Mon, 07 Mar 2005

Time porn.

What time is it? Well, no one knows for sure

Interesting discussion of different timescales (as produced by differing treatments of leap seconds) and possible consequences for the differences.

Lists of Bests

I've just discovered It's a website with lists of books, movies, and music that various people have deemed to be really good at some point or other. Mostly, I'm interested in the list of Hugo Award winners. It's been a goal of mine for some time to read every work that has won a Hugo, and this site will allow me to keep better track of where I am with respect to that goal. I'm not doing too poorly; I've read 29 of the currently 51 books on the list. So, here're my lists:

Impressive LEGO structures

Andrew Lipson's LEGO Page has some pretty impressive constructions made from LEGO bricks. The mathamatical models are nice, but some of the reproductions of Escher drawings are just amazing. (Even if he did cheat a little on "Waterfall".)

The Opte Project

Though only recently hatched, the Opte Project seems interesting. Basically, it's another map of the Internet, but designed to be generated in a matter of hours rather than months, which is what some similar projects take.

Update: Oh, bother. Looks like Slashdot mentioned it, which was probably a component in the path the URL took to get to me. Oh, well.

Book-Related Websites

I was doing a bit of browsing today and ran across several websites that I figured I'd record for later reference.

Throwaway Email Addresses

Mailinator seems a nice service for disposable email addresses. Use an email address, and view the received emails on the web. Note that there is no privacy for received email.

I've used a service like this in the past. It can be useful for situations where you need a single email from someone and don't want your real address being harvested.

The case of the 500-mile email

One of my favorite networking tales is The case of the 500-mile email, now happily ensconced at

Phil! Gold