control a set of Ikea Dioder LED lights. Very cool stuff, and I was able to use his work to build something similar. So with Halloween fast approaching, I thought it would be neat to use this to… Continue reading Artificial Lightning
One of the things I learned in math is that a polynomial of degree N can pass through N+1 arbitrary points. A straight line goes through any two points, a parabola goes through any three points, and so forth. The practical upshot of this is that if your equation is complex enough, you can fit… Continue reading Overfitting
So I figured something out today. I add and remove podcasts in iTunes all the time. And every so often, iTunes loses track of, er, tracks. This usually shows up in a smart playlist, where a podcast episode exists in iTunes’s database, but there’s no corresponding MP3 file on disk. You can’t manually delete entries… Continue reading Removing Missing Podcast Episodes from iTunes
I’m a geek. If you didn’t know this, it’s because you’ve never met me or talked to me for more than five minutes. I keep reading that the desktop PC is dying: , even as tablet and smartphone sales are rising. One popular theory, then, is that people are doing on their tablets and phones… Continue reading Death of the Desktop
For those who may have forgotten, Gussie Fink-Nottle is a character in the Jeeves stories by P.G. Wodehouse. He is the series’s stereotypical nerd: socially inept, a teetotaler, and physically unimpressive. His most memorable trait, however, is his fascination with newts. buy kamagra cheap Clearly Wodehouse tried to find the least interesting subject he could… Continue reading In Defense of Gussie Fink-Nottle
So I made some comment about the Republican convention being based on a lie or something, and my interlocutor made a comment about how, well, both parties lie. Well, sure. But the Republicans are worse than the Democrats. And she said no, they both lie about the same. And thus, me being the type of… Continue reading Both Parties Lie, Right?
I had a random thought over the weekend, and while I suspect it’s not original, I couldn’t find anyone working on it. One big reason why text-to-speech (TTS) synthesis sucks so badly is that the result sounds flat. Yes, the synthesizer can try to infer cadence and tone from things like commas, paragraph breaks, exclamation… Continue reading “Motion Capture” for Text-to-Speech?
One of the things I enjoy about Unix system administration is the McGyver aspect of it: when something goes pear-shaped, and your preferred tools aren’t available because they’re on the disk that just died, or on the other side of the pile of smoking ashes that used to be a router, you have to figure… Continue reading Disk Hack
The New York Times ran a piece about the David Mabus affair (tl;dr version: he’s a mentally-ill troll who’d been sending death threats to people for years, and was finally arrested after enough people complained to the police). It begins: Over the years, someone writing as David Mabus made himself known to scientists and avowed… Continue reading “Avowed”
I had an idea the other day, and I’m not sure why no one’s implemented. I suspect that either a) someone has and I don’t know about it, or b) there’s some fundamentally-unsolvable problem. If so, please point this out in the comments. At any rate, the idea is this: as a site owner, I… Continue reading Meta-Social Code