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Monthly Archives: June 2009

Linkdump for June 30th

by Rob Friesel

Hands on with the Opera 10 Web browser beta at Macworld (via DF) — posting waaay after the fact but: I love what they've done with the tab bar. (tagged: opera browsers ui todo ) The Big Idea: Seth Shostak at Whatever (tagged: science space astronomy culture society exobiology research todo ) China Mieville on […]

Linkdump for June 29th

by Rob Friesel

Fifty Books for Our Times at — actually not a bad looking list (tagged: todo literature fiction history culture ) There, I Fixed It. Dumb? or "ZOMG so true!"? (tagged: blog hack creativity humor fun ) The Happiness Project Toolbox via A. — indeed: intriguing (tagged: blog lifehacks productivity GTD goals inspiration ) Abandoned […]

the Tao of LOL

by Rob Friesel

A friend asked me today:  “On IM, when you type ‘haha’, does that imply that you actually laughed?” I answered immediately:  no. The “haha” and “hehe” strings imply that you got the joke, that you’re reading and comprehending the humor, that you believe the preceding statement is funny – but it doesn’t necessarily mean that […]


by Rob Friesel

Arranged chronologically from 1955 through 2001, Dozois’ anthology Worldmakers: SF Adventures in Terraforming, is a tightly-themed collection of science fiction shorts. It’s a good overview of the terraforming subject’s treatment within the genre but the anthology seems to lack any stand-out stories – there are no great masterpieces in here. Which is not to say […]

haiku movie review: Aguirre: The Wrath of God

by Rob Friesel

descend from Andes descend to utter madness wrestle with monkeys Great film.  Stunning.  Epic.  Masterfully shot.  Surreal.  Insert more superlatives here. However, when your primary film-selection criterion for the evening is “which one is shortest?” – well, this one may leave your jaw unpleasantly unhinged.  Bewildering. Will watch again.  When I’m more serious about it.

Linkdump for June 23rd

by Rob Friesel

5.5. Case study: Dumb Quotes via lepht (at [Dive Into Greasemonkey]) (tagged: webdev javascript regex todo ) Repeat after me: Unicode is not UTF-\d{1,2} via lepht (via short version: Unicode is a standard, and UTF-(8|16|32) are character encodings that support encoding Unicode data into byte strings. (tagged: Unicode text dev essay todo ) Modeling the […]

Eclipse 1

by Rob Friesel

Eclipse 1 is a good-not-great anthology of speculative (née “science”) fiction and fantasy (rather: “new weird”) short stories edited by Jonathan Strahan. My “good-not-great” may be stemming from my disappointment that there was more “new weird”/fantasy than there was science fiction 1 but there were still quite a few “big wins” in the pile that […]