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GNU Emacs and M-x butterfly

Low and behold: GNU Emacs 23.1 is out. The latest release of the greatest text editor ever written includes a number of features and enhancements.

I have built in on my GNU/Debian Lenny box and started using it immediately. It is amazingly good. I just love the traditional Emacs look dressed GTK+ widgets and TrueType font support.

scratch an itch or scratch a card

Winning scratchcards

I won money on scratchcards!

Considering that I paid nothing to get the scratchcards, my ROI approaches infinity. Pretty good, huh?

Here's the proof: this photo shows the three winning scratchcards, together with a clear shot of my left thumb, index, and middle finger. You might also make out some of my other left fingers... but the real focus of this photo is the scratch cards! They paid off 15 euro, 4 euro, and 5 euro respectively (from top to bottom), bringing the grand total to 24 euro.

If you are wondering how I came into possession of three winning cards without having to pay a cent for them... it's no big mistery, I got them as a birthday gift.

good big dog!

This was just too good to not share!

Check out these two, somewhat related, YouTube videos:


fool me not

It's April Fools' Day tomorrow.

I can't wait for all those witty jokes that always appear on slashdot on this day.

Pie chart

Pacman chart

Either you find this picture incredibly funny or not funny at all.

I thought it was hilarious!

I have to admit that I did not come up with the idea, though.

The original is here.

By the way, do not look at the rest of the pictures on that website I linked to. Seriously, don't!

Incredible machine

I have always been fascinated by the domino effect.

Picture a complex arrangement of thousands of domino pieces, all neatly aligned and standing in an elaborate pattern.

Now imagine tipping one of those dominoes and marvel at the chain of causes and effects that bring all the dominoes down in an orderly and predictable manner.

I cannot put my finger on it, but there is something very appealing to me in long and elaborate sequences of events that cause changes to the configuration of mechanical systems by virtue of fundamental physic laws. Phew...

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