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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2006-06-28

Sing Along With Lisp. I can’t remember how I got hold of this URL, but I sure do want to remember it: Experiments in Musical Intelligence. Apparently, David Cope is a well-known composer, who also happens to be an author and an authority on what I will call computer-generated music compositions. He has some amazing samples in MP3 format; enjoy!

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Fine Definition. “Mushroom Management Techniques” for projects can be defined as: “Keep them in the dark and throw manure on them“! But I do wonder: is the “them” in that definition the projects themselves, or could it be the project collaborators?

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2006-06-23

Ah, A Bit Of Philosophy On A Friday Evening… Wonderfully appropriate to recent personal events, even when written about Apple Computer: “Powerful emotions can close minds as surely as any proprietary format. And unlike that closed format, prying open a closed mind is nearly impossible.” (from On Open Formats and Closed Minds: A Love Story).

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2006-06-22

Inhaalbeweging. Ik heb wat tijd gemaakt om wat blogs “bij te lezen” (tijd krijg je niet, die moet je maken, zeg ik altijd maar). Eén citaat wil ik jullie niet onthouden: “Als mensen en organisaties een niet acute bedreiging voelen is er stress, en werkt onze neocortex ook minder. Maar op die manier blijven de vooroordelen bestaan, en worden ze niet na rijp beraad omgezet in wijze na-oordelen. Onder stress vermindert de intelligentie en het leervermogen van een organisatie. Dat versterkt alleen maar het gevaar! (Leve de Vooroordelen… en de Na-oordelen!). Dit citaat is ongetwijfeld ook van toepassing op onze samenleving; de vraag is dan natuurlijk vooral hoe we zo’n toestand kunnen “ontmijnen”, wetende dat zulks in een kleine groep of bedrijf al moeilijk genoeg is…

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Running On Rails? No, On Railo. I just learned about Railo. Railo, like New Atlanta’s BlueDragon, is a web server product that implements the Coldfusion markup language CFML (and more). Is Railo “better than” the original Macromedia server or BlueDragon? That depends on what you need and your definition of “better”. Railo is interesting though, since it integrates in a unique way with the underlying Java environment… If CFML is what you do for a living, you’ll have to compare the three in detail!

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The First Web 2.0 Worm? I’m not exactly certain that it was actually the first of its kind, but it won’t be far off either: Yahoo Mail Worm May Be First Of Many As Ajax Proliferates

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2006-06-13

On Democracy. Strong words from the Wired News copy chief: “More people logged on to vote in the recent American Idol finale than voted in the last presidential election. But we’re not sheep. No, sir“.

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2006-06-10

Esperanto In Your Wiki: “Prezento de la esperanta versio. Bonvenon al la esperanta versio de TidliVikio” – unfortunately, this is a TiddlyWiki-only extension.

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2006-06-08

Pining For The Fjords, Indeed. I just saw a rerun of Monty Pythons “Dead Parrot Sketch“. The most remarkable thing about it is that is stays funny, even after all those years. Great show!

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Mars On Ajax. I had already started my own list of Ajax libraries: if we’re going to go the RIA Way (RIA being the Rich Internet Application), then we need to know what’s available and how it stacks up to our requirements. As a formidable first step, the Scorecard is a great intro to the subject – if you don’t mind a very long historical introduction into the Browser Wars of the previous century (and if you don’t care about that, search for the word ‘googling’ on that page and start reading from that paragraph).

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2006-06-02

Seamless Pictures. It’s not Escher, but it’s very good and very much Escher-like.

Copyright @ Rob Gonsalves – Click for more of pictures

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2006-06-01

This Is More Than Just A Worthy Cause: “the Princess Elisabeth station will represent international best practice in being entirely run on renewable energy and in completely recycling all waste” (from the press release of the International Polar Foundation).

Plan for the Princess Elisabeth Station

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