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Monday, January 31, 2005

Monday Monday

  • The sad sad day of j3po's departure.

  • The happy day when I found this. jedimaster.net

  • The sad sad morning after some serious self hatred involving love potion and the tangerine beef at panda haus and sadly being so full I could only take in effervescent rolling rocks while the team forged ahead with iced-teas.

Känykkä has emailed again and just like that I've got a pied a terre in Belfast. Holla if you hear it. U2 concert in Dublin beforehand?? Now we're talking. Turn up destiny's microphone baby.

U2 tickets in the states on the other hand? Ha. Ticketmaster gives me absolutely zero love and really, how can a search for tickets take 6 minutes anyway? Seriously has anyone ever suceeded in buying more than 1 ticket off the Internet way? Come on. Only ebay can help me now, but damn that's getting pricey!

Hmmm, the Fantom 120GB 7200RPM Titanium Portable USB2.0 External Hard Drive, now doesn't this look like just the thing to save my computer from internal combustion... 120GB for $100? Done.

Friday, January 28, 2005

Activity on my blogosphere!!

My first comment!!! Woohoo! Signs of life from the Internet!

And a scorcher too! He accuses me of performing a 'hypocrisy of logic' & compares me to mixed up ripe avocado!!

I knew coherent atheist faith was a winner subject line.

Don't miss it!

Go watch 'Charade'

Charade , starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, is one of the best movies I've seen in a long time. Absolutely fabulous. If I could find a hollywood screenwriter's convention and lock them in a room I'd put this on and play it over and over until they got it. Brilliant. Movies with people capable of acting, talking and generally behaving like people you'd like to know, are too few and far between and I haven't seen dialog this witty for a long time and it saddens me that with all of the improvements in early childhood nutrition we have generally reverted to movies scripts suitable for 3rd grade reading levels.

I can be no more clear than to say that I'd probably even watch a Hugh Grant movie if it had a script like this.


Puzzles, Puzzles, Chess

First off, some good puzzles here at kuro5hin. I remember one of them from the ole Microsoft interview.

This one is amazingly fun in particular: Dark Room. Still cracking through it, so I don't know how long it is in total. I played something like this that was much less fun, but I swear this is a good time. A neat spinning cube and some 3-d thinking that is giving me cramps right now.

And chess, hooha. Not too much to report here besides my impending conversion to the Jeremy Silman method. The Amateur's Mind (can't wait to see what I'm thinking) and How to Reassess Your Chess, which comes very highly recommended from just about everyone, and though I already own a copy, it was not part of the terms of the settlement, so here's me picking up another one (no bitterness here, I was just hoping to read it before now). Hopefully they're targetted about right for me. Not sure what Chessmaster will decide my ELO is, but one way or another my wednesday night chess club had better lookout! Oo, and I decided to plunk down for the The System of the World (The Baroque Cycle, Vol. 3), just in case I blow through the remaing 600-odd pages and need to keep up steam. OO, and how unbelievably exciting is the presence of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6) on the front page!! I can't take it!!!

(note: after this morning's full fledged drubbing on the Hanover chess circuit I clearly need these things more than ever. I should really find that tracking number and grok these puppies before I put my much diminished ego back on the line)

Found this in some guy's sig. I can't imagine you'll ever see more in depth analysis of John Madden football. Amazing.

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Rio's Famous Street Sweeper | Vodka Reviews

Rio de Janeiro's most famous street sweeper, Renato Lourenco, demonstrates his samba dancing for journalists at Xavier de Brito square in Rio de Janeiro, January 25, 2005. Nicknamed the 'Smiling Sweeper' ever since he dropped his broom, ran into the middle of the 1997 Carnival parade and danced a samba to the delight of the crowd, Lourenco has been invited this year to take a break from sweeping and ride on a float of the renowned Viradouro samba school. REUTERS/Bruno Domingos

And a hugely important review of vodka by the New York Time's esteemed Eric Asimov et al. Whew! Very glad to see that my pricey Belvedere addiction was certified as the real deal, but I'll definitely have to reconsider their shocking #1 pick.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Frymaster's Guide To Canadian Immigration

Frymaster's insightful guide to a better life in canada.
    well, america, you've really done it now; signed yourselves up for another four years of imperialist foreign policy, trickle-up economics, eroded civil liberties and international isolation. if tom paine were alive right now, he'd be organizing a second revolution.

    so what are you going to do about it? capitulate and ship yr tots off to a faith-based charter school? dig in and ride it out for four years and hope the department of homeland security doesn't drag you away before the next election? head for the hills upstate-somewhere and run around in camo gear as some sort of "liberal militia"? all pretty crappy options. but there's one more you should seriously consider:

    move to canada.

A great immigration calculator from workpermit.com, which seems like a great site for those of us with one foot and two halves of the brain out the door.

Frymaster's enitre blog is a joy, however even his pationate vim evangelism gives me nothing but happiness for having learned emacs first.


Copy to buffer B? Honestly. I think this would lead to more nightmares than sweet nerd dreams.

Updated Oscar Predictions and preDickies...

Head on over to the most important oscar pump-up site in existence. Tommy's Oscar preDickies!

Friday, January 21, 2005

The Thrills on the OC?

The Thrills on the OC??

Unbelievable. I may need to crack and tune in to pop culture if this comes on again.

Thrills rock if you haven't heard. You should go get some. Show your patronage.

It's not like I've got time on my side...
It's not like I've got time on my side...

Bush flips sign to satan/Gay sponges / Google b-ware

Ahah! Caught!
George Bush caught giving sign of devil.

U.S. Christians Issue Gay Warning Over Kid Video
SpongeBob, who lives in a pineapple under the sea, was "outed" by the U.S. media in 2002 after reports that the TV show and its merchandise was popular with gays. His creator, Stephen Hillenburg, said at the time that although SpongeBob was an oddball, he thought of all the characters as asexual.

It is not the first time that children's TV favorites have come under the critical spotlight of the U.S. Christian right. Tinky Winky, the purse-toting purple Teletubbie, was in 1999 declared a homosexual role model by Rev. Jerry Falwell.

Keirsey personality profiler. sjef, nfij, etc. INTJ rulez baby!

I love the lack of paranoia that let's me blithely accept license agreements. These guys don't have that: Google-Watch. They do have an interesting article here and there and the thing about not being able to find the abu-ghraib pictures on google, but being able to find them on yahoo is interesting..

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Tommy's Oscar preDickies!

The preDickies are here, the preDickies are here!!

When you want the best in oscar prediction, you want the preDickies. This guy's head to head record vs Joel Siegel is a legend in the making.

IMDB best of 2004 / worst of 2004 polls here.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005


I'm not even sure, but what the hey.
Alien re-enacted by bunnies in 30 seconds.

Unforgivable Blackness

Watched part of this on pbs last night, didn't even realize it's Ken Burns. Although I guess in retrospect I did see a couple of those 'ken burn's effect' moves. Here's the website: Unforgivable Blackness

It was pretty interesting story about the black boxer Jack Johnson that I'd never heard though. My two higlights?
  • After sucesfully defending his world championship title against a white man the United States Congress immediately passed a law barring the transportation of boxing films across state lines, to limit the spread and impact of this event (which in truth was something of a non-event as the fight was essentially farcical, with the other guy just trying to jump up and headbutt Jackson)
  • The attorney general caving in and agreeing to charge Jackson with a violation of the 'White Slave Act' for travelling with his girlfriend across state lines.

May my children watch a similar show like this about the ridiculous things we charge gays with these days, and may my grandchildren watch a show about whomever our society decides to outcast next.

Man, write about almost anything and adSense just puts up adds for getting your own blog, but mention the word faith.. and boom.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

whiny emails

just sent whiny relationship email. complaining, ending.

my jaw hurts from falling after martini-inspired street hurdling.
I wonder if I've broke anything? It hurts to chew on that side.

the face scrape is fading away already.

One time my best friend really told me that people like me 'so much better when you're drunk.'

this was the content of the whines. that I have nothing to contradict this with.

right now even a rich/full/intellectually stimulating day seems more like prep work for charming drunkeness.

History of philosophy on tape? -> Snappy Homer Quotes.
Chess Club -> Self-deprecating humor
Computer Programming/Research Work -> Impetus to drink.

Sorry you read this. I promise I'll delete it once I get some vitamin D in me.

coherent atheist faith

original from slashdot

Science Writer; Consultant; Lecturer, Copenhagen; Author, The User Illusion

I believe in belief—or rather: I have faith in having faith. Yet, I am an atheist (or a "bright" as some would have it). How can that be?

It is important to have faith, but not necessarily in God. Faith is important far outside the realm of religion: having faith in other people, in oneself, in the world, in the existence of truth, justice and beauty. There is a continuum of faith, from the basic everyday trust in others to the grand devotion to divine entities.

Recent discoveries in behavioural sciences, such as experimental economics and game theory, shows that it is a common human attitude towards the world to have faith. It is vital in human interactions; and it is no coincidence that the importance of anchoring behaviour in riskful trust is stressed in worlds as far apart as Søren Kierkegaard's existentialist christianity and modern theories of bargaining behaviour in economic interactions. Both stress the importance of the inner, subjective conviction as the basis for actions, the feeling of an inner glow.

One could say that modern behavioral science is re-discovering the importance of faith that has been known to religions for a long time. And I would argue that this re-discovery shows us that the activity of having faith can be decoupled from the belief in divine entities.

So here is what I have faith in: We have a hand backing us, not as a divine foresight or control, but in the very simple and concrete sense that we are all survivors. We are all the result of a very long line of survivors who survived long enough to have offspring. Amoeba, rodents and mammals. We can therefore have confidence that we are experts in survival. We have a wisdom inside, inherited from millions of generations of animals and humans, a knowledge of how to go about life. That does not in any way imply foresight or planning ahead on our behalf. It only implies that we have a reason to trust out ability to deal with whatever challenges we meet. We have inherited such an ability.

Therefore, we can trust each other, ourselves and life itself. We have no guarantee or promises for eternal life, not at all. The enigma of death is still there, ineradicable.

But we a reason to have confidence in ourselves. The basic fact that we are still here—despite snakes, stupidity and nuclear weapons—gives us reason to have confidence in ourselves and each other, to trust others and to trust life. To have faith.

Because we are here, we have reason for having faith in having faith.

Monday, January 17, 2005

star wars / soft core

<star wars rocks your world>
JL421 Badonkadonk. Awesome. This is even cooler than having a horse to ride to work.

Sleeping outside for Star Wars.

</star wars rocks your world>

<soft core>
eric prydz "call on me" video Hilarious.
<soft core>

Friday, January 14, 2005

daily errata

  • Star Wars of the day:
    I can't believe this wasn't modded up.

    Emperor/Chairman Gates: Everything that has transpired has done so according to my design. Your friends, up there in the Justice Department, are walking into a trap, as is your OSS community. It was *I* who allowed the users to know the location of the source code. It is quite safe from your pitiful little band. An entire legion of my best coders awaits them. Oh, I'm afraid the DRM will be quite operational when Longhorn arrives.

  • Watch those laptops.
    Furthermore, the ventral part of his scrotal skin had turned red

  • I will eat my hat if this guy is right.
    Rapture Ready
    particularly the bit about

    Do you think there will be animals in heaven? I think this pretty much settles it.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Today's Random News

Quite a nice smattering of things today.

Yahoo! News - Mark Thatcher Pleads Guilty in Coup Plot This is priceless. Frankly I think it can only be explained by centuries of inbreeding. I like the spirit though. Very old-skewl.

Prince Harry's Nazi Costume Criticized This reminds me of when my friend MM did Halloween as Helen Keller. Not well received. I'll stick to being benny from ABBA thank you very much.

Ark. Cops Use Taser to Subdue Nude Jogger
No wonder taser stock is doing well.

<apologetically nerdy>
To Evil! Jan '05 Edition Evil awards.

Interview with Havok (physics engine guys)

oh and if anyone has any tips for getting aspectJ to work with eclipse 3.1m4 that'd be nice too. Open source makes me continually feel like I'm either paying the price for being on the bleeding edge or that I'm woefully behind.

kuro5hin, A better blog than this one..
</apologetically nerdy>

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Confusion, Neal Stephenson

Spending time on neal stephenson's metaweb seems to be the thing to do today. I very much like these books, and may have to really break into the barleywine this evening to see how they react with my 1600's epic.

woohoo: ixdp boohoo: adsense

IXDP.PK: Summary for INDEX DEV PARTNERS - Yahoo! Finance yehaw, up to 2 baby! c'mon nestegg!

Just one unrelated thing however. I'm a little bummed about my google ads. They're singularly boring and they seem to have nothing to do with content of the page. I was hoping to throw in fun keywords like "I'm planning to become a personal injury lawyer," to try and get some fun things to pop up, but so far nadda. I don't think I've set it up wrong, no frames or anything, so I'm a bit stumped. I see these same adds on other people's blogs though so I'm guessing it's a generic thing. Maybe the bigboys just don't trust advertising on blogs? Or at least little podunk blogs like mine.

See? I write 'podunk' and I don't even get an ad for Al's house of podunks, nor A town called podunk nor podunkrocks.com. I mean wtf mate?

oh and one last thing. BlogSpot. I'm talking to you. 'Next Blog' needs a 'filter out spanish' checkbox someplace. I mean spanish blogs are just fine and dandy, but I can't read them. Heck just have some way for me to auto-translate em. Why oh why do I live in a society that has invented the babelfish, but somehow forgot to put it in my ear! or at least my browser? The whole idea is that you don't even need to think about it being in another language. Let's go here people.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005


mwah hah hah.
mwah MoreBeer hah

mwah haha.

Nobody ever says, "Damn, I wish I didn't have those 90 bottles aging in the cave, not to mention 10 gallons of mead that should last until I get married in 2079." Right?? Of course not. Or at least I hope not. Definitely lighted up the ole credit card a bit, but that's just doing my part to participate in our debtor's society.

Can't wait to evaluate the 3 wine kits. Especially since they're:
$2.03, $3.12 & $3.85/bottle respectively. Now that's a nice price. Will have to branch out into some of the other kit manufacturers at some point. Can't wait to post some reviews to the well-done WinePress forums.

I guess the real trick is to actually stop buying/drinking full-priced bottles once they're ready so that I actually end up saving money and not just becoming a wino. Or more of a wino or whatever. Not that that's been much of a problem with the beer. I haven't bought a 6-pack since we started...

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What they said.

I have hopeful days and not so hopeful days. These are the talking points for the hopeless ones.

Economist.com | Iraq: “If anyone gets too close to us we fucking waste them,” says a bullish lieutenant. “It's kind of a shame, because it means we've killed a lot of innocent people.”

Sorry if this is a subscriber-only link, but really I swear the economist is worth as many quid as they demand these days.

Monday, January 10, 2005

wine kits

are giving me coniptions and I haven't even started them yet. I just hope they're good enough for my humbly sophisticated palate.
Estate Series Woodbridge Cabernet If so winemaking from these guys will significantly change my bottom line, as I enjoy raiding the cellar frequently, but am starting to piece together just how this is affecting the checkbook.

Either way there's a painful 6 months to wait on the wine before I know whether I've found a newly economical way to entertain the locals, or a way to fill up my non-existent cellar with imbuvable. If the former, than by the time I know it'll almost be too late to ramp up into full production for the 06 winter-drinking months. bah. I suppose I just need to bite the bullet, but a lack of compelling success stories besides 'my white zin turned out great!' makes hesitation my demon.

someone tell me that I can make a decent table wine.. please.

Friday, January 07, 2005


Yahoo! News - Top Stories Photos - AP: Looks like the house found Senator Boxer (D, California) to help them "object to the certification of Ohio's electoral votes."

wow! Didn't think this would happen, but I think a bit more independent look at those Diebold machines might not be the worst idea I've ever heard.

Wired article about building a better ballot box...

Anyone know where to find that Wired 'artifact from the future' with the future ballot on it? I love that feature and that one seemed like a particularly inevitable one.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005


email communication has occurred, which makes me feel more and more like I'm less and less sure what I'm talking about.

or perhaps the other way round.

still though who knew she could be so reasonable? Perhaps it's all just a big game, but I have the sneaking suspicion that I'm not winning.

or that I'm the only one playing.

Monday, January 03, 2005


On their way to me:
Canon SD200 coutesy of newegg, since they rock the shipment prices.

One of the last three 1GB! Kingdisk 60x SD available anywhere on the great wide internet coutesy of a nice ebay-er who talks a big game about getting it here so fast that my head will spin.

-materialist fool