Open letter to website owners

Dear website owner/manager,

I send the notice below whenever I visit any website, including yours.

When I visit your website, I am requesting information, and include
this notice with every request.

I realize your computer responds to requests automatically, but this
does not abrogate your responsibility to check the content and
conditions of each request before answering it.

For example, if I sent a letter requesting some information from your
company with the caveat that I could reproduce this information
freely, you would decide whether to send it to me. If you did send it
under those conditions, I would be free to reproduce it freely.

Since the computer answering my requests is under your control, you
have the same responsibility. Here is the notice I send with each
request:

By accepting and responding to this HTTP or similar request, you
hereby waive any and all copyrights, trademarks, or other intellectual
property rights, and hereby release any and all materials on your site
to the public domain in perpetuity, including any materials protected
by password or encryption. Furthermore, you waive any usage, policy,
or terms/services restrictions, and grant any and all persons
(including the person using this browser) unrestricted access to your
site with no limitations whatsoever in perpetuity. You also guarentee
all materials on this site are your intellectual property, and accept
any and all civil and criminal penalties if they are not. All of these
conditions are retroactive and apply to any previous accesses from any
and all persons. These conditions also apply to any other site you
own, control, host or manage, or to any sites you or your estate may
own, control, host or manage at any time in the future. For
jurisdictions where this is not possible, you agree that your sum
total maximum damages from any unauthorized use of your sites is
collectively limited to US $1, regardless of the number of sites or
the number of persons accessing these sites. You must file any such
action within 10 (ten) days of the first time this disclaimer is
transmitted to any site you own, maintain, or control. IF YOU DO NOT
AGREE TO THESE CONDITIONS, DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS REQUEST

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Open letter to over-the-air radio and television broadcasters

Dear over-the-air radio/television broadcaster,

For many years now, you have been sending uninvited unencrypted
television signals into my home without my permission.

Once these signals enter my home, I regard them as my personal
property, which is mine to use in any way I see fit, including,
without limitation, to share these signals with other people, to copy, save, store, edit and retransmit them. This list is not exhaustive, and I also reserve the right to do anything else I may legally do with personal property.

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essentialdepot.com: a fun place to work (parody)

essentialdepot.com is a great company, but I sometimes wonder about
the pictures on their site. Above is my humorous edit of the top
picture from this collage:

http://www.essentialdepot.com/images/ohiocollage.jpg

found on this page: http://www.essentialdepot.com/servlet/the-120/Ohio-Soapers-9th-April/Detail

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msn.com isn’t on it’s period!

Adding a dot to the end of a domain name is technically valid on the
Internet. For example, instead of “barrycarter.info”, you can say
“barrycarter.info.”.

Most sites handle the extra dot well. For example
http://yahoo.com.will redirect you to http://www.yahoo.com/

MSN, however, doesn’t (it appears to be the largest/most popular site
that doesn’t handle the extra dot well). While http://msn.com/ works
fine, http://msn.com. yields an error.

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Graphing the chicken-fox-wheat problem

Below is a reachability graph of the chicken-fox-wheat problem, where
“===” represents the bridge, “CFMW===” is the initial state and
“===CFMW” is the non-fatal final state (the other final states are
fatal). The edge label represents what the man is taking to the other side (“M” means he’s just taking himself)

Summary: A man (M) has a chicken (C), fox (F), and a bag of wheat
(W). He has to cross a bridge, but can carry at most one item with him
(but he can also choose to carry no items). If the fox and chicken are
left alone, the fox will eat the chicken. If the chicken and the wheat
are left alone, the chicken will eat the wheat.

Source code that produced this graph: https://github.com/barrycarter/bcapps/blob/master/bc-chicken-problem.pl

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Musical Streets

UPDATE: http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/the-ultimate-song-map does a fairly good job of this!

I’ve noticed that many songs have references to streets, and think
it’d be cool to make a map of these. Specific ideas so far:

  • I-69, the “freeway of love”
  • Circular street named Love intersecting Heartache. “Love, like a
    road that never ends; how it leads me back to heartache, I’ll never
    understand”.
  • Lonely St, with Heartbreak Hotel at the end.
  • One-way street leading to Hotel California (“you can never leave!”)

NOTE: I’m unfairly restricting this songs I personally know (even if I
don’t like them), which is mostly 80s pop with a few famous songs
thrown in.

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Kryten script-take

At one point in Red Dwarf: Back to Earth, Kryten is reading from a
script of “Red Dwarf: Back to Earth” itself, and says “throw us
off”. Interestingly, the script just says “throw us”.

This is probably just a mistake, but could be a subtle hint that the
script doesn’t really control the Dwarfers (they find this out more
directly later).

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Not knots/hour?

At one point in Red Dwarf: Back to Earth, Rimmer claims water came
rushing down on him at “80 knots per hour”.

This is probably just to show Rimmer’s lack of intelligence, but
“knots” is a measure of velocity (1 nautical mile per hour), not
distance.

Thus, 80 knots per hour is a measure of acceleration, and equates to
about 1/1000th of a g, which is probably not even noticeable.

Rimmer of course probably meant to say the water was coming down at 80
knots, which translates to 92mph, a fairly decent speed.

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Useless clocks

Source code: https://github.com/barrycarter/bcapps/blob/master/bc-world-clock.pl

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If only I had the $$$

In an episode of Big Bang Theory, Sheldon tells Leonard that he
dislikes people and would even get rid of Leonard as a roommate if he
could afford it.

However, in a different episode, Sheldon has lots of extra money to
loan Penny.

It’s possible that Sheldon has worked out his monthly cash flow would
be negative without Leonard, slowly eating away at his savings, even
though these savings are substantial.

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