Joe Ganley
Writing code since 1979
I have been a professional software engineer for over 10 years. I have written many kinds of software, but my particular strengths are interactive graphics applications, compilers and interpreters, and algorithms.

I also enjoy writing, woodworking, and home improvement. Also this.


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Saturday, March 26, 2005

Blog as plot device

The show Crossing Jordan has a clever plot device currently: The character Nigel has a blog, which he discusses on the show, and which
really exists, running a separate subplot of its own. That's about the only good thing I have to say about Crossing Jordan these days, though; the last couple of episodes feel like the plot writing has been given over to a computerized random plot generator. Like JWZ's dissociator, it would take all of the previous episodes as input, and then statistically generate a random new plot from them.

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Friday, March 25, 2005


Like so many, I am somewhat enamored with the life of the bike courier (well, except for the pay). So, I found this story of a programmer turned bike courier quite interesting. If you enjoy it, go read The Immortal Class right now.

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Thursday, March 24, 2005

Clever fence design

We pass this fence every time we go to the zoo, and I've always liked its design: Unlikely to injure (e.g. no points), yet very difficult to climb.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Too bad I didn't have money on it

My wife and daughter watch American Idol, and I typically sit with them and work at my laptop. Last night, as soon as they announced that the theme was the 60's, I predicted that Bo would do "Spinning Wheel." My wife was quite shocked when he did just that. As an added bonus, Constantine (the other "rocker") did "You've Made Me So Very Happy."

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Monday, March 07, 2005

Computers need blinking LEDs

This guy built an LED clock by sticking LEDs through the holes in the grille of his PowerMac. I'd want to stick LEDs in every hole in that grille, and then make them blink and throb like the WOPR.

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Friday, March 04, 2005

English's weirdness is mighty mighty

The other day it struck me that the word mighty can be both an adverb and an adjective, i.e. "my hunger is mighty mighty," in which the second mighty is an adjective and the first is an adverb that modifies the second. I can't think of many other examples of words like this; the only other one that comes to mind is super, and even that one doesn't seem to work as well.

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Thursday, March 03, 2005

Sports betting

Last week's CSI was, in part, about sports bookmaking. I've always wanted to understand this, and this page explains it quite well. (Note that this is utter abstract learning for me, as I don't gamble and I don't follow sports.)

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Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Small world

We have two friends who live in a particular city, both of whom moved there relatively recently. They didn't know each other, so we gave them one another's phone numbers, thinking they seemed similar enough to get along well. When they got around to calling one another, they discovered that not only did they both go to the same gym, but in the gym's daycare the previous day, one of them's little boy had bitten the other one's little boy.

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