top Help the OED Find a Lost Book
For those wanting to know what the Latin phrase underneath translates to:
Cur potius lacrimae tibi mi Philomela placebant?
Why do tears please you more, My Philomela?
From Wikipedia: Philomela or Philomel (Ancient Greek: ) is a minor figure in Greek mythology and is frequently invoked as a direct and figurative symbol in literary, artistic, and musical works in the Western canon.
about a year and a half ago
top China Reveals Its Space Plans Up To 2016
Everyone has forgotten that NASA landed a probe on frickin' Titan just a few years ago! That's a motherfuckin' moon way the hell out there orbiting motherfuckin' Saturn and we set a probe down on the motherfuckin' surface and took some pics in the process.
And China has put a person in orbit. How nice.
top Ask Slashdot: Best EEPROM Programmer For a Hobbyists?
I purchased a GQ-4x USB EEPROM programmer a few years ago and it has worked very well. It's basically a Willem programmer, supports a lot of different programmable devices from old 80s EEPROMs to the newer pics. I primarily use it for programming custom 2732s, 2764s and 27128s for vintage PC stuff (Apple IIs, Kaypros, etc.). The software is decent and has a large database, although make sure you set the speed to the slowest possible setting and plug in an AC wall adapter (not included) if you want a good burn. It works with USB and all Windows versions. Sadly, no OSX and don't try to run it through VMWare or Parallels.
I also recommend you get a UV eraser while you're at it.
top A Veteran GM's First Impressions of D&D 4th Edition
Bah! Real tabletop gamers don't use simplified rule systems and only one die. We want esoteric to-hit tables, armor charts, save modifiers out the ass, and most importantly, lots of dice rolls. When my warrior executes a jumping, 360 degree sword sweep while simultaneously imbibing a potion of gaseous form and making a rude gesture to the Supreme Overlord of the Undead, I expect to feel the beginnings of carpal tunnel!!!
I fling my poo at the d20 system, WoTC, and especially D&D 4E with its new fangled, computer-artsy books and "prestige" classes. No good DM should be letting his players live past level 6 anyway. A pox on you WoTC!