Mon, 07 Mar 2005
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 listsofbests.com. 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.
I was doing a bit of browsing today and ran across several websites that I figured I'd record for later reference.
- BookCrossing - pass books around to people, record your thoughts about received books on the website.
- The Online Books Page - listing of over twenty thousand books freely available on the web.
- Internet Book List - looks like an attempt to create an IMDB for books. Good idea, only ten thousand books so far. And no ISBN search. Compare to All Consuming and...
- Internet Speculative Fiction Database - more or less the same thing, but aimed specifically at SF. Includes information on what awards books have participated in. Didn't see any good way to search by ISBN.
- The Library of Babel: Links - one blogger's collection of other blogs that deal with books (though the collection is, of course, incomplete).
- BookSpot.com - didn't really look around this site all that much, and the appearance seems a little too corporate for my tastes. Still, might be useful.
Throwaway Email Addresses
Mailinator seems a nice service for disposable email addresses. Use an @mailinator.com 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 ibiblio.org.