Open Source Mac Software

For all my fellow Mac addicts out there, I just wanted to point out this site which I contributed to, Open Source Mac: “Free and open-source software is good for you and good for the world. This is the best OS X software that we know of.” Unsurprisingly this sweet little hit-and-run site was produced by those guerilla warriors of the web, Downhill Battle… nobody makes pretty sites as quickly as they do. Consider this a Thanksgiving gift… Windows and Linux users will just have to wait for winter solstice 😉

Find me at JHU on Thursday

I’ll be speaking at Johns Hopkins this Thursday, Nov 17th, at 5pm, tell your friends at JHU! My wiki-obsessed buddy Asheesh Laroia is kind of running the ACM chapter there, and we stayed up late last night writing a good blurb for my talk. Now I just hope I can measure up to it! Here’s the ad he e-mailed out to the student body:

ACM meeting: Thursday 5PM 11/17/2005 in Shaffer 300. Free food.

“Next time you hear, ‘Don’t touch that dial,’ YOU MAY NOT HAVE A CHOICE”

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Photo credit and exoskeletons

Flickr Photo

About a week ago, I found out that I had been in the October 17th issue of the Legal Intelligencer, in an article based on my Law Journal TV appearance. When Law Journal TV asked me for photos to use in a press release, I sent them this photo that Fred Benenson, FC @ NYU co-founder and photographer extraordinaire, took of my panel at Yale’s RebLaw conference. I neglected to give poor Fred credit at the time, and so it appears that this photo has been printed in multiple places without his name next to it. My apologies!

Also, I wish there were a way to see when people leave comments on Flickr photos featuring me, even if they’re not in my photostream… I missed this classic comment from 9 months ago that Gavin left:

I’ve become convinced that Nelson’s hoodies are actually a form of exoskeleton, and that he would collapse in a pile of organs if he didn’t wear one.

This reminds me of that old children’s horror story, where there’s this girl who always wears a ribbon around her neck, and when her husband finally removes it, her head falls off…

Attack of the mysterious juicer thing!

Mysterious juicer thingSeveral days ago, Steven Bhardwaj showed up at my dorm with a strange object that he discovered at a flea market, which he felt compelled to give to me. It appears to be some sort of juicer, perhaps an orange juicer. If I had to hazard a guess at its operation, I think that you slice up an orange, place the slices in the hopper, and squeeze the juice into a cup placed under the funnel. This conclusion is strengthened by vaguely orange-colored stains on the base of the machine. Has anyone seen something like this before, who could confirm my theory?

If you look at the bottom of the object, there is a company logo that reads “ALCOA”, and there is a patent number, “PAT. NO. DES.86217″… only problem is that searching for patent number 86217 on the USPTO website turns up a patent from the 1860s, and it doesn’t appear to have anything to do with a juicer. The plot thickens…

UPDATE: That is because I should have been searching for patent # D86217! The D is important, apparently. If you go there and click on “images” you should be able to see pictures of my gadget!

UPDATE: Other pictures of the object can be found in the Flickr set Mysterious juicer thing.

At any rate, thanks for the juicer thingie Steve 🙂 It’s always nice when old friends stop by… I hadn’t talked to Steve in so long that I didn’t know he had gotten engaged! Unfortunately I can’t find the link now, but his proposal somehow made it onto Chinese TV, since he and his fiancee-to-be were in China at the time… intense. Apparently over in China, arranged marriages are still the norm, especially in rural areas, so an engagement is still something newsworthy, especially since foreigners are frequently newsworthy anyway, it seems.