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META: Sooner or later I'm gonna dupe myself

It's gonna be really embarrassing. It's one thing to dupe yourself if you're /. and processing a bunch of articles a day with a bunch of editors, and the articles are written by other people.

I just had to search to make sure I hadn't blogged here previously about April. Sooner or later I'm going to forget to search. Then I'll be really embarrassed.

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April

When I was a junior at Reed in 1986, Keithp and I pulled a nice April Fools' joke. I've told various people about April, but her story is probably worth writing down. I'm sure Keithp will correct me where I've gotten confused over the years; it was a long time ago…

Video Game Creation for Newbies

Somebody cold-emailed me today asking about how video games are created. I drew the implication that they might want to develop games themselves. Here's what I replied…

I wish gEDA was done

My students and I have been rooting for the gEDA project for a long time. This toolsuite is supposed to automate the design and layout of printed circuit boards, providing an alternative to wacky and expensive proprietary EDA tools…

Unfortunately, gEDA is not ready for prime time. The user interface of each tool in the suite is radically different, but they're all pretty hopeless. More importantly, key functionality is either missing, or impossible to use and understand.

Pirate Haiku

I'm still bitter about the Pirate Haiku contest…

Some time ago, our local newspaper the Oregonian had a contest for the best Pirate Haiku for National Talk Like A Pirate Day. I was aiming for the Second Prize: pirate underwear. I haven't submitted to any of their contests since then, because darn it, mine were better than their winning entries.

But don't take my word for it: judge for yourself.

The plank is ready:
It's "Talk Like A Pirate Day"!
Can you walk the walk?

First-ever 802.11 rocket telemetry

Recently, we at PSAS are likely to have been the first ever to successfully use 802.11 as a rocket telemetry system. I posted an article about this to /., but was rejected. So I'll post here, and hope that folks are duly impressed…

The pieces we used to make an 802.11 link work at above Mach 2 at 3.5 miles up were manifold.

A Junior Moment

Yesterday I got to find out I've been an idiot for many years. It's one of those things where I knew everything brilliantly except for one simple fact…

CODE: Continuations, closures, concurrency

A blogger recently posted a challenge for programmers of languages with first-class continuations: use them to construct a Prolog-like constraint satisfaction construct that works by saving choice points. Of course, I can't resist this kind of thing…

Introduction to network trust establishment [interlude]

Part 1 of this series sketches out some basic structure underlying network trust establishment. I wanted to take a moment to comment on the motivating examples I've seen in the last couple of days…

Slashdot.org: You had me, but you lost me

I haven't touched /. in a week or two now. I doubt I'll ever bother to again. This is the culmination of years of faithful reading, posting, commenting and moderating. I'm pretty sad that it has come to this—in fact, I had hung on a lot longer than common sense tells me is wise. You had me, Slashdot, but you lost me…

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