In something that reminds me of the movie Catch Me If You Can, I came
across this website that generates Fake ID’s. Over the last week, the
site has improved already, so there might be more features on the way.
At the end of last week, it would give you:
Every so often you come across something really cool on the internet.
Today, that cool thing was a little program that generates ASCII art.
It’s interesting how much Harry Potter — the fictional wizard boy that
every kid has read about and made J.K. Rowling an instant millionaire —
has become so much of our culture. This is well illustrated by a quote
from the latest book my sister, also a Harry Potter fan, picked up. This
book, also well known, is Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code”.
I’ve read this before, but I would have to say this passage of scripture
is among my favourites.
For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my
kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my
peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee.
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue
that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is
the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is
of me, saith the LORD.
— Isaiah 54:10, 17
Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.
— Albert Einstein
With new technology, comes new concerns. In the case of electronic mail,
it is that of spam. At least when we get junk mail at home, we can
quickly sort through it and drop it into the recycle bin. The fact that
you have to pay someone to print and deliver the flyers does serve to
deter companies from filling up everyone’s mailbox with non-addressed
mail. Spam, on the other hand, can be sent for almost free. I guess they
must make some sales out of it, or you would think that they would have
given up on the tactics long ago. But where do they get email addresses
to spam? Unlike delivering flyers, where you can just walk down the
street, you have to actually know someone’s email address.
The time-old adage is that “The shortest distance between two points is
a straight line.” Most of what we see day-to-day would confirm that. On
paper, you use a ruler, sometimes called a “straight edge,” to connect
two dots. In a field, it’s easy to apply the same principle and cut
straight across. But then why do the network maps for the airlines
always have those funny looking arcs? What happened to those straight lines?
The Weather Network claims that 80% of the population checks the weather
forecast, so they ask why not put the forecast on your site. Best of all
it’s free! They have several options for shapes and sizes, but
basically, you put a little bit of code in your page, and voila. To hook
up, go to
Exams are now done…boy does that feel good. I walked out knowing I
should have studied more, but I knew that walking in. Now I wait to see
what my marks are. I’m sure they’ll be fine - I’m not worried about
failing a class - but I had wanted to improve my GPA
from where it was
last semester. I think my resolve held out till earlier this week, when
I started flipping through the Internet to discover all of Google’s many
, be sure to
check out Google Labs
I have a couple of exams tomorrow, but I find myself drawn here instead.
I guess I already knew I spent too much time on the Internet. I really
haven’t been on that long today, but I’ve still found some interesting
- Airlines taking the polar route to Asia
- Addictions drain the Canadian economy of $40B/year
- JoneSoft’s File Splitter
- a potential “miracle pill” that started with figuring out how pot works