Remote Programming

From the BBC:

Wanted: 12 programmers to live on a remote tropical island for two months to do nothing but write code.

Applicants are being sought for the coding jamboree that will take place on an as yet un-named island.

Those applying will have to submit a proposal explaining what they will work on during the hackathon.

They will also have to complete a psychological evaluation to show they can live in harmony with other coders for the duration of the event.

Part of me thinks this would be a pretty cool way to just focus on whatever project you’re doing. Another part of me thinks island fever would set in after a few weeks. It’s one thing to not be distracted for a large chunk of the day. It’s another thing to pretty much remove yourself from it all for 2 months.

Funny In The News

Paris Hilton’s Birthday

According to the NY Post the following describes Paris Hilton’s 26th Birthday Party, though a little media bias led them to say it was a “little odd”:

…guests reported seeing Hilton play with a monkey while a band of midgets led a pack of goats around the room.

Where the heck was my invitation? All I got in the mail was a credit card bill. I blame the USPS for this obvious error. She should have thrown the party at a Hooters. Would be the perfect venue.

Gotta admit, she knows how to throw a party 😀 .

Around The Web

The Art of Souvenirs

This photoset titled souvenirs has been circulating around the web for a few weeks now. It’s amazing. Pretty much how it works is the author took pictures of famous places, with a souvenir perfectly framed in the picture to overlay the situation. Just like the stereotypical picture of the Leaning Tower Of Piza, and the tourist holding it up. What makes it so cool is that it’s extremely well done.

Apple Around The Web

Steve Jobs Presents the Macintosh, and Life

Steve Jobs 1984

Today’s video clip is Steve Jobs presenting the Macintosh in 1984. The video early on is slightly dark, but bare with it, the important parts to see are fine. Remember while watching that this was 1984 back when monochrome and DOS were king. The Mac was reading text back and using a GUI.

Another video worth watching is of Steve Jobs Commencement Speech at Stanford (2005). Just make you wonder what you’d see if you step back and looked at the dots you connected over the years.


Da Google Code

Ok, title to this post is lame, but I couldn’t think of anything better.

Google’s Da Vinci Code Quest is now online. It’s supposed to have a new puzzle every day until release. So far I got the first puzzle, so perhaps I’ll make a goal of trying to do them all. Wasn’t to hard. 24 days of puzzles.

In the past they used Puzzles as a way of hiring people.

Around The Web Audio/Video

New Years 360

Some awesome QuickTime VR Panorama’s are available on this website. Very impressive stuff. Worth checking out.

In The News

Baby Names

Some of the names on this list remind me of the “sissy names” George Carlin made fun of back when he taped Complaints and Grievances for HBO (great show, I was there). Guys named Todd.

According to, the top 20 baby names:

Top 20 boys names:

  1. Aidan/Aiden/Aden
  2. Jaden/Jayden
  3. Caden/Kaden
  4. Ethan
  5. Caleb
  6. Dylan
  7. Jacob
  8. Jordan
  9. Logan
  10. Hayden
  11. Connor
  12. Ryan
  13. Morgan
  14. Cameron
  15. Andrew
  16. Joshua
  17. Noah
  18. Matthew
  19. Addison
  20. Ashton

Top 20 girls’ names

  1. Madison
  2. Emma
  3. Abigail
  4. Riley
  5. Chloe
  6. Hannah
  7. Alexis
  8. Isabella
  9. Mackenzie
  10. Taylor
  11. Olivia
  12. Hailey
  13. Paige
  14. Emily
  15. Grace
  16. Ava
  17. Aaliyah
  18. Alyssa
  19. Faith
  20. Brianna