Friday, January 31, 2003

Researchers adapting new AI techniques may one day create video games that never end. The Liquid Narrative research group is drawing on narrative theory to create convincing stories that explore the consequences of player actions.

Thursday, January 30, 2003

What do you do when software attacks? Wired has an article on a sneaky toolbar that hijacks Internet Explorer. Once active in a system, it periodically changes users' designated homepages to, redirects all searches to Xupiter's site, and blocks any attempts to restore the original browser settings.

Wednesday, January 29, 2003

So last night's State of the Union address only mentioned weapons of mass destruction four times. That's kind of disappointing considering WMD was 2002's phrase of the year. Just for a brief history lesson, here is a chronology of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East. Or we could just sum up the history with this cartoon. But is the burgeoning field of nanotechnology the future of WMD?

Monday, January 27, 2003

He shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in case of disagreement between them, with respect to the time of adjournment, he may adjourn them to such time as he shall think proper; he shall receive ambassadors and other public ministers; he shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed, and shall commission all the officers of the United States.
-- U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section III

President Bush's State of the Union address will be broadcast tomorrow night. To add a bit of excitement, how about playing the State of the Union Address Drinking Game 2003? If I was even a drinker, I'm confident I'd pass out within 10 minutes.

Saturday, January 25, 2003

"Let me explainify the war against Iraq a little bit in Texas terminologragy."

Friday, January 24, 2003

Just in case you forgot, we're still in the middle of a telecommunications revolution. has a nice summary of the dilemmas we still must face: privacy, security, intellectual property and the nature of government itself. Also today, in a small victory for privacy, the US Senate has voted to ban funding for the Total Information Awareness program.

Wednesday, January 22, 2003

Three-dimensional tubes of living tissue have been printed using modified desktop printers filled with suspensions of cells instead of ink. The work is a first step towards printing complex tissues or even entire organs. I guess that's a faster way to get a new organ than growing one inside a mouse.

Tuesday, January 21, 2003

I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm excited about the second season of American Idol. The advertisements show a laughable selection of awful singers. Why do these people think they have talent? And I love the show, but how did it inspire a video game? I think the game would be more fun if you played as one of the judges.

Monday, January 20, 2003

Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year! I'm starting up my blog again, and this is my first post since November. Did you miss me? My first link of the new year is to the Words of the Year list. It's funny how a few carefully selected words can sum up a year or an entire decade.