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Mac ‘n’ Cheese Cupcakes

Posted in Cooking, Hacks, Humor on August 3rd, 2011 by leodirac – Comments Off on Mac ‘n’ Cheese Cupcakes

My housemate Ellery created these mac ‘n’ cheese cupcakes for dinner the other night. The frosting is mashed potatoes, and they’re topped with a cherry tomato. Inside is a meatless meaty macaroni and cheese combination surrounded by a savory dough. They were super fun and tasty. I can take very little credit for these beyond […]

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Omnipotent Self-Aware Botnets

Posted in Geek, Humor, Seattle, Uploading on April 11th, 2010 by leodirac – 1 Comment

My buddy Scotto wrote a play titled “When I come to my senses, I’m alive!” which will be performed at Annex Theater on April 23 –  May 22.  I read an early draft of the script and am quite excited to see it performed. I don’t want to give too much away, but from watching […]

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iPad pre-launch security

Posted in Apple, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, Geek, Humor on April 3rd, 2010 by leodirac – Comments Off on iPad pre-launch security

Arrington managed to get his hands on an iPad for a test drive before launch day, presumably from a company that had been given one to build apps for it. His description of the security under which these devices were loaned out is so funny I just have to share it with y’all… Scores of […]

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Good April Fool’s Jokes

Posted in Geek, Google, Humor, Microsoft on April 1st, 2010 by leodirac – Comments Off on Good April Fool’s Jokes

Nothing exciting here to report, but I thought I’d share pointers to some of the jokes I’ve stumbled upon that I like. UniXKCD command line console My favorite webcomic, Randall Monroe’s brilliant XKCD, is running a command-line version of itself today.  A few commands you might want to try include: find wget Make me […]

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Alarm Clocks, Geeks, Hippies and the Robot Revolution

Posted in Ego, Humor, Transhuman Morality, Transhumanism on May 27th, 2009 by leodirac – 1 Comment

I’m at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco today. It’s wonderful seeing my company doing great things for the world. Enabling people to build universally accessible applications that help people solve difficult problems together. It gets us closer to the ultimate solution. I’m also giving an Ignite talk. I wanted to make it something of a motivational speech. Encourage people to think about their own roles in helping bring about the robot revolution. I also wanted an excuse to share some of my thoughts on how to build an alarm bed. I’ll post my slides after the conference, or…

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LHC blue-screens the world

Posted in Ego, Humor, Philosophy, Physics, Science, Transhumanism on September 9th, 2008 by leodirac – 3 Comments

I’ve been thinking about writing this post for quite a while, and I figured tonight might be my last chance. Plenty of people have been worrying about how the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) could destroy the planet by creating small black-holes that might suck in the entire earth. As the good folks at CERN re-assure us, everything is fine. I pretty much believe this. That is to say, I’m pretty sure LHC will not destroy all life as we know it. Pretty sure. Otherwise, we’ve all got a few more hours to live. So long as my buddy Stephen Hawking’s…

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Spinning Spaghetti Monster

Posted in Ego, Hacks, Humor, Seattle on August 10th, 2008 by leodirac – 1 Comment

Last week I went to a different kind of Dork Bot meeting here in Seattle called the Catastrophic Cacophony Workshop. It was a maker-style event where we broke up into teams of people and in 90 minutes had to build a robotic musical instrument out of one supplied motor and whatever other parts we could scrounge together. Our team started with the basic idea of a repetitive percussive instrument with multiple hammers hitting multiple objects. So we constructed a platform to hold the motor and used tennis rackets to make a rotating frame that held a series of arms that…

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Why Evolution Runs Backwards in the Refrigerator

Posted in Analysis, Cooking, Economics, Evolution, Humor on July 19th, 2008 by leodirac – 4 Comments

Evolution-like processes exist in many places beyond genetic adaptation of biological species. We see similar processes in a great many aspects of modern life, generally running many orders of magnitude faster. Much of economics and business is governed by processes that select for the most successful product or business model or manufacturing process or organizational structure. Successful practices thrive and out-compete ones which are less effective at meeting human needs and desires. Warfare has very obvious parallels. In computer science, user interfaces, programming languages and system architectures all evolve by analogous processes. Similar effects can be found in governments, religions,…

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Homework assignments: Count words not pages

Posted in Education, Humor on March 11th, 2008 by leodirac – 1 Comment

As I draw my graduate educational experience to a close (tonight is the last class of my MBA!), I’d like to send an open suggestion to all educators who ask their students to produce written assignments. Let’s assign essays with a required word count instead of a page count. I’m guessing the page count is a throw-back to days when some students hand-wrote their assignments. This was true for me in high school 20 years ago. But today, turning an essay written in long-hand is unthinkable. Professional writers and editors usually consider the length of a document by the number…

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Foster Business School

Posted in Business, Education, Humor, Seattle on November 6th, 2007 by leodirac – Comments Off on Foster Business School

The UW Business School recently got a name: Foster. Michael G. Foster to be exact. Although just “Foster” is perhaps more fitting since 3 generations of the Foster family have contributed to making this possible. Just how much does it cost to get a prominent business school named after you? About $50 million. Here’s how it went down. It all started way back in 1928 when Albert Foster graduated from UW Business School. Not too long later, he founded the brokerage firm A.O. Foster & Co. which was successful enough to enable his family to get into the philanthropy business….

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