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Feature Story: The Buying Of The Presidency?


...if the political-industrial complex will let you.

MERRY EFFIN CHRISTMAS: Kerry gives a crap, after all. More to come, I hope...

Older stuff (shortly to be rearranged)

Clearly, they're not going to let you. But it's not the complex. It's federal judges. I *STILL* wanna know where the outrage is!

New: Several professors at The University of California at Berkeley have produced an analysis, of scientific quality and rigor, of the election.

The Libertarian and Green Parties of the US have raised the required $113.600: there *WILL* be a recount of Ohio. And Ohio's 20 electoral votes *are* enough to give Kerry the election, if they, ahem, 'flop'.

And Florida may be in play. BlackBoxVoting.org is doing FOIA fraud investigations all over the place, and blogging (and filming) the results. Check out the possible election fraud map, courtesy of BBV and Wikipedia.

I'd like to remind everyone that until all 51 state election results are certified, we don't even know which way the Electoral College will be instructed to vote... and as I've noted before, they may not vote that way. So no one can claim victory until at *least* November 12th (the date when Ohio must have it's absentee ballots counted by), and we won't actually know who's going to be president until December 12th, unless there's a landslide in the certified electoral votes.

UPDATED: The Wikipedia page on possible election fraud has been expanded and reorganized -- the hottest fire makes the strongest steel :-) -- and continues, in my opinion to be one of the best compilations of data on the subject. Go back and re-read it even if you've seen it before: it's All New and Improved!

Ohio's Democratic party *is* holding the vote counters' feet to the fire.

More on the RISKS of letting big money control elections.

The opera isn't over, folks, until the fat lady sings.

But the lack of outrage troubles me. I'm not alone.

On the other hand, from the always uplifting (if you're not a Republican :-) Michael Moore: 17 reasons not to slit your wrists. And, of course, a shout out to the client on whose computer I'm adding this note... who is a Republican, and yet, still a great guy. Thanks, Larry. :-)

Happy New Year

Everybody!

Saturday, January 1, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m. - Comment

Bit Torrent: The Inside Story

The inventor of BitTorrent, Bram Carlson, receives enough in PayPal tip jar donations to support his family.

Wired has the story.

Friday, December 31, 2004 @ 04:01 p.m. - Comment

Hello...

Thanks for calling the Internet Hell Desk, can I help you?

Oh, no; of course I can't: no one can help you.

Very funny routine. [big .MOV file]

Wednesday, December 29, 2004 @ 05:35 p.m. - Comment

M4tth3w 6:9-13

Our Father, who 0wnz heaven, j00 r0ck!
May all 0ur base someday be belong to you!
May j00 0wn earth just like j00 0wn heaven.
Give us this day our warez, mp3z, and pr0n through a phat pipe.
And cut us some slack when we act like n00b lamerz, just as we teach n00bz when they act lame on us.
Please don't give us root access on some poor d00d'z box when we're too pissed off to think about what's right and wrong, and if you could keep the fbi off our backs, we'd appreciate it.
For j00 0wn r00t on all our b0x3s 4ever and ever, 4m3n.

Tuesday, December 28, 2004 @ 09:53 p.m. - Comment

Reality Distortion Field

That's what they call whatever it is that Steve Jobs radiates that makes Apple, Apple.

It's had many effects over the years, including, if you believe Spider Robinson, delaying the cold war long enough for Ronnie Raygun to finish the job.

But here's a story about a couple of guys whom it affected strongly enough that they kept working on their project even though they weren't getting paid (at all) anymore.

Now, the *really* off-beat thing is, I found the story in RISKS, where it was being adduced as an exemplar of how risky corporate security practices can be.

I'm torn, here.

I understand precisely what the poster means. And yet, and yet... I think that what these guys did was not only productive, but cool, and hackerly.

So, where are we? We're at "terrorists are bad, but they're not bad because they take advantage of low level systemic insecurities: they're bad because they want to kill lots of people unexpectedly."

We can't figure out a specific to the latter problem (though some sociologists would tell you we already have), so we figure we'll try to patch up all the little examples of the former, and hope it solves the problem.

We're worng.

And it will hurt us.

Thus, as usual, doing the terrorists' job for them.

What we asked for. Just not what we want.

Have you heard me say this before?

Monday, December 27, 2004 @ 08:45 p.m. - Comment

Wanna go to the moon?

That question's especially apropos, since I just got done re-reading the Robert Heinlein novel that got me hooked on the man 33 years ago, Have Space Suit, Will Travel.

If you *do* want to go to the moon, while you'll need Oscar, or one of his cousins, you'll also need something to figure out how to get there. The original guys used an Apollo Guidance Computer.

Now you can build one yourself.

Monday, December 27, 2004 @ 04:46 p.m. - Comment

Remember that asteroid on

The West Wing last week?

2004 MN4.

But we've got 25 years to figure out how to move it, instead of 48 hours.

Monday, December 27, 2004 @ 11:11 a.m. - Comment

Christmas is safe!

Santa won't implode after all!

Saturday, December 25, 2004 @ 01:47 a.m. - Comment

Oh yeah: Thanks, Dave

NORAD tracks Santa, for the 50th year.

I liked it better when it had a petersen.af.mil domain name, but I guess you can't have everything.

Friday, December 24, 2004 @ 10:18 p.m. - Comment

On the last day of Christmas, my true love

gave to me...

A damned big Master Card bill.

A partridge in a pear tree and five golden rings may be a bargain this year, but the price for seven swans a-swimming has gone through the roof, driving up the cost of the 12 days of Christmas by a record amount, according to an estimated cost of the holiday carol's shopping list.

PNC Advisors has done an estimated Christmas Price Index each year since 1984. This year's index put the cost of all 364 items mentioned in the song, along with all the repetitions, at $65,264, up 19 percent from a year earlier, the largest increase since the tongue-in-cheek index began.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004 @ 11:05 p.m. - Comment

Jack Booted Thugs?

Naw; Microsoft couldn't act like that...

Wednesday, December 22, 2004 @ 09:12 p.m. - Comment

It's usually a good idea...

to *check* the data, before you put it on the air...

Wednesday, December 22, 2004 @ 12:29 p.m. - Comment

Merry, um, Christmas

better !pout 
better !cry
better watch a.out
lpr why
santa claus town

ypcat passwd > list
ncheck list
ncheck list
grep naughty nogiftlist
grep nice giftlist
santa claus town

who | grep sleeping
who | grep awake
why | egrep "bad|good"
for i in goodness sake ;
do
	be good
done

better !pout 
better !cry
better watch a.out
lpr why
santa claus town

Sunday, December 19, 2004 @ 02:22 p.m. - Comment

You can find anything on the web...

I got to thinking about the old chestnut "the sun never sets on the British Empire". It was, of course, a reference to the geophysical world: a recognition of the fact that, literally, the British Empire comprised so much territory that there was not a line of longitude upon which you could not find at least one country which was British territory.

The Empire itself has mostly gone the way of the one in Star Wars (imperialism is, ahem, out of fashion these days), but if you broaden the definition to include what it is fashionable to refer to as the "British Commonwealth", it's still true.

Almost.

It seems they've realigned the edges of the time zones, over the years, and Gambia, still a colony apparently, has fallen out of zone -0100.

Whether it's still true on a degree by degree basis (or, indeed, whether it ever was true in the first place) is not immediately clear.

Anyone got an atlas handy? Or a globe?

Saturday, December 18, 2004 @ 04:07 p.m. - Comment

SprinTel?

Here's a C|Net piece on the upcoming possible Sprint/Nextel merger that, as usual, fails to pay any attention to *why* iDen exists in the first place: cause everything else to do that particular job *SUCKS*.

Ask an AllTel or VerizonWireless PTT subscriber.

Here we go *again*.

But since most of the other shared radio providers have faded with the rise of Nextel, it will be interesting to see if they realize just how big a fuckup it will be, if they fuck it up. They don't *get* to soft-start, the way they did the first time...

Wednesday, December 15, 2004 @ 11:46 a.m. - Comment

Yes, that's right

It's Christmas time again.

Time for another rousing round of OS Airlines.

Linux Airlines

Disgruntled employees of all the other OS airlines decide to start their own airline. They build the planes, ticket counters, and pave the runways themselves. They charge a small fee to cover the cost of printing the ticket, but you can also download and print the ticket yourself. When you board the plane, you are given a seat, four bolts, a wrench and a copy of the seat-HOWTO.html. Once settled, the fully adjustable seat is very comfortable, the plane leaves and arrives on time without a single problem, the in-flight meal is wonderful. You try to tell customers of the other airlines about the great trip, but all they can say is, "You had to do what with the seat?"

Saturday, December 11, 2004 @ 02:25 p.m. - Comment

Point/CounterPoint:

Star Trek.

Saturday, December 11, 2004 @ 12:27 p.m. - Comment

The New Season 3 - Veronica Mars

Ok, she's teenaged (well, 24, thank ghod), cute and sassy.

And I'm male, straight, middle-aged (you *did* see the BMW pictures, right? :-) and single.

But even when you get past that, Veronica Mars is a pretty cool show. I've an affection for both PI shows and shows-with-silly-voiceovers (aren't those the same set?) anyway, so it was pretty much a foregone conclusion I was gonna like it.

But, having read maybe 5,000 books in 37 years (thanks, Pam), I'm a lot pickier about writing on TV than some people are... or maybe I just realize what it is I hate when I don't like a show. And the writing stands up on this one. No deus-ex crap to get us out of a situation; a story editor and a book that are actually being paid attention to; an decent acting, too -- which, given the extent to which it would be easy to play the characters as camp stereotypes, helps a lot.

Pam caught a nice Citypages review that doesn't blow too many spoilers.

The same site has a nice piece on Joan, too.

Friday, December 10, 2004 @ 12:54 p.m. - Comment

Holy

to quote the Onion, Living Fuck.

If you gave up on the West Wing this season... you screwed up.

More later, when I can think straight.

Wednesday, December 8, 2004 @ 07:45 p.m. - Comment

It doesn't suck, any more

Tune back in for

Season 4.

Clearly, Manny Coto has a clue: he's kicked Berman and Braga out of the friggin' building, and hired Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens as Exec Story Editors.

Star Trek: Enterprise may be worth the wait, after all. :-)

Monday, December 6, 2004 @ 06:45 p.m. - Comment

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

as only Wikipedia could do it...

Saturday, December 4, 2004 @ 03:28 a.m. - Comment

Please don't...

piss on the bridge.

Tuesday, November 30, 2004 @ 08:16 p.m. - Comment

He finally lost on

Jeopardy!, baby.

Oooohh, oo oo oooohh.

Much, much more from GoogleNews.

Tuesday, November 30, 2004 @ 07:58 p.m. - Comment

Ok, so maybe I've been

going a little wonky for wikis lately. But they *are* cool tools for collaborative work. And I've just discovered, whilst in the search for an engine on which to run one of my own, Wikicities, a public free wiki hosting site that is to Wikidom what Geocities is to webpages. They're not real popular yet, but I expect that will change...

Tuesday, November 30, 2004 @ 03:08 p.m. - Comment

Harry Potter and...

The Key of Dagon.

I *just* got that, while trying to think up a good snarky lead. Oooof. Nice one, Don. Now, just work on the copyediting a bit.... :-)

Monday, November 29, 2004 @ 07:12 p.m. - Comment

Should I become

an astronaut, a firefighter, or a sysadmin?

Sunday, November 28, 2004 @ 04:44 p.m. - Comment

This one's for Dan

Porn 'addiction'?

Saturday, November 27, 2004 @ 04:39 p.m. - Comment

Lots of cool Star Trek stuff...

including the "Lost Gay Episode".

Apply Ashworth's Law.

Thursday, November 25, 2004 @ 06:08 p.m. - Comment

What an appropriate time to find this...

At 16:35 on Thanksgiving Eve, November 24, 1971 in the United States, a man travelling under the name Dan Cooper hijacked a Northwest Orient Airlines Boeing 727-051, flight 305, flying from Portland International Airport (PDX) in Portland, Oregon, with the threat of a bomb (he had a briefcase containing wires and "red sticks"). He was dressed entirely in black and wearing sunglasses.

When the plane landed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport near Seattle, Washington at 17:45, its intended destination, he released the passengers in exchange for $200,000 and four parachutes. At 19:45 he then had the air crew take the plane back into the air, ordering them to fly towards Mexico at low speed and altitude with the landing gear down and 15 degrees of flap. At some point during the journey he jumped out of the rear stairway of the airplane with the money and parachutes.

He was never found.

Thursday, November 25, 2004 @ 04:42 p.m. - Comment

Cool

A complete list of the Studio Lots and Backlots.

Thursday, November 25, 2004 @ 03:36 p.m. - Comment

Somehow, we always knew

that doctors are often poking around in the dark trying to figure out what is really the matter with us -- ghod knows that if I wasn't already sensitive to that because I'm a computer diagnostician, this year has driven the point home.

But I must admit to surprise that the medical establishment hasn't gone non-linear at the growing success of the last TV show in our personal premiere pantheon (a lot of alliteration from boorish bloggers placed in powerful posts, I guess, huh?): House.

The show's title character is played by Hugh Laurie, but those of us with long histories of medical dramedy will recognize the archetype: Hawkeye Pierce is in there, as is Quincy (M.E.), both leads from the late, lamented MD's, and even a touch of the doctors from Scrubs.

He's a diagnostician, who tries to avoid actual patient contact whenever possible, jumps to conclusions (sometimes placing himself in severe danger of breaking an ankle), and (so far) always finally figures it out, in the last act (:-), with the help of his Mod Squad of (you guessed it), a lady doctor (whom he hits on constantly), a black doctor (whom they imported from ER), and the token straight white guy.

And his boss is Sam Seaborn's Accidental Prostitute from The West Wing, season 1. Lisa is doing a pretty decent job in that role, as well.

Not bad at all. Give it a look.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004 @ 01:49 p.m. - Comment

Copyright Bill Passes...

stupid shit removed.

<phew>

Wednesday, November 24, 2004 @ 01:41 p.m. - Comment

Wanna go to the big Target after-Thanksgiving sale?

Need a wake-up call?

Tuesday, November 23, 2004 @ 07:12 p.m. - Comment

Well, now...

that was much more fun than the other time, the drive notwithstanding. Do hope to do that more often...

Monday, November 22, 2004 @ 03:05 p.m. - Comment

Big Brother

really *is* watching you.

Is the safety blanket of On*Star worth the cost?

Saturday, November 20, 2004 @ 03:17 p.m. - Comment

Why DVD-R got so cheap

so fast.

Look out for Blu-Ray.

And they're working on ultraviolet lasers: 500GB per 12cm recordable disc. Or, y'know, 20GB on a disc the size of those things in the old Star Trek tricorders. :-)

Friday, November 19, 2004 @ 02:03 p.m. - Comment

Ok, now this

is the new Coolest-Use-Of-Flash I've ever seen, outweighing the A-604 animated transmission I linked back in May sometime.

Monster... PC?

Friday, November 19, 2004 @ 01:36 p.m. - Comment

John McCain is the shit

Even if he *is* a Republican. :-)

He's blocked the Copyright Bullshit and Hollywood Enrichment Act of 2004, bless his pointy little ears.

Dean/McCain in '08!

Friday, November 19, 2004 @ 12:39 p.m. - Comment

Bye, bye

Miss American Pie.

Thursday, November 18, 2004 @ 10:52 p.m. - Comment

The Trekkies...

The Trekkies.

AskSlashdot talks with Trekkies indy film director Roger Nygard.

Thursday, November 18, 2004 @ 06:22 p.m. - Comment

The top 100 reasons I don't like

Resident Bush.

With references. Some of them even from Fox News.

Thursday, November 18, 2004 @ 05:21 p.m. - Comment

We went and stood in line for hours to vote

and all we got was this lousy president.

Sorry, everybody.

Am I the only one who thinks that the rhetoric is looking less and less rhetorical all the time? My friend with all the guns is looking saner and saner by the minute -- and he's a Republican.

Thursday, November 18, 2004 @ 10:36 a.m. - Comment

Attention Dave

Read this.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004 @ 01:10 p.m. - Comment

Well, well, well

This Tarpon guy (whose blog has actually moved) apparently has *me* on his blogroll... and is a kayaker.

Yes, Alan, this post is for you.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004 @ 12:30 p.m. - Comment

How To Write Sex Stories

Good.

Michael K. Smith is one of my favorite online smut writers. He's semi-retired from it, or was the last time I looked, but he's just absolutely exceptional at it.

Apply Ashworth's law...

Tuesday, November 16, 2004 @ 08:27 p.m. - Comment

Oh. My.

Ghod.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004 @ 06:04 p.m. - Comment

For later

Buffy smut -- Dawn ends up with a boy! her own age! :-)

[ Rated X, the unknown: absolutely no one admitted ]

UPDATE: Having actually *read* some of this now (Warmups, First Base... Home Run, Extra Innings, and the even more delightfully titled 'Rain Delay' :-), I can testify that Don Sample is a *damned* good writer. It's hard enough to write good fanfic, *or* good smut. Combining them, and impressing a devotee of both genres, now, that's impressive.

He does need a good copyeditor, though...

Tuesday, November 16, 2004 @ 01:06 p.m. - Comment

Both sides of the coin

on Wikipedia, from Slashdot. The Alex Hamilton article is here.

And, oddly, the birthdate confusion about which he bitches so strongly... has been fixed. :-)

Tuesday, November 16, 2004 @ 11:31 a.m. - Comment

Nice catch...

Pam.

Why the Daily Show looks so much like a network news show that there are actually people out there stupid enough to believe that it is:

“Bob Wiltfong, everybody!” the anchor, Jon Stewart, yells into a camera. “We'll be right back!” During the break Stewart introduces the Omaha native to the crowd that has come to this cramped former MTV facility where “The Daily Show” is taped four nights a week. Wiltfong steps out from behind the risers and waves. The audience gives him another hand.

Yes, Bob Wiltfong has arrived ... at “The Daily Show,” the forefront of fake TV news.

There's a reason 1 million people every night choose Comedy Central's “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” over their late, local, non-fake newscast. It's funny as hell.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004 @ 10:30 a.m. - Comment

Voting Machines: Do The Right Job

That's the textbook definition of 'effectiveness', as opposed to 'efficiency', for which the definition is 'do the job right'.

In the case of electronically-assisted voting, in my opinion, the wrong part of the job is being computerized in the wrong place, and this is a large part of the problem.

All of the touchscreen voting machines of which I am presently aware utilize the terminal as a vote-counting apparatus, which places that machine and all it's hardware and software in the critical path for systems security validation.

Since that's almost impossible to *do* on tens of thousands of voting terminals across the country, we is in the mess we is in.

The fundamental two changes I feel necessary to make in voting machine certification specifications are these:

Astute readers will recognize the latter as the Mercuri Criterion, and she's perfectly correct in stating it, but I don't feel she goes far enough.

My design for a device to satisfy the Mercuri Criterion, and a complete systems requirements analysis of voting to follow in another day or two.

Monday, November 15, 2004 @ 12:15 a.m. - Comment

So here's another reason

I'm not interested in voting machines running on Windows:

Microsoft ships media player with sound files edited using cracked copy of Sound Forge.

And, for those playing along on the home game saying "Why is that a problem, Alex?": if they can't even manage to keep track of little stuff like this, why should we assume that if you press Ctrl-Alt-Shift-F9 on the voting machine while tapping on the screen, you won't get a scroll of all the developers names and pictures of their dogs, followed by "And I've just switched all the Kerry votes to Bush. :-)"

Sunday, November 14, 2004 @ 11:21 p.m. - Comment

I Love

"I Love 'I Love The '80s'".

The thing that scares me about this story is that I pray that VH1's programming department never reads it... cause it will happen.

Headlining the upcoming schedule is a brand new show, “I Love ‘I Love the 80s.’” The ten hours of programming will take a sarcastic and nostalgic look back at the show that took a sarcastic and nostalgic look back at the 1980s. Some segments include a group of comedians poking fun at the way VH1 poked fun at Luke and Laura’s wedding on General Hospital, as well as a montage of outdated graphics from “I Love the 80s” accompanied by commentary by B-level celebrities about how far our TV graphics have come since 2002, when the original show first aired.

“People like to look back at television from a year or two ago, sometimes even a week or two ago, and say ‘hey, I remember that,’” explained Joy Cricco, a VH1 development executive. “The original ‘I Love the 80s’ was a big ratings winner, and by revisiting it, we allow our viewers the chance to take a fun glance back at what Michael Ian Black’s hair looked like way back in the early 2000s. And that kind of excitement is hard to beat.”

I do, actually, think that "Behind 'Behind the Music'" is a pretty neat idea, ghod help me.

Sunday, November 14, 2004 @ 02:02 p.m. - Comment

Ok, now...

this site looks like a winner:

Bush to pledge at Electoral College.

Sunday, November 14, 2004 @ 01:52 p.m. - Comment

Over the last month or two

I've been looking again at the voting/mchines issue.

Clearly, everyone who's actively in it at the moment is in it for the money; they either don't care whether the machines are accurate and fulfill the requirements of Murrican democracy, or they actively want to make them crackable at the systems level.

I wouldn't like to think that the people charged with this job aren't smarter and more honest than me... but that seems to be the way to bet.

So I'm going to do it.

In the next week or so, I'm going to outline the requirements as I perceive them for creating a rational, save, un-jiggerable system for counting votes for a US presidential election -- both as we do that now (with a traditional vote count) -- and with a saner counting system (like the Cloneproof Sequential Schwarz I mentioned below).

It will be designed so as to make it impossible to manipulate -- at a systems level. You can't always make every component invulnerable to attack, but you can structure your auditing so as to make it impossible to break enough things to affect an election without getting caught.

Such a design is my goal; I don't forsee it being stunningly difficult. I invite comments; if you see a hole I've left, don't assume I left it there on purpose: speak up.

Posting 1 tomorrow: what *are* the requirements on a voting system such as this, and whence do they come?

Saturday, November 13, 2004 @ 08:10 p.m. - Comment

Oh, I love it

Heartless Bitches International.

Saturday, November 13, 2004 @ 07:02 p.m. - Comment

You've seen all those

funny webpages claiming to be "the end of the Internet: turn around and go back"?

Well, here, according to Wikipedia, is the beginning of the internet: the first web page ever created, on this day in 1990.

And yes, this page is compatible with your browser. ;-)

Saturday, November 13, 2004 @ 04:33 p.m. - Comment

Licensing music for TV DVD releases

is apparently a major biyotch...

Friday, November 12, 2004 @ 11:50 p.m. - Comment

OVC has a wiki

It's here

Friday, November 12, 2004 @ 09:52 p.m. - Comment

The Return of the Barbie Laptop

AT&T/Cingular's answer to text messaging: Ogo.

Does everything your cellphone does... except be a phone.

AIM/YIM/MSNM, SMS, and email, with a full keyboard and a color screen. I predict this thing will *fly*.

Friday, November 12, 2004 @ 06:34 p.m. - Comment

Here's some background on

Wikipedia, for those who might have been wondering.

Friday, November 12, 2004 @ 04:10 p.m. - Comment

It had to happen, sooner or later.

I'm sorry, but my Segway has just run over your Roomba.

[ Spotted at Slashdot. ]

Friday, November 12, 2004 @ 02:04 p.m. - Comment

Oh, for the love of Jeezus...

ABC Affils dropped 'Saving Private Ryan' due to indecency concerns.

Hell yes, it was indecent.

That was precisely the point.

Ask anyone involved in making the film.

"It is well that war is so terrible, else we should grow too fond of it." - General Robert E. Lee.

Friday, November 12, 2004 @ 01:07 p.m. - Comment

Windows 98

Remember Windows 98?

Still works fine on a *lot* of machines for me. :-)

But in these rapidly progressing days where 40GB is about the *smallest* HDD you can regularly find, its (utter lack of proper) large disk support can be a hassle.

Here's a page explaining how to handle it.

Friday, November 12, 2004 @ 11:26 a.m. - Comment

Yes, as a matter of fact, we are

It’s a safe bet that smiles are showing up on Netscape devotees’ faces as Internet Browser War II broke out this week.

Firefox 1.0 is out

Friday, November 12, 2004 @ 10:46 a.m. - Comment

Lotsa lotsa cool details

behind the scenes of LAX.

The TV Show.

Not the airport.

Thursday, November 11, 2004 @ 09:42 p.m. - Comment

Oh. Now I know why things are so weird

... in Joey's world:

"Oh, her Unix kernel couldn't read command-line prompts anymore because her front-side-bus stopped communicating with the memory cache."

Hmm... well yeah, I suppose that would do it.

It'd stop doing a lot more than just reading command line prompts... but it's good to know that Joey's super runs Linux.

I *assume* she doesn't use SCO...?

Thursday, November 11, 2004 @ 08:30 p.m. - Comment

He likes me!

He really likes me!!

Thursday, November 11, 2004 @ 07:06 p.m. - Comment

Veterans' Day

Another one has come, and we find that we have more people in the field becoming veterans... for the second year in a row.

There are, of course, those who aren't pleased by this, and I can understand them entirely. I'm one of them, which probably helps.

Thank ghod there still *are* people who are willing to go in harm's way to protect all that the American flag stands for, and maybe we'll stop being faithless to them, before they stop being faithful to us.

<hand salute>

<two>

Thursday, November 11, 2004 @ 05:43 p.m. - Comment

Ok, so here's a cool piece

about music through *very* small speakers.

Thursday, November 11, 2004 @ 11:21 a.m. - Comment

Palestinian Prime Minister Yassir Arafat

is still dead.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004 @ 11:48 p.m. - Comment

Break's over, I guess

Took C.J. most of the episode -- and 135% more pedeconferencing than usual -- but she's got her feet underneath her, thank you very much, Dr. Johnson.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004 @ 10:27 p.m. - Comment

Generations ago...

on an Internet far, far away from the one we know today, there was a website.

Reportedly, the first website ever put for a major motion picture -- though I doubt seriously that any minor motion pictures get there first -- ten years ago this month.

It was, of course, Star Trek: Generations.

You remember? The one where Data says "Oh, shit!", proving that the old legend about aviation crashes will still hold true in the 24th (and-a-half) century?

It's a hoot.

Try to download a copy of, oh, say, Mosaic 3.0 or so to view this in, to get the whole effect.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004 @ 08:11 p.m. - Comment

Smart Smut

"We'd show you our products in this [banner] ad..."

"But they're not work safe."

"Really not work safe."

Good ad. Nice stuff, too.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004 @ 04:53 p.m. - Comment

See? New Zealand really

*is* a good place to move: cops with a sense of humor.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004 @ 03:51 p.m. - Comment

Did the Republican Machine Steal the Presidency -- Again?

Check this article at Truthout:

"To believe that Bush won the election, you must also believe: That the exit polls were wrong; that Zogby's 5pm election day calls for Kerry winning Ohio and Florida were wrong (he was exactly right in his 2000 final poll); that Harris' last-minute polling for Kerry was wrong (he was exactly right in his 2000 final poll); that incumbent rule #1 - undecideds break for the challenger - was wrong; That the 50% rule - an incumbent doesn't do better than his final polling - was wrong; That the approval rating rule - an incumbent with less than 50% approval will most likely lose the election - was wrong; that it was just a coincidence that the exit polls were correct where there was a paper trail and incorrect (+5% for Bush) where there was no paper trail; that the surge in new young voters had no positive effect for Kerry; that Kerry did worse than Gore against an opponent who lost the support of scores of Republican newspapers who were for Bush in 2000; that voting machines made by Republicans with no paper trail and with no software publication, which have been proven by thousands of computer scientists to be vulnerable in scores of ways, were not tampered with in this election."

Wednesday, November 10, 2004 @ 12:16 a.m. - Comment

No problems in Florida, huh?

Check out the graphs on this page.

Tuesday, November 9, 2004 @ 10:04 p.m. - Comment

Much, much more

on possible voting fraud at Wikipedia.

Tuesday, November 9, 2004 @ 02:49 p.m. - Comment

Maybe the September that never ended

is coming to a close.

Slate, on why the new AOL commercials suck so hard.

Monday, November 8, 2004 @ 09:51 p.m. - Comment

I just love a train wreck

You can't really blame the man, but I thought this was apropos:


( Sorry if this gets me Slashdotted, Andrew )

The story is here, as usual, YMMV as to whether you'll get the same ad I did, but I swear on my ... no, I won't go here just yet. :-{

Indeed, I reloaded it about a dozen times just now; they may have caught it already. The Washington Times and UPI are both, it should be noted, controlled by the Unification Church.

The ad link, for completeness, pointed to the store site for NewsMax, a notable right-wing news site and magazine, and their page of items celebrating George Bush.

Late UPDATE: They've apparently now pulled the ad completely. Great idea, guys.

Monday, November 8, 2004 @ 03:28 p.m. - Comment

I've just realized something

about the whole voting machine fracas.

One suggested design prints the voters votes on a cardboard card that is shown to them in a plexiglas box and then dropped down one of two chutes into a ballot box or a spoiled box.

Counting the number of votes in that *spoiled* box is just as important...

Monday, November 8, 2004 @ 03:11 p.m. - Comment

12 Ways

the Republican party machinery has (tentatively successfully) stolen the Ohio presidential election -- and therefore the US presidency -- again.

Monday, November 8, 2004 @ 03:06 p.m. - Comment

An electronic voting machine in Ohio

recorded 260 votes for Kerry, 4,258 votes foe Bush...

and a voter count total of 638 people

Where, again, is the outrage?

Coverage: C|Net, Dissident Voice,

Monday, November 8, 2004 @ 02:54 p.m. - Comment

A better way to count votes

Once we fix the DRE voting machines with no voter-verifiable-receipt problem, we need a better way to *count* the votes.

One such voting method (courtesy Wikipedia) is Cloneproof Schwartz Sequential Dropping, which, while it sounds like something out of Terminator 2008, is actually a pretty decent looking method of letting Nader's supporters vote for him without electing Resident Bush.

Monday, November 8, 2004 @ 02:39 p.m. - Comment

Ok, the battle for the desktop

is now *officially* underway.

Yeah, Red Hat. Sure, TurboLinux. Mandrake... whatever.

Novell Linux Desktop 9 (based on SuSE) ships November 10th, for $50 a seat, including a tuned OpenOffice, Ximian Evolution, gaim and FireFox.

I *will* be putting this on people's desktops, folks. Won't even be a fight. Watch me take over the world.

Monday, November 8, 2004 @ 01:29 p.m. - Comment

Comedian, Wait-Wait panelist

and 'radio-guy' Adam Felber says just everything I wanted to say about the election, much more lyrically than I have the energy to.

There are some who would say that I sound bitter, that now is the time for healing, to bring the nation together. Let me tell you a little story. Last night, I watched the returns come in with some friends here in Los Angeles. As the night progressed, people began to talk half-seriously about secession, a red state / blue state split. The reasoning was this: We in blue states produce the vast majority of the wealth in this country and pay the most taxes, and you in the red states receive the majority of the money from those taxes while complaining about 'em. We in the blue states are the only ones who've been attacked by foreign terrorists, yet you in the red states are gung ho to fight a war in our name. We in the blue states produce the entertainment that you consume so greedily each day, while you in the red states show open disdain for us and our values. Blue state civilians are the actual victims and targets of the war on terror, while red state civilians are the ones standing behind us and yelling "Oh, yeah!? Bring it on!"

More than 40% of you Bush voters still believe that Saddam Hussein had something to do with 9/11. I'm impressed by that, truly I am. Your sons and daughters who might die in this war know it's not true, the people in the urban centers where al Qaeda wants to attack know it's not true, but those of you who are at practically no risk believe this easy lie because you can. As part of my concession speech, let me say that I really envy that luxury. I concede that.

Monday, November 8, 2004 @ 12:54 p.m. - Comment

I get lots of search traffic

though less than I used to for Miriam Gonzales, a Playboy PMOM and anniversary search girl who used to work at the Hooters in Brandon.

She's apparently left us, in favor of making a living off something besides her looks, but there does appear, finally, to be a place to find what pictures there are of her.

I'm pleased to see she's back to the more natural un-made-up look she sported when I was still describing her as The Most Beautiful Woman In The World.

Sunday, November 7, 2004 @ 07:22 p.m. - Comment

Stupid Courtroom

tricks.

Sunday, November 7, 2004 @ 06:19 p.m. - Comment

I don't normally forward email jokes

which is because most of them, well... aren't all that funny.

Occasionally, I do find one that makes the grade, whereupon I typically post it here.


Raising Boys - 24 key points to ponder

a) For those with no children - this is totally hysterical!
b) For those who already have children past this age, this is hilarious.
c) For those who have children this age, this is not funny.
d) For those who have children nearing this age, this is a warning.
e) For those who have not yet had children, this is birth control.

The following came from an anonymous Mother in Austin, Texas...

Things I've learned from my boys (honest and not kidding):

1.) A king size waterbed holds enough water to fill a 2000 sq.ft.house 4 inches deep.

2.) If you spray hair spray on dust bunnies and run over them with Rollerblades, they can ignite.

3.) A 3-year old boy's voice is louder than 200 adults in a crowded restaurant.

4.) If you hook a dog leash over a ceiling fan, the motor is not strong enough to rotate a 42 pound Boy wearing Batman underwear and a Superman cape. It is strong enough, however, if tied to a paint can, to spread paint on all four walls of a 20x20 ft. room.

5.) You should not throw baseballs up when the ceiling fan is on. When using a ceiling fan as a bat, you have to throw the ball up a few times before you get a hit a ceiling fan can hit a baseball a long way.

6.) The glass in windows (even double-pane) doesn't stop a baseball hit by a ceiling fan.

7.) When you hear the toilet flush and the words "uh oh", it's already too late.

8.) Brake fluid mixed with Clorox makes smoke, and lots of it.

9.) A six-year old boy can start a fire with a flint rock even though a 36-year old man says they can only do it in the movies.

10.) Certain Legos will pass through the digestive tract of a 4-year old Boy.

11.) Play dough and microwave should not be used in the same sentence.

12.) Super glue really is forever.

13.) No matter how much Jell-O you put in a swimming pool you still can't walk on water.

14.) Pool filters do not like Jell-O.

15.) VCR's do not eject "PB&J" sandwiches even though TV commercials show that they do.

16.) Garbage bags do not make good parachutes.

17.) Marbles in gas tanks make lots of noise when driving.

18.) You probably DO NOT want to know what that odor is.

19.) Always look in the oven before you turn it on; plastic toys do not like ovens.

20.) The fire department in Austin, TX has a 5-minute response time.

21.) The spin cycle on the washing machine does not make earthworms dizzy.

22.) It will, however, make cats dizzy.

23.) Cats throw up twice their body weight when dizzy.

24.) 80% of men who read this will try mixing Clorox and brake fluid.

Sunday, November 7, 2004 @ 05:22 p.m. - Comment

This is one of those websites

you'll only find amusing if you're truly geeky:

The XTree Fan Page.

Sunday, November 7, 2004 @ 01:22 p.m. - Comment

The world, on the other hand...

Mostly Not Red:


( courtesy of Paul Swider, Pinellas For Dean )

Saturday, November 6, 2004 @ 03:54 a.m. - Comment

PLEASE

tell me that this has a VGA in jack.

Saturday, November 6, 2004 @ 03:32 a.m. - Comment

Red? Blue?

Bullshit. The country is purple.


( spotted at BoingBoing, which I really oughtta read more often )

Saturday, November 6, 2004 @ 03:24 a.m. - Comment

Vote or ... Die?

Guess so.

Saturday, November 6, 2004 @ 12:23 a.m. - Comment

If you want to leave

Don't let the door hit you on the ass on the way out.

Saturday, November 6, 2004 @ 12:14 a.m. - Comment

I could use this course...

cause while I'm pretty lyrical, phone sex stretches me.

Friday, November 5, 2004 @ 10:17 p.m. - Comment

Is Microsoft Licensing forcing

banks to break the law?

Probably. It's forcing *healthcare* organizations to.

Friday, November 5, 2004 @ 10:10 p.m. - Comment

Now, here

is an absolutely stunninly beautiful woman (quite aside from the naked-except-for-paint part; NSFW).

Friday, November 5, 2004 @ 08:32 p.m. - Comment

RISKS

of electronic voting as it's currently implemented.

Friday, November 5, 2004 @ 08:19 p.m. - Comment

You work 16 hours and

what do you get?

The wrong guy winning.

A report of a day as a poll worker, and lots, lots, lots, lots, more.

It was pretty scary down there on the ground, folks. If you're sanguine that your vote got counted... be afraid.

Be very afraid.

Friday, November 5, 2004 @ 06:15 p.m. - Comment

Here's a blog linking

to a bunch of analysis on the recent election.

Friday, November 5, 2004 @ 06:11 p.m. - Comment

Wikipedia: Best of

Bad Jokes and Other Deleted Nonsense.

Wondering if you have anything in common with me?

If you like at least a majority of the jokes under this link, you probably do.

Friday, November 5, 2004 @ 05:07 p.m. - Comment

Here's another

PCL code chart/page.

Friday, November 5, 2004 @ 12:33 p.m. - Comment

Well, in my sis's case it's MythTV

but I found the current TiVo top 100 season pass list intriguing.

We're watching numbers 6,7,8,18,25,36,40,42,43 and 97. And I'm pleased to see how many of the shows I like are *in* the top 100; shame they don't show the *counts*, and say how many total series titles are Season Passed.

Now you understand why we're pressed for space on a 300GB partition...

Thursday, November 4, 2004 @ 07:43 p.m. - Comment

Ghod, I love stats geeks

The US Election Atlas

Thursday, November 4, 2004 @ 07:03 p.m. - Comment

I was hunting for something

at THe Angry Economist earlier for a friend, and was reminded that people who aren't happy with the overall state of 'Murrican politics have an alternative.

And, incidentally, I love Russ's stuff. He can make *anything* an econ problem.

Thursday, November 4, 2004 @ 06:57 p.m. - Comment

Post-Election(-which-isn't-over-yet)

Meta-comment.

Thursday, November 4, 2004 @ 05:38 p.m. - Comment

It didn't have to

be this way...

Thursday, November 4, 2004 @ 02:19 p.m. - Comment

One more thing unlikely to change

if Bush ends up resident again:

Papers, please.

Thursday, November 4, 2004 @ 12:59 p.m. - Comment

More on Ohio

Did you know the Secretary of State (you know, the one who bought all those "deliver the state of Ohio" Diebold voting machines?) was the chair of the Bush Re-election campaign?

I'm stickin' with "where's the outrage??"

Thursday, November 4, 2004 @ 11:18 a.m. - Comment

TWW. OMG.

They're apparently writing John Spencer out of The West Wing.

His replacement: C.J.

Eli Attie wrote tonight's ep, and it was easily back up to Aaron's old standard.

Who's going to do the pwess bweifings, though, remains unknown.

And where the hell's Alan Alda??

Wednesday, November 3, 2004 @ 10:00 p.m. - Comment

Fight

back!

Wednesday, November 3, 2004 @ 08:41 p.m. - Comment

Thank Ghod

and AskMe: No, concession speeches are not binding.

Wednesday, November 3, 2004 @ 06:24 p.m. - Comment

i'M cONFUSED

Have we *stopped counting* absentee and provisional ballots in Ohio, Florida, and other states, merely because Kerry conceded?

Cause, y'know, those election supervisors and Secretaries of State don't *work* for Kerry. They work for me.

And why isn't this question being *answered* anywhere?

Where, to coin a phrase, is the outrage?

Wednesday, November 3, 2004 @ 04:49 p.m. - Comment

Prison Tattoos in Canada?

Aw, just go read Beds.

You need a laugh today.

Wednesday, November 3, 2004 @ 01:36 p.m. - Comment

Interesting, isn't it...

how the results in Ohio differed so much from the exit polling, in a way that wasn't seen elsewhere?

I guess the chairman of Diebold really did "deliver all those electoral votes to Resident Bush" after all.

Wednesday, November 3, 2004 @ 01:11 p.m. - Comment

Well, so far

it's looking like I was wildly wrong in my predictions.

Which, y'know, really makes me worried.

But there are *lots* of rounds to go through yet...

Don't believe anything you hear before December 13th, folks.

Wednesday, November 3, 2004 @ 12:57 a.m. - Comment

The OQO Model 01

is shipping.

Wednesday, November 3, 2004 @ 12:09 a.m. - Comment

Florida Results

by county. Broward County: 2:1 Kerry.

Tuesday, November 2, 2004 @ 11:20 p.m. - Comment

Well, Amber

CNN just gave Pennsy to Kerry.

Tuesday, November 2, 2004 @ 11:02 p.m. - Comment

Indecision 2004: Prelude to a Recount

Comedy Central. Live. Now.

And while their daily coverage leans so far to the left you want to get them lifts for that shoe, I'm pleased to see that their election night coverage is skewering liberal weiners and right-wing nut-jobs equally.

Tuesday, November 2, 2004 @ 10:01 p.m. - Comment

Aw, cool..

A mobile high-speed internet truck, built out of an old TV truck..

Tuesday, November 2, 2004 @ 09:42 p.m. - Comment

I never could quite get the hang of

Tuesdays.

The HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy is *finally* about to become a Major Motion Picture on this, the 25th anniversary of it's inital release as a radioplay.

RIP, DNA.

Tuesday, November 2, 2004 @ 09:34 p.m. - Comment

City maps by county

for the entire US, from, topically enough, a voting canvass organisation. Spenser fans take heart.

Tuesday, November 2, 2004 @ 08:44 p.m. - Comment

Comedy Central

Finally put up the links to their blog.

The best made up election news in the world, people. Don't miss it if you can.

Tuesday, November 2, 2004 @ 06:33 p.m. - Comment

Current Electronic Voting Machines

Be afraid.

Be very afraid.

This isn't rocket science, folks. I could design it in about half an hour. *Really*.

Tuesday, November 2, 2004 @ 06:14 p.m. - Comment

Wikipedia Realtime Coverage

of the election.

Tuesday, November 2, 2004 @ 05:59 p.m. - Comment

Election: Daily Kos

Here's some coverage from (Democratic) pundits at The Daily Kos; see also The Drudge Report.

Tuesday, November 2, 2004 @ 04:35 p.m. - Comment

I won't even try to pick a posting...

Everything at Metafilter will likely be good today...

Tuesday, November 2, 2004 @ 12:32 p.m. - Comment

We were almost in

double jeopardy, illegal as that is under the Constitution.

Luckily, King World has announced on the Jeopardy website (approximately :-) that they are not stupid enough to air the episode in which Ken Jennings breaks the all time record for cash won on a syndicated game show the night when it will be pre-empted for election coverage everywhere in the country.

They're re-running a clip-show that was their 4000th ep, instead. That, actually, still sounds pretty cool. Someone cap that and mail it to us, 'k?

Tuesday, November 2, 2004 @ 11:27 a.m. - Comment

I have committed an act of

... democracy.

You should too.

Regime change begins at home, I guess...

electoral-vote.com will be slammed all day; legitimate users, and dumbass attacks both, but it's still showing *strongly* Kerry, not counting the Zogby SMS-only poll from yesterday that broke 55/40 Kerry.

I'm sticking with "please, Ghod, let me have a landslide".

Tuesday, November 2, 2004 @ 10:39 a.m. - Comment

Wow...

I'm a source.

In this Usenet posting, some guy quotes a story I wrote last year for RISKS Digest about, as I put it lyrically, "The Great Electrolytic Capacitor Scare of 2003".

That shit almost caught on...

Monday, November 1, 2004 @ 09:58 p.m. - Comment

The Votemaster

at electoral-vote.com is CS professor (and MINIX creator) Andrew Tanenbaum. Wow. :-)

Monday, November 1, 2004 @ 04:50 p.m. - Comment

Instructions on how to Vote

Courtesy of Amber:

We developed this new generation of electronic voting booth because, frankly, we were frustrated with the way our old vacuum cleaner worked. The bag quickly clogged with dust, destroying the suction. More than 5,000 prototypes later, we perfected this space-age voting kiosk.

By following these instructions, you'll make your few moments inside this advanced voting booth rewarding and easy - and hopefully keep your state out of the newspapers. Here we go:

Step 1: Touch any metal surface to minimize the risk of static shock, then press the "Touch Here" screen to begin. Disengage the restraining bolt and insert the bar-coded Voter ID ticket you were given at the registration table. A list of candidates will appear along the right side of the screen, each name with either a parallelogram or a tilted diamond beside it. (Once you vote, each candidate you select will have a trapezoid beside his or her name, and those you don't choose will appear with a rhombus.)

Anyone who has ever tried to get technical support to walk them through a problem with Windows will likely shudder after reading this column, from a Phillynews writer who clearly wants to be Dave Barry when he grows up.

Sunday, October 31, 2004 @ 09:33 p.m. - Comment

Anyone wanna buy me a

Christmas present? :-)

Sunday, October 31, 2004 @ 11:36 a.m. - Comment

Larger Than Life

That's what they named themselves, lo, those 12 years ago.

They were the live cast assembled to play the Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Tampa Gay and Lesbian Film Festival that year. They did that a couple of times, took a year off, and were then reconstituted at the behest of the Tampa Theatre's management. Liz Locklear was the House Manager then, and her son Torch had Rocky directing experience, and was hornswoggled into directing for the first 5 years, for 3 of which I was the Production Stage Manager (all props to Gary, the union venue Stage Manager). (The fourth year did not go well on many fronts, and I bailed in mid-rehearsal, for which my public apologies, herewith.)

The name came about because that cast had an even higher percentage of Moo-genta's and Cow-lumbia's than some casts did. :-)

Over the years, the gross weight (heh, I really just said that, didn't I? :-) of the cast has descended markedly, so the name doesn't really fit them literally anymore... but it sure as hell is accurate figuratively.

As far as we were ever able to determine, Tampa Theatre is the largest regularly scheduled Rocky Horror presentation in the US, even now that they've split it into two shows, Friday and Saturday nights. They're pulling over 1600 people every year, and the cast is a large part of the reason why.

I've been involved with RHPS since 1992 (Hillsboro-2, for those paying attention), and believe me when I tell you that these people have their schidt together.

If you're a virgin -- seeing the movie at home on DVD is just masturbating, people -- get thee to the theatre, go.

I am, to coin a phrase, not making this up.

Saturday, October 30, 2004 @ 01:42 a.m. - Comment

Bring Us Your Virgins

Herewith, A Guide To Surviving The Rocky Horror Picture Show Experience, written by one of this year's cast.

"We here at the Rocky Horror Picture Show are equal opportunity offenders; therefore, if you are offended by anything, you came to the wrong fucking theater. IF you are offended by foul and abusive language, then you probably wouldn't have made it this far. If you are offended by lewd and lascivious behavior, the entire cast will be in their underwear within the next ninety minutes. If racial or religious slurs offend you, they are not directed at you, but at your parents who are not here to defend themselves. If you are offended by anything at all, it is most likely going to come up, and this is the environment where it shouldn't be taken seriously. So just laugh, have a good time, and welcome to The Rocky Horror Picture Show!

IF you succeeded in comfortably making it through the disclaimer, then this paper is not for you. This is a guide to surviving and enjoying a live performance of the cult classic, Rocky Horror Picture Show. If you are a virgin--someone who is seeing the show live for the first time--then some basic knowledge is needed. Above all, you must enter with an open mind, an open heart, and the preparation to expect the unexpected. By understanding the basic principals of costuming, props, pre-show, and audience participation, you will have all of the tools necessary to survive your first Rocky Horror Picture Show experience.

If you are a virgin and have decided to come to the show, you are most likely being dragged along by friends who have gone before. Keep in mind that these friends tend not to educate their new victims in the ways of the show. The beauty of Rocky is that it is a come-as-you-are environment. It allows all the freaks and weirdos to leave their desk jobs behind and be whatever they want to be. Many people come dressed as their favorite character. If you have not seen the movie, and I highly recommend that you do prior to comming, then this is not an option. However, you are welcome to arrive in anything from a t-shirt and jeans to tassles and a thong. Many guys cross dress; it is, after all, a signature part of the movie. Many girls come in their sluttiest attire. Come anyway you like and you will be welcome. We are all accepted here.

Also, as Rocky is an audience participation show, props are used to get the audience more involved. These props are not required, but the do make for a more enjoyable experience. Props include rice to be thrown at the wedding scene, a newspaper to be held over one's head during the rain, a lighter to be held up during the song, "There's a Light," a glove to be snapped during lab scene, party hats and favors to be used during the Transylvanian celebration, toilet paper to be thrown around during dinner scene, and a piece of toast to be tossed when Franken Furter says, "A toast..." You can bring your own props, or you can buy them conveniently prepared in a prop bag at the theater.

Aside from attire and props, a sense of humor is essential to fully enjoy the experience. This will especially come in handy during the "Pre-show." Of course, there are some very specific rules known by fans of the show.

After the rules, Pre-show gets interesting. If you are a virgin, your friends likely did not mention that you were going to be specially honored at this time. The virgins will be asked to assemble at the front of the stage, where the cast will take time to appreciate them for coming out by making them do something incredibly embarassing. This is sort of an initiation into the cult that is Rocky Horror. Rest assured that we all had to do it at one time or another. Often, you will be paired with a member of the opposite sex and asked to swap clothes as quickly as possible. Sometimes you will be asked to drop your pants and run about the theater yelling, "I love cheese." The humiliating tasks tend to vary, but generally require some sort of clothing removal. If you are smart, you will recall rule number eight and remove all undergarments prior to the show. This is not, however, a sure-fire way to avoid embarrassment. As you also recall, we are equal opportunity offenders, so we will likely find some other means of embarrassing you. Relax. This is all part of the experience. Once you have completed the devirginization process, you will enjoy the show for what it really is: a musical about bi-sexual, cannibalistic aliens.

Finally, as the show begins, you will experience the best part of the audience participation. As the movie is not the greatest in quality, the audience has, over the years, found ways to make it more entertaining by inserting their own lines and critiques. Over the years, these lines have become known by all fans, and are chanted at the screen as the movie progresses. Again, a sense of humor is necessary. These lines tend to be quite vulgar, but when inserted correctly, very funny. Lines range from terms yelled after the names of certain characters (Brad: Asshole! Janet: Slut!) to statements made in reply to, or in place of certain lines. As time and pop culture changes, the audience members make up new lines. For example, an audience member will yell,"What do you think of George W. Bush," directly before a character will say,"Well, I think we can do better than that!" These comical lines, along with the cast members wearing full costume, using props, and performing infront of a screen that is playing the movie, make for a very out-of-the-ordinary experience.

When entering the realm of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, you will find that there is much fun to be had. Rocky breaks the traditional fourth wall that is distinguished in most theatrical performances. This allows interaction between the audience and cast, which makes the show as unique as it is. When you let go of your fears and inhibitions, you will find that you can be as randome, loud, and deviant as you wish and have a great time doing it.

"At Rocky I am the same as I always am, " says the director of the local St. Pete cast, Interchangeable Parts, "only it is the society where I am able to turn up the volume on myself."

For many, Rocky makes for an interesting experience. For others, it is a way to relieve stress, or simply a place to be completely accepted for what you are. One way or another, if you prepare correctly and let yourself enjoy the activity that embraces all that society shuns, you to can survive the Rocky Horror Picture Show experience. So come, relax, embrace, embellish, and above all...

Make Some Fucking Noise!

[ Shannon had no idea I even would have known where to find this, let alone that I was going to post it. But hey, what the hell; I'm an equal-opportunity offender, too. And it wasn't half bad. ]

Saturday, October 30, 2004 @ 01:42 a.m. - Comment

More Election Fun

from electoral-vote.com:

Stupidity news revisited: Yesterday I pointed out that one of Kerry's Ohio electors, Rep. Sherrod Brown, is constitutionally ineligible to be an elector because he is a federal officeholder. He resigned yesterday as elector, undoubtedly due to my pointing this out to 650,000 people. Suppose he had stayed on and Kerry won the popular vote and Ohio and the electoral college 270 to 268. If the Republicans had gone to the Supreme Court and gotten Brown declared ineligible and also gotten a ruling saying that Ohio could not replace him with someone the voters had not selected, the score would be Kerry 269, Bush 268. Since Kerry would no longer have the required 270 electoral votes needed to win, the House, controlled by the Republicans, would then choose Bush. We could have had a situation in which Kerry won the popular vote, Kerry won the electoral vote, and Bush became president. I don't think that would have been good for the country.

Even more unlikely news: A reader pointed this out to be. Suppose the EC is tied 269 to 269 and the House deadlocks 25 states to 25 states. This is exceedingly unlikely, but just suppose. Then the Senate gets to choose the vice president. Also suppose the new Senate is divided 50-50, a very real possibility. Then the sitting vice president, Dick Cheney, gets to cast the deciding vote, electing himself as the new vice president. In the absence of a president, Cheney would be acting president for four years. This is not likely to happen because the Republicans are virtually certain of controlling at least 26 state delegations in the House. Still, scenarios like this one support the case for electoral college reform.

Note that he says "reform", not "replacement". The Electoral College has good and sufficient reasons to exist: it's just that the rules which govern it need be tightened up a bit to cover messes like these.

Friday, October 29, 2004 @ 10:36 a.m. - Comment

Zero Tolerance

is one of my favorite hobby horses; I've written about it here, and clearly I'm not alone.

Now comes more, from This is True. And I think he says it as well as me, if not better.

Thursday, October 28, 2004 @ 01:15 p.m. - Comment

Does your vote matter?

(Note that I did *not* say 'count' ;-)

'I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something I can do.' -- Edward Everett Hale

[ Thanks to Alan ]

Thursday, October 28, 2004 @ 12:11 p.m. - Comment

With no less than the presidency at stake

you'd think CBS would have reported on this 2 years ago, when there was still time to fix it.

But no, the general press doesn't bother to pick it up and hammer it until it's too late to fix anything.

Morons.

Thursday, October 28, 2004 @ 12:02 p.m. - Comment

With no less than the presidency at stake

you'd think CBS would have reported on this 2 years ago, when there was still time to fix it.

But no, the general press doesn't bother to pick it up and hammer it until it's too late to fix anything.

Morons.

Thursday, October 28, 2004 @ 12:02 p.m. - Comment

Thanks also to e-v.com

An Election Law blog. Not Beds, but still worth reading.

Thursday, October 28, 2004 @ 11:40 a.m. - Comment

Only 5 more days...

If you haven't voted by now, go do it Tuesday.

If they won't let you, read this:

Several lawyers have contacted me about the issue of what to do if you show up to vote and the election officials say you are not registered. Here is the procedure. First, be absolutely sure you are in the correct precinct. If you are in the wrong precinct, in most states, your vote won't be counted. If you are not 100% certain of your polling place, go to www.mypollingplace.com and check. Alternatively, call the toll-free number 1-866-OUR-VOTE or your county clerk. If you are sure you are in the correct polling place and the officials claim you are not registered, ask for a provisional ballot and fill it out correctly. You are entitled to one by law. Politely, but firmly, insist on being given a provisional ballot.

The quote from electoral-vote.com, linked from that button top left with the poll reults on it.

Or see my other story, below.

Thursday, October 28, 2004 @ 11:37 a.m. - Comment

I don't think it likely

but imagine the mess if the Electoral College tied.

President Bush and VP ... Edwards?

All ... righty then!

Thursday, October 28, 2004 @ 11:27 a.m. - Comment

Ok, now here is a newspaper

with a friggin' clue. The Boston Glob has the sense to post the front pages of the paper and the sports section as *PDF* files, so you can print them out yourself and hang them on the wall.

A delightful change from papers like the Journal, NYT, and even now the Miami Herald, who *gotta* get the signup just to let you read copy.

Go, Glob!

Didn't check the Harried, but I'll bet they're not that smart...

Anyone got an Epson 3000 I can borrow?

Thursday, October 28, 2004 @ 11:13 a.m. - Comment

Ooooh! Donuts!!

A BBC poll concerning whom Brits would prefer to see as US President says that Josiah Bartlet comes in second to...

Oh hell, just go read it.

Thursday, October 28, 2004 @ 11:06 a.m. - Comment

NASA Eclipse Wrapup

is here; as soon as I find some good movie footage, I'll link it.

Thursday, October 28, 2004 @ 12:50 a.m. - Comment

Sox Win! Sox Win!!!

After 86 years, the Boston Red Sox Baseball Club has finally won the World Series!!!!!

I guess it's because of the Full Lunar Eclipse. Even the moon is red.

Congrats to 'em.

Many more details from Wikipedia, whose writers and editors didn't scoop me by much. :-)

Wednesday, October 27, 2004 @ 11:31 p.m. - Comment

More Webcams

Here's a NASA page (duh) which links to Night Sky Live and an entire list of astrocams from Universe Today.

Wednesday, October 27, 2004 @ 09:59 p.m. - Comment

To dream ...

the Impossible Dream.

One. More. Game.

I hope Susan isn't presenting Spenser with any impossible decisions. :-)

Wednesday, October 27, 2004 @ 07:42 p.m. - Comment

Coolest. Software. Ever.

Keyhole is the nickname used in the intelligence community for the TRW-manufactured KH-10 photo- and KH-11 radar-surveillance satellites. So I wasn't especially surprised when I saw the Keyhole software package, and what it does. Google bought the company today, and I can see why.

If you can't, check out this 8MB WMV flyover video which ends up at the baseball park in which the Boston Red Sox will *not* be winning their first World Series in 86 years tonight. :-)

Wednesday, October 27, 2004 @ 06:34 p.m. - Comment

Hey, Pam?

This is what the Nigerian Scam is all about.

Wednesday, October 27, 2004 @ 06:19 p.m. - Comment

Total Eclipse Of The

moon.

Tonight, not the other night.

Apparently, I'm not the only one who was confused.

Webcam coverage courtesy of space.com. The network might cover it as well during tonight's World Series game; expect that around 10:45 to 11:15 EDT [UPDATE: corrected to the proper timezone], the middle of totality.

Wednesday, October 27, 2004 @ 06:13 p.m. - Comment

Told Alan I'd post this yesterday; forgot

Gifford's New Heinlein Opus List [150KB PDF]

Tuesday, October 26, 2004 @ 11:07 a.m. - Comment

Here's a cool bookmark

Wikipedia's Current Events page.

Monday, October 25, 2004 @ 08:35 p.m. - Comment

Here's a nice little story about

one man's journey to import a German-spec BMW (a 540i Touring) into the US and federalize it.

Monday, October 25, 2004 @ 07:57 p.m. - Comment

Ok, some people just have...

way too much friggin' time on their hands: LED porn. [ Courtesy of Flutterby; who else? ]

Monday, October 25, 2004 @ 05:36 p.m. - Comment

Celebrity endorsements by...

starship crew?

That one about Uranus is *really* bad.

I'm seriously considering starting an ad agency, and calling it "Crazy People Advertising".

Sunday, October 24, 2004 @ 05:14 p.m. - Comment

Bucs Win!!!

Ok, so I'm not Gene Deckerhoff, but what can you do.

19-7 over the Bears today. I guess now they're the best 2 and 5 team in the league, huh Jon?

Sunday, October 24, 2004 @ 04:35 p.m. - Comment

ECLIPSE TONIGHT

There will be a full lunar eclipse tonight while the Red Sox are once again beating the shit out of the Cardinals (sorry, Scott :-); details here in a story far too lyrical for a general-circ newspaper.

Unsurprisingly, the Carol Samuels Planetarium at the Science Center of Pinellas County will be open for viewing tonight. Shame they don't have a beam splitter to a webcam...

Sunday, October 24, 2004 @ 04:12 p.m. - Comment

And here's something completely different

Flight Attendant blogs, posts pictures of herself on a(n empty) plane, gets suspended without pay. Has great sense of humour about it, though.

[ Stolen shamelessly from Doc ]

Sunday, October 24, 2004 @ 03:18 p.m. - Comment

@ - Comment

In my prediction posting below

about this year's election, I forgot one item:

I predict a strikingly higher turnout this time than the 50.2% we got in 2000; at least 60%, and maybe higher; 75% would only surprise me a little bit.

This was capsulized for me by reading some email that Doc Searls posted that his sister sent him.

We can blame the last four years on Bush, but we can only blame the next four on ourselves.

This is recall, folks.

And let's remember how the last one of those turned out.

Sunday, October 24, 2004 @ 02:46 p.m. - Comment

Courtesy of electoral-vote.com

another screwed up ballot.

I'm completely serious when I say that I consider the people responsible for shit like this to be committing treason, and I want to see them punished as such.

Sunday, October 24, 2004 @ 02:41 p.m. - Comment

Perhaps there's hope after all

Microsoft possibly to lose WMV9 codec choice as new HD standard.

Saturday, October 23, 2004 @ 03:19 p.m. - Comment

A Republican Punk Band

that sets their genitals on fire.

No, I am not making this up -- and no, this is *not* a Dave Barry column.

Saturday, October 23, 2004 @ 01:48 p.m. - Comment

To Boldly Go

where people have only pretended to go before.

Bill Shatner is signed up to fly on Virgin Galactic's first passenger spaceship, the VSS Enterprise (the name of which proves that Branson's no fool).

Saturday, October 23, 2004 @ 01:01 p.m. - Comment

It's rare...

that in the same hour, both a TV show and a commercial will leave you with a grin on your face that it will take 5 undertakers 3 weeks to remove... especially for the same reason.

Premiering tonight (as far as I can tell) was a new eBay spot -- an institutional. I was a bit surprised there to begin with; even as long as they've been around, I didn't think they were old-school enough for that yet. It was a slow montage of warm-fuzzy images, with two graphic slates at the end:

We began with the belief that people are good.

You proved it.

eBay: the power of all of us.

Whilst musing on what their bad-deal rate actually *is*, and the metaphysical implications of the fact that it *is* as low as whatever it is, I went back to Joan of Arcadia.

Through more twists and turns than usual, the show turned out to be telling pretty much the same message. There *is* a percentage in being a good person, regardless of what your religious beliefs may be (or not be).

Friday, October 22, 2004 @ 07:19 p.m. - Comment

Ok, no, I was worng

I don't have the energy to deal with it. Sorry; I require people to be actual adults, able to cope with the world around them without prompting.

On to the next, I guess.

Friday, October 22, 2004 @ 04:30 p.m. - Comment

If you give a shit

you have doubtless already heard that Dave Barry is going on hiatus (and hopefully, not the way that Boston Public did). Unsurprisingly, we're all gonna miss him, even though he's supposed to be working on books and his movie.

But, in the interim, if you just can't survive without your fix, isn't it nice to know you can always go to the automated Dave Barry column generator? (And please, no one say "M*d L*b" aloud; their lawyers are hypersensitive.)

Oh, and there's an NPR invu, too.

Friday, October 22, 2004 @ 04:08 p.m. - Comment

It's not the despair...

I can handle the despair...

it's the hope that's killing me.

Friday, October 22, 2004 @ 03:46 p.m. - Comment

Clearly, the Bush Campaign

thinks civil liberties are obscene. But then, we already knew that.

Friday, October 22, 2004 @ 03:06 p.m. - Comment

Greenspun's 10th Law

Something I want to read later when I have time.

Friday, October 22, 2004 @ 09:23 a.m. - Comment

A new study from the University of Maryland

supports the thesis that Bush supporters are pretty fuckin' stupid.

Ok, let me be polite here and actually quote the piece:

...supports the thesis that Kerry and Bush supporters apparently live in different universes, complete with different facts and probably different laws of physics. Bush supporters believe it is a fact that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction; Kerry supporters don't. Bush supporters believe Saddam was supporting al Qaeda; Kerry supporters don't. Bush supporters believe most people in other countries approve of the war in Iraq; Kerry supporters don't. Read it for yourself.

Friday, October 22, 2004 @ 09:00 a.m. - Comment

Someone asked me the other day

I guess it was Jess, what I wanted to be when I grew up.

Herewith, some persuasuive reasons why maybe growing up isn't the best answer...

Thursday, October 21, 2004 @ 04:41 p.m. - Comment

Murrica

It's the subject of the new book by Jon Stewart and the rest of the Emmy-award-winning writing crew at the Daily Show (weeknights at 11pm on Comedy Central :-).

And, needless to say, they have a slightly different take on it than everybody else:

Page 99 of the best-selling satire America (The Book) by Jon Stewart and the writers of The Daily Show shows the justices of the Supreme Court as they have never been seen before: naked, as in full-frontal, sagging nudity.

The photos are obviously doctored. The heads belong to the seven men and two women on the court, but the bodies are from ClothesFree.com, a nudist Web site.

The book also has cutouts of the justices' robes and urges readers to "restore their dignity by matching each justice with his or her respective robe."

Completely unsurprisingly, Wal-Mart, that bastion of anal-retentivity, cancelled their order, which is likely to do more for the book's sales other places than they could possibly have accomplished in any other way:

Warner Books publisher Jamie Raab says Wal-Mart canceled its order after seeing the photos because the book "didn't meet their criteria" on potentially offensive material.

Wal-Mart spokeswoman Karen Burk says: "We felt a majority of our customers would not be comfortable with the image" of the naked justices.

Daily Show executive producer Ben Karlin says he's disappointed. "We were hoping to be banned by a lot of mom-and-pop bookstores, but they keep selling the book."

More on this story about a book by "America's most trusted name in fake news"? Courtesy of Madville.

Thursday, October 21, 2004 @ 03:20 p.m. - Comment

I rather suspect that

this story is bogus -- even notwithstanding the fact that the Brits are less stuffed than we Puritans -- but just in case, y'know... :-)

Wednesday, October 20, 2004 @ 07:40 p.m. - Comment

My favorite 8 words in the English language:

There are no tropical cyclones at this time.

:-)

Wednesday, October 20, 2004 @ 04:27 p.m. - Comment

Aw, Jessie, you always do this...

every time I get back on my feet...

Wednesday, October 20, 2004 @ 04:18 p.m. - Comment

FWIW...

The electoral-vote.com final outcome prediction agrees with me: Kerry is going to whomp all over Bush: 311-227.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004 @ 11:03 a.m. - Comment

Was it just me

or was that about the most uncomfortable 2 hours in history?

Wednesday, October 20, 2004 @ 10:25 a.m. - Comment

I've nver been shy

about shooting my mouth off in public.

So, three predictions for the November presidential election:

Kerry will win.

Kerry will win *big*: 5 points or more of spread in the popular vote, maybe more in the EC.

He will do it on the backs of women, blacks, gays... and even maybe some disenfranchised-feeling Republican white men.

Let us pray... that I'm right.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004 @ 03:24 p.m. - Comment

Coffee

it's not only the name of the food, it's the name of the event. You know where you'll be going, and you know what you'll be having.

Happy, happy, joy, joy.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004 @ 03:22 p.m. - Comment

Jon Stewart's The Daily Show

is a program I admire, because it takes essentially the one consistently funny part of SNL -- Weekend Update -- and does it for a half hour, every night.

Clearly, I'm not alone, it won two Emmy's this year, for the second year in a row.

Jon has a book out right now America -- go buy it, it's funny as hell -- and he was also on Crossfire recently, which has engendered some debate at K5.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004 @ 02:14 p.m. - Comment

I have seen the future

and it is the new 90,000 ft^2 Clearwater Public Main Library.

I'll probably never quite get over mourning the death of the East Twig library on Sky Harbor Drive, near the site of the recently rebuilt Clearwater Plaza ("Mall". Shyeah, right.) But damn if the new one isn't a gorgeous piece of real estate.

If you read, go there.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004 @ 01:48 p.m. - Comment

This

girl (not even a little bit safe for work, unless you work at Lady Sally's Place :-) looks almost exactly like the redhead who plays Rob Lowe's nurse on his new show dr.vegas -- which, by the way, I like quite a bit. It's finding it's stride, I think, and so is he.

[ Update: apparently, the person who posted the original picture in question updates it frequently, with different pictures; clearly, that's not her. ]

Tuesday, October 19, 2004 @ 01:42 p.m. - Comment

Wow...

a story I can post in all three of my favorite places:

Town and Country BMW in Ontario switches to Linux.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004 @ 12:20 p.m. - Comment

Here's a nice thread on

packin'. I found it because it was hit 3 (I was hit 2 :-) for "Tom Clancy's John Clark".

Hit 1 was an Amazon review of one of the Mitch Rapp books by Vince Flynn. I like Mitch, too.

Monday, October 18, 2004 @ 10:32 p.m. - Comment

You ungrateful bitch!

Ghod, that was great! :-)

Watching this week's Joan, wherein mom's aunt Olive (played by Cloris Leachman) is being a crochety ungrateful bitch, after the family puts itself out to give her a place to stay in the wake of her stroke, which paralyzes her from the waist down -- hey! what an original plotline! :-)

And so that's what mom tells her, at the dinner table, in one of those "Shut up, Dawn, or I'll duct tape your mouth and toss you down the basement stairs" moments, that makes me think the writers have been hanging out on the Buffy newsgroups for way too long.

"All hot and tin-roof-y" indeed.

Monday, October 18, 2004 @ 09:02 p.m. - Comment

Yet Another Fu...

um, screwed up domain name: cbscares.tv.

I'm scared, too.

Monday, October 18, 2004 @ 07:06 p.m. - Comment

Vote Early

though preferably not often. :-)

You can, now, though you may have some trouble doing it.

You can do it in other states, too.

If you're concerned about your vote getting lost in the machine, then request a paper absentee ballot -- you know, the kind that are recountable? -- and mail it in. You have 2 weeks.

If you have problems, go here and report them immediately -- from the polling place, if you're lucky enough to have wireless internet connectivity.

You may find there's a lawyer outside, too; if they won't let you vote, walk outside and look either bereft or pissed, as suits your general demeanor. :-)

And clearly, you should be concerned: take a look a the Michigan Absentee Ballot. The presidential section. Clearly, someone who was supposed to did *not* take a good look at it.

Let's be careful out there, folks. And if you're voting Democrat, GET OUT AND VOTE.

Monday, October 18, 2004 @ 05:59 p.m. - Comment

Whassa matta, Jessicca?

You don't write; you never call... you don't love me anymore?

Monday, October 18, 2004 @ 03:46 p.m. - Comment

Here's a really pretty cool

invu with Rob Pike, of Plan 9 and Blit fame.

One odd detail that I think was vital to how the group functioned was a result of the first Unix being run on a clunky minicomputer with terminals in the machine room. People working on the system congregated in the room - to use the computer, you pretty much had to be there. (This idea didn't seem odd back then; it was a natural evolution of the old hour-at-a-time way of booking machines like the IBM 7090.) The folks liked working that way, so when the machine was moved to a different room from the terminals, even when it was possible to connect from your private office, there was still a `Unix room' with a bunch of terminals where people would congregate, code, design, and just hang out. (The coffee machine was there too.) The Unix room still exists, and it may be the greatest cultural reason for the success of Unix as a technology. More groups could profit from its lesson, but it's really hard to add a Unix-room-like space to an existing organization. You need the culture to encourage people not to hide in their offices, you need a way of using systems that makes a public machine a viable place to work - typically by storing the data somewhere other than the 'desktop' - and you need people like Ken and Dennis (and Brian Kernighan and Doug McIlroy and Mike Lesk and Stu Feldman and Greg Chesson and ...) hanging out in the room, but if you can make it work, it's magical.

Monday, October 18, 2004 @ 02:32 p.m. - Comment

I take full, absolute, utter, total credit

for Dave Winer open sourcing Frontier.

Even though I likely had nothing to do with it. :-)

Really, Dave, a Linux port woulda been good enough.

Sunday, October 17, 2004 @ 07:26 p.m. - Comment

iCrash

er, um, "iDrive"; that great new control system from BMW, reviewed here:

I probably would have survived. If you have to rear end an articulated lorry, you couldn't ask for a better car for the job than the new BMW 7-Series. As you'd expect, it's a bloody great vault, with enough deformable steel and high-speed airbags to protect its occupants from anything short of a SAM missile strike. But not from yourself. Thanks to its revolutionary iDrive controller and centrally mounted colour information screen, BMW's top-of-the-line motor encourages you to take your eyes off the road long enough to plough into a solid object.

The iDrive controller's intended mission was to let 7-Series' owners adjust over 700 functions. How many? Quick! Name all the things you want a car to do: accelerate, brake, turn, play the radio, play a CD, raise and lower windows, maintain a comfortable temperature, lock the doors, um, tell you how to get somewhere, tell you when the next service is due, um, um, wipe the windows and turn on the lights. That's a dozen. Which leaves 688 things you never knew you needed to do while driving that you can now do in a Seven Series by twisting and pushing the iDrive controller.

Saturday, October 16, 2004 @ 09:02 p.m. - Comment

More Mock The Vote

Damn, but the animators are coming out of the woodwork.

This one appears pro-Bush on first glance, but it's less partisan than it looks, I think.

Friday, October 15, 2004 @ 03:03 p.m. - Comment

In keeping with the spirit of Mardi Gras

as DaveDorm aptly notes, they've released the new Louisiana quarter.

Friday, October 15, 2004 @ 12:20 p.m. - Comment

Mock The Vote!

Following in the footsteps of the (much better animated, IMHO) JibJab political parodies, which I've linked earlier, is this latest one, courtesy of my favorite West Wing fanficcer Nomad (link left): The Presidential-Election Horror Show. [ Probably NSFW, unless, as she notes, you have a fairly laid back boss ]

This is aptly timed, this being October: for like the 7th or 8th year, Tampa Theatre is presenting The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with the Larger Than Life live cast -- still named that, even though most of them do *not* weigh 300lbs anymore. It's Friday the 29th, and Saturday the 30th, and it's likely they will, again, sell out *both shows*. So buy your tickets in advance. We *like* virgins...

Friday, October 15, 2004 @ 11:13 a.m. - Comment

K5 mumbling on election systems

and I love the poll as much as the story.

Thursday, October 14, 2004 @ 09:26 p.m. - Comment

Carlin was right

If you nail together two things that have never been nailed together, some schmuck will buy it from you.

Thursday, October 14, 2004 @ 09:14 p.m. - Comment

Not all ads

make it out of the creative room.

My sis was just hunting for Crazy People today. How apt.

Thursday, October 14, 2004 @ 08:55 p.m. - Comment

Oh yeah

The Clearwater Jazz Holiday started today. I'll probably be there only for the headliners this year; it's a complicated life.

I'm missing Rick Braun; Branford Marsalis is tomorrow; The Neville Bros on Saturday, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on Sunday.

Thursday, October 14, 2004 @ 05:37 p.m. - Comment

Why I like the Internet

It lets you Go All The Way, even if you haven't had a hit in 20 years. Who would *play* a nee Eric Carmen hit, anyway?

Radio's gotten pretty balkanized.

I always get a big response when I sing this one, though...

Thursday, October 14, 2004 @ 03:46 p.m. - Comment

Great Cnet invu

with the brothers who created the JibJab political parody animations.

These things got more viewings than the combined political conventions this year: just their first one got 50 million hits; the combined conventions only 42 million.

Everyone was so glowing about "This Land," and as a result, we got invited on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," and he asked us to do another film for the show. You can't say no to that. We just said OK and panicked and did it. If you had asked us what our goal was, it would have been to get a few laughs and not do any damage to the accolades we'd already received. But it seems to be playing just as well, and some say that it's even better.

So, clearly, making fun of politicians is more fetching than being one.

Jon Stewart and Richard Jeni in '04; that's how *I'm* gonna vote.

Thursday, October 14, 2004 @ 12:15 p.m. - Comment

State of the Sixer

Well, I'm about 5000 miles into my spiffy new car (an 87 BMW 635csi, for the benefit of the search engines :-), and, though it's developed a hydraulic leak in it's steering/brake boost section, it's otherwise running pretty decently for a car with almost 160kmi on the clock.

I've been having wonderful luck getting help and information (and lately, gratuitous clickthroughs :-) from the folks over at the RoadFly BMW 6er forum; here's some link-lovin' back to them.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004 @ 07:10 p.m. - Comment

It was 10 years ago

today, Marc and Jimmy taught the web to play.

Netscape announced version 1.0 of the Netscape Navigator browser on this day in 1994.

If you're exceptionally {masochistic,sentimental}, you can find a really quite impressive archive of every web browser ever shipped right here.

Go install NS1.0, and see what it does with your website. :-)

Wednesday, October 13, 2004 @ 11:54 a.m. - Comment

Congrats!

You're an asshole.

[ Thanks to DebWire. ]

Monday, October 11, 2004 @ 04:47 p.m. - Comment

Presidential Candidate Arrested!

Libertarian Presidential candidate Badnarik, in company with the Green party candidate, arrested while trying to serve a lawsuit on the Commission for Presidential Debates; here's the play by play.

Monday, October 11, 2004 @ 04:23 p.m. - Comment

I'm at a loss

I cannot imagine, in a world where television programs live and die by their ratings -- and where those ratings are only calculated on the *first* airing of a new show -- how UPN can re-run Enterprise on the day after it first airs, and allow MTV to run Veronica Mars on the following week.

Do you people *want* to kill these shows you've invested truly silly amounts of money in? Are you just morons?

Is there really that much money in the resale that it justifies losing out on the syndie money later?

Or is there some other sinister dynamic going on that I don't get?

Sunday, October 10, 2004 @ 06:59 p.m. - Comment

I love the Java Jive

but it hates me.

Any innocent passersby who have an idea why that function isn't defining? The onSubmit which is supposed to call it gives that error in the JS console.

Saturday, October 9, 2004 @ 03:56 p.m. - Comment

The politics of dancing

er, no: fandom.

More on this:

Saturday, October 9, 2004 @ 02:44 p.m. - Comment

Note that electoral-vote.com

has changed their methodology for counting votes -- I like the results a lot better. ;-)

Metafilter talks about that, as well as the fact that Bush was apparently wearing a wire. I guess that's so he wouldn't get confused, like he did during that 'scripted' press conference last year.

Friday, October 8, 2004 @ 09:16 p.m. - Comment

The New Season 2 - Enterprise

Well, I see Manny couldn't be arsed to replace the miserable, useless, worthless theme music with, oh, I dunno, the music under the promos.

And these people get paid *HOW MUCH* a year to be worthless?

Jeezus keerist. I could replace the production team with 20 fen, and get better programs for less money.

UPDATE: halfway in, I retract half the bad things I said about Manny: the writing is up to his usual standard, which is to say much, *much* better than last season.

UPDATE: OMG. "Jim! (I mean 'Jon') You're going to have to let her be killed!" :-)

FOLLOW THIS: DayPop , GoogleNews

Friday, October 8, 2004 @ 08:01 p.m. - Comment

Are you...

gay?

[ Not even the least little bit safe for work. ]

Friday, October 8, 2004 @ 06:59 p.m. - Comment

I was going to reply

to Karin's opinion about men (by, y'know, bowing, and saying 'thank you'), but apparently Blogger's comment engine thinks that virality is the way to go in allowing comments, and I already have a blog, thank-you-very-much.

So I'll do it here, instead.

Friday, October 8, 2004 @ 04:48 p.m. - Comment

I'm stunned

Slashdot -- you know, the Geek newswire? -- is running a piece on Congress's proposals to regulate civilian spaceflight, and no one used the phrase Space Precautionary Act once

Thursday, October 7, 2004 @ 09:11 p.m. - Comment

Got a Parking Ticket?

Here's a service you and Spenser could use: ParkingTicket.com.

Wednesday, October 6, 2004 @ 08:35 p.m. - Comment

The New Season 1 - Boston Legal

Ain't it Cool has much to say, mostly positive, much of which I agree with.

USA Today, on the other hand doesn't like it much. No accounting for taste. :-)

Except that miserable Law & Order cinema-verite-my-power-zoom-control-is-broken cinematography. Please, guys; you figure if we're busy puking, we won't notice bad writing or something? I'm going to try to port this anti-shake plugin to MythTV so we don't have to see that crap.

Wednesday, October 6, 2004 @ 08:22 p.m. - Comment

EFF *Finally* Sues FCC

over broadcast flag; alleges (correctly) that they're off their patch.

Wednesday, October 6, 2004 @ 06:12 p.m. - Comment


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