Showing posts from August, 2010

Convert FEN strings to HTML

Introducing the FEN to HTML converter. Paste FEN in, view the board and get HTML out. Does not use any images.

Try it at:

INPUT: rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1


Technical notes about KDE ksmserver

Hello all, here are some notes from working on KDE bugs60894 and 62157 on contract with Google. ksmserver is an important part of KDE software currently maintained by Lubos Lunak and that made it difficult for me as an outsider to make large changes. I am including here notes regarding code I wrote in branches/work/kdebase_appgroups and branches/work/soc_ksm/ while working under Lubos. 

Without further introduction, please see snippets of conversations between Lubos and I: 


On Thursday 13 July 2006 18:01, Full Decent wrote:
> kwin starts in KSMServer::init()
> the session to restore is later chosen in KSMServer::autoStart1Done()
> kwin can be saved when an appGroup is closed and would lose the window
> placement for those windows.
> for these 2 reasons, I think kwin should not save information in
> config/session/kwin_* and should instead save this information in
> config/kwin_windowplacements for all sessions together.

The 80's

What's the difference between smoking and rubbing roadkill all over
your face and clothing?At least the roadkill doesn't make you look like an idiot.

EPIC: You are not prepared

If you haven't seen this yet, there is 5 minutes of your recent life that was COMPLETELY WASTED.

Here's the original: watch it twice, because you still wont be ready

Here's the Autotune:

This is a real news story that was released on 7/28/2010

A Comparison of Bush and Obama

I have been collecting notes that compare Bush and Obama while hoping, one day, to write a witty blog post about how in fact they are identical, but I never could reconcile their differences in speaking ability.
>> As President, I would deploy at least two additional brigades to Afghanistan to re-enforce our counter-terrorism operations and support NATO's efforts against the Taliban. As we step up our commitment, our European friends must do the same, and without the burdensome restrictions that have hampered NATO's efforts. We must also put more of an Afghan face on security by improving the training and equipping of the Afghan Army and Police, and including Afghan soldiers in U.S. and NATO operations.

Wiretap laws


Used the terrorist threats to call a natio…

Get this - language progress update

So I got this Chinese newspaper delivered to my house, 人民日报, $26 per
year, delivered daily, yes really.So I started staring at the words on the page and, I'm not even making
this up, one of the articles made sense. It was talking about Beijing
opera and how this classical theatrical form is being re-popularized
though introduction to children in primary school.So this is a big in-your-face to Wen Yen, who said I wouldn't be
reading newspapers within three years of my Chinese self studies!

English Quiz

Please interpret this letter from PECO, quoted below:

Your payment in the amount of $80.32 that we received was returned to us unpaid.

Is there a crack?

Is there a crack in the floor? No? Oh that's just the noise of you
getting stuck in glue. Have fun with that.Score:
Will & Su: 2 points
Mice & Zhuzhu: 0 pointsI'm counting Zhuzhu on the mice's team because she was the one who
would always leave food out.