Archive for July, 2008

2008.07.10 – 2008.07.26 debris




  • The Future Freaks Me Out – album from a band my friend Shannon likes
  • Jamglue – remixing for the masses… I haven’t looked at it in much detail. but Corina uses it
  • John Walsh – local (as in Cincinnati) punk/hardcore band that Joc likes
  • The Seedy Seeds (and also here on Myspace) – another local band (electronica?) that Joc likes

Shiny stuff

  • Dafont – site full of categorized fonts for download (free for personal use)


Hippie & Political Stuff

  • Joc showed me this: Freecycle – “It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills.”
  • The Problem with Music by Steve Albini
  • Courtney Love’s commentary on record label profits, Napster, music, and piracy
  • Order of Death on Youtube – someone told me I should watch it. I haven’t yet. There’s a high chance it’s complete BS.

Software stuff

  • Bart’s way to create bootable CDs – very handy
  • Squeak – VM (open source) implementing Smalltalk  (this FLOSS Weekly talks about it)
  • Seaside – “framework for developing sophisticated web applications in Smalltalk”  (this FLOSS Weekly talks about it as well)
  • Squeak by Example – pretty good book (available as a PDF for free, or as a printed copy from for $20.10)
  • Early History of Smalltalk by Alan Kay – it is from 1993, but is still a very in-depth paper
  • Smalltalk: Getting the Message – article more focused on the “why” and “how” of Smalltalk than its history
  • SliTaz – a Linux distro designed to run out of RAM and still have a usable desktop; current version is only about 25 MB
  • Rocks Clusters – a CentOS-based Linux distro designed to make building and managing clusters a lot easier (mentioned in this FLOSS Weekly)
  • Webconverger – “open source web kiosk”, or basically a Linux distro designed to boot quickly into Firefox
  • VR Juggler Suite – some sort of open source virtual reality suite
  • Englab – open source mathematical platform, similar to MATLAB, in very early versions right now
  • Quotes about C and C++ and Programming Quotes which are mostly good for being funny rather than useful, or for pissing people off

Hardware stuff (DIYish)

Hardware stuff (non-DIY-unless-you-have-a-fab-or-a-CNC)

  • Loongson – general-purpose CPU made at Chinese Academy of Sciences; MIPS-compatible and used in some small devices like this


  • 3D holographic display at USC (uses projector + rapidly rotating mirror)
  • Lest We Remember: Cold Boot Attacks on Encryption Keys  –  research from Princeton about how information can be recovered from memory after a system is powered off, and how to utilize this to defeat most encryption systems because they leave their keys in memory.

Video game-related

  • FIFE engine – open source 2D engine designed for isometric and top-down views
  • XGameStation video game development kit – looks like they have various kits for programming games, old-school style, and a lot of user-submitted programs

2008.06.18 – 2008.07.09, really overdue notes



  • – “Non-commercial DIY Projects for MIDI Hardware Geeks”
  • – Looks like a blog about various other MIDI-related DIY projects
  • Nvidia Tegra –  “features a GPU, media processor, system memory, peripherals and a CPU all in one ultra-low power chip, smaller than a US dime (10-cent piece).”
  • Ethernet Mini Board

Geek Articles/Software

Hippie Stuff

  • MoBo Bicycle Coop – “The MoBo Bicycle Co-op is a non-profit, volunteer-run collective dedicated to providing every member of the Tri-State area access to bicycles, maintenance, and education.” (also Myspace site)
  • AskWish
  • Hegelian dialectic – remind me to read this in detail and find why it pertains to politics

Hippie Geek Stuff

  • Owner-free Filesystem – “distributed filesystem in which everything is stored in reference to randomized data blocks” and bound to be soon pissing off a legal system near you
  • What Colour are your bits? – relevant to intellectual property somehow but I haven’t read it yet.
  • Traffic Waves – “sometimes one driver can vastly improve traffic.”
  • “Big and Bad” – Malcolm Gladwell’s opinions of SUVs and their marketing. (same Malcolm Gladwell who wrote Tipping Point though I didn’t make this connection when I read the article)