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Blast from the Past – LEGO website in 1996

Remember the days when websites were pages of just solid, repeated backgrounds with buttons that were cheap gif images. You know – back when gif images were cool. Think back, before the days of CSS 2, back when you still had to type in “www.” at the front of the URL, back when people knew NetZero existed, back when “You’ve got mail” could be trademarked by AOL, WAY back, when the internet was young and I was just a wee lad playing with Legos.

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Morals and Copyrights

Table of Contents

  1. Background for this article
  2. Moral Background
  3. Interpreting the Constitution
  4. Intentions of Copyrights
  5. Society by Said Interpretation
  6. From the Wicked Depths of Capitalism
  7. Creativity Might Be a Joke
  8. Privilege, not Right
  9. Utopia
  10. Conclusion

Appendix: Letter of Thomas Jefferson to Isaac McPherson

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art, software

ALOT of cubes in irrlicht

I thought I’d right my own fractal program, since I like fractals so much. Unfortunately the engine I use (or more precisely, my hardware), can’t handle too much. It’s better to draw things on an image, but even that takes a long time. This week in programming, I learned about optimizing algorithms for drawing to the screen… okay, forget it. The traditional way is better, but I end up having to draw a ton of cubes. So here we go…

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psychology

How Hard is it to Think Positively

This past Thursday, my blog received 48 views in one day – 3 away from the most ever – from 17 visitors (2.82 views per visitor). That can be taken as good news or slightly disappointing news. At this point, I could bring up the pessimist versus optimist topic. It reminds me of Voltaire, whose work “Candide or Optimism” was a counter to Leibniz’s statement that we live in the “best of all possible worlds”. Rather than go into some philosophical discussion about this (as I’m so inclined to do), let’s skip all that and focus on the straightforward fact:

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