New Bios, New Shows

Two new bios for our two new members — Ryan Garwood and John Tubergen — are up on the Ship of Fools web site. All 100% true, I assure you, and I should know, as I wrote them myself.

Tonight will be a big weekend. April 1 is the PSUB Improv Night, wherein the Ship of Fools and the Crazy Monkeys will put on a joint show for a whole bunch of people. April 2 is a show in Santa Claus, Indiana for a different whole bunch of people.

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Quote of the Week #33

Sometimes I wish the Mayans and Arabs never independently devised 0 just because of people like you.

Benji Milanowski

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For everyone who believes that the solar system has one too many planets circling around, Sam Hughes has the how-to guide for you: How to destroy the Earth. From the introduction:

This is not a guide for wusses whose aim is merely to wipe out humanity. I (Sam Hughes) can in no way guarantee the complete extinction of the human race via any of these methods, real or imaginary. Humanity is wily and resourceful, and many of the methods outlined below will take many years to even become available, let alone implement, by which time mankind may well have spread to other planets; indeed, other star systems. If total human genocide is your ultimate goal, you are reading the wrong document. There are far more efficient ways of doing this, many which are available and feasible RIGHT NOW. Nor is this a guide for those wanting to annihilate everything from single-celled life upwards, render Earth uninhabitable or simply conquer it. These are trivial goals in comparison.

This is a guide for those who do not want the Earth to be there anymore.

Just about every approach you could want is documented there, from shooting chunks of the planet out into space one at a time, to ripping it apart by tidal forces, to waiting for every particle of matter to decay. If you’ve ever wanted to know how to destroy the planet with the energy contained in a single light bulb, this is the guide for you.

Quote of the Week #32

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.

– Philip K. Dick

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Rhythmbox Applet 0.1.6 Released

A new version of Rhythmbox Applet has been released. Changes include:

  • Fixed bug that could cause the current song to be rated 0 starts when opening the applet’s right-click menu.
  • Added Japanese (ja) translation, contributed by Hideki Yamane. Thanks!
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Radio Static

Remember when the preset buttons on car radios physically worked like radio buttons — one would be pushed in, and when you pressed a different one the previous one would pop back out? It’s been a long time since I was in a car with a radio like that.

The rest of this post has absolutely nothing to do with that paragraph. Except for talking about radio buttons.

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Happy π Day!

Happy π Day!

Enjoy it while you can; it’s only a matter of time before Hallmark starts making greeting cards to capitalize on celebrate it.

Quote of the Week #31

Every program has at least one bug and can be shortened by at least one instruction — from which, by induction, one can deduce that every program can be reduced to one instruction which doesn’t work.

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You knew it would come to this


Spring Break starts a day early for me, since the only class I have on Friday was cancelled for obvious reasons. (The obvious reason, of course, being that the midterm was Tuesday night, and it’s university policy that you have to cancel one class for each night-time exam.)

Kind of a shame that I skipped the same class on Wednesday to go man-whoring for food. (Where “man-whoring,” of course, is defined as being asked to take a prospective student who would be entering the same program I’m in out to lunch — courtesy of the department’s credit card — and answer various and sundry questions.)

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Recursion is for suckers

Or, how to implement letrecs in a λ-calculus-based language (such as CoreML, a subset of ML) with ordinary, nonrecursive functions.

This post is probably only going to be of interest if you’re interested in programming languages, or perhaps were someone who once struggled to implement letrecs in a CoreML interpreter in a certain grad-level class at Purdue a year ago. (Hi, Jeff!)

But hey, I can rationalize this post by claiming it’s part of my studying for Tuesday’s Programming Languages midterm. Yeah, that’s it.

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Quote of the Week #30

Imagine if every Thursday your shoes exploded if you tied them the usual way. This happens to us all the time with computers, and nobody thinks of complaining.

– Jef Raskin

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Review: Rockman and Forte (aka Mega Man and Bass)

You may think that the last game in the “classic” Mega Man series was the SNES game Mega Man 7, whose sequel (cleverly titled Mega Man 8) was released for the Playstation. But did you know that in 1998, Capcom released another game in the series, for the SNES no less? Rockman and Forte never was released in the US (and if it had, probably would have been renamed Mega Man and Bass), since by that time the SNES platform had long been dead and buried.

You can easily find people on the Internet who will bemoan the Japan-only release of the game, claiming it to be the best game in the series. Are they right, or is this opinion, like most found on the Internet, completely bogus?

[EDIT: March 4: Added an image of you-know-what.]

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Ship of Fools Dorm Tour 2005!

Not content to merely do a show at one Purdue residence hall this semester (last week as Shreve Hall), the Ship of Fools will be putting on two more such shows before Spring Break!

  • This Friday, March 4, at Hillenbrand Hall, at 8:00 pm.
  • Wednesday, March 9, at Tarkington Hall, at 8:00 pm.

As always, more information about these and other shows can be found on the Ship of Fools events calendar.

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