PhysX SDK Error 
I ran into a pretty silly error with the Ageia / Nvidia's PhysX SDK recently. The PhysX documentation didn't cover the problem (at least that I found) and searching relevant terms on Google didn't drum up the answer either. Therefore, I will throw this up on my blog to possibly benefit others.

If you get a NXCE_PHYSX_NOT_FOUND error when trying to run PhysX examples after installing the SDK, then the problem is most likely that you don't have the runtime drivers installed. For some reason, the runtime files aren't included in the SDK installer (like most SDKs that I have used before).

For instance if you install PhysX_2.7.3_SDK_Core.exe, you will also need to install PhysX_7.11.13_SystemSoftware.exe. Similarly, PhysX_2.8.0_SDK_Core.msi needs PhysX_8.02.13_SystemSoftware.exe.

There may be other ways to get the above error. For instance, some people seem to experience installer problems that fail on DLL registration or registry changes. These reports led me on a wild goose chase. :)

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Eyes 
Is it just me or does Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have really seedy eyes?

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Eyes

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Internet Sins 
Here is a list of Internet Sins inspired by a conversation with Maribeth and Jeff C. yesterday. I came up with more than 7 so this is a “top 10 list” instead of “The Seven Deadly Internet Sins.”

10.) Online shop-a-holics
If you lust after the Bag O’ Crap on then you have a severe addiction.

9.) Auction Sniping on Ebay
...but it's so much fun, and effective. :)

8.) Participating in online dead pools
Too creepy for me.

7.) Online Porn
+1 for obscure flavors like furry porn and/or teledildonics. (Unfortunately for you, sinner, these links are "safe for work" and just point to Wikipedia entries)

6.) Filesharing poorly ripped MP3s with clicks, pops, too low an encoding rate
...err...I meant to say all filesharing of copyrighted material is a sin. :)

5.) Griefing and spam attacks (e.g. Meow Wars)

4.) Not applying security patches to your PC, allowing it to become a spamming Zombie Computer.

3.) Obsessing over social networking sites and blogs.
If you are reading this, it could be a sign you need help.

2.) Mass-Forwarding sensational emails to friends and family without first consulting for accuracy.
Seriously, it's not that hard to do!

1.) Viewing LOLCats.

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Nurikabe - Better than Sudoku 
Nurikabe is a better brain teaser than Sudoku. At least in my opinion. :)

It's from the game publisher Nikoli of Japan (same guys responsible for the popularity of Sudoku): Nikoli English Page About Nurikabe

Nurikabe Entry on Wikipedia

A good place to start out playing online is at:

Logic Games Online Nurikabe (5x5 and 9x9 boards)

Once you get good at those, try some of the larger and more difficult ones at:

German Nurikabe Web Page

Here is a translation to english:

English Translation of German Nurikabe Page

Be warned: This game can be quite addictive!

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Gold Kit 
My favorite online prankster, Rob Cockerham, has a new prank up. He has conducted an "evaluation" of

Gold Kit Prank

Be sure to check out his other pranks:

Cockeyed Pranks

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