Flat Earth Catalogue


The Double Metaphone Search Algorithm
Double Metaphone is a much-improved, generalized replacement for Soundex. Phonetic encoding from spelling, with two outputs given: a likely American pronunciation, and a more probable native version. It has got a Perl implementation, of course.

Dishwasher Cuisine

Via the Halfbakery: Dishwasher salmon and possible side dishes. Yes, that water is hot enough to cook in!


Max Design
maxdesign.com.au has a plethora of articles, lucidly-written and well-presented, on all manner of HTML/CSS design issues, including how to get along with both IE and real browsers. Mmm.

Fun with Weird Noises

This Visual Prosthesis (Java applet) sonifies an image. You can build your own, load a graphic over the web, or define a function that creates the graph. (Try for example various combinations of the components of (Math.sin(x) + Math.sin (2*x) + Math.sin (3*x)) * ((x^2) - (4*x) + 2) , which produce interesting effects. Note that the 'fit' button calculates a good y-to-frequency mapping for the x-range you enter, and is very ahndy.) Funky, funky sounds. Me likee.

A fellow at UW has provided files with actual former speech on them. I am so putting this on my webspace. Until I do, here's a sound graph I constructed in a good fractal fashion, mangled through a slight screen-grab:



Nuclear iTunes
From the iTunes Software License Agreement (where it is given in ALL CAPS):
The Apple Software is not intended for use in the operation of nuclear facilities, aircraft navigation or communication systems, air traffic control systems, life support machines or other equipment in which the failure of the Apple Software could lead to death, personal injury, or severe physical or environmental damage.
In other words, if you're regulating your heart-lung machine with the thumping pulsations of Nas Ne Dogonyat', you're an idiot.

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Hard-won technical knowledge, old rants, and broken links from 10 years ago. I should not have to explain this in the 21st century, but no, I do not actually believe the world is flat.