Monthly Archives: September 2005

Happy Birthday Eawyn

Eawyn celebrate the Big Numero Uno today so that meant a fairly big family gathering and a lot of work on Mary’s part. Lots of good barbecued shish kabobs and yellow cake with chocolate frosting were had by all. Now that the party’s been over for a while and the house is mostly cleaned up and ten degrees warmer than normal I’m completely ready to crash and fall asleep.

Good times!

Sudoku

Sam Ruby just had a post about Web Sudoku a nifty sort of number crossword game that seems to be quite popular these days.

After just a brief exposure it’s already clear to me that Sodoku (and the web version in particular) is incredibly addictive. I spent a good portion of my lunch break playing and trying to improve my solving speed. I’m getting a better feel for it, but I’m sadly still far below average.

Wikipedia has a nice article on Sudoku with plenty of background and further information.

Update: It’s pretty sad that I mispelled sudoku as “soduku” and just realized it. Oops.

Edubuntu

I just noticed on the Ubuntu Linux website that there’s an education oriented variation of the distribution called Edubuntu that sounds promising.

Edubuntu is a version of the Ubuntu operating system suitable for classroom use. As an educator you’ll be able to set up a computer lab, or establish an online learning environment, in an hour or less — then administer that environment without having to become a fully-fledged Linux geek.

I’m going to have to download the PowerPC Preview Release and play with it a little when I have a little a more free time for research. I can already think of a couple useful applications for some of the older iMacs in the building.

Accelerando

I’ve been reading Charles Stross’ Accelerando the last couple days and really enjoying it. I originally downloaded it several months ago, but never got around to reading it for some reason. But it was in the back of my mind and yesterday after I started to experiment with reading eBooks on my recently acquired Clie it was one the first plucker format files I tried out.

Accelerando is dense with all kinds of current tech and near future extrapolations on the same. Lots of cool ideas relating to the Singularity, the web, geopolitics, AI and various other popular sf memes. It’s somewhat overwhelming to me and I actually have some understanding of most of the technical ideas and allusions. I can’t imagine too many people with a low geek quotient enjoying or getting this book, but if you read a lot of weblogs and like science fiction you’ll probably like it a lot.

On a related note the Clie PEG-SJ20 is a great little eBook reader. The backlit screen is perfect for reading in bed with the lights off. The screen isn’t big by today’s standards, but the dot pitch is nearly twice what you usually encounter and very easy on the eyes. Battery life seems really good so far as well.