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If you want to keep up, but you're stuck at work, check out the listen now page for WFSU-FM, Tallahassee. NPR does this stuff *well*.

UPDATE: Here's a link to CNN Radio

Was gonna give you *another* UPDATE to a direct link to NPR"s network feed... but it wants me to download *2 MEGABYTES* uof updates to my player just to listen. I expected better of NPR; I'll tell them so later.

[ I would have linked you to my *local* affil, WUSF, but they've subcontracted out their 'Listen Now' service, to some aggregator, who thinks that the whole world is Microsoft. Sorry, WMP won't run on RedHat 7.3... ]

Monday, March 17th, 2003 @ 10:30 a.m. - Comment


Spotted in my referer log

Something I've liked to before, but it's still pretty cool.

We call it "filk", this practice of writing new lyrics to old songs; sometimes, it's also "pastiche", if it's done well enough...

Someone did it with Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start The Fire", and the results, are, well... the guy shouldn't quit his day job. But I've rewritten worse, and he had a pretty difficult row to how. A-... minus a couple points for his singing voice, plus a couple points for including me. :-)

Thursday, March 20, 2003 @ 10:24 p.m. - Comment


Boil Your Water

Pinellas County's Big Pipe has a crack; boil your drinking water.

Nice that I've heard about it before this; guess the war is more important.

Thursday, March 20, 2003 @ 10:18 p.m. - Comment


I was wrong

It seems that the hot search is "Why The French Suck". :-)

For the amusement of you surfers, some of whom will hopefully decide to hang around when you discover that, even though I can't type, I *do* know whem to say "whom", some jokes:

Bush agress to send more inspectors to Iraq.

Disarmament Clinic [ If you don't get this one, it's not for you. ]

And, an oldie, but a goodie

Wednesday, March 19, 2003 @ 08:11 p.m. - Comment


Here's a pretty thoughtful

analysis of how this war might play for the first week -- thoughtful even though it comes from MSN. Who knew? :-)

Wednesday, March 19, 2003 @ 05:21 p.m. - Comment


The US Dept. of Laughs

as Doc put it, has released this list of interpretations of icons which, presumably, were found at ready.gov.

Duck and cover, kids...

Wednesday, March 19, 2003 @ 10:17 a.m. - Comment


Things that depress me...

include Dave Barry's weblog's sitemeter.

Tuesday, March 18, 2003 @ 10:54 a.m. - Comment


<sigh>

The Admiral has company now.

Monday, March 17, 2003 @ 06:50 p.m. - Comment


Well, it seems that

according to the good folks over at Flutterby, posting the words "French military victories" and getting them into Google is a great way to up your traffic.

So I will, without editorial comment. ;-)

Monday, March 17, 2003 @ 06:28 p.m. - Comment


Here is an excellent

example of editorialism masquerading as journalism, which I hate, primarly because there are a *lot* of people out there too fuckin' stupid to notice.

I draw your attention to such phrases as "Porn-site owners have eased the term "adult material" into the lexicon, making even hard-core sexual content seem like harmless entertainment for grown-ups, media reports here said."

Um, yeah, by and large, according to several pretty clean studies on the topic, it is "harmless entertainment", for grownups.

And then we have "According to [some drooling arch-feminist at some Boston college I never heard of], the effect of porn, first honed by ever-more-provocative sex magazines, beginning with the soft porn of Playboy magazine in 1953, is that even young boys are accepting the degradation of women as the norm. In other words, boys are seeing themselves as entitled to use females any way they want."

They are? And this begs the question of whether Playboy degrades women, no? Sure there's porn that degrades women, but Playboy ain't it...

She continues:

The only real hope at the moment, Dines says, is that as more and more people are agitated by the waves of porn on their Internet screens, porn will again be viewed as harmful, rather than as a victimless crime.

Oh sure, cause Ashcroft has run out of *other* civil rights to deprive us of... If it's a 3 Billion dollar a year business, there are *obviuosly* people who aren't agitated by it.

Well, at least, not in a *bad* way. ;-)

Monday, March 17, 2003 @ 06:09 p.m. - Comment


Yeah, yeah, I know...

webcams? What's that fluffy crap about?

But I'm looking into it anyway; Logitech makes a nice little clip-on one for my notebook, and this guy in the Netherlands has drivers for it.

I link to him as much because his site is an *excellent* example of how to do a Linux project -- I like his tone and his site layout, and his code reportedly works pretty well, too. ;-)

Monday, March 17, 2003 @ 12:29 p.m. - Comment


A Whole New Meaning for French Kiss

If you're a Dave Barry fan and you read the St Petersburg Times, you've no doubt discovered that "Dave Barry will return soon".

This is likely because the editors at the Times haven't the guts to run Dave's current column, which is about why the French suck so hard we love the French even when they disagree with us.

But, the editors forgot that The Miami Herald has a website too. So there that column is, for your enjoyment... and you can send your complaints to their editors.

Avoir un jour pleasante.

Sunday, March 16, 2003 @ 02:38 p.m. - Comment


I'm about to collect

a bunch of stories like this one, and print them out, and take them personally to my county's commissioners and elections supervisors, in company of representatives of the press, and place them on notice that if they don't take official interest in the [lack of] provability and security of the electronic voting systems they've foisted on us voters, that they're opening themselves up to charges that they're failing to protect our rights under the US Constitution.

Like any government official cares about *that* document anymore...

Saturday, March 15, 2003 @ 11:26 p.m. - Comment


Hey, Race Fans...

Wanna run the in-car cameras at your favorite race? eBay favorite Winemiller Communications, who can always be counted on to have some cool TV stuff up for auction, are auctioning off 4 very poorly described broadcast trucks tuned for this job, along with the necessary FCC licenses and client list.

Buy It Now for only $2.1M -- the current bid is $237.50.

Oh, and Paypal is accepted. :-)

I'd recommend that WCI note that this is *not* an obvious package, and flog their eBay auction poster-dude around the barn a little...

Saturday, March 15, 2003 @ 06:39 p.m. - Comment


Power corrupts.

Absolute power is kinda neat.

Until you get to the top. Wired writes about Google's moral compass, co-founder Sergey Brin. Anyone who's watching Mr Sterling (and if you are, BTW, write to NBC and tell them not to pull it) should be familiar with the collection of compromises placed upon Brin's plate.

Pleasantly enough, this story also makes quite a cogent explanation of the reasons behind my Public Corporations Suck rant.

Saturday, March 15, 2003 @ 06:07 p.m. - Comment


Happy Birthday,

Jessica!

Hope your trip was fun.

Friday, March 14, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m. - Comment


AmIaGeekorNot?

There is no way you will think this is funny, unless you're a geek.

Wednesday, March 12, 2003 @ 07:42 p.m. - Comment


One of my clients

is in the pest control business. I wish they got rid of these kinds of pests, too...

[ Footnote: if you have such problems, and want to get rid of them, go here. They've spiffed their website up *too* much for me, but their program is still the best thing out there for getting rid of termites ad-ware. ]

Wednesday, March 12, 2003 @ 07:18 p.m. - Comment


The Stones are going to China

Speaking of the performances, Keith Richards said "It's about time we caved in, artistically".

[ Thanks to Dave. And no, I'm not making that up. ]

Wednesday, March 12, 2003 @ 11:19 a.m. - Comment


It's amazing the things you find on the web...

I was looking for the color code to a processor fan (yel +12, grn tach, blk gnd), and what I found instead was instructions on how to build a computer.

Good thing I found those...

[ I will note that we *always* use retail-box CPU's with matching fans -- the 3 year warranty (vs 1 year) makes it stupid not to... ]

Wednesday, March 12, 2003 @ 11:07 a.m. - Comment


Cluetrain

... part deux.

These guys *get it*.

You should too. Really.

Tuesday, March 11, 2003 @ 07:24 p.m. - Comment


Are you now, or have you ever been...

[ Thanks to Martin Schwimmer (Esq.)'s pretty cool Trademark Blog ]

Tuesday, March 11, 2003 @ 06:26 p.m. - Comment


Love your country...

but never trust it's government.

Tuesday, March 11, 2003 @ 05:35 p.m. - Comment


Here's a

Myers-Briggs-Picard-Archer personality test you can take, if you're into such things. It's here mostly so my sister can bitch to the About maintainer about the lack of an Enterprise cast pic on the page.

Saturday, March 8, 2003 @ 02:04 p.m. - Comment


One last posting before

I go the fuck (no pun intended) home to bed.

David Steinberg writes sex. And he does it very well. His most recently posted column is about a book entitled G-strings and Sympathy: Strip Club Regulars and Male Desire.

I won't explain why I think this ought to be a great book... :-)

Thursday, March 6, 2003 @ 11:42 p.m. - Comment


Editing bad

Results pretty.

I'm having a critical motivation shortage this week, mostly affecting an editing project -- on which I was months late getting started in the first place -- for the Tampa Bay Storytellers Guild (to whose website I'd link you, but they don't appear to have one).

I don't know why it's dragging me so bad -- though having to fight with Premiere 1.8 -- er, um, excuse me, "6.0" -- isn't helping at all.

But the results are going to be much spiffier than they are late.

Thursday, March 6, 2003 @ 11:18 p.m. - Comment


Well, I just tripped over

the Rachel-has-a-baby episode of Freinds in the The-President's-On-Every-Channel special edition of Thursday night, and since I was editing, I had headphones on, and let me tell you...

the foley in the delivery room was *scary*.

Thursday, March 6, 2003 @ 10:18 p.m. - Comment


"This is scripted"??

Huh? That wasn't an especially bright thing to say...

Thursday, March 6, 2003 @ 08:37 p.m. - Comment


Damned good thing

that there aren't all that many countries who have nuke-you-lar weapons...

Thursday, March 6, 2003 @ 08:25 p.m. - Comment


The president

is on TV trying to be presidently. I don't think he's doing all that good a job, but this doesn't much surprise me.

More.

Thursday, March 6, 2003 @ 08:14 p.m. - Comment


InterNet news proves 2 things

in only one story:

The Social Security Number is a miserable "secret identifier",

and

There are *lots* of journalists who didn't get the memo.

Thursday, March 6, 2003 @ 07:12 p.m. - Comment


Good ol' Homer D. Poe

on the other hand, *does*.

Sis wants a solid core door for her bedroom, so our mom -- who keeps bitching sis out about being inconsiderate -- won't wake her up 3 hours early in the morning, puttering around and making noise.

Told her I'd look at Home Depot.

Forgot.

Checked their website: went to the Doors and Windows page -- no *doors*. Morons. And they use Broadvision, which sucks.

And they don't have an email address on their website -- it's just a webform. (The email address, incidentally, is customercare@homedepot.com.

I hate people who do that -- I want a copy in *my* mailfiles, thank-you-very-much.

Got a nice note back *20 minutes later*. I'm impressed.

Oh, the door? $74. Yes, they actually *answered the question*, too. Most impressive.

Good job, Homer.

[ See Joe Girard's Law of 250. See also Cluetrain. ]

Wednesday, March 5, 2003 @ 08:34 p.m. - Comment


Here we go *again*

The government, sometimes, just doesn't get it...

United States Solicitor General Theodore Olsen (isn't solicitation illegal in 49 states?) is point guy on another attempt to restrict the internet 'for our own good'.

<sigh>

Wednesday, March 5, 2003 @ 07:02 p.m. - Comment


Here we go *again*

The government, sometimes, just doesn't get it...

Wednesday, March 5, 2003 @ 07:02 p.m. - Comment


Do you get enough spam

to classify spammers as email terrorists? and the like.

You know: crap.

Well, if you do, then this article will explain to you how to cause them some pain.

[ Thanks to Todd @ Flutterby for this one. ]

Wednesday, March 5, 2003 @ 02:33 p.m. - Comment


So, as if guys don't have

enough to worry about...

now we gotta worry whether we're spongeworthy?

Wednesday, March 5, 2003 @ 01:05 p.m. - Comment


Assembling Columbia

one last time...

Wednesday, March 5, 2003 @ 11:41 a.m. - Comment


Here's another piece

which maligns Google unfairly -- Google has much to be maligned for, but this ins't one of them.

This Wired story, as do so many, confuses cause and effect. The *cause* is stupid people who aren't careful with their web servers and their exclusion files. That Google then does what *any self-aware website operator could expect it would* is not Google's fault.

Tuesday, March 4, 2003 @ 05:31 p.m. - Comment


And speaking of

lives coming to sudden ends, it might just be time for everyone to pick their favorite post-Apocalypse story (please, no comments from the Buffy fans...) and re-read it. My two are Lucifer's Hammer, and Alas, Babylon, though the latter reminds me that I live *way* too close to MacDill AFB...

Note that I vehemently disagree with the LH review above; this one is much more accurate, IMHO. And the colonization stuff didn't bug me at all, in case you were wondering... :-)

And, just to improve your day, we might get to find out what it would be like.

Monday, March 3, 2003 @ 11:41 p.m. - Comment


Well, here's a news story

that lends a whole new meaning to "a sudden arboreal stop".

Monday, March 3, 2003 @ 11:37 p.m. - Comment


This article

about a hole in sendmail forms some part of the argument on Full Disclosure... but I'm not sure which part.

Monday, March 3, 2003 @ 05:36 p.m. - Comment


Microscared

That's what Eben Moglen says. He's the general counsel for the Free Software Foundation, which probably colors his outlook on this topic a touch....

But what the hell.

"the popularization of the Open Source movement continues to pose a significant challenge to the Company's business model, including recent efforts by proponents of the Open Source model to convince governments worldwide to mandate the use of Open Source software in their purchase and deployment of software products. To the extent the Open Source model gains increasing market acceptance, sales of the Company's products may decline, the Company may have to reduce the prices it charges for its products, and revenues and operating margins may consequently decline."
-- Microsoft, in their quarterly SEC filing

Sunday, March 2, 2003 @ 06:05 p.m. - Comment


Just another reminder:

Do not open attachments to email messages, unless you were *expecting* them, or the message to which they are attached was clearly *written by* (not merely "addressed from") someone you know.

If you don't understand that distinction... the Internet is full: go home. ;-)

Or don't use Outhouse or Outhouse Express; try The Bat, or Netscape Messenger, or Pegasus, or Mutt, or something a little safer...

Sunday, March 2, 2003 @ 05:58 p.m. - Comment


Look!

It's Frank's 200-inch TV!

[ Give yourself 20 extra points if you get the reference ]

Sunday, March 2, 2003 @ 05:30 p.m. - Comment


Say goodnight...

Gracie...

I'm old enough to remember the future.
Ghod, what a great quote.

Sunday, March 2, 2003 @ 05:19 p.m. - Comment


Aw...

shoe-t.

Sunday, March 2, 2003 @ 02:09 p.m. - Comment


Aw, damn...

This Japan Times writer says that karaoke is dying.

I, pretty predictably, have the opposite opinion: given the increasing number of mentions in pop culture lately, I think there's an *whole* new audience out there just waiting to be old enough to get *in* -- and I say this, pretty predictably, as someone many of whose best singing partners are under 21. :-}

Saturday, March 1, 2003 @ 04:37 p.m. - Comment


The things you find on the net...

This advice column gives the old nasal sex joke a whole new meaning...

Friday, February 28, 2003 @ 06:32 p.m. - Comment


Is stupidity

curable?

Friday, February 28, 2003 @ 06:04 p.m. - Comment


Some random person's

Top 100 TV Episodes of all time.

Pretty neat idea, actually. And at least they understand that Top N lists count *down*.

Friday, February 28, 2003 @ 05:47 p.m. - Comment


What is this moronic shit?

I seem to be a popular hit this week for searches on "Fred Rogers pornography".

I'm not much for the sentiment that "some people should just stop breathing, and save us the trouble of killing them", but even *I* am not *this* sick.

Friday, February 28, 2003 @ 05:26 p.m. - Comment


In this DVD age

you might get the chance to see WKRP again. Jaime recommends that you write to Fox Home Video an recommend that they release the series on DVD.

I recommend that if you do, you strenuously recommend to them that if they bother at all, they go back to the original CBS masters with the original music -- even if it costs more -- or you won't bother to buy it.

[ And there's even *more* than you ever wanted to know about the series here. ]

Friday, February 28, 2003 @ 05:06 p.m. - Comment


And hey, you know...

Respect The Music.

Worthless bastards.

Friday, February 28, 2003 @ 04:52 p.m. - Comment


WKRP passed through my mind

in the wake of the nightclub crushing deaths last week, and I went looking for a mention of the show wherein they memorialized the deaths at a Cincinnati concert. Haven't found what I was *looking* for yet, but I did run across a page which proves that guys do make passes at girls who wear glasses.

Seeing Howard Hesseman at the turntable reminds me that I recently saw him as a judge on "The Practice," bald and grey and still cooler than you and I will ever be.
[ Later: the episode was "In Concert", first aired 11 Feb 1980 in tribute to the 11 fans trampled to death at a December 3rd, 1979 Who concert at Riverfront Coliseum; 24 days later, the City of Cincinnati outlawed general admission seating. ]

Friday, February 28, 2003 @ 04:39 p.m. - Comment


So what *do* you tell the kids?

Whatever they need to hear.

It's okay to cry in front of children. Fred Rogers talked about seeing his father grieving when his own father (Fred's grandfather) died, and that helped him know that it was okay for men to show their feelings. It helps children know that it's okay for children and adults to cry, but we can deal with our feelings and smile again later on

Friday, February 28, 2003 @ 04:00 p.m. - Comment


Ride 'em

cowboy!

Friday, February 28, 2003 @ 10:57 a.m. - Comment


So, the whole Buffy thing

turns out to be a full-sized role-playing-game.

Damned well done....

Thursday, February 27, 2003 @ 06:23 p.m. - Comment


And, speaking of repression...

Remember the "Patriot" Act?

Watch out for the Thought Police.

God Bless Amerika.

[ Thanks to cedar@metafilter for this one ]

Thursday, February 27, 2003 @ 05:53 p.m. - Comment


Look!

See the repression inherent in the system??

Thursday, February 27, 2003 @ 12:03 p.m. - Comment


Hammer of God

Is it goin' to fall?

Thursday, February 27, 2003 @ 10:06 a.m. - Comment


Is this an omen?

I mention MisterRogers...

and he dies.

74. Cancer.

Not a beautiful day in the neighborhood. Crap.

Thursday, February 27, 2003 @ 10:01 a.m. - Comment


The Guardian

does Dave Barry, doing Bush v. Gore Hussein

Thursday, February 27, 2003 @ 09:58 a.m. - Comment


A moment of silence.

No... 2 million years of silence.

Thursday, February 27, 2003 @ 09:55 a.m. - Comment


An erudite, leaned investigation

of the origin of the ...

falling anvil.

Wednesday, February 26, 2003 @ 05:32 p.m. - Comment


B - Limp

Fun with helium...

[ and old-time Cecil fans will appreciate this site, too. ]

[ and I suppose it's worth noting, Jess, that this only *barely* makes me think of what it made you think of... >:-) ]

Wednesday, February 26, 2003 @ 04:09 p.m. - Comment


So here's a good example...

of the sort of thing that forms the best argument in the Full Disclosure controversy.

Wired has published an article about the non-existent security at Los Alamos National Laboratory. LANL is one of the Energy Department's nuclear research facilities, and one read of the article will explain to you why the reporter should be arrested why security at the facility ought to be better than it is.

So, has the reporter done the country a disservice by exposing a security liability?

IMHO -- and this tells you where *I* fall on the Full Disclosure issue -- no, he hasn't. He's done us a service, because, obviously, nothing else has inspired lab management (or DOE, or DOD) to fix the problem.

Sometimes, it takes a little dose of the press, even if there's that Window of Exposure that Schneier talks about.

Wednesday, February 26, 2003 @ 11:34 a.m. - Comment


For those searching for Nymphokitti

I'm pleased to report that she's still alive. Damned near legal, in fact. (Time flies...)

Oh. Where is she? I'll never tell.

I found her, you can too, if you're motivated enough. :-)

Tuesday, February 25, 2003 @ 08:17 p.m. - Comment


Well, well...

this story gives "pack a lunch; stay for the day" a whole new meaning. Does the free lunch program extend that far...?

Tuesday, February 25, 2003 @ 12:53 p.m. - Comment


Nah, Bush doesn't make things up

so far as we know.

Tuesday, February 25, 2003 @ 12:51 p.m. - Comment


Woman builds snowman...

police tell her to cut off its breasts.

Tuesday, February 25, 2003 @ 11:40 a.m. - Comment


Oh, boy; that's sad.

"Who's that book by?"

"Oh, I don't know. I have all the information in the known universe at my fingertips... but I'm too lazy to swivel the chair."

Monday, February 24, 2003 @ 10:52 p.m. - Comment


Terror Warning

A report has been released by the Department of Homeland Insecurity that terrorists have planted a "dirty bomb" in Washington DC, which, when detonated, will blanket the nation's capitol with administratium.

Saturday, February 22, 2003 @ 09:28 p.m. - Comment


Duct...

and cover.

Friday, February 21, 2003 @ 05:14 p.m. - Comment


Dead 365

Ok, I retract my earlier recommendation of Live365.

Apparently, ads weren't enough for them, so they've locked their silly site down -- likely, so that I won't be able to listen to them anymore from my laptop, which runs Linux.

Inasmuch as I haven't *any patience at all* for such cleverer-than-thou crap, I'll be looking for somewhere else to get my music from.

Friday, February 21, 2003 @ 10:21 a.m. - Comment


And, going to *entirely* the opposite

end of the world:

John Costa, Rogers' friend and collaborator for more than 25 years, served as music director of MISTER ROGERS' NEIGHBORHOOD until his death in 1996. Costa, a nationally recognized classical jazz pianist who held two Master of Fine Arts degrees from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, provided the elegant, upbeat and inventive arrangements that helped to give Rogers' songs a life of their own beyond the television set. In fact, Costa recorded an album of jazz versions of songs from the NEIGHBORHOOD.

All right.

Anyone got a pointer?

[ My favorite headline from that search: "Fred Rogers retires; won't be back when the day is new." :-} ]

Friday, February 21, 2003 @ 01:23 a.m. - Comment


It's

11:53pm.

Sleep tight.

Friday, February 21, 2003 @ 12:32 a.m. - Comment


Well, I will be dipped in shit...

I completely missed that the Supremes stuck down a law making the possession of "virtual" child pr0n illegal.

Perhaps there's hope that we don't have thought police in Amerika after all.

Amusing that I learned of it from a *South African* news source...

And just to give you an idea how wacked these Mr. Stranger-Danger people *are*, dig this quote from this other piece on child pornography:

Child pornography has not only manifested itself on the Internet through websites and chatrooms, but has spread to other channels of new media such as mobile phones, above all through SMS (short message service).
Yeah. Cause, you know, it's real easy to send 200KB jpg's through 140-character long SMS messages to phones with monochrome displays.

Can we deal with the *real* problems in society today please, folks? Like banning camera equipped cell-phones from gym shower rooms?

Friday, February 21, 2003 @ 12:13 a.m. - Comment


I don't like Mondays

I wanna shoo-o-o-o-o-oot the whole... day... down.

The story of Brenda Spencer, who took a .22 to an elementary school playground back in 1979, and ended up in probably the only hit the Boomtown Rats, Live Aid's Bob Geldofs' band, ever had.

I just started shooting, that's it. I just did it for the fun of it. I just don't like Mondays....I just did it because it's a way to cheer the day up. Nobody likes Mondays.

More on the story here.

Thursday, February 20, 2003 @ 08:36 p.m. - Comment


Well, here's something unsurprising...

There's been a long-standing argument about whether large-group ownership in radio and TV was a good thing -- anyone who is *not* a large-group owner, not surprisingly, generally thinks that it is not.

And a study, conducted by the Project for Excellence in Journalism says that things are pretty much as we thought:

The findings-an analysis of 172 stations, some 23,000 stories, over five years-suggest that ownership type does make a difference.

Among the findings:

    Smaller station groups overall tended to produce higher quality newscasts than stations owned by larger companies-by a significant margin.
    Network affiliated stations tended to produce higher quality newscasts than network owned and operated stations-also by a large margin.
    Stations with cross-ownership-in which the parent company also owns a newspaper in the same market-tended to produce higher quality newscasts.
    Local ownership offered some protection against newscasts being very poor, but did not encourage superior quality.

The study, executed in collaboration with Princeton Survey Research Associates, was funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Just another Big Lie. If you tell a lie loudly and often enough, people will start to believe it. Interesting that all the hits I got trying to source that quote were religious or right-wing rants... Hitler or Goebbels, apparently.

Thursday, February 20, 2003 @ 06:17 p.m. - Comment


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