New DNA Update.

I'm still spending 14 hours a day reading mail and hacking on screensavers. Ph33r my rockstar lifestyle! I'm still working on the Lavalite one that I mentioned a few days ago. baconmonkey had a few suggestions for how to speed it up, which I haven't gotten around to trying out yet, but I think I've finally gotten all the rotation stuff worked out. Now all my 3D screensavers react to the mouse: you can drag around in the window to rotate the objects. Lavalite is a little different in that the lights move with the object: it took me a while to wrap my brain around how you accomplish that, while still having the mouse-spinning thingy work sensibly. I ended up adding a few more features to my silly little LightLab program, which mostly exists as a side-effect of me figuring out how to do things in screen savers (kind of like how Nerds only exist as a side-effect of Skittles production, or something.)

This is one of the coolest things I've read in a while: DNA seen through the eyes of a coder, or, If you are a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

I really enjoyed this excerpt, too: Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow (of Boing Boing fame.) It reminds me a bit of John Varley. I wish more writers reminded me of John Varley. He was kind enough to pass along a copy of the not-yet-published book it's an excerpt from, but I haven't had a chance to read it yet...

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