It's the future. I've seen it.
[ Hat tip: Charlie at KAGS ]
Thursday, March 6, 2008 @ 05:33 p.m. - Comment
Please accept with no obligation, expressed or implied, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral celebration of the holiday practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all -- and...
(deep breath here)
A fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the initiation of the generally accepted calendar year 2008, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great (not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country or is the only "America" in the western hemisphere), and without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith, or sexual preference of the wishee.
By accepting this greeting, you are accepting these terms: This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for her/himself or others and is void where prohibited by law and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher.
(This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year, or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first and warranty is limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher.)
Oh, and that old flame who set me on fire for Valentine's Day? Wow. :-)
It's the future. I've seen it.
[ Hat tip: Charlie at KAGS ]
Thursday, March 6, 2008 @ 05:33 p.m. - Comment
Thursday, March 6, 2008 @ 11:47 a.m. - Comment
[ Hat Tip: Kelli ]
Friday, February 29, 2008 @ 05:15 p.m. - Comment
Thursday, February 28, 2008 @ 10:06 p.m. - Comment
If your name is Frederic, congratulations.
Everyone else, check to make sure your computer knows this is a leap year...
Thursday, February 28, 2008 @ 11:46 a.m. - Comment
Road Runner is starting to do that stupid "all your typs are belong to us" thing with their DNS, but you can still have a little fun with them.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008 @ 04:01 p.m. - Comment
Longtime WTSP meterologist Dick Fletcher has died, never regaining consciousness after a stroke several days ago. He was 66. Fletcher was the area's longest-standing weatherman after the retirement of WFLA's Jim Smith in 1993 (my ghod; that was 15 years ago).
[ And yes, we Wikipedians are bad-ass about the details... ]
Tuesday, February 26, 2008 @ 02:52 p.m. - Comment
Well, aside from trying to get it reinstated, read this. Follow the links.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008 @ 12:53 a.m. - Comment
Please support Barack Obama.
I want, for once, someone I can vote for not because I dislike the other candidate, but because I'm proud of mine. Obama is the real thing.
Obama has shown a real commitment to open government. When putting together tech policy (to take an example close to home for xkcd) others might have gone to industry lobbyists. Obama went to Lawrence Lessig, founder of Creative Commons (under which xkcd is published) and longtime white knight in the struggle with a broken system over internet and copyright policy. Lessig was impressed by Obama's commitment to open systems -- for example, his support of machine-readable government information standards that allow citizens' groups to monitor what our government is up to. Right now, the only group that can effectively police the government is the government itself, and as a result, itís corrupt to the core. Through these excellent and long-overdue measures, Obama is working to fight this corruption.
If Randall Munroe and Larry Lessig are both impressed, so am I.
Monday, February 25, 2008 @ 10:03 a.m. - Comment
Here's something from a 60s Ohio local variety show; the first 'serious' skit they ever did, which looks as if it bids fair actually to be the first "music video" ever aired on TV: that is to say, the first preproduced music clip set to pictures that wasn't entirely a performance recording.
It's Dion's 1968 "Abraham, Martin & John", which has long been one of my favorite songs, and which has been strangely un-covered (I just today found, elsewhere on Youtube, the first cover of that song that I've *ever* heard, but the video is basically an ad for the guy's album).
[ Update: As it turns out, the song has been covered, quite a bit. I just never heard about it. Proving that Elton John doesn't have a corner on the market of rewriting his hit songs to commemorate dead people, here's a (somewhat mediocre, I though) clip from some random Dick Clark show wherein he commemorates a bunch of dead musicians. I suspect this might actually be from a Grammy Awards telecast... ]
Saturday, February 23, 2008 @ 10:51 a.m. - Comment
Friday, February 22, 2008 @ 12:08 p.m. - Comment
Alan will appreciate this, having found himself in Miami without a hotel room last weekend..
Friday, February 22, 2008 @ 10:45 a.m. - Comment
Advanced Mobile Phone Service; analog cellular telephony, dead at 25, of inefficiency.
As the New York Times and Engadget point out, if you have any pre-'02 or some '02-'04 GM vehicle with OnStar, you too are screwed, because those cars had analog-only OnStar radios and they're not upgradeable. I'm pretty sure it can be proven that GM knew this would happen when they sold those cars; who wants to file the first class action suit?
Monday, February 18, 2008 @ 01:31 p.m. - Comment
No, silly; I'm not 15 for a moment... it's the name of the wifi drivers I'm using with SuSE Linux 10.2 on my HP nc6000.
It's been a little rough; the AR5212 Atheros chipset in this unit is apparently not the best supported yet. I was prowling around tonight, and I may have located the magic bullet:
# iwpriv ath0 bgscan 0 ff 0 burst 0 protmode 0
If you're using madwifi 0.9.3.3 or older on a 5212 equipped laptop, you might want to try that out and see if it helps, if you're having trouble staying associated. Now I gotta see if it helps my WEP connection at work, too.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 @ 11:01 p.m. - Comment
My favorite 11 year overnight sensation has *finally* gotten her first CD back from the mastering plant, and a copy should be in my hands fifthwith. I'll be on eleventerhooks until it arrives.
The band is called Bootleg Tonic (after being called Love Dust, and a couple of other less memorable names, and not being called a few names that I really liked, but won't mention here as I think they're salable :-), and her writing partner and guitarist, Eran Tabib (who thinks that sounding less like an Arab (terrorist) by spelling it 'Taviv' is more important than having people find out that he *played with the Spin Doctors, fercrissake; he is, for what it's worth, Israeli, I gather) has helped her put out a record that is, finally, worthy of both of them.
I'll update this with a link to the CDBaby page where you can buy a copy, but believe me... if you know me and Faith, you're gonna get a postcard in the mail. I will hunt you down... :-)
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 @ 12:22 a.m. - Comment
Episode 4. Hee.
[ Hat tip: Elli ]
Monday, February 11, 2008 @ 11:41 p.m. - Comment
Both of you who know me personally will know that that's pretty unusual for me; I take a lot of time training the waitresses so that all I have to do is say "Lunch; coke", and I can sit back knowing that the burger will be mid-well, the bacon will be crisp, and the coke will have a lemon on the rim; it's something for me to try out a new place.
The place is Fusion Grill, and it's in the building that was trying really hard to be an overpriced Brazilian grill for a week or two (what's Brazilian grill, anyway?), and before that was a Dunkin Donuts for a Long, Long Time -- 66th St, right next door to the K-Mart.
Excuse me: "Big K-Mart".
So the place is pretty well kept, though of course it *has* only been open for about 2 weeks now; it has a *very* nice whiff of Chain Restaurant about it, though it is not. Decent menu, nice collection of sides; think "the fusion equivalent of Panda chinese".
Though the food's a bit better than Panda can manage. :-)
I had their steak/chicken combo, which was $9.99 plus my drink; I got it with grilled (not blackened) chicken, "Spicy Mac n Chz" (:-) and Fusion Rice (which is long grain and wild, roughly.
The chicken was not bad at all; the steak was a little dryer than I would have liked, though they did have a sauce bar that I didn't notice on my first pass through, which probably would have helped. The Mac was nice, though not especially "Spicy", and the rice a little dry.
Fountain, plus some bottled drinks; nothing special.
The cashier was very nice, very pretty, and actually seemed interested in my Secret Shopper-grade evaluation of the place. I hope they make it; we need a change of pace around here that isn't too snooty... or too expensive.
Cons: they need metal silverware, with real steak knives -- or they need to cut the meat unless you tell them not to. A bit more care in prep and hold is indicated; that is hard to do when you're new and not moving as much product, I realize, but such is life. A few more sauces, and more Spicy in the Mac n Chz (:-), again) are probably called for.
Evaluation: they're trying to skate on the line between "actual fusion" and "stuff civilians will eat", as so many places do, and they need to be a bit braver with their menu implementations -- the choices aren't bad, but stick your necks out a bit, guys. But the cashier was very pretty. :-)
Will I go again? Yeah; specially if I can hit someone's wifi from there. [ UPDATE: WifiFreeSpot.com says they have their own; I will report on my next visit. Shame they're not open later. :-) ]
Seats about 35 or so, in and out; smoking on the patio; very nice handicapped restrooms (they're frickin enormous); not too cramped; nice decor and chain-quality graphics and menus.
4419 66th St N; St Pete. Their website, it would appear, will be here; I link to it to embarass them into getting it finished. :-)
Monday, February 11, 2008 @ 09:39 p.m. - Comment
Blackberry is having some problems today (and, if I'm asked, probably all weekend, though that could be my unit).
This is what you get for centralizing all that stuff. They could have implemented substantially every feature the Crackberry provides without having to centralize everything... but then it would be harder for them to *make money off of it*... and for the carriers to do so.
So, this is the price they pay for the (outrageous; Blackberry data service on my Nextel 7100i is $50 a month extra) money they get: if they're down for even an hour, it comes out of their hide, where by 'hide', I mean 'reputation'.
They're getting just what they asked for... it's just not what they want. As so often happens here on this blog. :-)
Monday, February 11, 2008 @ 09:33 p.m. - Comment
Children's programming on CBS from "The Incredible World of DIC.
Saturday, February 9, 2008 @ 12:00 p.m. - Comment
Wikipedia, and the Ken Jennings' message boards:
A list of everyone who's won more than one type of major entertainment award. Bob Fosse is the only person ever to win 3 in one year; 8 actors have won for the same role on stage and screen.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008 @ 10:05 a.m. - Comment
Wikipedia, and the Ken Jennings' message boards:
A list of everyone who's won more than one type of major entertainment award. Bob Fosse is the only person every to win 3 in one year; 8 actors have won for the same role on stage and screen.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008 @ 10:05 a.m. - Comment
Twice is a coincidence.
Three times is enemy action.
what is four times?
Monday, February 4, 2008 @ 10:18 a.m. - Comment
If you hate xkcd, you almost certainly will also not enjoy The Best Of Craigslist; written performance art of a caliber not seen since the heyday of Usenet; now all in one convenient location!
Sunday, February 3, 2008 @ 01:47 a.m. - Comment
It's happening to me and around me a lot lately, so no one should take the example personally. I'm moving a bunch of pictures from one machine to another, because "everytime you leave your photography on one of my hard drives, it crashes".
So I'm doing this move, and I can see 4 ways the interchange about it could go:
Guess which one I think is reasonable. Guess which one I expect?
People do this a lot lately. I guess the Wikipedia rule [[Assume good faith]] doesn't even work on friends and family these days, much less total strangers.
Thursday, January 31, 2008 @ 03:40 p.m. - Comment
...why I like Multics so much.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008 @ 05:28 p.m. - Comment
There. I said it. I said his middle name.
I'm amazed it happened this fast, but I think there's a real chance that America -- my country, the country where I just heard a customer of my mechanic's ask whether he would be working last Monday: "BooBooBoo Day" -- may end up with a Black president.
We haven't *had* a president the last 8 years, so how could it hurt?
Monday, January 28, 2008 @ 03:18 p.m. - Comment
Daniel Powter (no relation, I don't think) was sort of hauled up out of obscurity when his song "Bad Day" became the official send-off music for American Idol.
Scott Adams draws Dilbert and rouses rabble most recently over songwriting, where he inadvertantly has something to say about Powter's lyrics. (Hi, Scott's Blackberry :-)
Those who've been following the writers' strike, though, will find all the evidence they need as to why writers are necessary in the video for Powter's song, which is one of the subtlest ones I've seen in some time. If you have any feel at all for TV writing, you'll find lots of neat riffs in this:
Thursday, January 24, 2008 @ 10:36 p.m. - Comment
Chess great Bobby Fischer, dead at 64:
Chicago-born and Brooklyn-bred, Fischer moved to Iceland in 2005 in a bid to avoid extradition to the U.S., where he was wanted for playing a 1992 match in Yugoslavia in defiance of international sanctions.
Friday, January 18, 2008 @ 04:45 p.m. - Comment
David Bickler tries his best to fit a whole lot of syllables into a line...
Thursday, January 10, 2008 @ 01:51 p.m. - Comment
Go read the very first comment on this story about Debra Lafave, whose on PO wants to violate her back inside for 15 years... for girl talk with a cow-orker at the restaurant she was waiting tables at.
All I can say is "wow. A sane mother."
Thursday, January 10, 2008 @ 11:02 a.m. - Comment
Must be nice... "Sure Dave; you put it down; we'll pick it up..."
Friday, January 4, 2008 @ 10:30 a.m. - Comment
While I was much more impressed when the page was at petersen.af.mil (cause I'm a purist about things like this, y'know), I'm pleased to see that this year, Google is helping out with the Santa Tracking duties.
Cause, y'know, when you have to accelerate and brake that hard, you need all the help you can get.
FLASH: Those physics students are apparently wrong, and Santa will survive the night after all.
A reminder: The North American Aerospace Defense Command was stood up in 1958, under the terms of a mutual defense treaty with Canada; next year is their 50th Anniversary, eh?
Monday, December 24, 2007 @ 02:24 a.m. - Comment
Fuckinormous. Or fuckenormous. The first one doesn't look right, and the second one, the eye and brain are too well trained to pick words out of bigger words to make the wordplay with the way I want it too. Maybe with colors:
Tuesday, December 18, 2007 @ 09:37 a.m. - Comment
I have opined that I wanted to see our three hometown sports teams -- the Bucs, Devil Rays, and Lightning -- win their respective championships in the same year (which, TTBOMK, has never happened)... and that it would be nice if it was the 2008-09 football season, so we could also be the first team to play a home Superbowl (an event which the NFL has gone to some lengths -- so far successfully -- to prevent).
Well, it looks as if someone was listening to *part* of my plea...
The Red Sox won their second Series in 4 years.
The Patriots are 14-0, and they're going to have to crash a team plane into Mount Rushmore to not win the Super Bowl.
And the Celtics are 20-2.
The Bruins are 18-11, in 5th place, but I don't expect miracles. And who knows what a 'quadfecta' is, anyway?
Monday, December 17, 2007 @ 04:11 p.m. - Comment
... has died.
Dan Fogelberg, dead of prostate cancer after a 4 year fight, at 56.
Monday, December 17, 2007 @ 01:01 p.m. - Comment
(No, not the cat, the stuff) are 10 years old next year.
Friday, December 14, 2007 @ 01:50 p.m. - Comment
This is still non-trivial on Linux, and since he's the editor of Linux Weekly News, he didn't think twice about trying to do it that way, of course:
Mencoder is a highly capable tool, but approaching it for a task like this is reminiscent of trying to get to the corner store starting with a build-your-own-automobile kit. There are just too many pieces (incomprehensible pieces at that) to put together.
Having worked with Mencoder, I know how he feels.
"You had to do what with the seat?"
Friday, December 14, 2007 @ 01:29 p.m. - Comment
My photography portfolio is still on line; surely there's something in there that would make a great Chris-kwanz-ukkah gift for someone you know? :-)
Thursday, December 13, 2007 @ 11:55 a.m. - Comment
have *entirely* too much time on their hands:
5 Men, and a Limo is the story of, well, 5 men, and a limo. It's an article about... lemme see if I can find this...
Ghod, I love YouTube... it's here, though you can find slightly more impressive copies of it around as MPEG2 files, if you hint long enough.
It is a 4 minute short, produced by Aspect Ratio Films to be the main title for the 26th Annual Key Art Awards; the awards show held by the Hollywood Reporter each year to honor the people who create the publicity materials for the movies we go see; since they do the trailers, they're the people who hire these guys.
This thing is funny as hell... if you have the right sort of mind.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007 @ 10:06 p.m. - Comment
is the best camera in the world. Ken doesn't actually *say* that... well, ok, he actually does. But this thing's gorgeous; goes to ISO 25,600 with not all that much noise (great for shooting in Available Darkness), and beats the EOS1dMkIII in the Mps race, too: 12.1MP x 9fps = 108Mps++
Wednesday, December 5, 2007 @ 01:26 p.m. - Comment
Sunday, December 2, 2007 @ 11:38 a.m. - Comment
Or, for that matter, anyone's computers:
Sunday, December 2, 2007 @ 11:07 a.m. - Comment
That is all.
Saturday, December 1, 2007 @ 05:11 p.m. - Comment
should probably read "The Nerd Handbook" (which should actually be called the Nerd Owner's Manual).
Just don't read it at work. Y'know, if your boss doesn't *like* you breaking down in gales of laughter when you're supposed to be doing Other Things.
Friday, November 30, 2007 @ 11:29 a.m. - Comment
who enjoyed the NBC 75th Anniversary *ID Bumper* -- you know: the one with all 7 or 8 of their network logos from the decades? -- then you will almost certainly get a big kick out of this, which includes a couple of startup themes I never heard...
Friday, November 30, 2007 @ 01:34 a.m. - Comment
Time for lots of expensive, mediocrely choreographed lighting displays...
Friday, November 30, 2007 @ 12:59 a.m. - Comment
funny rap is hard, if you're not Weird "Al"...
This one's a bit repetitive, but it's much less bad than it could have been.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007 @ 11:40 p.m. - Comment
There's a code blue in ICU 2; I guess I'm in a hospital.
We located a notary, in case you're one of the people I called this morning -- and not one of the people I called back -- in my frantic attempt to locate one this morning; Bill is fair and stable; they finally got a resident in after 8 hours, but haven't gotten his attending or surgeon in the building yet.
Americans are spoiled by medical shows; it don't really work that well, folks.
More to follow
Saturday, November 24, 2007 @ 12:20 p.m. - Comment
That's right: the day when you go out to the mall, and see how hard you can push your tires before they skid. :-)
Thursday, November 22, 2007 @ 01:07 p.m. - Comment
Ever wonder how we got here?
Monday, November 19, 2007 @ 03:45 p.m. - Comment
[ Oops. Hat tip: Pam, among a zillion others ]
Monday, November 19, 2007 @ 03:21 p.m. - Comment
And if you're looking for a live stream:
Thank a Raiders Fan. 930 The Fox seems not to be blacked out.
I love the way Gene Deckerhoff announces as if he's talking to people who are watching TV. He *is*, of course, lots of people prefer his announcing to the crap the TV guys put out.
NFL Films uses him as well...
Sunday, November 18, 2007 @ 02:22 p.m. - Comment
In a Hollywood media company?
Ask some questions.
Because believe me: you don't want to live in a world without writers.
Thursday, November 15, 2007 @ 11:40 p.m. - Comment
No, that's not an "Ellen Pompeo got married today" joke, it has to do with Spybot.
I've been using Spybot, very successfully, since the boyfriend of one of our clients suggested it a couple years back. Just recently, though, my Windows 2000 install started doing this thing where the load percentage of services.exe would nail itself to the roof, running at 99% for minutes at a time, for no apparent reason.
Tis thread [hat tip: Google ;-] suggested that the problem was that the Spybot hosts file -- which you can manually install from Advanced mode to protect you from accidentally going to sites they don't approve of -- had gotten large enough to bonk in the head some hidden limit in Windows 2000, and that was what was causing the problem.
While the approach is a very interesting hack, I'd just updated Spybot on my machine when the problem started happening, and backing it out tonight has in point of actual fact fixed the problem on my machine.
So if you use Spybot, and you've upgraded to 1.5, don't use the hosts file protection feature. If it's in, and you're having this problem, back it out.
I'll be filing a bug on it tonight.
UPDATE: this appears, as are so many bugs in Windows (ask me about Corel 6 and fonts some time) to be a combination of Microsoft trying to be overly helpful, and Microsoft not having a clue. It's well *known* that Microsoft don't know how to do TCP/IP, even though they stole their TCP stack, and this takes the cake.
If you have Spybot and the hosts-file hack installed, go to a cmd window and do
before you remove it.
Get any on ya?
So apparently, a) they pre-load that cache from your hosts file b) on a recurrent basis even if it doesn't change and c) there's another "who would ever need more than 640KB?" fixed-limit buffer in there somewhere that blows up at 220.127.116.11's 259KB of hosts file entries.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007 @ 08:28 p.m. - Comment
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, a collection of computer scientists from Honeywell, Bell Labs, and GE invented Multics.
The editor of the site multicians.org, Tom Van Vleck (and how cool is it that Multics lends itself to that adjective; none of the *nix OS names work well for a practitioner-name, damnit) has just announced that through the kind offices of the current administration of Groupe Bull, the Multics Release 12.5 sources have been released, under what amounts to an MIT license.
This is big. Really big. You can't believe how mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may thing it's a long way to the corner chemist, but that's just peanuts...
Oh the hell with it. This is *really* cool.
The current website, which lets you browse the tree, is here.
I tried to Coral Cache that, but they're 503ing it; dunno why.
Apparently, contrary to my usual cynicism, the decision to open-source this was taken way the hell back in 2000; it took 7 years and a full paid staff to do all the due diligence to get it accomplished. How very cool that they did, and I apologise here publicly to Tom if my said cynicism offended him.
Gentlemen, start your compilers; the porting effort begins... now.
Saturday, November 10, 2007 @ 11:08 a.m. - Comment
The Christmas issue.
The one with lots of naked Kim Kardashian.
If you like boobs, go buy this.
I do, however, have one complaint about this pictorial.
About 7 years ago now, Playboy did it's 50-state bus tour, and published pictures of [[Miriam Gonzales]], who lived right near me here in Florida, and whom I dubbed, for some time to come, The Most Beautiful Woman In The World.
And not just because she was a 34F. Though that didn't hurt any. :-)
But, when she later went on to be a Playmate, and be in some NSS's, their stylists beat her up so bad that, while still very pretty, she didn't look like *her* anymore, which took a lot of the fun out of it.
Alas, they've done the same to Kim, commenting in the copy on her striking, exotic Armenian looks, while doing their level best to hide them and make her look mid-American.
Special to the Playboy styling department: QUIT THAT, DAMNIT!
Thursday, November 8, 2007 @ 11:24 p.m. - Comment
Course maps are here. The run is in Clearwater, mostly, but the 56 mile bike course is so convoluted I despair of summarizing it. Suffice it to say that if you're going to drive anywhere north of Park Blvd on Saturday, you need to take a look at the map.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007 @ 02:46 p.m. - Comment
No, no, not the Bucs. The Shuttle. 6.5 million miles; 23 trips to the ISS... and we got it back in one piece.
Thanks, ladies and gentlemen.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007 @ 01:02 p.m. - Comment
The Shuttle's just been picked up by Merritt Island; long final for 33R. Over Georgia. ASG for landing...
Wednesday, November 7, 2007 @ 12:50 p.m. - Comment
Oh, no; that was San Diego. (How'd that turn out after it fell off the network news, anyway? :-)
No, Hollywood is on strike. Well, the important part anyway: the writers. It's about money, of course; and the writers are getting *screwed*; I'm glad to see that the actors (who make $30-200K an *episode* to the writers' $5k a *year* in some cases) are turning out to support them.
Realtime updates, assuming you care about that sort of thing, are at the WGA's joint-blog and Deadline Hollywood Daily. More background at Alan Sepinwall's blog, including, as a comment, the best one graf precis of the strike that I've seen:
Isn't it kind of hypocritical that on one hand the studios and networks say that unauthorized downloading or copying of content is "stealing," because you're taking something of value -- but on the other hand, they say the writers don't deserve residuals, because the content is valueless?
Or now they're even saying that downloads are "promotional" -- in which case they should be paying hackers to copy DVDs and redistribute content on the Net.
Hat tip to BigTed at Alan's blog for that.
I have, really, only one important question: who in the nine billion names of ghod decided the strikers should be wearing red shirts??
Tuesday, November 6, 2007 @ 12:38 p.m. - Comment