A moment ago, after having some remarkably bizarre bit of code explained to me, I walked back to my desk, saying “I am not taking nearly enough drugs to understand this.”

Or at least, I would have said that, but I was interrupted halfway through “understand” by noticing that my screensaver was showing a rendered 3D cow bouncing up and down as on a trampoline, doing interesting flips.

OK, I stand corrected.

Published in: on September 23, 2003 at 10:53  Comments (12)  
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  1. Oh… um… Wow. 🙂 I think I prefer my photo slide show and Matix code.

  2. Wow… you have a matrix code screensaver that doesn’t crash your system all the time? I grabbed two or three after the first movie came out and they all crashed my system.
    Needless to say, I blamed MS. 😉

  3. >> Needless to say, I blamed MS. 😉
    I’d call that fair. There are more than a few that work just fine on a Mac. 😀

  4. And xscreensaver always worked just fine for me…

  5. That’s hilarious.
    Thank you for sharing.

  6. I did. I found matrix code emulator that doesn’t crash anything. Do you want it?

  7. Hey, I was hallucinating a corgi in the restaurant I was in last night. Kept seeing it out of the corner of my eye.

  8. The other day, my randomized screen saver picked a module that made the screen behave as if the v-sync was out of whack. When Lynne came over with a worried look on her face, saying “What’s wrong with your computer?”, I had to reassure her it was just a little joke.
    I am glad, however, than I unchecked the ‘BSOD’ module, which makes it seem as if X has crashed. That one is realistic enough to worry me.
    Bouncing cows, however, seem somehow calming and reassuring…

  9. Yes please!
    A link to where I might find it is fine.
    p.s. not sure if we’ll make it for the housewarming, but I’m pretty sure we’ll be up sometime in the next two months…

  10. completely off topic, but…
    were you the one who said you had done a stat mech derivation of the temperature of heaven and hell? If so, do you still have it? and if you don’t still have it, would you remember the lines from the Bible you used for the derivation?
    um, yeah. thanks 🙂

  11. I still have it, but it’s not mine – it’s from _Applied Optics_ 11:A14 (1972)

    The temperature of Heaven can be rather accurately computed. Our authority is Isaiah 30:26, “Moreover, the light of the Moon shall be as the light of the Sun and the light of the Sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days.” Thus Heaven receives from the Moon as much radiation as we do from the Sun, and in addition 7*7 (49) times as much as the Earth does from the Sun, or 50 times in all. The light we receive from the Moon is one 1/10,000 of the light we receive from the Sun, so we can ignore that … The radiation falling on Heaven will heat it to the point where the heat lost by radiation is just equal to the heat received by radiation, i.e., Heaven loses 50 times as much heat as the Earth by radiation. Using the Stefan-Boltzmann law for radiation, (H/E)^4 = 50, where E is the absolute temperature of the earth (-300K), gives H as 798K (525C). The exact temperature of Hell cannot be computed … [However] Revelations 21:8 says “But the fearful, and unbelieving … shall have their part in the lake which
    burneth with fire and brimstone.” A lake of molten brimstone means that its temperature must be at or below the boiling point, 444.6C. We have, then, that Heaven, at 525C is hotter than Hell at 445C.

  12. ah, thanks so much

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