Thursday, June 29, 2006

Maths and music

Mozart developed a method to compose minuets by using the roll of a die.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Computers should be instant

Computers should be instant.

As a human being, when i want to pick up a pen i pick up a pen, there is no delay or anything which hinders the process between the thought and the action (or nothing that is relatively noticeable).

When i open up a program on my PC however (Microsoft Word for example), it takes a certain amount of time to completely open up. The albeit small number of seconds it takes to do so is frustrating - because as a human being i have expectations, set from the physical world and laws of nature, that it should be instant.

I feel this lack of instantaneous-ness may actually cause stress for some people. Personally i know i like to work fast and do many things simultaneously. A few seconds of waiting time not only can be frustrating but also stops the quick flow of actions i desire to do - thus culminating in an even greater feeling of frustration.

I wonder if there is or will be a psychological name for this.

Am looking forward to the future, when by current technological rates of advancement, computers should be ultra fast. Lets just hope that software memory intensiveness does not advance at the same rate.

Monday, June 19, 2006


Transmogrify \trans-MOG-ruh-fy\, transitive verb:
To change into a different shape or to transform, often with bizarre or humorous effect.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Mosquito ringtone

Enterprising teenagers have hijacked a high-pitched electronic blip which adults cannot hear and turned it into a stealth ringtone.

Can you hear the 17-kilohertz mosquito ringtone?