Matt

Mar 052010
 

So we had our first Craft Night this week in the new space. We moved in Saturday. So in less than a week you can see how far we have come. I am pretty excited about what we’re going to be able to do.

 Posted by at 1:51 am
Mar 042010
 

Under the wire… with a rather boring script. Here’s an apache log parser that uploads log data to MySQL. Interesting part about it? If your user auth field has LDAP data this will parse that properly.

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 Posted by at 12:29 am
Mar 022010
 

So today I decided to mix things up a bit. I figure, how else can one honor the time honored world of languages than by paying homage to the language wrought by Knuth himself…. LaTeX.

Here’s the resulting PDF: m2
I will post the associated EPS file later, currently NYCR’s blog is very anti EPS.

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 Posted by at 1:29 pm
Mar 012010
 

So, the folks over at Fubar Labs made a challenge to themselves and anyone else who wants to participate. Basically, write one program every day throughout the month of march. Any language, any function, but be creative. I doubt I can keep up the entire month, but it sounds like a really fun way to expand ones coding horizons and do some neat stuff. So anyways, here’s my first code for March Madness.

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 Posted by at 1:04 pm
Feb 122010
 

Edit: Thanks everyone who came out for the hackathon!

Here’s a semi-live shot of the hackathon at NYCR this weekend! Say hello internets.

 Posted by at 7:35 pm
Feb 082010
 

A lot of you folks may not know this but, I went to high school ( and graduated from there ) in Brazil. One of my friends from there currently is living in New Jersey. He’s been running powerlabs.org since high school ( probably earlier ). Sam has also just recently sold his soul to facebook here

Above is a video of him test firing a 100 KiloJoule rail gun. And I cannot stress this enough… THIS IS FREAKING AMAZING. Sam’s fairly famous so some of you may already know of some of his past exploits, but if not… by all means check his stuff out. Sam’s been inspiring me with his insanity for years.

 Posted by at 1:30 am

History Hacker

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Jan 282010
 

I considered not writing this. I also considered posting a book review of one of the many books of Howard Ziinn’s that I’ve read. But ultimately, I think it’s right to call this guy a world class hacker of history. With his most famous work, A People’s History of the United States, he presented one of the most compelling alternative viewpoints on US history ever produced. His impact on high school and college students throughout the united states has been indelible. And, his passing earlier this week has left me truly saddened. And here’s why…
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 Posted by at 5:12 pm
Jan 262010
 

htink will be hosting a Linux tutorial, today Tuesday, Jan 26 2010. Both Ben Combee and Myself have volunteered to assist. This will not be at NYC Resistor however, look for it at Bug Labs ( your friendly neighborhood purveyor of fine open source micro-controllers ). I do not work for British Telecom =P.

If you’ve ever wanted some guidance in the Unix world, this is a tremendous opportunity. The folks that will be available to you are all very talented. If you’re interested, more details HERE!

 Posted by at 12:53 am

Fortuitous Moments

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Jan 112010
 

Fortune not found

Last night I found this in my fortune cookie. I have no idea if my local chinese food place got shipped some novelty fortune cookies, or if this is simply a real case of error messages making it into my food. Either way, I am deeply concerned.

 Posted by at 8:49 pm
Jan 082010
 

James P Hogan may not be a name you are familiar with. I certainly wasn’t aware of him when I picked up this book on the recommendation of a friend. But, he is someone you should be aware of. His “The Giants” series of novels is superb science fiction. Before I get into the review itself, let me break the series down for you. There are 5 books total that have been written in the series. Book one “Inherit the Stars” was obviously written as a one off. But it proved to be hugely successful. And, I can see why. In spite of it’s almost hokey beginnings to book takes a die hard realist like me to places I never imagined going in a book… and more amazingly loving every second of it. So after being a huge success they went to book two, “The Gentle Giants of Ganymede.” The story continues! And it kept continuing for three more books after that. Each as good as the last.
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 Posted by at 3:42 pm