Saturday, June 30, 2007

Chef Liu

Chef Liu
5221 Buford Hwy Ne, Doraville, GA

I highly recommend. The menu consists mostly of various kinds of steamed and fried dumpling and baked goods stuffed with meat. I don't know if it really was some particular ingredient in the food, or the fact that I was starving to death and also washed it down with the first sugary drink I'd had all day.. but this meal was so good it made me feel like... somewhere between an alcohol buzz and the feeling you have shortly after, uhm, the physical act of love. Yes, it's that good.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Enterprise Java Community: Using OpenID

I should probably read this, eventually.

Reason Magazine - Feed SUVs and Starve People?

I'm working on a plan to divert some of the ethanol into my gut.

Why Libertarians Should Celebrate Free Software

This is much bigger than the question of free software versus the other kind. Specifically, the following absolutely nails the way I felt about things circa age 18.

But some libertarians have gotten so used to defending the market against those who want to impose collectivism that they start criticizing purely voluntary efforts to organize people on more communal lines. They are forgetting that libertarianism is not necessarily about increasing the role of for–profit enterprise in every aspect of our lives. Commercial activity is one alternative to statism, and an extremely important one. But it's just one possible mode of cooperation, and it's not necessarily the best choice in every situation.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Sehnsucht (C. S. Lewis) - Wikipedia

Bookmark this, so I can use it when people try to get me to explain my love for the work of Gordon Lightfoot.

The Simpsons Archive: The Simpsons Floor Plans

I've probably linked to this before, but for some reason I feel the need to link to it again.

Thursday, June 21, 2007


Possibly the coolest magazine I've never heard of before, The Realist, is being gradually posted to the web. These are full page scans of the original magazine from the 1960's.

Libertarians, anarchists, novatarians, liberals, conservatives, hippies, yippies, should all read this.

Contains NSFW cartoons.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007


OMFG. I don't know where Chet got this one, but where has it been all my life? Vinyl Data

This is why I don't have time to read BoingBoing: too much stuff like this to distract me from work. Thanks to Chet for skimming the choicest bits for me. Of which this is one.

Monday, June 18, 2007

I need to get slade myself..

At the other end of the "glam rock" spectrum from Roxy Music is Slade. While both look equally ridiculous in their videos, Slade's future legacy was not slick, glammy, saxophone-playing pop bands of the 1980's. Rather, Slade was the sonic blueprint for the slick, glammy, guitar-playing pop metal bands of the 1980's.

Slade were also ahead of their time in their use of phonetic spellings in rock song titles.

Mama Weer All Crazee Now

Gudbye To Jane

The quality of the sound in these video clips is less than stellar. But at least Slade's fans appear to occasionally enjoy the music, unlike those dancing dead kids in the Roxy Music video.

YouTube - Roxy Music - Virginia Plain

From now on, all music-related posts on this blog will contain media links if any are available.

The kids dancing along on this video bring to mind the line "making teenagers depressed is like shooting fish in a barrel".

everything you've heard is true

After some 20 years of rock fandom, I've finally made at least a minimal effort to find and listen to some Roxy Music songs. They are, as reputed, a big influence on "New Wave". Way, way, influential on the 1980's MTV generation of bands. Up there with Bowie. Probably have more direct, musical influence on bands like the Cars and Duran Duran than Bowie did.

I've been a (moderate and very lazy) Cars fan since I was a child and know I finally understand that the Cars are, to a certain extent, a Roxy Music copycat act. If you still harbor any illusion that there was an original idea on display in the Cars' music, a listen to Roxy's first single "Virginia Plain" will remove it. Oh well I still dig em.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Ken Arnold's Blog: Unicode marches on

This is 2 years old now, but I just stumbled on it and I am bound to blog anything that deals with my favorite Unicode block, Miscellaneous Symbols.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Orwell: Politics and the English Language

Whatever you may think about Orwell's politics, he knew his language well.

In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible. Things like the continuance of British rule in India, the Russian purges and deportations, the dropping of the atom bombs on Japan, can indeed be defended, but only by arguments which are too brutal for most people to face, and which do not square with the professed aims of the political parties. Thus political language has to consist largely of euphemism., question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness. Defenseless villages are bombarded from the air, the inhabitants driven out into the countryside, the cattle machine-gunned, the huts set on fire with incendiary bullets: this is called pacification. Millions of peasants are robbed of their farms and sent trudging along the roads with no more than they can carry: this is called transfer of population or rectification of frontiers. People are imprisoned for years without trial, or shot in the back of the neck or sent to die of scurvy in Arctic lumber camps: this is called elimination of unreliable elements. Such phraseology is needed if one wants to name things without calling up mental pictures of them.

(from Political Writings of George Orwell)

am I the only one who sees the irony..

.. in a web application that is Java on the back-end, but whose front-end is entirely ActiveX controls?

Monday, June 04, 2007

something I just realized

I will never, ever, be a salesman.

Quotation mark glyphs - Wikipedia

This article contains the phrase, "the dubious backquote". And for that, if nothing else, it rocks.

Friday, June 01, 2007

cleaning out the flvxx pipe

Flvxxvm Florvm songs recorded in the past couple of years and not (that I can recall) blogged here before. This does not include song fight entries, I listed all those already.

We're Gonna Boooooooogay (in which the phrase "flvxxvm florvm" is used as a synonym for semen)

Lookin' for Chicks (very different from the version on "Flvxxvm Florvm is an 8-bit Whore")

We Can Control The Air (But the Controls Are On The Other Side) tribute to Mike Ray, the Sleeping Philosopher

Are the Fish High Yet ("live" version)

So Beautiful I Cried (different from the one on "Flvxxvm Florvm is the Devil". same lyrics, different chords)

You're So High Now acoustic version

Coulda, Shoulda, Didn'ta same song as on "Butt Ass Blues" but with Scott Long on Hammond organ. I'm pretty sure I posted this back in 2005 when it was made, but it doesn't hurt to post it again.

Russian Tea HOWTO

Some samovars have a special floating device near the heater, which turns the latter off, if the water in the tank does not engulf the spiral entirely. This design, however, did not prove very popular, since it has an additional moving part, which, in turn, constitutes yet another point of failure. Thus, it caused more problems than it solved, so Russians chose to look after the simpler samovars. Generally, Russian technology assumes dumb machines and smart humans, not the other way around.

Don't complain about the missing switch -- just pull the plug, if you want to turn the heating off; the only moving part in a samovar should be the valve of the faucet.

Emphasis mine. I like this Russian technology.