Since I no longer use the ISP that originally hosted the website, I finally moved it to my domain name registrar who now offers web hosting. The articles here are in a state of flux, since I am experimenting with new ways of formatting tables and lists (such as those in the music section), and am updating some code to account for new HTML 5 and CSS 3 features (such as the AUDIO tag).
If you like to go on the internet to keep yourself up to the second on the “tragic events” (terrorist attacks) of 911, global warm - oopse - climate change, a new weight loss drug that finally works, the movie stars of today and their glamorous divorces, and heart-healthy artificial substitutes for real food, then you have definitely come to the wrong place. But if you are one of those pensive thinkers with a lot of time on your hands who has named every rose in your neighborhood, likes to turn everything into a scavenger hunt, and find yourself pondering things such as the beauty of a mercury vapor light, music you remember from your past that you can't even find on an “oldies” list, video games where the most violent weapon is a mushroom, why grownups go to fitness gyms instead of a park meadow, why there is a swimming pool next to every renowned beach, the orchestration of elevator music, why even on a beach most people have shoes on - then this site is for you. Join me in those topics that have not created a movement, those which people, if they think about them at all, keep to themselves since their buddies just “wouldn’t understand.”
They couldn’t to come to a consensus about whether the new millenium starts in 2000 or in 2001,
so I celebrated for a whole year.
Do you itch to be a twitch? Why is everybody so touchy? Why do we protect ourselves from the rain, the wind, the ground, the sun, and from each other. Its time to shrink our “personal space”, to shed our armor, to stop being a touchy prig and learn to be a touchable twitch.
Making Sense of Rubic’s Cube. See my explainable solution. See how, by using conjugates and commutators to construct complex strings out of single moves, you can solve the entire cube. Also see some additional puzzles that are based on Rubik’s Cube.
Do We Really Need a Better Mouse Trap? Let's remember that great game that entered the toy world. The Mouse Trap game came out in 1963, and its pieces and colors have likely become highly familiar to the youngest of baby boomers.
Cheer up; it feels good. It’s so easy, and it’s such great fun. So how could it have slipped into such obscurity? It’s time to bring back the smile, the good mood, the cheeky, cheerful, positive and upbeat look. If you forgot how, and if you dare, here’s a refresher course.
Set your toes free. How often do you get a chance to go barefoot, maybe for a whole day or more? Would you really wear shoes all day if there were no place where you had to? Have you done any honest number crunching on the actual protection provided by shoes? Or have the podiatrists and shoe companies saved you the trouble? Do you really believe that bare feet are disgusting and unhealthy, or do you realise it is pleasant and healthful but are just so inured by rules against nice things that you just snapped and joined the fight against all things bright and beautiful? Let’s ignore the collective wisdom that places “shoes on our feet” alongside “food in our tummies” and investigate the superior state of going barefoot. Doing it more will change your personality.
Can William come out to play? If it’s really true that adults need to get more exercise, and if it’s really true that play is the perfect exercise, then why is mentioning both ideas in the same breath unthinkable? Do you suppose this is because the highly flammable combination this presents is well understood and that there is fear of blowing adult “dignity” out of the water? It’s time for grownups to run outside and do the unthinkable.
Face the Muzak. Whatever happened to “elevator music”? Where did it go so fast? Did you know real record artists wrote such music, and not just a studio orchestra hired by Muzak? Here’s to all you utterly disinfranchized fans of the real thing, who have had it with the “light top-40” that has taken its place.
Mama mia, it’s Mario! Especially for you accomplished players of Super Mario 64. Some secrets and musings about this fantastic game, and even those unanswered questions that keep the game interesting even after you can beat the whole thing. What will you find if you go to those places Mario just ain’t supposed to go, like the backside of the front castle door? What about those objects in the game that look like they are there for some purpose, but don’t do anything? And what about this new Luigi craze? Let’s discuss these things.
Just Intonation Why is not every 3 or 4 notes heard together a “chord”? Why a piano is actually out of tune. Here is some discussion and illustration of this rich wedding of music and math.
The Blue Mystique. Red is fierce. Yellow is funny. Green is friendly. But what can I say about blue? This color seems to demand a more pensive look than the others. And why is it suddenly fashionable to make “soft-white” versions of lamp types that have always been a cooler white or even bluish? And why the outrage over lights that make a similar shift in the opposite direction, such as the new bluish-white HID headlights?
Darken Up. Let's go into a neat hypothetical excursion. Darkness is the opposite of light. But can it behave like light? Can you shine darkness across the room and create a dark spot on the wall? Maybe cast white shadows with it?
You know you’re getting old when: Your children complain about senior moments.
But you know you’re still young when: Your mother goes boogy boarding.
Billy’s VRML Site
Wrapping Presents (cat-owner’s version)
European Commission Announcment
23 signs that you’ve had too much of the 90’s
Kids Say the Darndest Things
Baby Boomers: Then and Now
Billy’s Wacky Dictionary of Music
Billy’s Wacky Diets
A Sprite Animation Demo
The Old Rugged Whip
Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?
A Glossary of New Definitions
Your Mouse Can Smell Rats
After much deliberation by the trial lawyers on behalf of Apple, Linux, Widgetbytes, and other victims of big software (Microsoft),
the court has finally arrived at a verdict concerning the fate of this great multitasking giant.
Click Here for Details
Walk all around town
Don’t use electricity
Turn off your phone ringers
Don’t read the news
Turn the TV off
Speak another language
Don’t look at the time
Wear a costume
Turn the computer off (Ouch!)
Wild things to try
Continue singing or humming when you come upon a stranger
Jump over a fire hydrant
Sing making up the words and notes as you go - no prep allowed
Run through a downpour in a bathing suit
Skip across a whole playfield
Go swimming with your clothes on
Talk to a stranger very smilingly and cheerfuly
“I like a man who grins when he fights.”
- Winston Churchill