The Things I Think
Fair and Balanced

hacker emblem

National Homeland Security Knowledgebase

Or, for the geeks... Terror Alert Level

Weather Links

Bay News 9 Florida Radar
Bay News 9 Tampa Radar
NWS Tampa
NOAA Atlantic Storms
NOAA Forecasts
Pinellas County Emergency Hurricane Bulletin
Weather Channel
Florida Weather - WxUSA

Reading Room

Top 5 List
User Friendly
Linux Daily News
Hack the Planet
Jerry's View
Jerry's Mail
Backup Brain
Dan Bricklin's Log
The Bradlands
Associated Breast

? Tampa Bay Blogs #
No sex, please;

we're nudists.

Here's a good example of the reason why it irks the shit out of me when nudists go so far out of their way to disclaim their sexuality. Responses like the one on this (clearly archconservative) website are what happens.

Are nudist teens sexual? Certainly; no less (but likely no more) than any *other* teenage. Are they *more* sexual because they walk around undressed all the time? Well, likely not; something which is obvious to you -- if you too are a naturist, even by inclination.

But, you see, if a journo -- or, indeed, a naturist -- admits that in public, they lose. Or so they think... and Amerika being what it is these days; they're likely right.

This writer is clearly one of the "textiles" to whom naturists refer, more or less tongue in cheek. (Oh, well, hell, I shouldn't use that pun in this piece, should I?)

Stuffed up morons...

Wednesday, December 17, 2003 @ 11:38 p.m. - Comment


I've had a pretty productive week bidding on eBay this week.

But the crown jewel was this puppy. I've had a hard on for the Quanta Delta CG since I used to train and sell them about ten years ago for Florida Video Systems.

One of them, amusingly enough, we sold to MOR Music TV. Where I then went to work. And got to play with it. Still got the manual and my SyQuest 44 storage pack.

Now I just gotta go pay for it all.

Light blogging for the next couple weeks. :-)

Wednesday, December 17, 2003 @ 12:27 p.m. - Comment

Oh. My. Ghod.

My Buffy-fan friends and my LOTaR friends have apparently been thrown in a blender:

Once More, With Hobbits.


Tuesday, December 16, 2003 @ 11:53 p.m. - Comment

What happens when

you put Linux in your laptop computer.

Monday, December 15, 2003 @ 08:43 p.m. - Comment

For Alan

for whom Diesel engines are his thing: a link to the list of Wikipedia pages about same. Go Know Something. Oh, log in and set up an account first.

Monday, December 15, 2003 @ 11:37 a.m. - Comment

Requiescat in Pace

Kellie Waymire.

Sunday, December 14, 2003 @ 11:34 a.m. - Comment

You wanna see a

well-documented eBay Auction?

Now that is how it's supposed to be done.

@ - Comment

What kind of day has it been?

A better one, certainly, than it was 62 years ago today.

It's almost certainly a coincindence that my local syndie outlet was airing that particular episode of The West Wing. It's interesting, though, that it fell on a Sunday again, this years, 62 years later.

I don't suppose that it's proper to say "Happy" Pearl Harbor Day...

Sunday, December 7, 2003 @ 06:57 p.m. - Comment

Howard Dean plays


DEAN: I think the president did a great thing when he went to the Thanksgiving dinner in Baghdad. I think it gave the troops a great morale boost, but the truth is the president hadn't served our troops all that well. He sent them over there on what I believe was a series of reasons that turned out not to be true. And then when they got there, he doubled their term, so reservists over there spends 12 months, probably will lose their civil job, can't support their family, and then when-one August night before the news dead-or just after the news deadline, he tried to cut combat pay for the people in Iraq.


DEAN: He cut 164,000 veterans off their veterans administration benefits. That's not serving the troops well, and I think what I meant by that quote was, Mr. President, people matter. You can't expect to have a strong defense without treating the people who defend the United States of America, whether they're in Iraq or where I wouldn't have sent them in the first place-whether they're in Iraq or veterans at home. Let's see some money on the table to keep the promises you made though those veterans instead of sending the money to Ken Lay and boys at Enron with $3 trillion worth of tax cuts.


Thursday, December 4, 2003 @ 10:43 p.m. - Comment

A rag-tag, fugitive fleet...

looking for a few good writers.

Thursday, December 4, 2003 @ 09:10 p.m. - Comment

AOL set to release

new way for teenagers to engage in mutual masturbation.

Thursday, December 4, 2003 @ 09:03 p.m. - Comment

Well, I hadn't had a

good shiver down my spine recently...

Via Flutterby, everything you didn't want to know about Columbia's last flight.


Wednesday, December 3, 2003 @ 06:30 p.m. - Comment

FLASH: Disney quits Disney

The Atlanta Journal Constitution was merely the first place I noticed that had the story of Roy Disney leaving the DisneyCo board, (actual text of letter here, courtesy of Boing Boing), but while AJC's piece makes it clear they're taking their spin from the company, the letter is the item which resonates more for me, personally.

Sen Fritz Hollings (D-Disney) might be in trouble if they don't get this sorted out... :-)

Monday, December 1, 2003 @ 09:09 a.m. - Comment

Pictures from

the boneyard, by Todd Lappin, at Shutterfly, from Boing Boing.

[ What I get for linking before reading; maybe your browser can navigate whatever the hell Shutterfly is using for it's silly-ass slideshow; mine can't. I retract this link. ;-) ]

Sunday, November 30, 2003 @ 03:53 p.m. - Comment

Now... this

is what a "listen to our streaming audio" page is supposed to look like.

Bravo, Minnesota Public Radio.

Sunday, November 30, 2003 @ 03:45 p.m. - Comment

@ - Comment

Rant: Jamie Zawinski

on clueless webdesigners.

"This page best viewed by coming over to my office and looking at it on my monitor", indeed.

Saturday, November 29, 2003 @ 12:10 a.m. - Comment

Holy Slithering Jesus

I got a piece of mail from my friend Alan entitled "So ya like 'em BIG?"

Second time this week he's sent me something with a spammish subject line.

Glad I didn't trash it, though. The BIG thing is a 12 cylinder diesel engine. (Diesels are his thing.) That weighs 2300... tons. The cylinders are almost 3 *feet* across. Drives a pretty big boat...

Friday, November 28, 2003 @ 01:38 a.m. - Comment

Over the...

drainage-ditch and through the trees-by-the-side-of-the-road, to Mom's house I go.

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody.

...and welcome to the Christmas season:

Thursday, November 27, 2003 @ 11:59 a.m. - Comment

There's been some muttering

around the blogosphere as to whether the Jones' Turkey and Gravy *soda* was real or not.

It is.

Wednesday, November 26, 2003 @ 04:00 p.m. - Comment

California election officials

who oppose voters being able to *actually see* that the black box machine has recorded the vote correctly appear to be gearing up for a fight with the state.

Wednesday, November 26, 2003 @ 11:22 a.m. - Comment

Well, Largo can't run their

Police Department worth a shit, but they appear to have things pretty together over in IT...

Wednesday, November 26, 2003 @ 10:21 a.m. - Comment

My sister will be pleasantly amused

to know that the Vocera voice-over-802.11 "communicator" badges are actually being used some places...

Wednesday, November 26, 2003 @ 10:21 a.m. - Comment

Fire In The Hole!

After a week of intolerable pain, I've finally gotten WebGUI running for the upcoming websites at the StateMedia Group, and a few other projects.

Saga (and HOWTO) to follow...

[ Update: No, it's not; I was worng. Heeeeeelllllp! ]

Tuesday, November 25, 2003 @ 09:40 p.m. - Comment

Multiple Presence Disorder

n. The condition of having more than one internet messaging client active on different computers with different names, all for the same person, and not being certain which one is which. In advanced cases, the identities will be on the *same* computer.

Tuesday, November 25, 2003 @ 09:38 p.m. - Comment

The *inside* story at Google

With an IPO imminent, is everything kosher at the world's biggest and best search engine company whose CTO doesn't return my mail anymore?

Sounds like a New York Post lead, but in fact, this piece which asks pretty much that question, and whose answers aren't entirely positive, is from Forbes.

Tuesday, November 25, 2003 @ 04:33 p.m. - Comment

You know all those warm, fuzzy

OnStar commercials?

The real picture is a little different.

Is there a microphone plugged into your computer?

Tuesday, November 25, 2003 @ 10:40 a.m. - Comment

Disney Inc is at it again

They're monkeying with their total-lack-of-privacy policy. And this isn't *just*

though wait til you hear what they can do with your under-13 year olds...

Tuesday, November 25, 2003 @ 10:27 a.m. - Comment


I guess it must be almost Thanksgiving.

[ Not really work safe, I guess... ]

Sunday, November 23, 2003 @ 11:11 p.m. - Comment

See? I *told* you that

I told you that Britney was talking about masturbation. But I really do have to nominate this followup story for Most Bad Sexual Puns Used in one column inch.

[ Thanks to, and Dan at Flutterby, who pointed them out to me. ]

Sunday, November 23, 2003 @ 07:04 p.m. - Comment

Have it your way.

Unless your way is .


Sunday, November 23, 2003 @ 07:00 p.m. - Comment

Thanks, Microsoft.

No, really...

The headline, of course, is a takeoff on the (now 20-year old, and harder to find every time I try to cite it) print ad in, I think, the Wall Street Journal wherein Apple thanked IBM for making the PC business "safe for the rest of us", approximately. It was an unintended consequence, of course, and that's an accurate appraisal of what's happening now in the office PC market, as this article illustrates: the efforts of Microsoft and it's paid stalking horse, the Business Software Alliance, are driving businesses right into the open arms of Open Source.

Heh heh heh...

Sunday, November 23, 2003 @ 05:08 p.m. - Comment


Funeral interrupted by ringing cellphone.

On the corpse.

Friday, November 21, 2003 @ 03:19 p.m. - Comment

Ok, now; I don't mean to get off on a rant here...

but it's time to bitch a bit about Canadian prescription drugs and Internet telephone service.

Americans have become conditioned over the years -- mostly by disingenuous Big Businesses out for the Almighty Buck -- to actually *expect to get* something for nothing when they ask for it. That's, I think, the genesis of two current bits of stupidity: "let's try to get buying prescription drugs from Canada (where they're cheaper) legalized" and "hey, we can all save a lot of money if we switch over to Internet telephone service".

The second one is often also seen as "I wonder how long it will be until *all* telephone service moves to the Internet."

The answer, of course, is "forever".

In both cases, everyone seems to forget the obvious: the cheaper service is *possible* because the more expensive service is still generally popular (or more practical) -- and subsidizes it. If the majority of customers (try to) move over to the newer, "cheaper" service... well, guess what? It won't be the cheaper service for long.

There are other, more important considerations on the phone front -- the landline telephone network has other, non-obvious requirements upon it that IP telephony cannot now fulfill all of, and may never fulfill some of.

Friday, November 21, 2003 @ 03:06 p.m. - Comment

A nice sidebar from a Times piece

about questions to ask -- and I'd suggest making a grid on graph paper -- of a cellular carrier when you're picking one... which lots of people are about to start doing since they can take their current number with them now.

Friday, November 21, 2003 @ 02:50 p.m. - Comment

Yes, but do you do...


Friday, November 21, 2003 @ 02:09 p.m. - Comment


sets up NetForce.

Thursday, November 20, 2003 @ 08:26 p.m. - Comment


these people seriously...?

Tuesday, November 18, 2003 @ 09:43 p.m. - Comment

Here's an excellent

though somewhat long, piece on Howard Dean's presidential campaign and it's use of the net, courtesy of Doc Searls.

Teachout is a key architect of one of the most effective marketing efforts in the history of national politics, and the most sophisticated online campaign to date. Using a variety of Internet tools, from the electronic journals known as weblogs to social networking sites, the Dean campaign has propelled the Vermont doctor from near-anonymity to the front of the Democratic pack aiming to replace George W. Bush as chief executive of the United States.

But for Teachout, a 31-year-old lawyer in black high-top sneakers, the campaign is not about the Internet. Online tools are a way to get people to act -- to meet in the physical world, to put up flyers and posters, write letters and checks, speak to other people face to face. And ultimately, to get out and vote. "The Internet is moving from information technology to organizing technology," she says, sitting in a windowless conference room at the campaign's offices. "I e-mail you that I like Dean, maybe you'll tell your wife. If I tell you face to face, you'll tell everyone."

Tuesday, November 18, 2003 @ 07:14 p.m. - Comment

And *speaking* of swapping...

(ok, sorry; bad joke...) this thoroughly positive article on poly from the Guardian.

Tuesday, November 18, 2003 @ 03:40 p.m. - Comment

RIAA Members buying P2P intel

As far as I'm concerned, this is a bunch of crap. If they're trying to sue the swappers, they certainly shouldn't be profitting from knowing what the swappers are swapping...

Tuesday, November 18, 2003 @ 12:44 p.m. - Comment

Here's why you don't have

your flying cars, yet.

Tuesday, November 18, 2003 @ 12:23 p.m. - Comment

See? I *told* you

Britney was talking about masturbation.

Tuesday, November 18, 2003 @ 10:33 a.m. - Comment

Some link luvvin back to

Flutterby who is probably only accidentally responsible for my hitpeak today; Dan usually walks the sex beat, and I thought he'd be interested in this Snopes piece about what 3rd graders are using for backpocket handkerchiefs these days.

Monday, November 17, 2003 @ 09:10 p.m. - Comment


Here's some good news. :-)

Monday, November 17, 2003 @ 09:08 p.m. - Comment


America is *not* full of assholes.

Monday, November 17, 2003 @ 09:04 p.m. - Comment

My sister liked my laptop so much

...she bought the company.

Well, ok, no, just 'one exactly like it'.

According to FedEx Home Delivery, it was signed for by S.IDEDOOR.

I bet that guy is real popular...

Sunday, November 16, 2003 @ 09:53 p.m. - Comment

I make a living being a contrarian

(though, admittedly, not nearly so good a living as Bob Cringeley, John Dvorak or Dave Barry :-), but it's nice to have other high-profile contrarians agree with me occasionally.

Bruce Schneier's latest Crypto-gram is out, and in it, he agrees with me that while the recent acquittal of a British cracker whose computer was used to DDoS a Texas company sounds a clarion call, it's a *good* call, not a bad one.

Sunday, November 16, 2003 @ 04:30 p.m. - Comment

Someone has actually managed to get formal permission to post on the net the Larry Niven piece I most love to refer to:

Man Of Steel... Woman Of Kleenex

Saturday, November 15, 2003 @ 02:13 a.m. - Comment

The Grinch who stole...


Friday, November 14, 2003 @ 10:38 p.m. - Comment

Remember X-Ray Vision Glasses?

Here's proof that there are some people out there with *way* more money than brains...

Friday, November 14, 2003 @ 11:16 a.m. - Comment

Star Trek is actually good this week

It's a Wild West Planet episode... and they managed not to steal any of it from either "A Piece Of The Action" *or* that O.K. Corrall episode of TOS.

Now, if they can *just* fix that fucking song...

Wednesday, November 12, 2003 @ 08:56 p.m. - Comment

Our plans for World Domination

are pretty much complete in Thailand.

Wednesday, November 12, 2003 @ 01:09 p.m. - Comment

Howard Troxler

is a down mutha$#*@%&...

Wednesday, November 12, 2003 @ 11:06 a.m. - Comment

Probably *THE* best use of Flash

that I have ever seen is this animated automatic transmission at HowStuffWorks.

Wednesday, November 12, 2003 @ 01:03 a.m. - Comment

FCC Fucks Over Free TV

Film at... oh, never mind.

Sunday, November 9, 2003 @ 12:50 p.m. - Comment


Penguin of the United States

Sunday, November 9, 2003 @ 12:46 p.m. - Comment

Here's some more on the Naomi Wolf

"guys don't want to fuck anymore because of porn" silliness I linked last week. This one is longer, even better thought out, and written by a female adult movie actress/weblogger in her delightfully named Pornblography Daily Grind.

Sunday, November 9, 2003 @ 12:36 p.m. - Comment

Bush orders officials to stop leaks

Officials say "Shyeah, right..."

Sunday, November 9, 2003 @ 12:27 p.m. - Comment

Let me share with you....

a typical Thanksgiving at the Turk household...

It starts with my mother yelling at my sister for yelling at my grandmother, who's yelling at the television screen -- which happens to be the microwave.

And then my militant brother Jabari -- formerly... Bob -- gives my father attitude for using the word "Black", even though he's referring to the *turkey*, which, by the way, only got burnt because instead of turning the oven off, my bipolar Aunt Lesley tried to shove her head in it.

Saturday, November 8, 2003 @ 06:59 p.m. - Comment

They call it

Needless Markup for a reason.

Wednesday, November 5, 2003 @ 09:46 p.m. - Comment

"You people ..."

"...still have a K-Mart. [ That's why the Walmart is 13 cents cheaper... ]"

Wednesday, November 5, 2003 @ 03:23 p.m. - Comment

Cringely jumps on the bandwagon

A few months back, Steve Gibson from Gibson Research (the SpinRite people) climbed on his high horse about how the sky would fall because WinXP would include direct access to a raw socket interface to TCP/IP. Now, notwithstanding that it's easy for cracker programs to bring their own along for the ride on older versions of Windoze, and that this is therefore Sky Is Falling kind of commentary, there's a much easier solution to this, that Cringely missed too, in his recent piece.

It's this: the only thing that this permits, really, is the sending of IP packets with forged addresses, which makes things like Distributed Denial Of Service attacks much harder to trace. And that could be completely wiped out in one week if the Top 20 ISPs would merely start enforcing Source Address Spoofing prevention on their edge routers.

They assigned the addresses, *they* *know* which ones are valid. If they'd merely filter out everything else, the problem would end. *Now*. And since, these days, it's pretty much just a single switch in the configuration on the edge router/PPP concentrator, it's very close to *criminally negligent*, IMNSHO, that they don't do it.

Wednesday, November 5, 2003 @ 02:58 p.m. - Comment

Well, it would seem to be time

for me to finally get around to writing a review of last Saturday's live performance of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, at the Tampa Theatre.

In a word: it was great.

(Just call me George Bush. :-)

It was the second show of two, and went from "we half about half the seats left" at noon to "we were in the Back Row" by curtain. :-) We did; they were great.

And so was the show. My first impression when I'd looked at the website earlier in the week was "8 props people? Hell; *I* did it with 4..." And then I got to the show, and saw the props. Wow. Damn fine construction work, Chris. And the acting was pretty decent this year, as usual... but I think Scott's getting a bit tired of it after all these years. His strutting isn't as... crisp as it used to be. 3rd show of three, of course, so...

Any event, a damn fine time. Links to come here later.

And Faith's not a virgin anymore. Moo-ha-ha-ha.

Wednesday, November 5, 2003 @ 12:14 p.m. - Comment

Voters Clear On Airport:

"We don't *care* if closing it would make the St Petersburg Times' land in the area more valuable, we want to keep it open anyway."

Wednesday, November 5, 2003 @ 10:08 a.m. - Comment

A spiffy-cool PCL chart

is here

Tuesday, November 4, 2003 @ 03:03 p.m. - Comment

Project 54...

where are you?

Monday, November 3, 2003 @ 03:39 p.m. - Comment


can't *all* be science fiction writers, right?

For two million years it had been only a fantasy, a monkey dream. For the first fifteen years of my own life it had still been only a fantasy, something a teacher or a scientist might laugh at you for believing in. For the next quarter-century it had been a news story-one that seemed to bore most of my fellow citizens silly. But now it was reality-real reality; that is, the part experienced by me-and the two-million-year-old dream had really come true:

The species I belonged to had figured out how to climb the biggest tree there is. We were already becoming familiar with its lowest branches.

In that moment, I knew, as fact, with utter certainty, that one day we were going to climb all the way to the top. Nothing was going to prevent us. Not presidents, proxmires, press, public opinion, economic forces, or nuclear winter.

No, it could be delayed, but it could not be stopped. This was evolution in action, before my eyes. As surely as we had come down out of the trees, as surely as we had crawled up out of the tidal pools in the first place, we were going to do this thing.

Friday, October 31, 2003 @ 11:34 p.m. - Comment


In a recent newspaper piece, an author named Naomi Wolf muses on the explosion of dirty pictures on the net, and how it's supposedly "deadened" men to "real women". In his weblog Armed & Dangerous, hacker anthropologist (that word has entirely too many 'O's in it) Eric Raymond laughs in her face.

And so do I.

But amusingly enough, I've caught Eric out on this one: he missed completely the *best* counter argument to her ludicrous, apparently very thinly researched assertions: *the* most popular and fastest growing type of commercial pornographic videos?

"Amateur" tapes. Whether the actors are *really* amateurs or not, the selling point of these tapes is *precisely* that they *do not look 'like porn stars'*. So, shit, Naomi; what's up widdat?

Friday, October 31, 2003 @ 11:01 p.m. - Comment

Here's looking at...

you, kid. Two hits from Google for old friend Elana Wakeman in 48 hours; one from UTexas, one from Tampa Bay RoadRunner.

Hi, squirrel. How's life treating you?

Thursday, October 30, 2003 @ 03:55 p.m. - Comment



Thursday, October 30, 2003 @ 01:29 p.m. - Comment

In CNet Longhorn invu,

Bill Gates proves once again that he's capable of completely failing to answer the questions put to him, even when they're clear and cogent.

I would say he'd make a great politician, but I wouldn't want to put politicians down...

Thursday, October 30, 2003 @ 01:11 p.m. - Comment

You can't find *everything* on the net, after all.

I grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts, for 16 years, and among other things, spent a fair amount of time watching WGBH, the PBS affil there -- particularly for their yearly Auction, which raised them enough money not to have to do "traditional" pledge drives... and still does.

What I *don't* seem to be able to locate, though, is the name and composer/performer of the piece of harpsichord music they used to sign off every night.

[ UPDATE: *calling* the TV station got me the information that it is supposed to be "Rondeau A Go Go", by noted Mass musician Daniel Pinkham (yes, he *is* related), but I've had no luck at *all* finding the track even mentioned on the net. ]

It's up there with the *original* Home Shopping Club net 1 and 2 theme song carts that I'd dearly love to get copies of...

Sunday, October 26, 2003 @ 09:02 p.m. - Comment



Sunday, October 26, 2003 @ 05:44 p.m. - Comment

Oh, by the way...

the 'five-second' rule is bullshit, too. Sorry.

Sunday, October 26, 2003 @ 05:29 p.m. - Comment

While there are

some great paralegals out there, there are others whom you don't want to ask to find you a better sushi restaurant.

Sunday, October 26, 2003 @ 05:35 p.m. - Comment

The Voice of the Bucs

on WQYK 99.5, anyway, is the engaging -- and somewhat excitable -- Gene Deckerhoff. He has a website (doesn't everyone, these days?), but the part of it I liked the best is right down at the bottom of the page. He's the voice of the 'noles, too. Check it out.

Sunday, October 26, 2003 @ 03:00 p.m. - Comment

The Al Franken Decade continues

My local St Pete Times, though they're all wet on the airport issue, have run a good political analysis piece on him, Al Franken.

It's fair and balanced. Really.

Oh, and that election? Yes, Yes, NO, Yes.

Sunday, October 26, 2003 @ 02:48 p.m. - Comment

Good to be lazy

Pitas had a *second* crash, which apparently ate a bunch of people's postings...

but not mine, cause I didn't *write* anything in that period. :-)

Sunday, October 26, 2003 @ 02:47 p.m. - Comment

Next Page
Search, etc.
If you got here from a search engine, but can't find what you wanted on this page, use this local search engine, which spiders the site daily.

Search Baylink
powered by FreeFind

Open Directory Project at
Old Stuff!

Copyright (C-in-a-circle) 1999-2002, Ashworth & Associates, All Rights Reserved, All Wrongs Reversed.
This site is hosted by Pitas, but they have no control over what I say.
If you don't like something I said, don't even *think* of suing them or I'll blow up your house. ;-)
(PS: for the humour impaired [ie: lawyers and judges], that *is* a joke)

New layout courtesy of Morpheus and the Open Source Website Design Network