Frank's Sketchbook Entry of the Day
April 09, 2009
At a project review, someone mentioned some program that was called
"scheme-a-tron." It immediately called to mind an evil scientiest doing
Mad Science to create a robot that could plot and scheme. The scientiest
would, of course, be thrilled when his creation lives and schemes. And the
Scheme-a-tron would sit there, tapping its fingers, laughing quietly (and
robotically) to itself. The problem is that a Scheme-a-tron would do
nothing more than scheme. It would not actually put any of its plans into
motion. Nor would it actually TELL anyone, including its creator, all of
the grand plans it envisions. Oh well, you can't have it all I
In retrospect, I think the program they mentioned was
actually called "schema-tron" and deal with database schemas or XML or
something mundane like that. I think my Scheme-a-tron is more interesting
I tend to doodle. Over the years, I've accumulated lots of random
sketches of things, sometimes people, sometimes things, and sometimes
just abstract lines. The basic idea on these pages is for me to slowly
scan in highlights from my collection of random quick doodles. I also
am providing a place where I can explain what it is or what motivated
it or perhaps some reason why I'm not to blame. With the sketches of
people, their name may be hand-written, or there might be a talk title
provided, but I will tend to avoid providing full names. I don't mind
if people know who they are, I just don't want them coming up on search
engine hits, since that might be a bit rude.
Note that the images are PNGs with transparency. Mozilla and Firefox
properly render them. Safari too, I think. Internet Exporer doesn't.
I don't care.
If you want to see the image without the annoying blue-lined background
image, just click on the image.
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