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Fantastic Contraption

Fantastic Contraption

This is a most amazingly addictive game. You build machines. Machines! Simple machines that do things. Amazing things. All in service of getting an object to a target area. Once you’ve struggled your own way through the various levels (fun and frustrating at times), you can see some of the incredible things that others have created with simple tools. Eventually, you will realize that it is 4 in the morning and you should have gone to bed a long, long time ago.

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Music for the Independent Mind

Emerson College in Boston runs a great radio station, WERS, which you can listen to online (as well as via honest-to-goodness old-fashioned radio, if you’re in the Boston area). Their programming includes a wide range of genres, but my personal favorites are the weekend programs: Standing Room Only (Saturdays 10am to 2pm and Sundays noon to 2pm) plays a great selection of Broadway music, including lots of recent or lesser-known shows, as well as the classics. All A Capella (Saturdays and Sundays 2pm to 5pm) plays exactly what the name suggests, mostly from college a capella groups. The shows will also keep you up to date on musicals and a capella concerts in the Boston area.

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Dolphin Olympics 2

So I’ve been instructed to post here with random cool things I’ve found on the Internets.

Random cool thing from the Internets:

It’s a very, very simple browser game.  Also very, very pretty, and very, very addictive.  I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who feels like he isn’t wasting enough time.  Also anyone who likes dolphins.

Gameplay hint (that it took me far too long to figure out): You can chain jumps together.  So long as you get a “Nice Entry” (and you get out of the water again in a reasonable amount of time), your next jump counts as part of your last jump, and you retain all the speed you’ve gathered.  Do this a few times and you can jump *high*.

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Kicking it off with xkcd

The first blog post!

Eventually, I hope this blog will introduce you to lots of neat things you didn’t know of before. But for the first post, I thought I’d begin with a classic: one of my favorite xkcd comics.

In case there’s anyone out there who hasn’t yet discovered xkcd, let this be a wake-up call! The comic, written and drawn by Randall Munroe, describes itself as “a webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language.” That’s accurate as far as it goes, but what’s truly noteworthy is Munroe’s wit as he jokes about a wide range of unabashedly geeky topics using relatively simple artwork and few words. The Redwall comic linked to above is no exception, combining fantasy epics with public key cryptography.

Though it doesn’t contain much that regular readers won’t already know, I enjoyed this article about xkcd in the New York Times. It’s great to see a “geek-cult-hero” (as they describe him) getting mainstream publicity.

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