Mon, 07 Mar 2005

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.

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 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".)

Software Hate

Yes, it's true. I hates software. (Though, as of yet, not very much.)

Newsmap

newsmap is a visualization of Google News. It gives you headlines in color-coded bands by category, sized by how many places are reporting the same story, and shaded by age. This is information pornography of the highest order. It uses flash. It may accomplish what even Strongbad and weebl and bob have so far failed to do -- get me to install Flash on my home computer.

newsmap comes from the same person who wrote social circles, which also looks interesting. I may see if I can put together something similar with Perl and Graphviz.

Weather Porn

NOAA seems to be adding some nice features for Internet-based weather information. I like all the info available from the Baltimore/Washington Forecast Office, especially the text forecast and hourly short-term forecast grid (also text-based).


Phil! Gold