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Friday, December 30, 2005

free audio books? Potter Rocks!

free audio classics pretty trippy really.. text-to-speech of the classics.

But Goblet of Fire, my goodness. Friggin AMAZING! 10x better than Narnia, which just seemed to be a 1:40 minute battle sequence, complete with such amazing dramatic moments as having one brother get stabbed when we all know that his sister's got the potion to 'fix all wounds.' How are things like this dramatic? Maybe we'll be forced to watch a scene of her running to come get him? Maybe she'll be waylaid and we'll end up cutting between her and her assailant and his dying body, but guess what I think it'll turn out ok.

Now option 3 would be for her to give him the potion and then it doesn't work, and then they go find santa and are like 'WTF?' and maybe we can fit another battle in. Like an elf vs man battle. That would be kinda cool.

But yes, Harry Potter was 10x better. Somebody told me they saw weeping shell shocked kids at the end of their performance. I'm not surprised. But awesome pacing. Awesome directing. Way to make the hard choices and not waste precious time on minutes of quidditch scenes that'll look good in previews.

Of course I still say I'd sign a promise to go see it twice if they release the next one in 2 parts...

Sunday, December 11, 2005


"There is no way, apart from quoting all table and column names in backticks, to force Hibernate to use quoted identifiers everywhere!"

now you tell me. Gosh darn postgres. Definitely not a big fan of capitals is postgres.

What's this? Spring saves a life? Is there anything this framework can't do?
wow, what a stud ;)

Monday, December 05, 2005

rod johnson's love for the common man

Add Spring Capabilities...
Add Hibernate Capabilities...

public class Knight {
public String name;
public String getName() {
return name;
public void setName(String name) {
this.name = name;
public String toString(){
return "My name is "+getName();

<bean id="Knight" class="com.wos.test.Knight">
<property name="name">

BeanFactory factory = new XmlBeanFactory(new FileSystemResource(new File("src\\applicationContext.xml")));
Knight k = (Knight) factory.getBean("Knight");

Gotcha number 1:
java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: org/apache/commons/pool/impl/GenericObjectPool
Problem: No commons-pool-1.2.jar

Add this to WEB-INF/lib/

Gotcha number 2:
To the test app & add a log4j.properties file to get rid of the log4j warnings.


My name is JoJo


Ok, now we add Hibernate..

hmm, error that it can't find net.sf.HibernateException
odd considering that we're using hibernate3, which should look like org.hibernate...

adding hibernate2.jar to the /lib... and we're past that one.

Now it's:
PropertyAccessExceptionsException (1 errors); nested propertyAccessExceptions are: [org.springframework.beans.TypeMismatchException: Failed to convert property value of type [$Proxy0] to required type [net.sf.hibernate.SessionFactory] for property 'sessionFactory']

Looks sketchily like another hibernate 2 v 3 problem to me. does spring perhaps not support hibernate 3? Worth checking...

hah!!!!! spring "not support hibernate"?? what a joke. Spring is a super star. The problem is MyEclipse. It brings in such a hunk of jar's that it turns out you can get one's that reference different version of hibernate. I think I'll be adding jars myself from now on.

Now it's all set. And if AbstractTransactionalDataSourceSpringContextTests isn't the end all expression of Rod Johnson's love for the common man, I don't know what is.

Just remember to use:

on your datasource, or you could end up doing a bit more comitting than you meant to ;)

Sunday, November 27, 2005

getting down to work

So, the real purpose of the new machine was to learn about all the cool new web frameworks work. Yeah, I know it sounds a lot like programming in my free time, doesn't it?

1) Write web-app using Spring, Hibernate and either Spring MVC/Spring WebFlow or JSF.
2) A+++ coding practices the whole way, ie Design it in UML & fully TDD. (eep!)

So let's do it to it!

Eclipse SDK 3.1.1
(We'll wait on 3.2 until MyEclipseIDE supports it)

Unzip to c:\Program Files
Now download:

From eclipse.org and extract all of them to Program Files. It's a bit weird, but just make sure that you'll overlay the eclipse directory over the existing eclipse directory so everything lines up and OK the overwrite. It won't hurt anything.

MyEclipse is pretty darn nice for a lot of things although I haven't fleshed it all out yet. Primarily I like it's Hibernate features and the DBExplorer. Oh, and $29 a year is such a soothing price point. I probably struggle along if it cost $60 but for the price I'm all theirs.

Go do the myeclipseide.org download of 4.0.

Then update to 4.1m1 with the directions here.

Fire up MyEclipse and everything's good to go...

Can't do anything without CVS right?
cvsnt- from cvsnt.org is the trick for Windows. Pretty easy to setup too. Only trick is putting your repository in an easily backupable place.

Open the CVS perspective in Eclipse and add the repository. I did a pserver connection although apparently there's some real security issues if you're going over the net. We're not, so bada-boom.

Postgres Database
Now a little postgres vs mysql debate... settling on postgres, mostly since we use it with success at work. More comments here...

Definitely 8.1 ...

First off it conflicts with some SSL dll's from CVSNT. Clicking ok and proceeding... We'll see if that comes back to haunt us. Now we run into a bit of confusion with the users. I've ended up with a windows services user with name postgres, but the randomly generated password has characters I can't even find in charmap.exe. Eek. We'll hopefully not a big deal.

Ok, running pgAdmin III from the start menu and I create a new DB. Darn I wish I remembered more about templates... anyway, template1 and 'go do it', but first I make a new user a\so that we're not doing everything as 'postgres'

Sigh, but now I'd like to use phpPgAdmin. It's darn nice for viewing DB guts. Sadly this means apache and php installs as well. Such is life though, right?

apache's easy, download the most recent here, and do an easy windows install.

php. Make sure to do the zip package/manual install if you're going to use apache. Other wise no love. php-5.1.0-Win32.zip is what you're looking for. Files here.

Extract this to C:\Program Files\ and change the directory to just be PHP.

Read the install and we end up copying php.ini-recommended to just php.ini.
Apache2 looks like it'll do the PHPRC environment variable for us...

Next we add to our apache/conf/httpd.conf file right under the rest of the 'LoadModules'

PHPINIDir "C:/Program Files/PHP"
LoadModule php5_module "C:/Program Files/PHP/php5apache2.dll"
AddType application/x-httpd-php .php

Fire up apache by running cmd, and run apache/bin/apache start, and this should go off no problems.

Back to phpPgAdmin...
Now, we download the phpPgAdmin-4.0 zip, throw it in htdocs, add a little
<Directory "htdocs/phPgAdmin-4.0">

to the httpd.conf file...

goto and....

404. Durnit. Clearly I don't understand apache config yet in the 2 minutes I've devoted to it.

[Sun Nov 27 18:37:14 2005] [error] [client] File does not exist: C:/Program Files/Apache Group/Apache2/htdocs/phPgAdmin-4.0

but it does. hmm. ahah! notepad.exe saves the day again shows us:
explorer: C:/Program Files/Apache Group/Apache2/htdocs/phPgAdmin
error.log: C:\Program Files\Apache Group\Apache2\htdocs\phpPgAdmin
silly p's.

now we get:
Your PHP installation does not support PostgreSQL. You need to recompile PHP using the --with-pgsql configure option.

hah! as if we'd even compiled it to start! fine fine, you can say we should slow down and think of these things before we start, but I say bah. Look how far we've got. (and how insecure we presumably are, but... well no but for that one really.)

Back to PHP...
So, back to the php manual install. Which talks about windows extensions here...

And we're off, back to php.ini and it's easy:
change extension_dir = "./" to
extension_dir = "c:/Program Files/PHP/ext/"

and uncomment
like so

restart apache and.... wahoo! at PHP enabled.

Now, login as the 2nd postgres user that we created. I noticed that it said logging in as postgres or admin won't work unless you muck with the .ini more for security reasons. Worksforme.

DB/Eclipse integration
Back to MyEclipse and let's plug her in.
Window->MyEclipse DB Exloperer.
DB Browser->New DB
Driver Libraries->New @ PostgreSQL\8.1\jdbc\postgresql-8.1dev-403.jdbc3.jar
ExampleURL: jdbc:postgresql://localhost:5432/yourDB

Hmm. No love again. Can't login as my DB user. Ahah. Can login as the postgres user. That's unfortunate, but oh well. Looks like we're ready to ORM to our hearts content!

Tomcat. Since we'll surely want it.
Ok, we'll probably want Tomcat too right? Ok download 5.5 whatever. This install's pretty easy up until the 'Admin application'. If you just do what you'd expect, you end up with a big fat "Tomcat's administration web application is no longer
installed by default. Download and install the "admin"
package to use it."

So, off to the web and....

Re[5]: tomcat management and Tomcat Administration
Steve Russell, May 27, 2005 [replies:5]
Hi, I was also unable to find any instructions on how to do this, but I managed to integrate the admin package by doing the following:

1. Unzip jakarta-tomcat-5.5.9-admin.zip & copy conf\ and server\ folders and contents over your own Tomcat conf & server folders (into CATALINA_HOME folder)
2. Copy CATALINA_HOME\server\webapps\admin\admin.xml to CATALINA_HOME\webapps\admin.xml
3. Add a line to CATALINA_HOME\conf\tomcat-users.xml to allow a user to login to the manager & admin modules, e.g.:
4. Restart Tomcat


Which fixes it very nicely thank you Steve. Frankly it confuses me a bit about how Tomcat really works, but hey.

Disregard the above. It works, but as with most things that work even when you don't quite think they should, it's a bad idea. The real problem is that there's a C:\Program Files\Apache Software Foundation\Tomcat 5.5\webapps\ROOT\admin directory that's stealing your thunder. All you need to do is wack this guy and it'll stop taking priority over the server\admin directory. Yes!

Back to eclipse, J2EE perspective, servers... add our new tomcat server, which requires going and finding the sdk. Easy enough.

So what do we have now?? Well, we're just about ready to rock. Next up will be design ing the structure in eclipse and then looking at the best ways to instantiate our model in the database and within our spring framework. Hopefully it can go:

UML -> POJO -> Spring Beans -> Hibernate Mapping -> DB tables

We'll see what the state of the tools are, and how much typing this will take....

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

civilization 4

Well, now you've gone and done it. You've wasted another perfectly good 12 hours of your life playing civ 4.

A little background though. I'm not a super gamer. I'm a normal guy. I have friends. I get to work by 9. (ok so 9:15, but if I'm too tired to work before then it's not useful to be there, right?) Let's list a couple hypothetical things that it would be highly unusual for me to do:

  1. Wake up at 7am
  2. Get to work at 11:15
  3. Bail on a cool party
  4. Go to bed at 4:30am
  5. Get to work at 11:30

But this is just what civ4 has made me do. Maybe I should put up a neato little graft of my 'get in to work' time.

Anyway, yes, it certainly has that 'just one more turn' thing. I laughed when I heard that there's now an alarm feature, but perhaps I should look into enabling that.

The game is probably the best yet, although I've just completed one game so far. There's definitely less focus on micromanagement, which seems like a pretty good thing, although it did leave me feeling a bit like I wasn't in total control. Enough of the game mechanics are different that I had no problem letting the AI sort out which tile improvements to build while I bungled around the interface.

One thing that I should mention about the first play is that I just sat down and played, no manual, no tutorial. Thankfully I'll be separated from my computer for the thanksgiving weekend and will have a good bit of time to read el manual cover to cover, but for now, the interrface is pretty friendly.

It may be a while before I even get around to installing Age of Empires, but I'll certainly still fire up doom 3 now and again. It still scares the pants off me, and the glee of playing at just about any res/aliasing/detail mode is pretty nice. Haven't got around to clocking it yet, but it was definitely going so fast I needed to put on the vsync..

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Young, Assured and Playing Pharmacist to Friends

Young, Assured and Playing Pharmacist to Friends

They ain't joking.

Maybe I'll need some of the drugs mentioned above to stay up late with my fancy new rig on it's way from newegg:

Case: Antec SonataII w/450W PSU
Mother: MSI NF4 K8N NEO4-F
Processor: AMD 64 3800+ Athlon X2
Memory: Corsair D400 ValueSelect 2x512
Video: EVGA NVidia 6800GS
Audio: Audigy 2ZS
DVD: Lite-On DVD
LCD: ViewSonic VA902b Black 19" 8ms LCD Monitor
HD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 250GB 3.5" Serial ATA150

Oh, and XP Media Center. I know, I know.

Should be a frickin screamer though. Nothing better than reading all the user comments about the X2. Half of these crazies have it clocked up to 2.4ghz! Youcha. I think I may try to avoid too much smoke pouring out of her for at least the first little bit.

Besides, this is a work computer. Work. Right. And what's that video card for then, eh? Um... Web browsing. Yes. Web browsing. At this rate I should get to the end of the Internet in no time.

Anyway the whole list is based on extremetech.com's Bang For The Buck list. Ok, so not so much 'based on' as ripped straight from.

Seriously though it is for work. Somebody around here's got to figure out web techonologies that have been developed since the turn of the century, and I think it's going to be me. Integrating them into the full production system first go seems unfortunate though, so how about a nice little website project I can throw adsense on and make a little extra cabbage from? Exactly. Oh and yes, I only expect to make about as much as the ads on this blog.

Which is now up to $1.09 thank you very much. Honestly, who clicks on these adds? Besides you of course. You can keep clicking.

Friday, November 11, 2005

times 10.11.05 McClellan malquoted doubleplusungood rectify

Winston examined the four slips of paper which he had unrolled. Each contained a message of only one or two lines, in the abbreviated jargon -- not actually Newspeak, but consisting largely of Newspeak words -- which was used in the Ministry for internal purposes. They ran:

times 10.11.05 McClellan malquoted doubleplusungood rectify

times 17.3.84 bb speech malreported africa rectify

times 19.12.83 forecasts 3 yp 4th quarter 83 misprints verify current issue

times 14.2.84 miniplenty malquoted chocolate rectify

times 3.12.83 reporting bb dayorder doubleplusungood refs unpersons rewrite fullwise upsub antefiling

With a faint feeling of satisfaction Winston laid the first message aside. It was an intricate and responsible job and had better be dealt with last. The other four were routine matters, though the second one would probably mean some tedious wading through lists of figures.

What was need was a simple change of the White House transcript and "That's accurate" could easily become "I don't think that's accurate." The trick would be propogating the change to the Federal News Service...

Fiction 1984

Reality The White House

Day by day and almost minute by minute the past was brought up to date. In this way every prediction made by the Party could be shown by documentary evidence to have been correct, nor was any item of news, or any expression of opinion, which conflicted with the needs of the moment, ever allowed to remain on record. All history was a palimpsest, scraped clean and reinscribed exactly as often as was necessary. In no case would it have been possible, once the deed was done, to prove that any falsification had taken place.


Tuesday, November 08, 2005


While playing the role of a Texas Ranger, Chuck Norris used live ammunition during all shoot outs. When the director explained that he can't do that, he replied, "Of course I can, I'm Chuck Norris," and roundhouse kicked him in the face.

If paper beats rock, and rock beats scissors, what beats all 3 at the same time? Answer: Chuck Norris.

Chuck Norris can make a woman climax by simply pointing at her and saying "booya".

Chuck Norris puts the m's on M&Ms.

When his martial arts prowess fails to resolve a situation, Chuck Norris plays dead. When playing dead doesn't work, he plays zombie.

It is common knowledge that there are three sides to the force: The Light Side, The Dark Side, and Chuck Norris.

Scientists used to believe that a diamond was the world's hardest substance. But then they met Chuck Norris, who gave them a roundhouse kick to the face so hard, and with so much heat and pressure that the scientists turned into artificial Chuck Norrisi.

Chuck Norris carries a messenger bag. If you call it a purse, he pulls a baby out of the bag and throws it at you. The baby will blow up upon impact.

Rather than being birthed like a normal child, Chuck Norris instead decided to punch his way out of his mother's womb. Shortly thereafter he grew a beard.

God offered Chuck Norris the gift to fly, which he swiftly declined for a +500 gain to roundhouse ability.

New Years Eve 1998, Chuck Norris was at a party, when the clock struck twelve, instead of kissing someone, Chuck Norris roundhouse kicked everyone at the party. He then proceeded to roundhouse kick everyone on the street, and the whole city. He has been doing this ever since.

Chuck Norris does not sleep. He waits.

When Chuck Norris was denied a McGriddle at McDonalds because it was 10:35, He roundhouse kicked the store so hard it became a Wendy's.

Chuck Norris drinks napalm to quell his heart burn.

A ducks quack does not echo. Chuck Norris is solely responsible for this phenomenon. When asked why he will simply stare at you grimly.

Chuck Norris was a hidden playable character on Mortal Kombat 2 on the Sega Genesis.

Chuck Norris is known for his modesty but readily admits that he is the 8th wonder of the natural world.

Chuck Norris once tried to defeat Jackie Chan in a game of chess. When Norris lost, he won in life by roundhouse kicking Chan in the side of the face.

Chuck Norris' roundhouse kick is so powerful, it can be seen from outer space by the naked eye.

Chuck Norris doesn't believe in Germany.

Chuck Norris goes to the toilet once a month, if he needs to or not.

Chuck Norris wears a live rattlesnake as a con dom.

Chuck Norris can cut onions without crying.

Chuck Norris burned down an entire forest when he was experimenting with water.

There are in fact 31 letters of the English Alphabet however only Chuck Norris knows what the extra 5 letters are.

Occasionally Chuck Norris will call up the Power Rangers just to say hi.

Chuck Norris has no concept of time, if you go to his house you won't find a single clock. When you ask to leave because it's getting late he stares at you blankly until you sit back down.

If you want a list of Chuck Norris' enemies just check the extinct species list.

Chuck Norris has never blinked in his entire life. Never.

Chuck Norris can believe it's not butter.

Chuck Norris once ate a banana without having to peel it.

If Chuck Norris had a dollar and you had a dollar, Chuck would kick your ass and take your dollar.

When Chuck Norris's wife burned the turkey one Thanksgiving, Chuck said,

"Don't worry about it honey," and went into his backyard. He came back five minutes later with a live turkey, ate it whole, and when he threw it up a few seconds later it was fully cooked and came with cranberry sauce. When his wife asked him how he had done it, he gave her a roundhouse kick to the face and said, "Never question Chuck Norris."

We once had a bachelor party for Chuck Norris. He ate the entire cake before we could tell him there was a stripper in it.

Every piece of furniture in Chuck Norris' house is a Total Gym.

Chuck Norris once shot a German plane down with his finger, by yelling, "Bang!"

In a recent interview, Chuck Norris told Entertainment Tonight co-host Mary Hart that his most memorable role was when he played the third breast on the hooker in "Total Recall".

Chuck Norris once did a back flip off the Great Wall of China.

Chuck Norris doesn't need to swallow when eating food.

Chuck Norris can divide by Zero

Chuck Norris caught all 386 pokemon in just under 2.7 seconds. He says he won't trade any of them for anything.

If Superman and the Flash were to race to the edge of space you know who would win: Chuck Norris.

Ironically, Chuck Norris' hidden talent is invisibility.

Chuck Norris eats Transformer toys in vehicle mode and poops them out transformed into a robot.

In one episode of Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Chuck Norris replaced Carlton for one scene and nobody noticed.

Contrary to popular belief, Chuck Norris was dropped at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Chuck Norris broke his own leg, purely for the sake of winning the paralympics.

Chuck Norris is where babies come from.

Chuck Norris owns the greatest Poker Face of all-time. It helped him win the 1983 World Series of Poker despite him holding just a Joker, a Get Out of Jail Free Monopoly card, a 2 of clubs, 7 of spades and a green ..4 card from the game UNO.

If you can see Chuck Norris, he can see you. If you can't see Chuck Norris you may be only seconds away from death.

On the 7th day, God rested. Chuck Norris took over.

Biologically, Chuck Norris is his own step-father.

Chuck Norris invented a language that incorporates karate and roundhouse kicks. So next time Chuck Norris is kicking your ass, don't be offended or hurt, he may be just trying to tell you he likes your hat.

Chuck Norris consumes 87 cans of mayonnaise in a week.

Chuck Norris invented water.

Chuck Norris will never fully be male nor female. Doctors once asked him which he preferred. He gave them an ad for a Total Gym.

Chuck Norris went looking for a bar but couldn't find one. He walked to a vacant lot and sat there. Sure enough within an hour an a half someone constructed a bar around him. He then ordered a shot, drank it, and then burned the place to the ground. Chuck Norris yelled over the roar of the flames, 'Always leave things the way you found em!'"

One time while sparring with wolverine, Chuck Norris accidentally lost his left testicle. You might be familiar with it to this very day by it's technical term: Jupiter.

Contrary to popular belief, Chuck Norris, not the Blue Ringed Octopus of Eastern Australia, is the most venomous creature on Earth. Within 3 minutes of being bitten, a human being experiences the following symptoms: Fever, Blurred Vision, Beard Rash, tightness of the jeans, and the feeling of being repeatedly kicked through a car windshield.

Chuck Norris is Luke Skywalker's father.

Chuck Norris does not use spell check. If he happens to misspell a word, he simply changes the actual spelling of it.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

movie review: proof

This is a bad movie.

No wait, I can't say that. I can't say that because in Proof, we're using this neato gimmick that the script writing committee came up with to impress us with the amazingly rational minds of our protagonist mathematicians. Instead we must attempt to 'prove' the opposite...

Proof is not a good movie.

1) M_good = ( intriguing plot U characters U dialog U information U intangible goodness )

2) M_proof ( lame plot U rapist hero U 1-trick pony dialog U prime numbers = neato! U nope )

3) M_proof U M_g = null

4) thus Proof != good


1) Define M_good as the set of Movies that are Good.
This can be expressed as the Union of:

  • intriguing plot
  • >1 character of interest
  • Snappy dialog that actually works
  • Dissemination of information that merits interest
  • Some movies work anyway, right? We need to be complete.

2) Define M_proof as the set of Proof, the movie.
This can be expressed as the Union of:

  • Wait, she's the smart woman mathematician of lore? No PhD required to see this coming. And no, you can't just jiggle time around trying to confuse me and substitute this for plot. Memento was good. I know. You're not Memento.
  • Her, I can take or leave. Dudley or whatever the hell? I'm going to call the cops if he gets near her again. Dude, see the girl that winces every time you try to kiss her and is too socially awkward to throw you the hell out? Yeah, her father died today too, so stop boning her, k?
  • Now I might be wrong, but I think she misquotes her father in the beginning while dis-'proving' his theory that she can't be crazy. He says crazy people don't ask themselves if they're crazy, not that they can't say they're crazy if asked. Fine, nitpicky, but you don't go proving without precision. Send her back to ass-u-me.
  • Research on this movie consisted of about 5 minutes on Wikipedia, or 3 minutes googling "fun math fact" AND prime. What did she prove again?
  • Negative. Although I did like the ending credits. It looked like multi-cultural day at Northwestern.

3) The union of the two sets is the null set.
4) Go watch Wallace & Gromit.

Monday, October 31, 2005


f-ing brilliant.

"Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in the world, and chocolate is the No. 1 favorite ingredient in the world," said Jim Cass, Mars's vice president of marketing. "When you put those two giant macro trends together, we know this is a big idea."

more on CocoaVia

Is this what you get from consultants with Phd's in marketing? I can just imagine the boardroom meeting that launched this. 12 suits sitting around looking at couple different charts of consumer tastes. Too bad they didn't try to make a hybrid-SUV with chocolate steering wheels.

"Hybrid SUV's are the No. 1 growing market in the automobile sector, and chocolate is the No. 1 favorite ingredient in the world," said Jim Cass, Mars's vice president of marketing. "When you put those two giant macro trends together, we know this is a big idea." He went on to add "Additionaly steering wheels are the No. 1 device held by car users, so our product will literaly already be in the hand of the consumer."

These are the same people who do mergers because they think that one and one can equal more than two.

Maybe they should do chocolate Uggs too. Or have people figured out that those look stupid yet?

Friday, October 21, 2005

the wolfhound is right and the cannibal is wrong

Having got over one more bout of enthusiasm, Nerzhin--wheter definitively or not--understood the people in a new way, a way he had not read about anywhere: the people is not everyone who speaks our language, nor yet the elect makred by the fiery stamp of genius. Not by birth, not by the work of one's hands, not by the wings of education is one elected into the people.

But by one's inner self.

Everyone forges his inner self year after year.

One must try to temper, to cut, to polish one's soul so as to become a human being.

And thereby become a tiny particle of one's own people.

(The First Circle, Solzhenitsyn, Trans. T. Whitney)

but you're not here for classics. you're here for funny videos of two chinese dudes singing "I want it that way"

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Terry Dwyer Memorial Dublin 5K
Dublin, NH, July 24, 2004

Friday, October 07, 2005

Insanity Test

Wow, so I guess I was the last one on the Internet to see this.
Insanity test

All about the Crazy Frog phenomena.


Web's Increasingly Worldly Flavor Threatens Americans' Worldview


Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Don't work in cubicles, ever.

Don't work in cubicles, ever. Working in cubicles is the sure sign that you're not working for a successful company. Imagine the smartest person you know, working in your field. Now imagine how they would react if they were told they're going to work in a box with no door or roof, allowing them no privacy.


of course you have to think that the guys that wrote this probably have cubicles...

Damn cool. If you've ever written and xml file and not got around to writing the xsd and wish there were a little utility to convert the xml to an xsd... well here you go. You can thank microsoft. That must sting for some of you.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Week 1&2 Wrap-up

Week 1&2 Wrap-up

Question: What is the best way to be a dismal failure at fantasy football?

Answer: Frankly there are many paths to this noble end.

To answer this question let's ask some of the coaches in our humble league.

First off would have to be Coach Lorenzo and the woesome Capitalists. In a league defined by parity, the Capitalist stand alone as total losers. Through 2 weeks, no other team has been able to lose both their games. What's gone wrong? It would appear that having the accepted #1 RB in all of fantasy has not been enough to make up for the extra-special dismality of starting William Green in the first two weeks. Despite his consistency (week 1: 1pt, week 2: 1pt) he has been unable to make up the difference and push ther Capitalists over the top. Thus far, the "Team of a thousand QB's" has yet to find a way to implement their dreaded 4QB set. Until Kerry Collins starts playing RB, look for more of the same.

Secondly we'd have to ask coach Hogue how they've scored a measly 109 points thus far. Sadly his results have not been as successfull as the Capitalists, and they have managed to scrape a game off the equally repugnant Tetons, but against next week's halfway decent WhoTheFCares, look for the downward spiral to continue. Sadly, even the #2 and #3 RB's in all of FF can do nothing for a team that persists in leaving them on the bench.

Thirdly we move to the sadly deformed Potato Farmers. The presence of the #1 kicker in football on this woesome team should to show that Having too many players from Cincinnati on a team does not go unpunished. Look for these misfits to be cruelly malled in the belly of the retooled Bootymen this week.

Tied for next-worst are the Tetons and Bandits, though these are two very different teams. The Tetons carry the #1RB & #1WR into week 3 and seem to be accelerating after a goose-egg laying week 1. The Bandits are a mishmash that reads like a waiver-wire with the notable addition of Daunte Caulpooper. Look for these misfits to continue middling along agains the softball Capitalists until the wheels come off Fred Taylor and Antawaan realizes everyone else spells his name differently and slips back into obscurity.

The Bootymen are next up, but they are clearly in a rebuilding year and can't be blamed for anything.

The Hinglish are achieving decent results with a rag-tag bunch of half-breeds, but their beauty is only skin deep, their bench is a pack of castaways more fit for celebrity-jeopardy than professional football and he's currently planning to start two players on bye-weeks. Look for a mid-season fade to obscurity here.

The Bliss are the new team in town and currently 3rd on the depth chart. Stimied in thriller in week 1, and victors over the sad Gentlemen in week 2, the Bliss have yet to truly prove what they're about. Watch them follow in Big Ben's footsteps.

And now the upper echelon. The rare air trodden on by only those with more luck than the rest of us. This said, the Yankees so far have taken the amazing lead in points against. Averaging almost 100 points a game shoudl keep them in good sted until the magic wears off Donavan. Look for the Bandits to find this out first hand this week.

And then our one and only 2-0 team. With 8 players in the top 10 at their position, the Who personifies consitency so far. Able to easily match and beat their oppents by comfortable margins the Who continues to be the league favorite. If Larry Johnson starts showing his backup status, Matt Hasselback remembers he's from Seattle and bye weeks start striking, this could all change in a heart-beat...

The Polysyllabic Spree

So Nick Hornby's Polysyllabic Spree is the only physical manifestation of my personal culture spree of last week when I subscribed to the believer and the n+1 magazine mentioned in that times article. Thankfully the websites both had little 'welcome new york times magazine readers' marquees, so I felt comfortably at one with the masses and not at all as if I were treading on some forbidden brooklyn-ite literati ground. The true luminaries have surely moved on to things less fasionable, though I suppose this is precisely the sort of knowing-cynicism that I enjoyed discounted in the same article.

Happily his articles in the book are fun and short enough that I can read them at work and not feel like I'm reading books at work. The small 'form-factor' of the book is also good for shoving under the desk quickly, just in case someone who doesn't understand the subtle distinctions in mid-work reading happens to come by.

Some of you will also want to make sure to check out this wall of video game systems which seems like some form of Jackal-lover heaven.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

From IXDP into WSDT...

IXDP now WSDT...

Commentary here.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

laptop received

George Bush Doesn't Like Black People

So newegg is of course the best ever, and my new Acer TravelMate TM3002WTCi arrived safely, soundly and as quick as can be.

Opened it up and my goodness it's light. They weren't joking about 3lbs. Even loading the CD-drive, power adapter, and the extra battery in the computer bag I still feel like I've forgotten to put the laptop. Unscientific comnparison weighed the power-supply from my old laptop ('SpaceHeater', an Alienware Area-51 behemoth) with the new computer and big battery and found it even. Goal #1 acheived.

Opened it up and started loading everything on there. Firefox 1.5 Beta... Microsoft Money... Picassa... ITunes...

Episode I
Go home. Open up new computer to setup wireless. Open her up and... GACK! ScanDisk! eeek! It finds nothing and we proceed... To a weird windows netherworld. Explore.exe has hung, so no start menu, but we can ctrl-alt-delete and run programs from there/restart.

Restarting has no success. We are sort of pseudo-logged-in to a failed session.

Eventual solution is a safe-mode startup, which clears away whatever ghouls were there.

Still, morale is low.

Episode II
And now I come to the first annoyances of new computers generally. Loading all your accumulated shiznit from the old computer. 120 GB external drive to the rescue, right?? Well, sortof.

So the new Acer ('Acer Lil'Darlin') has it's 60GB split into two 26GB partitions. Or physical drives? One would presume not. Oh yes, and I realize the math is imperfect, but don't blame me, I'm as miffed as anyone. So we want our 12GB of music on the D:\...
1) Copy MyMusic from old computer to HDD.
2) Copy MyMusic to D:\ on new computer.
3) Update iTunes to new d:\MyMusic location....
4) iTunes recognizes nothing.
5) Open itunes xml file... everything is hard linked to "c:\Documents..." Bah Humbug!
6) Move D:\MyMusic to d:\blah
7) Import d:\blah into iTunes and then delete d:\blah..
8) iTunes's got it all now, but... no playlists. Bah Humbug!

Picassa wasn't much better, but I retain hope for this one. I copied the MyPictures directory over, and all is well, besides the loss of all my labels. Where are they? Where have you hidden them? The googleplex? I have no idea, and apparently this question is not one of the Frequently Asked.

Episode III
The Micro-$perience

Time to make this a production machine, let's Microcize! or not.
Sigh, not too many details here, but let's just say that they've gotten a little better about copy-protection in Redmond. But what's a boy to do?? Key-generation? Phone-call activation engineering? Go load an old copy of Works? Actually go and buy the darn thing? Of course not!

It's open source baby! Yep open office 2.0 Beta for me! Click, bam, and on your way. Looks neato too (well, neato for a productivity suite) except that I can't do View->Normal!! Why not oh lords of the open source!? Must I code it myself? Who wants View->Print Layout anyway? It breaks my train of thought.

Apparently yes, I must code it myself.
other's comments
Bug 4914

So far so good.

Light as all get out.
Still a great deal.
Battery life is as billed, and great easy to use power-saving-settings.

Delete key is a sponge. (Why oh why?! A spongy key ok, but delete?! Sigh. Couldn't it have been F11??)
That one worrying scandisk thing..

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

laptop buying

and the winner is....

the Acer TravelMate TM3002WTCi from newegg.

But what a process. Asking yourself what the best small, portable laptop is can be quite the rabbit hole. There are so many laptops to choose from it's nauseating. Then I see a 25% off Thinkpad x40 for a Lenovo Back to School sale! Damn. $1600 for an x40 seemed like it might be too good to pass up.

But I still jones more for those Toshiba's. The Toshiba Portégé R200 is clearly just amazing, but I didn't come into this wanting to spend that much. The seemingly discontinued, but wonderful R100 on the other hand, now that was the definite #2. But no bluetooth! arg! I'm really so excited to get to the shining bluetooth place in the sky that I just couldn't bear. Plus an extra $400, plus it's much slower and I'm a pretty impatient guy. Still, that battery life and that sex appeal were durn tough to turn down.


Now my finger is hovering over the 'submit order' dammit! and you can just buy a little bluetooth USB thing..

but 20GB of space, $400 and 6.5ghz? aarrg! I hate this.

ok it's done. save for a good 25 minutes ogling the R200. But no bloody CD-Drive, made me think of the pain in the neck it will be to load things on there. Plus Chessmaster only runs with the CD in it... Besides it came out to $2260 when I put on battery #2 and that's a bunch of cabbage. Still, always difficult to not come home with the shiniest one.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Google Talk! XBox360 teaser


with voice? this is way too easy. get phoning!

Or you could go just try to pick an apple for hours upon end at
Origen XBox 360 @ http://www.origenxbox360.com/

Now that's the next generation.

Find out just how deep the rabbit hole goes here. Most up to date news and speculation about origenxbox360.

leaked xbox360 brochure here

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Mount Lafayette, Franconia NH

Mount Lafayette. Posted by Picasa

Good ole Bit-O-Honey!

Monday, August 22, 2005

The Old Man and the Sea

"Now is the time to think of only one thing. That which I was born for." from bookrags.com

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

International High IQ Society | Free IQ Tests

The Boulder Drive Bootymen are back for 1 more booty-licious year. Wait, did I spell licious wrong. Dang-it!

International High IQ Society | Free IQ Tests

Good tests that really give you a score instead of asking for $$$ when you're done.

"Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger."

-- Herman Goering at the Nuremberg trials

Friday, August 05, 2005

shame on toyota

Shame on Toyota. The 2006 Lexus RX 400h: The Hybrid Emperor's New Clothes is clearly a step backwards. What a nice way to squander good will and make me think of them as another soul-less company instead of as the leaders of an automotive revolution.

and by the by, if you're getting
org.hibernate.PropertyAccessException: IllegalArgumentException
and can't figure out why since you're not setting null's to primitive types like the hibernate faq suggests you probably are, it's all about getting your log4j going and disabling CGLIB, ie -Dhibernate.cglib.use_reflection_optimizer=false

This will tell you that you're trying to set your java.util.Date to java.sql.Date and make your afternoon. Ahah!!

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Bush Remarks Roil Debate on Teaching of Evolution

Bush Remarks Roil Debate on Teaching of Evolution at the NYTimes.

Recalling his days as Texas governor, Mr. Bush said in the interview, according to a transcript, "I felt like both sides ought to be properly taught." Asked again by a reporter whether he believed that both sides in the debate between evolution and intelligent design should be taught in the schools, Mr. Bush replied that he did, "so people can understand what the debate is about."

Mr. Bush was pressed as to whether he accepted the view that intelligent design was an alternative to evolution, but he did not directly answer. "I think that part of education is to expose people to different schools of thought," he said, adding that "you're asking me whether or not people ought to be exposed to different ideas, and the answer is yes."

sometimes you just want to go out and hurt someone. what a failure of a man.

this makes me feel better: Marketplace on NPR says Podcasts are coming

Thursday, July 28, 2005

happy consumerism day!

Yes! We'll she's finally here. My new steed, an Airborne Thunderbolt. What a road bike! Happily the longish wait (3 extra days because they ran out of stems, then the full 6 day ground ship from DHL) just increased my excitement. While a was a little worried when I saw that

  1. the DHL guy had just left it sitting in the middle of my parking lot,

  2. there was a big hole in the box,

  3. the box had sprung totally open...

So 'D-' DHL, but as nothing seemed to be too damaged I was off and running. Of course it was also darn tempting to have somebody collect this clearly "abandoned" bike from the parking lot and have DHL buy me another one, but my friend says the most important thing he learned from his father was not to commit insurance fraud, and besides I wanted to get biking.
Next up was throwing it all together, which was just fine, although I had to go run out for some lube from the $$$ LBS. Happily this gave me an opportunity to verify that their pedals and bikes are still a terrible deal. Anyway, soon it was together and I was off for a ride... just to find that it needed some serious deraileur work. Essentially it shifted continually back and forth across most of the cassette. I have to hand it to the ultegra though, I could almost have ridden it in that state. Coming from my old bike where you've just about got to stop pedalling to shift nicely, this is pretty amazing.

So sadly it was back to work for me, but all was not lost as I scored myself a lovely deal on some look pp-206 pedals from Brands Cycle & Fitness who were good on their word of shipping same day, and for free no less.

Anywho, finally rode it this morning up into the Norwhich hills and it was just lovely. You can't imagine the difference between brand-spanking new ultegra 10 speed and 8-year old marginally maintained Trek 470 RSX 7-speed. At least all that friction got me in decent shape though, right? Anyway, she rode lovely. I was worried about the shock of stiff aluminum, but it was fine as far as I'm concerned. Need to figure out what to do about my seat though, my old one had a hole in it and I forgot how numb the bits n' pieces can get.. not sure if she's up to snuff from a snazzy-looking perspective however.

now I just need a couple cool jerseys...

Monday, July 25, 2005

sell sell sell!

Nothing like selling a stock who's volume is so low that you can see your order make it's own personal spike on the ticker!

Well nothing like it unless you're doing it to buy some stock you overheard somebody mention at a dinner party, right?


awesome how-to on fixing your road bike derailleurs here.

best list o'links around... don't miss the world tetris champion video...

Stick Figure

Stick Figure
the music of Scott Woodruff

"Stick Figure possesses a unique style of music which combines a creative blend of upbeat reggae, dub, blues,and funk."

Spent last night in this kid's studio. I can't imagine being this talented. Oh, and it's all free music, so you might as well go download it, right? That way you can say you knew him when.

Friday, July 22, 2005

star wars scripts

How cool are these? The first 4 drafts of star wars. I'm surprised they even exist, but they're amazing. Very different from the final versions. Anakkin Starkiller?

Until the recent Great Rebellion, the Jedi Bendu were the most feared warriors in the universe. For one hundred thousand years, generations of Jedi perfected their art as the personal bodyguards of the emperor. They were the chief architects of the invincible Imperial Space Force which expanded the Empire across the galaxy, from the celestial equator to the farthest reaches of the Great Rift.

Now these legendary warriors are all but extinct. One by one they have been hunted down and destroyed as enemies of the New Empire by a ferocious and sinister rival warrior sect, the Knights of Sith.

from The Star Wars - 1st draft

Three years in the workforce

Comments under Three years in the workforce from someone close to home..

Bansky has some amazing stuff on here. Top shelf and legit.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

vader read my mind!

have lord vader read your mind...

or get your patriotism on,


Check out http://moon.google.com/

just don't forget to zoom all the way in...

Monday, July 18, 2005

My new Airborne Thunderbolt!

Sweetness! Here's what's on the way to a doorway near me. I kept considering the Tomasso, but with such a dirth of reviews on the web I had a tough time feeling comfortable with it. Then I found this deal and things started happening pretty quickly. My Navy friend loves his Zeppelin and with the positive reviews, the friendly guy I talked to about sizing and the generous reutrn policies I feel pretty good right now. I just wish I'd got it shipped last week so that it could've travelled over the weekend... I want my wheels!!

Frame 2005 Thunderbolt 6061 Double Butted Aluminum, Road Frame
Components Shimano 2005 Ultegra 10, FC-6600/3 Crankset, 39-53T
Wheel Set Bontrager Select 700c Wheelset, 20/24, 835g/1020g
Tires Bontrager Race Lite RD (700 x 23C) Road Tire, Black/Grey, Kevlar Bead
Seat Post Bontrager Race 20mm offset Seatpost, 27.2mm, 330mm Length, Black
Saddle Selle Italia C2 Saddle, Manganese Rails, Black Cover, Embroidery
Fork Airborne AILERON SL Carbon Fork, 1 1/8 Carbon Steerer, Carbon Dropouts

arg! they ran out of stem's!

Sorry Jeff. We ran out of stems and are having them overnighted for

Friday, July 08, 2005

BS Industries - Bringing Officework Alive!

BS Industries - Bringing Officework Alive!
BS Industries is the local leader in positive work environments. As the result of our negligible-output initiative we have successfully produced nothing but intra-office cheer for the past 7 years.

At BS you can expect the best water-cooler banter & professionally managed office pools for all professional & NCAA sports as well as championship bull riding, nascar, and the tour de france.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Middle East map

Fantastic middle east geography test here at


thank you stumbleupon!

With regard to whisky, the comedian W. C. Fields once offered the following advice: "Always carry a flagon of whisky in case of snakebite, and furthermore, always carry a small snake."

Tommaso TRC 500 2006

The Tommaso TRC 500 2006 here at http://www.rscycle.com/ looks like the best deal around, but I'm suspicious. Why can I find just 1 review of a Tommaso bike?


# Aluminum Frame with Carbon Seatstays
# Tommaso carbon Seat Post
# Tommaso Carbon fork
# Shimano Ultegra Full 10-speed Group Components
# Ritchey Road Race Comp Aero Wheelset

NYTimes: The prosecutor, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald responded to Miller's refusal to name her source by saying "we can't have 50,000 journalists" each making their own decision about whether to reveal sources.

"Journalists are not entitled to promise complete confidentiality -- no one in America is," Fitzgerald wrote.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005



our fearless leader

photo assault

Riot I had 'I predict a riot' stuck in my head for a day and a half thanks to this.

UnderwearNo joke, he has literally ripped off this mans underpants and now holds them in his teeth.

Potrugese manLess scandalously, this was our kick-arse boat driver for the grottos of Lagos.


ButtsPretty standard really. He never let the postcard leave his sight.

Monday, June 27, 2005

The hard hard life.

The Hard Life
The Hard Life.

Actually the walk back up from this gorgeous little cove of portugese surf was none too flat and since this was day 4 and I'd spent the day before losing dramtically to the power of the atlantic this was actually pretty difficult.

Well, except for the bit where I had a Caipirinha and chips in a small cafe overlooking the beach...

But I tell you I earned that drink!


The beach, near Penich, Portugal.
The beach, near Penich, Portugal. Simply amazing.

I recommend atlanticriders to all comers. Rene and Helen are the bomb.

Friday, June 10, 2005

my cat's cuter than your cat

This is not the 34,563th blog about a personal pet. Sneakers is just cooler than your cat and you should know this. Posted by Hello

Sunday, June 05, 2005

no gmail, no google...

Gmail down, google down. Why do I feel like hiding under my bed? This must be the apocalypse.

Last sunday too? Is google dead or something?

What is this, google maintenance?

Now I'm just completely confused. I can get to every site on the Internet except google, but it seems ridiculous to think that they'd be down for 4 hours now. I mean, I don't even think we've been down for 4 straight hours where I work, and if we can't screw something up, well then you know it's tough to screw up.

Friday, May 27, 2005

Stem cell's without human potential?

From Wired How to Farm Stem Cells Without Losing Your Soul about William Hurlbut.

"Is an embryo-like entity a person, normal for its first few days of development, only to be killed off in a form of genetic murder?"

but what you really want to know is that I'm considering buying a 6' love sac...

A Man for all Seasons: an Historian's Demur MARVIN O'CONNELL

Schapelle Corby

Just saw this on the front page of the times. Definitely more interesting than whatever that movie with Claire Daines. What was it? Ah yes. Brokedown Palace. Essentially the same deal though, 27 year old girl inprisoned for 20 years for marajuana in Bali.

The wikipedia recap.

But what's more interesting is the diversity of opinions here: Australian's comment on the case.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Friday, May 13, 2005

XBOX 360 screens and ghost recon video

XBOX 360 pics and a Ghost Recon video at jeux-france!!

Ghost Recon 3 screenshots at teamxbox.

hold on this is the good stuff lots o' video links

oh and if you're curious how ourcolony.net worked out, well your wait is over. What did everybody get for all their hard work? What did the gamem8ker have up his sleeve?

A super secret exclusive video of all the cool new games?

A free xbox 360???

A pony????????

or maybe it's just a video.

accessible to everyone.

of microsoft employees.

playing halo 2.

on an old xbox.

and talking hype.

maybe I missed something.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

The surf approacheth

A quick view of where I'll be June 12th-18th. Someplace off the coast of Portugal...

That just leaves Atlantic Riders and the Irish horde to ensure that me and my surfboard are

A) attached to each other
B) above water


Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Frank Stitt's mother's day

Savory Leek Bread Pudding Posted by Hello

Thanks Frank. Thanks for the savory leek bread pudding. Thanks for the lentils and mire a poix. Thanks for the lamb, the roasted red pepper and garlic sauce. And thanks to Monsieur Perrin and his adorable fils, for the Gigondas. Too young still, but wonderous with the lamb.

Of course nothing like Ferran inspired sci-fi cooking. Complete with a 'bison bong'? Wow.

The dog of Monflanquin

Monflanquin, France just north of Villeneuve-Sur-Lot and Pujols in the Dordogne Posted by Hello
Never a connection so immediately agreeable to both parties. Good-bye's were tough, but she's tough. Tougher than I.

oh, and 3% on Foreign Currency Transactions? what the hell kind of collusion is this? Every credit card on the planet now wants to charge 3% for foreign transactions and I'm just going to bend over for them. screw mbna.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

more xbox 360 screen shots.

sigh. The newest one. Details of the challenge here. ah well. Not really a very exciting picture, oh well. Seriously though, I give it a D+, since I really don't think I'm very hard to impress. She has a lot of hair. Lovely. This looks like box-art. I want in-game wowery. c'mon gamem8ker. I bet you're not even half as kingly as Virgil Tatum. Really Edelman, it's a bit of fun and all but is it actually working? At all?

Oh and as a side note on my continual interest in viral marketting and ARGs, did anybody see the 'missing audi a3' link in the grilling issue of food & wine?

I mean honestly people. Who tears themselves away from Bobby Flay's grilling tips to go type in a URL and immerse ourselves in an alternative reality. C- audi. You want foodies to come look at your car? have a raffle for a bottle of la tache. Seriously.

I'll even set it up for you.

If you give me a bottle.

Oh and stop visitting my site looking for info on IXDP.pk. I don't know anything and if you're yahoo-ing all over creation's blogs looking to beat the market on little $1.80 stocks then you're going to get your butt burned off one of these days and you should concentrate on doing whatever it is you get payed to do. Here. It's going to go way way up. That's what I think. No go buy some more and make me rich.

But don't fret. You can always still watch this. (6 semi-clothed japanese dudes singing) from guabancex.

Monday, May 09, 2005

Make an effort to answer.

First principles, Clarice. Simplicity. Read Marcus Aurelius. Of each particular thing, ask: What is it, in itself, what is its nature...? What does he do, this man you seek?

He kills w-

(sharply, as he stops)
No - ! That's incidental.

as he rises, pained by her ignorance, and crosses to the bars.

DR. LECTER (contd.)
What is the first and principal thing he does, what need does he serve by killing?

Anger, social resentment, sexual frus-

No, he covets. That's his nature. And how do we begin to covet, Clarice? Do we seek out things to covet? Make an effort to answer.

No. We just -

No. Precisely. We begin by coveting what we see every day. Don't you feel eyes moving over your body, Clarice? I hardly see how you couldn't. And don't your eyes move over the things you want?

All right, then tell me how -

No. It's your turn to tell me, Clarice. You don't have any more vacations to sell, on Anthrax Island. Why did you run away from that ranch?

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

cubicle dance party

(Phone noise)
>>Yeah it's me. I wanna give you some good frequencies. 1710, 2.6, 2245...
>>3032, 400
>Four hundred?
>I'm coming right over.
>>Do that.
>I'll be there in two seconds.
(Phone down.)

All hail the royksopp dance party happening in my cubicle.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

xbox360 screen shot? ourcolony.net? viral marketing?

Sigh, more viral marketing. Sadly this one seems far less interesting than the last alternative reality game I came across. So far I've spent far more time trying to remember my password to the damn site than careening across the 'in-game' world. Oh well, here's the pic:

New Xbox 360 screen shot? Posted by Hello

One would presume this is a picture from the new xbox, right? I mean what with the method in which it was discovered and all. Not exactly a blow you away kindof shot though, so that's a bit confusing. I mean, grass and flowers, woo. This seems a bit done. You'd think you'd want to take this thing for a bump mapped extravaganza run, right?

ahh. ok. I see now. this makes more sense. The folks over at teamxbox.com think that the 'I' shape of the photo should lead us to believe that...

A) The new xbox is really going to be called XBox-1
B) The new xbox will not output in rectangular video format, but rather to a neat little 'I' shaped screen. You'll need to upgrade your TV. Guess who sells iTVs? Yep. Apple's gonna be sooo pissed.
C) I've misidentified this picture as being from the xbox 360, when it's really from xbox 1, some game named Kameo, but of course we'll just have to stay tuned for the super duper cool shot that says 'II' or somesuch like that and blows us all away by being to see every little bug on every little leaf, etc.

I'll leave you to these choices.

But yes, perhaps you think I'm a kook and that there's no reason to think this is real and you don't even have an ourcolony.net login that you can't remember your password too. Well fear not. Go there, the answer to the dumb riddle is 'play' then you can join a team like mine with the teamid: 73077686 and then.. and then... the big payoff!? Erm. You can wait for puzzles that seem amazingly hard, but for which it's fairly easy to google for answers.

Here's the reasoning behind one of the answers:
Answer: round circle

* Reasoning: Six images were discovered in threads named "i am where you talk." on the following five forums:
1_TeamXbox (here),
2_Unfiction (here)
3_IGN: Xbox forum ()
4_Xbox-scene (here)
5_Xbox.com (here), and
picture_6 (here) at the gamem8ker's (here ) Myspace profile page.
The letters sCt in picture 6 pointed to the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who was an owner of the White Hart. Picture number 5, the werewolf motif, and the 10^3 + 10^3 or 1000 + 1000, or KK in ASCII in picture 1, point to the poem Kubla Khan (here). The poppies in picture 3 confired S.C.T.'s connection as he was addicted to opium and wrote Kubla Khan while using the drug. Picture 2 contains latitude and longitude coordinates in close proximity to Area 51, while picture 4 shows 4+3 in it. Words 4 and 3 from line 51 of the poem Kubla Khan are "round circle". This picture (here) was rewarded for solving the challenge.

Frankly I think the likelihood of anyone actually figuring this out is about .01%, which just means that Microsoft also has employees playing this game for them. I guess the idea is to make everyone who just googles for the answer impressed by how smart the community is? I dunno.

So.... yeah. um. let's pre-order an xbox or whatever these marketing geniuses want us to do. right. This is awesome stuff. I can't wait till they start massive marketing campaigns like this for toilet paper. Woohoo! Crack the mysterious disappearing Downy case.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005


A nice and thought provoking (don't worry they're not hard thoughts) video on the future of media. Very cool. Sort of an alternative vision to the one I remember from Speaker of the Dead. What was Ender's siblings names again? Really the similarities are striking, even if the conclusion is somewhat different.

Sign me up for EPIC though. I want it and I promise to use it for things other than finding the coolest miscelany in the world.

Vatican Spins Off U.S. Catholic Church

Tuesday, April 19, 2005


Area-51 Posted by Hello

The NSA Posted by Hello

Well, I for one think this is fun. I mean imagine how much these photos would've got during the cold war and now we can spy from home? Fantastic. Maybe I can sell them to some dictatorship.

Try this though. Poke around washington dc satellite maps with the lights off. Do this for a couple minutes and count how many times you have to spin around quickly to make sure John Ashcroft isn't there.

I counted 4.

Monday, April 18, 2005

Disco Starship Cocktail Fondue

Disco Starship Cocktail Fondue Posted by Hello

Details attached. Come early for make your own boone's night. Get in touch pronto to reserve your own 6 gallons of goodness.

ESP if you're coming or if you're bringing anyone so that westy and I can rent out the apartment next door. Bring your vice of choice or just sample our house collection of belgian gins.