welcome to another edition of TWIG. I hope that you’ve all been enjoying all the geeky stuff coming out of all the conferences recently and that you’re enjoying discovering the never ending stream of programming languages that seem to appear almost over night. You have no doubt also been enjoying summer, most of you anyway. I imagine that the lure of the computer is strong but the force is in you, you can get outside at least for 30mins. I’m interested in hearing from you what games you’re playing right now, so please comment or send ‘em in.
Without further ado…
recursive acronym /n./
A hackish (and especially MIT) tradition is to choose acronyms/abbreviations that refer humorously to themselves or to other acronyms/abbreviations. The classic examples were two MIT editors called EINE (“EINE Is Not EMACS”) and ZWEI (“ZWEI Was EINE Initially”). More recently, there is a Scheme compiler called LIAR (Liar Imitates Apply Recursively), and GNU (q.v., sense 1) stands for “GNU’s Not Unix!” — and a company with the name CYGNUS, which expands to “Cygnus, Your GNU Support”.
The laser oven – looks clean and easy to me
Quarq bike power meter – measures everything imaginable about your biking
These cool laptop concepts – I’m happy to test them all out, they look awesome.
Sennheiser headphones – These look cool, everyone should invest in super good headphones
Wearable digital camera – brilliant for sports and the like
Lexeme of the week:
To divert someone from his or her goal with tertiary tasks or niggling details.
“My boss has totally randomized me”
Code of the week:
% sleep with me
Geek tweet of the week:
“oooh, the big stick weapon thing in Halo 3 is sooooo shiney!” (@catburton)
Time-sink of the week:
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