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Monday, February 28, 2005

Numa Numa / Project Achilles

Do NOT be the last person to see this. I felt like I was, considering that I didn't hear about it before the nytimes. Seriously however, I wasn't going to include it since I am truly sympathetic to this kid, but the song is just so dang catchy that I've still got it stuck in my head.

Project Achilles
Now I'm a good law-abding (generally) citizen and not one particularly prone to conspiracy theories, but this Achilles Project is compelling. Is there a refutation to this? Either way I don't think I'd bring this up at dinner unless you're prepared to be called a commie pinko.

  • As was shown above, the chance of a typical cellphone call from cruising altitude making it to ground and engaging a cellsite there is less than one in a hundred. To calculate the probability that two such calls will succeed involves elementary probability theory. The resultant probability is the product of the two probabilities, taken separately. In other words, the probability that two callers will succeed is less than one in ten thousand. In the case of a hundred such calls, even if a large majority fail, the chance of, say 13 calls getting through can only be described as infinitesimal. In operational terms, this means "impossible."

Now this just seems beyond the pale..

  • It is possible to create an incident which will demonstrate convincingly that a Cuban aircraft has attacked and shot down a chartered civil airliner enroute from the United States to Jamaica, Guatemala, Panama or Venezuela. The destination would be chosen only to cause the flight plan route to cross Cuba. The passengers could be a group of college students off on a holiday or any grouping of persons with a common interest to support chartering a non-scheduled flight. - US Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1962

Review of Richard Parker's JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITH His Life, His Politics, His Economics.

Friday, February 25, 2005

LEGO StarWars!!! / Coffee Roasting / spoof

  • This is just too cool!!! Preview at gamespy.com.

  • Just bought the FreshRoast PLUS 8 Coffee Roaster from Sweet Maria's which looks like it's just THE place for coffee on the web. Seriously, pages and pages of hand-done reviews of green coffee peas, impassioned directions, subtle nurturing...

  • Tricky tricker tricks paypal here.

Thursday, February 24, 2005


Sideways the map,
Sideways the pocket guide to wine & life,
and more from the nytimes.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Star Wars III Screenshots!

Screen Shots HERE

/.ed here

I only allowed myself .4 seconds to look at them so that I wouldn't spoil too much, but DAMN!

anyone have a gun-rack for my lightsaber?

  • Apparently I was the last person on the planet to get in on this. Don't let it happen to you.

    All your base are belong to us.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Best Movie List Ever / AARP Secret Agenda

This IMDB list of the top 250 movies is just about perfect. All it needs is an 'export to netflix' command. Seriously, Shawshank, Seven Samurai, Dr Strangelove, all right up there? I would have to bump down some of those LOTR's movies though especially the Return of the King.. Anytime you have to sit through 25 minutes of tearful goodbyes, and I'm just hoping for an orc to come out of the water and smite somebody....

But Amelie, and Eternal Sunshine right up there too? Yes. Modern Times may be a must see...

of course I'm still partial to Tommy's PreDickie's Oscar Picks, and his record against Joel Siegel, well, that speaks for itself..

Wait, old-people are pro-gay marriage?? Now this just doesn't even hold water. I can't wait to see this ad. Go USA Next!

Monday, February 21, 2005

Jackson Hole Rocks my party world.

Not exactly the Dartmouth Skiway. Posted by Hello

Jackson Hole kicks my ass. Posted by Hello

Next big $$$ spurge...

Team O'Neil Racing Rally School and Car Control Center

If you haven't got me anything for my birthday, this would be an entirely appropriate choice.

food results, creme brulee? creme soup?

1) potatoes dauphinoise turned into more of just a fry then a real baked creamy thing because honeslty I couldn't justify using more cream after I'd made the creme brulees. Impatience reared it's ugly head though, and though they actually ended up being quite tasty, not enough of them were finished by the time we sat down so I didn't even officially serve these..

2) Chicken stuffed with mint was wonderful. It really perfumed the meat wonderfully. As for the 'riesling craquer' well.. the research will simply have to continue. My oven is a bit lame, so the broil was really more like a bake and there was no real craquering like I'd imagined. I suppose using the creme brulee torch is the next option, but I think that will be quite the experiment in subtletly in itself. I don't think anybody wants that lovely burned sugar taste on their chicken. The tahini-white-sauce was actually a nice sucess and it came out of the little squeeze bottle very nicely to work as a late decoration. Oh also did some little fried, shaved, potatoes here which were nice although they ended up being more latke-esque than I'd imagined. I'd wanted them to be more just little atomically fried things that you could push around in the sauce.

3) Creme Brulee. So pissed. Both William & Sonoma can kiss my little butt. This is twice that I've made the recipe on the ramekin box and ended up with freakin cream soup. 25-30 minutes at 300? Bull-tinky. Especially considering I see the identical recipe in my other cooking book that says 35-40 minutes @ 325.

So what did I do after coming home from work to make these guys, chilling until 6pm and then finding them little cups of very rich soup? Back in the oven for another 20, then had to crank it to 450 for 5, then off to the freezer to try and speed up the 4 hours of chilling. Grrrrr. They were still soupy, but with a gorgeous brulee top from the newly filled flamethrower and a couple of glasses of wine in you they were still divine.

If I ever see Mr. William though, I'm definitely giving him a piece of my mind..

Tuesday, February 15, 2005


foodie paraphenalia at josh rubin.com

french/lebanese fusion dinner plans:

Potatoes Dauphinoise.
Chicken stuffed with mint and maybe a dash of sumac, cooked with a reisling craquere and served with tahini-cream.
Mixed green salad
Creme brulee which I need to go start pronto, and need to remember to fill the torch up this time.

The idea is to reduce 2 cups of reisling, add sugar, pour over chicken and then broil, leading to a nice sugar-glazed 'craquere.' Is this even possible??

Monday, February 14, 2005

zeno, merde, conspiracy, fiction

  • Not that the mere mention of Zeno will be insufficient to make you click here, but his is a lovely discussion in any case.

    "Conversely, a mathematical statement is only as intuitive as its best interpretation; and it is here that the mathematical solution to Zeno's paradox comes up short. Quite simply, the mathematical solution does little to pander to instinct: it simply declares that the paradox is not real, and thus does little to add to its understanding in the layperson's mind."

    Surely you'll have to click on this as well.

  • Dammit.
    Former Lebanese Leader Is Killed in Car Bomb Explosion

    L'ancien premier ministre libanais Rafic Hariri est mort dans un attentat à Beyrouth

  • Speaking of Lebanon though, I do like Lebanese Blond and the rest of this thievery corporation cd. Nice new lounge music, it's just the thing, but I am a bit afraid that if somebody comes over to talk to me I'll order a martini and go back to chatting up this cute lamp on the desk.

  • This is an amazing occurence and should surely be of use to you if you like proving that black clouds have silver linings.

    This picture, released by the Archaeologial Society of India, shows a stone house on the beach in the town of Mahabalipuram. The deadly tsunamis have unearthed priceless relics, including two granite lions, buried under sand for centuries in southern India.(AFP/HO-ASI) Picture here.

  • chekovma writes "Orbitz has announced a new set of Terms and Conditions that take effect March 12th which require anyone who uses their website (creates an account there) to follow strict inbound linking rules. These rules prohibit a user from creating even a plain text link to orbitz.com without first notifying them and require a user to take down such a link at their desire. It also disallows any deep linking -- meaning even this post violates those terms and conditions."

  • An 'anti-american conspiracy' that sounds like a nice start to me here.

  • Internet fiction that I read and that you probably don't need to. Please remind me not to publish anything on the Internet.

Friday, February 11, 2005

$$$ day trading | clicking, hiding

As the official word on the street is that the future of stock options at my humble company is an offical 'maybe,' I've decided that day trading is where it's at. Who cares if you can go to lunch and come back without a mortgage? That's just the kind of fun I'm looking for to brighten up the cold new hampshire winters.

Forget the virtual brain for stock forecasts from moneybee though, I've got a new golden illusion. AmericanBulls.com. I even like the name. And when you're making money based on candlestick patterns like the CONCEALING BABY SWALLOW or MORNING DOJI STAR than what more could you want. Just make sure to remember that ABANDONED BABY means sell in any language.

Still though $100->$184 in 2 years ain't too shabby. I wonder how the tax man would impact those returns though....

Ok 100->184 over 2 years is an annualized 35% gain.

Looks like they did 45 trades over that period. so x^45 = 1.84 -> x = 1.01364. Which if we take off 25% for the tax man leaves us with 1.01023, raised to 45 = 1.58 -> $158 , which is a 25% annualized gain.

Plus $450 in trading fees over that period. hmm. I'm gonna need a couple $$$'s to start with.

hehe, check out the riaa's website takeover:

Wednesday, February 09, 2005


1) maps.google.com

2) pizza hanover, nh

3) search.

it even has cool drop shadows! I may never use mapquest again. (actually check that, it gave me awful directions that would add a good 25 minutes to my trip.)

unbelievable scrolling though. what fun. This map actually makes me want to go places and that's not just because I'm bored at work. These people are going to take over the planet.

Nerds debate all of this here, here, & here.

Coolest blog formatting around. jeff_robertson.blogspot.com

FUQ Frequently Unasked Questions

Wednesday, rendered yak fat

  • Budding Jordan cyber love ends in divorce

  • 'most undergraduate degrees in computer science these days are basically Java vocational training,' from:

    A Conversation with Alan Kay /.'ed here

  • "I turned to "The Seduction Cookbook" by Diane Brown (Innova Publishing, 2005). We would start with sweet melon with prosciutto, move on to steak au poivre with pink peppercorns, accompanied by grilled marinated portobello mushrooms. For dessert sumptuous stuffed strawberries with mascarpone cheese and dark chocolate. Natasha would sashay in at 7. By 10 she would be like rendered yak fat in my clever hands. Besides, how difficult could such a meal be?" from nytimes

  • New White House Estimate Lifts Drug Benefit Cost to $720 Billion
    In a recent interview, the new chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, Judd Gregg, Republican of New Hampshire, said he wanted to "put the brakes on the growth of entitlements" and take a close look at the new Medicare law.

    "Since it was sold as a $400 billion program, that's what we should keep it at," Mr. Gregg said.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

xml-rpc that handles serialized java objects / $$$

Sorry if this doesn't do it for you, but writing this made my day.

* @author dwyer
* Who says xml-rpc can't pass java objects?
* just serialize, stream to byte[] rinse, and repeat.
public class Utils {

public static byte[] byteArrayFromObj(java.io.Serializable obj){
ByteArrayOutputStream bos = new ByteArrayOutputStream();
ObjectOutputStream oos = null;
oos = new ObjectOutputStream(bos);
}catch(IOException e){
return null;
return bos.toByteArray();

public static Object objFromByteArray(byte[] ba){
ByteArrayInputStream bis = null;
ObjectInputStream ois = null;
Object rtn = null;
bis = new ByteArrayInputStream(ba);
ois = new ObjectInputStream(bis);
rtn = ois.readObject();
}catch(IOException e){
System.out.println("io except");
return null;
}catch(ClassNotFoundException e){
System.out.println("c not found");
return null;
return rtn;

These Tiff commentaries are actually pretty fun to read. Go 'team that must not be named'!

Monday, February 07, 2005

Zymurgy update || how to share || nukes

Big zymurgy weekend. Started all three of my WE kits, the woodridge cabernet, rioja selection, and barolo vinter's reserve.

Can't wait to see how they turn out. Cabernet started fermenting only 12 hours later which surprised me, since it was the one with the nicer levlin bougruvin yeast. I do kindof wish that the other kits had come with the cerevisiae yeast, instead of the premier cuvee one, but I think that's just the beer brewing mentality talking.

The one real worry is that I might have a fermentor explosion since I wasn't wuite clear on the fact that they really wanted 8 gallon fermentors for the 6 gallons of wine... I figure my 6.5 should be close to allright, right? maybe just some changing of airlocks if the fermentation really takes off.

I sure hope so.

From the economist and /.'d here, an interesting bit about the economics of sharing.

The US nuclear bomb program.
"The cost of the nuclear program began at $4 billion a year. It is now more than $6 billion and includes a growing number of efforts to refurbish and extend the life of aging warheads."

Thursday, February 03, 2005

cooool lava! damn delay.

Now this is just the coolest. (cool volcano photo if you must know/don't like clicking on random links.)

DeLay Critic Removed From Ethics Committee at yahoo.
WASHINGTON — The House ethics committee chairman who presided over three rebukes of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) was bounced from the job Wednesday and replaced by a Republican congressman from Washington state.

Even the money folks think Bushies numbers are a mix of half-thruths and myth.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Damn Rich Irish Bastards

Suddenly Rich, Poor Old Ireland Seems Bewildered at NYTIMES

Sign me up baby!

Come the day and come the hour,
Come the power and the glory,
We have come to answer our country's call,
From the four Provinces of Ireland

Ireland, Ireland,
Together standing tall,
Shoulder to shoulder,
We'll answer Ireland's call.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

McClelland's 1, Sleep 0

Things to do when you've finished a bottle of McClelland's the night before:

  1. Read some dismal Krugman projections:

    "It really is that stark: any growth projection that would permit the stock returns the privatizers need to make their schemes work would put Social Security solidly in the black." Many Unhappy Returns

  2. Read about google's difficulty:

    Google's No-Google tag blesses the Balkanized web

    "Google no longer performs a monthly recalculation of PageRank values and anchor text is the most highly valued criteria for a search, he says. Which makes Google hardly distinguishable from AltaVista five years ago." here.

  3. Read about lunacy:

    Verizon blocks all email from europe.

    "Verizon three million DSL customers waiting for emails from Europe were advised to use alternative forms of communication. "If it's really important you might want to make a phone call," he said."

  4. Read about fun computer tricks:

    captcha.net A company that makes those cool distorted text things.

    and a cool look at algorithms that break it at http://www.cs.berkeley.edu/~mori/gimpy/gimpy.html