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There *better* be

an all-new West Wing next week, damnit; you leave us hanging like that for a month, Aaron, and I'll kill you. :-)

Wednesday, February 19, 2003 @ 09:54 p.m. - Comment

Game the hell on!

I can *ALWAYS* tell when Aaron has had his fingers in the script, and tonight is no exception. Yay, Zoey! Yay, Elsie!

And who *is* that girl playing not-Lauren? Recurring? Please?

Wednesday, February 19, 2003 @ 09:27 p.m. - Comment

Hmmm... many things are

becoming clear to me now...

[ Thanks to Dan at Flutterby, who does what I do, only better. ]

Wednesday, February 19, 2003 @ 05:52 p.m. - Comment

Aw, phuque.

Left Visor Prism on top of van.

Drove to work.

Drove home.

Slept all night.

Drove to work *again*.

Made sharp corner.

Fell off roof.

*Didn't* get run over in busy intersection. (No, silly, the Visor, not me.)

Broken digitizer, screen won't light, but *still* not dead.

Not synced lately, but maybe there's hope.

Wednesday, February 19, 2003 @ 09:53 a.m. - Comment

Orange is the new Pink

Just for you, Beka. ;-)

Tuesday, February 18, 2003 @ 11:41 p.m. - Comment

Gotcha some outrage here,


More, and even more on the silly "MPAA/RIAA thinks they own everything" meme.

[ Thanks, as so often, to Doc. ]

Tuesday, February 18, 2003 @ 10:24 p.m. - Comment

Perhaps there is a ghod...

Nice chat with Jessica just now.

* * *

Yes; the asterisks are all you get. :-)

Friday, February 14, 2003 @ 12:58 p.m. - Comment

Happy VD!

Yep, it's that time of year again, to spend way too much money on Hallmark, Russell Stover (whomever *he* is), and FTD.

No, I am *not* providing links there...

Hi, Jess.

Friday, February 14, 2003 @ 10:50 a.m. - Comment

And the word for the day is...


No, wait; that probably comes later. >:-)

Friday, February 14, 2003 @ 10:46 a.m. - Comment

Courtesy of Doc

as so many things are: Things You Don't See Every Day.

Thursday, February 13, 2003 @ 01:32 a.m. - Comment

Well, well, well...

Happy VD to all the Buffistas. Could things *get* any more complicated?

And does *anybody* speak Mandarin?

Tuesday, February 11, 2003 @ 08:55 p.m. - Comment

UPS joins the real world

I've long bitched at UPS because their tracking page, unlike almost everyone else's in the industry, used the POST HTTP method to send the tracking number instead of GET -- the upshot of which was that, since the package number wasn't in the URL, you couldn't bookmark the search.

On reflection, they almost certainly didn't do this because they didn't know any better, they did it because they wanted you to use *their* facility for keeping track of packages -- yet one more thing to log into and give all your information to for no good reason.

The hell with them:

Have fun. :-)

Tuesday, February 11, 2003 @ 11:28 a.m. - Comment

Duuude! Yer gettin'

a cliche!

Monday, February 10, 2003 @ 07:57 p.m. - Comment

Ever want to write for an encyclopedia?

Well, Wikipedia is your big chance.

A Wiki is a giant electronic whiteboard on the wall that keeps track of changes, and lets (substantially) anyone come along and make them. Someone decided to make an encyclopedia out of one, and it's up to 100,000+ entries... which made Wired decide to cover it.

My friend Alan will be real happy about it, too, because one of the dozens of non-English languages in which it's being maintained is Esperanto.

Monday, February 10, 2003 @ 12:41 p.m. - Comment

Well, *I* kicked over an anthill...

Near as I can figure, one of the people involved in the below mentioned Buffy coterie caught my in-link in their referer log, and posted something in their private journal... which showed up on *everyone's* 'friends' pages on LJ, whence I had about 15 or 20 hits from various of them.

Anyone wanna tell me what the poster said? That *is* an email link down there at the bottom of the post...

Saturday, February 8, 2003 @ 07:54 p.m. - Comment

Scott Bakula's package

is the undertheme of this thread that I found when searching for information on the Enterprise opening that's floating around with an alternate theme cue -- one that's traditional (read: orchestral). I'd been asserting for some months, after hearing the closing theme from a Sunday night taping (the weasels cut it for promos on Wednesdays) that given that and the incidental themes, a trained composer could write the piece of music that was "supposed" to be the open.

I'm not trained enough to *write* it, but I *can* tell you that what I heard is very close to what I'd have expected.

I want a *good* version of that fairly badly; if someone knows who did it (or whether it was official, and merely leaked out) please let me know.

[ UPDATE: apparently, I need to mention Scott's package more often; 140 hits today; about 3 times my normal count. ]

Friday, February 7, 2003 @ 11:22 p.m. - Comment

And now for something completely different

Doc says the fundamental unit of human consciousness is the story... and he says that Linux's story is changing.

There's a Ghandi quote people like to use:

First, they ignore you.

Then they laugh at you.

Then they fight you.

Then you win.

Doc asserts that we've moved into stage 4. I hadn't quite noticed, yet, but he makes a compelling argument.

Friday, February 7, 2003 @ 08:36 p.m. - Comment

Oh. My. Ghod.

I've heard of out-of-band publicity for movies and TV, but This Is Ridiculous. I love it. :-)

I've always been fond of the sort of pastiche that melds two otherwise disparate elements of pop culture -- things like Star Trek references showing up in episodes of Buffy, for example.

And some friends have fallen into the viral vortex called Live Journal.

Well, I've just discovered that some of those people are more than just Buffy fans.

[ Wow. That was almost as annoying to type as it was to follow. Someone has way, way, far way too much time on their hands. I'm guessing the whole thing is being bankrolled (and probably orchestrated, if not downright implemented) by people related to Mutant. The writing is too good, to be amateur, IMHO. ]

[ UPDATE: Or Maybe Not. I stand by the compliment, though. ]

[ MORE: But what in the hell is this guy doing in there?? ]

[ EVEN MORE: "Having to share the laptop; another reason to fight the First Evil. Don't have the laptop for long, either; I know there's already people waiting for laptop-y goodness." Wow. These folks can *write*. Wonder if the West Wing staff have Live Journals... ]

[ Anyone who isn't quite getting all this might want to start here. ]

Friday, February 7, 2003 @ 06:19 p.m. - Comment

But, damnit...

those terrorists aren't going to keep up from going about our daily lives... you know: with trivia questions. :-)

The United States has seven uniformed services.

Yes, seven.

Everybody can name the first four, many can name the fifth. A few people who are *really* paying attention can name the sixth, and it's commander. Even I didn't know the seventh, until I went looking for it today. Can you?

Friday, February 7, 2003 @ 01:19 p.m. - Comment

ThreatCON Orange (2)

The USG has just raised the Homeland Security Threat Condition to ORANGE, and that makes it seem like a good time to point out, again, my link (with, yes, the wrong banner; medium story and I'm working on it) to Two Tigers Radiological's Homeland Security Resources Page.

Long and not especially pleasant reading, but useful stuff to know, nonetheless. Welcome back to the Cold War, folks... but this one's warm, and getting hotter.

[ UPDATE: The "story" was that I stole a smaller sample banner they had on their site, because it fit better on the side of the page... and then discovered that it wasn't automagic when the level bumped. I dashed off a quick email to them asking if we might *get* working automagic banners that size... and got a reply back in about 35 minutes saying it was done. Damn... I wish I could get service like that from people I'm *paying* for it... Kudos to Two Tigers. And go get their banners, yourself. ]

Friday, February 7, 2003 @ 12:01 p.m. - Comment

Also from RISKS

I was watching a movie the other day (Goldmember) that deactivated the fast forward, rewind, and pause buttons on my DVD player. The only way to watch it is from the beginning, without stopping. If the phone rings, or something else distracts you, too bad. You'll have to start the movie over to see what you missed.

A DVD that disabled the fast forward, rewind and pause keys?

Friday, February 7, 2003 @ 12:17 a.m. - Comment

Mad Libs...

RISKS style:

[ From Pete Lindstrom, Spire Security,, in RISKS 22.53. You can't *imagine* the meta-phase problems inspired by trying to paste a chunk of text with lots of anglebrackets into pitas. Unless you use pitas. :-) Thanks to my sister for pointing out that WordPad is a) smart enough to fix it and b) dumb enough to not screw it up worse. ]

*<Adjective> Computer Worm <verb> Internet*

In the wee hours of <date>, a <adjective> computer worm spread <adverb> throughout the Internet. Dubbed <silly name> because <ridiculous reason that doesn't explain anything about how it works>, and also known as <another random name> and < yet another random name>, the worm has infected an estimated <number> systems within <length of time>. Experts are calling this worm the most <adjective> since <date in the past>.

The worm exploits a hole in <Microsoft product name> that was first identified <number> months ago by <obscure security company name>. In an attempt to secure the planet, <same company> released detailed information about the vulnerability and how to exploit it. They also mentioned how to fix it, but apparently <noun> listened. Coincidentally, the worm that exploited this hole was also first identified by <same company>. Even more coincidentally, they make a product to protect against <noun>.

"Actually, it's not really a <noun>, it's a <noun>," said <Pete Lindstrom, or some other person seeking publicity>. " A true <noun> works by <random filler that nobody will read>."

The worm's payload <verb> every system by <verb ending in -ing> the <noun>. Comparatively speaking, this is much worse than <another worm> but not as bad as <yet another worm>. The computers of <place> were hit the hardest. Current damage is estimated at <dollar figure more than the GNP of two-thirds of the world's nations>. " This worm has the potential to <something or other>," said <Pete Lindstrom, or some other person trying hard to come up with something interesting to say ;-)>. " It just goes to show you that <another something or other>."

Though there is no way to protect against this particular bug, experts recommend trying <longshot one> or <longshot two>, neither of which matter, since nobody will do it anyway.

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

The Birds and the Bees

... done very much in the style of Dave Barry.

Which is amusing because, y'know: Dave Barry

{ The GIF is animated; if I set up your browser, it's probably not going to animate, because I turn that 'feature' off. The animal is a rhino, the car, mercifully unrecognizable. ]

Thursday, February 6, 2003 @ 11:27 p.m. - Comment

Warning: Adult Content

attractive naked woman.

Well, she's attractive to *me*, anyway.

[ Um... Pam? Could that be Michelle? ]

Thursday, February 6, 2003 @ 09:34 p.m. - Comment

The Last Words

on manned spaceflight:

Somebody has to give himself
As the price of each frontier

Somebody has to take a course
And climb to a rendezvous

Where a lonesome man with a will to learn
Can make the truth shine through.

Thursday, February 6, 2003 @ 01:54 p.m. - Comment

My sister, on Wal-Mart

"The only difference between Wal-Mart and any other store is that they tell you 'It's either out there on the shelf, or we don't have it...


Wednesday, February 5, 2003 @ 09:20 p.m. - Comment

Give the Wookie what he wants!

And from someone who got it a long time ago -- back when his offices were in Newton, Mass -- a companion piece from Tim O'Reilly.

And overall, as a book publisher who also makes many of our books available in electronic form, we rate the piracy problem as somewhere below shoplifting as a tax on our revenues. Consistent with my observation that obscurity is a greater danger than piracy, shoplifting of a single copy can lead to lost sales of many more. If a bookstore has only one copy of your book, or a music store one copy of your CD, a shoplifted copy essentially makes it disappear from the next potential buyer's field of possibility. Because the store's inventory control system says the product hasn't been sold, it may not be reordered for weeks or months, perhaps not at all.

I have many times asked a bookstore why they didn't have copies of one of my books, only to be told, after a quick look at the inventory control system: "But we do. It says we still have one copy in stock, and it hasn't sold in months, so we see no need to reorder." It takes some prodding to force the point that perhaps it hasn't sold because it is no longer on the shelf.

{ UPDATE: helps to actually *post* the link. Fixed. ]

Tuesday, February 4, 2003 @ 02:26 p.m. - Comment

Maybe they're getting it

Courtesy of Doc whence I get so much of my good stuff, this letter from 32-time Grammy nominee John Snyder -- and his son Ben -- to the Board of Governors of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

"The will of the people is the highest law." -- Juvenal

My favorite:

This is a clear case of a multinational conglomerate using its political muscle to the disadvantage of everyone but itself. So, instead of creating new content and allowing long-standing laws to work, the entertainment business frantically seeks to manipulate the process to its own ends. And it does this with the obsequiousness of penurious politicians and a supinely acquiescent Supreme Court. That is the best the establishment has to offer, and it has nothing to do with progress or the good of the society.

and remember, this quote comes from a guy who *owns a record label*. Maybe there *is* hope.


They're getting it. This piece is even better thought out and more important than I thought it was when I linked it. It's long, but read it all.

Record companies are not logical, righteous entities. They are ramshackle, profit-driven enterprises. They act in their perceived best interests, and they act ruthlessly and, in many cases, irrationally. The people who run them still have their e-mail printed out by their secretaries.


NARAS should take the lead in this matter. Those who are taking it now are leading us over a cliff. The RIAA has staked out an untenable position that is as unrealistic as it is anti-consumer and anti-artist. Their interests and the interests of NARAS are not the same. Their solutions are not good solutions. They cling unsuccessfully to the past rather than embrace the stunning opportunities offered by the future. They will be unsuccessful in their attempts to criminalize the society, and in their attempts to stretch the drum head of old laws onto the drum of new technology. It is one thing to be unsuccessful, it's one thing to argue a bad position, but it's quite another to be silly and laughed at, and that's where the RIAA has ended up. They appear to be totally irrelevant except as bagmen. It's more than just bad P.R., it's bad science. The RIAA reached its conclusions, then looked for supporting arguments, all the while ignoring reality, opportunity and fact. They overstate their position, misinterpret their own data, and make dubious claims for artists' rights when the biggest abusers of artists' rights are their benefactors, the record companies themselves.

Tuesday, February 4, 2003 @ 01:35 p.m. - Comment

Ok; time to cry now

The arching sky is calling
Spacemen back to their trade.
All hands! Stand by! Free falling!
And the lights below us fade.

Out ride the sons of Terra.
Far drives the thundering jet.
Up leaps the race of earthmen,
Out far, and onward yet--

We pray for one last landing
On the globe that gave us birth;
Let us rest our eyes on the fleecy skies
And the cool green hills of Earth.

We rot in the molds of Venus.
We retch at her tainted breath.
Foul are her flooded jungles,
Crawling with unclean death.

We've tried each spinning space mote
And reckoned its true worth;
Take us back again to the homes of men
On the cool green hills of earth.

The harsh bright soil of Luna,
Dead and silent as the grave,
Holds not the souls of Earthmen
Whose lives for Earth's they gave.

The rust-red Martian deserts,
Her lonely wandering sands,
Are naught but alien visions
To who on her surface stands.

Let the sweet fresh breezes heal me,
As they rove around the girth
Of our lovely mother planet
And the cool green hills of Earth.

The stars that shine around us
Are torches on the road
Ebon, extending forever,
And with great peril sowed.

But we must travel onward,
Outward, then out again,
Exploring the uttermost reaches
Far beyond the realm of men.

My heart turns home in longing Across the voids between, To know beyond the spaceship The hills of Earth are green. Across the seas of darkness, The good green Earth is bright; Oh, star that was my homeland, Shine down on me tonight. We pray for one last landing On the globe that gave us birth; Let us rest our eyes on the fleecy skies And the cool green hills of Earth.

[ From
the Swarthmore Filkbook, wherein some other lyrically inclined souls have filled in the verses the Admiral never gave us; I made a couple small tweaks to scansion. Oh; and they're out of their mind on the choice of music. ]

Sunday, February 2, 2003 @ 06:11 p.m. - Comment


remains, as it has been for some years, the flash news website of record. There is, unsurprisingly, a thread running on the Columbia disaster, with, unsurprisingly, some exceptionally cogent commentary.

I'm not nearly as much of a metafilistine as I used to be; the signal to noise ratio has dropped enough that someone as contrarian as I is less tolerable even than I used to be. But no one does flash news better.

And speaking of news, lots of backgrounder stuff courtesy of the Poynter Institute, the only non-profit institute to own a daily newspaper

Sunday, February 2, 2003 @ 05:49 p.m. - Comment

I'm a contrarian...

but here's a view even more contrarian than mine.

Certainly something big needs to happen.

But whatever it is, it needs to keep us in space.

For practical reasons, in addition to morale.

Sunday, February 2, 2003 @ 05:15 p.m. - Comment



Sunday, February 2, 2003 @ 05:08 p.m. - Comment

We will find it, we will fix it

We will move on. That, the promise from NASA Assistant Administrator for Manned Spaceflight Bill Readdy to the astronauts lost this morning on STS-107 and their families.

The administration had *better* support him.

Saturday, February 1, 2003 @ 01:38 p.m. - Comment

No one's officially called it yet...

but shit...

Requiem aeternum donum Dominie, et lux perpetua luceat eis.

Saturday, February 1, 2003 @ 11:06 a.m. - Comment

Lends a whole new meaning...

"Tastes like piss."

"I wouldn't know."

"Why not?"

"Never tried it."

"Never tried what? Oh! Piss. You've never tasted piss. Well, stone the crows; neither have I."

[ From Lawrence Block's _Tanner_On_Ice_; weblink from Doc Searls. ]

Thursday, January 30, 2003 @ 07:55 p.m. - Comment

Lends a whole new meaning

Thursday, January 30, 2003 @ 07:55 p.m. - Comment

Well, here's a switch

Cops busted, but Atkins ok.

America. What a country.

Wednesday, January 29, 2003 @ 02:55 p.m. - Comment

Aw, shit.

Al Hirschfeld, for whom the US Postal Service suspended the law prohibiting hidden messages on stamps, died Monday.

I guess after having Jon Gruden described by the Super Bowl 37 announcing team as having "a Hirschfeld character face", he decided he was done.

Hirschfeld was 99.

On Friday, January 17, Al Hirschfeld signed his final edition of lithographs. The piece had already been on our Website for several months as a "coming attraction," listed under New Releases. It was this Charlie Chaplin, shown walking away, inspired by the close of many Chaplin silent films in which Chaplin strode away from the viewer. Its title: The End.

And no, I am not making that up.

Tuesday, January 28, 2003 @ 06:43 p.m. - Comment

Yeah, it's that time again...

time for the holder of the best political patronage job in the US, the Doorkeeper of the House, to perform his one real function: announcing the president at the State of the Union address tonight.

Oh yeah... of course there's a drinking game.

[ Thanks to the top of the Pop's, via Ken Layne and Dave Barry ]

Tuesday, January 28, 2003 @ 06:22 p.m. - Comment

Courtesy of Doc

an International Herald Tribune piece on whether we young'uns here in the U S of 'Murrica have enough long term perspective on world events to make a good judgement call.

I'm of two minds...

Tuesday, January 28, 2003 @ 10:38 a.m. - Comment

I am really not making this up...

I can't begin to tell you how incredibly cool I think it is that Dave Barry has a weblog.

BTW, Dave: an RSS feed is this thing you use to syndicate your blog headlines to other sites who care. Believe me, there will be a lot of those... The easiest description of it I could find in a short search is here.

Also, Rich Site Summary would make a pretty decent name for a rock band.

Tuesday, January 28, 2003 @ 09:31 a.m. - Comment

If you wanted to shoot your own mouth off

about the ads on the Super Bowl, McPaper is running a poll.

Monday, January 27, 2003 @ 09:17 p.m. - Comment

One for the record books...

I still haven't quite gotten my head around it yet. The Bucs Won The Super Bowl. Wow. I'll cry later. I'm too busy today.

The Tribune proved that it has a better art director than the Times, as if anyone who reads both papers needed to be told that: they did a poster front page, with a trophy-wielding Jon Gruden whooping it up. Good show, guys.

And this Super Bowl set a lot of records. notably, 5 picks; two of them Dwight Smith's returns for touchdowns... including that insult-to-injury run with 2 seconds left on the clock.

And, as often happens, Automatica had the first *and* last words.

Monday, January 27, 2003 @ 01:28 p.m. - Comment


Even if you were watching the game on a big screen, you might still not have had the bext picture; apparently ABC has the shit on their HDTV coverage.

Sunday, January 26, 2003 @ 11:07 p.m. - Comment

Flash: Bucs Win!

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the World Champions!

48-21 on a (literally) last-second TD pick run by Dwight Smith (who? :-)

Oh. My. Ghod.

Sunday, January 26, 2003 @ 10:15 p.m. - Comment

34-21, Bucs

Jerry Rice Raiders TD; Raiders tried to challenge the out of bounds on the two-point... and they're getting the challenge, but we don't think they'll get the points.


Nope, they didn't.

I'm a lot more nervous than I was at 34-3, though.

Sunday, January 26, 2003 @ 09:48 p.m. - Comment

Aw, crap

This time they screwed up their own two-point. 34-15 Bucs.

Great spot: Bud Light: Great Listener. Ghod, that girl was adorable.

Sunday, January 26, 2003 @ 09:25 p.m. - Comment

34-9, end of 3

Wow. I obviously haven't been a fan long enough, because I can still breathe. This would have been the year to play it at home, though I'd have hated to be a cop afterwards.

I think the refs just decided to be nice to the Raiders in that last call, myself. But hell, we can afford it. It's still a rout.

You should'a stayed on the squad, Jacqui...

Sunday, January 26, 2003 @ 09:20 p.m. - Comment

34-9 Bucs

It would be unsportsmanlike to call it bad officiating, but I don't care; we sacked them on the two-point.

Sunday, January 26, 2003 @ 09:13 p.m. - Comment

Best Spots So Far

Terry Tate; Bud Light: 3rd Arm

Sunday, January 26, 2003 @ 09:00 p.m. - Comment

This is actually getting monotonous...

TD Bucs. 34-3.

Sunday, January 26, 2003 @ 08:56 p.m. - Comment

It's all over but the commercials...

27-3 Bucs. Hope law enforcement is ready for the riots tonight. :-}

Sunday, January 26, 2003 @ 08:49 p.m. - Comment

Top Spot

Smirnoff: I'm Alex

Wow... :-)

Sunday, January 26, 2003 @ 08:27 p.m. - Comment


Do I need to say anymore? Hey, hey, Tampa Bay; I guess...

Sunday, January 26, 2003 @ 08:02 p.m. - Comment

Touchdown Tampa Bay!

20-3. Well; ABC has had a rep for televising blowouts this season...

Sunday, January 26, 2003 @ 07:58 p.m. - Comment

Best Spots So Far

2001: A Sierra Mist Odyssey, Barber Visa: the Sequel, and ... the one right after 2001.

Sunday, January 26, 2003 @ 07:38 p.m. - Comment


Bucs, 13-3. Go Bucs; what else can I say?

Sunday, January 26, 2003 @ 07:37 p.m. - Comment

One Quarter

And it's the duel of the kickers. 3-3.

Hint: ours is better.

Spots: Fedex and Clydesdales tied for first, "Yo" and H&R Block tied for second.

Sunday, January 26, 2003 @ 07:11 p.m. - Comment

A Parable

After living a long, full life, Troy Aikman died. When he got to heaven, God was showing him around. They came to a modest little house with a faded Cowboys flag in the window.

"This house is yours for eternity, Troy," said God. "This is very special; not everyone gets a house up here."

Troy felt special, indeed, and walked up to his house. On his way up the porch, he noticed another house just around the corner. It was a huge 3-story mansion with a red and pewter sidewalk, a 50-foot tall flagpole with an enormous Bucs flag, and Bucs pennants hung in every window.

Troy looked at God and said, "God, I'm not trying to be ungrateful, but I have a question. I was an all-pro QB, and I won Super Bowls..."

God said, "So what do you want to know, Troy?"

"Well, why will Brad Johnson get a better house than me?"

God chuckled, and said, "Troy, that's not Brad Johnson's house, it's mine."

[ Making the rounds; thanks Jen ]

Sunday, January 26, 2003 @ 04:31 p.m. - Comment

The Face of the NFL

Ever see that beautiful, slo-mo film coverage of and old game, and wonder where it came from?

It came from NFL FIlms, among other things, the largest single customer of Kodak for 16-mm movie film. Over 1000 miles of it a season.

Apologies; their home page is pretty miserable, but choose a speed, and then poke around a bit, there's some cool stuff in there... ESPN2 is spending the afternoon running recaps of their older year SuperBowl coverage... and you can buy them at NFLShop and Critic's Choice Video.

Sunday, January 26, 2003 @ 02:46 p.m. - Comment

A little over 24 hours

until game time, and it seems like time to cover some of those pesky myths that surround the Super Bowl...

No, they don't sell more avocados that week; no the sewer won't plug up; no, it's not a better day to go to Disney, and more women don't get beat up that day, either.

Oh, and the outcome of the game doesn't have much effect on the market, either. :-)

Saturday, January 25, 2003 @ 02:58 p.m. - Comment

How cool...

A naturst weblog

Thursday, January 23, 2003 @ 07:15 p.m. - Comment

Why I like

When this girl says 'breathtaking', she ain't kidding...

Wow... and those boobs, too.

Thursday, January 23, 2003 @ 06:35 p.m. - Comment

You say it there...

it comes out here.

The Buccaneers' Fight Song -- "Hey, Hey, Tampa Bay!" was created by Jeff Arthur Productions, and, proving that *they* aren't morons, they've put up a slashdot page in front of their website with a link to it.

Now, mind you, I'm not really all that *impressed* with the piece of music; a great idea, not nearly fully exploited, in my opinion, but what the hell...

Go nuts, MP3 searchers. :-)

Thursday, January 23, 2003 @ 05:57 p.m. - Comment

Ok, ok...

I finally took my Christmas Decorations down. Y'all happy now?

Thursday, January 23, 2003 @ 11:38 a.m. - Comment

And, on the other side of the street...

Another shot in The War Against Women.

On the 30th anniversary of Roe V. Wade, the Republicans are trying their damnedest to knock it over, though only about 35% of them are entitled to have an opinion, being female and of child-bearing years...

Wednesday, January 22, 2003 @ 05:24 p.m. - Comment

The Sound of Freedom

There's some wonderfully thought out interplay going on over at on the meaning of freedom.

I personally think that Stallman's creation of the GPL, and Linus' adoption thereof, are the reason that Linux is well on it's way to World Domination... and I think we need extremist.

Just like we need Marines (hooah!). But that doesn't mean you necessarily want to be best friends with one. They're more effective if they're slightly outcasts, I think.

Tuesday, January 21, 2003 @ 02:22 p.m. - Comment

And a lot of people

apparently think we'll win.

So do I.

The poll at slightly favors us, but only by a few points or final score. I, personally, think we'll kick their ass.

And I'll be comfortably ensconced at the State, watching it on the 20-foot screen. Anyone wanna come? :-)

Tuesday, January 21, 2003 @ 12:39 p.m. - Comment


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, for the first time in franchise history, are headed to the Super Bowl!

Sunday, January 19, 2003 @ 06:13 p.m. - Comment

Super Bowl Bound Bucs?

Well, the Iggles got a TD 52 seconds in... but it's halftime, and the score is 17-10 Bucs.

We'll see...

Sunday, January 19, 2003 @ 04:58 p.m. - Comment


Don't tell your friends, but we won a class action lawsuit against the record industry, and You May Have Already Won !

No, really.

[ Link to Snopes, where y'all should be keeping up regularly anyway, so you'll know I'm not out of my mind. :-) ]

Sunday, January 19, 2003 @ 01:14 p.m. - Comment

Larry Lessig

who argued Eldred v. Ashcroft valiantly, alas, lost. Doc covers it here, with a link to the NY Times. Since the NY Times requires registration, asking for a whole bunch of personal information that is none of their fucking business, and since they were pusillanimous enough to register cypherpunks as a username, with a password *other than* the traditional cypherpunks, then I haven't read the original piece, and won't link it here.

No sense encouraging pricks.

If you're silly enough to have already registered yourself, you can catch the link from Doc's site.

Can you tell I've been fighting with non-deterministic computer hardware all week?

<whine tone=childish>I don't wanna do this anymore. I wanna flip burgers.</whine>

Saturday, January 18, 2003 @ 07:12 p.m. - Comment

From the wKen show...

proof (to me) that a friend of mine whom I would have thought was over-endowed to be running (real, honest-to-ghod) marathons, might well have a career ahead of her in tennis after all, if she wants. :-}

(Hi, you. :-)

Friday, January 17, 2003 @ 11:04 a.m. - Comment

If you're *really* bored...

You might want to contemplate silica gel, and the eating thereof...

Thursday, January 16, 2003 @ 05:08 p.m. - Comment

Ever say

"You know, what this country *really* needs..."

Is a good five-cent nickel. Yeah, we know.

But, if you've got ideas about *other* things, check out

Thursday, January 16, 2003 @ 02:48 p.m. - Comment

Ok, Jessicca...

now you've gotten me started again... :-}

Thursday, January 16, 2003 @ 02:10 p.m. - Comment

Oh, and while you're at it

Even though Doc would hate their name, join

Wednesday, January 15, 2003 @ 12:26 p.m. - Comment

Best interchange

from that Boucher invu linked below:

Koman: What would you say to Jack Valenti when he says allowing copying will just mean instant Internet distribution and piracy?

Boucher: A certain amount of piracy is going to happen no matter what, and the DMCA isn't going to stop it. If for example, the concern is that somebody is going to take a DVD, use the DeCSS to circumvent the copy protection on the DVD, and put it up on the Internet, frankly that's going to happen whether my bill passes or not. My bill doesn't do anything to make that lawful; it would still be unlawful to do that; all that my bill says is that you can bypass for a lawful purpose. Distributing over the Internet is not a lawful purpose. If a person is intent on doing that, he's going to do it, whether there's one law that prohibits it or two laws that prohibit it. The mere fact that he can't circumvent for any purpose today doesn't do anything to deter that kind of conduct; it's still going to happen and it would happen even if my bill passes. It will happen either way. And my bill doesn't do anything that would make it more or less likely that people bent on committing piracy are going to commit it. What my bill does is free the innocent consumer to use digital media in the way in which he wants to use it.

Wednesday, January 15, 2003 @ 12:15 p.m. - Comment

Your Right To Tape May Be Is In Danger!

Check out the Home Recording Rights Coalition -- make your opinion known in Big Business before they "plug the analog hole" -- can you believe the arrogance here?

But the most disturbing pieces of the Status Report comes later in the document. The second section, "Plugging the Analog Hole," reveals Hollywood's plan to turn a generic technology component, the humble analog-to-digital convertor, into a device that is subject to the kind of regulation heretofore reserved for Schedule A narcotics.

Analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) are the building blocks of modern digital technology. An ADC's job is to take samples of the strength (amplitude) of some analog signal (light, sound, motion, temperature) at some interval (frequency) and convert the results to a numerical value. ADCs are embedded in digital scanners, samplers, thermometers, seismographs, mice and other pointer devices, camcorders, cameras, microscopes, telescopes, modems, radios, televisions, cellular phones, walkie-talkies, light-meters and a multitude of other devices. In general, ADCs are generic and interchangeable -- that is, a high-frequency ADC from a sound-card is potentially the same ADC that you'll find in a sensitive graphics tablet.

Hollywood perceives ADCs as the lynchpin of unauthorized duplication. No matter how much copy-control technology is integrated into DVDs and satellite broadcasts, there is always the possibility that some Internet user will aim a camcorder at the screen, always the shadowy fan at the concert wielding a smuggled digital recorder, always the audiophile jacking a low-impedance cable into a high-end stereo. These bogeymen plague Hollywood, and each one uses an ADC to produce unauthorized copies.

Even more, in an interview with the author of the Boucher Fix-the-DMCA bill.

[ Note: more on this topic further *up* the page... ]

Wednesday, January 15, 2003 @ 11:57 a.m. - Comment

Wanna stroll down memory lane?

Check out, spotted at Doc's weblog. Looks like the guy's done a fairly complete job itemizing the first decade and a half or so of the personal computing revolution... though not having read all his copy yet, I can't say which of the legends he might have bought into.

Wednesday, January 15, 2003 @ 11:36 a.m. - Comment

The "Right To Lie"

Apparently, Corporations *aren't* people, after all -- that wasn't from a case, it was from a headnote.

I'd recommend that y'all put your collective foot down on this one.

[ Oops. Typoed the link; thanks to Jen for pointing it out. ]

Tuesday, January 14, 2003 @ 05:18 p.m. - Comment

Word of Mouth, huh...

My sister got a piece of email pointing her to this website, cause someone had "filed a report about her".

Either the person who set up this site is so confused about the real world that he can't count to 6, or this is a viral email-address harvesting scam.

Not sure which.

Avoid if possible, though. Shame, too; it *was* a good idea...

Tuesday, January 14, 2003 @ 04:27 p.m. - Comment

All the smart people don't work for you...

journalism style...


At a technology conference last March, a telecommunications chief executive groaned onstage about his troubles. I noted this in my Web log, which I was updating from the audience via a wireless network link. Soon I (along with Doc Searls, another journalist-blogger), got messages from a reader in another city. The reader included hyperlinks to an authoritative Web site showing how the executive had sold stock worth more than 0 million while his company was suffering. We both immediately posted this information. Some in the audience were soon reading our blogs, and the mood toward the ceo seemed to chill. Talk about real-time feedback.

[ Thanks to Doc ]

Tuesday, January 14, 2003 @ 11:56 a.m. - Comment


Apparently, this guy was right; MD's appears to have been pulled.

BTW, I'm one of those people who thought it draw from MASH, and watching (finally; thank ghod for VHS) the 30th Anniversary MASH reunion only convinced me more. Maybe they'll bring it back, but there doesn't even seem to be a campaign.

Just another good show on the wreckage pile of corporate television.

Saturday, January 11, 2003 @ 06:15 p.m. - Comment

Nyahh, nyahh, Doc...

I only got 2 wrong.

Course, I'm not sure what that says about me... {No, Jen; that was *not* an invitation. :-)

Saturday, January 11, 2003 @ 04:05 p.m. - Comment


It ain't just me.


Saturday, January 11, 2003 @ 02:53 p.m. - Comment

I really shoulda been a lawyer...

Cause, you see, I love stuff like this, a legal analysis of the case SearchKing v. Google, over whether Google has done anything bad to SearchKing by tweaking PageRank so SK's link farms are useless.

My favorite part, cause this is a hot button of mine:

In fact, part of SearchKing's complaint was that "Google, as a provider of a ranking system upon which the Internet community relies, must apply the system in a manner that is not arbitrary, nor aimed at restraint of trade." Neither side has offered any genuinely legal arguments on this particular issue, but it gets at the wider policy point that makes this case so interesting. On what basis can an information provider or other intermediary choose which information to provide or recommend? Do the rules change when that intermediary becomes the biggest fish in the sea? Should they?

[ Courtesy of Doc, who's my home page again for a while -- it's the only way I can keep up with him. :-) ]

Saturday, January 11, 2003 @ 02:17 p.m. - Comment

And I see also...

that WorldCom think it will change it's name, to avoid the shame of... well, all that shameful stuff it did.

The commentator thinks it won't help, but tell me: are *you* aware that T-Mobile is a division of Deutsche Telekom?

Gee, and a German company owns Chrysler, too. They make most of our tanks. Hope we don't go to war against Germany again any time soon...

Saturday, January 11, 2003 @ 01:16 p.m. - Comment

Microsoft taking a drubbing

... reacts exactly the wrong way.

As usual.

Neal Stephenson had it right. [ Full piece here; thanks to ]

Saturday, January 11, 2003 @ 01:05 p.m. - Comment

Microsoft announces Windows NT 5.2...

can't figure out what to call it.

I'm shocked; shocked, I tell you.

Saturday, January 11, 2003 @ 12:39 p.m. - Comment

The backlash begins...

People are watching TV shows, but skipping the ads.

Well, that's nothing new; it's been the norm for years... but nowadays Hollyweird can *tell*. And so, of course, in the same pattern that's been followed by BigCorp for years -- viz Microsoft -- the big insecure company is going about fixing it exactly the wrong way:

People not watching your ads? Make the show one big hour-long ad.

We'll get exactly what we asked for. It's just not what we want.

[ Thanks to Flutterby, again. He finds such cool links. And, apparently, a way to read them without registering; link is to the NYTimes. ]

Friday, January 10, 2003 @ 11:36 a.m. - Comment

Solar: it ain't cheap, but it pays

My pilot Alan is a renewable (or, alternatively, you-don't-have-to-renew-it) energy guy.

For him, this line to the Agana, Guam newspaper, with a very positive story on some guys who solarized their houses (after a couple of "supertyphoons" -- love that name) and are, to quote the pop song, "lovin' every minute of it".

Friday, January 10, 2003 @ 11:30 a.m. - Comment

Gratuitous Plug: Live 365

These folks will let your start your own radio station... and *they'll* pay the ASCAP and BMI fees. (They aggregate, and have some commercial customers to take up the slack, approximately).

And best of all? No proprietary streaming formats: mp3, right to your WinAmp player -- or what*ever* you've configured your browser to use for m3u files. Very nice indeed, and deserving of a mention. I have their rough jazz (the opposite of 'smooth' jazz, of course) channel on right now. Very nice. Kinda like XM, but even more channels.

A Jay's Recommended Listen -- and don't forget: you can close the "Now Playing" window, and bookmark the channels in your mp3 player. The only ads you'll hear are for Live365 itself.


Thursday, January 9, 2003 @ 05:26 p.m. - Comment

I can't even begin to do any better

than the Reg: "MS bids for lucrative wristwatch, fridge magnet markets".

The piece, about Bill Gates' CES keynote this week, primarily, starts off with the Register's usual snarky attitude, and then degenerates into the Reg's usual intelligent, thoughful analysis of what's *really* going on, and why Microsoft are stupid.

Personally, I think it's just because they're more evil than Satan...

Thursday, January 9, 2003 @ 05:21 p.m. - Comment

Ok, yeah...

maybe I *am* paying more attention to the SuperBowl this year just because my team might be in it...

A pantheon of pop music performers from the last 35 years....

And... how 'bout dem Bucs!?

Thursday, January 9, 2003 @ 11:38 a.m. - Comment

NFL Officials fuck up call

League admits it...

Wow. Maybe it *is* the apocalypse.

Or maybe the NFL league officials just watch baseball...

Thursday, January 9, 2003 @ 11:29 a.m. - Comment

Yes, yes yes!

I don't know what it is -- they just don't seem to have figured out yet that it's only *really* good when Aaron writes it.

Danny, Zoey (who manages to be cute, adorable, *and* hot, all at the same time -- damn shame Elisabeth Moss is half my age), *and* Donna Moss, PI. All in one episode.

Back on their stride; that's what they are.

Hope he gives her something more to do sometime soon; she and Charlie make a cute couple.

Wednesday, January 8, 2003 @ 09:53 p.m. - Comment

Just like a guy...

I missed my own anniversary.

January 3rd, 2000 is the date on the first posting to this weblog. I've come a long way since then... though I'm not sure it's entirely a feature. I enjoyed the log more when I wrote longer, and if my hit counts are any indication, so did lots of other people.

I'll try to do better this year -- that's my New Year's Resolution.

Well, that and getting laid. :-)

Wednesday, January 8, 2003 @ 07:31 p.m. - Comment

Microsoft says "It's ok"...

"bend over; I've got the Vaseline, and I'll be really gentle."

Lying, as usual.

Wednesday, January 8, 2003 @ 04:56 p.m. - Comment

I'm pretty sure

I can't stand up for equal rights for women not to wear shirts with a straight face.

But I won't let that stop me.

Tuesday, January 7, 2003 @ 07:12 p.m. - Comment

Someone who doesn't need it

won't give you what you want without your Social Security Number?

Give them one from a dead celebrity.

Tuesday, January 7, 2003 @ 07:04 p.m. - Comment

Make no mistake about it

Now, more than ever, there are certain words and phrases that challenge us, and they should all be bundled up and sent to a secure, undisclosed location.


Tuesday, January 7, 2003 @ 05:53 p.m. - Comment


I just got my referer logging working again yesterday (thanks to David Smith at SiteMeter for his work in figuring out the problem) and so now I'm getting referer data about hits from *other* than major search engines.

In consequence of which I've *just* now found out about Daypop. Daypop appears to be sort of like Freefind, in that it searches weblogs; but it searches a *lot* of them: 7500, according to the current home page. And it looks a lot like Google, which is almost certainly not accidental.

In any event, a new addition to the resource list.

Tuesday, January 7, 2003 @ 11:36 a.m. - Comment


Norweigian court *unanimously* tosses theory of "Contributory Infringement".

Jon Johansson, author of DeCSS -- a program which takes advantage of a DVD player company's own carelessness in not super-encrypting it's CSS scramble key -- was found not guilty.

Though not in the US, this will be a landmark case notwithstanding -- I'll bring you more as it hits.

Tuesday, January 7, 2003 @ 11:05 a.m. - Comment

A bit o'smut

also courtesy of Dan.

This one's for Fiona, Chel, and a couple of others, some of whom actually *check* here occasionally.

Monday, January 6, 2003 @ 07:03 p.m. - Comment


Courtesy of Flutterby (sporadic, huh? :-), the Public Genitals Project.

Ghod, I love the stuff Dan comes up with.

Monday, January 6, 2003 @ 06:57 p.m. - Comment

How to get

sued by Paramount.

I'm off to watch this now; update with my opinion in a bit.

Monday, January 6, 2003 @ 06:18 p.m. - Comment

Quis custodiet

ipsos custodes...?

Monday, January 6, 2003 @ 05:11 p.m. - Comment

Tivo might be your friend, after all...

Slashdot assembles the usual babbling about a Fortune magazine article which suggests that maybe using TiVO to swap TV shows with your friends doesn't violate the DMCA because there's no actual circumvention going on -- and, of course, remember, a Magic Marker (applied to a copy protected CD) is a "circumvention device".

Monday, January 6, 2003 @ 04:01 p.m. - Comment

Trustworthy Computing...

Microsoft style...

Monday, January 6, 2003 @ 11:49 a.m. - Comment

Oh yeah, sure...

Linux is hard to use...

Monday, January 6, 2003 @ 11:38 a.m. - Comment

Oh, Nooooo!

The carpet is on fire!

Wednesday, January 1, 2003 @ 06:39 p.m. - Comment

And, since it's an anniversary

a little bit o' history would seem to be in order.

Wednesday, January 1, 2003 @ 06:06 p.m. - Comment

Happy Birthday, Internet!

Twenty years ago this very day, it was Flag Day.

Nope, not the American Flag...

That's what they call it in the computer industry when a major change is made that makes all the old stuff cease to work in favor of the new stuff, like when they switched the ARPAnet backbone from NCP (Network Control Protocol) to TCP/IP, January 1st, 1983. I wasn't *quite* paying attention yet, then, but it was recent history when I finally *did* climb aboard (he said, self-importantly).

Wednesday, January 1, 2003 @ 02:31 p.m. - Comment

The FBI needs your help

to track down 5 little old ladies -- no young, Muslim males, no sirree!

Monday, December 30, 2002 @ 10:08 a.m. - Comment

I've Lost My Mind

If you find it, please file a report...

Sunday, December 29, 2002 @ 09:20 p.m. - Comment

The Rally near my new office

has Stewarts!

Sunday, December 29, 2002 @ 09:15 p.m. - Comment

Consume, But Don't Try to Program Anything

Fight piracy -- stomp out ...

cockpit voice recorders?

Sunday, December 29, 2002 @ 08:41 p.m. - Comment

What are you building?

Are you nuts?

(the first two subject headings from the FAQ. :-)

Sunday, December 29, 2002 @ 01:59 p.m. - Comment

In addition to being more talkative

lately, I'm also all over social engineering -- which is likely because I'm about to get sorta-promoted to service manager (which is to say that we're finally gonna have some people to put under me ;-) -- and in that vein, here's an interesting piece on the topic, by Multician Tom Van Vleck.

Sunday, December 29, 2002 @ 01:43 p.m. - Comment

Programming Pearls

No, no, not "Programming Perl", that's a different book.

This one is Jon Bentley's classic collection of "Communications of the ACM" columns on how programmers (should) think, and it's out in a second edition now!

If you code for a living, you need to own this book.

And read it about once a year, if not twice.

Also his More Programming Pearls, The Elements of Programming Style by Kernighan and (I think) Plauger, The Practice of Programming by Kernighan and Pike, Writing Solid Code and Code Complete, neither of which really suffers much from being published by Microsoft Press, and About Face, a book on user interface design much of which I vehemently disagree with (the author has no clue about the size of the installed base, I think), but which still has some good elements to recommend it.

Sunday, December 29, 2002 @ 12:32 p.m. - Comment

Hey! Let's all go to a meeting

and sit around in the same room and chat on IRC!

Saturday, December 28, 2002 @ 07:24 p.m. - Comment

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