The Null Device

2000/2/17

A nicely detailed IBM DeveloperWorks article on Ruby, a pretty nifty new OO language. (via Slashdot)

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A piece on Edward Gorey, including a small gallery of his illustrations: (Salon)

In fact, Gorey's work is formatted very much like an incredibly baroque storyboard for a silent film. Each vignette alternates between panels of painstakingly ornate hand-lettered text and black-and-white illustrations. Like silent film, the juxtaposition of image and text allows us time to consider both, as separate but inseparable parts of the same work.

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Salon bags Bloodflowers, the latest Cure album:

"Bloodflowers" is the latest stage in the Cure's devolution in the past decade. Since their heyday in the mid-'80s, the Cure has gone from being a coy, witty pop band in necrophiliac drag to artsy cartoons who prefer to wallow in muddy guitars and goth clich├ęs.

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Byte compares Perl and Python, along the cultures that evolved around them. (via RobotWisdom)

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MP3.com's Beam-It protocol compromises users' privacy? (via Slashdot)

MP3 knows ... the user's e-mail address, network IP address and Ethernet MAC address. An unscrupulous marketer could correlate musical preferences with other lifestyle choices and use this for targeted advertisements.

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Cool new high-tech toy ideas debut at New York toy fair: (WIRED News)

The Cybiko weighs 4.3 ounces, has an expandable memory and a PC card slot, and broadcasts at 900MHz frequency. Although its range is only 300 feet, it can be daisy-chained to form a virtual wireless network. There's also an instant message feature, called Friend Finder, and a vibration alert that goes off when a message is received or when friends are nearby.
"The Enigma: The Mystery of the Stone," starts with a pendant engraved with unique symbols for $19.99, then sends players to solve puzzles on the Web, using the stone and its symbols as passwords.
On the site, players seek their Stone mates -- the only other person with the same combination of symbols on their pendant. Working together or independently, the players set out to unravel the mystery of the Stone by solving a total of 216 puzzles. Based on history, science, technology, art, literature, and media, the puzzles encourage players to comb the Web for the answers.

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How to fight the DVD Consortium and other Big Business: don't bother ranting on the web or boycotting products, buy shares and vote/make statements at shareholder meetings. (Hacker News Network, via Slashdot)

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