Tuesday, September 30, 2003

Lean Software Development (pdf)
Handles: "A Handy Guide To Handling Handles"

Saturday, September 27, 2003


Zhongwen.com contains the complete text of Amazon's best selling, best reviewed Chinese-English dictionary : Chinese Characters: A Genealogy and Dictionary, which uses the new (zipu) system of character trees.

Learning Chinese Online

Friday, September 26, 2003

The potential power of 'Software Patents' to destroy Crystallographic Software; Crystallographic Software Development; and Crystallography's Future. by Lachlan M. D. Cranswick - part of Software Patents Involving Crystallography - CCP14 Homepage

Many Software Patents patent the trivial, but describe their claims in complicated "patent speak". This can also help mask the patenting of an "idea", as though it was really a novel, non-trivial "invention".

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

Macrophage and Bacterium 2,000,000X
Jörg's USEFUL and UGLY pages
LLL algorithm:

A lattice reduction algorithm, named after discoverers Lenstra, Lenstra, and Lovasz (1982), that produces a lattice basis of "short" vectors.

Lenstra, A. K.; Lenstra, H. W.; and Lovasz, L. "Factoring Polynomials with Rational Coefficients." Math. Ann. 261, 515-534, 1982.

Keith Matthews' LLL page
No Title: "Basis Reduction Algorithms and
Subset Sum Problems "
Kovar/Hall: "Electron Band Structure In Germanium, My Ass"

Tuesday, September 23, 2003

ACE : a GAP 4 package - Chapters
Advanced Coset Enumerator

Coset Enumeration
GAP - Groups, Algorithms and Programming.
3-D Crystals: "The Total Symmetry of Three-dimensional Crystals"

Sunday, September 21, 2003

Java Desktop System
Mystic Microsoft:� Spiritual Transformation in the Halls of High Technology by Kraig Brockschmidt
Soapbox: Humans should not have to grok XML: "Humans should not have to grok XML"
grieve with me, blue master chickenz: "bloody hell, you left it turned on all night!"
A garbage collector for C and C++

The Boehm-Demers-Weiser conservative garbage collector can be used as a garbage collecting replacement for C malloc or C++ new.

Friday, September 19, 2003

"Ebenfalls sind zu grosse Ordnung, wenn sie nicht betrieblich notwendig ist, uebertriebene Gruendlichkeit und allzu umfangreiches Berichtschreiben meist ein Zeichen, dass die MitarbeiterInnen keine sinnvollen und herausfordernden Aufgaben haben, es ihnen also langweilig ist."
Langeweile braucht Herausforderungen
Wired News: China Threatens India Eminence: "China Threatens India Eminence"
[Article published 2/23/2001]
There is a lot of wasted time and productivity in a typical construction project.
Rethinking Hybridization
Effective XML

Thursday, September 18, 2003

Mothering Magazine -- Boredom The Cauldron of Creativity:
"Over the years, I moved reluctantly through boredom's idle territory. I would be a different person today without the paths that it delivered. For boredom often pressed me to say 'yes' to strange tasks and exotic foods. It nudged me to read extraordinary books, to take walks and talk to strangers. Boredom has volunteered me, sent me to foreign countries, and pushed me out of dead-end jobs. Boredom led me to believe that the only way forward is through. "
"When we respond to boredom's invitation, something magical happens. Passions are born. Interests are developed. An inner fund of resources evolves-the same personal resources that guide and prompt us into a meaningful life. Without this fund, boredom can push our children into self-destruction: drugs, violence, and random pranks that eat up their young lives and spit them out. We are left to pick up the pieces and wonder what went wrong.

We are rightfully fearful of boredom and its negative consequences. Too much time and money, little purpose, and boredom are a lethal combination. In an attempt to save our children, we sign them up for sports and classes. We let them watch a crazy amount of television and spend days at the computer.

I want to allow my children to be bored while they are young and under my watchful eye. To measure it into their bones and muscles like a rare fuel to propel them forward. To preempt the time spent on television and organized activities and have them spend it instead on claiming their imaginations. For in the end, that is all we have. If a thing cannot be imagined first-a cake, a relationship, a cure for AIDS-it cannot be.

Life is bound by what we can envision. I cannot plant imagination into my children. I can, however, provide an environment where their creativity is not just another mess to clean up but welcome evidence of grappling successfully with boredom. It is possible for boredom to deliver us to our best selves, the ones that long for risk and illumination and unspeakable beauty. If we sit still long enough, we may hear the call behind boredom. With practice, we may have the imagination to rise up from the emptiness and answer."

GameDev.net - Do We Really Need Quaternions?

Quaternions were developed by William Rowan Hamilton around 1843 and immediately took their place in mathematical history as a solution in search of a problem.
Use Bizarre Metaphors: "If you can't find your toothbrush, look where the cat sleeps."
National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Home Page, a part of the U.S. Department of Education
BBC NEWS | Education (7/30/2003) | California protects education budget: "California has almost six million pupils in its school system and over 500,000 students in its universities. "

Wednesday, September 17, 2003

Introduction to CML
Schlegel Group - Dept. of Chemistry, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA
TheBrain Technologies Corporation
Review of Principles and Applications of Stereochemistry: "Book Review -
Principles and Applications of Stereochemistry"
SVG for Designers: Chapter 8 Excerpts: "Incorporating SVG in Web Sites"
gladwell dot com / The Social Life of Paper: "The mark of the contemporary office is not the file. It's the pile."

Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Is a Calorie Always a Calorie?
From highlights of "Education at a Glance," the annual report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development:

The United States spends more in public and private money on all levels of education -- about $10,240 per student in 2000 -- than any other country.

Saturday, September 13, 2003

Friday, September 12, 2003

Psychobiology of Boredom

Boredom may be defined as the suspension of intentionality, fidgety indifference, frustration, and painful estrangement from a reality experienced as meaningless. Normal boredom emerges in specific environmental situations (reactive boredom) and quickly dissolves (acute boredom), while pathological boredom, arising unrelated to external circumstances (endogenous boredom), becomes a pervasive and long-lasting cognitive-affective state (chronic boredom) and causes mental suffering as well as functional and social impairment. To overcome this painful condition, behavioral attempts (eg, making journeys, compulsive buying, gambling, nicotinism, or bulimia) and/or pharmacologic attempts (ie, substance abuse and dependence) are frequently made.
Space-Filling Curve Sculpture and Pictures
CTRL+F4 to close MDI window,
CTRL+F6 to cycle through them.

Thursday, September 11, 2003

Post, then Publish.
Nothing is interesting , if you are not interested.
[Helen MacInnes]