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  • hussam 8:14 pm on December 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Pronunciations Website 

    After today’s brown bag talk I was wondering what is the correct way of pronouncing “Principia”; I used online dictionaries to lookup the pronunciation and they had it with a soft C (“prinSipia”), however, prof. Constable pronounced it with a hard C (“prinKipia”). I did some more search after the talk and it seems that there is no definitive way to pronounce it.

    On the upside, I found this website: that is a like a wiki for word pronunciation from around the world. Cool Idea.

  • hussam 1:22 am on December 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply  


    I haven’t done web development in a while. Every now and then I get tempted to do something but grad school drags me away πŸ™‚ Anyway, I stumbled upon this site today; it sounds like a great idea, and one that I would love to use in the near future. I guess this is more or less a memo for my future self πŸ™‚

    I love the fact that they have these specialized “robots” to handle different common file tasks.

  • hussam 9:55 pm on July 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

    ‘I’ before ‘E’ except after … 

    You’ve got to love the English language with its rules, exceptions to the rules, exceptions to the exceptions to the rules, …etc

  • hussam 3:58 pm on July 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Hidden Messages 

    I just found out that Abstruse Goose leaves hidden messages in his comic file names! Uggh .. checking out web comics is becoming more tedious now: must read comic strip, highlight over with mouse cursor to see alt-text for the first hidden message, and a few more clicks to find the file name for the second hidden message. What’s next? decode images for steganographic messages? I sure hope not πŸ™‚

    May be I should build a browser plugin to automate all that…

    • Renato 8:52 pm on July 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      That is actually a trend in nerdy webcomics: PhD comics have the “Emergency Button” below and I guess xkcd has the same. And yes, I think Abstruse Goose had some deeper hidden messages in the past. Also, I don’t see the “second hidden message”. Where is it?

      • hussam 8:57 pm on July 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Oh thanks for telling me about that emergency button πŸ™‚ I never saw that!

        As for the Abstruse Goose messages, so the “first one” is the one you get when you hover your mouse cursor over the image (just like with xkcd). The “second one” is the actual file name for the picture itself, to see that, right click on the comic picture and select “properties” (or try to save the image somewhere and see).

        For example, in today’s comic his file name says that his drawing represents how his room looks like while working, and previous messages were interesting as well πŸ™‚

  • hussam 1:43 pm on July 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Star Wars on the NYC subway 

    This Improv Everywhere team is very creative. If you like this, checkout their Ghostbusters tribute and even more cool stuff on their website.

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