What are you reading?

Most of us have read books in the past that either the characters or setting of the book has touched us in some way that we feel a bit sad as we start nearing the end of the story. The last book that I read that made me think of it for weeks after I had finished was Herman Wouk’s The Winds of War that tells the story of an American family scattered across Europe right before World War II. He wrote a sequel to it called War and Remebrance which was good but not quite up to the level of the first book. So tell me, what book have you read that stuck with you for weeks or months after you had read it.

Random Webcams from the Net

This didn’t take long for somebody to put together.

These webcams were found by Google. Their owners might or might not have intended for them to be public. But they obviously are. Many of them are security cameras in companies or semi-public places. If you hover over the picture you’ll see at least the country the camera is in. If you click on it you’ll see the live feed, if your browser knows what to do about the Motion JPEG format.

Japanese Food Blog

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Yongfook.com has gone through a kind of metamorphosis and is now entirely devoted to reviews of crap Japanese food – the kind that only children and poor people eat. It is no longer about how Aw3s0mE!!11 and crazy life in Japan is all about – for that kind of stuff, check the archived entries dated from July 2002 until September 2004.

MIT’s Bathroom Sensors

Check to see if a bathroom is vacant in Random Hall online. THere is also one for the laundry room.

Since we have single-occupancy bathrooms, we just place a sensor on every bathroom door. We considered checking whether the lights were on, but for a number of reasons decided on door sensors instead. This is fed into a PIC microcontroller, which then talks to the actual bathroom server. The setup for the laundry server is similar, only we monitor the status lights on the washing machines, and we don’t need very long wires.