Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Why Geeks Make Good Fathers, Super Stone Skipping, and FakeAlibi Service

When I showed my wife this link about "Top ten reasons Geeks make good fathers", she laughed out loud and told me that I possessed a lot of traits in the list of reasons, especially Lego, math, up on technology, science fair projects, and toy assembly.

One of the things a geek might enjoy is stone skipping. My personal record is 7 skips before the stone disappeared in water. The Guinness World Record holder is Kurt Steiner, with 40 skips! You have to go to this website and see the videos!

On a totally unrelated topic, for those of you contemplating about cheating your significant other, see this article about a service that will provide you with perfect alibi for your affairs.

From the article:

The standard alibi package is an invitation to a fake conference, seminar and/or training weekend sent to your address, along with a false hotel booking confirmation. FakeAlibi will also supply a telephone number, which, if rung by an inquisitive significant other, will be answered by an agent pretending to be a hotel receptionist or seminar organiser. (A similar website in America, AlibiNetwork.com, will even send a certificate of completion of whichever course you're supposed to have been on to your home afterwards, plus a class photo with you in it.)


Goulding says that FakeAlibi already boasts 21,000 satisfied customers, the incorrigibles among them paying a fixed monthly retainer. An average job, according to their promotional material, will cost you £49.99. The website employs four full-time managers and has 600 retained "operatives" around the world, most of whom have other jobs.

Considering that they also provide private investigation services, I wonder whether there will be any conflict of interest among their clients.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

A Super-Duper Image Denoising Algorithm!

"GREYCSTORATION is an image regularization algorithm which processes an image by locally removing small variations of pixel intensities while preserving significant global image features, such as sharp edges and corners. The most direct application of image regularization is denoising. By extension, it can also be used to inpaint or resize images."

It's much better to just go see what GREYCSTORATION can do at the demo page. My jaw dropped. Yours might too!

A very cool invention, indeed.

CorruptionWatch.net Is Blocked

CorruptionWatch.net is now not accessible to most people in Thailand. You will need to access instead.

I guess Thailand is now officially adopting China's censorship policy.

Meanwhile, you can see and hear a lot of media clips related to fighting corruption in Thailand at http://www.uthaisak.net/

Sunday, February 05, 2006

ประมวลเหตุการณ์ชุมนุมกู้ชาติ 4 ก.พ. 2549



บทที่ผมชอบที่สุดจาก The Lord of the Rings:

Sam: It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn't want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it's only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back only they didn't. Because they were holding on to something.

Frodo: What are we holding on to Sam?

Sam: That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo and it's worth fighting for.

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