Max Romantschuk's weblog – April 2007 archive

Debate: Bush vs. Bush

Thursday 26th of April, 2007 - 11:54 – Permalink

This is definitely the most amusing political debate I've seen in this decade... Please welcome President George W. Bush (current term) debating George W. Bush (previous term). Totally worth watching. Funny, and insightful too. 'nuff said.

Programming as Art

Tuesday 24th of April, 2007 - 10:58 – Permalink

The concept of programming as art, and the demoscene is not something that most people are familiar with. Here's a little task for ya:

  1. Watch the video of the demo debris by the group farbrausch at Youtube.
  2. Try to guess the size of the executable file which was used to generate that demo video.
  3. Download the debris demo here and find out...

My point is: Programming can really be an artform, and you can do incredible feats with very little if you know your stuff. Things like these make you wonder how Windows Vista can take up gigabytes of space. You could fit thousands of copies of the demo above the same amount. I guess Microsoft just wants to make sure people keep upgrading their computers...

Porn vs. Reality

Friday 20th of April, 2007 - 12:02 – Permalink

My dad one said he didn't mind me watching porn as long as I understood one thing: Porn has nothing to do with actual real-world sex. It's a fantasy, and needs to be treated as such. I still adhere to that principle, and I do feel that porn isn't bad for you unless you start mistaking it for reality. Keeping that in mind, What I Learned From Porn on Break.com was really amusing.

Django!

Friday 20th of April, 2007 - 11:57 – Permalink

My apologies to non-programmers. Every now and then I get excited about some new technology and feel compelled to write about it. I recently introduced myself to Django, which seems to be a very nice framework. At least if you like the Python programming language, that is. Anyway, don't take my word for it, read the Django overview and see for yourself. So worth it.

Having trouble waking up? - Meet Clocky!

Tuesday 17th of April, 2007 - 11:59 – Permalink

Most people have trouble waking up in the morning during their teens, and some people, myself included, seem to have trouble waking up all their lives.

For the less disciplined of us, there is a new hope: The Nanda Clocky. A prototype-turned-product created by Gauri Nanda while she was a graduate student at the MIT Media Lab. It's an alarm clock, with a twist... Hit snooze, and it'll run away, hide, and start ringing again. Want to turn it off? Get out of bed and find it then... you lazy bastard ;)

But seriously, I got excited about this one when I heard about the prototype. Would probably get one myself if I still was lacking the ability to force myself out of bed on time. Via Slashdot

April Fool's rundown

Monday 2nd of April, 2007 - 12:16 – Permalink

I don't really have time to browse the net during weekends, so I ended up reading through the April Fool's stuff this morning. There's a lot out there (obviously), but the The ThinkGeek 8-bit Tie should exist for real, damn it! I want one.

Gmail Paper was a lot of fun as well, and let's not forget Ten of the best April Fool's Day hoaxes ever, shall we?