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I've always been a big fan

of Chicago -- though I have to admit that sitting around listening to love songs when you haven't been in love for 6 years can be a strategic error -- and in Napsterbating around this afternoon and grabbing the cuts I found interesting (which I *long ago* paid for on CD's, you should get offa my back), it occurred to me that I really oughtta go see what their website looked like.

It looked like crap (don't *most* record company websites? :-), but it did contain a complete history of the band, from which I learned that Peter Cetera -- you remember him; he sang lead on most of their '80s hits, and "real Chicago fans" turned their noses up at the "interloper" -- was in fact a founding member of the group.


Wednesday, July 12, 2000 @ 05:35 p.m. - Comment

I often agree wholeheartedly with Trox...

but this is not one of those times.

Having sex with teenagers in a program under our supervision, even if they are eager 18-year-old Lolitas, is one of these.

C'mon, Trox.... "Eager 18 year old Lolitas"? Gimme a break. Yes, we expect our cops to take good care of our underaged Explorers. But are we *really* saying that, just because they *are* still Explorers, that they should be "protected" even after they turn 18? Sure, if there's coercion going on, arrest the cop, just like you would anywhere else.

But tell me this: if there's a high-school intern working at the Times, and she's fallen for someone, and turns 18, and sleeps with him... do we start arresting reporters?


Wednesday, July 12, 2000 @ 10:34 a.m. - Comment

Well, I'm not sure what to make of this...

The past few days, I seem to have been getting fewer than usual visitors... who hit substantially more than usual numbers of pages. Either there's a spate of people with broken browsers, or someone knows about a hit-count contest that I didn't hear about (:-)... or I'm just suddenly fascinating.

I choose to believe that it's the last.


Wednesday, July 12, 2000 @ 09:30 a.m. - Comment

Salon deconstructs...

oh, well; who cares. Salon deconstructs everything, don't they?


Ok, here's a much better Salon piece on the topic.

Monday, July 10, 2000 @ 04:53 p.m. - Comment

Enjoy a good blowjob now and then?

Do not move to Lousiana.

Their supreme court (I won't justify it with uppercase) just ruled that it is, indeed, a "crime against nature".

How do these people make it onto supreme courts, again?

[ Spotted at Genehack; thanks, John. ]

Monday, July 10, 2000 @ 03:41 p.m. - Comment

Like I keep saying...

WAP sucks.

I'll keep saying it until people catch on.

That's the real purpose of this website, of course; so that when things I said would tank finally do... I can go point and say "see? I told you that would tank." ;-)

Monday, July 10, 2000 @ 01:32 p.m. - Comment

I'm a muggle, you're a muggle...

More power to J.K. Rowling. The new Harry Potter book came out Saturday.

The street date was 8 July... so the local bookstores -- not to mention everyone else's local bookstores -- stayed up late Friday night.

And so did the kids. The local Borders and B&N combined went through almost a thousand copies; patently unheard of for any book, much less a childrens book. The preprint of the Murrican edition was 3.8 million copies, also a record.

Not bad for an author who came off welfare with an arts grant. I agree with these people, too; they are damned fine fiction. If you don't know who Harry Potter is, all I can say is "Oh, to still have that ahead of you in your life..."

Breakdown and have a little fun in your life; go get the first volume and go to town.

Monday, July 10, 2000 @ 01:10 p.m. - Comment


[ Cool lightning pictures courtesy of Steve Baum and NOAA ]

Saturday, July 8, 2000 @ 06:34 p.m. - Comment

Special to Jeffrey Diaz

Thanks for the link.

And I'll hate you until I get an M6. :-)

Saturday, July 8, 2000 @ 05:49 p.m. - Comment

Here's a complete list

of email addresses that no longer work.

Friday, July 7, 2000 @ 07:48 p.m. - Comment

You know what I like most about the Internet?

It proves that everybody is a pervert, something which we perverts have known for years. There are only two types of people on this planet: perverts... and hypocrites.

Tom Lehrer knew this in the Fifties... Bob Heinlein knew it in the Forties...

Jim Bakker knew it in the Eighties. :-)

But it was Jeff Foxworthy who said it best: "Women? You wanna know what's going on in a guy's mind? It's real simple; there's only one thought: 'I want a beer, and I wanna see something nekkid.' That's all. Doesn't matter whether he's 18 or 80."

Friday, July 7, 2000 @ 04:31 p.m. - Comment

I'm thinkin'

that it is time for the Largo Police Department to have their Coming to Jesus meeting and get it the hell over with...

Friday, July 7, 2000 @ 10:30 a.m. - Comment

4 Breasts?

Here's a girl, I wanna meet her best friend.

Or would that be "breast friend"?

[ Thanks to Charlotte, my fount, as it were, of breast information. ]

Thursday, July 6, 2000 @ 05:30 p.m. - Comment

The Heresy Handout

Courtesy of my new favorite blog, Ethel the Blog, a convenient guide to eternal damnation.

Wednesday, July 5, 2000 @ 09:18 p.m. - Comment

Here's a neat little history

of the Unix System and how it got started.

It's not in anywhere near as much detail as Peter Salus's A Quarter Century of Unix -- which, if you work with Unix at all, you need to own -- but it's still sort of neat, especially if you have no idea whatever how all this stuff started.

Wednesday, July 5, 2000 @ 09:09 p.m. - Comment

The Story about Ping

If that title means anything to you read this Amazon entry. Keep reading...

Wednesday, July 5, 2000 @ 08:40 p.m. - Comment

Happy Fourth Of July!

Er, excuse me...

Independence Day.

Thanks, Trox. Nice one.

Friday, June 30, 2000 @ 08:12 p.m. - Comment

Oh, and by the way...

I bought a clarinet last week.

So, if you live near me, you probably want to stay as far away as possible for the next month or so. ;-)

Tuesday, July 4, 2000 @ 07:04 p.m. - Comment

CalTech's official...

glass blower?

Lilly, you just find cooler shit than me. :-)

The part of the piece *I* found most intriguing is that there are enough of these guys that they need a society...

Tuesday, July 4, 2000 @ 03:03 p.m. - Comment

You might be a contrabass maniac...


Monday, July 3, 2000 @ 09:27 p.m. - Comment

Do you qualify...

to own a Monette Trumpet?

Monday, July 3, 2000 @ 09:25 p.m. - Comment

Instruments that register on seismo...

No, not the original Usenet hub... the instruments: seismo*graphs*.

You know... way down loooooowwwwwww.

Monday, July 3, 2000 @ 09:04 p.m. - Comment

Dan finds the most interesting links...

Here's a Salon piece about the DotCum lounge.

[ I'll let you do the math; I *know* this will be the most-hit link of the month... Pervs. :-) ]

Monday, July 3, 2000 @ 07:53 p.m. - Comment

The Playboy Index

You know, it's amazing, the things you find on the web. (Article on organizing your browser bookmarks coming up next month... :-)

I was searching for the name of the sweathog who used to say "I'm so confused..." (Barbarino, of course), which led me to Melonie Haller (the *hot* sweathoggette)... who, it turns out, was also in Playboy at some point (I remember the picture; don't know if I still have the magazine or not).

This led (Google is great) to The Playboy Index, an independently maintained index of the photographs of every identified woman ever printer in Playboy Magazine, from 1967 to the present.

If you like to look at sexy pictures of naked women, this index will probably be of some use to you. If you plan to attempt to blackmail someone, you might find it useful as well. :-}

Thursday, June 29, 2000 @ 05:29 p.m. - Comment



Tuesday, June 27, 2000 @ 11:57 p.m. - Comment

What happens when the little boy cries wolf?

In this case, the judge threw the two 11 year old girls who, effectively, ruined the life of their gym teacher, in leg irons and tossed them in a jail cell for about 4 hours.

And you know, I'm glad she did. There's far too damned little discipline in this world today. Those girls, and every other kid who hears about it, will learn a lesson about messin', so to speak, and maybe they won't do it any more.

Tuesday, June 27, 2000 @ 11:43 p.m. - Comment

Wear Sunscreen.

I never actually heard the radio version, but I did hear about the whole thing, on the net, of course.

Thanks to Seth, the AI Geek, for the pointer to the Chicago Trib page with all the related articles.

Tuesday, June 27, 2000 @ 11:00 p.m. - Comment

So the Confederate flag is racist, huh?

Anti-black, is it?

Yeah, right.

[ Thanks to Brennan's ugly, but informative, Weblogging Considered Harmful. :-) ]

Tuesday, June 27, 2000 @ 10:54 p.m. - Comment

Sorry I haven't been writing much lately...

My office is moving, my clients are moving, my bowels aren't moving, and I've been alternately way too busy, and miserable. I'll get over it. Hopefully before all my readers go away... :-)

Tuesday, June 27, 2000 @ 10:11 p.m. - Comment

You do have the right to remain silent.

In a copyrighted story from the Washington Post, today's St Petersburg Times reports that the US Supremen Court voted 7-2 to preserve the Miranda warning.

The 1966 case, Miranda v. Arizona, was the genesis for the paragraph that has become ingrained in the minds of anyone who's ever watched a cop drama:

"You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law."

Those of us who are worried that the police have forgotten whom they work for will be quite pleased by this. I am, of course, one of these people.

Tuesday, June 27, 2000 @ 11:37 a.m. - Comment

The phrase "too clever by half"

springs instantly to mind.

This is one of those stories about which I'm really not sure *what* I think...

Thursday, June 22, 2000 @ 11:09 a.m. - Comment

Cool evaluation...

... of the lifecycle of a discussion group, indirectly courtesy of MetaFilter.

Thursday, June 22, 2000 @ 10:50 a.m. - Comment


Hi, y'all. I finally got something past Peter Neumann, and so, as I often do, I'm linking to the current RISKS Digest... but with a little more motivation than usual.

Dan at Flutterby beat me there again, as usual, but apparently didn't notice me.

Monday, June 19, 2000 @ 11:25 p.m. - Comment

So, um, why is sex bad?

There's a fairly stringent clamp down on sexual behavior amongst most naturists. The theory, as I understand it, is "well, we're pissing the straights off enough by running around starkers, let's not play to their worst fears by actually being sexual beings, too."

Um, yeah. Right. I got that.

Fucking wimps.

I'm sorry, but I'm really, really sick and tired of rules imposed to 'protect' others from people with no self control.

Nudity is not bad.

Sex is not bad.

Children are not harmed by the presence of either, unless the behaviors in question are scandalized; there's hundreds of man-years of anthropological study that says so.

The only thing about family nudism that is bad is when *other people's kids* (or worse, parents) make the kids feel uncomfortable about it. That, my friends, is the fault of the *other* *people*. Not the naturists. Do we all have that?

And, by extension, if we're all adults around this campfire, and we're all naked, who was that who said that we were required to deny that we were sexual human beings?

It certainly wasn't Richard LaRiviere, who runs the Riverboat Club in Pasco. He's just fine with it.

"We understand that club doesn't run in accordance with the nudist lifestyle," Paradise spokesman Bob Moore said. "We just disassociate ourselves from them."

Ousted from the National Association of Nude Recreation three years ago, LaRiviere wears his non-conformity as a badge of honor. Only his club, among Land O'Lakes' four nudist resorts, is denied membership.

To celebrate his jubilee the weekend of July 7, LaRiviere has scheduled a Nudestock music festival featuring seven bands.

"I refuse to be a hypocrite," said LaRiviere, a 55-year-old Massachusetts native. "I'm not going to look you square in the eye and say it's a family place and there will be no adult activities here."

And you know? More fuckin' power to him.

I'm sick and tired of hypocrites. I'm sick and tired of people who want to tell other people how to run their lives, to cover their *own* shortcomings.

And I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired. Anybody got an Advil? :-}

Monday, June 19, 2000 @ 11:56 a.m. - Comment

Here we go on the privacy trail again...

For $50,000, the company can have a doctor implant a microchip, which can be tracked by satellite, behind a customer's earlobe. If someone with an implanted chip were kidnapped, police could pinpoint the person's exact location anywhere in the world. The chip, made by a Texas company, would be implanted by Dr. William Adams, a plastic surgeon in St. Petersburg. So far, the company has not found a customer for the procedure, probably because of the price.

Ok, so *most* of the article is about DNA tracking for small children, but I have the same sort of reservations about that as I do about *fingerprinting* children.

As long as the information stays in the property of the parents until either a) it's needed or b) the child reaches majority, and takes custody of it to make their *own* decision, I don't have a problem with it.

OTOH, the police -- at the behest of the legislatures -- are getting a touch out of hand these days, and I'm not sure I'd want it to be easier for them to identify me even if I was lily-white innocent, which, of course, no one is.

Monday, June 19, 2000 @ 11:12 a.m. - Comment


Someone finally figured out what's wrong with me...

Sunday, June 18, 2000 @ 11:12 p.m. - Comment

"You're a good man, sister..."

I skipped out this afternoon to see The Maltese Falcon -- for the first time (!); yeah, I'm a cultural illiterate -- at the beautiful, historic Tampa Theatre, downtown. Although the intelligibility wasn't quite up to my standards, I'm willing to admit that could be the print. It is nice, though, to go to a place where they still applaud after the film.

And the fact that the organist opened the after-film music with "Overture, Curtain, Lights" certainly didn't hurt either. :-)

Their Summer Movie Classics series is the next 8 or 9 weekends, Sundays at 3, and includes such delightful pieces of celluloid as "Dr. Strangelove (or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb", Lifeboat, Third Man, and a newly restored print of the Beatles' Yellow Submarine.

Go see a movie.

Sunday, June 18, 2000 @ 10:50 p.m. - Comment

No Shoe?!



Sunday, June 18, 2000 @ 08:47 p.m. - Comment

I *wish* there were things

going on in the Hooters' around here like this school board thinks are going on...

Friday, June 16, 2000 @ 05:58 p.m. - Comment

The latest Crypto-gram is out

Bruce Schneier's monthly newsletter on applied cryptography has hit the stands, so to speak, and has commentary on, and pointers to, the current state of affairs in the cryptologic community.

Excellent reading, I think; not too technical, but important nonethless.

Friday, June 16, 2000 @ 05:50 p.m. - Comment

Retiring chief whups some ass

In the continuing saga of the Largo PD, a panel appointed by retiring chief Jerry Bloechle, who decided to just get the hell out, has slapped the wrists of a couple of cops who thought those Explorers were just damned good looking.

I dunno; all the female cops I've ever met were way too hippy -- I always thought it was all that stuff on the gunbelt that did it to them...

And I'm really not sure what I think of this. The explorers in question were in fact of age. There's the whole "supervisor" thing, but I don't know that that applies here, either.

I think they're just trying to cover their tracks on the Ferraro screwup...

Friday, June 16, 2000 @ 10:24 a.m. - Comment

Aw, crap.

I hate ruining people's days. I especially hate it when they're trying to be helpful; ghod knows enough people do it to me...

but what do you *do* when you explain to someone that spreading urban legends by email without doing any rudimentary checking is bad because people either

a) get unnecessarily paranoid about the world or
2) begin to distrust *all* emailed warnings -- even the accurate ones, or
iii) (there is no third complaint)...

and they dig up *another* urban legend as evidence, swearing it's true?

Check out The San Fernando Valley Folklore Society and The Alt.Folklore.Urban archives for hits before forwarding such stuff, ok folks?

Thursday, June 15, 2000 @ 06:41 p.m. - Comment


so that's what the helicopters were doing...

Thursday, June 15, 2000 @ 10:31 a.m. - Comment

Now how much would you pay...

to swim with a dolphin?

How's $179 grab you?

Thursday, June 15, 2000 @ 10:27 a.m. - Comment


Courtney Love gets it.

Whod'a thunk it?

Wednesday, June 14, 2000 @ 03:31 p.m. - Comment

Oh, ghod...

this is so true.

[ Thanks to Brig and Neale ]

Wednesday, June 14, 2000 @ 03:26 p.m. - Comment

Long Train Home...

Pat Metheny rips Kenny G a new *asshole*.

[ From MetaFilter ]

Wednesday, June 14, 2000 @ 10:57 a.m. - Comment

Barry cartoonist pencils last panel

Jeff MacNelly -- editorial cartoonist, creator of 'Shoe', and longtime illustrator of Dave Barry's humor column syndicated from the Miami Herald -- died last week at 52. Dave, fittingly, wrote the eulogy.

Thanks to Joe Calderon at the Miami Herald for digging up that link; no thanks to whomever made the policy decision that will cause it to break sometime this week.

Sooner or later, newspapers will learn.

Because, if they don't, we will say to them, too...

Requeiscat in Pace.

Wednesday, June 14, 2000 @ 09:40 a.m. - Comment

I am starting to get tired of Vincente Naimoli

Vince is, of course, the managing general partner of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He's feeling spurned, it seems, because the Bayfront/St Anthony's Hospital Foundation is holding a fundraiser, and instead of holding it at his stadium, they're going to hold it at the St Petersburg Coliseum.

So he's issued a memorandum:

"I see Bayfront-St. Anthony's has again shunned us for this event," he wrote team officials after receiving a postcard about the foundation event at the Coliseum. "Based on their second snub in two years (after a commitment made to us to hold this event at Tropicana Field), we cannot support it in any way."

So the players from the Devil Rays apparently will not be *allowed* to attend the event. Obviously, Vince thinks that he is George Steinbrenner. He's wrong.

Hey, Vince?

Fuck off and die.

Tuesday, June 13, 2000 @ 09:48 a.m. - Comment

Nudity is sinful

Oh, of course.

Monday, June 12, 2000 @ 10:01 p.m. - Comment

Oh, crap.

I guess I better clean house.

Monday, June 12, 2000 @ 05:06 p.m. - Comment

Troxler wants to be Dave Barry

He might actually have a shot...

Monday, June 12, 2000 @ 05:03 p.m. - Comment

"If this goes on--"

Things might get messy...

Monday, June 12, 2000 @ 02:25 p.m. - Comment

The Future of Television?

Well, ok, that's a bit melodramatic, but the Phillips TiVO hard-drive based television recorder (which, BTW, runs on Linux) is the coolest thing since fried cheese. ZDnet covered it (much better than is often their wont) in this article, which pretty much says it all.

Monday, June 12, 2000 @ 10:19 a.m. - Comment

The Who Sell Out.

Well, maybe not.

Perhaps the fact that the tickets go all the way up to $125 would have some bearing on the fact that they couldn't manage to sell 3000 of them the first day out?

I dunno...

Playing outside the Ice Palace on September 26th, though, to warm the audience up, will be the Wholigans, a long time Who cover band who played at the State Theatre Saturday night, and they rock.

Monday, June 12, 2000 @ 09:57 a.m. - Comment

Rant: The Wireless Web? Really?

The latest competitive weapon in the War Between the Cellphone carriers has been "We have wireless Internet!"

Shyeah, right.

None of them do, of course. The ones that are capable at *all* don't have it provisioned in your area. And no, I don't care *where* you live. :-) Greg Knauss rants about this a bit in his Entirely Other Day, the other day. And of course, he's right. The Marketing department never tells the customer service people what's really going on.

But, more importantly, this crap that they're selling as "The Internet"...


Have you ever noticed that none of those 4-full-page ads (I'm not kidding: today's St Pete Times, AT&T PocketNet) tell you how in the hell it works?

Some of it is WAP (Wireless Applications Protocol), and as we all know, WAP sucks. Then there's the Blackberry and the Palm VII, both of which use various skins over ARDIS or RAM.

Both of those networks are slow, and neither is IP compatible, either. And there's a couple variants for the PCS people like PrimeCo^WVer-eye-zon wireless and SprintPCS...

In fact, except for the lucky folks in San Fran and a couple other areas who can get Ricochet (which might, hopefully, finally roll out over a wider area this year due to a capital infusion), the only *real* way to get portable internet service is using CDPD (Cellular Digital Packet Data). I'd give you a link, but the CDPD Forum appears to have evaporated, so I can't.

CDPD gets the kind of "Cold, Dead Chicken!" marketing that AT&T used to give everything... probably because AT&T is one of the biggest providers, and because they don't *really* want to sell it; if it goes consumer at a flat rate, they'll get swamped, and they can't make the price point yet without losing money.

It does, however, *work*, and pretty damned decently. You can get a Type II PCMCIA card to go in your laptop, or one of several cradles from Novatel Wireless for your Palm Pilot. The radios start at about $250-300, the service (with a static IP address, no less) is about $40-60 a month, depending on who you buy it from and whether you can roam or not...

And *that*, my friends, is the Wireless Internet, regardless of what the marketing loonies tell you.

So go gentle into that good night, and don't take any shit from anyone.

Wednesday, June 7, 2000 @ 04:14 p.m. - Comment

Here's something I need

like I need another hole in the head.

Monday, June 5, 2000 @ 10:01 a.m. - Comment

Patently Absurd

That's the title of an article by chaos researcher and all-around smart guy James Gleick on the stupidity going on these days at the patent office. It was originally published in the New York Times Magazine, the St Petersburg Times just got around to running it on their Perspective page yesterday, and someone has posted an annotated version here. It's a very nice piece, and the major advantage it has over a recent John Perry Barlow article from Technocrat on the death of the music business due to Napster is that this one got wide play in the general press... which is *much* more important than you think if you're a geek.

Monday, June 5, 2000 @ 09:19 a.m. - Comment

So, how do the weather pukes hear about those storms?

A lot of the time, from civilians, many of whom are members of Skywarn. There's a nice piece in today's Times featuring Skywarn, and weather radio in general.

Monday, June 5, 2000 @ 09:10 a.m. - Comment


This explains a lot...

Sunday, June 4, 2000 @ 08:13 p.m. - Comment

More than you ever wanted to know

about surviving a hurricane, thanks to Michael Roiland and the other good folks at Pinellas County. Lots o' windy goodness.

Friday, June 2, 2000 @ 12:54 p.m. - Comment

Welcome... to Hurricane Island


Here's item 1: if you live in Pinellas, check out the Board of County Commissioners evacuation zone lookup page. Do you have to evacuate? If you don't, you probably ought to make plans to sit tight: there simply are *not* enough roads to get everyone out of this county.

Hurricane straps on the roof, plywood for the windows (now, while it's cheap), bottled water and decontam pills; you know the drill. As I find the newspapers' and TV stations' prep pages, I'll link those here too. There are also a metric shitload of good weather pages to keep bookmarked -- if you're running Netscape, I recommend creating a folder in your personal toolbar for weather sites, so you always have them handy. I'll be featuring some of those over the next couple days, as well.

Gee. A mission. How cool. :-)

Friday, June 2, 2000 @ 10:45 a.m. - Comment

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