Sunday, August 31, 2008

Lego Boba Fett

Tweets for Today

  • 14:46 "There's no teacher's edition of the universe" - Dr. Steve Novella #
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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Randal Schwartz

No, not Chris Bridges..

Crutcher telling the biggest panel at dragon*con that they suck.

Omfg, Erin Gray!

Tweets for Today

  • 11:20 From a distance, the word MCCAIN (in all caps like that) looks like the word WICCAN. #
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Friday, August 29, 2008


No, not Sam Fleming

The Amazing Randi

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 12:49 reading XKCD it hit me: holy shit, I have webhosting now.. I can make a webcomic! Now if I only I had any good ideas for one. #
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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

goodbye to love

The Carpenters have gone from being extremely popular (in the 70s), to be forgotten (in the 80s), to being regarded as kitsch (90s), to being so kitschy that they were cool again (also in the 90s), to being forgotten yet again.

Scott once posted something in the comments here that one of my guitar solos was kind of like the one in this song.. I'm not claiming to have ever done anything as good as this, and I admit I'd never heard it before.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

damn i was a messed up teenager

While moving my old geocities (shudder..) site to my new domain name, I was reminded that it contains poetry written back at the very beginning of the 1990s, dating back to the bbs days and even before.

Literally more than half my life pass passed since I wrote this stuff. I'm surprised I still had it on the web; I put it on my first website when I was in college (at the urging of, yes, my mother!), and moved it from there to my first post-college ISP, and eventually dumped it onto geocities.

And holy fuck, is it pretentious. There's one where I use the word "mum" instead of "mom", because if you can make people think you're British they'll also think you're smart.

And weepy. Oh, the self-justified whine of it all.

The dishonesty. The moans of unrequited love, when I can damn well remember it was nothing but lust. But if you're going to write a poem about a girl and still be able to turn it in as homework for English class, it better be about love.

Somewhere around 1992, the Ayn Rand influence sets in.

But, occasionally, surprisingly close to the way I feel about stuff now. On a particularly rainy morning, at a time when I am tempted to spend all my waking hours thinking about the non-glory of my college years, I really needed to see this:


Look at the old pictures,
remember where you were.
Sing the old songs,
remember who you were with.
Think the old thoughts.
You can't go back.
Does it hurt?
It always will.
And all the while,
the rain keeps falling outside.

Monday, August 25, 2008

title bin

Lunch Was Dinner and Dinner Was Supper

It Hurts, It Hurts, This Goddamn World

New glasses, even nerdier

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 13:20 Live music in IKEA? #
  • 21:45 just realized I can add Bill Hicks to the list of celebrities that died younger than me. #
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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 10:52 No matter how old I get I will always be younger than Kid Rock. #
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Friday, August 22, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 01:18 Its really not fair for Los Angeles, which is in the desert for cryin out loud, to be so much cooler than Atlanta is at this same hour. #
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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 09:52 Delta sells ad space on their boarding passes?! #
  • 18:45 made it thru security in time to have airport beer. #
  • 18:57 Turning "out of office" message off. Not gonna tolerate getting all these bounces sent to my blackberry for three days. #
  • 20:07 Everything in one carry-on == everything in the overhead bin == nothing under the seat in front of me! #
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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

stuff you think of on your birthday

Assuming I don't get to retire until I'm 67, I have 34 years of work left to do.

Thirty four years in this industry, at this time in history, is centuries in normal human time. 2042 will probably be more different from 2008 than 2008 is from 1974. Which is in turn more different than 1974 was from 1940.

In 2042, will we have computers? Will we be computers?

I doubt I'll have the luxury of working the same job, same company until 2042, even if I wanted to do such a thing.

Tweets for Today

  • 18:25 Carvel "Fudgie the Whale" ice cream cake! #
  • 20:51 Got me a gumbo cookin' woman #
  • 23:10 managed to cram two changes of clothes into my computer bag. #
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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The Best Of Dates, The Worst Of Dates

Wow, this is awesome.

java.util.Date Difference In Days

God, I hate Java's date libraries.

Monday, August 18, 2008

i can has podcast

For those who only read this site through RSS so you never see the links to the left, there is now one under the "flvxxvm florvm" section (which you haven't seen either) labeled "podcast (beta)". This is a podcast that will (I hope) be updated with a new song every time I record one. The RSS is generated by a perl script that does a directory listing of the directory where I stick these songs, every time it is called. It does not cache the results in a file or something. That's probably asking for a DOS attack right there.

The URL for direct copy/pasting is:

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 21:03 Rauchbier. Rauchbier? Rauchbier!! #
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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Korean autobiography of Bertrand Russell

Bakery cafe MAUM

Tweets for Today

  • 08:28 discovering harmonies I'd never heard before in 40 year old Beatles songs, just by hearing them on a stereo where only one channel works. #
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Friday, August 15, 2008

� End of PHP as an Apache Module? � Unofficial DreamHost Blog

PHP runs better as a CGI than as a module of the web server? The implications of this for environments like J2EE (where there is no option to run anything like a CGI) might be interesting.

Java's failure at shared hosting will contribute to its downfall

I did a google search for "shared java hosting", to check if somebody has recorded any wonderful experience he/she has had with java hosting on a shared environment. However I could not find anything except one blog by Stefan Mischook titled "Java hosting is kicking my ass!". He concludes by saying "Java is brittle in a shared environment, hard to configure and problematic - it sucks. I think this is a symptom of the Java community’s need to over-engineer everything and shows how Java is no longer suitable for small and medium size application development."

Part of what will probably be an ongoing series of postings about this topic.

Tweets for Today

  • 09:06 spent the last hour happily reading boing boing, thinking i didn't have any work email to deal with. then i remembered outlook wasn't up. #
  • 12:28 Add mindterm to the list of java apps that are truly competitive with native ones. It and limewire are the only non-IDEs on the list so far. #
  • 16:32 i'm probably gonna regret making a burrito from fixins' that have been sitting out since noon. #
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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Massive printer/plotter thing

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Trying again..

Books purchased at the "media swap" at work

Sent using BlackBerry

Monday, August 11, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 20:56 i've never bothered to look to see if was available, cuz I figured it couldn't possibly be. wtf? it is! or, it was! #
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Friday, August 08, 2008

Worst greeting card ever

Thursday, August 07, 2008

W. and me

Monday, August 04, 2008


Saturday, August 02, 2008

Its daddy/daughter day