Monday, March 24, 2003

O proud left foot, that ventures quick within
Then soon upon a backward journey lithe.
Anon, once more the gesture, then begin:
Command sinistral pedestal to writhe.

Commence thou then the fervid Hokey-Poke,
A mad gyration, hips in wanton swirl.
To spin! A wilde release from Heavens yoke.
Blessed dervish! Surely canst go, girl.

The Hoke, the poke -- banish now thy doubt
Verily, I say, 'tis what it's all about.

  -- by William Shakespeare

...and other "banal instructions in the style of some famous writer" from this week's Style Invitational

Tuesday, March 18, 2003

Get up off your video-playing ass and grab a new Garmin GPS unit which has games that make you move:
In its version of Whack-A-Mole, called GekoSmak, the player has to smack a virtual lizard before it disappears. That means walking or running to the nearby coordinates displayed on the device and hitting the OK key. Other games involve finding your way out of a virtual maze and navigating point-to-point without crossing your tracks.

Monday, March 17, 2003

Yet another online museum of old computers... including the NorthStar Advantage I used in seventh grade, the Timex Sinclair 1000 I borrowed from a friend of my father, and, of course, the first computer I actually owned, the Commodore 64.

Thursday, March 13, 2003

In case you're not actively reading slashdot, here's a nice rant from a random geek on The Tyranny of Email.