I loved the Susan Cooper “Dark is Rising” series when I was growing up. It went right up there with “The Chronicles of Prydain” and “The Chronicles of Narnia”. I’m terribly afraid that I’ll be disappointed by this movie version of it though.
Monthly Archives: September 2007
The XKCD comic “Dream Girl” references a time this weekend, at a park in North Cambridge, MA. I can’t make it, but I’d love to hear what happens from anyone who does go! The XKCD forums suggest that the original comic was actually altered to prompt this meeting.
(I learned of this from a Facebook group inviting people to show up at the park).
I don’t understand what the new They Might be Giants video for “I’m Impressed” is about, but it features bleeding robots, and that’s cool. Don’t miss the stop-motion stabbing at the end! (scroll down on the linked page to find the video player).
This is a bit old, but I just saw a great vid of a teenager who, after losing both eyes at 2 years old, has learned to “see” with his other senses. Can anyone identify the video game they show him playing? It looks like it might be a Dragon Ball Z fighter.
I’m waiting for the follow-up story about a girl who survived a near-death experience and then became an assassin who fights other assassins.
Discussion of today’s XKCD comic in the XKCD forums led me to a calculation of the probability of finding a girlfriend written by Tristan Miller. The argument is a fun look at the mathematical basis for why coupling can be so hit-or-miss. Most of the steps in his argument make sense except the conclusion… I don’t think it’s correct to assume that it would take ~3400 blind dates to find a suitable mate, in the same way that it doesn’t take 365 random people to find two with the same birthday (please correct me if I’m wrong here).
Doombot’s link to the World Beard and Moustache Championships is a painful reminder of the fact that I cannot produce a continuously connected beard and moustache. I assume this is the result of some genetic mutation caused by radiation exposure I experienced in the womb.