Tuesday, February 28, 2006


When I was first introduced to Python, I'd have the hardest time spelling the word. I'd spell 'Pythong' half the time. Another guy on the group I was working with had the same problem.

Today, I was going to look up some documentation and I did it again so I inadvertently went to pythong.org and got something unexpected. They were nice enough to link me to my intended destination. It must be a pretty common slip.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Friday, February 24, 2006

Top Gear

I haven't watched it yet but my bet is that it's entertaining: Top Gear Winter Olympics

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Blogger Widget

Just testing. Other widgets are available too.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Wired for Speech

I'd just gotten out of a lecture that was partly about how fine tuned our minds are to detecting human speech, picking it out from ambient sounds, etc. I sat down about 20m from a pair of guys, just close enough to hear that they were speaking. I couldn't actually make out any of their words, but it sounded like Swedish. I don't know how to describe that, whether it was which syllables were emphasized or the pace of the conversation or what, but I listened closer and finally heard a word that possibly could've been Swedish. So I walked up to them after finishing my lunch, hoping I was correct or I'd look like a fool, and sure enough, they were from Sweden. This wasn't the first time something like this had happened. Just as our minds are easily able to pick out human speech, is the same true for distinguishing languages of human speech?

I saw the owner of this bike on my way to campus this morning. The iPod was blaring in full effect, coasting down the bike lane.

Update: The professor of the above lecture said today that we are able to distinguish our native language from other languages when we turn 4 days old. Remarkable.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

ICMP echo request

valhalla:~ mhdavids$ ping www.sfcu.org
PING www.sfcu.org ( 56 data bytes
36 bytes from cardinal-gw.customer.alter.net ( Communication prohibited by filter
Vr HL TOS Len ID Flg off TTL Pro cks Src Dst
4 5 20 0054 8677 0 0000 30 01 8b0a

What is that all about? Never seen that kind of response from the ping command before.