Humanoid robot designed to recognize and mimic human facial expressions and interact with humans. It is Dr. Cynthia Breazeal's project supervised by Dr. Rodney Brooks in the MIT AI Lab.

Destiny and fate, as Webster said, with the inference of an epiphanical event, rather on a personal level then on the level of the great scheme of things. "I saw her and it seemed like kismit that we would one day kill each other."

Kismet was a Broadway musical based on the book by Charles Lederer and Luther Davis that opened in December 1953 at the Ziegfeld Theatre, New York. Robert Wright and George Forrest did the musical adaptation and added lyrics to themes by Alexander Borodin. This romantic story is of a poet who becomes an emir in one miraculous day. The musical is a display of the extravagance and grandeur of Arabian Nights. Song numbers include:

Also a small village on Fire Island, which is in New York State. It's not an incorporated one, meaning the tax money from the larger town of Islip goes towards it. Since it's mostly summer houses, Islip spends next to nothing on it since few people there vote and it's on the edge of the town's borders. As a result, the sidewalks are all dirt and cracked, and there aren't many public facilities within.

The village is very popular with college-age people, and has beaches on 2 sides, but since it's not incorporated, gets its budget from the mainland, therefore little money spent on new sidewalks. Great place, it has 2 restaurants, mostly a summer town, but fun.

It also unofficially has the highest amount of liquor consumed out of all the towns on the island. I walk by and see trash can upon trash can filled to the brim with empty beer bottles. Once, when I was 11, a stranger gave me a full 6-pack.

Kismet is also a Persian word, that translates to "inescapable fate." Although several Farsi-speaking countries use the word, it is not part of Islamic teachings, as you are not "fated" to do anything you don't want to, you still have free will.

Software used to detect (as of this writeup) 802.11b and 802.11a wireless networks. It is mostly used under Linux but can also be used on PowerPC, and ARM (think iPaq and Zaurus) architectures. Its features include (from
  • Multiple packet sources
  • Channel hopping
  • IP block detection
  • Cisco product detection via CDP
  • Ethereal/tcpdump compatable file logging
  • Airsnort-compatable "interesting"
  • (cryptographically weak) logging
  • Hidden SSID decloaking
  • Grouping and custom naming of SSIDs
  • Multiple clients viewing a single capture stream
  • Graphical mapping of data (gpsmap)
  • Cross-platform support (handheld Linux and BSD)
  • Manufacturer identification
  • Detection of default access point configurations
  • Detection of Netstumbler clients
  • Runtime decoding of WEP packets
  • Multiplexing of multiple capture sources
Other features that I enjoy are
  • It's entirely text based, using ncurses
  • Passive searching. This is good for two reasons.
    1. Allows for detection of cloaked networks
    2. No one can tell that you're searching for networks (unlike Netstumbler which is noisy as hell)
There are a whole range of other fine features, however there are too many to list here, and they're always changing. All in all it's a great utility for managing, or molesting wireless networks. And it's IMHO the best utility for wardriving

Kis"met (?), n. [Per. qismat.]

Destiny; fate.

[Written also kismat.] [Oriental]


© Webster 1913.

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