Archive for August, 2007

Baby Key

My son is like most baby boys (of all ages). His favorite things in the world are (in order):
1. Boobs
2. My cell phone
3. My computer keyboard
4. The cat food dish
5. Trying to fall down the stairs
To deal with #3, anyway, I wrote a program to capture all keyboard activity (which you are invited to download) so I can still read what’s on the screen while he pounds away, without him deleting anything, replying to all with some nonsense, etc. (Caveat: It doesn’t grab the (useless) Windows key.) It also pops up an entertaining display with each keypress, but is otherwise invisible.

Through this program, I’ve confirmed that the only reason he wanted the keyboard was because I wouldn’t let him have it. Now that he’s used it a couple times, he’s not nearly as keyboard-obsessed, which makes the program like a nuclear weapon – having the program makes it unnecessary to run the program (after you fire a couple nukes first).

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The M. Falcon is Slow

I’d assumed for a long time that the (real-life-chronologically) first 2 2/3 Star Wars movies didn’t suck, and that made it a tragedy that the other 3 1/3 movies did suck. A while ago I realized that they all suck (example: they are called “Star Wars”. That’s right: “Star Wars”, my friend), even if they did fire the geek’s imagination, and now I feel better about it.

But anyway, I’m a geek, so sometimes I think about Star Wars and quantum mechanics, whether one sucks or both or neither.

I was contemplating on Planck units and the line where Han Solo (who shot first, btw) declares that his ship did the Kessel run in 12 parsecs, and I realized that since space and time coexist in 4 space, using the speed of light to convert units between them, then what the first-shooting smuggler was saying was that it took him more than 39 years to make the run.

And I know that others have apologized Lucas’ lack of unitary understanding away long ago, I (for the purposes of this post) don’t buy it.

I also know that ships go faster than light in hyperspace but the Kessel run is no doubt much longer than 39 light years.