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  1. The Hoyt team race for life TAGS:
  2. Convert media online TAGS:
  3. Artificial Look TAGS:
  4. Hobbit movies planned TAGS:
  5. Democrats win HR, Senate, and Governorships PLUS Rumsfeld resigns TAGS:
  6. Six word stories TAGS:
  7. Mid East imperial activity in 90 sec TAGS:
  8. Spanish and Latin profanity TAGS:
  9. Iron Man to be played by Robert Downey, Jr. TAGS:
  10. Evolution of Speechballoons TAGS:
  11. Hello Salem! TAGS:
  12. We aint got no automated porn detectors TAGS:
  13. Bears going to the Super Bowl! TAGS:
  14. How to make rondel dagger boffers TAGS:
  15. Rubber slapper TAGS:
  16. We are Canada's Mexicans TAGS:
  17. Railgun tested TAGS:
  18. Now that's a prosthetic! TAGS:
  19. Microsoft Expression Studio TAGS:
  20. How to boil eggs TAGS:
  21. Watching the Wi-Fi 802.11n standard TAGS:
  22. Spaceman, Spaceman, Spaceman! TAGS:
  23. BSG3 trailer TAGS:
  24. Bye-bye Pluto TAGS:
  25. Flatlife TAGS:
  26. Wally Wood's 22 panels that always work!! TAGS:
  27. Hi res background images used in Star Wars TAGS:
  28. Farewell fond fish TAGS:
  29. Why manhole covers are round TAGS:
  30. Laser laughs TAGS:
  31. OQO 2 TAGS:
  32. Bush ratings at another new low TAGS:
  33. Windows Photo Gallery uses XMP for tagging TAGS:
  34. Review of A La Turka TAGS:
  35. Web ego stroking TAGS:
  36. Speedtest.net: Check your connecion rate TAGS:
  37. Google to allow free downloads of public domain books TAGS:
  38. Geotagging pictures TAGS:
  39. Mashups TAGS:
  40. Steve Irwin (1962/2006) TAGS:
  41. Pakistan lets al Queda back in TAGS:
  42. Inspirations from a counseling center TAGS:
  43. Quick note at a Starbucks TAGS:
  44. Robinson Crusoe Island TAGS:
  45. The Churburg Armoury TAGS:
  46. Solar windows TAGS:
  47. Throw those biking helmets away! TAGS:
  48. Bionic arms with thought output and input TAGS:
  49. Thus ends my experiment of not blogging for a month TAGS:
  50. Liquid armor TAGS:
  51. Google buys a binary googol of IPs TAGS:
  52. Funny Darth Vader videos TAGS:
  53. When will Mayon Volcano erupt? TAGS:
  54. Plasma TV beats diamond necklace TAGS:
  55. Megapixel myth TAGS:
  56. Fancy UK passports hacked TAGS:
  57. Sluggo TAGS:
  58. Optimus keyboard still not out TAGS:
  59. Perseid meteor shower 2006 TAGS:
  60. AOL User 927 TAGS:
  61. GDrive TAGS:
  62. Classic comic book ads TAGS:
  63. Three more planets TAGS:
  64. Genius physics answer TAGS:
  65. I just watched 19 episodes of Naruto TAGS:
  66. Sam Harris and Andrew Sullivan blogalogue over faith TAGS:
  67. How to be charismatic TAGS:
  68. Vertical gardening TAGS:
  69. How to hide money TAGS:
  70. 11 top philosophy quotes TAGS:
  71. Japanese collectivism TAGS:
  72. Black lines on the edges in a room makes it look virtual TAGS:
  73. Inkless printing with ZINK TAGS:
  74. Megapixel myth again TAGS:
  75. The Iraq War and doubling the worth of my gold TAGS:
  76. The gifted TAGS:
  77. Naruto: Watched up to Episode 80 TAGS:
  78. Delete key eraser TAGS:
  79. Powered rope ascender TAGS:
  80. Cyber psychology TAGS:
  81. Creativity: Solo v Group TAGS:
  82. Bought a wheeled golf travel bag TAGS:
  83. Batmobile 4 Sale TAGS:
  84. Russian bread truck TAGS:
  85. Science versus Faith TAGS:
  86. Speed Painting TAGS:
  87. "The private war of women soldiers" by Helen Benedict TAGS:
  88. Competitiveness in martial arts TAGS:
  89. sparring, kata and training methods TAGS:
  90. Solar eclipse via Saturn and Cassini TAGS:
  91. Best Slashdot comment ever TAGS:
  92. Eyetracking: Site improvement and crotches TAGS:
  93. Bakers Edge TAGS:
  94. Buying my practice longsword TAGS:
  95. Recently visited Chicago restaurants TAGS:
  96. Export Word as simple HTML TAGS:
  97. Croc with human hand in mouth TAGS:
  98. Buying my convenience knife TAGS:
  99. Buhay Pa Taho TAGS:
  100. Digg mini-revolt over HD DVD code TAGS:
  101. A great May weekend TAGS:
  102. Plate Weights TAGS:
  103. Busy busy TAGS:
  104. Some notes from MMA classes TAGS:
  105. Love today TAGS:
  106. My new laptop TAGS:
  107. Visiting Chicago TAGS:
  108. York's First Fish TAGS:
  109. Sprinkling parental breadcrumbs TAGS:
  110. Better Than High Definition TAGS:
  111. Sorry, I am not an authority on languages of the Philippines TAGS:
  112. DivX Film Festival TAGS:
  113. The neurobiology of the Left and the Right TAGS:
  114. Gender issues in Human-Computer Interaction TAGS:
  115. Orange Dream TAGS:
  116. World's Smallest Radio TAGS:
  117. Nanotubes imitating gecko feet TAGS:
  118. Google storm coming TAGS:
  119. I have SSD TAGS:
  120. Web Dev Hot Items TAGS:
  121. galaxy strikes neighboring galaxy with a blast from its hole TAGS:
  122. The end of a personal era TAGS:
  123. WMAW 2007 TAGS:
  124. Man survives fall of 47 stories TAGS:
  125. Obama win Iowa caucuses TAGS:
  126. Deaf Porn TAGS:
  127. 'Freakonomics' researcher examines Chicago's sex trade TAGS:
  128. GH Exercises: 642 and counting TAGS:
  129. Dietary Guidelines May Have a Downside TAGS:
  130. My mental dust pile TAGS:
  131. Bionic Contact Lens TAGS:
  132. Daniel Gilbert on Happiness TAGS:
  133. Cheap Hydrogen TAGS:
  134. Growth of wind farms sapping supply of technicians to keep them running TAGS:
  135. Chicago Tribune's build your ballot TAGS:
  136. Kodak develops a more powerful picture-taking chip for camera phones TAGS:
  137. Electromagnetic Railgun Blasts Off TAGS:
  138. "Personal observations on the reliability of the Shuttle" by Richard Feynman TAGS:
  139. Understanding the difference between IS NULL and = NULL TAGS:
  140. Battlestar Galactica Last supper TAGS:
  141. JavaScript StripTags, not PHP strip_tags TAGS:
  142. Web Forms TAGS:
  143. Chicago-sized chunk of ice has fallen TAGS:
  144. Squirrel v Daisy Powerline 901 air rifle TAGS:
  145. Charlton Heston (1923-10-04/2008-04-05) TAGS:
  146. Window Vista source code TAGS:
  147. Feres Doctrince challenged TAGS:
  148. Earth Day 2008 TAGS:
  149. 2nd Annual Sci-Fi Spectacular TAGS:
  150. Chicago allergies TAGS:
  151. Our First and Future and Finest Earth TAGS:
  152. Where Are They? TAGS:
  153. Very simple Row Level Versioning TAGS:
  154. Books I am currently reading TAGS:
  155. Intel feeds Google solid state disks TAGS:
  156. Earth's May spectacular TAGS:
  157. A NYC Bathroom TAGS:
  158. Conference notes: Business Driven App Dev TAGS:
  159. Energy fears looming, new survivalists prepare TAGS:
  160. Phoenix has landed TAGS:
  161. Science v Religion TAGS:
  162. Building a Better Wall Climber TAGS:
  163. NASA: 'Extreme programming' controls Mars Lander robot TAGS:
  164. The oil shock of 2008 TAGS:
  165. A Moon-Based Telescope TAGS:
  166. 3-D Viewing without Goofy Glasses TAGS:
  167. WASP Injection Knife TAGS:
  168. Paper Gets a Nano Makeover TAGS:
  169. R2-D2 Projector in Action Video (Verdict: A Must Have) TAGS:
  170. A few days into Firefox 3 TAGS:
  171. Lyoto Machida: Shotokan MMA TAGS: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Fighting. Karate. MARTIAL. Mixed Martial Arts. Shotokan. Videos.
  172. A Look Inside Wikipedia's Infrastructure TAGS: Cyber Tech. Databases. Open Source. Programming. TECH. Wikipedia.
  173. Is Your Partner Happy? It May Be Hard to Know TAGS: Psychology. Relations. Self Improvement.
  174. Capoferro Tech Support call TAGS: Chill. Fighting. Funny. MARTIAL. Swords. TECH. Western Martial Arts.
  175. Quantum Leap TAGS: Computers. Hardware. Images. Nanotechnology. Science. TECH.
  176. Time for templates! TAGS: Cool. Cyber Life. Cyber Tech. Google. Office. TECH.
  177. Strongest Material Ever Tested TAGS: Hardware. Nanotechnology. TECH. Tolkien.
  178. I'm the Batman TAGS: Animation. Batman. Comics. Crude. Funny. Images. Language. Live Action. Movies. NSFW.
  179. Baby's First Internet TAGS: Blogging. Comics. Cyber Life. Funny. Images. Text.
  180. Knol TAGS: Cyber Life. Google. Wikipedia.
  181. 10gen TAGS: Cloud. Computers. Databases. Free Libre. Google. JavaScript. Open Source. Programming. TECH.
  182. Ex-Google engineers debut 'Cuil' way to search TAGS: Cyber Life. Google.
  183. Solar-Power Breakthrough TAGS: Solar. TECH.
  184. Cannot open Excel in Internet Explorer TAGS: Cyber Tech. Excel. Microsoft. My Stuff. Programming. TECH.
  185. '.wow': ICANN to allow almost any domain suffix TAGS: Business. Cyber Life. Cyber Tech. News. Standards. TECH.
  186. Google Maps for walking TAGS: Conditioning. Cyber Life. Google. Health. Maps.
  187. How to set tax rate on Kensington keypad calculator TAGS: Cool. Funny. Gadget. Hardware. Kensington. My Stuff. TECH.
  188. File format wars TAGS: Free Gratis. Microsoft. Office. Open Source. Software. Standards. Sun. TECH.
  189. Cyber Rules TAGS: Cyber Life. Family. Google. Kids. My Stuff. Security. Shopping. TECH. Wikipedia.
  190. Electric Folding Bikes TAGS: Biking. Cool. Exercise. Hardware. Shopping. Sustainability. TECH.
  191. Kung Fu vs Taekwondo TAGS: Chinese Martial Arts. Fighting. Kickboxing. Live Action. MARTIAL. Mixed Martial Arts. Standup Fighting. Taekwondo.
  192. Guy took out 3 punks (2 one punch KO) in a supermarket fight TAGS: Fighting. Live Action. MARTIAL. Security. Standup Fighting. Videos. Violence. Wrestling.
  193. What Makes for a Good Blog? TAGS: Blogging. Cyber Life. Writing.
  194. Google Chrome TAGS: Browser. Cyber Life. Cyber Tech. Google. Open Source. TECH.
  195. Chrome keyboard shortcuts TAGS: Browser. Chrome. Google. TECH.
  196. HOWTO dispose of murdered bodies TAGS: Beauty. Quirky. Security. Violence. Writing.
  197. Jon Stewart Annihilates Sarah Palin's Media Surrogates TAGS: Funny. Jon Stewart. Journalism. News. Politics. USA.
  198. A Palin convert TAGS: News. Politics. USA.
  199. Jim Rogers: Socialism for the Rich. TAGS: Economy. News. Politics. USA. Videos.
  200. Fresh blood for the vampire TAGS: Politics. USA.
  201. Wall Street's ever scarier meltdown TAGS: Economy. News. USA.
  202. Issues with Spreadsheets right-click menu in Google Chrome: fixed in new Google Chrome version TAGS: Browser. Flash. Google. Office. TECH. Videos.
  203. McCain can't walk and chew gum at the same time TAGS: Politics. USA.
  204. Obama wins first debate TAGS: News. Politics. USA. War.
  205. Abbreviate Currency using Javascript TAGS: JavaScript. Programming. TECH.
  206. Bailout looming TAGS: Economy. Journalism. Live Action. Movies. News. Politics. TV. USA. Videos.
  207. SNL on 1st debate and Palin interview TAGS: Funny. Journalism. Live Action. News. Performance. Politics. Sad. Show Biz. TV. USA. Videos.
  208. Chill on Palin TAGS: Faith. Images. MARTIAL. Mind. News. Photos. Politics. Psychology. USA.
  209. Palin needs to go TAGS: Images. News. Photos. Politics. Sad. USA.
  210. Two random cool videos TAGS: Biology. Chill. Cool. Movies. Quote. Science. Videos.
  211. Browse the Artifacts of Geek History in Jay Walker's Library TAGS: Beauty. Books. Cool. Gadget. Images. Inspiring. Space. TECH.
  212. Negative campaigning TAGS: News. Politics. USA.
  213. Obama and McCain on taxes TAGS: Economy. Politics. USA.
  214. The End Of Sean Hannity's Career! TAGS: Journalism. News. TV. Videos.
  215. ghLibrary for JavaScript TAGS: Browser. Java. My Stuff. Programming. TECH. Time.
  216. The cranial endoskeleton of Tiktaalik roseae TAGS: Biology. Cool. Evolution. Fauna. Images. Nature. News. TECH.
  217. Colin Powell Endorses Barack Obama TAGS: Live Action. News. Politics. USA. Videos.
  218. A crown made of friendship TAGS: Images. Inspiring. Kids. Photos. Relations.
  219. Tax Plans (that's one for you, nineteen for me) TAGS: Economy. Images. Politics. USA.
  220. Today I am 40 years old TAGS: Aikido. Atheism. Chicago Swordplay Guild. Faith. Hapkido. Introversion. JavaScript. MARTIAL. Mind. My Stuff. Philosophy. Psychology. Ramblings. Science. TECH. Thoughts. Writing.
  221. Wikipedia and the Meaning of Truth TAGS: Cyber Life. Philosophy. TECH. Text. Wikipedia.
  222. Walking the Walk: Priceless TAGS: Funny. Images. Photos. Politics. USA.
  223. Obama on the Warren Court TAGS: Audio. Cyber Life. Journalism. News. Politics. Radio. USA. Videos.
  224. Newspaper endorsements in the United States presidential election, 2008 [W] TAGS: News. Politics. USA.
  225. Obama and Biden and abortion TAGS: Abortion. Politics. USA.
  226. Obama Addresses Crowd in Downpour; McCain Cancels TAGS: Images. Photos. Politics. USA.
  227. My wife made me canvass for Obama; here's what I learned TAGS: Inspiring. Politics. USA.
  228. Polls and endorsements snapshot TAGS: Politics. USA.
  229. Remembering Studs Terkel TAGS: Audio. Chicago. Inspiring. Obituaries. Radio.
  230. LOL@McCain TAGS: Chill. Crude. Funny. Images. Politics. Quirky. USA.
  231. Transcript: Barrack Obama's acceptance speech TAGS: News. Politics. Quotations. Text. Transcripts. USA.
  232. Relishing Barack Obama's victory TAGS: Barack Obama. Inspiring. Politics. USA.
  233. Black Man Given Nation's Worst Job TAGS: Barack Obama. Funny. Politics. USA.
  234. Obama and the dawn of the Fourth Republic TAGS: Barack Obama. Economy. Evolution. History. Images. Politics. TECH. USA.
  235. Anti-religion agenda among social media users TAGS: Atheism. Cyber Life. Faith.
  236. one hundred push ups TAGS: Chicago Swordplay Guild. Conditioning. Family. Health. Kids. MARTIAL. My Stuff.
  237. How is babby formed? TAGS: Animation. Funny. Videos.
  238. How To: Make Stacking Plyometric Boxes TAGS: Conditioning. CrossFit. Gadget. Health. How To. My Stuff.
  239. Poof goes the GOP TAGS: Barack Obama. Politics. Sad. USA.
  240. Who says TV anchors have no moves? TAGS: Chicago. Chill. Cool. Funny. TV. Videos.
  241. New Year's Day 2009 with Chicago Polar Bears TAGS: Chicago. Conditioning. Cool. Family. Inspiring. Kids. My Stuff. Photos.
  242. After a month of CrossFit: CrossFit and Martial Arts TAGS: Chicago Swordplay Guild. Conditioning. Fighting. Games. Karate. Krav Maga. Live Action. MARTIAL. Military. My Stuff. Robotics. Sports. Swords. Training. Videos. Western Martial Arts.
  243. Recovery is the zanshin of lunging TAGS: Fighting. MARTIAL. Mind. Philosophy. Psychology. Training.
  244. 15 reasons Mr. Rogers was best neighbor ever TAGS: Cool. Favorites. Fred Rogers. Inspiring. Relations. TV.
  245. Barack Obama 2009 presidential inauguration TAGS: Barack Obama. News. Politics. Transcripts. USA.
  246. 2008 Global Temperature TAGS: Geography. Images. Nature. Science. Sustainability. TECH.
  247. Obama mentioned non-believers TAGS: Atheism. Barack Obama. Faith. News. Transcripts. USA.
  248. The frat boy ships out TAGS: George W. Bush. Images. News. Politics. USA.
  249. Clear Carbon-Nanotube Films TAGS: Cyber Life. Hardware. Images. Nanotechnology. TECH.
  250. Saddlebacking TAGS: Crude. Cyber Life. Funny. Language. Politics. Pr0n. profanity. Saucy. Sex. Text. USA.
  251. Kindle 2.0 by Amazon TAGS: Amazon. Books. Cyber Life. Cyber Tech. Engineering. Gadget. Google. Hardware. TECH. Text.
  252. For Every Girl... There is a Boy... TAGS: Comics. Cool. Culture. Funny. Images. Inspiring. Philosophy. Relations. Sad.
  253. Mind–body intervention TAGS: Faith. Health. Mind. Psychology. Training.
  254. Amazon Announces Kindle 2, With Slew of New Features TAGS: Amazon. Books. Cyber Life. Gadget. TECH. Text.
  255. How to make a WMA longsword shinai TAGS: Arms. Chicago Swordplay Guild. Fighting. Gear. How To. MARTIAL. My Stuff. Standup Fighting. Swords. Training. Western Martial Arts.
  256. How to respond to requests to debate creationists TAGS: Atheism. Evolution. Faith. Science.
  257. Very Gradual Change We Can Believe In TAGS: Barack Obama. Birthdays. Evolution. Images. Inspiring.
  258. The Word that Science RUINED TAGS: Language. Science. Statistics. TECH.
  259. Crystals Made to Sprout Tiny Tubes TAGS: Hardware. Images. Nanotechnology. Photos. TECH.
  260. Liquid Battery TAGS: Hardware. Images. Solar. Sustainability. TECH.
  261. Being Lynda Barry TAGS: Beauty. Chicago. Comics. Images. Inspiring.
  262. Rush Limbaugh addresses CPAC TAGS: Barack Obama. Economy. My Stuff. News. Politics. TV. USA. Videos.
  263. Beginner's Mind TAGS: Conditioning. Health. Mind. Philosophy.
  264. President Obama - Full Interview TAGS: Barack Obama. Live Action. News. TV. USA. Videos.
  265. Snapshot of cyber communications today TAGS: Communications. Cyber Life. Cyber Tech. TECH.
  266. Talks Jill Bolte Taylor: My stroke of insight TAGS: Biology. Inspiring. Live Action. Mind. Psychology. Science. TECH. Videos.
  267. Specify your canonical TAGS: Browser. Cyber Tech. Google. HTML. Microsoft. Standards. TECH. Yahoo!.
  268. Magnetic Spin to Revolutionize Medical Scanning TAGS: Chemistry. News. TECH.
  269. A Better, Cheaper Multitouch Interface TAGS: Computers. Hardware. TECH.
  270. Essential Life Lesson #1: Over is Right, Under is Wrong TAGS: Funny. Health. Home. Images.
  271. Extroverted Like Me TAGS: Chemistry. Introversion. Mind. Psychology. Relations. Self Improvement.
  272. Did You Know TAGS: Culture. Cyber Life. News. TECH. Videos.
  273. One Number to Rule Them All TAGS: Audio. Communications. Cyber Life. Google. TECH.
  274. Gmail Sidesteps the App Store TAGS: Cyber Life. Google. Programming. TECH.
  275. "Tea Parties Forever" by Paul Krugman TAGS: Politics. USA.
  276. 13 things that do not make sense TAGS: Cool. Inspiring. Mind. Science.
  277. The 10 Coolest Foreign Words The English Language Needs TAGS: Cool. Culture. Funny. Language.
  278. Netbook Chips Create a Low-Power Cloud TAGS: Computers. Cyber Tech. Hardware. TECH.
  279. Signals and the Shared Road TAGS: Atheism. Faith. Introversion. My Stuff. Philosophy. Psychology. Ramblings. Relations. Thoughts.
  280. The painful truth about trainers: Are running shoes a waste of money? TAGS: Conditioning. Health. Training.
  281. Intel's Ct software will make ordinary code work on forthcoming many-core processors TAGS: Computers. Cyber Tech. Hardware. Programming. Software. TECH.
  282. BB Video: The Flaming Bacon Lance of Death, from Theo Gray's book "Mad Science" TAGS: Chill. Cool. Crude. Food. Funny. Gadget. Pyro. TECH. Videos.
  283. A New E-Paper Competitor TAGS: Books. Cyber Tech. Gadget. Hardware. Reading. TECH. Text.
  284. My Vices TAGS: Atheism. Faith. Food. Introversion. MARTIAL. My Stuff. Psychology. Ramblings. Relations. Self Improvement.
  285. More Atheists Shout It From the Rooftops TAGS: Atheism. Culture. Faith.
  286. Looking at the HTC Dream (aka T-Mobile G1) TAGS: Apple. Cyber Tech. Gadget. Google. Hardware. My Stuff. TECH.
  287. A New Breed of Netbook? TAGS: Computers. Cyber Life. Cyber Tech. Gadget. Google. Hardware. Open Source. Software. TECH.
  288. Kindle DX: Amazon's 9.7" Wireless Reading Device (Latest Generation) TAGS: Amazon. Books. Cyber Life. Cyber Tech. Gadget. Hardware. Images. Reading. TECH. Text. Wikipedia.
  289. Jesse Ventura Interview With Hannity On FOX May.18, 2009 TAGS: Cool. Funny. Journalism. Live Action. Politics. TV. USA. Videos. World. Wrestling.
  290. Five-Dimensional Data Storage TAGS: Computers. Cool. Culture. Engineering. Hardware. Images. Nanotechnology. TECH.
  291. A Low Impact Woodland Home TAGS: Chill. Cool. Home. Inspiring. Photos. Sustainability.
  292. A Speedier Google Chrome for all users TAGS: Browser. Cyber Life. Cyber Tech. Google. News. TECH.
  293. What is Twitter? TAGS: Cyber Life. Relations. TECH. Twitter.
  294. The Symbolic Power Of Money TAGS: Money. Psychology.
  295. Man Gets Tazed, Mocks Cops, and Gets Away TAGS: Funny. Legal. Live Action. MARTIAL. Quirky. Self Defense. Videos. Violence.
  296. SNR and Scarring TAGS: Faith. Mind. My Stuff. Psychology. Radio. Relations.
  297. Google Bookmarks Extension for Chrome TAGS: Browser. Cyber Tech. Google. TECH.
  298. Scientists envision inflatable alternative to tethered space elevator TAGS: Images. Nanotechnology. Photos. Science. Space. TECH.
  299. Here's 17 Minutes Of Starcraft II Gameplay TAGS: Activity. Animation. Blizzard. Computers. Cyber Life. Video Games. Videos.
  300. S-exp vs XML, HTML, LaTeX (was: Why lisp is growing) TAGS: Death. Philosophy. Politics. Programming. Psychology. TECH.
  301. 35,000-year-old flute is oldest known musical instrument TAGS: Archaeology. Music. News.
  302. University of Chicago freshmen to translate great literary works as 'Twitterature' TAGS: Cyber Life. Literature. Reading. Text. Twitter.
  303. Is anyone else here a liberal or progressive but not vehemently anti-gun ownership? TAGS: Arms. Guns. Images. Photos. Politics.
  304. A Robot that Navigates Like a Person TAGS: Artificial Intelligence. Biology. Brain. Evolution. Programming. Robotics. Software. TECH.
  305. Free is not a business model TAGS: Cyber Life. Cyber Tech. Economy. Google. Money. TECH.
  306. Mitchell and Webb TAGS: Atheism. Crude. Faith. Funny. Health. Quirky. Saucy. TV.
  307. Rich Internet Apps TAGS: Animation. Apple. Browser. Cyber Tech. Firefox. Google. Microsoft. Programming. Standards. Sun Microsystems. TECH. Videos.
  308. A Chicago Icon Gets a New Name and a Green Makeover TAGS: Chicago. Engineering. News. Solar. Sustainability.
  309. Head in the clouds TAGS: Amazon. Books. Cyber Life. Gadget. Google. Hardware. Images. Photos. Reading. Software. TECH. Videos.
  310. Tommy Douglas TAGS: Economy. Health. Politics. USA.
  311. Sasquatch music festival 2009 - Guy starts dance party TAGS: Chill. Cool. Funny. Live Action. Music. Psychology. Videos.
  312. A Biofuel Process to Replace All Fossil Fuels TAGS: Biotechnology. Solar. Sustainability. TECH.
  313. Physics and Five Problems in the Philosophy of Mind TAGS: Artificial Intelligence. Biology. Mind. Philosophy. Physics. Psychology. Reading.
  314. Digital Media and e-Books TAGS: Amazon. Apple. Audio. Books. Computers. Cyber Life. Cyber Tech. Family. Gadget. Google. Hardware. Inspiring. Kids. Music. My Stuff. Reading. Software. Standards. TECH. Text. Videos.
  315. Maker's Schedule, Manager's Schedule TAGS: Cyber Life. Programming. Relations.
  316. World Science Festival 2009: Bobby McFerrin Demonstrates the Power of the Pentatonic Scale TAGS: Cool. Fighting. Live Action. MARTIAL. Mind. Music. Videos.
  317. Sony Takes On Kindle With Two New E-Readers TAGS: Books. Cyber Life. Cyber Tech. Hardware. Reading. Standards. TECH. Text.
  318. The Singularity and the Fixed Point TAGS: Artificial Intelligence. Mind. Philosophy. Psychology. TECH.
  319. Miniature Tyrannosaurus Rex discovered TAGS: Biology. Cool. Fauna. Geology. Images. Nature. Paleontology.
  320. Religion update TAGS: Atheism. Ethics. Faith. Mind. My Stuff. Philosophy. Psychology.
  321. Macaroni Chicken Salad TAGS: Family. Food.
  322. Digital mournings TAGS: Comics. Images. Inspiring. Relations. Sad.
  323. Introduction to HTML 5 TAGS: Cyber Life. Cyber Tech. HTML. Images. Programming. Standards. TECH. Videos.
  324. Kindles yet to woo University users TAGS: Amazon. Cyber Tech. E-book. Gadget. Hardware. Reading. Text.
  325. The healthcare debate: Jonathan Haidt on how our moral roots skew our reasoning TAGS: Health. Philosophy. Politics. Psychology. Science. USA.
  326. The Angry Evolutionist TAGS: Evolution. Faith. Philosophy. Psychology. Richard Dawkins. Science.
  327. Close to the Missing Link -- Oldest Human Ancestor Discovered TAGS: Anthropology. Evolution. Images. Paleontology.
  328. Algorithm and Blues TAGS: Comics. Math. Philosophy. Science. TECH.
  329. War of the Gargantuas TAGS: Books. History. Language. Literature. Movies. Text. Videos.
  330. God is not the Creator, claims academic TAGS: Atheism. Books. Faith. Language. Literature. Text.
  331. Cherrypicking Illustrated TAGS: Atheism. Faith. Images. Photos.
  332. Obama to GOP: "Grab a Mop." This is political gold (and we need to use it) (UPDATED w Videos) TAGS: Barack Obama. Politics. Quote. USA.
  333. SVG TAGS: Animation. Cyber Life. Flash. Images. JavaScript. Open Source. Photos. Programming. Standards. SVG. TECH. Videos.
  334. PUSSYCAT TAGS: Animation. Chill. Crude. NSFW. Quirky. Saucy. Videos. Violence.
  335. Success in 'space elevator' competition TAGS: Engineering. Science. Space. TECH.
  336. Reviewing "Ext JS 3.0 Cookbook" soon TAGS: Books. Images. JavaScript. Programming. Reading. TECH.
  337. Video: Douglas Crockford - The State and Future of JavaScript TAGS: Cyber Tech. IBM. JavaScript. Microsoft. Programming. TECH. Yahoo!.
  338. The Wrong Side of History TAGS: Health. News. Politics. USA.
  339. 150th anniversary of On the Origin of Species TAGS: Chill. Comics. Evolution. Images. Inspiring. Life. Maroon. My Stuff. Orange. Philosophy. Politics. Quotations. Ramblings. Science. Space. USA. Videos. World.
  340. Save the World TAGS: Art. Beauty. Books. Chemistry. History. Legal. Money. My Stuff. Philosophy. Ramblings. Reading. Science. Sustainability. War. World.
  341. iPods and Knives TAGS: Chicago. Fighting. News. Security. Self Defense. Violence.
  342. Old News: Limbaugh and Robertson are Dicks TAGS: Faith. News. Sad. Text. USA. Videos. World.
  343. Three Key Factors to Help Children Avoid Social Rejection Identified TAGS: Introversion. Mind. My Stuff. Psychology. Relations. Self Improvement.
  344. Apple iPad TAGS: Apple. Audio. Books. Cyber Life. Gadget. Hardware. Software. TECH. Videos.
  345. The Web Way to Learn a Language TAGS: Cyber Life. Education. Language. Self Improvement. World.
  346. The Eight Irresistable Principles Of Fun TAGS: Chill. Faith. Inspiring. Mind. Self Improvement.
  347. Chrome versus Firefox 2010-02 TAGS: Browser. Cyber Life. Cyber Tech. Firefox. Google. TECH.
  348. Top Ten Mistakes Managers Make With Email TAGS: Communications. Cyber Life. Email.
  349. Clive Thompson in Praise of Online Obscurity TAGS: Cyber Life. Relations.
  350. Fundamental Forces and Chopping Wood TAGS: Faith. Mind. Philosophy. Physics. Science.
  351. "Ext JS 3.0 Cookbook" by Jorge Ramon, a review by George Hernandez TAGS: Books. Cyber Tech. JavaScript. Programming. Reading Now. TECH.
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  353. The American Form of Government TAGS: History. Politics. USA. Videos.
  354. Free Energy and the Meaning of Life TAGS: Biology. Chemistry. Evolution. Images. Inspiring. Philosophy.
  355. Porn: Good for us? TAGS: Psychology. Saucy. Science. Sex.
  356. Now A No-Evil Zone TAGS: Cyber Life. Philosophy. TECH.
  357. the triumph of self-worth over net-worth TAGS: Inspiring. Mind. Psychology. Relations. Self Improvement.
  358. My World View 2010-02-06 TAGS: Archive. My Stuff. Philosophy. Ramblings. Self Improvement. Thoughts.
  359. My World View 2010-03-17 TAGS: Archive. My Stuff. Philosophy. Politics. Ramblings. Science. Self Improvement. Thoughts. World.
  360. My Keywords 2010-03-17 TAGS: Archives. Ethics. My Stuff. Philosophy. Ramblings. Self Improvement. Thoughts.
  361. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act TAGS: Barack Obama. Economy. Health. News. Politics. USA.
  362. Nature by Numbers TAGS: Animation. Beauty. Inspiring. Math. Videos.
  363. OCEANS: 2.5-foot giant isopod found attached to remotely operated underwater vehicle TAGS: Armor. Beauty. Fauna. Images. Movies. Nature. Photos.
  364. Pineapple and Tomato Salad TAGS: Family. Food.
  365. Time to respect the ramen TAGS: Chicago. Food. Japan. Restaurants.
  366. The Democrats Are Doomed, or How A ‘Big Tent’ Can Be Too Big TAGS: Chart. Life. Politics. Relations. USA.
  367. What is recoverable TAGS: Death. Life. Mind. Philosophy. Quotations. Ramblings. Self Improvement.
  368. Early humans may have bred with other species – twice TAGS: Anthropology. News.
  369. ASP.NET output that isn't HTML TAGS: ASP.NET. Cyber Tech. Microsoft. Programming. TECH.
  370. The secrets of intelligence lie within a single cell TAGS: Artificial Intelligence. Biology. Mind. Science. TECH.
  371. The real reason why Steve Jobs hates Flash TAGS: Apple. Audio. Cyber Life. Cyber Tech. Gadget. Hardware. Images. Operating System. Software. TECH. Videos.
  372. Army Drops Bayonets in Training Revamp TAGS: Fighting. Gear. Knives. MARTIAL. Military. Pole Arms.
  373. Time's running out! TAGS: My Stuff. Ramblings. Text. Writing.
  374. U.S. Navy Successfully Uses Laser to Shoot Down Drones TAGS: Gear. Lasers. Military. News. TECH. Videos.
  375. How to Enable Vertical Tabs in Google Chrome TAGS: Browser. Cyber Life. Cyber Tech. Firefox. Google. TECH.
  376. Hit by a freaking taxi TAGS: My Stuff.
  377. Digg V4: The Broken Covenant (aka Selling Out to "The Man") TAGS: Cyber Life. TECH.
  378. Multi-touch and Mobility TAGS: Cyber Life. Cyber Tech. My Stuff. TECH.
  379. NASA Finds New Life TAGS: Biology. Chemistry. Cool. Evolution. Science. Space. TECH.
  380. I love my new Alienware M15X laptop TAGS: Computers. Cyber Life. Cyber Tech. Hardware. My Stuff. Software. TECH.
  381. Eight Ways to Un-Fuck Your CrossFit Gym TAGS: Conditioning. CrossFit.
  382. What kind of workout do you do when you have stitches on your hand? TAGS: Conditioning. Health. My Stuff.
  383. CADE (Part 2): The Good Slaughter: A Proud Meat Cutter Shares His Processing Floor TAGS: Death. Documentary. Food. Interviews. Live Action. MARTIAL. Mind. Training. Videos. Violence.
  384. Dreams and Controversy TAGS: Cyber Life. Faith. MARTIAL. Philosophy. Politics. Psychology. Ramblings. Relations. Self Improvement. Sex. TECH. Thoughts. Violence.
  385. Intelligence break led to bin Laden's hide-out TAGS: Military. News. Security. USA. Violence. War. World.
  386. Multitasking the Android Way TAGS: Cyber Life. Gadget. Google. Operating System. TECH.
  387. About Music Beta by Google TAGS: Amazon. Apple. Cyber Life. Google. Microsoft. Music. TECH.
  388. Is Process Killing the Software Industry? TAGS: Mind. Programming. TECH.
  389. Illinois House OKs Chicago Gambling TAGS: Chicago. Economy. News. Politics.
  390. First 'living' laser made from kidney cell TAGS: Biology. Biotechnology. Nanotechnology. Science. TECH.
  391. Why Sex With Creatures from the Future Is a Bad Idea TAGS: Biology. Cool. Evolution. Funny. Movies. Science Fiction.
  392. Google to End Health Records Service After It Fails to Attract Users TAGS: Cyber Life. Cyber Tech. Family. Health. TECH.
  393. Interest and Commitment TAGS: Mind. My Stuff. Ramblings. Thoughts.
  394. Steve Jobs (1955-02-24/2011-10-05) TAGS: Apple. Beauty. Computers. Culture. Death. Inspiring. Obituaries. Sad. TECH.
  395. Each generation TAGS: Family. Inspiring. Kids. Literature. Mind. My Stuff. Ramblings. Science. Writing.
  396. Mr. Rogers Just Kidding TAGS: Culture. Images. Journalism. Live Action. News. Outrageous. Politics. TV. Videos.
  397. A laser to give the universe a hernia? TAGS: Cool. Physics. Quirky. Space. TECH.
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  400. Thanksgiving 2011 TAGS: Family. Home. Mind. My Stuff.
  401. 7 and 13 TAGS: Faith. Literature. Mind. My Stuff. Quotations. Quote. Ramblings. Text.
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  403. Life Log SS TAGS: Comics. Death. Life. My Stuff. Ramblings.
  404. Fish uses fins to walk and bound TAGS: Biology. Evolution. Faith. Fauna. Images. Live Action. Nature. TECH. Videos.
  405. Methane discovery stokes new global warming fears Shock as retreat of Arctic releases greenhouse gas TAGS: Geology. History. News. Science. Sustainability. TECH. World.
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20061110 000000 Z Isn't The Catcher in the Rye [W] just a humorless version of Napoleon Dynamite?
20070119 191449 Z Solar power eliminates utility bills in U.S. home news.yahoo.c … nm/solar_home_dc science.slas … /150250&from=rss

His solar power makes electricity and hydrogen fuel! Man I wanna do this!

20061026 014354 Z Free Hugs Campaign www.youtube. … ch?v=vr3x_RRJdd4

A true story on video. Features the song All The Same (2006) by Sick Puppies.

You can hug and kiss many people, and you can have a great kiss from usually from just one person, but you can have a great hug from lots of people. Try it. We're very physical apes and I don't think we get enough great hugging.

20061026 010830 Z AllSimps and AllFutus www.metafilt … r.com/mefi/55005

It's gone. Such a wonderful site but Fox shut them down after just a few days. allsimps.com and allfutus.com respectively had links to streaming videos of every episode of the The Simpsons and Futurama. My kids and I watched as many of them as we could. I'm sorry I should've posted it here a few days ago after I saw them on metafilter.com/mefi/55005, but I've been busy. I'm posting them here because they still tell you where to find the streaming videos (EG: dailymotion.com). You can dig up the episode titles at List of The Simpsons episodes [W] and List of Futurama episodes [W]. While it's annoying, it's still free. (I'm still eagerly awaiting the new Futurama episodes in production for Comedy Central!)

20061012 000149 Z Michael Moore lets Fred Phelps have it www.youtube. … ch?v=33-_9nOX8KM digg.com/vid … Full_Of_Gay_Guys

Funny but sad. I consider myself to be someone who is violent but not malicious. Folks like Fred Phelps on the other hand are malicious and breed violence. Perhaps the phrases like "God hates fags" and "God hates America" are controversial marketing gimmicks to draw attention to their cause (like Michael Moore's tactics) but you just have to listen to these fundamentalists or whatever they are for a few seconds and you realize that they're whacked. Fred Phelps tv ad #1 God Hates America [youtube.com/watch?v=ARZY8dBfNT0&mode=related&search=; 00:01:35 video].

20061011 233559 Z Bump Key HOWTO video.google … 7213949300140850 digg.com/vid … _make_a_Bump_Key Others and I have been posting about "bump keys" a very simple method of lock_picking [W] that has been around for years but is impressively simple. This video is shows it fairly explicitly.
20061011 231945 Z The Muppet Matrix forums.matri … read.php?t=27859 digg.com/vid … he_Muppet_Matrix The same trailer for The Matrix, except with the Muppets and a little thing at the end. Surprisingly this works!
20070121 013413 Z martial arts www.youtube. … ch?v=Yp_5tB1t_E8 Tricked out kata compilation. A lot of crazy flipping kicks. Again, it looks like a wushu variation.
20070121 014859 Z Kung Fu www.youtube. … ch?v=0GjU393JPCE Some footage of Shaolin training and trickery. Includes some Sanhou too.
20070121 020506 Z Team FistyleZ: Focusmaster Demo www.youtube. … ch?v=lY1xzmrtbOQ Not as bad as I thought it would be. They start with fancy kicks and move on to using the Focusmaster like a muk yan jong (Wing Chun wooden dummy).
20070121 021312 Z Ramon "the diamond" Dekker www.youtube. … ch?v=Pir_kDB4cGw Shows some Muay Thai give and take. A few well timed items.
20070121 022352 Z martial arts www.youtube. … ch?v=vsTJgmHjNFw A kickboxing match between a Korean and a Japanese.
20070123 020424 Z Stephen Colbert explains the whole AT&T thing! www.youtube. … ch?v=Bj1Mtv9cD0I digg.com/tec … Whole_AT_T_Thing This got a genuine LOL out of me. I should get my news from Comedy Central more often.
20070123 021233 Z Jeep® Waterfall www.youtube. … ch?v=Z2LUz2WVcek digg.com/gad … nk_jet_waterfall A physical display that uses a waterfall like an inkjet printer. The engineering is neat and understandable but when people see it in person, they are still captivated.
20070123 033936 Z 53 CSS-Techniques You Couldn’t Live Without www.smashing … nt-live-without/ digg.com/des … n_t_Live_Without Some old goodies but some new ones that snuck in
20070123 040146 Z 3D morphable model face animation www.youtube. … ce6NYb_WA&eurl=# digg.com/sof … Should_ve_Waited Impressive. Their 3D morphable face animation is built upon 200 faces. (I presume they will add more later.) They can then take a single photo of practically anyone and morph their database until they get a match. Then they can do almost anything with the face. This video and their software is fascinating because people are naturally attuned to faces.
20070123 042230 Z from: 19020 to 1579 US-1 (S), North Brunswick, NJ 08902 maps.google. … .643236,1.275787 digg.com/tec … k_for_Directions Ha ha! For the particular to & from given, Google Maps gets lost. It makes a gazillion U-turns but eventually does get to the destination.
20070123 042739 Z 4 Easy Photoshop Techniques to Make Your Pictures Pop! digital-phot … ur-pictures-pop/ digg.com/des … our_Pictures_Pop Who can turn down such simple tricks?
20070124 152618 Z Update: 10 Useful Firefox Extensions That Don’t Get Glamorised www.connecte … /2007/01/02/1267 digg.com/sof … e_Never_Heard_Of Except for FaviconizeTab and Add Bookmark Here, I have the extensions I want already. However, it is still a good post.
20070124 154210 Z How Digg Combats Cheaters www.technolo … /Infotech/18097/

This article has a brief look into how digg.com uses citizen policing and data visualization to reduce the "gaming" done on their system to artificially upgrade stories. The article hilights Digg Stack and Digg Swarm (both of which I think are works in progress) by stamen.com.

Digg does a great job but they don' my favorite citizen policing things that digg and slashdot.org does with comments: If you look at most other sites, then you have to look at tons of crappy comments, but digg and slashdot vote on comments so you don't see as many crappy comments. I'm surprised that youtube.com doesn't filter comments except for "mark as spam".

20070124 154932 Z Tomahawk + Longknife and the Medieval Dagger by Kirk Lawson cbd.atspace. … and_rondell.html Oscar at the CSG Tomahawk and long daggers are a lot of fun. Nice pictures too. My only complaint is that most of the tomahawk techniques shown could be done with a stick or rondel and are not tomahawk specific. It just goes to show that the quick draw has limitations.
20070124 174048 Z Intuitor Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics www.intuitor … om/moviephysics/ Mary at the CSG I try to not let a silly thing like "knowledge" interfere with the enjoyment of certain shows. It would be annoying if a lawyer or doctor or engineer anally analyzed every scene as you watched a movie. However, it can be fun to rip into certain shows, especially if done in the spirit of Mystery Science Theater 3000 [W]. I do have to give the newer Superman Returns movie credit for improved physics. In the old Superman movie, he would freeze an entire lake and lift it out by the edge, but in Superman Returns, he wasn't careful enough and the wing broke off of the plane he was trying to save.
20060901 201553 Z How to Get Six Pack Abs www.wikihow. … Get-Six-Pack-Abs Simple enough: Do a lot of ab work and lose fat. Some people might do this for the looks but I'd do it so that your puny fists would bounce off my invincible abs of steel!
20060901 202344 Z 40th anniversary of Star Trek One more week until the 40th anniversary of the first airing of Star Trek [W]! I'm sure there will be all sorts of goodies on TV Land, the SciFi channel, etc.
20060903 235445 Z Counter Struck video.google … q=counter+struck digg.com/vid … e/Counter_Struck Geeks with guns. The Counter Strike game rendered in live action. I love the rendition of game lag and the idiocy of the hostages.
20070125 045944 Z Adventure Time youtube.com/ … ch?v=nlS15vuFUL8 Poji at the CSG Cool, innocent, and sincere. This is a short that has been on Nickelodeon. It's exactly the kind of story my own 8 year old daughter would make.
20070125 050150 Z The Horrible Truth - The Moon... www.metacafe … _truth_the_moon/ I immediately checked it out on Google and it's true!
20070125 051704 Z chicago bears-superbowl shuffle www.youtube. … ch?v=vloYsCWQSgs Ah yes, it's time to pull out the 1985 classic: It's time for The Super Bowl Shuffle!! "We're not here to start no trouble, we#39;re just here for the Superbowl Shuffle!"
20070125 054228 Z State of the Union 2007 - Bush Impression www.youtube. … ch?v=NqE_baKKkRI This was funny. However whether you agree with Bush or not, Bush behaved Presidentially at the State of the Union.
20070125 054420 Z george washington www.youtube. … ch?v=pc9y5ayeeb4 A funny rap cartoon of tall tales for George Washington. After all this is the United States of Washington.
20070125 055842 Z Barack Obama on Daily Show www.youtube. … ch?v=P-qLDWQQmmo Obama is so much more fun to watch and listen to than Bush. I love that line about not underestimating the political skills of the Republicans, but about questioning their governing skills.
20070125 060445 Z Extras - Patrick Stewart Comedy www.youtube. … ch?v=UGf9Hc-KpAA Brilliant! He played it entirely straight faced. The UK show Extras must be pretty good.
20070125 162648 Z FMA against SCA? tribes.tribe … 620-a2646df22d35 This is not so much a style versus style discussion. Too bad the discussion didn' continue much longer. The thing I am looking at is rattan versus shinai.
20070125 180859 Z Yin Baguazhang - long form with apps youtube.com/ … ch?v=NI0xgb84JYs A Bagua form/kata and 10 applications/bunkai.
20070128 175828 Z Hahaha www.youtube. … ch?v=5P6UU6m3cqk A baby laughing. Pure and simple.
20070128 180706 Z In Raw World of Sex Movies, High Definition Could Be a View Too Real www.nytimes. … 5087&oref=slogin forums.fark. … l?IDLink=2557278 While it' mildly interesting to think about porn in Hi-def, the real thing about this article is that Sony, the leader of the Blu-ray disc standard is not cooperating that well with the porn industry . Since porn is frequently on the bleeding edge, this may edge Blu-ray out. FYI: Blu-ray disc[W] can store 25-50 GB of data on a disk as opposed to 4.7 GB on the current DVD.
20070128 181212 Z cutie costume www.youtube. … ch?v=BQuIWXjvpRs A cute Asian girl in a variety of cute outfits.
20070128 182744 Z Jigoro Kano tribute! The First judoka! www.youtube. … v=ATwytt7uuhQ&NR A showcase of judo. A little bit about Kano at the beginning, then a really quick showing of the techniques, and then a lot of footage from international judo matches.
20070128 182925 Z Judo Newaza Grappling International Fights youtube.com/ … ch?v=4u41omoNO4U A lot of footage of judo grappling from international matches.
20070128 183156 Z KungFu vs. Yoga www.youtube. … ch?v=FrYlNNy929Y A bit too long and contrived but different and funny. I've never seen a double jointed person move so fast while in contorted positions.
20070128 183622 Z JET LI FIST OF LEGEND-MASOCHIST www.youtube. … v=_d6GTKMecBs&NR A snipped from the movie Fist Of Legend with Jet Li. Oddly they've replaced the audio with some crap.
20070128 183833 Z Jet Li's Jeet Kune Do vs. Karate www.youtube. … ch?v=YJlMtsEd3iw One of the better and more interesting fight scenes in Fist Of Legend with Jet Li.
20070128 184134 Z Crazy fast knife fight www.youtube. … ch?v=9Nngb9LlYeM In the second half they do a very fast exchange with a sharp blade. Stupid but fun to see.
20070128 184817 Z Best fight scene of all time (is this gay?) www.youtube. … ch?v=uxkr4wS7XqY It's so bad it's good. Cynthia Rothrock, eye gouging, shirts ripping off, the list goes on. The Undefeatable is a B-grade martial arts movie classic.
20070128 185051 Z Hard Gay- Ramen Shop (English Subtitles) www.youtube. … ch?v=igC4bPDp6cU One of those crazy Japanese shows. Hard Gay helps out a ramen shop get more business. Hard Gay seems pretty cool: Pretty gay but pretty cool.
20070130 153229 Z YouTube co-founder says site will begin sharing revenue with users in coming months www.technolo … 8116&ch=infotech It sounds fair. metacafe.com already does it. The real issue however has to do with copyrights and intellectual property. It's silly because having your content on places like youtube is like free marketing and it drives people to buy your music or video.
20070130 161134 Z memorizable.org http://www.memorizable.org/ digg.com/tec … _memorizable_org Memorizable.org is a wiki for flashcards. Make your own or use flashcards others have made.
20070131 014252 Z Extreme cable Fantasticable www.youtube. … ch?v=jgzeUgg6Cys monkeyfilter … m/link.php/13664 Again! Again! It looks a lot safer than bungee jumping and it looks like it goes on for much longer. I like the flying pose too.
20060904 133857 Z Revisiting The Greatest Nancy Panel Ever Drawn www.glyphjoc … -panel-ever.html A little while back a lot of people were linking to Jim Woodring's post on The greatest Nancy panel ever drawn [jimwoodring.blogspot.com/2006/07/greatest-nancy-panel-ever-drawn.html] [via boingboing.net/2006/08/27/animated_version_of_.html] (including myself). Now an animation has been made out of the panel with some music and talk about the Tao. The Tao [W] of Sluggo: very soothing.
20060904 185500 Z How to Speak 19th Century www.metafilt … r.com/mefi/54376
Forgotten vocabulary. Words and phrases from an earlier era, the early Nineteenth century. Some slang too.

Is this palaver? Or is it perhaps useful for deciphering text from the 1800s?

20060907 020312 Z Funny Subtitle Iraq interview video.google … 3128225578708570 Very funny and very reminiscent of a Monty Python skit.
20060809 154320 Z Boxers's Perfect SCV Rush www.youtube. … ch?v=Jen46qkZVNI digg.com/vid … Rush_(StarCraft) So this is why I get my ass kicked so badly when I play Blizzard's StarCraft [W]: The gosu Korean professionals play the way the rest of the world plays soccer!This video has the #1 player in the world beating the #2 player in the world finals using a very ballsy and risky SCV rush as Terran.
20060809 221750 Z Bump keying www.youtube. … ch?v=7Uv45y6vkcQ So most locks are now easy to pop open? Nice. Luckily we almost always have someone at home ... with weapons and decades of martial arts training! This would be a fun link to send to anyone with any sense of security.
20060822 212314 Z Free High-Resolution Widescreen Wallpaper interfacelif … gs&w=1920&h=1200 digg.com/des … _up_to_2560x1600 High-Resolution images aren't hard to find, but quality, esp. something that you like, is. The digg thread has other links too.
20060822 215901 Z How to Win Every Time in Monopoly www.ehow.com … -every-time.html digg.com/gam … nopoly_Everytime If everyone did it, then would everyone win? When it comes to Monopoly, I'm more concerned about fun than winning.
20060823 214030 Z Google has finally reopened writely.com for public registrations. My co-workers and I have been using Google Spreadsheets [spreadsheets.google.com] for online collaborative documents quite a bit and I'm guessing that we'll do the same with Writely. One big difference is that Writely stores past revisions of a document whereas Google Spreadsheets does not. See also http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/08/20/0029204&from=rss for comments. BTW: Yes others are already doing this but Google can make it popular. What I really want from Google though is GDrive!
20060824 222435 Z Monalisa Descending a Staircase video.google … =genre:animation Excellent! One of the best videos on the Web.
20070206 171605 Z How To Shower - Men & Women www.metacafe … hower_men_women/ Largely true.
20070206 211956 Z wonder_for_site http://www.zefrank.com/snowflake/ Make your own snowflake and animate it.
20070206 212551 Z dontclick.it http://www.dontclick.it/ A site that experiments a click free interface.
20070206 213727 Z Angry Alien Productions http://www.angryalien.com/ Various shows in 30 seconds (and re-enacted by bunnies). They've added a whole bunch since the last time I checked!
20070207 024018 Z Fear of Girls http://one.revver.com/watch/11925 Brian at the CSG I got this link almost a year ago but I thought I'd file it in my blog. It's some really geeky LARP/D&D guys and may cause some queasiness in some.
20070207 025221 Z Ninja's Playground http://nijaplayground.ytmnd.com/ Poji at the CSG Here#39;s another gem I#39;ve dug up while clearing up old email. It#39;s just some inane ninja training camp in an infinite loop with some inane music. For some people this is heaven.
20070207 164045 Z How to Avoid Day Trading Mistakes www.wikihow. … Trading-Mistakes Nice little how to. Also has links on how to do stocks and other stuff. It sounds like a fun game!
20070207 164907 Z Google Docs to support PowerPoint presentations soon blogs.zdnet. … om/Google/?p=465 slashdot.org … 07/1323239.shtml I don't use PowerPoint much but I do use Google Docs quite a bit. I wonder if they'll do a lot more as far a graphics and looks too.
20070207 173604 Z Hiroshima, the pictures they didn't want us to see fogonazos.bl … -want-us_05.html digg.com/wor … t_want_us_to_see I have either seen some of these photos before or photos like them before, but images like these are always very powerful. 'Hibakusha is the term widely used in Japan referring to victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Japanese word translates literally to "explosion-affected people".'
20070207 183621 Z Pole Dance Practice www.metacafe … _dance_practice/ I've never watched pole dancing and this performance is more athletic than seductive. She's using the pole quite acrobatically, i.e. she's like a gymnast with a vertical bar instead of a horizontal bar. It's quite brave of her to hang upside down on a vertical pole with just her feet. I want to try some of the techniques she's doing myself!
20070207 193752 Z How to Write a Thank-You Note www.themorni … hankyou_note.php I'm continuing to parse my old bookmarks and here's one that I've used multiple times. It certainly make writing thank yous more efficient and sincere.
20070207 222322 Z The Church of the Non-Believers www.wired.co … /atheism_pr.html Here's another link from parsing my old bookmarks. Yes, I'm an atheist. No, I'm not evil. I'm just an ordinary human being like everyone else.
20070208 183821 Z The God Delusion video.google … 9720917221820689 This is The Root of All Evil?, part 1, the 2006 UK documentary by Richard Dawkins about whether the world is better off without religion.
20070208 183950 Z The Virus of Faith video.google … 2208690443739173 This is The Root of All Evil, part 2, the 2006 UK documentary by Richard Dawkins about whether the world is better off without religion.
20070208 185218 Z Dawkins in Lynchburg VA (part 1) The God Delusion www.youtube. … ch?v=Xe7yf9GJUfU A Q&A with Richard Dawkins at Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Virginia on 2006-10-23, but also attended by some poor fools from Jerry Falwell's Liberty "University".
20070208 185325 Z Dawkins in Lynchburg VA (part 2) The God Delusion www.youtube. … ch?v=qR_z85O0P2M A Q&A with Richard Dawkins at Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Virginia on 2006-10-23, but also attended by some poor fools from Jerry Falwell's Liberty "University".
20070209 155443 Z Richard Dawkins with Paula Zahn (CNN) richarddawki … et/event,123,CNN Julia, my wife Richard Dawkins will be the guest with Paula Zahn on 2007-02-12 Thu 20:00 EST on CNN. It was for today, 02-09, but now it's on Darwin's birthday.
20070209 165454 Z Apple Inc. from Apple Computer, Inc. phx.corporat … NiZhdHRhY2g9T04= Apple has officially changed its name from "Apple Computer, Inc." to "Apple Inc.". It's quite a marketing move emphasizing their emphasis on the iPod, iPhone, and other products and services beyond just computers.
20070212 182237 Z SQL Quiz http://www.sqlquiz.com/ Generates quizzes with 15 random questions (from around 500) on basic SQL. Geared for people fairly new to SQL. Very clean and simple. Could be used for learning or very basic SQL screening. I'm surprised that there are no ads!
20070214 024407 Z Introducing the book www.youtube. … ch?v=eRjVeRbhtRU Oscar at the CSG Hoo hoo! The unfamiliar can be daunting and we often make it so complicated before we even really get into it. That's why I really sympathize with users and try to foster the wonderful ability of bold children who dive right in.
20070214 201244 Z 19 Action News - Dancing Man www.youtube. … ch?v=Dxmc9_AnyN0 forums.fark. … l?IDLink=2609481 Bracing!
20070215 023017 Z Customer service gone shockingly right fiendishglee … ingly-right.html www.digg.com … shockingly_right It is so refreshing to hear about great service for a change. Why not be the good guy? The superhero? We should all relish the opportunity to be appreciated, to be of service.
20070218 181528 Z Mirko Cro Cop vs. Eddie Sanchez youtube.com/ … ch?v=c0W_Mw-yHY4 Keith at the CSG The recent 2007-02-03 UFC match of Mirko Filipovic (Crocop/Cro Cop) against Eddie Sanchez. Eddie was 8-0 but Mirko stopped that. Even though Mirko totally out classed Eddie, Mirko was still very careful and clean.
20070308 202921 Z Action Philosophers! www.eviltwin … action/index.php www.metafilt … isdom-And-ACTION Reminescent of Gonnick's Cartoon History of the Universe indeed. Dude!, I've already killed Buddha a bunch of times!
20070309 014445 Z Great Fighter www.metacafe … 1/great_fighter/ This video has two amateur fights, all stand up striking, no gloves. The first fight is over in less than 30 seconds due to a solid blow. The second fight is much longer and the one fellow dominates by understanding distance and timing. He even gets cocky a few time and puts his hands down (in order to invite an attack).
20070309 015741 Z Vale Tudo Good Fights www.metacafe … udo_good_fights/ A compilation of a lot of finishes: striking, grappling, throws, mix ups. Cool but, as I've said before, it doesn't show what leads up to the finish.
20070313 175748 Z Karate Lesson !! Hilarious video.google … 4814817911774827 Pimp attacks karate instructor. Beautiful static distraction, followed by a very nice blow
20070313 181116 Z Two Angry Women - Female Road Rage. video.google … 7362849377990424 Two women in a parking lot: A car door bump escalates. Oddly satisfying.
20070314 145345 Z Here's a slice of n www.metafilt … res-a-slice-of-? How nice of someone to make a pi-related post at MetaFilter today, 3.14, Pi Day!
20070321 143433 Z Philippine left-wing groups turn to YouTube, Internet to spread word about killings www.technolo … .com/Wire/18410/ As a Filipino American Programmer who spends a lot of time on the Web, this story has some interest to me. In America, the blogosphere and Youtube are just a tiny prong in the multi-pronged presence that politicians try to impress on the population. As much as I distrust Bush, outside of America there are indeed countries that distrust their government even more. In those countries the blogosphere and avenues like Youtube may be the only avenues the people can trust. However there are popular messages are not necessarily the most truthful.
20070321 154318 Z Porn: From The Inside www.tfprojec … ead.php?t=114784 digg.com/off … _From_The_Inside No pictures. You may just skip the link itself and read what's in Digg. I personally haven't worked in porn, but I've worked on the inside of the fashion modeling industry and I have a friend who worked at Playboy. The bottom line is that work is work. The grass isn't always greener on the other side. There are many ways to follow your fancy without making it work. On the other hand, you may be so intent on your fancy that you may want to make it work.
20070413 161127 Z Episode 1106 – D-Yikes! www.southpar … sode-1106-stream digg.com/vid … ody_Full_Episode If you thought the movie 300 was not for the squeamish, then that applies 10 times as much for the South Park parody: 30 and Ms. Garrison stand up for their bar, Les Bos, against Xerxes and the Persians! Absolutely brilliant ... and possibly highly offensive of course.
20070426 215624 Z Throttling http://www.throttling.us/ www.metafilt … ou-by-the-throat Genius! A whole site dedicated largely to amusing throttlings or strangulations.
20070503 151747 Z Foster's, scientists team up to generate clean energy from beer-making www.technolo … .com/Wire/18624/ They're working on the perfect energy source: Beer! Brewery wastewater can be further processed in a microbial fuel cell to make electricity. This has worked in the lab, and now they're going to try it at a scale 250 time larger with a 2500 L = 660 gallon fuel cell at Foster's brewery.
20070505 151728 Z I've been busy lately. And when anybody gets busy, there are many things that fall between the cracks. While it has been a good busy period (work, spending time with family, doing some martial writing, web admin work, house work, and working out), I feel guilty about the things that I've let slip by. On one hand there is only so much time and only so much that one can do, but on the other hand I know that there are things that I put off for later (and may never get to do) that I might have been able to do. I don't want to focus on regrets, but rather I want to use the regretful feeling to help foster a better me. It's a number of things: Better prioritizing. More discipline. Deeper, better recovery. A jot, a seed, is better than nothing at all.
20070606 160937 Z A quick tip for Google Spreadsheet users who want their dates and times formatted like 2007-06-06 (ISO 8601): For the spreadsheet settings, set the Locale to Poland!
20070701 025708 Z B/W man wrestling w/ lion on ground video.google … 9192827234176761 A few seconds of a man grappling with what is probably a "tamed" lion. Smother and stay in contact.
20070701 030302 Z GM Angel Cabales www.youtube. … ch?v=O0Dtk4lm7ZE Some old footage of Angel Cabales demo of Cabales Serrada Eskrima.
20070701 034029 Z As far as computer 3D animation for studying martial arts, check out aikido3d.com and tkd3d.com. This stuff is only as good as the makers. This technology can be used for studying all manner of martial arts, sports, and physical activities. It shouldn't be so much "martial porn" as another means of grokking a topic. Sure the chicks on Dead of Alive for the Xbox are hot, but I'd like to see some high quality video games with a emphasis on realism as opposed to fantasy.
20070701 040453 Z Real Life Self Defense www.youtube. … UASRBjn9NuE&NR=1 A few self-defense set plays in ordinary settings.
20070701 041125 Z Russian Army is Hardcore www.flicklif … is_Hardcore.html A few minutes of what appears to be unofficial Russian army boot camp. Tough is one thing but this looks pretty stupid.
20070701 164002 Z Randy Couture training video.google … 4902600571518938 Short video of Randy Couture of UFC MMA fame doing a total body workout with a 95 pound barbell (25# on each end plus a 45# bar). One of the most efficient workouts I've ever seen.
20070701 195249 Z PHILIPPINES MARTIAL ARTS 1 www.youtube. … ch?v=7DUmU4T3LdM Short documentary filmed in the Philippines of different FMAs.
20070701 201644 Z Hirokazu Kanazawa 10º Dan Chinte www.youtube. … ch?v=qVvAP-NnsRo Kanazawa sensei doing the Shotokan kata Chinte. The link leads to other videos of him doing other kata.
20070701 225017 Z Kyokushin Karate - Mas Oyama's warm-up www.youtube. … ch?v=VrXjM1HZ7Zs Sort of fun to see someone else's warm up. What gets me are folks who get in a rut and do the same warm up for years.
20070701 233318 Z Chin Na Used by Taiwan Police www.youtube. … ch?v=CWG6eglkLa8 Essential point: Extend their arms and shove their head.
20070701 233510 Z Joint Locking Qinna Chin Na (shoulder dislocation/throw) www.youtube. … ch?v=FZ-DVxEkcYw Part of a variety of Chin Na joint locking videos
20070701 233956 Z Tai Chi Master Subduing Enemy in 4 Seconds part 1/4 www.youtube. … ch?v=c25uWLrO5jU Very nice video on small joint manipulation by Yang, Jwing-Ming. EG: The difference between a nod and a bow is sweet.
20070702 035117 Z Potter Puppet Pals in "The Mysterious Ticking Noise" www.youtube. … ch?v=Tx1XIm6q4r4 My kids and I love this one. An interesting mix of light and dark.
20070704 020948 Z LazyTown - Workout - Difficult Push Ups www.youtube. … ch?v=Phap3WkYOpc You have to love Lazy Town and Sportacus! The kids and I have watched this on real TV a bunch of time. Surrealism plus athleticism through Sportacus.
20070704 022149 Z World Guinness Record: Most 90º Degree push-ups www.youtube. … ch?v=hTHFIn2F3nY He did 11 and I probably can't do one. This push up is a hand stand push up that goes horizontal on the bottom and you can't touch the floor with anything but the hands.
20070704 023532 Z Bo Sit-ups and Push-ups www.youtube. … ch?v=neN_uDYeQTA More interesting than I thought it would be. It also opens up other possibilities. These sort of exercises could be done with other weapons.
20070704 024058 Z Bo Flexability www.youtube. … ch?v=p0UYuLMkpiw Arrgh. I'm not going to do this right now because I just had knee surgery but it looks fun.
20070720 145537 Z Swedish 75-year-old woman gets superfast Internet connection www.technolo … .com/Wire/19077/ This is so funny! She just got the world's fastest residential uplink at 40 Gb/s —and she uses it to read the news online. She could download a DVD in seconds!
20070720 150035 Z Amazon Groceries www.amazon.c … _/?node=16310101 I don't know long Amazon has been doing this but it would be interesting to try getting non-perishable groceries via Amazon, and then just make short trips for perishables like milk, juice, fruit, etc.
20070804 170323 Z 52 Influential Photographs lukeprog.com … ial-photographs/ www.metafilt … tial-Photographs Most of these I have seen but it's cool to see them all in one spot.
20070806 151106 Z The Incapacitating Flashlight www.technolo … /Infotech/19142/ Cops have been using flashlights to "blind" people in the dark but these new flashlights can also make them throw up. Non-lethal weapons are fun! I wonder if I can make myself throw up with a regular flashlight?
20070810 131052 Z Perseids en.wikipedia … rg/wiki/Perseids My family will be leaving in a few hours to go camping and see the 2007 Perseids meteor shower. The Chinese observed this in 0036 CE, making this annual shower one of the oldest of the recorded meteor showers. This year should be spectacular since it coincides with a new moon and Mars is very close this year. The peak is Monday before sunrise with 1-2 meteors a minute, but even off peak you can see several each hour. Look to north for the radiant near Perseus and Mars near Taurus.
20070816 144243 Z Oldest People en.wikipedia … ki/Oldest_people Yone Minagawa of Japan was the oldest living person in the world when she died recently on 2007-08-13 at 114 years old. The baton was passed on to Edna Parker of the US. What a kick-ass competitive event! I love reading about the things they've done and how they stayed active.
20070820 152501 Z A New Design for Computer Chips www.technolo … m/Biztech/19269/ Cores on a mesh multi-core chip can communicate with each other instead of using a central bus. The hardware is ahead of the software. I also found it interesting that the industry wants to double the number of cores on a chip every 18 months.
20070828 151449 Z Explore the sky with Google Earth http://earth.google.com/sky/ The Google Earth app v4.2 (released 2007-08-22) now incorporate Google Sky that lets you view the heavens. It includes Hubble shots too! Way cool!
20070905 142654 Z Krispy Kreme cools further www.chicagot … ,0,2237498.story

Alas! We have failed to eat enough Krispy Kreme donuts! The Illinois franchise for Krispy Kreme is going bankrupt and will close about half of its 15 Chicago-area stores. The problems include limited menus (don't mess with perfection) and large start up costs (you have to have the magic factory).

20070911 180520 Z BECOME INVISIBLE and walk unseen among people or CROWDS science.slas … 210&from=rss monkeyfilter … m/link.php/14719 Funny presentation. Free bonus: The Wizard's Book of Animal Secrets.
20070920 162541 Z A historic day but... www.fxstreet … /2007-09-20.html Or a Euro is 1.4 US Dollars. These are both record rate exchanges. This will make the math for trans-Great Lakes shopping easier for both Canadians and US Americans.
20070924 194219 Z Obese kids have 'foie gras' livers www.canada.c … 9871&k=14510 forums.fark. … l?IDLink=3089390 The study shows that rapidly digested carbs (aka hi glycemic index foods, or simple carbs) increases body fat, fat in the blood, and doubles the fat in the liver. Relating this diet to the practice of gavage (force feeding) similar foods to ducks or geese in order to make foie gras (fatty liver), made a strong impression on me. (This link was from Fark but it's a serious link.)
20070925 155822 Z The Socialization of Knowledge www.tdan.com … ew-articles/5084 I have quite an interest in Collective Intelligence, Self-Organizing Systems, Cybernetics, etc. We've only just started implementing this on the Web. Simple but with emergent properties is the way to go. The dance between individual and group is cool: creativity, collaboration, info-exchange, etc. Getting Artifiical Intelligence out of Human Intelligence is so funny.
20071011 174719 Z Weird. This morning I had an Orange Dream and by strange coincidence The Orange Box [W and orange.half-life2.com] was released just yesterday. It must be a sign that I have to get the Orange Box.
20071107 021640 Z Finally! After around 100 days (working during down times) but I finally converted my site so nearly all 600+ pages have breadcrumb navigation pulled from a database as per this post: "Sprinkling parental breadcrumbs". There were two aspects that were very time consuming: 1) Editing each page so the XHTML would validate. 2) Resisting editing, re-writing, restructuring, etc. of content. May I never have to do that again!
20071203 201444 Z Consider the pixies.... www.metafilt … sider-the-pixies Williams syndrome [W] is a fascinating and endearing genetic disorder. Unlike autism, Williams is fairly well defined genetically. The concept of a genetic asymmetry that manifests in mental and physical asymmetry should give insights to all of us, since all of us have some degree of asymmetry.
20071218 183848 Z Hancock Teaser Trailer www.youtube. … ch?v=n0zhKUs2oe4 A movie about a superhero screw up. Looks cool, funny, and fun. You can't go wrong with Will Smith!
20071212 000000 Z On 2007-12-12, I met with my friends Mike, Nick, and Nikos at Café Le Coq. It's a small French restaurant in Oak Park, IL (734 Lake St., 708-848-CAFE). The food was plentiful, delicious, and beautifully presented. The staff was very personable and patient. I paid a worthwhile $88 for multiple appetizers, dinner, drinks, and dessert. The atmosphere was terribly romantic. It was a cozy, relaxing, and fun evening with friends. I give it the highest rating I can: Q9of9 or Q5of5. I know where I'm taking my wife to on our next date!
20080104 161229 Z How to Draw a Face: A Mystery drawn.ca/200 … -face-a-mystery/ www.boingboi … g-origins-o.html His dad has drawn this face for years and the son, tries to get the details. It's one of those posts that you have to read in three parts because it builds up.
20080104 161807 Z How to Skin a Snake www.wikihow. … com/Skin-a-Snake Cool! Complete with pictures! It's very straight forward. I like this little tidbit from the tips section: "When dealing with a fresh (not previously frozen) snake, it is best to wait an hour or two before skinning after the snake is killed. It is amazing how much a dead snake can wiggle, and this makes it difficult to make a straight incision.".
20080109 154316 Z Man guilty of wife school attack news.bbc.co. … ndon/7177826.stm forums.fark. … l?IDLink=3316073 The article is amusing enough: A man 'accidentally cut his wife [7 times] with a knife he had taken to the school as he was hoping to see his four-year-old son and peel an apple for him'. However, I got a laugh from the puns at Fark.
20080110 173542 Z Star Wars Guide to the Candidates www.craigsli … 01.html?reddit=1 monkeyfilter … m/link.php/15267 Princess Leia for President! Best with your browser at around 700 pixels wide.
20080116 200850 Z Fundies Say the Darndest Things! http://www.fstdt.com/ digg.com/com … rooms?t=12012014 Funny but terribly sad too. I can understand how children might believe in Santa Claus for a while.
20080123 155627 Z trendite.com http://www.trendite.com/ I just stumbled upon trendite.com a few minutes ago. It basically lets you see what people are searching for the most on a given date. It list keywords, blogs, news, photos, videos, and Google Books. I noticed that Yahoo tends to have general searches, while Google has searches more specific to each day. The other thing I noticed is that if you look at the pictures and videos, then it gives the appearance that only one big thing happened on a given day.
20080124 164916 Z Hitler: Bloodthirsty Dictator, Die-hard Cowboys Fan www.youtube. … ch?v=K2triiYXSY8 Nick Even folks who aren't football fans but who've caught a whiffs of the Dallas Cowboy news would find this funny
20080124 194944 Z screenclean www.linein.o … /screenclean.swf digg.com/pet … _screen_is_dirty Absurdly cute.
20080125 154141 Z 24: The Unaired 1994 Pilot volokh.com/a … shtml#1201022391 Oscar Well done! I imagine today's tech will look really old to shortly as well. If that link fails, try http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1788161. "Jack Bauer saves the world with AOL 3.0" or "It turns out that Fox's "24" was proposed as a series in 1994. The pilot episode was recently bootlegged and released on line."
20080125 154618 Z Agile Wrestler www.collegeh … om/video:1798602 Sweet! I did a similar maneuver once but on the ground instead of standing.
20080125 154904 Z Worlds Thinnest Trampoline www.collegeh … om/video:1771236 Balls and balance there!
20080125 190517 Z Aust doctors hail teen's transplant 'miracle' www.abc.net. … 1/24/2146032.htm www.metafilt … -billion-miracle It's seems fair to call such a low probability event a "miracle". Basically her new liver rebooted/destroyed her old immune system.
20080125 191102 Z Do's and don'ts with babies www.c00lstuf … _ts_with_babies/ digg.com/edu … e_For_a_New_Baby Whew! I only got a few wrong.
20080203 155138 Z Last night I came up with this easy method of mixing juice from frozen concentrate. If you make it the night before, then don't bother to mix it at that time. If you wait until the next morning, then the frozen concentrate will have melted and it will be super easy to stir. This method is so easy that surely others must have discovered this method before.
20080204 154304 Z Woman calls Bush 'bastard,' Hillary Clinton smiles weblogs.chic … stard_hilla.html

That's funny and cute.

An elderly lady in the audience at Hillary Clinton's town hall outside of St. Louis prefaced a question about a rumored U.S.-Mexico-Canada economic union this morning by saying "Bush the bastard..." Hillary smiled, head bobbing slightly, and didn't say a word in dissent. The crowd roared in approval.
20080206 182126 Z Body Bar Mini www.bodybar. … he-Body-Bar-Mini

Yesterday I went to pick the kids up from the YMCA after-school program but the kids wanted to play for another hour. So I had an hour to kill and since I didn't have gym shoes or shorts or heavy bag mitts, I just went to the dance studio and worked out barefoot with a T shirt and rolled up the cuffs on my pants. I did a bunch of calisthenics, kata, and kicks but I also found a new toy: The 2 foot, 4 pound Body Bar Mini.

I did longsword, rapier, and eskrima blows with it and I loved it! It's like a short suburi. I was thinking that it would be a fair device for solo practice in places without a enough room. I imagine a person could make a home made version (pipe filled and sealed, padded and taped), but the Body Bar is pretty decent and looks less like a weapon if you do it at the office or whatever..

20080214 201653 Z 10 Mistakes in Icon Design turbomilk.co … -in-icon-design/ digg.com/des … in_Icon_Design_3 Simple, but I liked how his examples were for systems and apps.
20080303 170755 Z Top 10 Amazing Chemistry Videos blog.wired.c … -10-amazing.html Not surprising that a bunch of them are pyro-oriented.
20080304 155445 Z Amnesty International: Bullet educatedeart … ideo.php?id=3667 Even if you don't like AI, the video has a cool, video-game like production quality.
20080307 152241 Z Internet Explorer 8 Readiness Toolkit www.microsof … ness/Install.htm www.technolo … /20383/?nlid=921 Whoot! IE 8 beta 1 is here. The buzz lately is that IE 8 will support the standards over doing it the IE way. This should help make websites more consistent across browsers and platforms. Now where is that Firefox 3?
20080312 145531 Z Martial arts take a Western turn www.usatoday … rts_N.htm?csp=34 Scott Whoot! A high quality story and video on the Western Martial Arts in a major newspaper and website, plus a mention of the Chicago Swordplay Guild (CSG) [chicagoswordplayguild.com]. Who could ask for anything more? Nice to see a lot of familiar instructors in there too.
20080314 211333 Z Keith Olbermann: Special Comment on Hillary Clinton video.google … 7389760145208186 Julia Hillary Clinton's campaign is sinking fast because she's shooting herself in the foot. If she can't do something decisive in a fast and punctuated manner, she's sunk. Win or lose, she has to get back to orange and positive.
20080319 145748 Z Arthur C. Clarke [W] died today. A futurist (geostationary orbit) and a science fiction writer (2001: A Space Odyssey). A toast science and imagination.
20080326 010559 Z Every South Park Ever Online for Free (Legally!) gizmodo.com/ … for-free-legally digg.com/com … e_Legally?OTC-ig Legally putting every episode of South Park online at southparkstudios.com can only help increase their sales! Awesome goodness! O and yes, the race to do for TV/video what iPod did for music is on! We're all ready for Web 3.0!
20080326 012742 Z Rate My Drawings http://www.ratemydrawings.com/ An online drawing community where you get to see artwork (as well as hi-speed replays of their creation), plus competitions, chats, and tutorials on drawing.
20080328 160609 Z Adobe Photoshop Express https://www.photoshop.com/express/ www.technolo … /20478/?nlid=970 It's about time Adobe got into the online photo game (storing, editing, printing, collective interactivity). Everybody likes their own stuff but there is still the issue of parsing everybody else's stuff.
20080330 001516 Z For Earth Hour I'm turning the lights off for a bit here at georgehernandez.com.
20080330 174948 Z I was introduced to youtube videos of Eddie Izzard earlier last year at WMAW. Now that more people are seeing him on The Riches [W], I feel compelled to make a quick note here on his awesomeness. "Cake or death!"
20080330 180719 Z My wife and I have been thinking of socializing with other folks besides our usual circle of friends. We initially looked at stuff like couplets.com and couplesworldwide.com, but I think the idea seemed too much like a singles thingy so we let it slide. Now we're trying out meetup.com which is for meeting people in particular localities for almost any reason you can think of. While online social networking is "interesting", it's very virtual and nothing beats meeting people face-to-face.
20080405 132305 Z Gates: Windows 7 may come 'in the next year' www.news.com … -9911470-56.html tech.slashdo … /044213&from=rss Windows Vista is now officially the new Windows ME because Bill Gates announced that Microsoft is coming out with Windows 7 'in the next year'. The last time a new version came out this fast was when Microsoft realized that Windows Millennium Edition sucked so hard. I'm also willing to bet that Win 7 won't be done by 2008 because they just don't move that fast —remember how long it took them to get Win Vista out? In the short term, I hope that the Service Pack that should come via automatic updates this month will improve things somewhat. On the other hand, I'm hoping for the same thing out of Firefox 3.
20080406 190721 Z Roxy Presents...Shimmer www.youtube. … ch?v=gPQZd5Cl8fc Talk about a sinuosity of sine waves! Some magical surfing here: Graceful, sexy, athletic, good vibes, well-filmed, with great music. We've all seen footage in the tube but I loved the footage of the surfer in the tube from underwater and behind the tube.
20080410 145014 Z A Training Tool for Athletes www.technolo … 46/?nlid=997&a=f This is a sensor-imbued sleeve that measures the position, velocity, and acceleration of the arm in real time. The movement pattern is then translated into a series of tones. If the user can record a perfect shot, then the user can use the sleeve for feedback in order to try to recreate the song of the perfect shot. Music is a way of making complex data digestible, and movements, whether ordinary or athletically graceful/powerful are quite complex.
20080416 145947 Z Ollie Johnston (1912-10-31/2008-04-14) [W], passed away. He was the last of Disney's Nine Old Men [W], the core animators at Disney. If you've watched The Incredibles and ever wondered who the two old guys talking about "There's no school like old school", then now you know that they were Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas.
20080416 151728 Z Discovering Porn (On Your Boyfriend's Computer) www.divineca … iend-s-computer- digg.com/peo … _Computer?OTC-ig Very sincere, honest, respectful, and personal. It is almost exactly like a conversation my wife and I had about the same thing. We're all human, we all fart, and we still love each other.
20080416 152414 Z It's Official: Bush Is Objectively The Most Hated President In History firedoglake. … dent-in-history/ digg.com/pol … ident_In_History Most of us already know this qualitatively but now we know it quantitatively. Personally, I'm past hating the guy, I just want to move on.
20080418 143709 Z 101 Great Computer Programming Quotes www.devtopic … gramming-quotes/ monkeyfilter … m/link.php/15582 Pretty good and pretty funny. I also appreciate how they're all on one page as opposed to spreading it over multiple pages to maximize spam. Bonus: "101 More Great Computer Quotes".
20080418 150149 Z Open Source Living http://osliving.com/ monkeyfilter … m/link.php/15585 Listings of free (gratis and libre) software and online goodies.
20080425 155754 Z China's Internet population ties US for world's biggest at 221 million people www.technolo … 20676/?nlid=1029 China went from 137 million users in 2007 to 221 million users in 2008. That's 61% in one year. That's 16% of the Chinese population, which isn't too far from the world average usage of 19%. The US has 75% usage with adults and a greater usage rate with teens. Considering how many barriers Chinese users have, that's a lot of users and will only grow even more. Too bad CJK languages suck: Languages that need say 26 characters, are superior to languages that require thousands of characters.
20080428 154919 Z Computerized Combat Glove www.technolo … 20680/?nlid=1032 It's the Wii for the military! "A sensor-laden glove for wearable computing is not an entirely new concept. Researchers at MIT, the University of Toronto, and the Georgia Institute of Technology have been working on systems that focus on detecting hand and arm movements by using accelerometers, gyroscopes, and other high-tech sensors."
20080430 152318 Z Sita Sings the Blues http://www.sitasingstheblues.com/ monkeyfilter … m/link.php/15644 A high quality 82 minute animation "Directed, written, produced, designed and animated by Nina Paley". That's a heroic effort by one person!
20080430 183438 Z Central Washington offers the ultimate act of sportsmanship sports.espn. … raham&id=3372631 digg.com/bas … tsmanship?OTC-ig It's moments like this that change a game from a win-or-lose game, and into a legendary game. The news story is essentially this: "Western Oregon senior Sara Tucholsky had never hit a home run in her career. She hit a home run to take the lead vs. Central Washington, then tore her ACL rounding the bases. If a player on her team touched her the play would result in an out. Then her opponent [senior Mallory Holtman] said 'Excuse me, would it be OK if we carried her around and she touched each bag?'". The game would have taken Holtman to her first post-season game and it was her last home game. Great job. Very cool.
20080501 145642 Z A Price Drop for Solar Panels www.technolo … 20702/?nlid=1041 I've got a back log of solar stories but this is too juicy to wait. 'Solar electricity is about to get much cheaper, industry analysts predict, because a shortage of the silicon used in solar panels is almost over. That could lead to a sharp drop in prices over the next couple of years, making solar electricity comparable to power from the grid. ... In areas that get a lot of sun, that will translate to solar electricity costs of about 10 cents per kilowatt hour, matching the average price of electricity in the United States. That will make solar affordable and, eventually, will vastly increase the market, Bradford says. "You can't even begin to imagine the transformation that that's going to create."'
20080505 151209 Z When I Was 17, It Was a Very Good Toon monkeyfilter … m/link.php/15666 This totally rocks! It makes me feel guilty for not having made the time to read more comics. Nothing beats sincerity.
20080507 182340 Z Electricity Misconceptions Spread by Textbooks www.eskimo.c … iscon/elect.html hardware.sla … 06/2333256.shtml What about sticking your finger in an electrical outlet?
20080514 173542 Z Google Maps now integrates with Wikipedia www.metafilt … s-with-Wikipedia Google Maps [maps.google.com] now has Wikipedia integrated into it. Just move your mouse over the "More" button on the upper right. An simple way of making Google Maps more like Google Earth.
20080515 220016 Z Countdown Special Comment to President Bush: “Shut the hell up.” www.crooksan … hut-the-hell-up/ digg.com/pol … e_hell_up?OTC-ig Keith Olberman getting riled up about Bush and his latest comment about how he gave up golf for the war. Right now I don't want to see Bush, hear Bush, read about Bush, or even think about Bush.
20080516 170046 Z The 9 Most Obnoxious Memes to Ever Escape the Web www.cracked. … -escape-web.html digg.com/com … e_the_Web?OTC-ig Some of these are getting quite old and are genuine cultural icons. There are of course more Internet memes [W].
20080516 212201 Z Chris Matthews Stumps Right-Wing Radio Host: ‘Tell Me What Chamberlain Did?’ ‘I Don’t Know’ thinkprogres … -james-appeaser/ digg.com/200 … adio_Host?OTC-ig Haha! It's almost straight out of Tom Tomorrow. Chris Matthews was just asking the conservative Kevin James "What did just Neville Chamberlain do in 1938?". James didn't know and all he could do was kept parroting Bush's "appeasement" political sound bite against Obama. Matthews was disgusted. Is it really that hard to say "Czechoslovakia"?
20080519 160242 Z McCain's YouTube Problem Just Became a Nightmare www.youtube. … ch?v=GEtZlR3zp4c digg.com/200 … Nightmare?OTC-ig Of course you'll want to check the context of all these statements but I have a feeling that people in both parties perceive this flip-flopping problem with McCain. While Obama may seem like a sure win, we still need to proceed carefully.
20080520 162001 Z Awesome Animation www.metafilt … wesome-Animation I liked Space Duck [http://www.aniboom.com/Player.aspx?v=5641], Seasons [http://www.aniboom.com/Player.aspx?v=56332], and More [http://www.gethappy.com/watchmore.html] best.
20080521 144051 Z Google Health /www.google. … /tour/index.html tech.slashdo … 1841243&from=rss The pilot test of Google Health [google.com/health/] is over, so Google Health is now open to the public. You can manage multiple profiles. EG: A mom could manage profiles for her entire family. Track things like ages, sex, conditions, medications, allergies, procedures, test results, immunizations, medical contacts, etc. Offers integration with medical records and online health services. Has a doctor finder.
20080521 161504 Z The 9 Most Devastating Insults From Around the World www.cracked. … round-world.html digg.com/odd … the_World?OTC-ig I'm lousy at profanity and there's a lot of international ones there. The digg thread has some good ones too.
20080525 134601 Z I think he Can Dance www.break.co … e-can-dance.html digg.com/tel … Can_Dance?OTC-ig Fun to watch. It's too simple to say that this kind of dancing is like mime —the music makes all the difference. Of course the digg thread links to this good old link: robot dance [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSoVKUVOnfQ].
20080527 182517 Z The science of keyboard design amarsagoo.bl … oard-design.html monkeyfilter … m/link.php/15759 This post looks at the chapter "Keys and Keyboards" in the book Handbook of Human–Computer Interaction (1997). I like feeding on fun little nuggets like this.
20080529 145842 Z A Low-Cost Multitouch Screen www.technolo … 20827/?nlid=1104 The most popular multitouch screen is the iPod, but there are others such as Surface by Microsoft, DiamonTouch by Mistubishi, and Perceptive Pixel. Microsoft Windows 7 will have multitouch features. The cool thing about LaserTouch by Microsoft is that it's just a few hundred bucks and it attaches to almost any surface or display and converts it into a multitouch screen. The concept is simple: Just a pair of infrared lasers scanning across the surface that detects touches.
20080530 145926 Z Who cares about your pastor? There is supposed to be separation of church and state. Why do we suddenly care about Obama's pastor or McCain's pastor? Who knows what sort of crap Bush's pastor is saying every week? I don't care! It's personal, it's separate, it's on their own time, it's a distraction. Should we start delving into details about their sex lives? Pfft!
20080531 143154 Z Cosmic Voyage video.google … 4ALUroXyCA&hl=en www.metafilt … ers-of-Magnitude The IMAX movie Cosmic Voyage hosted by Morgan Freeman on Google Video. Yes, it is pixelated and quiet (sounds OK with headphones though), and yes, it is like many other powers of 10 (all good) as mentioned in the Metafilter thread, but still free (gratis), beautiful and nicely produced.
20080601 001343 Z Watching Clouds I was just outside watching clouds with my kids. We were on a blanket on the grass in front of our house. The kids were bare feet and in a good mood. The weather was wonderful, the clouds were magnificent, shapely, and moving. All sorts of thoughts passed through my head like how some bits of clouds looked like a spill of salt which also looked like the smatterings of matter if you could see our cosmos from outside of the cosmic horizon. It was a beautiful moment. It's hard to believe that clouds are up there everyday.
20080603 190037 Z JCJC www.youtube. … ch?v=6iC3b5JnSIE digg.com/odd … ue_artist?OTC-ig Very fluid display of contact juggling [W].
20080603 192013 Z How Do They Do That? Nine Mind Blowing Flash Animations www.webupon. … nimations.132648 digg.com/com … nimations?OTC-ig I was able to see all 9 except for #5, and surprisingly they're all very good! The kids will love 'em! The digg thread has some good ones too.
20080606 180909 Z Looking back: How different groups voted graphics8.ny … PHIC/margins.swf monkeyfilter … m/link.php/15804 An elegant simple dynamic presentation of how different demographics in different states voted for Obama or Clintion. I'd like to see something about the issues too. The content is interesting enough but I like it for its presentation.
20080606 182127 Z How can you fail to read only the word California … languagelog. … n.edu/nll/?p=217 monkeyfilter … m/link.php/15801 The fascinating case of Jacques Transue: A fellow who lexically lost "California" after undergoing radiation therapy.
20080616 151606 Z Cool business card designs creativebits … ess_card_designs Vivek Ah the things the design guys come up with. Personally I want cards a wee bit smaller than usual so they won't get scrunched in my wallet. Perhaps some rounded corners too. Eco friendly but durable.
20080616 160219 Z Upload your PDFs! googledocs.b … d-your-pdfs.html Vivek You can read, share, and re-download your PDFs but you can't edit them via Google Docs. From Google Docs Help: "You can store up to 10MB per PDF from your computer and 2MB from the web in your Docs list, up to 100 PDFs.". More of Google's scheme to move your stuff to their servers!
20080620 192624 Z Firefox 3 Robot Themed Easter Egg laughingsqui … emed-easter-egg/ www.reddit.c … /6o5fg/comments/ Futurama, Movies, Reading, Science Fiction, TV I confirmed it. I typed in "about:robots" into the address bar in Firefox 3 and I got the exact image. Each thing on it refers to a robots. The Gort and peace is from when The Day The Earth Stood Still. The in action is from Isaac Asimov's Rules of Robotics. The wouldn't believe is from Bladerunner. The plastic pal is from Hitchhiker's. The shiny metal is from Futurama. The plan is from BSG. There were a few more that the reddit thread pointed out too!
20080701 220045 Z Bill Gates bids farewell to Microsoft news.zdnet.c … 5_22-208816.html Microsoft, Money, News This has been 2 years in the making because while Bill Gates officially retired 2008-06-27, he announced his retirement 2006-06-15. For many years Gates and Microsoft have made software used by millions. Now and then we have problems and thus Gates and MS get their fair share of complaints, but overall I use Windows daily and I don't have that much to complain about. Bill Gates has retired so he can focus more on his philanthropic work. To have so much money and time to spend on philanthropy is incredible, and for that I put Bill Gates on my heroes list.
20080703 151517 Z Microsoft to sell Office, OneCare for $70 a year www.technolo … 1/?nlid=1187&a=f Business, Microsoft, Office, Security

So Microsoft will bundle Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote) with OneCare (security, anti-virus, firewall, backup software) for an annual subscription of $70. People are willing to dish out money every year for security software (because the attacks change all the time) but people don't necessarily want to upgrade Office every year (because they use 20% of the features 90% of the time).

Microsoft hasn't sold security software before. Perhaps they didn't care (although that flies in their pro-security face) or didn't want to compete/monopolize. But now that Office sales are flat, they'll give it a try by bundling security software with Office? It sounds more like a marketing trick than selling a better product.

20080703 231010 Z Lego Darth Vader Canteen Incident www.youtube. … ch?v=muaAZE0M3LU Oscar Animation, Chill, Cool, Cute, Funny, Kids, Live Action, Star Wars, Videos There are a number of Eddie Izzard skits re-enacted with legos, but I think this was the best of the bunch since my son plays so much of the Lego Star Wars computer game. The F-word but my kids loved it!
20080707 200031 Z Things They Don't Tell You (But Should) www.viruscom … .com/things.html digg.com/com … uld_COMIC?OTC-ig Chill, Comics, Funny, Images, Sad A decent comic is always worth a link. Cynical, almost has a Groening "Life in Hell" feel.
20080707 202113 Z Bush Edits Out Jefferson's Religious Views scienceblogs … fersons_reli.php digg.com/pol … ous_Views?OTC-ig Atheism, History, Politics, Quote, USA So typical of Bush. Aside of the religous and political implications, this is just bad quoting by Bush. Jefferson, like many of U.S. founding fathers, was a deist, which practically makes him an atheist. The article thread and digg thread also discuss Jefferson a fair bit.
20080716 015502 Z Harry Enfield - Women Keep Your Virtue youtube.com/ … ch?v=JZ0jRuASVEQ Funny, TV, Videos Funny stuff. Leads to other goodies like Women: Know Your Limits! Public Announcement: Harry Enfield [http://youtube.com/watch?v=LS37SNYjg8w].
20080718 222946 Z Watchmen Trailer www.trailera … watchmen/trailer digg.com/mov … Trailer_is_HERE_ Comics, Cool, Images, Live Action, Movies, Videos This preview is for Watchmen (2009) a movie scheduled for release 2009-03-06. Good timing to release the preview on the Day that The Dark Knight (2009) comes out. The Watchmen (1986) was straight, serious, cynical work, and is probably the most critically acclaimed graphic novel to date. The trailer looks true to the original: beautiful but gritty.
20080722 140353 Z Not Giving a Fuck! www.youtube. … S5xOZ7Rq8&fmt=18 Crude, Funny, Language, Live Action, NSFW, Saucy, Videos Funny, profane stuff by jonlajoie. Leads to other goodies like Everyday Normal Guy [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PsnxDQvQpw]. Of course it's possible to "not give a fuck" (non-fixation) without fucking up.
20080722 141922 Z How To Encourage a Young Teen To Learn Programming? ask.slashdot … 0452225&from=rss Education, Family, Inspiring, Kids, Programming, Relations, Sad, TECH The content here is all in the Slashdot comment thread. Interesting, hopeful, and yet sad in a way. It's like techies trying to remember what it was like to be young and human. You can tell the comments from those who are parents or who have taught.
20080722 171935 Z Mygazines.com http://www.mygazines.com/ www.metafilt … icals-repository Activity, Cyber Life, Magazines, Reading, Text A site where people scan in magazines and added to the archives as viewable, taggable, and linkable PDF-based Flipbooks. You'd think that public libraries should provide this sort of thing.
20080722 201616 Z Font Conference www.collegeh … om/video:1823766 www.metafilt … onts-Personified Design, Fonts, Funny, Live Action, Text, Videos A live action conference with the fonts. The Metafilter thread includes a link to the wonderful thread on Comic Sans [http://www.metafilter.com/64074/Comic-Sans].
20080806 130655 Z Obama Insists Inflating Tires Better Than Oil Drilling www.youtube. … ch?v=akjXqfvLu28 digg.com/200 … _ignorant?OTC-ig Funny, Live Action, News, Obama, Politics, Sustainability, Videos Hahaha! So natural, so true, so funny, so hard hitting.
20080806 191539 Z Steven Pinker: A brief history of violence www.ted.com/ … of_violence.html Ethics, History, Live Action, Videos, Violence A brief 20 minute presentation by Steven Pinker on the descending levels of violence in history, the perception of violence, and four explanations of violence (Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes, Life is cheap, Non-zero sum games by Robert Wright, and The Expanding Circle by Peter Singer).
20080812 160203 Z Bringing Invisibility Cloaks Closer www.technolo … 3/?nlid=1268&a=f Nanotechnology, TECH Researchers have been trying for 10 years to implement negative refraction and they have finally succeeded! Now they just need to manipulate incoming light so it goes all the way around an object.
20080812 161649 Z The Seemingly Impossible Is Possible www.gapminde … is-possible.html Beauty, Cool, Culture, Economy, Funny, Inspiring, Live Action, Performance, Politics, TECH, Videos, World There's so much good stuff from the TED conferences (Technology Entertainment Design) [ted.com], that I have a hard time posting any of it. "The Seemingly Impossible Is Possible" by Hans Rosling (a Swedish professor in International Public Health). An incredible presentation. Very hopeful, informative, beautiful, and funny. It has a surprise ending too. It shows hope for progress in the Third World. Combined with the progress in artificial photosynthesis, the outlook for the future is quite bright!
20080814 142941 Z The 6 Raunchiest, Most Depraved Sex Acts (From the Bible) www.cracked. … -from-bible.html digg.com/env … ammit_pic?OTC-ig Atheism, Ethics, Faith, Funny, Saucy, Sex It's pretty funny and raunchy. It's source material is the Bible as opposed to just making stuff up. No need to make stuff given that the Bible is says some mighty strange stuff. However what gets me about this one are the various reactions from the religious. It's as if they haven't read the Bible or have some dishonest or contrived interpretations of what it says. I've noticed fallacies in the Bible since I was at least seven years old and I see from the various comments that others have too.
20080817 133054 Z Death Star over San Francisco current.com/ … er_san_francisco digg.com/mov … ancisco_2?OTC-ig Chill, Cool, Funny, Live Action, Movies, Star Wars, Videos Well done! I'll show it to my kids when they wake up. I'll assume that I won't have to tell them that it was video-chopped.
20080817 134351 Z Belive in 5 to 15 minutes Faith, Inspiring, Mind, My Stuff, Psychology, Self Improvement I just realized that one of my problems is that I don't believe I can do something substantial in 5 to 15 minutes. I worry too much about my long chains of thoughts and interruptions. I end up procrastinating on a gazillion things that never get done. Believe in 5 to 15 minutes. Believe in 5 to 15 minutes. Believe in 5 to 15 minutes.
20080820 141405 Z Using XML to Enhance the Performance of String Manipulations www.sqlserve … icles/XML/63633/ Databases, Microsoft, SQL, TECH, XML Nice article by Wayne Sheffield on using the XML functionality built into SQL Server to not only create XML, but also to non-XML related large string maniuplations like creating comma separated values (CSV) or parsing CSV. One of the tests improved from a 37.75 minute runtime to a 260 ms runtime!
20080906 134859 Z Update to Google Chrome's terms of service googleblog.b … es-terms-of.html Browser, Chrome, Cyber Tech, Google, Legal, TECH Ha ha! Like I told my Sys Admin on the day that Chrome was released: The Chrome EULA was a non-issue. They updated it to a not evil version: "11.1 You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services."
20080906 140432 Z Mozilla Releases Firefox 3.1 Alpha 2 tech.slashdo … 0256207&from=rss Browser, Cyber Life, Cyber Tech, Firefox, Google, TECH So they'll be incorporating some of Chrome's features like the ability to drag and drop tabs between windows. Sweet. And the JavaScript engine might even be faster than Chromes? Hooray!: The public benefits from browser wars!
20080907 022916 Z gospodin libar community.li … ily/5408800.html digg.com/com … One_COMIC?OTC-ig Beauty, Comics, Inspiring, Reading, Sad Beautiful. A sweet and sad comic in eight pages. It smacks of sincerity and I can't ask for much more.
20080907 132335 Z Little things that matter gmailblog.bl … that-matter.html Cyber Life, Google, TECH The problem was that an event in Google Calendar would occupy the entire horizontal space and you couldn't click on the same time slot if you wanted to add a new event. But now there will always be a few pixels of gutter space on the right that's clickable. A simple, elegant, and useful solution!
20080911 162400 Z Damon Condemns Palin www.youtube. … ch?v=anxkrm9uEJk digg.com/200 … ney_movie?OTC-ig Celebrity, Live Action, News, Politics, USA, Videos My views exactly. We know very little about her and yet she barely participates in the public vetting process that all other politicians submit themselves to.
20080911 230318 Z Transcript: Obama Sits Down With Letterman, Discusses Pigs elections.fo … -letterman-pigs/ Julia Barack Obama, Politics, Transcripts, TV, USA Nice. Sometimes what you want is to hear a person have a long, decent conversation. Obama and Clinton can do that. I haven't seem McCain or Palin do that.
20080913 021332 Z You should never ask for help on the internet farm4.static … _o.jpg?t=1053139 digg.com/com … _internet?OTC-ig Chill, Crude, Cyber Life, Funny, Images, NSFW, Photos O my. Literally LOL! The dude is asking for some Photoshop help.
20080918 153101 Z 6 Great Martial Arts for Killing a Man With Your Bare Hands www.cracked. … -bare-hands.html digg.com/com … _Your_Bare_Hands Fighting, Filipino Martial Arts, Krav Maga, Live Action, MARTIAL, Military, Muay Thai, Sambo, Videos I guess they've enjoyed watching Human Weapon from the History Channel too. Kudos for a few good videos and some laughs. FYI: They show Sambo, Muay Thai, Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCAP), Silat, Eskrima, and Krav Maga.
20080920 033046 Z Microsoft's "I'm a PC" Ad Beats Seinfeld (But Not Hodgman) gizmodo.com/ … -but-not-hodgman digg.com/mic … eld_VIDEO?OTC-ig Ad, Apple, Cool, Live Action, Microsoft, Videos Well done video ad by Microsoft. Probably the first ad by Microsoft that effectively counters the Mac versus PC ads by Apple. Macs are nice and all (I still have my old Mac Classic in the closet), but I use a PC everyday. Funny how Macs run Mac OS, PCs run Windows, and machines run Unix/Linux.
20080925 225054 Z This is why McCain canceled the debates. Watch Sarah Palin on CBS tonight. Utter disaster. www.americab … led-debates.html www.reddit.c … e_debates_watch/ News, Politics, TV, USA, Videos OMFG. Even though I'm for Obama, I still feel embarrassed for Palin. We need to see her in a live and unedited format (like the debates).
20080926 151200 Z More on John McCain lateshow.cbs … php/965757.phtml Celebrity, Funny, Live Action, News, Politics, Show Biz, TV, USA, Videos Dave Letterman does more on John McCain after he canceled. Archiving it here for future laughs.
20081002 023407 Z New York International Children's Film Festival 2008 http://www.gkids.com/ Connie Animation, Cool, Funny, Kids, Live Action, Movies, Videos Not just for kid! Some really cool movies and videos online and in theaters.
20081007 171635 Z Olbermann: Terrorists? It's Palin doing the pallin' www.msnbc.ms … 7057346#27057346 www.reddit.c … ent_on_palin_he/ Journalism, Politics, TV, USA, Videos Olbermann rips into Palin, but you also end up feeling sorry for Palin.
20081017 165302 Z Obama, McCain share laughs at dinner www.swamppol … laughs_at_d.html Julia Funny, Live Action, News, Politics, USA, Videos It has been a hard fought Presidential campaign and it was really refreshing to see Obama, McCain, and Clinton at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, an annual charity fund raiser for Catholic Charities. A good number of genuinely funny jokes by both Obama and McCain last night. By coincidence, I'll be dining with friends tonight and most of them lean much more on to the right than I do.
20081023 152526 Z The Internet and the Death of Rovian Politics www.huffingt … at_b_136400.html digg.com/200 … _Rovian_Politics Cyber Life, Politics, TECH, USA, Videos I know the link is a left-leaning site, but the subject of the article is partisan to some degree. Basically the Web has made fact-checking so fast and easy, that it is harder to run a campaign based on lies and FUD. YouTube in particular was founded in 2005 so this is the first US Presidential election with a YouTube influence!
20081023 161036 Z Total Fail: McCain's Own Aides Can't Defend Palin ca.youtube.c … ch?v=m-9VW4ewI1M www.reddit.c … tenhaeur_spends/ Journalism, Live Action, News, Politics, TV, USA, Videos Chris Matthews gives Nancy Pfotenhaeur a chance to defend Palin's statements of what the VP does, but Nancy can't. How can Americans let this slide? This is stuff you learn in grade school. The VP has to jobs: 1. To step in as President if the President dies. 2. To break ties.
20081023 161949 Z "I can't imagine a President being named Obama" nz.youtube.c … ch?v=UwjlUMoLVvA digg.com/com … eing_named_Obama Atheism, Faith, Live Action, News, Politics, TV, USA, Videos Blatant numbing bigotry. I realize that she is just one vile woman but you can't help but feel that her ilk form an important part of the Republican base.
20081025 024932 Z I, Computer http://abstrusegoose.com/70 digg.com/com … I_Computer_Comic Comics, Computers, Funny, Images, Math, Science, TECH Yeah, Abtruse Goose is sort of like xkcd. Here are two more that I liked:
936 Little Blobs
The Cantor Madness
20081025 030815 Z incredimazing.com http://incredimazing.com/ Chill, Images, Photos, Quirky Another social pictures site (in case flickr.com gets too pretty for you).
20081027 205901 Z The 10 Signs of Intellectual Honesty www.thedesig … lectual-honesty/ www.reddit.c … lectual_honesty/ Philosophy Even if you only care about winning and don't care about honesty, you can still use info like this.
20081105 164020 Z Obama Wins http://www.cnn.com/?obama_wins digg.com/200 … dential_Election News, Politics, USA 28,471 diggs and counting.
20081107 194013 Z Boston Dynamics Big Dog (new video March 2008) www.youtube. … ch?v=W1czBcnX1Ww Gumby Cool, Hardware, Live Action, Robotics, TECH, Videos An adaptive, all-terrain, dog-like robot. I like the forward-bending rear legs and the backward-bending front legs.
20081107 211310 Z I do not have any money so am sending you this drawing I did of a spider instead. www.quoted4t … -spider-instead. www.reddit.c … ending_you_this/ Funny, Images Sweet and funny. I will also linkjack if I think the original may eventually be hard to get to.
20090108 160103 Z Hi Kick www.youtube. … ch?v=3lZjLCZ4xFk Roger Chill, Cool, Cute, Funny, Live Action, MARTIAL, Standup Fighting, Taekwondo, TV, Videos I'm guessing this related to High Kick! [W], the South Korean situational comedy show. You can't go wrong with punishment and girls in school uniforms. Spankalicious!
20090121 203339 Z Exchange Between Bill Moyers and Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League www.pbs.org/ … ll_moyers_a.html www.reddit.c … _antisemite_for/ Israel, Journalism, Middle East, News, Politics, War

There are many things to explore and only so much time. I am ashamed that I have not explored the Israel issue well enough to properly speak of it, especially considering that it is on the news almost every day.

Some of the pictures passing around: http://youngfoxredux.blogspot.com/2009/01/take-walk-through-gaza.html.

20090126 184801 Z Kiss Mr. Spock! (Kirk/Spock) www.youtube. … ch?v=ln1G8u5RdzY Julia Funny, Live Action, Saucy, Star Trek, TV, Videos Scenes from Classic Star Trek spliced and edited in such a way as that it makes it look like Kirk is romantically chasing Spock. To the tune from the Disney movie, Little Mermaid. Well done!
20090127 185711 Z Fox News Fear Imbalance www.thedaily … s-fear-imbalance www.reddit.c … _administration/ Funny, Jon Stewart, News, Sad, TV, Videos Laughing and crying again. Oh the poor viewers of Fox News. It's as if they've put themselves in a box where all they can hear are the inanities of the likes of Limbaugh, Hannity, and Coulter.
20090127 191437 Z Collection of totally offensive jokes, not for the faint hearted www.reddit.c … kes_not_for_the/ Crude, Funny, Saucy They offend practically everybody in the thread.
20090127 191822 Z Science Commons http://sciencecommons.org/ www.reddit.c … he_full_text_of/ Free Gratis, Science, TECH Rock on! Free the knowledge!
20090128 022955 Z Remake of Tezuka's Popular Story Turns Into Denial? www.kimbawli … on.com/rant2.htm www.reddit.c … _the_white_lion/ Animation, Funny Haha! My wife has been telling me this for years. I believed her — especially after I finally got to see an episode on cable while surfing. Disney's Lion King was a total rip off of Kimba the White Lion, and it's ridiculous for Disney to deny it.
20090201 165326 Z Helio Gracie passed away en.wikipedia … iki/Helio_Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Grappling, MARTIAL, Obituaries Hélio Gracie (1913-10-01/2009-01-29) the creator of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, aka Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), passed away this Thursday of natural causes in his sleep. He was 95. His last words: "I created a flag from the sport’s dignity. I oversee the name of my family with affection, steady nerves and blood."
20090220 172839 Z The 32 Totally Essential (and Free) Apps for Every New PC www.maximump … y_essential_apps digg.com/sof … for_Every_New_PC Cyber Life, Cyber Tech, Free Gratis, Free Libre, Open Source, TECH I have a good number of these, and some of them I've rejected, but I'll archive this here in case it has a few that I don't have but do want. See also opensourcewindows.org.
20090224 160356 Z Fishmen www.youtube. … ch?v=3tTHn2tHhcI Robb Funny, Live Action, Music, Quirky, Science Fiction, Videos "It's beginning to look a lot like Fishmen ..."
20090224 161716 Z Recipe for Disaster: The Formula That Killed Wall Street www.wired.co … ?currentPage=all Economy, Math, News, TECH, USA Usually the fall guy is someone like Greenspan or Bush. It's about time they picked on a mathematician.
20090226 214611 Z weird swf nonsense http://sieni.us/?id=30 www.reddit.c … is_is_but_it_is/ Animation, Flash, Kids, Music, Quirky, Videos My children must never see this stuff and force me to watch it over and over again.
20090227 155420 Z The 3 R’s? A Fourth Is Crucial, Too: Recess www.nytimes. … ell.html?_r=1&em Health, Kids, Play I think grown ups need recess too. If you have kids, then make sure you fight for their recess on their behalf.
20090227 195931 Z Don't Judge Too Quickly... We Won't. www.metacafe … quickly_we_wont/ digg.com/com … ickly_We_Won_t_2 Ad, Crude, Funny, Live Action, Saucy, Videos 5 funny commercials by Ameriquest.
20090227 201601 Z Big Dog Army Robot Will Change the Face of War Forever i.gizmodo.co … -freaking-us-out digg.com/gen … Army_Tests_VIDEO Artificial Intelligence, Cool, Gear, Live Action, MARTIAL, Military, Robotics, TECH, Videos I've posted about the robotic Big Dog before, but it's cool to see it tested along side soldiers in the field. The link also has a nice video clip from Metal Gear Solid 4.
20090302 014405 Z Everything's amazing, nobody's happy www.youtube. … =haxa_popt00us13 digg.com/com … Nobody_s_Happy_5 Funny, Live Action, TECH, TV, Videos Funny guy. It's a twist on ye olde "Why when I was young...".
20090302 204528 Z Noting my shopping experiences Gear, MARTIAL, My Stuff, Shopping, TECH I've been noting my shopping experiences for martial arts products, but I've decided to start logging my shopping experiences for other stuff. Why? My memory sucks and I think it might be helpful for me and others to be able to access my shopping experiences.
20090303 133029 Z Tough Guy ESPN Review www.youtube. … ch?v=F9dep7RKVVA www.windycit … 009/03/3209.html Conditioning, Crude, Live Action, Mind, Videos Crawling through manure has never been made this attractive.
20090305 161753 Z New in Labs: Multiple Inboxes gmailblog.bl … ple-inboxes.html news.zdnet.c … html?tag=nl.e550 Cyber Life, Email, Google, TECH One of the nicer things to come out of Google Labs for Gmail lately. It will save me a few clicks.
20090305 201226 Z Four changes to Gmail contacts gmailblog.bl … il-contacts.html Email, Google, TECH Sweet little upgrades. All worthy.
20090305 205802 Z World War II: Simple Version fc64.deviant … _AngusMcLeod.jpg digg.com/com … ersion_FUNNY_PIC Animation, Comics, Funny, Games, History, Images, War Nice comic. The Digg thread also had this WWII and gaming related animated gif: http://goofyblog.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/hitlernoobs.gif.
20090305 210129 Z This is the Microsoft I want to see venturebeat. … t-i-want-to-see/ digg.com/mic … microsoft_vision Cool, Cyber Life, Gadget, Microsoft, TECH, Videos Ubiquitous Internet/cloud-enabled, touch pads. I'm surprised Microsoft hasn't been putting out more videos like this, because they've shown them at conventions before.
20090305 211245 Z CNBC Gives Financial Advice www.thedaily … financial-advice digg.com/tel … rt_Destroys_CNBC Funny, Live Action, News, Sad, TV, Videos Sweet Jon Stewart gold: Ripping into CNBC's financial advice.
20090305 212111 Z Pics of robots www.boston.c … 9/03/robots.html digg.com/gen … nces/Robots_pics Artificial Intelligence, Hardware, Images, Photos, Robotics, TECH Of course most of them are in Japan.
20090306 004741 Z TNG episode 15 - "That Jean-Luc Picard" www.youtube. … &feature=related www.reddit.c … uc_picard_video/ Funny, Live Action, Saucy, Star Trek, TV, Videos Bwah ha ha!
20090306 005829 Z Kaiten (conveyor) sushi time in real Japan www.youtube. … ch?v=491A3Xecwxs www.reddit.c … e_conveyor_belt/ Chill, Food, Funny, Home Videos, Japan, Live Action, Restaurants, Videos Oddly satisfying if you have the time for it.
20090306 010331 Z japan funny dance www.youtube. … ch?v=_rEIDEnDzgw Funny, Japan, Quirky, TV, Videos Actually well done.
20090309 143121 Z Blocking Users by IP www.sqlserve … /Security/66151/ Security, SQL, TECH Nice little article for SQL Server about using a logon trigger to check the IP address of the login attempt and block it if needed. It's a simple additional security layer.
20090325 172820 Z 10 Most Horrific Russian Torture Devices www.environm … ure-devices/8850 digg.com/odd … ure_Devices_PICS BDSM, Funny, History, Images, Photos, Russia I'm sure that the Russians were not the only ones who tortured, but it seems that they were well versed in it.
20090325 184205 Z Marijuana Reform Activist Destroys Former DEA Head www.youtube. … ch?v=ALc0wVFfIKs Culture, Live Action, News, TV, USA, Videos The title of the video is sensationalist but the content is right: Legalize marijuana because it is less harmful than either alcohol or tobacco, and because it has an economic benefit and will crime associated with the black market sales of marijuana.
20090326 155323 Z Iron Man vs Bruce Lee (01:00) www.youtube. … ch?v=Ywu1DeqXTg4 technorati.c … Fv%3DYwu1DeqXTg4 Animation, Chill, Chinese Martial Arts, Comics, Cool, Funny, MARTIAL, Show Biz, Standup Fighting, Videos Haha! What hooked me was the surprise ending.
20090410 125648 Z Changing a Non-IDENTITY column to IDENTITY and vice versa www.sqlserve … les/T-SQL/61979/ Databases, Microsoft, Programming, SQL, TECH Maybe useful later.
20090410 135931 Z The Secret To Chimp Strength www.scienced … 090330200829.htm digg.com/gen … o_Chimp_Strength Biology, Fauna, Mind In light of my having gone ape at the CSG prize play --climbing up to hang the banners (What? Were you thinking something else?) -- here is an article about why the other apes are stronger than humans.
20090412 033515 Z Single-finger text input blog.makezin … OTC-0D6B48984890 www.reddit.c … nger_text_input/ Cool, Cyber Life, Free Gratis, Free Libre, Software, TECH, Text, Videos Cool! I downloaded Dasher and I made this post entirely by using one hand and a mouse.
20090412 150109 Z Susan Boyle - Singer - Britains Got Talent 2009 www.youtube. … ch?v=9lp0IWv8QZY digg.com/mus … ain_s_Got_Talent Beauty, Inspiring, Live Action, TV, UK, Videos One of the most uplifting videos I've seen in a while. Wonderful.
20090413 173537 Z The Pursuit of Laziness blag.xkcd.co … uit-of-laziness/ www.reddit.c … _to_read_in_bed/ Amazon, Cyber Life, Cyber Tech, Gadget, Hardware, Kindle, Reading, Text I'm afraid that if I show this to my wife, then she'll want me to make it for her and her Kindle. If on the other hand I had my own Kindle, then I'd make it just for kicks.
20090414 013635 Z LOON WATCH: Right-wing bets against U.S. in pirate standoff www.dailykos … tv.com/w/001151/ digg.com/pol … _pirate_standoff Journalism, Live Action, News, Politics, TV, USA, Videos To the dicks at Fox: No thanks, you can keep your lousy trash talk. Obama and US military did an awesome job dealing with the pirates!
20090414 020240 Z Disney's templates www.youtube. … ch?v=zL6FYxIuJlA Animation, Disney, Kids, Videos Filing here for my kids.
20090414 020532 Z Hakuho vs Asashoryu - the real SUMO fighting 8 www.youtube. … ch?v=OV5LF8dwd-8 www.reddit.c … d_this_way_just/ Chill, Cool, Fighting, Funny, Japanese Martial Arts, Live Action, Standup Fighting, Videos, Wrestling I hope the video from the recent Chicago Swordplay Guild (Csg) [Chicagoswordplayguild.Com] prize play that I did has special effects like these.
20090414 180557 Z Stars by scale via Hubble img19.images … /2706/spaceb.jpg digg.com/spa … _we_re_small_Pic Beauty, Cool, Inspiring, Science, Space, TECH I've seen variations of this before, but this one has photos via the Hubble telescope.
20090414 183849 Z Stop motion with wolf and pig www.youtube. … ch?v=rmkLlVzUBn4 digg.com/art … ith_wolf_and_pig Animation, Chill, Cute, Funny, Kids, Live Action, Videos Creative and funny. I'll be sure to see this with my kids.
20090417 180628 Z We Didn't Start the Flame War www.collegeh … om/video:1907543 digg.com/com … _War_Music_Video Chill, Crude, Cute, Cyber Life, Funny, Live Action, Videos Good job! Sadly, many of us have seen almost everything in the video.
20090420 004246 Z Paleo in a Nutshell Part 1: Food www.youtube. … ch?v=uCFZoqmKf5M www.windycit … 09/04/41509.html Food, Health, Nature, Sustainability, Videos My wife and I have been doing roughly the Paleolithic diet, but we do make exceptions for milk. Free range meat is expensive though. And I'm still a sweet tooth and a saltaholic. The recent different diets like Zone/Sears, Atkins, Mediterranean, South Beach, etc. aren't too far different from each other in general.
20090420 162256 Z Operating System Interface Design Between 1981-2009 www.webdesig … tween-1981-2009/ digg.com/des … etween_1981_2009 Cyber Life, Cyber Tech, Images, Software, TECH Oddly exciting to see the screen shots of old GUI operating systems. Looking at stuff that was new when you were younger makes you feel old and young at the same time.
20090420 162610 Z Anybody else waiting for the old generation to die so that we can legalize filesharing, marijuana, gay marriage, etc. and then get on with our lives? www.philipbr … ocoum.com/?p=588 www.reddit.c … d_generation_to/ Ethics, Legal, Politics Controversial. It's good to see contrary comments in the post and in the reddit thread.
20090420 163109 Z Inspired Bicycles - Danny MacAskill April 2009 www.youtube. … ch?v=Z19zFlPah-o www.reddit.c … u_will_ever_see/ Chill, Cool, Inspiring, Live Action, Play, Sports, Videos Mad skillz! My balls hurt just watching some of his moves.
20090428 203501 Z Best Video I've Seen Today Will Make You Smile gizmodo.com/ … l-make-you-smile digg.com/mus … l_Make_You_Smile Chill, Culture, Inspiring, Live Action, Music, Videos, World Folks at playforchange.com recorded street performers around the world to make a mixed recording of "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King. Well executed.
20090428 211726 Z New Page 3 http://www.lolworld.com/ www.reddit.c … e_of_a_clueless/ Culture, Cyber Life, TECH The real humor is in the reddit comment thread about the older folks who just don't get computers and the Internets [sic].
20090428 213123 Z Cornify http://www.cornify.com/ Chill, Cute, Cyber Life, Funny, Images, Quirky Note to self: Cornify.
20090429 191956 Z Cliff May Unedited Interview Pt. 1 www.thedaily … edited-interview www.reddit.c … ain_as_a_gifted/ Ethics, Funny, Jon Stewart, Journalism, Live Action, News, Politics, TV, USA, Videos, War Cliff May and Jon Stewart debate the recent torture issue. It's good to see folks who come from such opposites sides of an issue, but who are able to do an actual exchange. It's not pretty but it seemed sincere. BTW: I'm with Jon Stewart on this issue.
20090430 193449 Z Triumph vs Star Wars Geeks www.milkandc … ink/2536/detail/ Mary Crude, Culture, Funny, Live Action, Science Fiction, Star Trek, Star Wars, Tolkien, Videos An oldie but it's still funny every time I see it. Just for kicks, here's Triumph giving a weather report for Hawaiian TV.
20090501 203937 Z Why I like atheists www.marshall … wordpress/?p=398 www.reddit.c … i_like_atheists/ Atheism, Ethics, Faith It's refreshing to hear a theist speak pleasantly about atheists: "Considering all that, I think atheists deserve some credit. They’re logical, moral and they stand up for what they believe in. Now if we could just get religious people to do the same".
20090504 125544 Z Bulls lost, but Manny won! Boxing, Chicago, Fighting, News, Philippines, Sports Chicago Bulls: After fighting so hard in the series, playoffs game 7 was ghost chasing with victory continuously slipping away. However it made watching the dominating Manny Pacquiao victory over Ricky Hatton all the more sweet. It was so fast we had to replay it several times. It even made the front page of Wikipedia!
20090505 144612 Z Wolfram Alpha and Google Face Off www.technolo … 22585/?nlid=2001 Computers, Cyber Life, Cyber Tech, Google, Science, TECH I saw the various stuff on Wolfram Alpha yesterday, including the video Stephen Wolfram discusses Wolfram|Alpha: Computational Knowledge Engine [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TIOH80Qg7Q]. It looks cool, but there was a feeling of a stacked deck, i.e. the questions were coached so as to get good results. This Technology Review article asks other sorts of questions. Google of course has to deal with a broader user base that asks a broad range of questions.
20090506 175726 Z Patent reveals Google's book-scanning advantage news.cnet.co … 10232931-76.html Books, Google, Reading, TECH, Text For those of you who, like me, worried about Google roughly handling thousands of books while they try to speedily scan them in: Apparently they don't have to mash any of these books onto scanners. It's a hands-off process that can also adjust for the curvature of the paper.
20090508 170425 Z Windows 7 RC1: 10 Things You Need to Know gizmodo.com/ … you-need-to-know digg.com/sof … You_Need_to_Know Microsoft, Operating System, Software, TECH I've been hearing really good reviews about Windows 7 RC from various sources including a Sys Admin.
20090508 171314 Z MOON A Film by Duncan Jones www.sonyclas … oon/trailer.html www.reddit.c … e_is_coming_out/ Cool, Live Action, Movies, Space, Videos Haven't seen Sci Fi that's more like Science Fiction in a while.
20090511 194441 Z Bathtub IV http://vimeo.com/3156959 www.reddit.c … _have_ever_seen/ Chill, Cool, Live Action, Videos I've always loved how using a small depth of field makes things look like toys. This videos adds a stop motion look to add an additional feeling of smallness.
20090518 212959 Z They Write the Right Stuff www.fastcomp … ode/28121/print? Programming, Space, Standards, TECH A bit about the programming at NASA. I talked with a former NASA programmer years ago. He said it was the work and job that he was the most proud of.
20090519 090632 Z Surviving Edged Weapons www.youtube. … ch?v=TFr30p0aZl0 Poji Fighting, Filipino Martial Arts, Funny, Knives, Live Action, MARTIAL, Self Defense, Survivalism, Videos What a hoot! By coincidence, I stumbled upon "Black Mama, White Mama" on TV other day. It's fun Filipino funkiness, but it had too many guns and not enough knives.
20090519 091054 Z Selling furniture with racial harmony, melody www.msnbc.ms … 0814287/from/ET/ Mike Ad, Chill, Funny, Live Action, Videos It works for me.
20090520 183237 Z The last word: Advice from "America's worst mom" www.theweek. … ericas_worst_mom www.reddit.c … e_and_the_today/ Cool, Kids I'd rather give my kids attitude, then have them give me attitude. Good comments in the reddit thread too.
20090520 184252 Z Massage Therapist for Models www.youtube. … ch?v=l1TcJKFB0sY www.reddit.c … masseur_nsfw_if/ Ad, Funny, Live Action, Saucy, Videos Tough job.
20090520 184443 Z Amazing surf shots forum.lessth … php?f=100&t=5874 www.reddit.c … _surf_shots_pic/ Beauty, Cool, Images, Photos Beautiful.
20090521 144334 Z 10 Products Inspired by Brass Knuckles www.toxel.co … -brass-knuckles/ Chill, Cool, Funny, Images, MARTIAL For those of us who like brass knuckles!
20090521 144700 Z WikiSky.org http://www.wikisky.org/ Activity, Images, Space An online interactive sky map. I like who the site name is like "whiskey" too.
20090521 145502 Z 55+ Extremely Useful Online Generators for Designers www.balkhis. … s-for-designers/ Color, Cyber Life, Cyber Tech, Images, TECH Some more useful than others.
20090604 002514 Z Worlds Most Craziest and Dangerous Job www.metacafe … d_dangerous_job/ Art, Beauty, Cool, Inspiring, Live Action, Science, TECH, Videos Wow. The title is hardly an exaggeration. This is almost spiritual. Much to admire here. "There are only three things I've ever been afraid of: Electricity, heights, and women."
20090604 151659 Z David Carradine (1938-12-08/2009-06-03) en.wikipedia … /David_Carradine Chinese Martial Arts, Death, MARTIAL, Obituaries Farewell grasshopper.
20090609 155337 Z The Hunt For Gollum www.youtube. … ch?v=9H09xnhlCQU Chill, Movies, Tolkien, Videos I saw this a few weeks ago. It's a "fan fiction" video for Lord of the Rings. They had a lot of unpaid volunteers so they were able to make it for less than $5,000. It's done in the style of Peter Jackson's movies and covers the years that Gandalf and Aragorn spent finding out about The Ring and Gollum.
20090609 160249 Z Fit's Soft and long-lasting flavor gum http://lotte-fits.jp/ Chill, Cool, Funny, Japan, Kids, Live Action, Videos My daughter, Connie, and I have been watching these short dance videos that people have been turning in for the Fit's gum promotional video contest. Last I checked this girl was number one [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Gbx_Hm60U4]. It's a fun little Japanese thing as noted here: Lotte Fit’s Gum Dance Contest with YouTube [http://www.cscoutjapan.com/en/index.php/lotte-fits-gum-dance-contest-with-youtube/].
20090609 160404 Z Dogway Melody - Queenie in Trouble www.youtube. … ch?v=SOXHtRsTtk0 www.reddit.c … hen_theres_this/ Funny, Live Action, Videos Dogs drinking.
20090609 160607 Z Re: Re: You, Me, & Problems With the World www.youtube. … ch?v=wyvUvDUODGw www.reddit.c … _of_wtf_this_is/ Animation, Chill, Crude, Funny, Live Action, NSFW, Saucy, Videos Not everybody's kind of humor (my wife didn't like it), but I thought it was funny.
20090610 121925 Z First Extra-Galactic Planet Spotted in Andromeda www.technolo … 23619/?nlid=2091 Cool, News, Science, Space, TECH I think it's cool enough that we humans have spotted some 300 extra-solar planets in our own galaxy, but now we've spotted planets in an entirely different galaxy? Get out of here!
20090611 123109 Z The First Few Milliseconds of an HTTPS Connection www.moserwar … ds-of-https.html www.reddit.c … ttps_connection/ Browser, Cyber Tech, Programming, Security, Standards, TECH File away.
20090611 155344 Z DEADLINE post-it stop motion www.youtube. … ch?v=BpWM0FNPZSs digg.com/art … Motion_Animation Animation, Chill, Cool, Kids, Live Action, Videos My kids love animation. Lately there's been some neat real-world animation.
20090615 182355 Z Wedding. metalmother. … 2008/11/married/ digg.com/odd … ding_Invite_Ever Art, Cool, Crude, Funny Awesome. Imagination and attitude, but more importantly it smacks of sincerity.
20090617 204843 Z Firefox 3.5 RC good so far Browser, Cyber Tech, Firefox, Google, Standards, TECH Firefox 3.5 RC good so far. A jump from 3.0.11 to 3.5 sounds nice! Improvements include: Private browsing mode, TraceMonkey JavaScript, location aware browsing, native JSON, web worker threads, Gecko layout upgrades, HTML 5 support. A lot of this sounds like Google Chrome.
20090618 181739 Z Billion-year ultra-dense memory chip developed blogs.zdnet. … gingtech/?p=1571 Computers, Engineering, Hardware, Nanotechnology, TECH A trillion bits of data per square inch using nano-iron particles in hermetically sealed nano-tubes, it could be thermodynamically stable for over a billion years!
20090619 211541 Z Leonard Nimoy on the Spock "Star Trek" Vulcan Salute www.youtube. … ch?v=jmkDOzjfSSY Live Action, Star Trek, TV, Videos, Wikipedia I've heard explanation of this before but here's Nimoy himself explaining the Vulcan salute. Wikipedia will soon be doing video and it's clear how video will add a lot of validation to the content.
20090619 232519 Z Invisible Rope Prank www.manolith … ible-rope-prank/ Beauty, Chill, Cool, Funny, Live Action, Videos Simple and beautiful.
20090619 234259 Z Gene LeBell judo trick http://www.gifbin.com/982272 www.reddit.c … _judo_trick_gif/ Judo, Live Action, MARTIAL, Videos, Wrestling Sweet.
20090620 000619 Z Divided Salli saddle chair seat www.youtube. … ch?v=NMj4R5PeOvI www.reddit.c … d_chair_ad_ever/ Ad, Crude, Funny, Gadget, Health, Live Action, Videos I can't help but giggle when he says "genitals"! There are so many good lines in this video. On the other hand, a split saddle seat is good, especially for biking.
20090621 132230 Z Greatest freak out ever (ORIGINAL VIDEO) www.youtube. … rsIyzsOpc&fmt=18 digg.com/com … ccount_and_Video Blizzard, Crude, Cyber Life, Funny, Home Videos, Live Action, Quirky, Saucy, Video Games, Videos Some people are saying fake, but it looks pretty sincere to me. You have to love siblings.
20090621 133558 Z The Coolest PC Game Gun Mod www.gossipga … pc-game-gun-mod/ digg.com/pc_ … ame_Gun_Mod_Ever Activity, Cyber Life, Engineering, Gadget, Hardware, Live Action, Video Games, Videos Interactive immersion play is the way to go. Gryoscopic and motion detecting technology is key, but I like this guys innovation where the screen moves around with you so you get the an even fuller gryoscopic experience from your inner ear. Plus McGuyvered the thing with cheap parts from Walmart. Brilliant!
20090622 141045 Z I had a sweet Father's Day Family, Kids, My Stuff

A cozy talk with my wife. A big pancake and bacon breakfast. Opened presents including a replacement for my lost explorer's hat, a new edition of the home made "Cosmic Connie" newspaper which included a tale of me ending up in Greenland, fatherly DVDs "The Ten Commandments" and "Taken", a pack of bubble bottles, and a Dad hat made by my youngest. Blew bubbles with everyone. Picked up goodies at the sports store using a $25 off Father's Day card. Watched "Up" in 3D --probably the most potent Pixar movie yet! Burgers for lunch. Napped. Chilled on the computer. Shish kabob dinner. Chocolate and lemon cake.

The kids were happy, the wife was happy. What more could a father ask for?

20090624 155916 Z Starting to play the recorder Family, Music, My Stuff My wife, Julia, is taking up the bassoon again, so I've been inspired to start at the bottom and learn to play the recorder. It's awesome! I am the master of "Hot Crossed Buns"!! Will I eventually move up to flute, clarinet, or oboe? We'll see.
20090624 171432 Z Doctors Baffled, Intrigued by Girl Who Doesn't Age abcnews.go.c … d=7880954&page=1 Biology, Cyber Life, Health, News "Brooke Greenberg is the size of an infant, with the mental capacity of a toddler. She turned 16 in January." A fascinating story in of itself, but the differences between the Digg comments and the reddit comments are interesting as well.
20090625 014038 Z Let's make the web faster code.google. … /speed/articles/ www.reddit.c … _the_web_faster/ Cyber Tech, Google, TECH Some of the tips are good, but from the reddit thread, you'd think the whole thing sucked.
20090628 160535 Z LibraryThing http://www.librarything.com/ Julia Amazon, Books, Cyber Life, Folksonomy, Text Sounds like fun. "LibraryThing is an online service to help people catalog their books easily. You can access your catalog from anywhere—even on your mobile phone. Because everyone catalogs together, LibraryThing also connects people with the same books, comes up with suggestions for what to read next, and so forth."
20090630 201822 Z Minn. court rules for Franken in Senate fight www.google.c … QSrgyOQD9956T5O0 Julia News, Politics, USA Whoot! The Minnesota Supreme Court rules 5-0 in favor of Al Franken for the Senate seat.
20090702 011503 Z One pair bought and converted Church into Home in Kyloe Northumberland www.travelet … -northumberland/ www.reddit.c … ch_into_home_in/ Beauty, Cool, Design, Home, Inspiring, Photos I was pretty sure that I wasn't the only who has thought of making a church into a home. They did a great job. Instead of the bed on the altar, I'd have a massive TV. Lots of room for sword fighting and gymnastics. I love the cemetery too.
20090707 165414 Z Google Apps is out of beta (yes, really) googleblog.b … -yes-really.html Cyber Life, Cyber Tech, Google, News About time!
20090707 183050 Z Thank you, Mr. Schulz Beauty, Chill, Comics, Inspiring, Ramblings I ate lunch while reading The Complete Peanuts 1955-1956 , then walked back to work. During the walk, I felt utterly and simply happy. There was a fantastic biochemical mix in my head. It was as if I were listening to beautiful music, watching wonderful colors and shapes, comprehending mathematical and physical wonders, exhilarating in my physical being. A fleeting moment, and possibly meaningless in the larger scheme of things, but it was pure signal, and I'm grateful for having experienced it.
20090708 203726 Z Firefox stability to get a boost with multiprocess browsing arstechnica. … ess-browsing.ars news.slashdo … owsing?art_pos=6 Browser, Cyber Tech, Firefox, Google A nice benefit from competing with Google Chrome.
20090710 204349 Z Sheet music for the Kindle www.amazon.c … freehand&x=0&y=0 gadgetcrave. … -for-kindle/889/ Amazon, Kindle, Music, Performance Just in time for my wife's bassoon and my clarinet!
20090720 153211 Z We Choose The Moon http://wechoosethemoon.org/ Activity, Audio, Images, Inspiring, News, Space, Videos Today marks the 40th anniversary of when Man first stepped on the moon with the Apollo 11 [W] mission on 1969-07-20. I was almost nine months old then. Today I'm at work, but in the background I'll be following the recreation of the mission in real time.
20090722 161743 Z Jupiter 2009 impact event en.wikipedia … 009_impact_event Space All praise Jupiter! It's large gravity well draws in stuff like comets that otherwise might hit Earth. The scale of an Earth-sized disturbance created by something like a comet is astonishing. Whatever hit Jupiter, it was something that we weren't even aware of.
20090722 165337 Z World War II www.urbandic … II&defid=3821558 www.reddit.c … ription_of_wwii/ History, MARTIAL, Military, War I've seen variations of cheeky summaries of WWII before and they're usually entertaining starting points. The reddit thread is nice too.
20090724 193423 Z JK Wedding Entrance Dance www.youtube. … ch?v=4-94JhLEiN0 www.reddit.c … y_wedding_video/ Chill, Cool, Cute, Funny, Inspiring, Live Action, Videos Best wedding entrance I've ever seen. I'm guessing the reception dinner was a blast too!
20090724 211444 Z Horses.swf http://timonthenet.com/ www.reddit.c … this_site_today/ Activity, Animation, Chill, Flash, Kids, Music, Videos I may have seen this before, but my kids probably have not.
20090725 151409 Z Bed size en.wikipedia … rg/wiki/Bed_size Standards Beds come in a standard size of 2 m (79") --except for the US, UK, and Australia! It's idiotic! Don't get me started on paper sizes or date formats.
20090728 185622 Z Blizzard Angered Hitler With No Starcraft 2 Lan Play www.gossipga … raft-2-lan-play/ digg.com/pc_ … craft_2_Lan_Play Chill, Live Action, Video Games, Videos Yes, Blizzard, many of us feel that way. StarCraft II has taken too long to come out --probably because of WoW but we don't care. Three games? We could be suckered into buying two games, but three is just greedy. Then you pull LAN support. Playing with our friends in the same room is so awesome and Blizzard: You should know this. "That was a day 1 purchase for me". Yes, it was. But at this rate I'm leaning towards not getting it at all.
20090729 161712 Z Yahoo Gives In to Microsoft, Gives Up on Search www.business … 90728_826397.htm digg.com/mic … ves_Up_on_Search Cyber Life, Google, Microsoft, Money, News, Yahoo! So Yahoo search (~20% share) will effectively become Microsoft Bing search (~10%), and will become the clear 2nd place search engine following Google with 65%. This smells of the death of Yahoo. Yahoo stock went down 11% after this news came out: "Stocks slump on Yahoo, durables" [http://money.cnn.com/2009/07/29/markets/markets_newyork/?postversion=2009072911]
20090729 164019 Z O'Reilly's Fuzzy Canadian Health Care Math tpmtv.talkin … .com/?id=3060320 digg.com/pol … _O_Reilly_Genius Funny, Journalism, News, Politics, Sad, TV Bill said: "Of course Canada has longer life expectancy than the U.S. -- we have 10 times more people.". From the Digg thread: "Using Bill O logic, the average Chinese citizen must live for about 12 minutes." and "The worst thing about it is that people watch that and don't flinch. It really makes me scared.".
20090730 184222 Z A few HTML 5 goodies Cyber Tech, HTML, Programming, Standards HTML 5: A vocabulary and associated APIs for HTML and XHTML [http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec/]
HTML 5 Reference: A Web Developer’s Guide to HTML 5 [http://dev.w3.org/html5/html-author/]
HTML 5: The Markup Language [http://dev.w3.org/html5/markup/] HTML 5 [W]
HTML5 Quick Reference Guide [http://www.veign.com/reference/html5-guide.php]
Misunderstanding Markup: XHTML 2/HTML 5 Comic Strip [http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/07/29/misunderstanding-markup-xhtml-2-comic-strip/] When can I use... [http://a.deveria.com/caniuse/]
20090731 190006 Z A Better Way to Rank Expertise Online www.technolo … 23100/?nlid=2235 Cyber Life, Cyber Tech, Folksonomy, TECH Identifying and weighting better content and users is key for quality purposes.
20090804 172501 Z EcoFont http://ecofont.eu NGS Computers, TECH, Text Fonts with holes in them. Still readable, but saves on ink.
20090806 122838 Z Google Chrome Theme Gallery /tools.googl … hemes/index.html Browser, Chill, Cool, Cyber Tech, Google Fun stuff. I like to apply a theme or skin now and then for a change, but I usually revert to "standard" after a while.
20090806 150138 Z StarCraft II Update forums.battl … 0062236&sid=3000 games.slashd … os=16&art_pos=16 Blizzard, Cyber Life, Video Games It's official: StarCraft II will not be ready for release by the end of 2009. This 2 year delay is almost unbearable (plus the lack of LAN support and the fact that they're making us buy 3 games). The delays due to upgrading Battle.net smacks of more control issues. All that keeps my wallet half-open are the promises for "an epic entertainment experience" and "a real-time strategy gaming experience worthy of the series’ legacy".
20090806 181400 Z E-Reader Growth Hinges on Women, $99 Price Tag, Says Forrester www.eweek.co … orrester-320027/ Amazon, Books, Cyber Life, Cyber Tech I've been watching the e-book thing very closely and this article has a more insightful analysis of the market. I was gunning for Amazon to retain its early dominance simply because I don't mind a one-stop-shop for books, music, vidoes, etc.. I hope Apple, Sony, Barnes & Noble, and the like keep pushing each other for the sake of the consumer. It's a new market with lots of potential. Who will do what it takes to win our cash?
20090806 193606 Z 10 Clever Under-Stair Storage Space Ideas and Solutions dornob.com/1 … ideas-solutions/ Books, Home I particularly like the combination stairs and bookcases.
20090806 195008 Z Japanese addresses: No street names. Block numbers. http://sivers.org/jadr Funny, Japan, Music, Quirky Bono wasn't referring to Japan in his song "Where the Streets Have No Name" [W], but apparently in the Japanese addressing system [W], the streets are not named but the blocks are numbered.
20090807 170519 Z Waterloo Labs: FPS with Real Guns - Episode 02 waterloolabs … -episode-02.html games.slashd … l-Guns?art_pos=7 Chill, Cool, Crude, Cyber Life, Cyber Tech, Gadget, Hardware, Live Action, Software, TECH, Video Games, Videos Slap some accelerometers on a wall, feed it to LabVIEW, project your game onto the wall, and bam! All hits on the wall are fed into the game. Up voted for dudes in lab coats.
20090807 171827 Z Poll: E-readers Need to Reach 'iPod Moment' to Catch On www.editoran … nt_id=1004001327 Amazon, Books, Cyber Life, Cyber Tech, Gadget, TECH, Text Yes, critical mass or an iPod moment will happen with e-books. Finally someone acknowledging that Sony may have a reader but needs more content.
20090807 173250 Z Naked homeowner in Jackson breaks burglar's jaw with baseball batNaked homeowner in Jackson breaks burglar's jaw with baseball bat www.mlive.co … 28yearold_m.html digg.com/peo … h_a_Baseball_Bat Fighting, MARTIAL, Self Defense, Violence The facts in the title of the story are cool, but I liked this paragraph the best: "Intending to stand guard until the man left the home or went after Maynard or his wife or children, Maynard said he was forced to act when the intruder headed into the bedroom, which opens to the living room."
20090807 202234 Z Wolfram Alpha for crossword puzzles www.wolframa … put/?i=cr_ssw_r_ Cyber Life, Language, Text Apparently you can use Wolfram Alpha to help with crossword puzzles, hangman, and the like.
20090808 144312 Z Bye bye land line Cyber Life, Family, Home, Kids, Movies, My Stuff, TECH, TV, Videos All we get on the land line is spam. We have cell phones (which gets spam too). We don't phone/fax much. There's lots of video on the Internet. We don't watch much TV. So... We're going to dump the AT&T land line, DSL (2.58 Mbps), and dish TV at $140/mo. We're going to get Comcast cable Internet (12 Mbps) at $43/mo and Netflix at $9/mo. Wife and kids approve. All is good.
20090810 150842 Z An Operating System for the Cloud www.technolo … 23140/?nlid=2255 Apple, Cyber Life, Google, Microsoft, Operating System, TECH A review of the operating system (OS), from where it's been with the mainframes and Microsoft, to where it is with Microsoft, Apple, and Linux, to where might go with Google. The review could have been more in depth but the potential of the article is nice.
20090810 194503 Z I hate my job... www.reddit.c … t/i_hate_my_job/ Crude, Funny, Jokes Good one.
20090810 195208 Z Those Aren't Fighting Words, Dear www.nytimes. … 2&pagewanted=all www.reddit.c … sure_i_ever_did/ Beauty, Family, Literature, Reading, Relations What to do when you spouse says: “I don’t love you anymore. I’m not sure I ever did.”
20090811 172143 Z Ice cream shop gets licked www.chicagot … ,0,5958297.story Chicago, Chill, Images, Politics "Scooter's Frozen Custard of Lakeview has chairs yanked by city, but there's hope for thaw". My family has been there. Who are these party poopers who would get in the way of hanging out and eating ice cream? Surely we can scoot around if a wheelchair or stroller needs to get by!
20090811 174914 Z Her: "It's nice to meet nice young Christians like yourself." Me: "I'm actually an atheist." Her: "Excuse me!" www.reddit.c … christians_like/ Atheism, Faith, Relations, Sad Christians and Jews and so on may think they've cornered the market on being prosecuted, but we atheists face all sorts of strange hateful behavior from many so called "spiritual" folks.
20090811 175642 Z Best Fake Punt Ever (Bills/Titans) www.youtube. … ch?v=P7xksmk0ghc www.reddit.c … _fake_punt_ever/ Live Action, Sports, TV, Videos Well done!
20090813 183933 Z (Un)wired For God http://www.newsweek.com/id/211746 Julia Atheism, Faith, Mind, News, Philosophy "Religious beliefs may not be innate". Looking into the brain, hypothesizing, and doing experiments yields stuff that is fascinating. This may sound like religion too, but science does it in a more substantiated way that is open and repeatable.
20090813 185033 Z How Different Groups Spend Their Day www.nytimes. … ics-graphic.html digg.com/peo … _Day_Infographic Life, Psychology, Relations, TECH, Work Ooh an interactive graph/chart that can be consumed by the masses. I love it!
20090813 190709 Z The Book vs. The Kindle www.youtube. … ch?v=pzSzKAtfJNg Amazon, Books, Text There are at least 10 of these videos, each a few minutes long. Call me a bore, but they could have stated their cases in a few bullet points. They hardly deal with the counter points.
20090819 183242 Z Barney Frank Confronts Woman At Townhall Comparing Obama To Hitler www.youtube. … ch?v=nYlZiWK2Iy8 digg.com/pol … _Obama_to_Hitler Health, Live Action, News, Politics, USA, Videos Barney Frank kicks ass! The man has serious patience and poise. This made it to the front page of CNN too: Barney Frank goes toe to toe at health care town hall [http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/08/18/frank.heath.care/index.html]. I get tired of discussing things with a "dining room table" too. Someone is stoking FUD and noise. "Death panels"? Some folks make this crap up and some folks are foolish enough to spread it.
20090819 190722 Z I made a flow chart, that we might better understand. jeannr.tumbl … -we-might-better www.reddit.c … _flow_chart_pic/ Chill, Funny, Music, Quirky, Videos A flowchart of "Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Tyler [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=840B27zYfOk], which also led me to this version of the song by Hurrah Torpedo [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=br-D7UneS0E].
20090819 190844 Z Why Should Engineers and Scientists Be Worried About Color? www.research … /color/color.HTM www.reddit.c … ists_be_worried/ Color, Images Aka why rainbow color maps suck. "Stevens found that hue was not a good dimension for encoding magnitude information. Thus, we have followed Stevens, and have used luminance-based and saturation-based colormaps for representing continuous variations in data magnitude. In the case of ratio data or interval data with a threshold, we have used colormaps which capture the transition explicitly via a perceived discontinuity." See also http://colorbrewer2.org/.
20090820 151119 Z Mercury found in all fish caught in U.S.-tested streams www.usatoday … sh-mercury_N.htm Nature, Politics, Sustainability, USA So it's not just recreational fish from oceans and lakes that have mercury, but from streams too. Way to go anti-environment Republicans and Conservatives.
20090821 151022 Z Windows 7: The OS that launches a thousand touch-screen PCs? www.computer … ouch_screen_PCs_ hardware.sla … Market?art_pos=8 Books, Cyber Life, Cyber Tech, Gadget, Hardware, Reading, Software, TECH Finally some real tech news. I'm past bored with all the rumors for the Apple tablet. "In the past three weeks, five leading PC makers have announced or been reported to confirm plans to release touch-screen PCs running Windows 7, which will provide built-in multitouch features, as well as enable touch applications written for it." These will be great as netbooks. If they want to be great as e-book readers, then they need long battery life, a good store, and some way to read in bright light conditions. Where are the multitouch tablets from Dell, IBM, etc.?
20090821 152304 Z No, I'm the Batman! http://imgur.com/2k56R.jpg www.reddit.c … o_im_the_batman/ Cyber Life, Funny, Images, Show Biz, Text Brilliant! It makes you appreciate the breadth of Kermit. Based upon Kermit Bale [http://community.livejournal.com/ohnotheydidnt/27350111.html]
20090829 135810 Z The 7 Stages Of Being Fat www.maxim.co … s-being-fat.html digg.com/com … ges_Of_Being_Fat Crude, Funny, Health, Images, Sad Funny, frightening, possibly offensive, but important.
20090831 181943 Z Disney $4 billion takeover of Marvel makes my Spidey sense tingle www.nydailyn … of_marvel_e.html Animation, Comics, Images, Kids, News, Show Biz Disney bought Marvel? It doesn't sound very dark, rebellious, edgy, or anti-establishment.
20090904 233327 Z Optimal Running Form www.newtonru … mal-running-form board.crossf … read.php?t=20220 Animation, Conditioning, Flash, Videos I've been running using the Pose method for a while. It's nice. This is a decent animation about it.
20090909 152850 Z A mathematician walks into a bar and asks for ten times the normal number of drinks anyone else has. "Wow," says the barkeep, "That's an order of magnitude." www.reddit.c … nd_asks_for_ten/ Funny, Math Yes, there's more in the reddit thread.
20090914 181700 Z A Kindle World http://kindleworld.blogspot.com/ Amazon, Books, Cyber Life, Reading, TECH, Text A Kindle and e-reader blog by Kindle enthusiast Andrys Basten.
20090917 184451 Z Man vs. God online.wsj.c … 30643556324.html Atheism, Faith, Richard Dawkins The Wall Street Journal "commissioned Karen Armstrong and Richard Dawkins to respond independently to the question "Where does evolution leave God?" Neither knew what the other would say. Here are the results."
20090917 205332 Z Mint.com to Join the Intuit Family blog.quicken … e-intuit-family/ Cyber Life, Money Intuit, the maker of Quicken, announced their intent to buy Mint.com, one of their biggest competitors in the online personal finance market. Better get some of that INTU stock!
20090917 205828 Z Run, Izzard, run and run again news.bbc.co. … zine/8256589.stm www.reddit.c … _in_51_days_for/ Health, Inspiring, Show Biz, Training Eddie Izzard, one of the funniest guys around, ran 43 marathons in 51 days for charity. Human beings may be born to run, but this is still impressive.
20090918 172405 Z Charles Darwin film 'too controversial for religious America' www.telegrap … ous-America.html digg.com/wor … eligious_America Atheism, Faith, Nature, Show Biz, USA It's embarrassing that the U.S. is the most powerful country in the world and yet so obtuse in certain areas. These people of "faith" who can effectively censor SCIENCE are so cowardly, unctuous, and insecure in their faith. Darwin was human, courteous, and courageous.
20090922 180426 Z A Stick Figure Guide to the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES www.moserwar … to-advanced.html www.reddit.c … nced_encryption/ Comics, Images, Programming, Security, Standards, TECH This reddit comment had it right: "Worst XKCD ever!"
20090923 173618 Z Schizophrenia tallguywrite … .com/133179.html www.reddit.c … zophrenia_comic/ Comics, Health, Images, Mind, Psychology, Relations I love educational comics. Mental illnesses are so misunderstood.
20090923 191345 Z Courier: First Details of Microsoft's Secret Tablet gizmodo.com/ … ts-secret-tablet www.reddit.c … s_secret_tablet/ Amazon, Books, Computers, Cyber Life, Cyber Tech, Gadget, Hardware, Images, Microsoft, Reading, TECH, Text, Videos Some details about the tablet by Microsoft called "Courier". More details than we've ever gotten from Apple about their potential tablet. While I'm biting my nails over the potential choices, my wife is simply enjoying her Kindle. She's so smart.
20090923 204909 Z 25 Coolest Banksy Graffiti www.holytaco … -banksy-graffiti digg.com/art … sy_Graffiti_Pics Art, Beauty, Cool, Images, Photography, UK I've seen Banksy's work before but not compiled. Much better than the graffiti in Chicago.
20090925 150607 Z Girlfriend Scared by Fake Head in Bed www.break.co … head-in-bed.html digg.com/com … ting_Head_in_Bed Chill, Funny, Home Videos, Live Action, Videos I just know my kids will love this.
20090925 152504 Z Honda unveils 'Segway-style' unicycle that travels in any direction you want www.dailymai … ml#ixzz0S2lY0hSd Engineering, Hardware, TECH There have been several Segway alternatives, but this is the first from a major company. The Honda unicycle is light (10 Kg = 22#), small (toddler-sized), fast enough (6 Km/h = 3.7 mph) can traverse, cool-looking, and it looks easy too.
20090925 155827 Z Hitler Loses Faith in Reddit www.youtube. … ch?v=eNW2y6DTwtw www.reddit.c … nce_with_reddit/ Cyber Life, Funny, Live Action, Videos The source would have to be reddit. ಠ_ಠ
20090925 174359 Z Bear-4 HD Camera Flight www.youtube. … ch?v=Lie0diOhfdg digg.com/spa … he_Edge_of_Space Beauty, Hardware, Home Videos, Inspiring, Live Action, Space, Videos Beautiful. For those who still think the Earth is flat, you can learn to do this yourself. More details at BEAR-4 [http://bear.sbszoo.com/bear3-4/bear4.htm].
20090925 180916 Z The Hubble Ultra Deep Field in 3D www.youtube. … ch?v=oAVjF_7ensg www.reddit.c … verse_he_is_not/ Animation, Beauty, Inspiring, Science, Space, Videos It's nice to see the Ultra Deep Field stuff get more exposure these days. This video gives more perspective.
20090925 184623 Z Rachel Maddow Show Sep 16 - Frank Schaeffer Explains the Insanity & Racism of the Religious Right www.youtube. … ch?v=uYn9at5hiE0 Barack Obama, Faith, News, Politics, TV, USA, Videos According to a poll in New Jersey, 18% believe President Obama is the Anti-Christ and 17% believe he could be. These are probably the same "Birther" folks who doubt he was born in America. It's amazing that these crazy Evangelicals have such a vise-like grip on the Republicans.
20090929 152336 Z Viking Kittens http://www.vikingkittens.com/ Dave Animation, Chill, Flash, Funny, Kids Oldie but goodie.
20091002 181848 Z How do I print a listing of files in a directory? www.computer … ues/ch000772.htm Computers, Operating System, TECH Because I forget. In DOS something like: cd: /d c:\path\dirX, then dir > zdir.txt.
20091005 151026 Z Playgrounds From the 70's www.divineca … playgrounds-70-s digg.com/tra … om_The_70_s_PICS Chill, Cool, Images, Kids, Photos, Play I remember being afraid to go up the double rocket with the twirly slide! To complete the experience, you want the red, white, and blue rocket popsicle too.
20091005 152232 Z The sunflower boy's smile www.cnn.com/ … lower/index.html www.reddit.c … s_ive_ever_read/ Beauty, Inspiring, Kids, Sad Yes, it is quite sad, quite poignant.
20091005 172516 Z Bathrooms of the Future www.home-des … ms-of-the-future Beauty, Cool, Gadget, Images, Photos, Sustainability, TECH The one that uses graywater tech (reusing water) is the most important, but the others are cool too.
20091006 180021 Z Super-Social Networking: Superhero Facebook Status Updates www.comicsal … cebook-status-u/ digg.com/com … k_Status_Updates Chill, Comics, Cyber Life, Facebook, Funny I liked the one from Superman and Dr. Doom the best, but for those in the know, the Spiderman one rocked too.
20091008 193400 Z Typhoon Ketsana (Ondoy) www.boston.c … tsana_ondoy.html www.reddit.c … hitty_flashajax/ Images, Inspiring, Money, Philippines, Photos, Sad, World 36 dramatic photos. That could've been me smothered in mud. I usually do my donations in December, but I made an exception and donated to the Red Cross last week
20091013 184918 Z More Trampolining Madness From Oli Lemieux video.mpora. … watch/INMA5dxhV/ digg.com/odd … rampoline_Skills Cool, Live Action, Training, Videos Yeah he's ready for zero gravity.
20091013 190437 Z 10/GUI: The Video http://10gui.com/video/ www.reddit.c … _reimaginations/ Animation, Cyber Life, Cyber Tech, Hardware, Operating System, Software, TECH, Videos Not just a multi-touch tablet, but ideas on the interface. Interesting but the whole thing needs trials. The Reddit thread has some ideas too.
20091014 015245 Z Clever New Fan Has No Blades www.livescie … 3-dyson-fan.html digg.com/gad … an_Has_No_Blades Gadget, Hardware, Science Absolutely brilliant and elegant! This new fan design by James Dyson and his company is a simple spinning hollow ring with a cross section like an airplane wing. It creates turbulent free (laminar) flow and won't need a safety grill. The http://www.dyson.com/fans/ page also has a video of people reacting to it --which is essentially like seeing magic. By coincidence we recently bought the Dyson DC25 Animal vacuum and it is so well engineered: Clearly the best vacuum we've ever gotten.
20091014 193808 Z Ultra Slo-Mo Video of Bullet Impacts www.mentalfl … s/archives/36977 digg.com/odd … Glass_Metal_Wood Chill, Cool, Guns, Live Action, Quirky, Videos Mesmerizing, especially how the bullets sometimes pulverized on impact, and how the fractures in glass spread faster than the bullet itself. Here's the direct link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfDoQwIAaXg.
20091015 161217 Z Drunkest Guy Ever Goes for More Beer www.break.co … r-more-beer.html digg.com/com … _More_Beer_Video Chill, Crude, Funny, Live Action, Training, Videos How to work on your falls and getting up.
20091016 163626 Z Epistemology and Rhetoric Comics, Journalism, Philosophy, World Read (not watched) "V for Vendetta". Listened to "Another Brick in the Wall". Heard how the North Korea propaganda machine interpreted the Korean War. One of the problems is that applying epistemology is useless if you don't apply rhetoric too.
20091016 171036 Z Boy Asks Obama, 'Why Do People Hate You?' www.youtube. … ch?v=Py15owTneag digg.com/pol … veryone_Hate_You Barack Obama, Cool, Inspiring, Live Action, News, Politics, USA, Videos A clean, intelligent, down-to-earth, and respectful answer.
20091018 134735 Z National Anthem www.youtube. … ch?v=n9LXHrzOVYA Cool, Live Action, Music, Videos Well done with a rock twist. "The Star Spangled banner played on a Louisville Slugger bat by Glenn Donnellan of the National Symphony Orchestra."
20091018 135518 Z Arctic Largely Ice Free in Summer Within Ten Years? news.nationa … bal-warming.html Geology, Nature, Science, Sustainability, World More like probably within 10-20-90 years. If the Arctic will be ice free in the summers, then I wonder what Antarctica will be like? The ramifications can be remarkable and global.
20091018 183456 Z Holy Crap!! Franken ANNIHILATES KBR attorney during testimony (w/video) www.dailykos … ny-%28w-video%29 digg.com/pol … during_testimony Live Action, News, Politics, USA, Videos Senator Al Franken totally kicked Halliburton arse on video. How can anyone justify gang raping their own people? The Jon Stewart video nails it too.
20091019 232105 Z Yes you can live in an all-solar house www.smartpla … olar-house/1817/ Animation, Engineering, Images, Live Action, Photos, Solar, Sustainability, Videos So much fun to look at this stuff. I'd like some wind capture too.
20091020 195310 Z C++ in Coders at Work gigamonkeys. … /coders-c++.html www.reddit.c … those_who_never/ Programming, TECH Usually these sort of articles are of an "A v B" type, but this one is about why some folks dislike the programming language C++. The simple explanation of the success of C++ is not that C++ was great at being object oriented, but that it was backwards compatible with C. Lots of folks say that Objective-C (1986) also backward compatible but is better than C++ (1983). However C++ is much more popular Objective-C because the latter didn't give it away enough.
20091020 195959 Z How to Write Unmaintainable Code www.geocitie … aintainable.html Funny, Programming, TECH I dug this one up from some old bookmarks and I'm filing it here. The author is sick and funny.
20091028 184300 Z Girl's 'Notes Left Behind' Made Into Book www.wlwt.com … 9609/detail.html www.reddit.c … s_of_love_notes/ Inspiring, Kids, Sad A heart-breaking story. Here's to stories like Up and Finding Nemo. See some some of Elena's Notes [http://www.notesleftbehind.com/elena/notes.php].
20091105 151945 Z Low-Energy Laser Etching Could Replace Annoying Fruit Labels www.inhabita … ng-fruit-labels/ science.slas … Labels?art_pos=4 Food, TECH Sweet tech!
20091106 155307 Z B is the new C http://i.imgur.com/LZBup.jpg www.reddit.c … now_on_b_is_the/ Funny, Images Ha ha! Literal fail. The chump should have at least glanced at the test.
20091214 001535 Z Scepticism's limits www.economis … trust_scientists www.reddit.c … so_for_the_time/ News, Politics, Science, Sustainability, USA Climate-gate? Smoking gun? My arse.
20091112 003351 Z The Go Programming Language www.youtube. … ch?v=rKnDgT73v8s Google, Programming, TECH Ooh. One of the most exciting new programming languages in years. They had me at no parentheses for if statements!
20091116 162049 Z REPLACE Multiple Spaces with One www.sqlserve … les/T-SQL/68378/ Beauty, Programming, SQL, TECH A beautiful elegant solution for a problem that most other folks solve with loops or tables or some ugly row by agonizing row (RBAR) solution. REPLACE(REPLACE(REPLACE(OriginalString,' ',' þ'),'þ ',''),'þ','').
20091119 161957 Z Kindle for PC www.amazon.c … docId=1000426311 Amazon, Books, e-Book, Gadget, Kindle, Reading, TECH I told myself that I wouldn't poke into the e-book reader thing until things settled down but Kindle for PC is a good thing. Amazon has the best store, but they need to open up to read more things from more sources. I still want improvements like color and note taking.
20091119 185510 Z A Well-Mannered Gentleman's Argument, via Email http://i.imgur.com/aWbgi.jpg www.reddit.c … ument_via_email/ Cyber Life, Funny, Inspiring, Quirky, Writing Oh my. This stuff caught me in the right mood because the email exchange and the Reddit thread are of the funniest stuff I've seen in a while.
20091201 015005 Z Best Tool For Remembering Passwords? ask.slashdot … words?art_pos=23 Cyber Life, Security, TECH Filing away here. A few good jokes, tips, and site recommendations like http://passwordsafe.sourceforge.net/, http://keepass.info/, http://www.steganos.com/us/products/for-free/locknote/overview/
20091201 200608 Z Men and Women May Respond Differently to Danger www.scienced … 091129125131.htm Biology, Mind, Psychology, Relations, Science, Security, Self Defense, Survivalism, Violence Yet another study supporting the male "flight or flight" response and the female "tend or befriend" response. This new study used fMRI to examine responses to positive and negative images.
20091207 013456 Z "Lumberjack 20" www.crossfit … ive2/005100.html Conditioning, CrossFit, Military, Training, Violence Favorite workout that I did in the past few days: "Lumberjack 20" in honor of those who fell at Fort Hood, TX on 2009-11-05. 11 of the wounded were members of the Lumberjack CrossFit affiliate. My right knee always hurts during and after runs these days, but thinking about what it would be like if 11 people I personally knew were shot helped me think beyond myself.
20091207 194503 Z Coding Practices www.omninerd … Coding_Practices ask.slashdot … tices?art_pos=24 Programming, Standards, TECH I love articles on coding practices and conventions.
20091207 200041 Z 'Accidental' Download Sending Man To Prison cbs13.com/lo … n.2.1346842.html yro.slashdot … rison?art_pos=39 Legal, Sex, TECH I found the Slashdot thread fascinating because of its mix of sex, tech, and legal stuff.
20091207 202005 Z Climatologists under pressure www.nature.c … ull/462545a.html science.slas … -Leak?art_pos=41 Politics, Science, Sustainability, USA, World There is no conspiracy, no real story in the Climatic Research Unit e-mail hacking incident [W]. The investigation will be more thorough than any investigation into things like child abuse by the Roman Catholic church or the assassination of JFK. The sad part of it is that there are Republicans and such out there who want to see the climate issue as something like a political conspiracy by Al Gore. Scientists are all about openness and "how do we know?" and peer review. What motivation would scientists have to create such a conspiracy?
20091208 153706 Z Standard ECMA-262, 5th edition www.ecma-int … rds/Ecma-262.htm developers.s … proved?art_pos=1 JavaScript, Programming, Standards, TECH Whoot! After 10 years, this is finally out. JavaScript 1.9 in Firefox 4 should be ECMAScript 5 compliant. JScript 5.8 in Internet Explorer is still on ECMAScript 3. Funny to see the battle between IBM's 754r and Douglas' DEC64 still raging.
20091209 203150 Z Manners and Etiquette www.rfc791.o … lit/manners.html Julia Relations, Self Improvement Straight forward, no tricks, common sense. Courtesy is given; Respect is earned.
20091218 163303 Z Ten years of .NET - Did Microsoft deliver? www.theregis … t_net_noughties/ developers.s … omises?art_pos=5 Computers, Microsoft, Programming, Sun Microsystems, TECH I must have blinked, because given the article and the comments, you'd think that Java lost the war and Microsoft .NET has won.
20091224 172621 Z Climate Change Deniers vs The Consensus www.informat … s-the-consensus/ Geography, Images, Politics, Science, Sustainability, TECH Nice graphic that looks at both sides of the the issue. This related graphic is nice too: Climate Change: A Consensus Among Scientists?.
20091231 145630 Z 10 things you should know about USB 2.0 and 3.0 blogs.techre … 10things/?p=1265 digg.com/har … _USB_2_0_and_3_0 Hardware, Software, Standards, TECH Good news: USB 3 is almost here! Bad news: It may not catch on until 2011.
20100104 170007 Z Twitter's List Of 370 Banned Passwords www.business … urce=twitterfeed digg.com/sec … Banned_Passwords Cyber Life, Security, TECH I'm sure I've seen lists like this over the years.
20100104 180212 Z 10 Most Magnificent Trees in the World. www.neatoram … es-in-the-world/ digg.com/env … the_World_PICS_2 Beauty, Cool, Flora, Nature Let's not forget the giving tree or any particular tree that you have a personal relationship with.
20100104 192618 Z Apple, Cyber Life, Cyber Tech, Google, Hardware, Reading, Software, TECH We need more tablets! Apple, Google, Freescale, etc. Not just eBook readers, but cheap expandable touchable Internet tablets.
20100107 160111 Z The Evolution of Life in 60 Seconds www.youtube. … ch?v=YXSEyttblMI Beauty, Cool, Evolution, Geology, Paleontology, Videos 4.6 billion years in 1 minute.
20100107 193703 Z My Stuff, Ramblings If the intense and concentrated workouts I do are exhilarating and beneficial, then so should intense and concentrated bouts of being, doing, feeling, thinking, expressing. (Reading, hearing, watching, and playing aren't the same.) Sadly my days consist mostly of working, family life, and sleeping. Where's the edge? I need to find or make the edge.
20100114 195205 Z Caveman Science Fiction dresdencodak … science-fiction/ Oscar Chill, Comics, Funny, Images, Science Fiction, TECH "ME AM PLAY GODS!"
20100116 164022 Z News, TV I don't even watch late night TV, but even I know that Jay done Conan wrong.
20100117 171134 Z Bonobo chimp plays Pac-Man www.youtube. … ch?v=sLLFSUaQsp4 www.reddit.c … vel_2_on_pacman/ Chill, Cool, Fauna, Play, Videos I love the chemistry between the bonobo and the human.
20100117 174021 Z Atheist quotes http://i.imgur.com/mk9bl.jpg www.reddit.c … i_found_on_b_of/ Atheism, Images, Philosophy Of the quotes I probably like the one by Epicurus the best: "Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?"
20100118 201404 Z Jules Verne Was (Almost) Right gizmodo.com/ … was-almost-right science.slas … -Work?art_pos=51 Space, TECH A space cannon is an interesting lower tech variation on the space elevator.
20100118 213645 Z Programming with proportional fonts is great m-mz.postero … ith-proportional developers.s … Fonts?art_pos=26 Programming, TECH Proportional may read 14% faster, but as one comment mentioned, code needs to emphasize punctuation more than regular reading. The only way for a user to know is try it out. My current fixed width font is Consolas.
20100119 190644 Z Self-Control, and Lack of Self-Control, Is Contagious www.scienced … 100113172359.htm Julia Mind, Psychology, Relations, Self Improvement Title says it all. We need to put up pictures of our heroes.
20100119 193338 Z Spectra: The Orignal Laser Superhero www.physicsc … load/spectra.pdf Dave Comics, Images, Science, TECH An educational comicbook about lasers by the American Physical Society.
20100120 160142 Z Hitler Finds Out Scott Brown Won Massachusetts Senate Seat www.youtube. … ch?v=c4aQCiRjvZY Gus Funny, Politics, Sad, USA, Videos Republicans and Democrats alike will like this video. Kennedy's seat barely got cold and it went to a Republican?!?! OMFG! This had better wake up some folks. Boring old Croakley sat on her ass and took Kennedy's seat for granted. Pretty boy Brown kept smiling, fought hard and won. Congratulations Mr. Brown.
20100120 174128 Z OK Go - This Too Shall Pass www.youtube. … ch?v=UJKythlXAIY Julia Chill, Cool, Live Action, Music, Videos All in one take!
20100122 194201 Z Aspect Ratio en.wikipedia … iki/Aspect_ratio Chill, Math, Wikipedia I've been playing with aspect ratios, esp sqrt(2), Golden, 4:3, and 16:9. Now I feel like I've been looking at math porn. A4 is so hot! Bonus: I tweaked the Wikipedia article because they put in the Silver ratio for sqrt(2), but the Silver ratio [W] is 1 more than Pythagoras' Constant.
20100122 194513 Z Top 10 Common Faults In Human Thought listverse.co … n-human-thought/ Mind, Psychology, Self Improvement We've all seen some of these before, but it's good to review periodically.
20100125 192658 Z What's Holding Back Encryption? it.slashdot. … tion?art_pos=171 Security, TECH The question itself is worthy of logging.
20100125 193248 Z Flash is coming to the iPhone, thanks to Gordon s coming to … thanks to Gordon tech.slashdo … 5SVG?art_pos=146 Flash, Standards, TECH SVG is your friend!
20100125 194712 Z Boogie Board writing tablet costs $30, features ‘no power LCD technology’ www.crunchge … -lcd-technology/ news.slashdo … ablet?art_pos=32 Gadget, Images, Text, Writing I'm all for digital scribble boards. I find myself scribbling all the time on my Sony Reader. I'd like ones that I can share over the Internet too.
20100125 200202 Z Endangered Species: Humans Might Have Faced Extinction 1 Million Years Ago www.scientif … enetic-diversity science.slas … rs-Ago?art_pos=9 Anthropology, Evolution, Fauna, Nature It's fascinates to think that we were once an endangered species of 18,500 individuals -- fewer then the number of gorillas and chimpanzees today.
20100125 203119 Z How to use CSS @font-face nicewebtype. … e-css-font-face/ CSS, Programming, Standards, TECH So near --and yet so far. Firefox 3.6 supports Web Open Font Format (WOFF), but we still have to wade through OpenType Font (OTF), TrueType Font (TTF), Embedded OpenType (EOT), and SVG fonts.
20100126 153857 Z Ep 1: Waking Up in the Universe - Growing Up in the Universe - Richard Dawkins www.youtube. … xZF3ZgTo#t=2m55s www.ted.com/ … he_universe.html Cool, Inspiring, Live Action, Science, Videos My family has started watching this mini series. Best of the Web! In this capacity he is reminiscent of Carl Sagan.
20100127 020545 Z Geek behaviors present during conversations www.stanford … ek-behaviors.htm www.reddit.c … riends_at_least/ Psychology, Relations, TECH Largely true. I liked "Focusing on the how rather than the what or the why". There's that thing about non-verbal and social cues again.
20100127 024614 Z I Don't Even Want To Be Alive Anymore By Rush Limbaugh www.theonion … want_to_be_alive digg.com/com … By_Rush_Limbaugh Funny, Radio, Sad, USA Rush Limbaugh and Jon Stewart are both infotainers but only the latter is informative and entertaining.
20100127 025430 Z www.adme.ru - AIDES GRAFFITI www.youtube. … ch?v=9WPNhlzGoM0 www.reddit.c … ive_advertising/ Ad, Animation, Funny, Live Action, NSFW, Saucy, Sex, Videos Well done.
20100127 175215 Z Apple announcement 2010-01-27 Apple, Cyber Life I can't eat lunch until I find out what Apple is up to.
20100129 165650 Z W3school.com's Historical Browser Statistics www.michaelv … erVisualization/ www.reddit.c … r_visualization/ Browser, Chart, Cyber Life, Flash I like the data and I like the presentation.
20100129 170731 Z EchoSign http://www.echosign.com/ Cyber Life, TECH, Work Interesting mix of physical and digital.
20100129 173512 Z Man in the Dark http://www.maninthedark.com/ Activity, Animation, Chill, Flash, Kids The dude follows your mouse! The kids love this one.
20100129 175317 Z On the Origin of Gravity and the Laws of Newton http://arxiv.org/abs/1001.0785 science.slas … Force?art_pos=43 Philosophy, Physics, Science, TECH This can be quite big. A lot more things may be emergent than I had thought.
20100129 175859 Z The 4 Big Myths of Profile Pictures blog.okcupid … rofile-pictures/ www.reddit.c … re_attracted_to/ Cyber Life, Images, Photos, Psychology Interesting stats and all, but whether you smile or show off your body or whatever is simply a personal decision.
20100129 183342 Z Tiny Philippine Island is Center of a Crazy-But-True Natural Wonder www.treehugg … onder.php?page=1 www.boingboi … 28Boing+Boing%29 Cool, Geography, Geology, Philippines The Philippines has Luzon Island, which has the Taal Volcano which contains Taal Lake, which contains Crater Island, which contains Crater Lake, which has an island called Vulan Point.
20100130 043515 Z Richard Dawkins interviews creationist Wendy Wright (Part 1/7) www.youtube. … ch?v=US8f1w1cYvs Julia Atheism, Evolution, Live Action, Politics, Science, USA, Videos I watched all 7 painful videos. It seems that they agree on the virtue of examination of evidence. They also seem to agree on the humane treatment of people. The difference seems to be that Wright thinks a person's religious belief must influence the certainty of the theory, while Dawkins does not. Knowledge of chemistry, physics, evolution, etc. is objective, testable, open, and separate from ones religious, political, subjective, or ethical point of view. Such objective knowledge can, of course, be used for good or evil, i.e. subjectively applied and interpreted, but that does not change the knowledge itself. Even so, the emotional and spiritual feelings that people have must be dealt with. The woman is clearly pained.
20100131 035727 Z President Obama Full Q&A www.youtube. … ch?v=oBuG2TdgMn0 digg.com/pol … e_at_GOP_retreat Barack Obama, Live Action, News, Politics, USA, Videos Republican congressmen drilling a Democratic President in public. Whee!
20100131 035937 Z Spirit http://xkcd.com/695/ digg.com/com … tion/xkcd_Spirit Comics, Engineering, Funny, Sad, Space, TECH You have to love something that performs well past expectations. Great job Spirit! Great job NASA!
20100131 041351 Z Who says birds don't have feelings? www.binscorn … ve-feelings.html Fauna, Images, Inspiring, Nature, Photos, Sad
20100131 042254 Z The Known Universe by AMNH www.youtube. … ch?v=17jymDn0W6U Animation, Beauty, Cool, Space, Videos A variation of the powers of 10 videos.
20100201 190158 Z Analysis of HTML5 Canvas Javascript performance in various browsers for Freeciv.net code.google. … BenchmarkResults developers.s … mance?art_pos=72 Browser, JavaScript, TECH, Video Games So they confirmed what everyone sort of already knew. The fastest browser is Chrome, Safaris is 2nd, Firefox is 3rd, and Internet Explorer 8 is 4th. They're still working to test it on Opera. FYI: I'm still primarily using Firefox because of TreeStyle tabs. I must resist playing FreeCiv.net, lest I lose hours of time!
20100203 165946 Z New Hearing Aid Uses Your Tooth To Transmit Sound singularityh … -transmit-sound/ science.slas … Sound?art_pos=43 Gadget, Hardware, SSD, TECH A non-surgical, non-visibile hearing aid. It's also nice to see them mention Single sided deafness (SSD), or what some call Unilateral Hearing Loss (UHL).
20100203 170836 Z Nanotechnology, TECH The word is out, but I'd like more testing before they go big time.
20100205 012043 Z Physicist Discovers How to Teleport Energy www.technolo … log/arxiv/24759/ Cool, Science, TECH If they're already using entanglement to teleport matter, then the obvious next step is to teleport energy! D'oh!
20100205 165411 Z Laying out SQL Code www.simple-t … utm_campaign=SQL Programming, SQL, TECH, Writing Some good points, but it seems like he's having too much fun!
20100208 005639 Z Abstraction img12.abload … d043d7dacw9q.jpg www.reddit.c … abstraction_wtf/ Art, Comics, Images, Japan, NSFW, Saucy At first you think "O no, it's some awful Japanese sex comic", but then it gets interesting. The Reddit thread has some interesting comments too.
20100210 231711 Z Focusing 192 lasers on one little target articles.sfg … rium-and-tritium digg.com/gen … Unlimited_Energy Cool, Economy, Inspiring, Science, Sustainability, TECH, World Awesomeness! Unlimited energy (in this case by laser induced fusion) has never seemed so within our grasp!
20100210 232213 Z Shoulder blade austriantime … 7/Shoulder_blade www.reddit.c … almly_went_home/ Knives, MARTIAL, Violence This one had me by the neck!
20100210 232549 Z Mild earthquake rattles Chicago area www.chicagob … ern-suburbs.html Julia Chicago, Geology So my wife and I didn't just imagine that our bed was shaking earlier this morning: "The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 3.8-magnitude quake at 3:59:33 a.m. centered in a farm field on Plank Road in Elgin near Hampshire and 3.1 miles underground."
20100211 020300 Z Why Things Cost $19.95 www.scientif … things-cost-1995 monkeyfilter … m/link.php/15660 Economy, Mind, Money, Psychology Filing this away because this is a common question that we all ask ourselves.
20100211 020756 Z 5 Psychological Experiments That Prove Humanity is Doomed www.cracked. … nity-doomed.html digg.com/gen … is_Doomed?OTC-ig Mind, Psychology I should've filed this away long ago as well. FYI: The 5 are: The Asch Conformity Experiment (1953); The Good Samaritan Experiment (1973); Bystander Apathy Experiment (1968); The Stanford Prison Experiment (1971); and The Milgram Experiment (1961).
20100211 033101 Z Sarah Palin Uses a Hand-O-Prompter www.hulu.com … -hand-o-prompter Funny, Live Action, News, Politics, TV, USA Sweet material from The Colbert Report. Sara Palin is so entertaining!
20100211 212420 Z The knives are out at Sun Wah www.chicagot … 96540,full.story Chicago, Family, Food, Restaurants Waah! The Sun Wah restaurant that my family has gone to since the 1980s at Argyle is growing up. Whole ducks hanging on hooks. They'd pull one down and chop it up lickety split right there.
20100211 220331 Z Disguised Weapons www.donteven … view.php?post=84 digg.com/com … e_weapons_wanted Funny, Guns, Knives, Photos Ha ha! My kids and I laughed so hard at this one.
20100212 183017 Z Millionaire gives away fortune which made him miserable www.telegrap … m-miserable.html Julia Culture, Mind, Money, Philosophy Sometimes I feel the same way about technology: It can steal away your limited time and make you less fully as a human being.
20100213 034446 Z Jon Stewart: Senator Ackbar Is Right www.indecisi … ackbar-is-right/ digg.com/tel … bar_Is_Right_Vid Health, Politics, USA Whoot! Just show up, you pansies! Do your job, get things done. Filibustering is not leading.
20100213 035914 Z GERMANY 1940 and ISRAEL 2009 whatreallyha … aHolo/index.html www.reddit.c … 1940israel_2009/ Images, Middle East, Photography, Politics Controversial, but better to have a dialog than nothing. It's a trap!
20100213 041225 Z 10 Fantastic and Creative Web Design Styles inspecteleme … b-design-styles/ Beauty, CSS, Design There's nothing so dated as fashion and style; But I guess it shows that you have a eyes and a pulse.
20100213 042402 Z FanWing http://www.fanwing.com/ Engineering, Hardware, Live Action, TECH, Videos "high lift and thrust efficiency". Interesting design. I wonder how it would handle rain.
20100213 132816 Z These tablets do what the 'iPad don't' news.cnet.co … -10452930-1.html Apple, Cyber Life, Gadget, TECH I've seen some of these iPad-like devices before but it's nice to have them in one post. The whole area needs more polishing.
20100216 155306 Z wtfjs.com http://wtfjs.com/ http://ajaxian.com/archives/wtfjs Cyber Life, Funny, JavaScript, Programming, Sad JavaScript humor.
20100216 160257 Z Fifty Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Kids Do) http://fiftydangerousthings.com/ techcrunch.c … isk-and-hacking/ Books, Cool, Family, Kids, Reading, Self Improvement My kind of book!
20100216 162534 Z Axe Cop axecop.com/i … hp/achome/index/ monkeyfilter … m/link.php/17131 Chill, Comics, Funny, Kids "Axe Cop, a comic written by 5 yr old, illustrated by 29 yr old." It sounds like an unbeatable formula!
20100216 164536 Z Solar Energy Harvesting Using 1 Percent of Current Materials www.scientif … g-one-p-10-02-15 Solar, Sustainability There are so many advances in solar, but you have to note such an improvement of such magnitude.
20100216 170104 Z Photoshop these long tongues www.fark.com … ink=5012287&tt=s Chill, Crude, Funny, Images, NSFW, Photos, Quirky O my. It's been ages since I've looked at a photoshop contest at Fark. Always good stuff.
20100225 010534 Z Top 10 Free Ways To Discover New Music Online www.makeuseo … ver-music-online www.stumbleu … ver-music-online Audio, Cyber Life, Music, Radio Misses stuff like pandora.com and last.fm, but it has new stuff to try.
20100225 014133 Z leadership - Ben Zander www.fastcomp … e/20/zander.html Inspiring, Music, Reading After watching Ben Zander at TED, I was game for reading more about him.
20100225 031429 Z AND CALL HIM GEORGE. www.language … hives/003787.php Animation, Cyber Life, Funny Ha! You'd think that as a George, I would have noticed that 'There is a meme running around the internet that takes the form "I'm gonna love him and pet him and squeeze him and call him George"'. I might have even seen the George skit with Bug, Daffy, and the Abominable Snowman [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JlVqfC8-UI] before.
20100225 035022 Z Exclusive: How Google's Algorithm Rules the Web www.wired.co … +Stories+2%29%29 Cyber Life, Cyber Tech, Google I thought they didn't let anybody look behind the curtains.
20100225 035442 Z Famous People Painting with Wiki Links www.anactive … ncePainting.html blogoscoped. … 0-02-19-n23.html Art, Beauty, Cool, Images, Wikipedia That's so fun!
20100227 172542 Z Scientists find an equation for materials innovation www.princeto … archive/?id=2582 gizmodo.com/ … nt=Google+Reader Computers, Science Sure is nice to hear in improvement by 100,000 time!
20100227 172829 Z Giant iceberg breaks off from Antarctic glacier www.scientif … eberg-breaks-off Geology, Science, Sustainability, TECH, World It's always funny to hear about city or state sized chunks of ice wandering off unexpectedly.
20100227 234445 Z "Life in Quarantine," by Fully Sick Rapper www.collegeh … om/video:1929784 www.reddit.c … i_love_this_man/ Chill, Funny, Live Action, Music, Videos Time well spent in quarantine: "Christian Van Vuuren was diagnosed with TB and has spent the last 55 days quarantined to a single hospital room. Instead of feeling sorry for himself, he made this amazing rap video. I hope he recovers, I want to hang out with him."
20100227 235033 Z I'm just sayin' http://www.fucking-windows.com/ www.reddit.c … ing_windows_sfw/ Activity, Cyber Life, Funny, Saucy Clever. Hint: Resize your window.
20100302 015604 Z A Bushel of Facts About the Uniqueness of Human Pubic Hair www.scientif … iquen-2010-03-01 Funny, Info, Nature, Quirky, Saucy, Sex TMIF! More than I ever wanted to know about pubic hair.
20100302 020726 Z Losing Our Religion(s) ask.metafilt … ng-Our-Religions Faith, History, Philosophy, USA, World A number of interesting books in the thread.
20100302 021026 Z Dark matter could meet its nemesis on Earth www.newscien … sref=online-news Physics, Science, Space Modified Newtonian Dynamics (MOND), may finally be tested using spinning discs. Why bother with something as ugly as MOND? Because it would counter something even uglier: Dark matter.
20100303 030720 Z Best Fails of 2009 www.funnyord … -2009?rel=player digg.com/com … _Fails_of_2009_7 Chill, Cyber Life, Funny, Live Action, Videos The kids and I liked this, but then again we've been keeping up with failblog.
20100303 030905 Z OK Go - This Too Shall Pass - RGM version www.youtube. … ch?v=qybUFnY7Y8w digg.com/mus … _a_brand_new_vid Audio, Chill, Cool, Inspiring, Live Action, Music, Videos OK Go has done it again! Awesome vid!
20100303 031132 Z Tons of Water Ice Found on the Moon's North Pole www.space.co … pole-100301.html digg.com/gen … oon_s_North_Pole Cool, News, Space "Tons"? I thought tens of tons would have been cool, but millions of tons?! I'm thirsty for some Moon Water!
20100304 154921 Z Knightshop Rawlings Synthetic Sparring Range - Review www.swordfor … ead.php?t=100064 Greg Fighting, Live Action, MARTIAL, Standup Fighting, Swords, Videos, Western Martial Arts A decent review of synthetic sword wasters. The Chicago Swordplay Guild will be trying these out soon as an alternative to wooden wasters and shinai. The link has a video: Knights Shop Rawlings Synthetic Sparring Range Review [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2knwdZYXotY].
20100305 011550 Z Anthony Weiner Takes it to the FOX Liar Brigade www.dailykos … FOX-Liar-Brigade www.reddit.c … iends_in_a_3_vs/ Live Action, News, Politics, USA, Videos More Democrats walking into Republican camps and doing fine these days!
20100305 041439 Z NASA Blue Marble www.flickr.c … /gsfc/4392965590 news.bbc.co. … epth/8547114.stm Beauty, Geography, Images, Photos, Space She's a beauty. Earth in its truest colors so far.
20100305 213345 Z Study: Happiness Is Experiences, Not Stuff news.yahoo.c … eriencesnotstuff Julia Mind, Psychology, Self Improvement This sounds right. Good experiences get better over time, while good purchases fade. Buy experiences, not things.
20100308 005235 Z Five Best VPN Tools lifehacker.c … %28Lifehacker%29 Computers, TECH I wonder if iPad will allow you to VPN or remote?
20100308 005453 Z Internet access is 'a fundamental right' news.bbc.co. … logy/8548190.stm Cyber Life, TECH, World "Almost four in five people around the world believe that access to the internet is a fundamental right, a poll for the BBC World Service suggests."
20100309 201228 Z Math is beautiful www.metafilt … ath-is-beautiful Beauty, Education, Live Action, Math, Videos A MetaFilter thread on Euler's Identity: e ^ (i * pi) + 1 = 0. The educational Khan Academy videos at YouTube are nice too.
20100309 202316 Z Web Standards for E-books www.alistapa … /ebookstandards/ Books, CSS, Cyber Life, Cyber Tech, HTML, Standards, Text epub is XHTML and is read on every e-book reader except for the Amazon Kindle.
20100308 012529 Z 6 Historic Acts of Revenge That Put 'Kill Bill' to Shame www.youtube. … player_embedded# Chill, History, Literature, Violence, War Yeah but Kill Bill had a kick-ass sound track!
20100308 193545 Z The Problem with Passwords www.alistapa … -with-passwords/ CSS, Cyber Life, Cyber Tech, Programming This article by Lyle Mullican deals with one particular problem: People commonly want to reset passwords reset because they think they've forgotten it. Presented are two options of showing the user their password, without losing the familiar masked password text field.
20100308 194945 Z IdeaPaint http://www.ideapaint.com/ Stephen K. Chill, Cool, Gadget, Inspiring Paint which, when dried, can be used as a dry-erase surface.
20100310 184840 Z Computers do not make children fat translate.go … =en&hl=&ie=UTF-8 science.slas … t+%28Slashdot%29 Computers, Health, Kids Computers do not make children fat ... at least not in comparison to TV.
20100310 190540 Z Transform Your Hoodie into a Computer Sleeve www.youtube. … ch?v=sNiP953SCOg lifehacker.c … %28Lifehacker%29 Gadget, Live Action, Make, Videos I up-voted this at YouTube, but it was so good I thought I'd log it here too.
20100310 195521 Z How to Deal With a Proud Person www.wikihow. … h-a-Proud-Person Relations, Self Improvement Some time that person with hubris is me! (Or you.)
20100310 200158 Z The Beast File- Google (HUNGRY BEAST) www.youtube. … ch?v=dv4j4bguYYk Cyber Life, Google, Videos It's not too bad, here in the belly of the beast. This is so well done that you think Google made it themselves!
20100311 023701 Z Limbaugh: I'll Leave US If Health Care Reform Passes (VIDEO) www.huffingt … if_n_491536.html Health, Politics, Radio, USA What sweet news! If only he would leave sooner. Did he say he'd go to Costa Rica on purpose? Costa Rica has universal health care and no army. Doctors taking federal money?! What a shock! What an outrage! O wait they already do that with Medicare.
20100311 034458 Z Hypocrisy Alert: Calif. Politician Roy Ashburn Arrested for Allegedly Driving Drunk; It Gets Worse www.cbsnews. … 6524-504083.html www.reddit.c … e_about_married/ Equality, Journalism, News, Politics, USA This atrocious story has been out for a few days already, but I do like how the writer, Kevin Hayes, presented the story.
20100311 193947 Z Human Urine As A Safe, Inexpensive Fertilizer For Food Crops www.scienced … 071008093608.htm Julia Fauna, Flora, Sustainability Free fertilizer right under our noses!
20100313 044939 Z Russian Singer Eduard Khil Remix www.youtube. … 78IlJs5JQ&fmt=18 www.reddit.c … y_has_a_bad_day/ Audio, Chill, Funny, Live Action, Videos Nearly lost my milk and cookies. If you haven't seen the original, then watch it first: Я очень рад, ведь я, наконец, возвращаюсь домой .
20100316 182114 Z Top 10 Things That Annoy Programmers www.kevinwil … noy-programmers/ Cyber Life, Life, Mind, Programming, TECH So true.
20100321 033030 Z Richard Dawkins: The Greatest Show on Earth fora.tv/2009 … olocaust_Deniers digg.com/art … olocaust_Deniers Atheism, Evolution, Faith, Mind, Politics Richard Dawkins likening Creationists with Holocaust Deniers. Freedom and tolerance are good, but we should be less tolerant of religions that foster bigotry and murder.
20100322 023451 Z RAW: Nannycam Video Of Babysitter, 11-Month-Old www.news4jax … 81088/index.html www.reddit.c … ter_while_he_is/ Kids, Live Action, News, Videos, Violence If you showed this video to 1000 people, and polled them afterward, I wonder how many would feel like beating the crap out of her? I certainly did and so did many at the Reddit thread. More details here: http://www.news4jax.com/news/22884296/detail.html.
20100322 204545 Z Quantum Cell Phone Camera Tech: Doom for Digicams? www.pcworld. … or_digicams.html Gadget, Images, Nanotechnology, Photography, TECH So in around 2 years cell phone cameras will be able to get 90% of the light instead of the 25% they get now!
20100323 014700 Z Still Face Experiment: Dr. Edward Tronick www.youtube. … ch?v=apzXGEbZht0 Education, Family, Kids, Live Action, Psychology, Relations, Science, Videos A very powerful experiment and demonstration. Playing kicks ass!
20100323 015657 Z A sweet problem: Princeton researchers find that high-fructose corn syrup prompts considerably more weight gain www.princeto … ve/S26/91/22K07/ www.reddit.c … ated_equal_rats/ Food, Health, News, Science Arrggh! That corn syrup is everywhere too! "Rats with access to high-fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those with access to table sugar, even when their overall caloric intake was the same. "
20100323 020938 Z Incestual Undertones in Star Wars www.youtube. … ch?v=6IPAGXyFvrs Funny, Movies, Saucy, Star Wars, Videos Finally: A bit of Star Wars and Kill Bill mash up.
20100324 184245 Z Can a Chemist Deliver Distributed Energy from a Water Bottle? www.scientif … m-a-water-bottle Chemistry, Sustainability, TECH A very small and cheap fuel cell (water splitter)? Worth a shot!
20100325 011919 Z WTF Japan, Seriously!? http://www.wtfjapanseriously.com/ Chris H Chill, Japan, Quirky, Saucy The awesome name says it all. The kids and I have seen a bunch of these before but the site is very promsing.
20100326 181050 Z Work Smart: Do Your Worst Task First (Or, Eat a Live Frog Every Morning) www.fastcomp … og-every-morning Self Improvement Wake up at 5 am and do a workout right away. Go to work and, Bam!, cross-off a solid one on your to do list. Get home and knock off a chore. Hug your wife and kids without hesitation. All of it makes you kick-ass!
20100330 010631 Z An open letter to conservatives tpmcafe.talk … ve.php?ref=recdc www.reddit.c … es_on_hypocrisy/ Politics, USA Come back to the middle a bit.
20100409 235841 Z "...who are you better than?" advrider.com … ead.php?t=565866 www.reddit.c … r_on_motorcycle/ Politics, Relations, USA The Tea Party and race. Interesting. Lots of raw nerves here.
20100421 181415 Z Burials in Tibet. NOT FOR SENSITIVE SOULS! mbvtravel.co … -sensitive-souls www.reddit.c … tive_souls_pics/ Cool, Culture, Death, Quirky Feed the birds. A bit more dramatic than being buried, burned, or slipped into the ocean.
20100426 171356 Z New Software Processor Can Transcribe Music From Any Performance www.popsci.c … unds-sheet-music Audio, Cyber Life, Cyber Tech, Music Turn music into sheet music? How convenient!
20100426 175254 Z Israel jails man for 'holy semen' sex abuse news.bbc.co. … east/8644637.stm Faith, Funny, News, Saucy The under age can't give consent but the others did. Is it really criminal? "An Israeli man has been imprisoned for 10 years for tricking women into sexual acts by claiming his semen was holy and had healing powers."
20100428 012215 Z The worst thing I have ever said. www.reddit.c … _have_ever_said/ Crude, Funny, Quirky, Saucy The lead joke is OK, but the thread has some good dry and harsh humor.
20100502 153258 Z Top 10 Things You Didn't Know Google Maps Could Do lifehacker.c … nt=Google+Reader Cyber Life, Cyber Tech, Geography, Google Making an convenient tool even more so.
20100502 154425 Z Blogging, Cyber Life In case you haven't noticed, but lately I'm not posting most goodies that I find via Google Reader, Digg, Reddit, and so on. I'm upvoting and such elsewhere, and I'm only posting some of them here.
20100502 203453 Z Torus www.benjoffe … ode/games/torus/ Activity, Cyber Life, Video Games Like tetris on a cylinder. Probably lots of HTML5 awesomeness will start popping up all over.
20100502 210943 Z "Checking on Cynthia" by Sextus Propertius (poetry reading) www.youtube. … ch?v=0_t-BVOQRuE Beauty, Language, Literature, Reading, Relations, Saucy, Videos Delightful. I had not thought about finding poetry readings on YouTube.
20100502 213402 Z Imagine if the Tea Party Were Black www.jackandj … nt=Google+Reader Barack Obama, Politics, USA An article like this can irk people but it certainly is interesting.
20100503 030407 Z Fox News Calls Mr. Rogers An Evil Man www.prosebef … -mr-rogers-evil/ digg.com/tel … An_Evil_Evil_Man Inspiring, Journalism, Live Action, News, Politics, TV, USA Sorry Fox News, but Mr. Rogers is AWESOME! Mister Rogers defending PBS to the US Senate. 15 reasons Mr. Rogers was best neighbor ever.
20100505 015502 Z Color Survey Results blog.xkcd.co … -survey-results/ Color, Cool, Images xkcd did a survey on color and produced some interesting results.
20100505 020305 Z StarCraft(R) II: Wings of Liberty(TM) in Stores Starting July 27, 2010 www.marketwa … -2010-2010-05-03 games.slashd … nt=Google+Reader Activity, Video Games Uh-oh. Do I have the iron will to resist?
20100505 021054 Z You Can't Derive Ought from Is blogs.discov … nt=Google+Reader Atheism, Ethics, Faith, Mind, Philosophy I'm obliged to post yet another follow up to Sam Harris' TED talk related to David Hume's Is-ought problem [W].
20100505 022026 Z Google acquires BumpTop: Will Android get a 3D facelift? deals.ventur … bumptop-android/ Cyber Life, Google, Operating System, TECH I had read that Google acquired BumpTop earlier, but this article has the TED Talk video where BumpTop CEO Anand Agarawala demos it. I'm itching for that Google tablet!
20100505 162026 Z RGraph: HTML5 canvas graph library based on the HTML5 canvas tag http://www.rgraph.net/ ajaxian.com/ … graphing-library Cyber Tech, JavaScript, Math, Programming, TECH I saw RGraph since at least August of last year. I think HTML5 is coming around: Movement toward less Flash, more HTML5, and browsers becoming more HTML5 compliant. Of course Ext JS and the other frameworks will probably be boosting their charts too.
20100507 145005 Z I WILL NOT DIE TODAY Family, Inspiring, Quirky, Ramblings I WILL NOT DIE TODAY. My kids give great hugs, but today my youngest was feeling particularly huggy. As we were doing our third good bye hug she said "I'm not ready to let you go". I don't know why but that hit me fiercely. It's as if she said it while one of us was about to die. So while I'm ready to fight and die most days, today I'm not. Today I will not die.
20100510 201333 Z QUT physicist corrects Oxford English Dictionary (w/ Video) www.physorg. … ws192688538.html Books, Language, Physics, Science, TECH, Videos Yes, a siphon works by means of gravity and where the "column of water acts like a chain with the water molecules pulling on each other via hydrogen bonds". Wiggling the tube in the fish tank can start a siphon because of the initial surge of momentum. No need to suck on the lower end and get fish water in your mouth! A similar phenomena occurs when "sticking" with someone as you "wave" them into a throw and use gravity.
20100517 145304 Z After the Times www.joindias … r-the-times.html Cyber Life, Open Source, Relations That was fast. It looks like Diaspora is now fully funded and is going ahead. FYI: Diaspora is an upcoming alternative to Facebook: "the privacy aware, personally controlled, do-it-all distributed open source social network".
20100525 000120 Z The latest version of the LittleDog Robot www.youtube. … ch?v=nUQsRPJ1dYw www.reddit.c … c7e34/holy_crap/ Live Action, Robots, TECH, Videos I've been witnessing the development of these robotic dogs over the years. I'm surprised at the emotional pride I feel. Seeing the robots struggle and improve is very much like watching a child struggle and improve. Great job roboticists! Great job.
20100527 161401 Z The Fall of Rome -- W H Auden wonderingmin … e-w-h-auden.html www.crossfit … ive2/005447.html Language, Literature, Quotations, Text Three words of the day: somatotonia, viscerotonia, and cerebrotonia.
20100621 000629 Z RSA Animate - The Secret Powers of Time www.youtube. … ch?v=A3oIiH7BLmg digg.com/edu … t_Powers_of_Time Animation, Inspiring, Mind, Philosophy, Psychology, Time, Videos I saw this video a while back but it's so good that I wanted to post it here as well as thumbs up it in YouTube. Meshes well with my personal frameworks.
20100621 000958 Z Jonathan's Cochlear Implant Activation 8 mo., Rt Ear cont'd www.youtube. … ch?v=ZDD7Ohs5tAk www.reddit.c … ochlear_implant/ Beauty, Cute, Inspiring, Live Action, SSD, Videos Another video I saw a while back, but I wanted to post it here as well as thumbs up it at YouTube. A wonderful reaction by an 8 month old to having his ears turned on. You don't even need to have something like SSD/UHD (which I do) in order to appreciate it.
20100621 004011 Z Heartless: The Story of the Tin Man http://vimeo.com/11431902 Beauty, Live Action, Movies, Relations, Sad, Videos A short movie (22:48), sweet and sad, well produced. The backstory on the Tin Woodsmen from The Wizard of Oz.
20100621 210313 Z Toshiba Libretto W100 laptops.tosh … ps/libretto/W100 www.informat … RSSfeed_IWK_News Cyber Life, Cyber Tech, Gadget, Hardware, TECH This is 25th anniversary Toshiba is getting closer to what I want! "Hybrid mini-notebook / e-reader has dual touchscreens, runs on Windows 7, and has built-in Bluetooth 5 and 802.11n wireless networking." 1.5 lb (0.68 Kg) clamshell design with built in web cam that works in portrait or landscape. USB port and card reader.
20100625 161154 Z SVG Flowchart Shapes via Google Docs Chart, Cyber Tech, Free Gratis, Free Libre, Google, Images, TECH I've been playing with Google Drawings (in Google Docs). You can save a Google Drawing as .svg. This also means that you can use save their shapes (especially flowchart shapes) and use them in stuff like Inkscape. You can also go to openclipart.org to get other shapes. I'm trying to avoid stuff Microsoft Visio and OpenOffice Draw.
20100630 164224 Z Ctrl+; working for Google Spreadsheets in Chrome Browser, Cyber Life, Google I just noticed that the Chrome got the keyboard shortcut to enter the date (Ctrl+;) to work for Google Spreadsheets in Chrome. Maybe they'll eventually get the date shortcut (Ctrl+:) to work too. The only other big request would be for vertical tree-style tabs (although I can weakly fake the latter with a vertical task bar in the OS).
20100704 153953 Z Reddit, I think its about time we had another clean jokes marathon. Heres my favourite... www.reddit.c … _we_had_another/ Funny Well, mostly clean. But some pretty good ones.
20100714 182432 Z Hans Rosling on global population growth www.ted.com/ … tion_growth.html Economy, Education, Food, Inspiring, Live Action, TECH, Videos, World Hans Rosling always has awesome Ted Talks. In this, his latest one, he does an analog/physical talk which I think will make it quite watchable for my kids.
20100724 132257 Z India's $35 PC is the Future of Computing www.pcworld. … g.html?tk=hp_pop Cyber Life, Cyber Tech, Gadget, Hardware, Inspiring, News, TECH A $10-35 Internet capable tablet for the masses of India! Intense, a game changer.
20100730 170438 Z Knife Attack Myths www.metacafe … fe_attack_myths/ Allen Fighting, Knives, Live Action, MARTIAL, Security, Self Defense, Videos, Violence, Western Martial Arts Some knife attack myths dismissed as shown by surveillance videos. Ends with some pro-WMA stuff.
20100818 172603 Z Google launching a Chrome OS tablet on Verizon, goes on sale November 26 www.download … ovember-26-2010/ Cyber Life, Gadget, Google, TECH And my birthday is in October too!
20100827 161449 Z Tracking homicides in Chicago homicides.re … m/neighborhoods/ Julia Chicago, Violence Homicides in Chicago by Community Area [W]. Nice interface with Google Maps. They could improve it (simply) by making the table columns sortable. They could improve it (a bit harder) by adding clickable map for Chicago in general.
20100905 182955 Z Muscles Remember Past Glory www.wired.co … 8/muscle-memory/ www.crossfit … ive2/007090.html Biology, Conditioning, Health Talk about muscle memory! Muscle cells are so large (some up to 30 cm or 1') that they can have multiple nuclei. It had been thought that if a muscle atrophied, then the extra nuclei went away. However this study shows that the extra nuclei can hang around for quite a while.
20100914 161439 Z GPU Technology Conference 2010 www.nvidia.c … _conference.html Computers, Cool, Inspiring, Science, TECH Apparently graphics processing is not just about gaming and special effects! Lots of cool topics ranging from Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Quantum Chemistry, and Neuroscience.
20100918 121032 Z Geek and Gamer Girls Song www.break.co … mer-girls-anthem teague Chill, Live Action, Saucy, Videos Awesome.
20100923 160506 Z StarCraft2 Tricks SS /spreadsheet … nJPWEs2dVE&hl=en Chill, Video Games A collection of tricks for StarCraft 2, based on a forum thread. If anyone has other tricks, then I'll gladly add.
20100927 220835 Z Notepad++: Linebreaks in Regular Expressions blog.microug … -in-regular.html Open Source, Programming, TECH, Text So lame! As an UltraEdit user trying out Notepad++, at first I thought the issue was the difference between the PERL style regular expressions used in UltraEdit and the POSIX/SciTE style regular expressions used in Notepad++. Instead the issue is that Notepad++ doesn't find handle linebreaks with s+. Who knows how else regular expressions are broken in Notepad++?
20100930 182648 Z Why We Fight: Men Check out in Stressful Situations, While Women Show Increased Brain Coordination When Looking at Angry Faces www.scienced … nt=Google+Reader MARTIAL, Psychology, Violence As expected but now backed by a study.
20100930 235109 Z Boxing Lessons opinionator. … /boxing-lessons/ www.crossfit … ive2/007163.html Boxing, MARTIAL, Mind, Philosophy I have to love an article on both Boxing and Philosophy.
20101002 130412 Z Tribute to Escher www.360citie … 50.54,81.25,90.0 Oscar Activity, Art, Cyber Life, Cyber Tech Well done. 3D Escher.
20101008 192552 Z Should the Nonreligious Join in Interfaith Work www.thenewhu … -interfaith-work Julia Atheism, Faith, World Religions aren't going away anytime soon, so we should learn to live together better.
20101008 193131 Z China blanks Nobel Peace prize searches www.cnn.com/ … /china.internet/ China, Journalism, Politics "Type "Liu Xiaobo" -- or "Nobel Peace Prize," for that matter -- in search engines in China and hit return, you get a blaring error page." China has got to realize that this is glaring to the rest of the world.
20101008 210743 Z The OS Doesn’t Matter… www.mondayno … nt=Google+Reader Cyber Life, Cyber Tech, TECH The PCs and smart devices are Unix/Linux except for Windows.
20101011 160145 Z Google is testing cars that drive themselves www.cnn.com/ … g.cars.mashable/ Google, TECH, Transportation Google-driven cars have been on the streets in California for months now! I'd go for it!
20101012 013109 Z How to Estimate Software james-iry.bl … te-software.html www.reddit.c … timate_software/ Funny, Programming, TECH 2 weeks. That's how we roll.
20101012 171051 Z Hans Rosling: The good news of the decade? www.ted.com/ … _the_decade.html Africa, Inspiring, News, World Bravo Hans! You always give me hope. The child mortality rate is lowering even in Africa.
20101014 202019 Z Netflix on PS3: Disc-free Next Week blog.us.play … 0/14/netflixps3/ Cyber Life, Cyber Tech, Movies, Sony, TECH, TV, Video Games Sweet. I love the Netflix and Sony PS3/Blue Ray/TV integration thingy so far and I'm looking forward to Google getting in the mix.
20101018 151144 Z Silly Bandz Officially Hot Hot! Chill, Culture, Funny, Kids I knew that the Silly Bandz phenomena was hot with the kids, but now that the school has asked the parents to keep them at home, the phenomena is on fire!
20101020 154726 Z Heribert Watzke: The brain in your gut www.ted.com/ … in_your_gut.html Biology, Evolution, Mind, Nature, Psychology Thought provoking. Our teeth indicate that we evolved to eat cooked food, i.e. we are "coctivars". Human guts are smaller in proportion to body weight than other primates. Our guts have 500 million nerve cell --about as many as in a cat's brain. I like how he classified our different tastes (sweet, bitter, etc) as serving different functions. The interaction between our head brain and gut "brain" is interesting and intuitive. There's also the vast number of flora in our gut. So the Japanese were onto something with their emphasis on the hara!
20101029 194448 Z Procrastination youarenotsos … procrastination/ Chill, Economy, Mind, Psychology, Self Improvement I usually don't procrastinate on posting about procrastination because it allows me to procrastinate on other things.
20101103 200607 Z ACTROID-F in AIST Open Lab 2010 02 www.youtube. … ch?v=cFVlzUAZkHY Live Action, Robotics, TECH, Videos I found that the smaller motions, especially around the eyes and mouth, gained the most points towards passing as human.
20101115 221532 Z Octuple champion en.wikipedia … Octuple_champion Boxing, Fighting, Filipino Martial Arts, MARTIAL, Philippines, Sports Yes! "Manny Pacquiao is the first and only boxer to win world titles in eight different weight divisions." Manny won his match at 154# on 2010-11-13!
20101123 184217 Z Human-v-Squirrel War Rages On Chicago, Fauna, My Stuff, War Cage traps and rat traps have only fed them. They laugh at BBs. Chicago squirrels don't even know what coyote smells like. We're on day 3 of http://rodentstrobe.com/. I hope this works because sleeping with earplugs shouldn't be the answer.
20101123 185447 Z The Vikings ("Personal Jesus" by Depeche Mode) www.youtube. … ch?v=fIvJ2P0giVc Cool, History, Music, Videos Just one of many songs where the lyrics and video have been changed to give a history lesson. Well done! The historyteachers channel rocks!
20101126 163009 Z Chicago Swordplay Guild Thanksgiving Day Parade 2010 www.wgntv.co … -Day-Parade-2010 Chicago, Chicago Swordplay Guild, Culture, Live Action, MARTIAL, Videos The Chicago Swordplay Guild was in the 2010 Thanksgiving Day Parade here in Chicago. And they were smiling too!
20101201 204500 Z Server-side JavaScript the untold story by Ulrike Mueller jsconf.eu/20 … ipt_the_unt.html Cyber Tech, JavaScript, Live Action, Programming, TECH While the Client-Side JavaScript (CSJS) is well known, the Server-Side JavaScript (SSJS) is not. Personally, I like JavaScript and why not use it on the server-side? I like the last line of Urlike's bio too: "Beside server-side JavaScript, she spends a lot of time with high-scale architecture concepts and NoSQL databases." demandware.com.
20101201 220700 Z Life Lessons from Nerdy Gamers http://gatewaytogold.com/?p=174 Chill, MARTIAL, Mind, Play, Psychology, Video Games, Violence Natural, necessary, and fun! Also: "Bring it: Boys may benefit from aggressive play". Play, with temperance, is good.
20101202 012048 Z US Naval Academy Performance by the Kings Firecrackers http://blip.tv/file/1816913 Greg P Conditioning, Inspiring, Live Action, Sports, Videos Awesomeness! I've seen tricks before but not so many and so well coordinated.
20101203 205411 Z AK-47 www.crossfit … ive2/007279.html Gear, Guns, MARTIAL A nice trio of links about the AK-47 assault rifle: "How the AK-47 Rewrote the Rules of Modern Warfare" [http://www.wired.com/magazine/2010/11/ff_ak47/all/1], "AK-47: An Assault Rifle for Everyman" [http://www.wired.com/rawfile/2009/07/ak-47/], and "The Gun" [http://www.esquire.com/features/ak-47-history-1110].
20101206 184946 Z Discover more than 3 million Google eBooks from your choice of booksellers and devices googleblog.b … lion-google.html Cyber Life, Cyber Tech, Google, Reading, TECH No rumors, no maybes, no fanfare. Instead Google eBooks [http://books.google.com/ebooks] is announced and is here. An eBook store where the stuff is readable on lots of devices.
20101207 171047 Z Google Maps for Android Now Faster, Smoother, in 3D and Works Offline gizmodo.com/ … with-the-compass Cyber Life, Cyber Tech, Google, Mobile, TECH Bionic maps!
20101207 195344 Z Strategies for becoming a better programmer blog.develop … Paul+S.+Boodhoo) Inspiring, Programming, Self Improvement, TECH Not just for programmers.
20101207 201015 Z The 8 Habits of Highly Productive People celestinechu … oductive-people/ Productivity, Self Improvement Just don't over do it.
20101216 213121 Z Holiday Hoopla Emotional Bomb Family, Inspiring, Life, Mind, Ramblings, Sad I'm such a sucker. Every year I forget that the holiday show at the grade school is such an emotional bomb. There are babies there and then the show has the full range from pre-schoolers to 8th graders, so it's like watching the lives of your kids flash before your eyes. By the time I get to the 8th grade show, I'm realizing (again) that that's their last grade school show, that they're practically adults. Where have my children gone?! I'm so sad and happy. Jeez. I ended up literally bawling in the car. Things and events don't mean anything unless you buy into the story. People die all over the world, all the time, but you don't know them, you aren't vested in them, so their deaths are meaningless to you. But once you get involved ... Bam!
20110102 235559 Z gh.com just moved to new servers Blogging, My Stuff georgehernandez.com just moved to servers. DNS propagation should be complete.
20110103 004141 Z Universal JavaScript Date.parse for ISO-8601 zetafleet.co … rse-for-iso-8601 JavaScript Sweet. Takes strings like '2011-01-02T13:12:13:123','2011-01-02T13:12:13', '2011-01-02 13:12 +03:00', '2011-01-02 13:12:13', and '2011-01-02'. I like stuff that makes JavaScript more consistent across browsers. See ghLibrary.
20110105 155418 Z Nerd Violence http://www.slate.com/id/2279458/ Nick Funny, MARTIAL, Swords, Violence "Never give a sword to a man who can't dance." -Confucius. Plus the comments remind me of Triumph vs Star Wars Geeks.
20110106 161216 Z JWT: 100 Things to Watch in 2011 www.slidesha … -in-2011-6306251 www.crossfit … ive2/007361.html Cyber Life, Cyber Tech, TECH Me? I'll be watching my kids.
20110111 191505 Z A Simpler Page www.alistapa … /a-simpler-page/ Cyber Life, Cyber Tech, Design, Gadget, Hardware, TECH A tablet in bed, on your knee, and at breakfast. Yes, this stuff should be explored.
20110117 144906 Z Parsing old stuff My Stuff, Ramblings With the new computer, new year, and office move, I've been parsing a lot of old stuff both digital and physical. It's cleansing to throw away so much stuff, some of it over 20 years old. Sure there's stuff I have to keep (like tax filings), but I feel guilty for the stuff I keep that may never really live again. Filing something is like burying it. Be present. Be generous. Nothing gold can stay.
20110120 163803 Z Skynet meets the Swarm: how the Berkeley Overmind won the 2010 StarCraft AI competition arstechnica. … competition.ars/ Oscar Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Life, Cyber Tech, TECH, Video Games They're sharpening AI using StarCraft (not SC2). Finally people are putting their hundreds of hours of game time to good use. Macro, micro, and even new strategies.
20110123 195945 Z The U-bend of life www.economis … tory_id=17722567 www.crossfit … ive2/007386.html Death, Introversion, Life, Self Improvement I think the past year was my "mid-life" crisis complete with getting hit by a taxi. However I think the article and Obi-Wan Kenobi were right: "If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine." As far as personality the article contrasts neuroticism with extroversion. It seems right, but I should point out that introverts don't have to be neurotic.
20110126 223700 Z Are you a real person? Ramblings Are you a real person? Sometimes -- many times -- I am not. It's funny and sad because it is usually arresting, breath taking, and endearing to be real.
20110126 190000 Z I can Ramblings Many of us may not have much money or political influence, but many of us have hope, the Internet, and can ask "What needs to be done? How do I know?".
20110127 020124 Z Just worked out 2011-01-26 Conditioning, CrossFit I had a nice workout today: 3 rounds of 10 deadlifts at 275# and 50 double-unders. Nice cycling between heavy and light. The funny thing is that I had forgotten my jump rope, so I was going to do it with a piece of ethernet cable, but luckily there was an extra jump rope at the gym.
20110127 164705 Z Tinkering lives! Family, Kids, My Stuff, Ramblings, Self Improvement Tickled that my son is taking apart my old laptop to see how it works. 1. Curiosity is awesome. 2. He asked first and didn't do it to my new laptop.
20110207 162015 Z Captain America and Thor Keith Chill, Comics, Cool, Inspiring, Movies, TV, Videos Man the sneak peek videos look awesome! 'Captain America' Super Bowl spot. Watch the Thor Super Bowl Spot.
20110314 135926 Z Tau Day http://tauday.com/ Chill, Cool, Funny, Math I'm eating pizza on Pi Day (3/14 1:59:26 to be a bit more exact). But what do you eat on Tau Day?
20110326 140651 Z Quantum physics explanation for smell gains traction www.bbc.co.u … ronment-12827893 Animation, Biology, Chemistry, Chill, Cool, Futurama, Physics, Science, TECH, TV Futurama wasn't too far off with the Smelloscope by The Professor.
20110326 141913 Z Fertility Goddess Asherah: Was 'God's Wife' Edited Out of the Bible? Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/03/22/fertility-goddess-asherah-was-gods-wife-edited-out-of-the-bible/#ixzz1HiPJ2ZNm newsfeed.tim … A+Top+Stories%29 Faith, History, Literature Yahweh and Asherah sitting in a tree ...
20110326 231056 Z York's first day at the shooting range Family, Guns, Kids, MARTIAL I was just at the gun range with my son for 4 hours. What a blast! Although he's done a BB gun before and plays Call of Duty, it was his first time with a firearm. The folks at the local gun range (midwestguns.com) were extremely courteous as usual. The highlight was when we got good vibes and words from a silver-haired marine. We finished up on a "guaranteed" high note by switching to a long gun and its greater accuracy and tight groupings .
20110429 204705 Z JSONx publib.bould … onandjsonx05.htm www.reddit.c … ng_jsonx_an_ibm/ Funny, Programming, Quirky, Sad, Standards, TECH "JSONx is an IBM® standard format to represent JSON as XML". Madness!
20110511 153923 Z Android Makes the Jump to Home Appliances www.dailytec … article21600.htm Gadget, Google, TECH I like the idea. Just the other day I was looking at Google TV and the idea of using my Android phone as the remote control would solve the problem of the missing remote control!
20110511 175100 Z Sitting Is Killing You [Infographic] www.medicalb … g/sitting-kills/ Health, Self Improvement We've seen articles on this story, but it's nice to get it in comic/infographic format.
20110518 145212 Z Bicycle tour of France www.dailykos … -southern-France Beauty, Europe, Inspiring, Photos Pretty!
20110518 183129 Z JavaScript emulator lets Linux run in a browser tab www.geek.com … er-tab-20110517/ Browser, Computers, Cool, JavaScript, Operating System, Programming, TECH Emulate an OS in a browser tab using JavaScript? Good geeky coolness.
20110518 184445 Z Why I'd Rather Shoot Myself in the Head than Ever Own a Home Again www.freakono … wn-a-home-again/ Economy, Home Yes, boneheads like me own homes.
20110527 143032 Z Filipino Martial Arts: From Kali and Escrima to Boxing www.ustream. … ecorded/10460574 Beauty, Filipino Martial Arts, MARTIAL, Philippines, Videos Inosanto has always moved with great beauty, efficiency, and effectiveness.
20110528 014401 Z Understanding the Fourier transform by Stuart Riffle altdevblogad … urier-transform/ www.reddit.c … ansform_a_clear/ Beauty, Color, Math, TECH It's magic! As Khan knows, visuals and colors helps the medicine go down.
20110528 020321 Z How to make butter in a canning jar 2littlehooli … canning-jar.html Chill, Conditioning, Cool, Food, Play This will be one of my workouts this weekend.
20110529 151807 Z twitter: follow v list Cyber Life, TECH In twitter we should follow less and list more, but listing doesn't have the social weight that following does.
20110529 193909 Z Testing posting to Facebook and Twitter from my app Cyber Life, Inspiring, My Stuff, Quotations "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." -Helen Keller
20110529 202935 Z Testing posting to Facebook and Twitter from my app 2 Cyber Life, My Stuff, Quotations "I seem to be a verb." - Buckminister Fuller
20110602 163624 Z Chicago's casino bet www.chicagot … ,0,7560633.story Chicago, Economy, Politics Chicago would not merely regulate and tax casinos, but OWN them. We'd be the 1st major US city to do so. If gambling is taxation on those who get thrills from risk, then perhaps this is an opportunity for us to moderate that risk? Would that be construed as a restriction on freedom?
20110605 201140 Z Fave Recent Workout Conditioning, CrossFit, My Stuff Fave recent workout: 150 Pullups and 150 Burpees done as opposing ladders: 50 PU, 10 B, 40 PU, 20 B, 30 PU, 30 B, 20 PU, 40 B, 10 PU, 50 B.
20110605 202220 Z Apple Pie Tips Food, Radio Apple pie via NPR: Crust: Add vinegar to min gluten and max crispiness; Use butter AND shortening. Try Honeycrisp instead of Granny Smith.
20110611 232421 Z Alone on the Wall: Alex Honnold video.nation … dge-honnold.html www.reddit.c … r_and_a_bj_asap/ Inspiring, Links, Live Action, Play, Videos I'd like to shake his hand but he'd probably crush mine!
20110615 150602 Z Wis. Senate votes to legalize concealed carry www.chicagot … ,0,2695253.story Guns, MARTIAL, Politics, USA So WI will be the 49th state with CC and the pressure can focus on the 50th!
20110620 181206 Z Build Your Own 3D Printer Workshop: June 18 pumpingstati … a-build-june-18/ Gadget, Hardware, Make, Open Source, Software, TECH I was at Sacha's place this weekend and got to checkout his RepRap 3D printer in person. Amazing what you can make with a few bills what once used to cost thousands!
20110628 132752 Z What Tau Sounds Like www.youtube. … ch?v=3174T-3-59Q http://tauday.com/ Audio, Live Action, Math, Music, TECH, Videos Happy Tau Day!
20110628 184319 Z York reading The Hobbit Family, Kids, Literature, My Stuff, Reading, Science Fiction, Tolkien Greatly delighted to pick out some of my son's summer reading. Today I started him on The Hobbit. Next include Mark Twain's Adam and Eve's diaries, and Man Kzin Wars by Larry Niven. Oodles of good stuff for a 10 year old boy!
19691231 170000 Z Female Armor Sucks www.collegeh … male-armor-sucks David Armor, Crude, Funny, Live Action, MARTIAL, Saucy, Videos Go for the shiny parts!
20110709 154758 Z Each breath is stolen. My Stuff, Writing Each breath is stolen.
20110713 145933 Z Workout: Front Squat, Burpee Pull-ups, Heavy Bag Boxing, Conditioning, CrossFit, Family, Kids, MARTIAL, Training Fave recent workouts: 3 rounds of (135# Front Squats x 12, Burpee Pull-ups x 12). I like walking funny afterwards! I also liked the heavy bag workouts with my wife and daughter. Nice to see them hit with decent body weight behind their combos while keeping covered.
20110713 162038 Z html href tel Cyber Life, Cyber Tech, Google, HTML, Standards, TECH I've noticed that more places are making links like this: <a href="tel:1-888-357-1516">1-888-357-1516</a> (1-888-357-1516). With Gmail on a browser, that brings up the Google web phone. On a mobile phone, clicking on such a link uses the phone. I have no use for it now but it's interesting.
20110713 181559 Z M1911 Animated Assembly Video Remix www.youtube. … ch?v=UoohXVsQ1NU Teague Animation, Cool, Engineering, Gear, Guns, Hardware, MARTIAL, Videos This is how Magneto puts his M1911 together. He has a harder time with a Glock.
20110718 221421 Z Picasa storage increased Cyber Life, Free Libre, Google, Images, Videos So Picasa now has "Photos up to 2048 x 2048 pixels and videos up to 15 minutes won't count towards your free storage." if you use Google Plus. That's practically free unlimited storage space!
20110726 133055 Z 2D Photography Rube Goldberg http://youtu.be/qKpxd8hzOcQ Chill, Cool, Cyber Life, Funny, Gear, Live Action, Photography, Photos, TECH, Videos Photographers have too much time and creativity!
20110808 173249 Z DC Comics The New 52 dcu.blog.dcc … .com/the-new-52/ Comics, Images, News Much better to do restart/renumbering/relaunch than a retcon.
20110808 173420 Z Cosmos Will Get a Sequel Hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson www.wired.co … -degrasse-tyson/ Space, TECH, TV, Videos Whoot! I loved Cosmos!
20110809 141941 Z Flag of the Isle of Man en.wikipedia … _the_Isle_of_Man Funny, Money, Sad I've admired the triskelion on the flag of the Isle of Man well before the US got downgraded to AA+.
20110809 150523 Z QWOP www.foddy.ne … t/Athletics.html Chill, Flash, Kids, Play, Video Games I introduced my kids to QWOP the other day. It's frustrating/fun but it also makes you appreciate AI and learning to walk.
20110815 164956 Z Can we believe our eyes? blogs.techne … ve-our-eyes.aspx Funny, Security, TECH Haha! A little knowledge is dangerous, and your eyes can deceive you!
20110817 144128 Z Same post in FB and G+, but more responses in FB Cyber Life, FaceBook, Google, TECH Same post in FB and G+, but more responses in FB, eh. Google needs to open up G+. Sure Google made mistakes, but I liked it when Google was bold and came out with beta products.
20110817 145140 Z Google, Money, TECH Still in shock about Google buying Motorola for 12.5 GUSD. In contrast YouTube only cost them 1.65 GUSD.
20110824 154748 Z Recent Workout: Jumping Conditioning, Health, Kids, Play Fave recent workout: Jumping ladders. Start small and increase the distance after you get comfortable at the current distance. See how far you can jump down, jump up, and jump forward. Next thing you know you're jumping onto tables, jumping down from porches, and jumping across mini-ravines! Kids love it too!
20110824 171811 Z Ways to De stress at the End of your Workday www.fithacks … of-your-workday/ Health, Mind, Psychology, Self Improvement The article had me at the picture:
"STRESSED" is "DESSERTS" spelled backwards.
20110829 144659 Z Indiana Dunes, West Beach Conditioning, Family, Kids, Play Fave recent workout: Indiana Dunes, West Beach. Did the .9 mile Succession Trail twice. Ran up and down multi-story dunes. Handstands on the beach. Dug holes and built sandcastles. Laid down and watched the clouds.
20110913 181152 Z Microsoft Windows 8 Complete Guide www.slashgea … -guide-13179119/ Microsoft, Operating System, TECH Windows 8 is looking pretty good. I like the idea of having the same OS that scales depending on the device: phone, tablet, desktop, server.
20110913 182750 Z Google secret plan to improve web apps draws heat www.cbsnews. … in20105416.shtml Browser, Google, JavaScript, Open Source, Standards, TECH Dart, Google's new language (previously Dash), may be a threat to JavaScript and Google may be "open-washing"? Don't be evil!
20110916 172441 Z Textbooks of tomorrow [infographic] holykaw.allt … rrow-infographic Books, Cyber Life, Cyber Tech, Education, Gadget, Hardware, Kids, Text Yes to digital textbooks! 53% cheaper, saves trees, easier to transport, etc., etc.
20110929 011521 Z Holy Shit shakespeares … 9/holy-shit.html Cool, Images, Photos, Sustainability I almost wish that I too could light my tap water on fire.
20110929 015124 Z Intel demonstrates low-energy processor that could be powered by a potato www.digitalt … red-by-a-potato/ Computers, Cool, Hardware, TECH Beware my potato 'puter!
20111014 195525 Z RIP Dennis Ritchie (1941-09-09/2011-10-08) Computers, Death, Inspiring, Obituaries, Operating System, Programming, Sad, TECH Alas, I never got "The C Programming Language" signed by Dennis Ritchie (1941-09-09/2011-10-08). Thank you for C and Unix and their descendants. May the legends grow and the code remain concise.
20111018 150014 Z The Search for a More Perfect Kilogram www.wired.co … /09/ff_kilogram/ www.crossfit … ive2/007939.html Beauty, Cool, Math, Physics, Science, Standards, TECH A fun read. I wanna be a metrologist when I grow up!
20111018 165540 Z Time will Tell: Occupy Wall Street in Historical Context www.thefaste … torical-context/ Economy, History, Politics, USA, World "If we look at the 99-percenter movement in context, its goals become pretty clear. After all, they’re the same as every similar movement since the Middle Ages."
20111019 173512 Z OHS and Double Unders www.crossfit … ive2/007943.html Conditioning, CrossFit, Health, Space Lots of good workouts lately but today was nice: 3 rounds of 135# overhead squats and 50 double-unders. Why? Because my technique improved with each round, so the rounds got faster and easier, instead of slower and harder! Too bad it was cloudy because lately I've been enjoying seeing Orion's belt.
20111021 153302 Z Microwave arcing fixed Funny, Gadget, Hardware, Home, TECH My microwave started arcing when used --even when it was empty. I observed that the arcing was coming from the panel covering the waveguide. I took out the panel out and noticed fraying and arc burns on the panel. I applied a bit of duct tape and, voila!, microwave fixed! In theory I should order another panel.
20111028 141026 Z Workout: Wall Climbs, Up Downs, etc www.crossfit … ive2/007960.html Conditioning, CrossFit, Health Fave recent workout was different. Of the 4 exercises, I had only officially done the Wall Climb. Beware of, ahem, injuring yourself on the Up Downs.
20111031 124939 Z Demonbells http://demonbells.com/ Mike K Chill, Conditioning, Cool, Gear, Health, Training Who like kettlebells and Halloween?
20111102 235726 Z Paul Zak: Trust, morality -- and oxytocin www.ted.com/ … nd_oxytocin.html Biology, Chemistry, Ethics, Mind, Psychology, Relations, Science, TECH, Videos I love the intersection of science and ethics. I found his experiments convincing support for his claim that oxytocin is the specific chemical for trust, morality, and empathy. Prescription: 8 hugs a day!
20111104 215225 Z Google +1 play Cyber Life, Google, TECH Don't mind me, but I'm playing with sticking the Google +1 button site wide. I also stuck in some schema.org microdata.
20111115 171905 Z Job Title:Astronaut Candidate www.usajobs. … etails/302967000 Inspiring, Space, TECH, Work What an awesome job posting!
20111117 023112 Z I am Neil deGrasse Tyson -- AMA www.reddit.c … rasse_tyson_ama/ Inspiring, Science I don't usually go for these Ask Me Anything (AMA) threads but it's Neil!
20111122 174708 Z Money by xkcd http://xkcd.com/980/Money Chart, Comics, Cool, Economy, Images, Money, USA, World Another one of his big charts.
20111129 160548 Z "Santora" www.crossfit … ive2/008017.html Conditioning, CrossFit, Health, Mind Fave recent workout that I did: "Santora", one of the CrossFit hero workouts. Just 15 minutes: 3 rounds of where you do 1 minute of each of these: 155# Squat Cleans, 20' Shuttle Sprints, 245# Deadlifts, Burpees, 155# Jerks, Rest. FYI: I log my personal workouts elsewhere but I post some publicly because I think it might rev some people up to exercise. RLTW.
20111130 155115 Z The Hunger Games - Official Theatrical Trailer [1080p HD] www.youtube. … ch?v=lIVKX4Wu77U Books, Cool, Movies, Survivalism, Text, Training, Videos I just read the whole Hunger Games trilogy during Thanksgiving weekend, and I am pumped for the movie coming out March 23! Katniss is played by Jennifer Lawrence who also played Mystique in X-Men: First Class. Woody Harrelson plays Haymitch!
20111210 115606 Z More evidence found for quantum physics in photosynthesis arstechnica. … otosynthesis.ars Flora, Nature, Physics, TECH Coherence via quantum entaglement (simultaneous syncing over arbitrary distances) seems like such a powerful thing that it would indeed be used by nature all over the place.
20111213 165130 Z Everybody's So Different, I Haven't Changed www.stoneket … nt-i-havent.html Politics, USA Nice. I've been wary of labels because the words remain but the meaning behind them depends on the context and time.
20111213 165226 Z How To Explain Gay Rights To An Idiot www.buzzfeed … alizing-beastali Ethics, Faith, Politics, Sex, USA Consent, civil rights, and tolerance.
20111230 154517 Z 100 double-unders in 3 minutes Conditioning, CrossFit, Health This morning I finally got to 100 double-unders in 3 minutes of jump rope! To get past that I'll probably have to learn to do doubles in sequence instead of just alternating singles and doubles.
20120102 173959 Z Awkward Family Photos pinterest.co … d-family-photos/ Funny, Images, Photos, Quirky, Saucy Proof that WTF exists outside of Japan.
20120104 155353 Z "Cindy" 2012-01 Conditioning, CrossFit, Health, Nature, Space Alas, it was too cloudy this morning to see the Quadrantid meteor shower. But I got my workout in. Good ole "Cindy" (AMRAP in 20 min of 5 Pull Ups, 10 Push Ups, 15 Squats). Best part: Afterwards, exhausted, flat on my back, watching the steam "smoke" from my face, then listening to the birds and the crunch of snow.
20120109 182102 Z Climate Change Is Undeniable and Must Be Addressed Now, Says Former U.S. Senator Ted Kaufman thinkprogres … ufman/?mobile=nc Sustainability, TECH, USA, World Sadly no amount of evidence will convince the climate change deniers.
20120109 185816 Z Convert an Orange Into a Candle with a Little Kitchen Oil lifehacker.c … ttle-kitchen-oil Make, Play I guess I'll abuse an orange tonight.
20120207 192222 Z Go Asia, China, Games, Go, Japan I recently watched all 75 episodes of the anime "Hikaru no Go" and it has revived my interest in Go!
20120301 155806 Z Introducing "enclothed cognition" - how what we wear affects how we think bps-research … gnition-how.html Chill, Funny, Psychology, Science, TECH Aha! Yet another excuse to work while wearing a white lab coat!
20120316 172100 Z Britannica Goes All-Out Digital www.britanni … al-encyclopedia/ Cyber Life, Funny, Sad, TECH Sad: Encyclopædia Britannica stops printing after 244 years. Funny: I found out through Wikipedia.
20120321 164427 Z Space Elevator, Going Up news.discove … ator-120225.html Cool, Engineering, Nanotechnology, Space, TECH Whoot! It may be possible to have a space LIFT within my lifetime! 2050 isn't so far away.
20120602 152945 Z Exclusive Tomb Raider Trailer: Crossroads - E3 2012 http://youtu.be/N3HfmcDRbn8 Chill, Cool, Fighting, Inspiring, Self Defense, Survivalism, Video Games, Videos, Violence Awesome! A young, inexperienced Lara Croft learning things Hunger Games style! "I hate tombs!"
20120603 140603 Z Last Weekend, Half of Germany Was Running on Solar Power www.treehugg … wered-solar.html Cool, Economy, Germany, Money, Solar, Sustainability, TECH, USA It sure would be sweet if America had a Sputnik moment and realized American't fall behind on solar.
20120626 172640 Z How twisted light transmits data faster than ever dvice.com/ar … -twisted-lig.php Computers, Hardware, Physics, Science, TECH Why limit yourself to AM or FM, when you can also combine spirals of light. It's like a dream.
20120629 183437 Z 2012 platform for the Republican Party of Texas s3.amazonaws … atform_Final.pdf Politics, USA It's the 2012 platform for the Republican Party of Texas. Some of it is OK, but there's way too much WTF in it.
20120918 141841 Z The Warp Drive Could Become Science Fact news.discove … 0yss-120917.html Cool, Hardware, Physics, Science, Science Fiction, Space, Star Trek, Star Wars, TECH Apparently donuts are key to making a viable Alcubierre warp drive!
20121030 145734 Z Sandy Frankenstorm Family, Nature, USA A toast to all the Sandy Frankenstorm first responders and utility workers! Last night I took the family out to Lake Michigan to see the 6 m (20 foot) waves.
20121126 193122 Z How NASA might build its very first warp drive io9.com/5963 … first-warp-drive Cool, Engineering, Inspiring, Math, My Stuff, Physics, Science, Space, TECH I love this story for several reasons but my primary personal reason is that I built my own Michelson-Morley interferometer in high school!
20130110 023914 Z $17,000 Linux-powered rifle brings "auto-aim" to the real world arstechnica. … -the-real-world/ Arms, Gear, Guns, Open Source, Operating System Since so many are posting about gun control: This PGF system has lots of gun control and is essentially a sniper system.
20130113 174615 Z Live Action Toy Story http://youtu.be/5G0j_Huv2Fg /plus.google … osts/3roVE187tFJ Animation, Cool, Home Videos, Kids, Live Action, Movies, Videos Using real toys and real people. I've already seen this move a bajillion times with my kids, but I might rewatch it this way.
20130114 030459 Z Public Praises Science; Scientists Fault Public, Media www.people-p … lt-public-media/ Atheism, Faith, Politics, Science This survey of 2,500 scientists covers a large number of topics. Some of the findings were expected (87% believe in evolution, 84% believe in human induced climate change), but other finds were a bit more surprising (72% men, 81% white, 6% Republican, 33% believe in God).
20130124 173506 Z StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Opening Cinematic http://youtu.be/MVbeoSPqRs4 Beauty, Chill, Cool, Video Games That lone Viking almost had him!
20130124 173607 Z Machine v Garden Artificial Intelligence, Life, Nature, Ramblings, TECH Life is tech, but not all tech has life. Usually tech is a machine where the vitality us without. Sometimes tech is garden with the ki within. Some people focus on the code as machine. Some focus on the code as machine supporting the life about it. Some are trying to awaken the ghost in the machine --AI. Some focus on the life all about and use machines only as needed.
20130213 150631 Z Sea slug's 'disposable penis' surprises www.bbc.co.u … ronment-21431678 Fauna, Funny, Nature, Sex A disposable penis? Just in time for Valentine's Day!
20130305 023738 Z Sword Play: A Photo Series www.markfeen … com/swordplay/#/ Beauty, Cool, Gear, MARTIAL, Photos, Pole Arms, Sticks, Swords, Western Martial Arts The words, pictures, and format of this series are so well done that the series should intriguing for a broader audience, but for those in the Western sword community, this series is an endearing treat.
20130311 015940 Z Father dies sheltering daughter from blizzard www.abc.net. … blizzard/4552156 Family, Inspiring, Kids, Sad On Girls Day too. That's why I dress with an extra layer on cold days or carry a pocket knife: Because someone else might need it.
20130401 020438 Z From Up on Poppy Hill en.wikipedia … Up_on_Poppy_Hill Animation, Anime, Art, Beauty, Family, Inspiring, Kids, Movies, Sad Our family saw the latest movie from Studio Ghibli: "From Up on Poppy Hill". It was amazing. No magic, no fantasy, no sci fi. It's set in 1964 Japan and smacks of sincerity.
20130408 174534 Z Report: Google Fiber Coming to Austin as Cities Race to Boost Web Speeds Read more: http://business.time.com/2013/04/08/google-fiber-reportedly-coming-to-austin-tx-as-cities-race-to-boost-web-speeds/#ixzz2PtYLQIZQ business.tim … oost-web-speeds/ Cyber Life, Google, News, TECH More evidence that points toward Google Fiber as more than just an experiment. Cable ISPs need real competition!
20130408 175602 Z Mozilla takes a fresh look at Google's WebP image format news.cnet.co … bp-image-format/ Animation, Firefox, Google, Images, Standards, TECH .webp has lossy, lossless, EXIF, color profiles, alpha channel, and animation! This could beat out JPG, PNG, and GIF!
20130409 210612 Z Why the mantis shrimp is my new favorite animal theoatmeal.c … cs/mantis_shrimp Armor, Chill, Comics, Cool, Fauna, Funny, Gear, Images, Nature Murder sticks!
20130415 182125 Z Why Your iPhone Addiction Is Snuffing Your Creativity www.fastcomp … -your-creativity Cyber Life, Mind, Psychology, Self Improvement I was thinking along these lines just this morning. External business can interfere with internal and meaningful creativity. Wu Wei.
20130501 140018 Z Stunning new view of Saturn storm shows eye about the size of India www.world-sc … 30429_Saturn.htm Beauty, Cool, Images, Inspiring, Space, TECH, Videos Strange hurricane on Saturn's north pole. The eye is the size of Inida. There is no ocean below to drive it. 530 km/h (330 mph) winds. Nice pictures by NASA's Cassini.
20130607 161435 Z Pride and Prejudice Books, Literature, My Stuff, Ramblings, Reading, Text Just finished reading "Pride and Prejudice" (1813) by Jane Austen. Loved it! Fun to read something without the extras of tech, fantasy, sex, and action. Now I have butterflies about deciding what to read next!
20130626 175036 Z DOMA and Exodus International Defeated! Chicago, News, Politics, Sex, USA Progress on the equality front! Exodus International shut itself down and apologized! The Defense of Marriage Act declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court! All just in time for the Chicago Gay Pride Parade this weekend!
20130630 140136 Z Tiny Channels Take Salt From Seawater news.discove … water-130628.htm Chemistry, Cool, Engineering, Hardware, News, Sustainability, TECH Solid state desalination: I love simple but brilliant ideas.
20130630 150152 Z What's The Dumbest Thing You Could Say To A Congresswoman Who Lost Her Legs In Battle? Um, THIS. www.upworthy … -found-it?c=ufb1 Cool, Military, Politics, USA, Videos Break out the popcorn. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) lays it on.
20130704 035209 Z Sorry, Not Sorry: The Advantages of Never Apologizing theairspace. … RWh3jhDRE.reddit Psychology, Relations, Science Yes, I bought cookies (again). No, I'm not apologizing.
20130705 185715 Z Linux - Laptop That Runs Entirely By The Power Of The Sun Developed For Education www.linuxnew … ed-for-education Computers, Cool, Hardware, Solar, TECH Then you can say "I use Linux with windows". Only $400!
20130722 235105 Z Official Trailer from Comic-Con | COSMOS www.youtube. … ch?v=gMJxjYRXYkU Beauty, Cool, Inspiring, Physics, Science, Space, TECH, Videos "Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey" coming 2014 Q2! Neil deGrasse Tyson, Seth MacFarlane, and Carl Sagan's widow Ann Druyan.
20130731 201647 Z Your app makes me fat seriouspony. … app-makes-me-fat Cyber Life, Food, Mind, Programming, Psychology, TECH TLDNR: We have limited cognitive power. Use it up and you will suck. So make things as simple as possible.
20130827 142621 Z 'Just making a living': Cockfighting a way of life in Philippines www.nbcnews. … pines-6C10945776 Chicago, Fauna, Fighting, Philippines, Violence NBC News did an article on cockfighting in the Philippines. It's cruel and beautiful, and it's been done for over 500 years. You can also find cockfighting in Chicago, but officially I know nothing about it.
20130919 144444 Z Putting Time In Perspective www.waitbutw … perspective.html Biology, Chart, Cool, Evolution, History, Images, Space I love timeline perspectives!
20130929 152518 Z Work It - Ylvis [FULL HD] [OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO] http://youtu.be/R_AF1qBd2BY Biology, Chill, Cyber Life, Funny, Gadget, Live Action, NSFW, Saucy, Science, Videos Music vid that has stem, sex, & lol!
20131008 160446 Z How Far Is It To The 'Boondocks'? Try The Philippines www.npr.org/ … the-phillippines Cool, History, Military, Philippines, War Well whaddaya know? I'm from the Boondocks!
20110827 152500 Z Introversion, Ramblings, Relations I like people but not enough to hang around them.
20110901 000000 Z Introversion Best to avoid introversion. Avoid labelling as such except for clear cases.
20110901 000000 Z Introversion origins of introversion. lack of empathy, interest, avoidance of solving social problems. not a matter of intelligence.
20131102 153546 Z Introversion Introverts don't want to be popular, but they don't want to be unpopular.
20131123 172644 Z My Stuff, Play, Ramblings, Thoughts Most games have trivial accomplishments, but some "games" have real ones.
20131126 182334 Z Raspberry Pi FAQ http://www.raspberrypi.org/faqs Cool, Gadget, Hardware, Inspiring, Kids, Programming, Software, TECH If you have a hands-on techie kid/adult, then Raspberry Pi makes for a seriously excellent gift for just $35.
20131129 151324 Z Solar Energy Was America's Sole New Power Source in October www.theatlan … -october/281867/ Economy, Solar, Sustainability, TECH, USA In October, all the new American power plants that came online were solar. This trend will continue!
20140110 204516 Z Display Resolution /docs.google … RZlE&usp=sharing Computers, Gadget, Hardware, Images, My Stuff, TECH, Videos I've decided to publicly share my my "Display Resolution" spreadsheet in honor of all the high resolution displays I've been seeing lately.
20140113 172932 Z CA slowdown in big solar projects www.latimes. … ry#axzz2qIdoxGmV Money, Solar, USA It seems like there's a slowdown in big solar projects in CA because of a reduction in incentives and the complexity. This will likely lead to an increase in small to medium (distributed, home, etc) projects.
20140122 151339 Z Gorgeous comic about depression http://imgur.com/gallery/0VnF3 Animation, Comics, Images, Introversion, Relations Some people blur the line between introversion and depression.
20140122 205627 Z Power Electronics Smooth Solar Transition www.technolo … olar-transition/ Hardware, Solar Remember that nice problem that Hawaii has with their distributed solar panels feeding too much juice back to the grid? Smart inverters to the rescue! (Could have saved Germany some money!)
20140125 225323 Z Susan Cain: The power of introverts www.ted.com/ … _introverts.html Inspiring, Introversion, Live Action, Relations, Videos Susan Cain took 7 years to write "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking"(2012). In this video she talks for 19 minutes about introversion. From personal to real world examples. From the constant group work pressure, to encouraging us to go out into the wilderness, to being ourselves and sharing.
20140131 153610 Z Apple patents solar-powered MacBook www.computer … _powered_MacBook Apple, Computers, Cool, Gadget, Hardware, Solar, TECH Once someone makes a solar laptop, then everyone will! Yay!
20140205 013637 Z Quiet www.happyjar … com/comic/quiet/ Chill, Comics, Images, Introversion Yes, introverts like quiet. I often find my own company too noisy.
20140205 015353 Z The end of the tank? The Army says it doesn’t need it, but industry wants to keep building it. www.washingt … 61ee6_story.html www.reddit.c … _tanks_congress/ MARTIAL, Military, News, Play, USA Farewell tanks! In a toy soldier set, you and the bazooka guy were my favorites.
20140207 151526 Z Catching a lift to space asia.nikkei. … -a-lift-to-space Engineering, Hardware, Nanotechnology, Space, TECH This time around they reached 1.2 Km. Next year's goal: 2 Km. Goal for 2020: 15 Km. 50-100 Km is "space". We need more nanotube work!
20140210 160545 Z Perils of Lady Gaming observationd … 365/@laurendavis Comics, Funny, Images, Inspiring, Play, Relations, Sad, Sex Glorious and sad. The freedom to play. A good part of appreciating where we are and where we can go, depends on knowing where we've been.
20140210 184838 Z Why we should give free money to everyone /decorrespon … 0798745-cb9fbb39 Economy, Inspiring, Money, World The concept (and experimental results) of "Basic income" [W] is mind blowing.
20140213 152655 Z Mathematics: Why the brain sees maths as beauty www.bbc.co.u … ronment-26151062 Art, Beauty, Cool, Math, Mind, TECH Apparently math/abstract beauty excites the same parts of the brain as sensory beauty.
20140221 151653 Z Space Elevators Are 'Possible' Says New Study www.huffingt … e_n_4821785.html Nanotechnology, Solar, Space, Space Elevator, TECH A rare mention of space elevators in main stream media. The necessary tech (esp CNT & solar) is developing nicely so space elevators are likely to become a reality. FYI: http://www.space.com/24739-space-elevator-tether-technology.html, has a bit more meat but it's not as mainstream.
20140306 173516 Z The truth about idling a vehicle /www.upworth … it-aint-2?c=ufb2 Sustainability If you need to idle for more than 10 s, then it is more fuel efficient to turn the car off, then on again.
20140317 195957 Z Jimmy John's is awesome! Cool, Food, My Stuff, Restaurants I'm a regular at Jimmy John's. Today I forgot my wallet and the dude said we gotcha. Sweet! Now I'm not just a regular, but a loyal regular. Made my day!
20140317 202828 Z Big Bang's "Smoking Gun" Confirms Early Universe's Exponential Growth news.nationa … n-science-space/ Cool, Inspiring, Space, TECH Gravitational waves have been discovered! They spent 3 years checking the results before announcing it today. I'm sure Neil deGrasse Tyson knew before today especially since Harvard was involved. Go Cosmos!
20140330 160738 Z Light Speed: From Minecraft to Reality /www.youtube … ch?v=SLffdgotHEA www.reddit.c … _with_minecraft/ Chill, Cool, Funny, Inspiring, Physics, Play, Science, Space, TECH, Video Games A Minecraft world is 60 Mm across, the Earth's circumference is 40 Mm, the speed of light/gravity/etc is 300 Mm/s.
20140404 145602 Z Energy breakthrough uses sun to create solar energy materials www.scienced … 140403132353.htm Cool, Engineering, Solar, Sustainability, TECH Solar tech to make materials instead of energy!
20140522 211600 Z gMath Help mathtechtips … /gmath-help.html Cool, Google, Math, TECH, Writing I just noticed this awesome Add-on for Google Drive Documents, called g(Math). It allows you to add equations and graphs with LaTeX syntax!
20140528 220338 Z A First Drive http://youtu.be/CqSDWoAhvLU Chill, Cool, Gadget, Google, TECH I would settle for cruise control and automatic lane alignment, but it seems like Google self-driving car is pretty decent.
20140627 163000 Z Revision Control georgehernan … isionControl.asp My Stuff, Programming, TECH I redid my page on Revision Control [http://georgehernandez.com/h/xComputers/zMisc/RevisionControl.asp]. It was originally mostly about Mercurial, but is now about both Git and Mercurial.
20140812 145734 Z RIP Robin Williams Celebrity, News, Obituaries, Psychology, Show Biz RIP Robin Williams (Chicago 1951-07-21/2014-08-11). For your wonderful work --making us laugh and cry-- I thank you. For your advocacy for those with depression, nihilism, or pain --even with your death-- I thank you.
20141003 153202 Z New 'Diamond nanothreads' may make space elevator a reality www.cnet.com … vator-a-reality/ Chemistry, Nanotechnology, Space Elevator, TECH The new diamond nanothreads may be stronger than carbon nanotubes. Possibly another step closer to space elevators.
20141010 152038 Z Batteries Included: A Solar Cell that Stores its Own Power news.osu.edu … s-its-own-power/ Solar, Sustainability, TECH The combination solar cell and battery by Yiying Wu at Ohio State University is one of the more exciting developments in solar tech.
20141010 152809 Z The Quest to Build an Elevator to Space gizmodo.com/ … space-1638192427 Space Elevator, TECH Whoot! Companies that are trying to build space elevators, like Obayashi and LiftPort, have been getting more coverage lately.
20141021 182145 Z Hendo Hoverboards - World's first REAL hoverboard /www.kicksta … -real-hoverboard Cool, Gadget, Physics, TECH Hendo Hoverboards should be all over the place in a few years. Go, go Lenz's Law!
20141027 151434 Z Isaac Asimov Asks, "How Do People Get New Ideas?" www.technolo … e-get-new-ideas/ Cool, Inspiring, Mind, Psychology, Reading, Text "On Creativity" (1959) by Isaac Asimov, just published. A small group of creative, relaxed, jovial folks having a cerebration session sounds like a lot of fun!
20141205 161237 Z Why More Solar Panels Should Be Facing West, Not South www.nytimes. … 0&abt=0002&abg=0 Solar, TECH Why west instead of south? Because the Grid needs more assistance later in the day. If you're not doing it for the Grid, then that's another story.
20141205 162051 Z Successful Launch of Orion Heralds First Step on Journey to Mars www.nasa.gov … rs/#.VIHabDHF_wt Cool, Space, TECH Orion, the NASA program to Mars, is off to a great start with today's successful launch. Men are scheduled to land on Mars in the 2030s!
20141212 170533 Z Building a space elevator starts with a lunar elevator by 2020 www.gizmag.c … -liftport/35119/ Cool, Space Elevator, TECH A Moon-to-orbit space elevator seems feasible by 2020 and would be a great leap to developing an Earth-to-orbit space elevator.
20150114 184401 Z 'Strange taste' in water caused by human remains in supply tank www.statesma … supply-to/njngx/ Death, Funny, News, Quirky, Sad Pay attention when your water tastes a bit putrified. These poor folks have been drinking it for a year! Thank goodness she had implants.
20150127 220831 Z Pluralsight and Code School: Your learning potential amplified ww2.pluralsi … t.com/codeschool Computers, Cool, Education, Free Gratis, Programming, TECH

Pluralsight just acquired Code School. In celebration, both sites are making their courses free until 2015-01-30 Fri noon.

I might do more studying for the next few days.

20150206 193836 Z AHRQ Announces Interest in Research on Health IT Safety - See more at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-HS-15-005.html#sthash.CLBgSTKB.dpuf grants.nih.g … T-HS-15-005.html Healthcare, Standards, TECH The AHRQ just published special emphasis notice (SEN): NOT-HS-15-005 [ http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-HS-15-005.html]. That is, there is several hundred thousand dollars of grant money for anyone who has a qualifying Health IT Safety project.
20150208 144514 Z Researchers developing more efficient solar panel using photosynthesis as model www.cctv-ame … nthesis-as-model Biotechnology, Cool, News, Solar, TECH Past attempts at artificial photosynthesis focused on inorganic techniques to split water to make hydrogen fuel. Lakshmi's attempt takes an organic approach to make electricity directly. Very promising!
20150208 161737 Z Breakthrough DNA Editor Borne of Bacteria /www.quantam … editor-bacteria/ Biology, Biotechnology, Cool, Nature, News, Programming, TECH The CRISPR-cas system is nature's DNA editing tool (Find, cut, copy, insert, replace, etc.). Scientists are just beginning to explore and use this tool!
20150225 153825 Z Different first page header? /productforu … 8pYMU/discussion Google, Software, TECH, Writing Glory! After 26 pages of forum discussions since 2011-09-28, Google Documents now allows you to have a first page with a different header/footer from the other page. 0-index!
20150306 172716 Z Angular 2: Built on TypeScript blogs.msdn.c … -typescript.aspx Google, JavaScript, Microsoft, Programming, TECH The upcoming open Angular 2 by Google will be built on the open TypeScript by Microsoft, especially since features of AtScript by Google will be incorporated into TypeScript. While people may not like the incompatibility between Angular 1 and 2, people should like ECMAScript 5/6/7 awareness and collaboration betwen Google and Microsoft!
20150606 002224 Z Legacy of the Void beta: I'm in! Blizzard, Chill, Cool, Video Games Part of a sweet email I got from Blizzard today: "Congratulations, you've been selected to join the StarCraft® II: Legacy of the Void™ multiplayer closed beta test!" I'm downloading it now!
2006-11-15t00:00:00 Z | TAGS:
The Hoyt team race for life
Together - Team Hoyt [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D52rJd9GX10] [VIA: http://digg.com/videos_people/Best_Dad_Ever_Dad_gives_best_gift_to_son_Read_then_watch_the_video] [SIZE: 04:20] [RATING: 8]

A great father son combo. As parent with experience with handicaps, I strongly identify with this story.

Essentially because of an umbilical cord accident during birth, Rick Hoyt was was largely paralyzed and unable to walk and talk. However years later it turned  out that he could communicate via special equipment and he told his mom and dad, Dick and Judy, that he wanted to participate in a charity race for his school. The dad was not a runner but rather a self-described "porker", but he decided to push his son in the run anyway. They've been running, biking, and swimming in marathons, triathlons, and the like since. One of their best marathon times was 2 hours and 40 minutes, which is only about half an hour short of the world record. Additionally, after a lot of running, Dick had a mild heart attack with his arteries at 95% clogged, so it turns out that Dick might have been in serious trouble if he had not started running. Rick has his own apartment now but Rick and Dick still race and lecture together.

[SCREENSHOT: Dick pushing his son Rick]

2006-11-15t00:00:00 Z | TAGS:
Convert media online
Media Convert [http://media-convert.com/] [VIA: http://digg.com/software/Convert_Everything] [RATING: 6]

I don't do a lot of media conversions but I could see how some people would find this very useful.

Media-Convert is 100% free. No software is needed, and you don't have to register. You only need your favorite Internet browser. Your files are ready 7/7 days 24/24 hours.

A lot of formats are supported. Main formats are :

  • Raw text, HTML, XHTML, Microsoft Word, RTF, PDF, PS, Open Office, Star Writer, Pocket Word, Word Perfect
  • CSV, dBase, Microsoft Excel, Pocket Excel, Lotus 123, Quattro Pro, Star Calc, Open Office spreadsheet
  • MathML, Star Math, Open Office math
  • Microsoft Powerpoint, Star Impress, Open Office presentation
2006-11-15t00:00:00 Z | TAGS:
Artificial Look
"Evolution" [http://www.campaignforrealbeauty.com/home_films_evolution_v2.swf] [VIA: http://digg.com/videos_educational/No_wonder_our_perception_of_beauty_is_distorted] [SIZE: 01:20] [RATING: 7]

This short video follows a model from sit down through make up through Photoshop to billboard. While there has been stuff about retouching and stuff over the years, I think this marketing campaign by Dove is brilliant. They're against standards of beauty artificially elevated by marketing —while selling their own beauty products!

Retouching is not really the issue. Dressing up is not the issue. People look fine whether they're retouched or dress up but sometimes "society" asks us to put on monkey suits and there are people who sell monkey suits. Just look at kids in preschool: They have goofy hair, goofy clothes, goofy behavior, goofy expression, and yet they're beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. I myself avoid dressing up. I'm clean, comfortable, and natural.

[PHOTO: After and before retouching]

2006-11-15t00:00:00 Z | TAGS:
Hobbit movies planned
Two Hobbit Films Planned [http://movies.ign.com/articles/741/741713p1.html] [VIA: http://digg.com/movies/Two_Hobbit_Films_Planned] [RATING: 7]

I'd like to see a good live action movie of The Hobbit. While I loved the LOTR work by Peter Jackson et al, it would be fair to have a totally different crew work on it.

MGM and New Line Cinema are moving ever closer to making J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit a big-screen reality. And now it seems that the studios may be planning not one, but two films based on the 1937 fantasy novel.

2006-11-09t00:00:00 Z | TAGS:
Democrats win HR, Senate, and Governorships PLUS Rumsfeld resigns

I like the election results so far.

Three major areas were were voted on, and the Democrats have effectively gained a majority in all three areas:

As an added bonus, U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld resigned yesterday. Robert Gates, a close friend to the Bush family, was nominated as a replacement.

The Democrat master plan of letting the Republicans shoot themselves in the foot is working. I think it was the only way to do it because of all the Republican FUD. No more wild-eyed Democrats over here. Speak softly and carry a big stick. No need to slam Bush or sling mud or focus on past errors. We're going to calmly do things right and look to the future.

The next step is to take back the White House in two years. I'm hoping that the local boy U.S. Senator Barack Obama from Illinois will do it.

2006-10-27t00:00:00 Z | TAGS:
Six word stories
Very Short Stories [http://wired.com/wired/archive/14.11/sixwords.html] [RATING: 7]

This is cool all by itself but since I just got Japanese Death Poems: Written by Zen Monks and Haiku Poets on the Verge of Death (1998) compiled by Yoel Hoffmann [amazon.com/...], the coincidence factor tickles me further.

We'll be brief: Hemingway once wrote a story in just six words ("For sale: baby shoes, never worn.") and is said to have called it his best work. So we asked sci-fi, fantasy, and horror writers from the realms of books, TV, movies, and games to take a shot themselves.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Gown removed carelessly. Head, less so. - Joss Whedon

Machine. Unexpectedly, I’d invented a time - Alan Moore

Internet “wakes up?” Ridicu - no carrier. - Charles Stross

I'll give it a shot:

I amputated the left foot, right? -George Hernandez

2006-10-26t19:35:21 Z | TAGS:
Mid East imperial activity in 90 sec
Imperial History of the Middle East [http://www.mapsofwar.com/ind/imperial-history.html] [VIA: http://monkeyfilter.com/link.php/12785] [SIZE: 01:30] [RATING: 7]

Activity/animation of a map of the Middle East showing the ebb and flow of different conquerors from -3000 to 1979.

[SCREENSHOT: Imperial History of the Middle East]

2006-10-26t02:17:20 Z | TAGS:
Spanish and Latin profanity

I'm no good at using English profanity, so I don't think I'll be any better at Spanish profanity [W] or Latin profanity but perhaps some other profane poet can benefit by stumbling upon the Wikipedia articles here.
[COMIC: Maldito means Damned One]

2006-10-26t02:11:38 Z | TAGS:
Iron Man to be played by Robert Downey, Jr.
IRON MAN Has Found Its Tony Stark!! [http://www.aintitcool.com/node/30225] [VIA: http://digg.com/movies/Tony_Stark_Iron_Man_will_be_played_by_Robert_Downey_Jr] [RATING: 7]

Robert Downey, Jr. will star as Iron Man in the movie Iron Man slated for release for a 2008-05-02. Wonderful casting. Tony Stark is the signature alcoholic of comics, the fractured hero. I hope they focus more on the story and character development instead of the special effects.

[IMAGE: Iron Man movie 2008-05-02]

2006-10-26t01:30:16 Z | TAGS:
Evolution of Speechballoons
Evolution of Speechballoons [http://bugpowder.com/andy/e.speechballoons.evolution.html] [VIA: http://monkeyfilter.com/link.php/12754] [RATING: 7]

This is so cool! I've never thought of those little ribbons with words on them in art as speech balloons but the article clearly shows the evolution. It makes you appreciate the efficiency of modern speech balloons with their paragraphs of text, thought balloons, whispered balloons, etc.
[COMIC: Ancestor of the speech balloon]

2006-10-12t00:36:35 Z | TAGS:
Hello Salem!
It's a girl -- she's 3.3 million years old, almost human [http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2006/09/21/MNGDFL9LOU1.DTL] [RATING: 8]

(I was so excited when this story first came out, but I haven't had the time to blog about it until now.)

I always welcome the discovery of such a distant relative! Welcome Selam [W]! Selam is Ethiopian for "peace" but for me, I'll probably remember you as  "Baby Lucy".
[DRAWING: Comparing Australopithecus Afarensis and the Homo Sapiens Sapiens sekeltons]

Scientists have previously found fragments of a few other Australopithecus afarensis children, "but nothing as significant as this," Johanson said. The new find is "much more complete," with a skull containing "a virtually complete set of teeth," plus "parts of legs and arms and thorax, and two very thin shoulder blades." A leading paleoanthropologist, Tim White of UC Berkeley, called the find an "important new fossil that confirms a lot (of ideas) already inferred for A. afarensis from other fossils found earlier. (It's) hard to find youngsters like this," he said in an e-mail. "Other children of this and related species ... were known before this, but none so complete."

A salute to Zeresenay Alemseged for discovering Salem in 2000 and for working carefully over her for the past five years!
[PHOTO: Alemseged with Salem]

Here's a quote from the original article in Nature (2006-09-20):

Understanding changes in ontogenetic development is central to the study of human evolution. With the exception of Neanderthals, the growth patterns of fossil hominins have not been studied comprehensively because the fossil record currently lacks specimens that document both cranial and postcranial development at young ontogenetic stages. Here we describe a well-preserved 3.3-million-year-old juvenile partial skeleton of Australopithecus afarensis discovered in the Dikika research area of Ethiopia. The skull of the approximately three-year-old presumed female shows that most features diagnostic of the species are evident even at this early stage of development. The find includes many previously unknown skeletal elements from the Pliocene hominin record, including a hyoid bone that has a typical African ape morphology. The foot and other evidence from the lower limb provide clear evidence for bipedal locomotion, but the gorilla-like scapula and long and curved manual phalanges raise new questions about the importance of arboreal behaviour in the A. afarensis locomotor repertoire.

I been editing the Wikipedia articles on the Human skeleton [W] recently, so it is so funny to hear that they found such an ancient hyoid bone [W]!

2006-10-01t00:00:01 Z | TAGS:
We aint got no automated porn detectors
U.S. Patent 7,103,215: Automated detection of pornographic images [http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=/netahtml/PTO/search-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=7103215.PN.&OS=PN/7103215&RS=PN/7103215] [RATING: 7]

"Automated porn detectors!? We ain't got no automated porn detectors. We don't need no automated porn detectors! I don't have to show you any stinking automated porn detectors!!"

Although I'm sure that some saucy characters might want to use this technology to find even more porn, others will probably try to use it to censor porn. Although this patent was just issued 2006-09-05, the issue of porn censorship is, of course, an old issue. While this patent uses color detection and matching shapes in a database, most of the previous technology has been based on detecting keyword and blocking specific sites. See Blocking Software FAQ [peacefire.org/info/blocking-software-faq.html]. Some people think that technological censorship is a lost cause: "Why it doesn't matter whether censorware works or not" [dansdata.com/censorware.htm]. I'm not much for censorship [W] myself since I assume adults can think for themselves and that parents teach would teach their kids to do the same.

Detecting the erotic, like detecting the humorous, is one of those things that people can do better than any known machine. It is interesting that this patent seems largely based on the nicely titled work "Finding Naked People" [cs.hmc.edu/~fleck/naked.html] by Margaret Fleck [cs.hmc.edu/~fleck/index.html] and David Forsythe [cs.berkeley.edu/~daf/] who both have very cute babies on their website but are also both professors in the important field of Computer vision [W].

FYI 1: I stumbled upon the porn patent while answering a question from a site visitor:

Date: 2006-09-14
From: David Kelley

George,
When did "Lockback" knives come into being.  I'm saying early 60's at the earliest?
David:

I just did a search at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, 
and one of the earliest examples of a lockback knife that I could find was 
U.S. patent 825,093 issued 1906-07-03 to William Franklin Watson.

-George Hernandez

FYI 2: I made this my first post at MetaFilter [metafilter.com/mefi/55203]. I hope I don't get branded as a saucy techie!

2007-01-22t17:21:09 Z | TAGS:
Bears going to the Super Bowl!
Super Bowl bound [http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/cs-070121bearsgamer,1,7125348.story] [RATING: 8]

The Chicago Bears are going to Super Bowl!! Yesterday Da Bears beat the New Orleans Saints 39-14. My home team will go to Super Bowl XLI [W] in Florida against the Indianapolis Colts on 2007-02-04.

Hey! How come the fan didn't color his armpits too?!?! Ha ha ha!

2006-12-21t00:00:00 Z | TAGS:
How to make rondel dagger boffers

Notes on how I made my rondel dagger boffers. Lukrain's Guide to Boffers [thealmightyguru.com/Boffer/Boffer-Generic.html] shows how to make sword boffers, but since there were no specific instructions for making dagger boffers, I wrote up my own. The materials cost just few dollars and are available at most hardware stores.

Materials:

Tools:

Steps:

  1. Determine lengths & mark before doing any cutting. (Remember: Measure twice, cut once.)
    1. Determine the over all length (OAL). Vadi says rondel is length of fist & forearm. In my case:
      • 40 cm.
      • 16".
    2. Determine the length of the PVC. This is OAL minus the padding on each end. In my case:
      • 40 cm - (2 * 2 cm padding) = 36 cm.
      • 16" - (2 * 0.75" padding) = 14.5 inches.
    3. Determine the length of the foam. This is the OAL minus the grip. In my case:
      • 40 cm - 10 cm grip = 30 cm. Cut 4 cm from the 30 cm to use for the pommel.
      • 16" - 4" grip = 12". Cut 1.5" from the 12" to use for the pommel.
  2. Cut the PVC and foam with the hacksaw.
  3. Carefully slide and wiggle the two pieces of foam onto the PVC.
  4. Apply duct tape. Do this very cleanly so you don't have a wrinkled boffer. Do not compress the foam.
    1. Start at the grip and apply one continuous piece of silver duct tape along the foam seam. Go over the point and come back to the grip and cut.  Repeat to cover the uncovered foam. Wrap the end with a piece of duct tape to cover any corners.
    2. Repeat the previous step for the pommel.
    3. Wrap the handle with black duct tape. Since duct tape usually comes in roughly 5 cm or 2" widths, one high wrap and one low wrap covers the grip just right for me.

[COMIC: How to make a dagger boffer]

2007-01-23t01:41:10 Z | TAGS:
Rubber slapper
RUBBER SLAPPER OUSTS THE POLICEMAN’S CLUB (Apr, 1933) [http://blog.modernmechanix.com/2007/01/22/rubber-slapper-ousts-the-policemans-club-2/] [VIA: http://www.boingboing.net/2007/01/22/rubber_slapper_billy.html] [SIZE: 0338x0600] [RATING: 7]

I want one that's shaped like a hand!
[SCAN: Slapper device from Popular Science (1933-04)]

2007-01-23t01:56:04 Z | TAGS:
We are Canada's Mexicans
250,000,000, INSURED BUT STILL IN TROUBLE [http://fe66.news.sp1.yahoo.com/s/ucru/20070117/cm_ucru/250000000insuredbutstillintrouble] [VIA: http://forums.fark.com/cgi/fark/comments.pl?IDLink=2557598] [RATING: 7]

Odd, this article made me think of my co-worker Dave.

"We are overwhelmed by you (expletive deleted) Americans," an exasperated emergency-room physician at a Canadian hospital

You don't have to work in the healthcare industry like I do to know that US healthcare has massive problems. And yet people somehow have it so firmly fixed in their heads that nationalizing it will make it worse.

2007-01-23t04:47:29 Z | TAGS:
Railgun tested
A missile punch at bullet prices [http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2007/012007/01172007/251373] [VIA: http://digg.com/gadgets/Railguns_Now_a_Reality] [RATING: 7]

The idea of  a railgun (electric gun) has been around for a while but they've finally progressed to successful tests.

The prototype fired at Dahlgren is only an 8-megajoule electromagnetic device, but the one to be used on Navy ships will generate a massive 64 megajoules. Current Navy guns generate about 9 megajoules of muzzle energy. The railgun's 200 to 250 nautical-mile range will allow Navy ships to strike deep in enemy territory while staying out of reach of hostile forces.

Is a 711% increase in power enough for you?

"A year ago, this was [just] a good idea we all wanted to pursue," he said. Elizabeth D'Andrea of the Office of Naval Research said a 32-megajoule lab gun will be delivered to Dahlgren in June. Charles Garnett, project director, called the projectile fired by the railgun "a supersonic bullet," and the weapon itself is "a very simple device." He compared the process to charging up a battery on the flash of a digital camera, then pushing the button and "dumping that charge," producing a magnetic field that drives the metal-cased ordnance instead of gun powder. The projectile fired yesterday weighed only 3.2 kilograms and had no warhead. Future railgun ordnance won't be large and heavy, either, but will deliver the punch of a Tomahawk cruise missile because of the immense speed of the projectile at impact.

The range for 5-inch guns now on Navy ships is less than 15 nautical miles, Garnett said. He said the railgun will extend that range to more than 200 nautical miles and strike a target that far away in six minutes. A Tomahawk missile covers that same distance in eight minutes.

How about a 1300% increase in range?

"A Tomahawk is about a million dollars a shot," McGettigan said. "One of these things is pretty inexpensive compared to that." He said estimates today are that railgun projectiles will cost less than $1,000 each, "but it's going to depend on the electronics."

How about a 99% savings in cost?

2007-01-23t16:05:18 Z | TAGS:
Now that's a prosthetic!
A Rare German Prosthetic Hand, circa 1580 [http://www.myarmoury.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t=7161] [RATING: 8]

Now that's an impressive prosthetic! Modern prosthetics are probably much more comfortable and blend in better but this prosthetic is almost one you want to show off. They had something similar in Young Frankenstein. Thanks to Dino at the Chicago Swordplay Guild [chicagoswordplayguild.com] for this link.

[PHOTO: German iron prosthetic, 1 lb=0.45 Kg, ca 1580]

2007-01-23t19:14:17 Z | TAGS:
Microsoft Expression Studio
Microsoft Expression [http://www.metafilter.com/mefi/57972] [RATING: 7]

I'm trying to look past all the rants in the MetaFilter post.

The main idea is that Microsoft is coming out with their new suite called "Microsoft Expression Studio" —which is NOT strictly a design suite. The suite, so far, will consist of the following four products:

Microsoft Expression seems to be about trying to have more enterprise designers integrating with development, especially via XAML. Having media that is XAML friendly is a good idea in that it makes the media more versatile and powerful. However, designers will focus on the core of the work: Design. Current designers (enterprise or not) will focus on "Expression Design", and there isn't enough evidence (or marketing) which indicates that Expression Design is robust enough to match the current ways that designers design and make media. The Microsoft Expression Studio does not address the needs of non-enterprise designers, or of designers who work on Macs (and there are lots of them), or of companies that don't make .NETwebsites or Windows apps.

Designers are in a rough spot these days. In addition to Microsoft Expression, there's the issue of Adobe Systems acquisition of its competitor Macromedia for $3.4 billion (consummated on 2005-12-03). The "Macrobe" product set is a huge mess now, and they do XAML too.

I think I'll stick with using Deneba Canvas [deneba.com] for now —or maybe I should just doodle with a pencil.

2007-01-23t19:40:47 Z | TAGS:
How to boil eggs
Math + eggs = yum(n^n+1) [http://www.metafilter.com/mefi/57969] [RATING: 6]

I made notes to myself quite a while ago on how to boil eggs:

Boiling eggs is so simple and yet there are so many ways to boil eggs. Eggs should not actually be boiled, but rather they should be coddled or simmered. Overcooked eggs get rubbery and tough as well dark and green.

  1. Allow your egg to get closer to room temperature. Eggs cooked directly from the fridge are likely to crack during cooking. Some people also like to pinprick their eggs first but I find that practice too annoying.
  2. Use a pan that can accommodate a single layer of eggs while covering them with 1 cm = 1/2" of water.
  3. Bring just the water to a simmer, i.e. bubbles are forming but not boiling. Some people like to bring their water to a boil while the eggs are in them but that method introduces so many variables so results will vary.
  4. Gently lower the eggs in. If one at a time, then use a spoon. If many at a time, then use a wire basket. Keep the heat on as you put the eggs in and while the eggs are cooking (keeping the heat off as the eggs cook does not work).
  5. Simmer covered as follows for "large" eggs for the desired doneness:
    • Soft-cooked: 3-5 minutes.
    • Medium-cooked: 7-8 minutes
    • Hard-cooked: 15-20 minutes
  6. Cool hard-cooked egg immediately, lest they keep cooking themselves.
  7. Some people like to peel their hard-cooked eggs under water or under running water. Some people like to peel their eggs in such a way.

My notes are entirely practical, but I admit I never make soft-cooked eggs. Other people, however seem to be much geekier than myself.

See the MetaFilter thread for the comments, but the three pertinent links are here:

2007-01-24t17:27:39 Z | TAGS:
Watching the Wi-Fi 802.11n standard
802.11n - The consequences of abandoning the 5 GHz frontier [http://blogs.zdnet.com/Ou/?p=411&tag=nl.e539] [RATING: 7]

Some background before I discuss the article:

Here is a summary of the 802.11 [W] and Wi-Fi [W] standards:

The two primary "bands" (2.4 and 5 GHz) are actually a range of frequencies that are further broken down into more narrowly defined bands called "channels". EG: The 2.4 GHz band has channels 1-13 from 2412MHz to 2484MHz in 5MHz steps. The 2.4 GHz band operates in the same range used by many microwaves and wireless phones (which can cause interference), and thus is really limited to 3 channels: 1, 6, and 11. The 5 GHz band has fewer restrictions (with 8-24 non-interfering channels) than the 2.4 GHz band.

I'm watching developments in the 802.11 standard closely because I'm going to have computers scattered around my house for my family. I could just go with the current standards for 802.11b/a/g, but since 802.11n is supposed to be hitting the market, I thought I might wait just a bit longer for much better performance.

The article gives some of the history of 802.11 and gives some insight into the development of 802.11n. It seems that the 802.11n standard is trying to be backwards compatible by being dual-band, i.e. trying to satisfy old tech with multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) [W]. If there is even a single client on the LAN using an older standard, then the whole LAN slows to the performance of the old standard! Buyer beware.

802.11n in my opinion should have NEVER permitted 2.4 GHz operation in the first place and should have only used the 5 GHz band.  To maintain backward compatibility, an extremely inexpensive 2.4 GHz radio could have been used for 802.11 b/g compatibility in addition to the two or three radios used for 802.11n operating at 5 GHz on the access point.  The wireless client adapters would only need a single set of radios that could operate in 5 GHz 802.11n mode, 5 GHz 802.11a mode, 2.4 GHz 802.11g mode, or 2.4 GHz 802.11b mode for worst case compatibility.  Had this been the standard for 802.11n, it would have only added a tiny increase in cost to the access points and almost no cost to the client adapters.  Furthermore, 802.11n devices could avoid all the congestion in the 2.4 GHz band and operate full time with double-wide 40 MHz channels to deliver the true promise of MIMO not only in theory but in practice while legacy devices operate independently on a separate radio and frequency.  But even though the IEEE 802.11n standard doesn't mandate 5 GHz operation for MIMO devices, companies can still stop the 2.4 GHz madness and build the product that I'm suggesting.  Myself and the entire analyst industry will publicly thank you for it.

2006-09-01t21:47:12 Z | TAGS:
Spaceman, Spaceman, Spaceman!
[RATING: 7]

My wife and kids were surfing and they thought they'd watch a few minutes of this movie called Spaceman. They ended up watching the whole thing and told me about it. So I decided to watch a few minutes of it too, but I also ended up watching the whole thing. Spaceman is a science fiction/comedy film about a man adjusting to life on Earth, but the problem is he has been trained only to be a killer since he was abducted as a toddler. It is an awesome B-grade movie, clearly filmed in Chicago.

There was no entry in Wikipedia, so I had the honor of creating the entry for Spaceman (film) [W], including the image for Spaceman [W]!! Here's the link for Spaceman at Amazon and Spaceman at IMDB.

[SCAN: DVD cover for Spaceman]

2006-09-01t22:05:39 Z | TAGS:
BSG3 trailer
Battlestar Galactica season 3 preview [http://bsg-cz.net/news/files/teasers/bsg_s3_trailer2.avi] [VIA: http://digg.com/television/New_Battlestar_Galactica_Season_3_Preview_avi] [SIZE: 00:30] [RATING: 7]

The Battlestar Galactica season 3 preview came out a few days ago. I can barely wait for the show to restart on 2006-10-06. I didn't know they were working on Caprica (TV series) [W], set 50 years before the Ceylon invasion? More stuff at scifi.com/battlestar/.
[SPLASH: Ceylons]

2006-09-02t11:30:03 Z | TAGS:
Bye-bye Pluto

It's practically old news by now, but since I had posted earlier about the redefining of "planet", I felt obligated to make this follow up post. Instead of adding at least three more planet, they actually downgraded Pluto [W] to a dwarf planet, thus instead of the following (which I had posted earlier):

A planet is a celestial body that (a) has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that it assumes a hydrostatic equilibrium (nearly round) shape, and (b) is in orbit around a star, and is neither a star nor a satellite of a planet.

The final 2006 redefinition of planet (passed on 2006-08-24) was this:

The IAU ...resolves that planets and other bodies in our Solar System be defined into three distinct categories in the following way:

(1) A "planet" [1] is a celestial body that: (a) is in orbit around the Sun, (b) has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that it assumes a hydrostatic equilibrium (nearly round) shape, and (c) has cleared the neighbourhood around its orbit.

(2) A "dwarf planet" is a celestial body that: (a) is in orbit around the Sun, (b) has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that it assumes a hydrostatic equilibrium (nearly round) shape [2], (c) has not cleared the neighbourhood around its orbit, and (d) is not a satellite.

(3) All other objects [3] except satellites orbiting the Sun shall be referred to collectively as "Small Solar System Bodies".

Footnotes:

[1] The eight planets are: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.
[2] An IAU process will be established to assign borderline objects into either "dwarf planet" and other categories.
[3] These currently include most of the Solar System asteroids, most Trans-Neptunian Objects (TNOs), comets, and other small bodies.


The IAU further resolves:

Pluto is a "dwarf planet" by the above definition and is recognized as the prototype of a new category of trans-Neptunian objects.

Given how we've been bickering about the planets since the ancients had their seven planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, the Moon, and the Sun), who knows how long the 2006 definition will hold? Don't feel bad for Pluto: It's still defined as a planet on the spaceprobes Pioneer 10, Pioneer 11, Voyager 1, and Voyager 2. And Pluto itself is still there in space with Charon to keep it company.

2006-09-02t12:23:06 Z | TAGS:
Flatlife
Flatlife [http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5377830501271604815&q=genre:animation] [SIZE: 10:19] [RATING: 7]
"Flatlife" is cute animation short that watches four apartments at once. My kids loved it.
[SCREENSHOT: from the animation Flatlife]
2006-09-02t13:04:38 Z | TAGS:
Wally Wood's 22 panels that always work!!
Wally Wood's 22 Panels That Always Work: Unlimited Edition [http://joeljohnson.com/archives/2006/08/wally_woods_22.html] [VIA: http://www.metafilter.com/mefi/54173] [RATING: 8]

Incredibly good! Not only are these 22 panels seminal in comics but the ideas could probably be used in photography, video, art, graphic design, etc. I like how these 22 panels have been photocopied and distributed throughout the comic book industry for years.

Ask any working comic book artist who has been in the business for more than ten years about "Wally Wood's 22 Panels That Always Work", and they know of it like it was the bible. Google "Wally Wood" and "22 panels", and you get over 150 hits. It is with great pleasure that GothamCityArt.com brings this historic piece to market. Once shrouded in secrecy, Wally Wood would selectively give assistants and those close to him three 8x10 photocopies of comic panels that bore the absolute essence of drawing comic book panels. 22 images in total, they held the secret to a comic book illustrator's success, and those who learned from them benefited from the master's wisdom. The panels were gold, but were not packaged in such a way that was easily disseminated.

[COMICS: Wally Woods 22 panels that always work!!]
(You can even see the effect when shrunk to this size.)

It also gives you an appreciation of other comics like this variation of 22 panels linked in the MetaFilter thread: ivanbrunetti.com/portfolio/images/howtodraw.jpg.

2006-09-02t13:47:39 Z | TAGS:
Hi res background images used in Star Wars
Hi resolution images used in Star Wars III from the original artist [http://www.dusso.com/pages/EP3/EP3main.html] [VIA: http://digg.com/design/High_Resolution_Image_of_Naboo] [RATING: 7]

So good that I changed my desktop.

On the digg thread, some people thought that it was absurd to build a city on top of waterfalls, so I made this comment:

As far as cities on top of waterfalls there is a famous example from ancient Greece that comes pretty close:

"The Acropolis rises sharply from the plain of Attica with steep cliffs on three sides. It is accessible by foot only to the west, where it is linked by a low ridge to the hill of the Areopagus. It is formed by a layer of blue-grey limestone, which is very hard but water-permeable. This rests on a layer of schist-sandstone marl, softer than the limestone but water-impermeable. This arrangement leads to the ready formation of artesian springs, as well as sheltered caves at the hill's feet, which was also a factor that attracted human habitation on and around the rock from early on." -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acropolis,_Athens

2006-09-02t13:59:24 Z | TAGS:
Farewell fond fish
Fish that lifted hopes of cancer kids dies [http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-0608240175aug24,1,277963.story] [RATING: 7]

Alas! A great fish in Chicago has died. The odd thing is that the biggest guppy in my fish tank, Butterspoon, died this morning as well. A sad fish day indeed.

The 154-pound Queensland grouper, estimated to be about 24 years old, had an odd and extraordinary life that many--including children suffering from cancer--have found inspiring. Bubba showed up at the Shedd in 1987 as an abandoned pet that someone left in a bucket on the aquarium's doorstep. At the time, Bubba was female. Groupers and some other fish may change gender as they mature based on social influences and other factors, and in the mid-1990s, as Bubba grew to become one of the biggest fish at the Shedd, he made the transition from female to male.

Bubba also liked people:

That became evident in 2003 when keepers became worried about a recurring growth on his head above his eyes. It was diagnosed as connective tissue cancer, and the fish was taken from his public pool in the No. 2 Gallery, since torn out and replaced by the Amazon Rising exhibit. Bubba was placed in a windowless reserve tank while the veterinary staff tried to figure out what course of treatment they could use to treat the cancer. "As soon as we put him in that tank, he stopped eating," Parsons said. "After a few days, we put him in a reserve pool with a window, and he started eating again, right away. He just wanted a room with a view so he could see what was going on."
He became an instant star with the public once the cancer story was publicized. "We've always had visitors asking how to find Bubba, the fish who beat cancer," Parsons said, "and he was usually right there, right next to the windows. People adored him. I think he inspired them."

[PHOTO: Bubba, the cancer fighting grouper]

2006-09-02t14:20:19 Z | TAGS:
Why manhole covers are round
Why manhole covers are round [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manhole_cover#Why_are_they_round] [VIA: http://digg.com/programming/Why_are_manhole_covers_round_What_if_you_get_that_in_a_job_interview] [RATING: 7]

Well, duh. A circle is the simplest curve/shape with a constant width and won't fall in. Plus it's cheap and easy to manufacture.

As far as an interview question goes, it's now half about awareness of tech-culture (because Microsoft notoriously used this question on their interviews) and if  you're not aware of the history, then it's about seeing how you respond.

Interviews are fun because both sides have a short period of time to evaluate the other side, and yet each might end up spending a lot of time with the other.

2006-09-02t14:29:44 Z | TAGS:
Laser laughs

I like the title of "Frickin laser beams!" better:

2007-01-26t14:03:49 Z | TAGS:
OQO 2
Smaller Is Better, Say Makers of Ultraportable PCs [http://www.technologyreview.com/Infotech/18106/] [VIA: http://www.technologyreview.com/Infotech/18106/] [RATING: 7]

This is the first "ultra-mobile PC" (UMPC) computer to capture my attention. I've never liked personal digital assistants (PDAs) because of the interface (no keyboard or primitive touch screens) and the software (very restrictive and proprietary apps). What I really want is simply a QWERTY keyboard and access to plain text files that I can upload and download. A browser and media player are just secondary features for me. And I certainly don't want to run something like Photoshop on it.

[PHOTO: The ultramobile PC OQO 2 by OQO]

Here are the specs of  OQO 2 by OQO [oqo.com]:

"It needed to really feel like a notebook computer," says Rosin. "It had to be a full Windows Vista device, and it had to run applications in a really snappy way, without hesitation." The OQO 02 runs standard Windows programs from the Firefox browser to Adobe Photoshop, and it has enough processing power to run two 1,920-by-1,200-pixel external displays when plugged into its docking station.

The five-inch-diagonal touch screen is six times brighter than its predecessor, says Whang, and it incorporates a few new tricks, such as the ability to zoom in on an area of detail and to scroll vertically or horizontally with the brush of a finger along the screen's border, eliminating the need for a mechanical thumbwheel like those on many PDAs. The 58 keys on the OQO 02's redesigned keyboard stick up higher than the OQO 01's keys, giving thumb typists more tactile feedback to confirm that they've struck a key. The keyboard is also backlit for nighttime operation.

Other UMPCs frequently lack a keyboard, a full OS, and robust Internet connectivity.

But in the lighter-than-a-laptop category, the OQO 02 could face competition from other handheld devices, such as Sony's Vaio UX Micro PC, Nokia's N800 Internet tablet, and Motion Computing's LS800 Tablet PC, as well as an entirely new category of handhelds, the so-called Ultra-Mobile PCs, or UMPCs. Samsung, Medion, Asus, and several other manufacturers have begun to produce these book-size devices, which look like small tablet PCs and are all based on a reference design unveiled by Microsoft in 2006 under the name Origami. The devices have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity and are operated solely via a touch screen (although at least one UMPC includes a slide-out keyboard similar to OQO's). So far, they've been marketed not as office appliances but as entertainment devices enabling users to browse the Web and access videos, music, and photos.

2007-01-30t16:23:42 Z | TAGS:
Bush ratings at another new low
A Sorry State [http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16840614] [VIA: http://digg.com/politics/58_of_Americans_Wish_the_Bush_Presidency_were_just_over] [RATING: 7]
This one is more for the digg comments. I think it' s pretty clear that Bush is one of the worst US Presidents in history. Other Presidents have gone through tough times but GWB didn't unite us or make things better.
The president's approval ratings are at their lowest point in the poll's history —30 percent— and more than half the country (58 percent) say they wish the Bush presidency were simply over, a sentiment that is almost unanimous among Democrats (86 percent), and is shared by a clear majority (59 percent) of independents and even one in five (21 percent) Republicans. Half (49 percent) of all registered voters would rather see a Democrat elected president in 2008, compared to just 28 percent who'd prefer the GOP to remain in the White House.
2007-01-30t17:06:09 Z | TAGS:
Windows Photo Gallery uses XMP for tagging
Windows Vista’s three killer features [http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=190&tag=nl.e539] [RATING: 7]

It is interesting to see the new Windows Photo Gallery (WPG) [http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/features/details/photogallery.mspx] in Vista, in light of my recent post comparing the media players of Picasa, Windows Media Player, and iTunes. While the latter three focus on multiple media types (photo, video, audio), WPG focuses entirely on photos. What really catches my eye about WPG is that it seems to genuinely use tagging via Adobe's Extensible Metadata Platform (XMP) [W]. Of these previous 3 media players, only Picasa implemented tags (not just lists), WPG may do it better than Picasa since the tag XMP metadata is stored in the media files themselves instead of externally the way Picasa does.

Windows Photo Gallery. Ho-hum, right? Just another lightweight program to import photos from a digital camera? What most reviewers miss is Photo Gallery's support for the Extensible Metadata Platform (XMP), developed by Adobe and used in a variety of professional-strength photo-editing applications. When you tag a JPEG or TIFF photo with keywords in Windows Vista, those tags are stored directly in the file as metadata, which you can use to search, sort, and filter images in Photo Gallery. That's a great leap forward from Apple's iPhoto and Google's Picasa, both of which store metadata in sidecar files rather than in the image itself.

It is funny to see the Digg folks so concerned about bashing Microsoft that they no one has even mentioned this. But then again the Digg thread on WPG [digg.com/....] was from 2006-05.

[SCREENSHOT: Windows Photo Gallery with tags]

2007-01-31t16:22:52 Z | TAGS:
Review of A La Turka
A La Turka Turkish Restaurant [http://www.alaturkachicago.com/] [RATING: 8]

3134 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60657, 773-935-6101.

Last week on 2007-01-23, I ate at A La Turak Turkish Restaurant. I've been wanting to go there for a while because at the front they have these tables where instead of chairs they have a lot of pillows. The atmosphere was grown up but since we were tucked away in a corner I felt I could relax with my wife and my two year old daughter (while the other two kids were in karate class across the street). The music was different but mild. It looks like they have belly dancing on certain nights too. The waiter Edmundo was very comfortable and yet polite and mindful. The food was wonderful, fresh, and flavorful. Lots of warm and cold appetizers. The bread was delicious and obviously fresh baked. Dishes were around $18.

  • Q8of9
  • 2006-09-04t16:31:33 Z | TAGS:
    Web ego stroking

    I'm not much for "social" sites because I don't have the time to really talk with that many people. When I communicate with a person one-to-one, whether in person, on the phone, IM, via email, a chat room, Skype, etc., I try to make myself present and give them my full attention. When it's one-to-many outbound communication like a web page, a blog posting, commenting in a public forum, a message board, I try to be just as present and focused. However when it's one-to-many inbound & outbound communication it becomes much harder. Trying to talk with that many people with a one-to-one style would be overwhelming.

    However social sites have this interesting aspect of quantifying one's popularity. I think the "counting friends" phenomenon (a la myspace.com) is absurd because most of the "friends" people count are, well, not. However I am a big fan of quantifying by votes, sales, links, visits, comments, etc.. A small sampling of "experts" can be good, but a large sampling has its own value.

    This article, Ego surfers count their 15 clicks of cyberfame [chicagotribune.com/technology/chi-0608300222aug30,1,2582103.story], talks a bit about that quantification on a solo level.

    Web sites put this tracking information to use in different ways, all based on the idea that there is value in continuously keeping tabs on what people are doing online. As a result, Amazon keeps score of book sales, from "Freakonomics" at No. 13 to "A History of the Fragrant Rose" at No. 1,063,867 on Tuesday, while YouTube.com promotes its top 100 videos, and Yahoo.com lists its most e-mailed news stories. But for those Web denizens who use the Internet as a means of communication and identity, the ability to count visitors, or comments, has become an entirely new form of personal validation.

    At EgoSurf.org, an ego ranking is calculated based on how many people linked to a certain blog, or how often someone's name pops up during a Google search. The more times a name appears in cyberspace, the more points are earned. Soloway, for example, earned 3,176 points, less than celebrated Chicago author Studs Terkel's 4,572. Neither approaches Canadian blogger Steve Dinn's 12,445.

    I just ego surfed "george hernandez, looking for links to georgehernandez.com" on google.com, and I came up with 3,418 points. I don't really know what that means but it makes me feel good. Technorati.com on the other hand has always made me feel small: Rank: 229,478. (I never did go through their "claim your blog" process, so here goes: Technorati Profile.) I don't even want to know my rank at alexa.com, but I do like to check which are the top sites [alexa.com/site/ds/top_500] now and then. I made the "mistake" of checking out qq.com (the biggest name in Chinese IMing) and now I get Chinese spam!

    2006-09-05t01:19:53 Z | TAGS:
    Speedtest.net: Check your connecion rate
    speedtest.net ["http://speedtest.net/] [VIA: http://digg.com/gadgets/A_new_way_to_test_your_bandwidth_and_it_looks_pretty_cool_too] [RATING: 7]

    A very pretty Flash site that tests your connection speed with different servers around the world: upload, download, and latency.

    Either one still beats 56 Kb/s phone modem connection.

    2006-09-05t02:40:36 Z | TAGS:
    Google to allow free downloads of public domain books
    Google to allow free downloads of public domain books [http://www.technologyreview.com/read_article.aspx?id=17385] [RATING: 7]

    This sort of thing is powerful. People just need access to it and knowledge of it.

    Google Inc. on Wednesday plans to begin letting consumers download and print free of charge classic novels and many other, more obscure books that are in the public domain. Using Google's Book Search service, Web surfers hunting titles like Dante's ''Inferno'' and Aesop's ''Fables'' will be able to download PDF files of the books for later reading, to run keyword searches or to print them on paper. Up to now, the service only allowed people to read the out-of-copyright books online.

    Google's Book Search service is the product of its Books Library Project, which is digitizing books from major libraries around the world in order to make them searchable online. Its partners include the University of Michigan, Harvard University, Stanford University, Oxford University, the University of California and the New York Public Library. Google is also conducting a pilot project with the Library of Congress.

    For kicks, I looked up "eve mark twain" at Google Book Search [books.google.com] and I did find a full copy of Eve's Diary: Translated from the Original Ms., a short story by Mark Twain. I was able to download a PDF copy of a 1906 copy of the book illustrated by Lester Ralph, published in New York by Harper & Brothers Publishers, and scanned from the Harvard University Library.

    I've checked several other books (like Aesop's Fables and Plato's Republic) and their PDFs both had the odd/even problem.

    It's funny but if you look you can see scans of the fingers of some of the scanners!
    [SCAN: The fingers of a person scanning for Googe Book Search]
    http://books.google.com/books?vid=OCLC02133295&id=EtkMAAAAIAAJ&pg=PT6&dq=Inazo+Nitobe

    Of course free texts are also online at Gutenburg.net, but text typed in is different from scans of original books.

    Now if only Google could archive public domain music and video too!

    2006-09-07t02:12:00 Z | TAGS:
    Geotagging pictures
    Putting Pictures in Their Place [http://www.technologyreview.com/read_article.aspx?id=17427&ch=infotech] [RATING: 7]

    This would have to be implemented in a way that can be effortlessly consumed. As it is I have a huge box of personal photos that I don't have the time to go through. Even my digital photos are just briskly filed away. A digital camera that automatically adds GPS info to the file would be nice but every app should be pretty explicit about all metadata attached with digital photos.

    Last week, photo-sharing website Flickr announced new features that let people easily assign a location to a photo and search for pictures on a map, an activity called "geotagging." Its latest offering is enhanced by advanced search technology that Flickr leverages from Yahoo--its parent company--which allows newly geotagged photos to be searchable within a minute.

    A number of websites already allow users to add location information to their pictures and to search geographically, including Zooomr, a photo-sharing site; Mappr, which maps Flickr photos; and Platial, an online atlas built with user-generated pictures, video, and comments.

    Privacy issues remain a concern, however, with the increasing popularity of geotagging. Flickr's Butterfield and his team have added some features to allow varying degrees of disclosure for pictures and geographical information. For instance, pictures can be either publicly visible or viewable only by some people. Additionally, a person has to actively add a geotag, and it can be private even if the picture itself is public. "One of the aspects of this that we've thought quite a bit about is privacy," Butterfield says.

    2006-09-07t02:28:27 Z | TAGS:
    Mashups
    Assembling great software: A round-up of eight mashup tools [http://blogs.zdnet.com/Hinchcliffe/?p=63&tag=nl.e539] [RATING: 7]

    I have been a big proponent of the lazy programmer for years. The idea of mashups or reusable chunks of code as APIs in a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) is fascinating especially if it can be brought to a lower tech, end user level.

    There is a frequently recurring piece of software development lore that plays on the fact that good programmers are supposed to be lazy.  In these stories, a good programmer will take a frequently recurring, monotonous task (like testing) and instead of doing it by hand, will instead write a piece of code once that will do the task for them, thereby automating it for future use. Put another way, instead of carrying out the work by hand, a lazy programmer will spend 95% of the time allotted to the work by developing code that will carry it out for them, and the last 5% of the time will be spent running it to get the actual work done.  Then, every time the task must be carried out in the future, software can be directed to complete it swiftly and automatically.

    How many routine tasks could we get out of our way if we had powerful task automation tools that almost anyone could use?  How many one-off tasks could be automated that couldn't possibly justify the expense of custom software development?  These problem areas — automating repetitive work, and automating complex, collaborative problem solving (the tacit interactions I tend to cite so much) — are potentially ripe for enabling low-barrier tools that let us assemble solutions out of the rich landscape of services that are beginning to flourish in our organizations.  This world of available services is already a vibrant ecosystem on the Web.

    ProgrammableWeb maintains the best up-to-date API directory of the Internet's Global SOA currently available (272 APIs as of today). And of course, we have more that just services that we can reuse, widgets are an increasingly popular method of adding code to Web pages via the addition of short snippets of Javascript or the inclusions of Flash components.  Widgets further up the ante by making it possible for just about anyone to integrate software within the browser, most frequently in blogs or wikis.  And people are widgetizing their sites in very large numbers these days. Just take a quick tour of MySpace to see how encrusted most pages are with widgets, badges, and other page element inclusions.

    But even though we have vast arrays of usable components and so many services to leverage today, most frequently achieved for now through basic snippet insertion in HTML, it currently seems to be the lack of enabling tools that's holding back the widespread creation of meaningful mashups.  While Google Maps mashups, for example, are possible with very little code, it nevertheless still requires code.  And that creates a barrier that the average Web user or enterprise employee will not be able cross without professional intervention.  But if the Web really is made of small pieces, loosely joined, it should be possible to create capable, end-user friendly tools that make it possible to quickly combine pre-existing services and components together into applications and living business processes — carrying out the necessary technical wizardry of integration under the covers — similar to connecting the pieces of a home audio visual entertainment system together.

    Fortunately, as I covered recently with sites like DataMashups.com, the tools do finally seem to be arriving and a week doesn't go by without someone telling me about yet another mashup product heading on its way to market.  And though too many of them aren't Web-based, or are still too technical, or have very rough edges and too high a barriers to use, it's clear that a lot of smart people are working hard at solving this last piece of the puzzle; great tools for leveraging the vast repositories of hard-to-recreate data sources, rich services, and Web components that are growing out of the Web 2.0 generation.

    He goes on to list some mashup sites. Oddly enough, most of these still reek of hi-tech enterprise stuff.

    2006-09-07t03:09:06 Z | TAGS:
    Steve Irwin (1962/2006)

    Steve Irwin [W] (1962-02-22/2006-09-04), the "Crocodile Hunter" died almost immediately after pulling poisonous barb out of his own heart. Steve and his cameraman were filming and must have boxed in a stingray [W] a wee bit too much. If they showed the footage, I would watch it to honor his spirit.

    [PHOTO: Steve Irwin gleeful with a snake]

    He had great courage, passion, and enthusiasm. He was a great proponent of Environmentalism [W] and the Conservation movement [W].

    These Hitlers use the camouflage of science to make money out of animals… So whenever they murder our animals and call it sustainable use, I'll fight it. Since when has killing a wild animal, eating it or wearing it, ever saved a species? There are people who butt out their cigarettes in gorilla-paw ashtrays, with wastepaper baskets that were once elephant feet, who have ivory ornaments… who wear cheetah fur. Don't buy these things! Then there'll be no market and the animals won't be killed. We have domesticated livestock raised for consumption and perfectly good fake leather and fur, so why must we kill wild animals to satisfy the macabre taste of some rich person?

    Here is something he said years before he died:

    My number one rule is to keep that camera rolling. Even if it's shaky or slightly out of focus, I don't give a rip. Even if a big old alligator is chewing me up I want to go down and go, 'Crikey!' just before I die. That would be the ultimate for me.

    So he died as he lived and the way he wanted to die. He died at the height of his game. Who could ask for anything more?

    2006-09-07t16:44:16 Z | TAGS:
    Pakistan lets al Queda back in
    "You're either with us or against us in the fight against terror" -- GWB [http://www.metafilter.com/mefi/54536] [RATING: 7]

    I haven't done a post on politics in a while and I barely want to do this one, but this one is so baffling and waffling that I think I need to go ask the Republicans to explain this one. It seems like al Queda and bin Laden are going to be given practically free reign in Pakistan and the Bush administration supported this. "Peace in our time" for Pakistan.

    ABC News: Osama bin Laden offered sanctuary in Pakistan:
    If he is in Pakistan, bin Laden "would not be taken into custody," Major General Shaukat Sultan Khan told ABC News in a telephone interview, "as long as one is being like a peaceful citizen."
    Offer comes as truce is concluded between Pakistan and Al Queada:
    The Pakistani military will no longer operate in the area where Osama bin Laden and other top al Qaeda operatives are believed to be hiding, according to terms of what the Pakistan government calls a "peace deal," signed today with militant tribal groups allied to the Taliban and al Qaeda.
    San Jose Mercury News reports Bush Administration approved truce, will offer millions in aid:
    The Pakistani military is striking truces with Islamic separatists along the country's border with Afghanistan, freeing Pakistani militants and al-Qaida fighters to join Taliban insurgents battling U.S.-led troops and government forces in Afghanistan..... when the military failed to crush the separatists, the Bush administration agreed to support Pakistan's truce-making efforts and pledged millions of dollars in additional aid.
    2006-09-10t13:50:02 Z | TAGS:
    Inspirations from a counseling center
    Inspirational Readings [http://westhartfordcounselingcenter.com/inspiration3.html] [RATING: 8]

    These guys have a bunch of good ones. The thing I like is that this stuff has probably been vetted in real life counseling sessions at the counseling center.

    Here are a few that I liked:

    You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it will be yours for as long as you live. How you take care of it or fail to take care of it can make an enormous difference in the quality of your life.

    Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you. -Carl Sandburg

    I've learned that we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.

    I want to know if you can be faithful and therefore be trustworthy.

    I want to know if you can see beauty even when it is not pretty everyday, and if you can source your life from it's presence.

    It doesn't interest me who you are or how you came to be here. I want to know if you can stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back.

    I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in empty moments.

    2006-09-19t22:45:00 Z | TAGS:
    Quick note at a Starbucks

    My laptop just booted up, I'm in a Starbucks, the kids are at their Shidokan karate class [shidokan.com/cfc.htm], and I have 25 minutes of FREEDOM.

    Hello self! What do I have to say? There's a lot of martial arts stuff I want to write about. I've been falling behind on my blogging, which, as of late, has been more about logging interesting stuff out there instead of in here. I need to fix both of those issues. I've been fretting about the technological singularity [W]. I seem to be more into martial arts than ever, as if I've gotten my second wind. I've been struck by the concept of the seven ages of man [W] as portrayed in Shakespeare's play As You Like It. Perhaps it's a twinge of mid-life crisis, like how I also want to get a good go at doing the martial arts while my body is able to. With the singularity looming, it's hard to get excited about anything that I wouldn't do if there was no money involved.

    I think I've been more weepy lately. When I think about how Amy, my youngest, is leaving her baby years behind, I feel so mortal. It's wonderful to see her growing but it's also terribly sad to say goodbye to who she was, it's like saying good bye to someone I'll never see again. I guess it's because children change so fast. Really it's the same way with adults: after a few years, we'll never see the people we know today because even adults will have changed by then. If the singularity was here, complete with nanotechnology like we're starting to dream about, then I think it would be apparent that life without it was no less dear. I wonder if we would yearn for the past even more when we become the primitives to our meta-human creations?

    Positioning and psychology have become a very strong concepts for me in the martial arts. I've been reading Mastering Jujitsu [Amazon.com/...] by Renzo Gracie and On Killing [Amazon.com/...] by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, both very good martial books —some of the best I've read in years. My return to martial arts seemed irresistible, as if it had the martial had become part of my psychological profile. I've been firing handguns, doing swords, getting into grappling, studying the principles, history, and psychology.

    I wish I could do more with Wikipedia, but it slows me down. It's good but for me it's like the difference between R&D and exploring. Exploring is fun and random, while R&D is work and restrictive. I believe that the best R&D is really exploring at heart.

    gtg

    [The links above were added later —just before posting.]

    2006-09-22t19:09:12 Z | TAGS:
    Robinson Crusoe Island
    Chasing Crusoe [http://www.rcrusoe.org/] [VIA: http://www.metafilter.com/mefi/54556] [RATING: 8]

    A documentary site rendered in Flash with activities, games, and video.

    I've always liked Robinson Crusoe [W] by Daniel Defoe. The idea of marooned adds texture to maroon, my favorite color. I also happened to pick up a 1930 edition of the book at a rummage sale.

    The documentary itself is very nice but the thing I liked about it the most was its National Geographic quality work on life at the modern Robinson Crusoe Island [W] where the real life Alexander Selkirk [W] was marooned for 4 years and 4 months (much less than the 28 years of the fictional character!). Even though the island only has a few hundred inhabitants, they manage to have 4 soccer teams! They want to keep in rhythm with the modern world (via the Internet, news, cultural events, etc.) but they want their own identity too. Everyone wants to have the resources and education to have a good life, but it has to be sustainable. Their economy is built largely on lobster harvesting, civil services, and tourism. If they over-fish, i.e. become too efficient, they ruin themselves.

    The island is like a microcosm but while the island can fall back on the mainland, Earth has nothing else to fall back onto.

    2006-09-22t19:27:52 Z | TAGS:
    The Churburg Armoury
    The Churburg Armoury [http://213.136.32.111/hp/start.html] [VIA: Rob at the CSG] [RATING: 8]
    The Churburg Armoury by Carlo Paggiarino. A book with beautiful photos of the Trapp Family Collection of Historic arms and armour at the Castle of Churburg. Neutral backgrounds and close ups draw attention to the lines and surfaces.

    [PHOTO: Armour from the Churburg Armoury photographed by Carlo Paggiarino]

    2006-09-22t21:30:16 Z | TAGS:
    Solar windows
    Solar Cells for Cheap [http://www.technologyreview.com/read_article.aspx?id=17490&ch=biztech] [RATING: 7]

    This is an interview with Michael Grätzel, "chemistry professor at the Ecoles Polytechniques Fédérales de Lausanne in Switzerland, is most famous for inventing a new type of solar cell that could cost much less than conventional photovoltaics."

    The Dye-sensitized solar cells [W], aka Grätzel cells, operate more like photosynthesis, but with nanotechnology they have become even cheaper and more efficient.

    Light generates electrons and positive carriers and they have to be transported. In a semiconductor silicon cell, silicon material absorbs light, but it also conducts the negative and positive charge carriers. An electric field has to be there to separate those charges. All of this has to be done by one material--silicon has to perform at least three functions. To do that, you need very pure materials, and that brings the price up. On the other hand, the dye cell uses a molecule to absorb light. It's like chlorophyll in photosynthesis, a molecule that absorbs light. But the chlorophyll's not involved in charge transport. It just absorbs light and generates a charge, and then those charges are conducted by some well-established mechanisms. That's exactly what our system does. The real breakthrough came with the nanoscopic particles. You have hundreds of particles stacked on top of each other in our light harvesting system.

    It's a commonly accepted fact that the photovoltaic community thinks that the "building integrated" photovoltaics, that's where we have to go. Putting, as you say, those "ugly" scaffolds on the roof--this is not going to be appealing, and it's also expensive. That support structure costs a lot of money in addition to the cells, and so it's absolutely essential to make cells that are an integral part. [With our cells] the normal configuration has glass on both sides, and can be made to look like a colored glass. This could be used as a power-producing window or skylights or building facades. The wall or window itself is photovoltaicly active.

    Konarka has a program with the military to have cells built into uniforms. You can imagine why. The soldier has so much electrical gear and so they want to boost their batteries. Batteries are a huge problem--the weight--and batteries cost a huge amount of money. Konarka has just announced a 20-megawatt facility for a foil-backed, dye-sensitized solar cell. This would still be for roofs. But there is a military application for tents, and Konarka is participating in that program.

    TR: When are we going to be able to buy your cells?

    MG: I expect in the next couple of years. The production equipment is already there.

    TR: The main advantage of your cells is cost?

    MG: A factor of 4 or 5 [lower cost than silicon] is realistic. If it's building integrated, you get additional advantages because, say you have glass, and replace it [with our cells], you would have had the glass cost anyway.

    TR: Why does producing your technology require less energy?

    MG: The silicon people need to make silicon out of silicon oxide. We use an oxide that is already existing: titanium oxide. We don't need to make titanium out of titanium oxide.

    2006-09-22t21:40:19 Z | TAGS:
    Throw those biking helmets away!
    Wearing helmets 'more dangerous' [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/somerset/5334208.stm] [RATING: 7]

    I almost want to say: "I knew it! When we were kids, we never wore helmets and we turned out OK! Ha ha!"

    The lack of a helmet may urge drivers to give you more space, and thus lower the probability of an accident, but if you do have an accident, then a helmet might be good —if it's a serious helmet and worn properly.

    To carry out the research, Dr [Ian] Walker used a bike fitted with a computer and an ultrasonic distance sensor to find drivers were twice as likely to get close to the bicycle, at an average of 8.5cm, when he wore a helmet. The experiment, which recorded 2,500 overtaking motorists in Salisbury and Bristol, was funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

    We know helmets are useful in low-speed falls, and so definitely good for children, but whether they offer any real protection to somebody struck by a car is very controversial.

    Apparently wigs make a difference too, but I'm guessing that this is that people are more protective over women and children then men. I wonder if a blatantly gay man would be given more or less space?

    To test another theory, Dr Walker donned a long wig to see whether there was any difference in passing distance when drivers thought they were overtaking what appeared to be a female cyclist. While wearing the wig, drivers gave him an average of 14cm more space when passing.

    2006-09-22t21:55:16 Z | TAGS:
    Bionic arms with thought output and input
    New bionic arm is almost like the real thing [http://www.chicagotribune.com/technology/chi-0609140198sep14,1,5067898.story] [RATING: 7]

    A thought driven arm must be a great improvement over previous arms.

    Mitchell is the fourth person [but first woman] to be successfully fitted with the bionic arm, which weighs about 6 pounds and costs between $60,000 and $75,000. She said she typically wears the arm two to eight hours a day.

    The four main nerves that used to connect the brain to the missing limb communicate with the computerized arm instead, a breakthrough pioneered by Dr. Todd Kuiken, director of the institute's Neural Engineering Center for Artificial Limbs and Center for Bionic Medicine. To do this the nerves are rerouted from the stump to muscles in the chest. The nerves still carry the electric signals from the brain that formerly activated the arm. By placing delicate sensors over the nerves these signals can be used to operate the artificial prosthesis, which is equipped with three motors and a small computer.

    The equipment can give output naturally, but, surprisingly, can also take input! This could result in an arm that could feel.

    The possibility of making a bionic arm that can feel came to light with Jesse Sullivan, a double amputee from Tennessee who was the first person to receive the Rehabilitation Institute's thought-controlled prosthesis. Kuiken and his team were startled to discover that touching the skin over the chest muscles where the arm nerves had been transplanted gave Sullivan the feeling that a part of his hand was being touched. .... The idea, Kuiken said, is to develop sensors in an artificial hand that can sense such things as temperature and pressure and have them transmitted to amplifiers on her chest.

     If we can make thought operated bionic arms, then why stop at replacing lost limbs? Why not make a Doctor Octopus [W] or Gundam [W] suit? I'm sure the military must be thinking about using this technology not only for injured veterans but for the battlefield too.

    2006-08-02t22:04:49 Z | TAGS:
    Thus ends my experiment of not blogging for a month

    The experiment was simple: 1. Stop blogging for a month. 2. See what happens to my site's stats. That's it. I suspect that my site traffic is about my website content instead of my blog. Let's see if I was right.

    Month Daily
    Hits
    % Change Daily
    Page View
    % Change Daily
    Visits
    % Change
    2006-05 27,646   10,194   4,522  
    2006-06 26,683 -3.5% 9,981 -2.1% 4,859 7.5%
    2006-07 26,203 -1.8% 9,317 -6.7% 4,532 -6.7%

    Yes, I was. If I assume that the difference between May and June is a typical fluctuation, then the difference between June and July fits within that fluctuation. Of course I'm only working off of a few data points here but it will do. I think this means that people are accessing my site by finding content via search engines as opposed to reading my blog (unless blog readers kept coming to my site anyway). That's actually just fine with since the whole site is mostly about logging my explorations and I'm dreading the day that I get my five minutes of Internet fame and my web server gets pinged to death.

    I confess: It didn't start out as an experiment, rather I just stopped blogging because I got very busy at work and at home. My calendar usually has a lot of whitespace but this past month barely has any.

    So what happened since I blogged last (2006-06-23)? What are the things that I might have blogged about?

    2006-08-04t21:14:39 Z | TAGS:
    Liquid armor
    Body Armor Fit For A Superhero [http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/06_32/b3996068.htm] [VIA: http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/08/01/0336235&from=rss] [RATING: 7]

    This can finally armor spots, like the armpit, that have been difficult to cover for centuries. It's light and flexible, but I still think the ceramic dragon scales are pretty cool.

    oday's versions of body armor are composed mostly of 20 to 30 layers of synthetic fibers. And while there is no question the death toll for American troops in Iraq would be far higher without it, the gear is bulky and can't stop high-velocity bullets, for example, or all bomb fragments. Even as DuPont (DD ) was field-testing the original Kevlar jackets in the early 1970s, researchers were hunting for lighter, tougher ballistic fabrics. Since then, companies have investigated a chemist's kit of exotic materials, from cloned spider silk -- a wonder of lightness and strength -- to newfangled sheets of carbon nanotubes that are among the toughest structures in nature. Israeli researchers at one company, ApNano Materials Inc. in New York, have shown off a breastplate of nanometals said to be five times as strong as steel.

    Armor Holdings' product is different from all of the above. Developed by Norman Wagner, a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Dela-ware's Center for Composite Materials, it's a mix of polyethylene glycol, a polymer found in laxatives and other consumer products, and nanobits of silica, or purified sand. Together they produce a "sheer-thickening liquid" that stiffens instantly into a shield when hit hard by an object. It reverts to its liquid state just as fast when the energy from the projectile dissipates.

    The liquid has other pluses. It's lighter than Kevlar and other widely used fabrics. That means Armor Holdings' new vests, in which the substance would be sandwiched between layers of ballistic fibers, might be lighter than current versions, which weigh four pounds or more. It also should be cheaper to manufacture, says Schiller. The Jacksonville (Fla.) company wants to continue to sell entry-level garments for $500 to $600.

    2006-08-04t21:23:24 Z | TAGS:
    Google buys a binary googol of IPs
    Google the ISP with 2^96 IPv6 addresses [http://blogs.zdnet.com/Ou/?p=254&tag=nl.e550] [RATING: 7]

    Not quite a googol (10 100) but 2 96 is close enough. So Google becoming the next  AOL? (I can barely say that without snorting). IPv6 is closer than I thought!

    Garett Rogers had this blog about "Google's secret IPv6 plans".  It appears that Google owns a block of IPv6 addresses numbering approximately 7.9 x 1028 (79 billion billion billion addresses) or 296.  Basically Google owns any IPv6 address from:

    2001:4860:0000:0000:0000:0000:0000:0000
    	
    to
    	
    2001:4860:FFFF:FFFF:FFFF:FFFF:FFFF:FFFF

    ARIN (the organization that allocates IP addresses on the Internet) only gives IP blocks of this size to ISP for the purpose of reselling to end users and companies.  Put this in the context of Google's continued purchase of dark fiber (unused fiber optic cabling, much of it left from the dotcom era) and the construction of a massive data center, it's clear that Google is trying to position itself in the heart of the Internet.

    2006-08-04t21:43:03 Z | TAGS:
    Funny Darth Vader videos

    Via Darth Vader. Sith Lord. Fallen Jedi. Smartass. [metafilter.com/mefi/53569] and The Force is strong with this one [metafilter.com/mefi/53022].

    2006-08-08t17:20:33 Z | TAGS:
    When will Mayon Volcano erupt?

    If I'm in Chicago and practically biting my nails, then I imagine the locals must be really edgy with over 30,000 resident evacuating.

    I saw both Mayon Volcano [W] and Taal Volcano [W] when I was in the Philippines in 2004. Mayon Volcano is in Albay Province [W] is in the Bicol Region and is on the north border of Sorsogon Province [W]. My parents come from Sorsogon Province, so while Mayon Volcano is the Philippine equivalent of Japan's Mount Fuji [W] and is hence a national symbol, for my family it was a local thing.

    Mayon Volcano is also just 15 Km = 9.3 miles from Legazpi City [W], a city with over 150,000 people that I also visited in 2004. Legazpi City is named after Miguel López de Legazpi [W], the Spanish conquistador who established the first Spanish colony in the Philippines.

    Here's are some recent shots via http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_pictures/5252146.stm.


    Is the chicken is his lunch or what?


    These guys are close enough to cook.

    Here's a shot from Wikipedia. Yes, the volcano is indeed that close to the airport.
    [W]

    2006-08-08t17:31:07 Z | TAGS:
    Plasma TV beats diamond necklace
    Study: Tech Replaces Diamonds As Girl's Best Friend [http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=191601137&cid=RSSfeed_IWK_All] [VIA: http://digg.com/tech_news/3_out_of_4_women_now_prefer_a_plasma_tv_to_a_diamond_THANK_YOU_GOD] [RATING: 7]

    Finally, a purchase we can all agree upon! A simple cost-per-use analysis gives insight too: The TV can be watched everyday, but the necklace can only be publicly worn rarely.

    Diamonds are no longer a girl's best friend, according to a new U.S. study that found three of four women would prefer a new plasma TV to a diamond necklace.

    The Girls Gone Wired survey of 1,400 women and 700 men aged 15 to 49, which was conducted by market researcher TRU, found that given the choice, women would opt for tech items rather than luxury items like jewelry or vacations. The study found 77 percent of women surveyed would prefer a new plasma television to a diamond solitaire necklace and 56 percent would opt for a new plasma TV over a weekend vacation in Florida. Even shoes lost out. The study found 86 percent would prefer a new digital video camera to a pair of designer shoes.

    On the other hand, nothing beats an engagement ring even a modest one.

    2006-08-08t17:47:20 Z | TAGS:
    Megapixel myth
    The Megapixel Myth [http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/mpmyth.htm] [VIA: http://digg.com/gadgets/The_Megapixel_Myth_2] [RATING: 7]

    While this is essentially true, then how much resolution do you need and which cameras give better pictures?

    Resolution has little to do with image quality. Color and tone are far more important technically. Even Consumer Reports in their November 2002 issue noted some lower resolution digital cameras made better images than some higher resolution ones.

    There is also the issue that some people want the gadgets but don't necessarily have the time or talent for the task. This is why people love to buy kitchen or hardware gadgets, even if they can't cook or make things.

    Digital does not replace film. Just look here for why a magazine like Arizona Highways simply does not accept images from digital cameras for publication since the quality is not good enough, even from 11 megapixel cameras, to print at 12 x 18."

    If you do fret the pixel counts, I find that it takes about 25 megapixels to simulate 35mm film, which is still far more than any practical digital camera. At the 6 megapixel level digital gives about the same sharpness as a duplicate slide, which is plenty for most things. Honestly, I have actually had digital files written back out onto film to see this. See also my film vs. digital page here.

    Of course I use much bigger film than 35mm for all the pretty pictures you see at my website, so digital would need about 100 megapixels to simulate medium format film, or 500 megapixels to simulate 4x5" film. This is all invisible at Internet resolutions, but obvious in gallery size prints.

    For images seen at arm's length you need to have about 300 real pixels for every inch of your print's dimensions. If you are looking too closely, as with a contact print, then you'll love to have 600 real pixels or more for every inch of your print. Stand further away as you would from a huge print and even 100 pixels per inch (DPI) can look great. By real pixels I mean real optical pixels, not phony interpolated ones. Multiply the inch dimensions by these DPI figures to get the total resolution (horizontal and vertical, typically thousands in each dimension) you need for a decent image, and multiply these together to get a total number of pixels (usually in the millions, or megapixels.)

    For instance, for an excellent 8x10 you need [8" x 300 DPI] x [10 x 300DPI] or 2,400 x 3,000 pixels, or 7,200,000 pixels, or 7.2 megapixels. This is what the formula at the top calculates the easy way.

    2006-08-08t18:07:21 Z | TAGS:
    Fancy UK passports hacked
    British biometric passport hacked [http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=33515] [RATING: 7]

    Security? What security?

    It has cost the UK more than £415m to load passports with information such as fingerprints, facial scans and iris patterns. Apparently the same hack can be used to turn over the UK government's plan for a national ID card. Grunwald was able to hack the card in two weeks using hardware worth £105. A spokesman from the Home Office said that the UK biometric passport was one of the most secure in the world and while it might be possible to copy the chip data it was not possible to modify or manipulate any of the data.

    105 breaks 415,000,000? Two weeks of work breaks months of work? Ouch.

    This is why I'm so resistant to having my fingerprints and other biometrics digitized.

    2006-08-08t20:16:21 Z | TAGS:
    Sluggo
    The Greatest Nancy Panel Ever Drawn ["http://jimwoodring.blogspot.com/2006/07/greatest-nancy-panel-ever-drawn.html]

    Yes.

    [COMIC: Sluggo slacking and floating]

    2006-08-09t15:07:11 Z | TAGS:
    Optimus keyboard still not out
    Optimus keyboard [http://www.artlebedev.com/portfolio/optimus/] [VIA: http://digg.com/hardware/Optimus_Keyboard_February_1st_] [RATING: 7]

    This is a wicked cool keyboard with programmable OLED [W] keys. You can make custom keyboards for specific OSes (Mac, Windows, etc.), specific apps (Quake, PhotoShop, etc.), specific languages (English, Russian, etc.), rearrange keys to where you want, and who knows what else.

    The odd thing is that it has so many diggs (and has been dugg for over 200 days) and yet this thing hasn't come out yet and may end up being vaporware.

    2006-08-09t15:50:13 Z | TAGS:
    Perseid meteor shower 2006

    The Perseid meteor shower [W] peaks this weekend! And we're going camping!

    However there is some good news and bad news about the 2006 Perseid shower [science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2006/07aug_perseids.htm]: The bad news is the 87% full moon will glare and make viewing hard, but the good news is that there is a window after sunset but before the moon comes out 20:30/22:00 on 08-11 Fri or 08-12 Sat when we might see meteors if we look north.

    Don't forget your compass and flashlight!

    2006-08-09t21:58:14 Z | TAGS:
    AOL User 927
    AOL User 927 Illuminated [http://consumerist.com/consumer/privacy/aol-user-927-illuminated-192502.php] [VIA: http://digg.com/tech_news/AOL_User_927_Scariest_AOL_user_search_record] [RATING: 7]

    This is so wicked! Essentially AOL recently released the search queries of over 650,000 users. The made the user anonymous by converting the usernames into numbers but still you get a deep sense of privacy invasion. The link above showcases the search queries of one user.

    The record starts out blandly enough in March. First he's concerned about how long it takes broken legs to heal. Then he investigates human mold. Perhaps staying at home after an accident? Then he peeks into a little dog sex, but the leash isn't very long, the most prurient site he reaches being SFweekly.com, a regular ol' newspaper. Later that day he looks up flowers. flowers aster. butterfly orchid. The next day, more flowers, followed by a little forced rape porn, testicle festivals and slow-dancing steps. Must be planning a big night.

    I think one user got was on the right track with this educated guess:

    This account must be used by more than one person: probably two parents and one teenage otaku.

    FYI: AOL may have pulled the list but it's easy to find copies. Or check out aolstalker.com.

    The comments at the post and dugg are pretty funny too.

    2006-08-22t21:27:30 Z | TAGS:
    GDrive
    Google GDrive is not a rumor [http://blogs.zdnet.com/Google/?p=121] [RATING: 7]

    Others have tried it but it takes a big name like Google to popularize it.

    In a Windows environment, most users know how to use the typical C: in "My Computer".  Network drives work exactly the same but are given a different letter and the files within are not stored on the computer.  If my suspicions are correct and GDrive is simply a network share, most applications could take advantage of this service without modification.

    The question of course is how Google will monetize a service like this.  I cannot see how file storage using a network share could be used to serve up advertisements — so maybe they won't.  In some screenshots of Gmail for domains, it appears there are different "account plans" that I assume provide additional email addresses.  Could a similar system work for online storage?  For example, 1GB free and pay $5 for each additional.

    2006-08-22t21:40:01 Z | TAGS:
    Classic comic book ads

    I love how an image or a smell can instantly bring you back in time. Looking at these images, I am once more a kid coveting goofy crap. My son loves to play with army men.

    [COMIC: 100pc Toy Soldier Set] [via http://home.att.net/~1.elliott/comicbooktoysoldiers.html via http://monkeyfilter.com/link.php/4934]
    [COMIC: Polars Nuclear Sub] [via http://monkeysvsrobots.com/gallery/classiccomicads via http://monkeyfilter.com/link.php/12477]

    2006-08-22t21:50:00 Z | TAGS:
    Three more planets
    2006 redefinition of planet [W] [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=2006_redefinition_of_planet&oldid=71248870]

    This is such a cute story: Too bad it didn't happen while the kids were in school. Pluto and Charon is now a double planet system. Dozens of other bodies may eventually be deemed planets. For some reason the idea of owning my own island or planet comes to mind.

    In 2006, a proposal was brought before the International Astronomical Union to redefine the term "planet" so as to include other objects beyond the traditional nine planets which have been historically considered a part of the solar system. The proposal is denoted as Resolution 5 for GA-XXVI; members of the IAU will vote on it on 2006-08-24 in Prague, Czech Republic. The redefinition would recognise three new planets: Ceres, Charon, and 2003 UB313. It is presumed that, after more observation and discussion, astronomers will accept more objects in the solar system as meeting this new definition.

    A planet is a celestial body that (a) has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that it assumes a hydrostatic equilibrium (nearly round) shape, and (b) is in orbit around a star, and is neither a star nor a satellite of a planet.

    2007-02-02t20:38:29 Z | TAGS:
    Genius physics answer
    elephantintheway.jpg [http://www.robmonroe.net/upload/2007/1/24/elephantintheway.jpg] [VIA: http://digg.com/offbeat_news/How_To_Solve_Any_Physics_Problem_pic] [SIZE: 604x452] [RATING: 8]
    This is so freaking good! Whether or not you know the answer to a question, this is a great answer. Other funny stuff in the digg thread.
    2007-02-05t03:18:37 Z | TAGS:
    I just watched 19 episodes of Naruto
    In theory I could have done all sorts of things today but for some reason I watched the first 19 episodes of Naruto [W] online at youtube.com. I just searched for "Naruto episode 1", and it just cascades from there. I think youtube has all 220 Naruto episodes so far [W]. I watched them in Japanese with English subtitles, but you can look for English dubbed or German dubbed or whatever. I think Caroon Network has only shown up to episode 67 so far. The crazy thing is that this can only be good for the Naruto franchise because the more people want it, the more people will want related products like cards, DVDs, etc. Overall it was for the best since it turns out that the Bears lost the Superbowl anyway.
    2007-02-05t21:06:06 Z | TAGS:
    Sam Harris and Andrew Sullivan blogalogue over faith
    Is Religion 'Built Upon Lies'? [http://www.beliefnet.com/story/209/story_20904_1.html] [VIA: My wife, Julia Hernandez] [RATING: 7]
    It's worse than listening to a Progressive and a Republican debating: I think Sam kicked Andrew's ass but Andrew won't admit it or see it. It's like talking to a brick wall. Of course others will see it from the other side. People are unaware of several factors such as how the brain is wired towards magical thinking and how much social conditioning they have undergone. A popular cult is renamed a religion. It is out of kindness (or fear) that atheists have humored theists, but I think Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins have the right idea in that it is time for atheists to come out and stand for themselves.
    2007-02-07t19:30:47 Z | TAGS:
    How to be charismatic
    How to Be Charismatic [http://www.wikihow.com/Be-Charismatic] [RATING: 8]
    Everyone can use this one. The path to becoming charismatic is more important than getting there. Here's a quick summary of the points:
    2007-02-07t23:07:44 Z | TAGS:
    Vertical gardening
    Vertical Garden: The art of organic architecture [http://www.pingmag.jp/2006/12/08/vertical-garden-the-art-of-organic-architecture/] [VIA: http://www.metafilter.com/mefi/56849] [RATING: 7]

    This is like super ivy. I'd like some! In Chicago, you'd also have to take into account how it would look outdoors in the winter.

    2007-02-07t17:04:10 Z | TAGS:
    How to hide money
    The Best Place To Hide Money: Conversation With A Burglar [http://www.pfadvice.com/2007/02/05/the-best-place-to-hide-money-conversation-with-a-burglar/] [VIA: http://www.boingboing.net/2007/02/07/howto_hide_money_whe.html] [RATING: 7]
    Apparently thieves want valuables and they want it fast. So the big tips are:
    2007-02-07t17:53:33 Z | TAGS:
    11 top philosophy quotes
    11 Most Important Philosophical Quotations [http://www.neatorama.com/2007/02/06/11-most-important-philosophical-quotations/] [VIA: http://digg.com/general_sciences/11_Most_Important_Philosophical_Quotations] [RATING: 8]
    Who cares who compiled the list. It's still a decent list. The post gives more detail but I can give just the quotes here since they're all in the public domain:
    1. “The unexamined life is not worth living” – Socrates (470-399 BCE)
    2. “Entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily” – William of Ockham (1285 - 1349?)
    3. “The life of man [is] solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” – Thomas Hobbes (1588 – 1679)
    4. “I think therefore I am” – René Descartes (1596 – 1650)
    5. “To be is to be perceived (Esse est percipi).” Or, “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?” – Bishop George Berkeley (1685 – 1753)
    6. “We live in the best of all possible worlds.” – Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646 – 1716)
    7. “The owl of Minerva spreads its wings only with the falling of the dusk.” G.W.F. Hegel (1770 – 1831)
    8. “Who is also aware of the tremendous risk involved in faith – when he nevertheless makes the leap of faith – this [is] subjectivity … at its height.” – Søren Kierkegaard (1813 – 1855)
    9. “God is dead.” – Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 – 1900)
    10. “There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide.” – Albert Camus (1913 – 1960)
    11. “One cannot step twice in the same river.” – Heraclitus (ca. 540 – ca. 480 BCE)
    2007-02-07t19:44:37 Z | TAGS:
    Japanese collectivism
    Where Solo Is Sociable [http://www.wired.com/news/columns/0,70277-0.html?tw=rss.index] [RATING: 8]
    I'm continuing to parse my old bookmarks and while this is a year old, it's still good. Follow the links and it turns out that Momus has interesting explorations into Japanese culture (EG: The spirit of WA). As Asian introvert, I find these discussions on collectivism and individualism interesting. Odd that eating alone in collectivist Japan can be liberating while eating alone in individualist America can be isolating.
    2007-02-07t19:53:51 Z | TAGS:
    Black lines on the edges in a room makes it look virtual
    306 Cartoon room [http://www.luise-berlin.com/en/rooms/306.htm] [RATING: 7]

    Another link dug up while parsing old bookmarks. An exercise in making the actual seem virtual.

    [PHOTO: Black lines on the edges in a room makes it look virtual]

    A characteristic touch is that every corner and angle is outlined with a thin, hand-drawn, black line – whether on the ceiling, on the bed, or around a plug. The result is a dollhouse-like, comic book room with papaya green walls, a sunny yellow rug, a lilac bed and a pink cupboard. Graphics and decorations by the artist complete the design.

    2007-02-08t15:57:21 Z | TAGS:
    Inkless printing with ZINK
    Printing without Ink [http://www.technologyreview.com/Biztech/18155/] [RATING: 7]

    One of the more interesting developments in printing in years. The technology from ZINK Imaging [zink.com] eliminates ink by using special paper infused with layers of invisible micro crystals. Each layer has the potential for a different color. The color is "awakened" at a given pixel by the fine application of specific temperatures. The zink paper is expected to cost around 20 cents.

    "[The printer] is doing combinations of these pulses for every single pixel," says Herchen. To produce a green pixel, for instance, the heating element would turn on some yellow layers with a quick, high-temperature pulse, cool back down, and then turn on cyan with a longer, low-temperature pulse. It takes only tens of microseconds to deliver these pulses. In a typical two-by-three-inch picture, which takes less than a minute to print, there are approximately two hundred million heat pulses.

    The one drawback is the thermal sensitivity of the ZINK paper. This drawback is acceptable for many situations, especially transient ones.

    A technology based on thermal heating begs the question: how easy is it to ruin the paper before and after one has printed a picture? Herchen says that laboratory tests have shown that the paper--both before and after printing--doesn't change colors at temperatures as high as 70 °C (158 °F). And if placed in sunlight, the picture will fade at a rate similar to that of other thermal printings and many inkjet printings: about 5 to 15 years.

    When compared with the three historical printing methods (inkjet, laser, and thermal transfer), the ZINK method has fewer mechanical points of failure.

    Historically, printing has been divided into several camps. Many home-office printers are inkjet, a relatively inexpensive technology that squirts ink from cartridges directly onto paper. More expensive laser printers use another approach that creates images using electrically charged colored powder, called toner. The third technology is called thermal printing. The most common type of thermal transfer printing uses a ribbon, similar to that in a typewriter, says Eric Hanson, manager of marking technology at Hewlett Packard Labs, in Palo Alto, CA. The ribbon is pressed to the paper, then heat is applied with a thermal printhead to transfer color.

    I love the idea never running out of ink as long as you have paper!

    2007-02-08t21:47:13 Z | TAGS:
    Megapixel myth again
    The Megapixel Myth - You’re getting ripped off. [http://blogs.smugmug.com/onethumb/2007/02/08/the-megapixel-myth-youre-getting-ripped-off/] [VIA: http://digg.com/tech_news/The_Megapixel_Myth_You_re_getting_ripped_off] [RATING: 7]

    I started with the digg post, then I kept following the links. The key idea apparently is that the number of megapixels is not as important as the quality of the lens and the size/quality of the sensors on the light-capturing hardware in digital cameras called the charge coupled device (CCD).

    I liked this link, How Spirit makes great photos [msnbc.msn.com/id/3958138/], which shows that NASA's Spirit Rover has only 1 megapixel but its sensors are 4 times larger than usual.

    This link, Don't buy more megapixels than you need!!! [http://easyphotography.info/digital-camera-photography-vocabulary-terms-lingo.htm#dontbuy], shows, with pictures, that more megapixels can actually return grainier photos.

    2007-02-12t17:43:34 Z | TAGS:
    The Iraq War and doubling the worth of my gold

    A few years ago I was arguing with my Republican friends about the Iraq War. I was also arguing about how going into a war was a good time to buy gold. Well now 4 years later it seems pretty clear that the Iraq War is terrible and that buying gold then was good. Gold was around $330 per ounce then and it is now $660 per ounce. Doubling my money in 4 years or roughly 14% interest is pretty good. Actually gold hit $660/oz a year ago so I actually doubled my money in 3 years (26% interest), but I'm holding on to the coins because Bush and company might screw things up some more. Too bad I didn't get more American Gold Eagles [W]: I love the weight and feel in my hands.

    Speaking of coinage, I'm eagerly awaiting the new US Presidential $1 coins [W] coming out 2007-02-15 Thursday!

    2007-02-13t16:14:40 Z | TAGS:
    The gifted
    You're so smart you probably think this post is about you [http://www.metafilter.com/58583/Youre-so-smart-you-probably-think-this-post-is-about-you] [RATING: 7]

    I was annoyingly branded as one of those gifted kids. The fixation on ability is absurd. The emphasis should be on having fun, doing what interests you, fostering it in others, and doing it with others as well as by yourself. At any moment anyone of us can have an incident and end up being mentally, physically, or emotionally challenged.

    "You're really smart!" Psychologist Carol Dweck says that praising a child for being smart only teaches the kid to avoid any effort that might fail. "When we praise children for their intelligence, we tell them that this is the name of the game: Look smart, don't risk making mistakes." Malcolm Gladwell chimes in with his thoughts on the importance of being a smart kid, "What a gifted child is, in many ways, is a gifted learner. And what a gifted adult is, is a gifted doer. And those are quite separate domains of achievement."

    2007-02-19t17:08:10 Z | TAGS:
    Naruto: Watched up to Episode 80

    I watched more Naruto on youtube.com last night and I'm up to episode 80. There are 220 episodes so far (List of Naruto episodes [W]), but it is also important to keep an eye on the story arcs (List of Naruto story arcs [W]). If you're aware of the story arcs, then you know ahead of time how many episodes you have to watch in order to get closure.

    This last arc (Invasion of Konoha) was great. The comparison and contrast of Naruto and Gaara was great. I love how they explore the creation of a "bad guy" and have them see the way to be "good"; The continued theme of greater strength coming from fighting for those you love (a synthesis of love and duty). It definitely fits in with my long time belief of the limitations of "evil" and the greater potential of "good".

    They don't make long story arcs of this quality in American animation. Stuff like this is important during formative years.

    2007-02-19t18:44:58 Z | TAGS:
    Delete key eraser
    Tersumus [http://www.boingboing.net/2007/02/19/deletekey_pencil_era.html] [VIA: http://www.boingboing.net/2007/02/19/deletekey_pencil_era.html] [RATING: 8]

    This eraser that looks like a giant DELETE key is just too cute.

    2007-02-20t16:17:22 Z | TAGS:
    Powered rope ascender
    A Tool Worthy of Batman's Utility Belt [http://www.technologyreview.com/Infotech/18204/] [RATING: 7]

    This power drill sized device by Atlas Devices [atlasdevices.com], to be used by the US Army and emergency teams, let's you climb up a rope at 10 feet/sec = 3 m/s.

    Atlas's 20-pound [= 9 Kg] machine uses a fast-charging, high-power-density lithium-ion battery made by A123 Systems, based in Watertown, MA. (See "More Powerful Batteries.") To use the device, a soldier or rescue worker wraps a rope around its cylinder and clips it to a harness worn around the waist. Ball says the biggest design challenge in making the climber was a mechanical one. "We had to come up with a clever mechanism to grip the rope securely while not damaging it," he says. The device relies on the capstan effect: the more times a rope is wrapped around a cylinder, the stronger the device's grip on the rope. To take advantage of the effect, the MIT students had to make a device that could tightly grip a few turns of a rope while still rapidly advancing it.

    In their videos, it looks like they're having a blast testing out the "Powered Rope Ascender"! It looks like it can be used as a very portable winch.

    2007-02-21t19:22:18 Z | TAGS:
    Cyber psychology
    Johnny Storm: Revealed. [http://www.metafilter.com/58792/Johnny-Storm-Revealed]

    The "online disinhibition effect" (ODE) is an old but fascinating topic. I'm glad that it continues to be discussed.

    The MeFi post has a lot of great links (I bolded the ones I liked) and the MeFi thread has some nice meat in it too (EG: John Gabriel's Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory [penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/03/19]).

    Flame wars as psychopathology. What's behind those flaming hot e-mails or UseNet flame wars or MetaFilter comments?. Perhaps, as John Suler suggested, there are a number of factors, including dissociative anonymity, invisibility, asynchronicity, solipsistic introjection (altered self-boundaries), dissociative imagination, and minimzation of authority, as he discussed in his fascinating 2004 paper (note: .pdf). Is there, as the NY Times piece asks, "a design flaw inherent in the interface between the brain’s social circuitry and the online world"? Flaming previously covered by MeFi here, here, here, and of course, here.
    posted by scblackman

    ODE, however I think is only one aspect of online behavior. The older article on USENET lists some of the other kinds of online behavior. I've taken the liberty to increase that list:

    Here are a few random notes on the topic.

    2007-02-23t20:18:53 Z | TAGS:
    Creativity: Solo v Group

    Two links I'm relating:

    If the power of individual creativity can be mollified at meetings, then it seems that individuals working asynchronously via collaborative apps would make better use of that power.

    My company has effectively been using the Google Apps for months now (Gmail, calendar, talk, docs, and spreadsheets). It's been good but I haven't been able to convince any of my weenie co-workers (and yes I know they read my blog sometimes!) to collaborate on docs, but so far there has only been collaboration on spreadsheets. Oh well. At least it's been easier than trying to get the Chicago Swordplay Guild [chicagoswordplayguild.com] to use the WYSIWYG CMS system I created for them to make posts online. Oh well. I love both of you groups anyway!

    On the other hand a meeting that is both managed and somewhat combative is productive. I've had that with work in person and with the CSG mailing list.

    2007-02-25t17:41:17 Z | TAGS:
    Bought a wheeled golf travel bag

    Around 2 years ago I accidentally bought a non-wheeled bag. Since then I've spent hours looking into wheeled bags. By coincidence the bag I need is around the size of a golf travel bag. I don't golf but I'm an active member at the Chicago Swordplay Guild [chicagoswordplayguild.com]. A longsword or rapier is around 48" = 1.2 m. Plus I need to haul other stuff like a fencing mask, a fencing jacket, and wooden weapons.

    It was important for me to get as much info about each model I was looking into. If a seller didn't have enough info, then I tried to look up info at other sellers, or directly at the manufacturer. Of course, I also shopped around to get the best price on each make and model. I suppose I could look for even cheaper sellers, but I think that would come at the cost of customer service.

    Here are some of the wheeled golf travel bags that made it to the last few rounds:

    Make Model Price Case Material Size Shoulder Strap
    Bag Boy T-350 $60 soft 600 denier uncertain no
    Golf Travel Bags Chauffer 3 $90 soft 1200 denier 51" x 15" x 11" no
    SKB 2SKB-4916PW Travel-Tek Staff Deluxe Bag $90 soft 800 denier 49" x 16" inside yes
    Samsonite Wheeled Golf Travel Valet $100 soft 1680 denier 53" x 16" x 11" yes
    Ogio Straight Jacket Travel Bag $110 soft 600 denier 50" x 15" x15" no
    Ogio Monster Golf Travel Bag $200 soft unknown denier Assumed larger than the other Ogio no
    Golf Travel Bags The Vault $150 hard polyethylene 50-1/4" x 14-7/8" x 14-1/4" no
    Club Champ Airporter Hard Sided Golf Travel Case $150 hard uncertain uncertain x 12" x 12" no
    SKB 2SKB-1649W ATA Staff Golf Travel Case $165 hard polyethylene 49" x 16" inside no
    Hummer Hardsided Travel Case $180 hard A.B.S. uncertain x 12" x 12" no

    In the end I opted to get the 2SKB-4916PW Travel-Tek Staff Deluxe Bag, made by SKB [skbcases.com] and sold by Explore Products [exploreproducts.com] (at $20 cheaper than the maker). It has all the other features I was looking for except for one:

    [PHOTO: 2SKB-4916PW closed][PHOTO: 2SKB-4916PW open]

    2007-02-27t16:37:08 Z | TAGS:
    Batmobile 4 Sale
    Lot 241: The Batmobile [http://www.coys.co.uk/auctions/lot.php?auction=59&id=43943] [VIA: http://www.metafilter.com/58994/Holy-Pimp-My-Ride-Batman] [RATING: 8]

    One of the Batmobiles is up for sale. I hope it goes to a good home.

    [PHOTO: Batmobile]

    2007-02-28t16:20:37 Z | TAGS:
    Russian bread truck
    Russian Drive-In [http://englishrussia.com/?p=725] [VIA: http://digg.com/offbeat_news/Russian_Drive_In_Pic] [SIZE: 639x399] [RATING: 7]

    It looks like not all the bread trucks were built by fine Russian vehicle makers (with catchy names like GAZ, LAZ, PAZ, VAZ, or ZAZ).

    The Automobile model numbering system in USSR and Russia [W] is interesting. It packs in a good amount of metadata, but I think it's also restrictive. What about cross-over vehicles? It's also not a sexy naming convention, but too many names can be annoying too. You would also still have to tag on the year too.

    2007-03-08t15:55:47 Z | TAGS:
    Science versus Faith
    Science vs Faith [http://www.wellingtongrey.net/miscellanea/archive/2007-01-15%20--%20science%20vs%20faith.html] [VIA: http://digg.com/general_sciences/Science_Vs_Faith_A_simple_picture_says_it_all] [RATING: 7]

    The site, http://wellingtongrey.blogspot.com/, also has a bunch of other fun stuff.

    [FLOWCHART: Science compared with religion]

    2007-03-08t16:02:30 Z | TAGS:
    Speed Painting
    [RATING: 8]

    These two videos are about "speed painting" but you have to see the first one before you see the second one. My kids and I were laughing so hard our ribs hurt.

    LOST - John Locke - Speed Painting [http://youtube.com/watch?v=8K_NQe57C-k; 05:52]

    LOST - John Locke - Speed Painting [http://youtube.com/watch?v=i9W6o_HQw9c; 00:52]. Exactly 5 minutes shorter!

    2007-03-08t16:25:59 Z | TAGS:
    "The private war of women soldiers" by Helen Benedict
    "The private war of women soldiers" by Helen Benedict [http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2007/03/07/women_in_military/print.html] [VIA: http://www.metafilter.com/59268/Rape-within-the-US-military] [RATING: 7]

    It's a real shame that women US soldiers have to put up with this from their own comrades. Fighting for your comrades is an even greater motivator than fighting for a mission or your country, and yet with such maltreatment, what do these women have?

    Unfortunately, with a greater number of women serving in Iraq than ever before, these measures are not keeping women safe. When you add in the high numbers of war-wrecked soldiers being redeployed, and the fact that the military is waiving criminal and violent records for more than one in 10 new Army recruits, the picture for women looks bleak indeed. Last year, Col. Janis Karpinski caused a stir by publicly reporting that in 2003, three female soldiers had died of dehydration in Iraq, which can get up to 126 degrees in the summer, because they refused to drink liquids late in the day. They were afraid of being raped by male soldiers if they walked to the latrines after dark. The Army has called her charges unsubstantiated, but Karpinski told me she sticks by them. (Karpinski has been a figure of controversy in the military ever since she was demoted from brigadier general for her role as commander of Abu Ghraib. As the highest-ranking official to lose her job over the torture scandal, she claims she was scapegoated, and has become an outspoken critic of the military's treatment of women. In turn, the Army has accused her of sour grapes.)

    Not everyone realizes how different the Iraq war is for women than any other American war in history. More than 160,500 American female soldiers have served in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Middle East since the war began in 2003, which means one in seven soldiers is a woman. Women now make up 15 percent of active duty forces, four times more than in the 1991 Gulf War. At least 450 women have been wounded in Iraq, and 71 have died -- more female casualties and deaths than in the Korean, Vietnam and first Gulf Wars combined. And women are fighting in combat. Officially, the Pentagon prohibits women from serving in ground combat units such as the infantry, citing their lack of upper-body strength and a reluctance to put girls and mothers in harm's way. But mention this ban to any female soldier in Iraq and she will scoff. "Of course we were in combat!" said Laura Naylor, 25, who served with the Army Combat Military Police in Baghdad from 2003-04. "We were interchangeable with the infantry. They came to our police stations and helped pull security, and we helped them search houses and search people. That's how it is in Iraq."
    Rape, sexual assault and harassment are nothing new to the military. They were a serious problem for the Women's Army Corps in Vietnam, and the rapes and sexual hounding of Navy women at Tailhook in 1991 and of Army women at Aberdeen in 1996 became national news. A 2003 survey of female veterans from Vietnam through the first Gulf War found that 30 percent said they were raped in the military. A 2004 study of veterans from Vietnam and all the wars since, who were seeking help for post-traumatic stress disorder, found that 71 percent of the women said they were sexually assaulted or raped while in the military. And in a third study, conducted in 1992-93 with female veterans of the Gulf War and earlier wars, 90 percent said they had been sexually harassed in the military, which means anything from being pressured for sex to being relentlessly teased and stared at.
    "There are only three kinds of female the men let you be in the military: a bitch, a ho or a dyke," said Montoya, the soldier who carried a knife for protection. "This guy out there, he told me he thinks the military sends women over to give the guys eye candy to keep them sane. He said in Vietnam they had prostitutes to keep them from going crazy, but they don't have those in Iraq. So they have women soldiers instead."
    Having the courage to report a rape is difficult enough for civilians, where unsympathetic police, victim-blaming myths, and simple fear prevent 59 percent of rapes from being reported, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice. But within the military, reporting is even more risky. Military platoons are enclosed, hierarchical societies, riddled with gossip, so any woman who reports a rape has no realistic chance of remaining anonymous. She will have to face her assailant day after day, and put up with rumors, resentment and blame from other soldiers. Furthermore, she runs the risk of being punished by her assailant if he is her superior.
    The extent and severity of PTSD in women who have had to cope with both combat and sexual assault in Iraq is still being studied, but as it is known that these are two of the highest predictors of PTSD, it is logical to assume that the combination is pretty bad. "When you are sexually assaulted by people who are your comrades, PTSD can be worse than in other circumstances," said Paula Shnurr, a research professor of psychiatry who conducted a new Veterans Administration study of therapy for women veterans with PTSD, published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association. "You feel incompetent and helpless, like children feel when abused by the very people who are supposed to look after them," Schnurr told me. "The people you depend on have attacked you."
    How can a man who pressures you for sex every day, who treats you like a prostitute, who threatens or punishes you if you refuse him, or who actually attacks you, be counted on to watch your back in battle? "Battle buddy bullshit," said García from the Military Police. "I didn't trust anybody in my company after a few months. I saw so many girls get screwed over, the sexual harassment. I didn't trust anybody and I still don't."
    2007-03-09t15:40:05 Z | TAGS:
    Competitiveness in martial arts

    In the Chicago Swordplay Guild [chicagoswordplayguild.com] mailing list, on 2007-03-02, one of the members asked this question:

    Although it is not displayed in my everyday life, I can be extremely competitive, which can be very frustrating when my skills are limited. I will just be going along having a great time, when it suddenly seems to rear its ugly head out of nowhere and there seems to be absolutely nothing I can do about it. I'm not certain if this competitiveness is an acquired or natural characteristic. Can this be helpful in some ways in studying a martial art, or is this something to be curbed, like fear or anger, because of its emotional content? If so, how does one go about doing that? Also, are some other qualities that may be beneficial, like drive and aggression, married to this? I would appreciate any input.

    Although my response is also archived in the mailing list, I also wanted to archive my response here. I'll hope incorporate it into my Martial Arts section.

    Disclaimer: I'm not a psychologist or a biological psychologist. I'm just a human being who does martial arts and other things. I suggest you practice safely, legally, and ethically. Also I'm at work so I may not edit as much as I ought.

    Martial arts are about combat: conflict resolution via physical and violent means. In contrast, sports are physical, but there is no intent to harm. In contrast, a video game may have intent to harm but there is no physicality. In contrast, a conflict may be resolved in a court without any physical or violent resolution (although you could go to jail and have some physical violence there ;-). I have protested before about styles that try so hard to wiggle out of this essence of the martial arts, that they cease to be martial arts.

    If you are feeling competitiveness, aggression, assertiveness, drive, anger, etc., if you are feeling the fight, then, well, you should be. You're alive. You're a human being. You are experiencing the "flight or fight" response, i.e. your subconscious sympathetic nervous system is responding to danger and stress with adrenaline and a host of other physical and psychological symptoms. It is in contrast to the "rest and digest" response, i.e. your subconscious parasympathetic nervous system is gearing up to chill out.

    Combatants when put under severe duress may involuntarily literally piss in their pants --not necessarily because they're scared but because FoF is overtaking RaD so much. Blood goes from guts to extremities. Extreme combat training pushes you to those limits so that you can experience them and act in spite of or utilize the response. The military studies stuff like this in order to not only create better fighting machines but also in order to help their people recover better physically and psychologically. The more "psychological distance", the better a soldier can kill and recover. There are many factors in "psychological distance" including physical distance, visibility of the target, decreased empathy with target, complexity of the combat, etc.  The more "technique", the more "form",  the more "civilized" , the more abstract a fight is, etc., the greater the psychological distance is and the more people are able to do it.

    It is said (with some statistical study too) that 98% of people crack after prolonged exposure to violence, but of the 2%, half are "wolves" (bad guys) and the other half are sheep dogs (good guys). I think knowledge of this to would foster more sheepdogs and fewer wolves. I used to be quite troubled by my own propensity for physical violence until I realized I was a sheep dog. I absolutely crave physical violence but I have no malevolent nature. I often wonder though: If I had not had so much combat (I don't count my childhood boxing years as part of my over 20 years of martial arts experience), then perhaps I would have been more productive in other arenas of human activity?

    Anyhow to make this short, as far as that fight you feel when you're fighting: Experience it, understand it, use it, channel it. Use the fight, don't let the fight use you. Let the fight enhance your abilities instead of detracting from them. This fight is particularly exposed in martial arts but I think that "fight" exists in almost any human endeavor and can be used for great good.

    -George Hernandez

    PS: Read On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society (1995) by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman for more about this stuff.

    A few emails later, I added this to the thread

    George- two points that I want to comment on in an otherwise exemplary posting:

    Thanks Roger.

    1. Martial arts are not about combat, or at least not solely. I would argue that your definition is correct, but incomplete. Conflict resolution via physical or violent means *and how we deal with the consequences and effects of those means.*

    Yes. I think it was discussed in previous threads that the consequences are under emphasized. On a martial level, there are psychological, legal, and social ramifications. Sure you can knife the guy for insulting your girlfriend but then there's jail, a lawsuit, and what about his wife and kids? On a military level, there are also political, cultural, and environmental ramifications. Sure you can invade Iraq, but then there are the weapon caches scattered all over the country, a total lack of security, sieve like borders, and the absence of strong political infrastructure to keep things together.

    2. Lt Col. Grossman's book is really good on the subject, but be forewarned- he is primarily focused on the ramifications that the use of violence in a large scale combative situation has on a military service person, rather than individual combative actions. They are similar, but demonstrably different.

    Quite right. His second book, On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace (2004), shifts emphasis from military to police with an emphasis on warrior. I'm hoping he'll do a third book that shifts focus from police to civilian, but as it is there's a lot of info in the second book good for any martial artist.

    2007-03-09t15:49:40 Z | TAGS:
    sparring, kata and training methods

    In the Chicago Swordplay Guild [chicagoswordplayguild.com] mailing list, on 2007-02-22, I made the following comment in a thread about "sparring, kata and training methods", and I wanted to archive it here as well.

    This is a meaty topic but I'm at work so I put a timer on how much time I have to write this.

    I think you all have a pretty clear hold on the concept of set plays, loose plays, and free plays. If you don't, then please review http://www.chicagoswordplayguild.com/c/theGuild/curriculum.asp#Style_of_Instruction

    If we focus on set plays (or forms, drills, kata, hyung, guyen, taolu, or whatever), then probably the two biggest factors are the number of performers and the number of moves.

    Number of performers. Usually 1 or 2 but it can be more. Solo is convenient to practice anytime but lacks feedback. Solo also enables the practice of "unsafe" techniques.

    Number of moves. Commonly either 1-4 moves or some nice number like 12, 24, 36, 48, 64 or 108 (a Buddhist number), but can be any length really. The length also affects the teaching. Even long katas are broken apart and taught in smaller chunks. Fewer moves can be taught quickly and then practiced in many repetitions. Fewer moves also help isolate a concept, but repeating a move or concept in a longer kata is another way of isolating or emphasizing a concept. Longer kata can also be shorter kata strung together in order to form a nice concise encyclopedia of concepts.

    I think what people forget are that kata (I'll use that word because it's short) are teaching tools and not the subject itself. I hate to use a saw but it's about the moon and not the finger pointing at the moon. There are so many ways of doing a kata that fixating on a particular instance can be restrictive. Do it slow. Do it fast. Do it with or without a weapon or with a different weapon. Same for your opponent. Do it with emphasizing different concepts. Do it mirrored. Come up with a counters or variations, especially failure scenarios. Test out the kata and try to apply it in loose or free play. Do the kata in a different style. Do it blindfolded. Do it in different terrains. Do it without a warmup. Do it 100 times in a row. Do it against different partners. Do it with someone on your back. Do it in street clothes. Do it as if you have an injured leg or arm. Stop doing it and do something else. How important is that particular kata? What's the history of that kata? What does the kata not work against? If you think you understand the kata, then think again.

    Sometimes you are screwing up the kata but sometimes you haven't adjusted the kata (and not yourself) for yourself. Of course you can't just break kata willy nilly. You can end up with really crappy kata. Or kata that is good in one way but not good in others, i.e. you've taken it a different Way. The Japanese concept of ordering by shuhari (shu=tradition, ha=breaking tradition, ri=transcending tradition) applies.

    I think there are people who do a lot of kata and do it well, but who also risk missing the moon. I think there are people who are over impressed and are stuck in shu and never get hari. It was hari that created the kata. Teachers create new "kata" all the time.

    Times up.

    Two more things before I send:

    A "trick": Make more ying with more yang. For example, make moves fast by contrasting it with slow moves. Weak with strong. This is why a lot of modern tricked up kata suck. It's just a lot of all strong, all fast, all yell, all tricked up, and they don't have enough contrast. Of course the Japanese love contrast but they sometimes over do it: A really long protracted take-forever period followed by BOOM.

    http://www.kwf.jp/kwfvideo/yahara640_480_e.html Yahara has some of the best karate kata ever. Plus this video has demos, short set plays, and free plays (no contact my ass!). Note that he purposely and boldly used moves kata in actual world class tournaments. See if you can find something that looks like the Fiore waist grab face and face shove (it's actually in several karate kata :). This guy has Yakuza relations and a lot of wicked stories around him. Speed-O!

    -George Hernandez

    I didn't mention that I did all those kata variations myself but that's OK.

    2007-03-14t14:49:22 Z | TAGS:
    Solar eclipse via Saturn and Cassini
    Image:Saturn eclipse.jpg [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Saturn_eclipse.jpg] [SIZE: 2766x1364] [RATING: 8]

    This is one of the coolest pictures I've seen in a while. It's my current desktop. This is the first time I've seen a solar eclipse caused by a celestial object other than the Moon or Earth.

    [PHOTO: Solar eclipse via Saturn as viewed by the Cassini orbiter]
    A solar eclipse via Saturn as viewed by the Cassini orbiter.

    2007-03-14t15:07:33 Z | TAGS:
    Best Slashdot comment ever
    Re: Whatever [http://apple.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=44091&cid=4592270] [VIA: http://digg.com/offbeat_news/Best_Slashdot_comment_ever] [RATING: 7]

    It's only half true but it's still good.

    Slashdottians know nothing, they accomplish nothing, and their opinions are worth nothing. They are uniformly bitter, small-minded geeks who overestimate their own importance and their own skillz. They are, for the most part, losers. Their biggest accomplishment is in insulting others' spelling and grammar, attacking the GPL license despite their grade level understanding of it, and tricking people into clicking on goatse.cx links. They are know-it-all blowhards who use their computers primarily for Pornography and online gaming, at which they cheat regularly to offset their complete lack of motor skills. Despite touting the wonderous greatness of linux and open source, they all use Windows and Internet Explorer.
    2007-03-14t15:24:40 Z | TAGS:
    Eyetracking: Site improvement and crotches
    Eyetracking points the way to effective news article design [http://www.ojr.org/ojr/stories/070312ruel/] [VIA: http://www.boingboing.net/2007/03/14/men_stare_at_crotche.html] [RATING: 7]

    I've seen articles on evaluating eyetracking when reading content, but you can count on Boing Boing to zoom in on the important stuff.

    [Eyetracking: men compared with women]

    Coyne adds that this difference doesn’t just occur with images of people. Men tend to fixate more on areas of private anatomy on animals as well, as evidenced when users were directed to browse the American Kennel Club site.

    Of course the rest of the article has other information:

    2007-03-22t15:47:41 Z | TAGS:
    Bakers Edge
    Bakers Edge [http://www.bakersedge.com/] [VIA: http://www.boingboing.net/2007/03/22/labyrinthine_brownie.html] [RATING: 7]
    This kitchen gadget lets you make brownies with more edges. The last time I checked, we had six boxes of brownies in the house.
    2007-04-10t15:07:16 Z | TAGS:
    Buying my practice longsword

    I finally ordered a blunt metal longsword for practice at the Chicago Swordplay Guild (CSG) [chicagoswordplayguild.com].

    While steel is hardier and closer to a sharp than aluminum, there were two main factors that made me go with aluminum. One is price: Aluminum is 50-75% the price of steel. The second and more important factor: Nearly everyone else I would practice with has aluminum blunts. If I had gotten steel, then I'd be chewing up their swords.

    It should be noted that I was looking for "practice swords", aka "battle ready", "stage combat ready", "practical swords", "training swords", "rebated swords", etc.

    That said, here are a few places to get nice steel longsword blunts:

    Here are other places where I looked at for aluminum longsword blunts:

    In the end though, I decided to go with Swordcrafts [swordcrafts.com], in Ontario, Canada. There were several factors in choosing Swordcfafts:

    Two side notes:

    On Canada-to-US orders: It adds up! For this order, I had to pay for the following in addition to the sword itself:

    • US Brokerage fees and US Homeland Security Tax: $26 CAD. I would not have had to pay for this on a US-to-US order.
    • Packaging & shipping: $30 CAD. This is probably a bit more than a US-to-US order.
    • Paypal fees: $11 CAD. For a US-to-US order, I might have been more comfortable paying by credit card or check and I might have avoided this fee.

    On practice arming swords, practice rapiers, and sharps:

    • All of the above sites also sell practice arming swords. When it comes time for me to get a practice arming sword, I might opt to get practice basket hilt sword instead. If so, then I'll want to add Darkwood Armory [DarkwoodArmory.com] to the comparison shopping list as well, since they have a decent set of practice basket hilts.
    • All of the above sites also sell practice rapiers. I already have a practice rapier from Darkwood Armory [DarkwoodArmory.com] which I've been very happy with.
    • The three sites that sell steel longsword blunts (Arms & Armor, Angus Trim, and Albion Swords) also sell good sharps.

    The Swordcrafts site has always been somewhat lacking. The prices are old and the options are old. You have to contact Charles Jevons at Swordcrafts to get the latest prices and options. Here's the customized sword that I ordered:

    1. One Liberi longsword with light blade. 46" = 117 cm overall length.  $170 CAD.
    2. Satin finished fittings. $30 CAD.
    3. Gun blued fittings. $15 CAD.
    4. Belted grip. $30 CAD.
    5. Flared quillons. $20 CAD.
    6. Diamond section blade with 4" ricasso: (36"-4")*$1 per inch = $32 CAN.

    Note that the light blade and the diamond section each took 0.1 lb = 0.05 Kg off the standard weight of 2.6 lb = 1.12 Kg, and resulted in a weight of 2.4 lb = 1.09 Kg.

    Total before government fees, shipping, or PayPal surcharge: $297 CAN = $264.66 USD (according to the PayPal conversion rate as of 2007-04-09 of $1 USD = $1.12219 CAD). While this is pricier than the other two aluminum practice swords, it is still roughly 60% of the price of steel practice swords.

    Charles has been very quick and friendly in all of his email communications.

    Charles noted that the a light diamond cross section blade would be probably be too light for my taste so Iopted for a regular diamond cross section blade instead, which should bring the weight to 2.5 lb = 1.13 Kg. He also noted that I forgot what pommel: I opted for an oval scent stopper pommel since it looks like I'd be able to tell where the edge was simply by feeling the shape of the grip.
    2007-04-11t23:30:10 Z | TAGS:
    Recently visited Chicago restaurants

    I've been too busy to blog, but I did have time to try out some local restaurants:

    2007-04-12t16:20:30 Z | TAGS:
    Export Word as simple HTML
    I frequently get Microsoft Word documents that I have to convert into HTML. While Word can export as HTML, it produces some really hideous HTML that cannot be easily cleaned. Others have tried to do this too. EG: Clean HTML from Word: Can It Be Done? [http://www.informit.com/articles/article.asp?p=359433&rl=1]. But just today I found a very simple way to do it: 1. Receive the .doc file as an attachment in Gmail. 2. Click on the link called "View as HTML". 3. View source. 4. If the simple HTML generated isn't clean enough, a simple search and replace will work on it.
    2007-04-13t21:10:14 Z | TAGS:
    Croc with human hand in mouth
    [http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/04/070413-crocodile-picture.html] [VIA: the wife] [RATING: 8]

    Almost certainly not a doctored photo because it's from National Geographic. They reattached the veterinarian's arm without having to kill the 440 pound = 200 Kg Nile crocodile at Kaohsiung zoo in Taiwan.

    [PHOTOS: The croc, the hand, the vet]

    2007-04-20t16:03:44 Z | TAGS:
    Buying my convenience knife

    I was testing out Google Checkout [https://checkout.google.com/], which essentially stores your shopping info (payment method and shipping address) so you can reuse that info at a large number of shopping sites, which are searchable at Google Product Search [google.com/products]. Google also has a wish list/shopping list at http://froogle.google.com/shoppinglist, but I think they are trying migrating from Froogle to Google Product Search. This Google Checkout/Product Search combo seems like an attempt to move in on Amazon (shopping portal) and PayPal (money pipe) territory but where Google itself is not a vendor and where all the vendors have much more autonomy. In any case, I signed up and got a nifty $10 bonus to use on a purchase in a limited time frame.

    And that's my lame main excuse for buying this knife.

    There is a huge variety of choices in knives. Essentially, I wanted a convenience knife that could have combat applications. Brands like Spyderco [spyderco.com] have a largely "combat" image, so I wanted a manufacturer with a more "domesticated" image. There is of course Victorinox [victorinox.com]. I still have my Victorinox Swiss Army knife but it doesn't have a locking blade and the Swiss Army knives with locking blades are too long since in Illinois a concealed knife can't be longer than 3 inches = 7.62 cm.

    In the end, the manufacturer I chose was Leatherman [leatherman.com]. Leather has quite a utilitarian image and yet makes good knives. I went to site and looked over the choices and I narrowed it down to these:

    In the end, the model I chose was the e303. (The e302 has no serrated forte.) I didn't want to have the annoyance of losing bits and the flat and Phillips screwdriver's all I'd really need. The e303.

    The next step was to find a reputable seller at a decent price (too low might be an indicator of bad customer service). I tried looking via the regular Google, Google Product Search/Froogle, and Yahoo.

    In the end, the seller I chose was the Dick's Sporting Goods [dickssportinggoods.com]. I ordered it online (using the Google $10 bonus) on 2007-04-11 and I received it 2007-04-20, yesterday. I love the knife. It has a nice solid feel. The blade launcher feature (with or without the thumb stud) can make the blade pop out as fast as a switch blade knife. This is a knife I can wear and use every day.

    [PHOTO: Features of the Leather man e303]s

    2007-04-26t15:33:16 Z | TAGS:
    Buhay Pa Taho
    Buhay Pa Tayo [http://juliainthephilippines.blogspot.com/2007/01/buhay-pa-tayo.html] [RATING: 9]

    Buhay Pa Taho = "We're still alive". It is one of the more common Filipino responses to the question: Kumusta ka? = How are you? This was the title of the last post ("Buhay Pa Tayo" [http://juliainthephilippines.blogspot.com/2007/01/buhay-pa-tayo.html]) by Julia Campbell, an American Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines and former New York Times journalist, just before her body was found in a shallow grave in the Philippines recently in 2007-04-18. She was 33 years old and had spent much of her last 2 years in southern Luzon, which is where my family came from. I get mad and frustrated at people who hurt those who are trying to help them, and yet these people still need help and the ability to help each other.

    Life is indeed hard there. My parents left there decades ago during the reign of Marcos. I got to see things first hand a few years ago. Sometimes I feel that Pinoy who want to leave the Philippines are deserters. I'm guessing that some Pinoy, even my own relatives, must see me that way, especially since I married an American, or as a Pinoy said years ago: "Someone not of my kind.". But my parents didn't teach me the language and when I went there a few years ago, everything was so endearing but I felt like an American, a foreign tourist, I felt like a shadow of a Pinoy.

    2007-05-02t15:18:05 Z | TAGS:
    Digg mini-revolt over HD DVD code

    I thought digg.com had been hacked last night but apparently it was just a mass user revolt against a type of censorship. The hexadecimal code that the Advanced Access Content System (AACS) used to lock HD-DVD movies was made public and digg and other have been censoring any sort of mention of the number in order to avoid litigation.

    Use the Mxyzptlk banishment technique on this: 0C 88 65 36 5C 65 14 8D B5 3E 47 D9 20 11 9F 90

    The whole effort has had quite the opposite effect: That number is now quite a popular number. The number is on T-shirts and more sites than if they had ignored the whole thing.

    Here's a screen shot of digg's top posts in the last 24 hours that I took just now:

    [Screen shot of top posts at digg in the last 24 hours]

    In the end, digg has decided to stop this little round of censorship. Digg This: 09-f9-11-02-9d-74-e3-5b-d8-41-56-c5-63-56-88-c0 [http://blog.digg.com/?p=74]

    Today was an insane day. And as the founder of Digg, I just wanted to post my thoughts…

    In building and shaping the site I’ve always tried to stay as hands on as possible. We’ve always given site moderation (digging/burying) power to the community. Occasionally we step in to remove stories that violate our terms of use (eg. linking to pornography, illegal downloads, racial hate sites, etc.). So today was a difficult day for us. We had to decide whether to remove stories containing a single code based on a cease and desist declaration. We had to make a call, and in our desire to avoid a scenario where Digg would be interrupted or shut down, we decided to comply and remove the stories with the code.

    But now, after seeing hundreds of stories and reading thousands of comments, you’ve made it clear. You’d rather see Digg go down fighting than bow down to a bigger company. We hear you, and effective immediately we won’t delete stories or comments containing the code and will deal with whatever the consequences might be.

    If we lose, then what the hell, at least we died trying.

    Digg on,

    Kevin

    While it does seem that people love a little revolution, I for one am glad that digg has not died because of this and the users seem to be moving on.

    Related links:

    2007-05-07t15:21:22 Z | TAGS:
    A great May weekend

    Friday: Julia dropped me off so I could take public transportation to work, then she brought the kids to school. At home we were having our bathrooms and gates fixed. I did some nice coding at work, but left early to go to a co-worker's wedding. My wife and I brought the kids to their Aunt Milet before we went to the wedding. Thank you Aunt Milet! The wedding was fabulous with a very classy black and white theme. We got back and got to see Lola Dona (my mom), Uncle Larry, and Uncle Herb too. Eventually we had to haul some very sleepy kids home.

    Saturday: I cooked up our weekly big breakfast of pancakes and bacon. I had nice practice with the Chicago Swordplay Guild [chicagoswordplayguild.com]. It ended with a really fun free play rapier bout with John O'Meara. I did a beautiful clean feint then attack combo and since I rarely score on John, I was very proud of it. He still totally dominated the matches and set the pace and place of the fight but I'll take the moment. I went home to take the family to see Spider-Man 3 but Julia hadn't seen #2 yet so she stayed home with Amy and snuck in a nap. Connie, York, and I got sour gummi worms and thoroughly enjoyed the movie. For all the goofy critics who thought the plot was too complicated: My kids totally got the whole thing. We picked up Chinese food and all had a cozy dinner.

    Sunday: In the wee hours of the morning my wife and I were awakened by the squirrel chewing our rafters --The war is on! Later in the morning our whole family went to Garfield Conservatory for the first weekend of the "Niki in the Garden" event. The Conservatory was wonderful as usual but combined with the Niki art, it was an incredible time and perfect for my kids. Connie loved climbing the Nikigator and the innards of La Cabeza was reminiscent of the bean.

    Featuring over 30 extraordinarily colorful and whimsical outdoor sculptures by Niki de Saint Phalle, this spectacular exhibition will grace the breathtaking Garfield Park Conservatory inside and out. Bejeweled with mosaics, stones, glass, mirrors and semi-precious materials, the pieces displayed include animals, mythical figures, sports and music heroes, and of course, Nanas. Savor the colorful, shimmering, textural look and feel of these imaginative artworks from afar or close-up. Many pieces such as the Nikigator, Guardian Lion and Seal are perfect for climbing and crawling, while others, including La Cabeza and Chair invite sitting.

    -Niki in the Garden [nikiinthegarden.com]

    [PHOTO: La Cabeza (The Head) by Niki]

    Then Julia got a strawberry pot filled with flowers. The we went to the hardware store to get some stuff but especially a tree pole trimmer. (One of the first steps in the Human versus Squirrel war is to deny them access.) Then we went grocery shopping. Then we went home, dug up weeds, laid some fresh soil, threw in some grass seeds, sunflower seeds, fertilizer, and mulch. Then we went home, had dinner, the kids went to bed early, and, ahem, thus ended our great weekend.

    2007-06-05t05:10:49 Z | TAGS:
    Plate Weights
    Plate Weights [http://www.georgehernandez.com/h/xzMisc/Health/PlateWeights.htm]
    For some odd reason, when I saw that the typical 255 lb. set of weight plates for barbells had 2 pairs of 5# plates but 1 pair of the 5 other weights (2.5, 10, 25, 35, and 45), I felt compelled to find out why. It turns out that the six pairs of plates can be combined to form every number divisible by 5 from 0# (none of the plates) to 245# (all of the plates), except for 40#, 45#, 200#, and 205#, hence the extra 5# weights. While I was at it I made a "Plate Calculator".
    2007-06-15t00:04:00 Z | TAGS:
    Busy busy

    I've been so busy lately:

    2007-06-15t03:59:33 Z | TAGS:
    Some notes from MMA classes

    One nice thing about the Chicago Swordplay Guild (CSG) [chicagoswordplayguild.com] is that we try to take notes --specifically practice notes or notes about seminars and such. The CSG does a fairly decent write ups too. I rarely took notes when I took karate and yet I managed to accumulate a decent sized carton of them. I'll probably never digitize that stuff so it will probably just fade from existence. Since I've been doing mixed martial arts (MMA) classes in 2006-09, I have only taken a notes a few times. I should have taken more since there's so much material in MMA, especially because I'm pretty new to grappling. There were many excellent set plays, principles, exercise, and experiences that I have not jotted down.

    Anyhow, I'm going to type very quickly and digitize my very crude MMA class notes. Some of it may not make sense. The general pattern of these classes was a lot of conditioning and warm ups, followed by vigorous set plays, followed by vigorous free play.

    2007-02-20 Tue

    2 hours of Karate:

    2 hours of Grappling:

    2007-04-03 Tue

    2 hours of Karate:

    2 hours of Grappling:

    2007-04-20 Fri

    2 hours of Grappling:

    2007-06-30t02:35:48 Z | TAGS:
    Love today

    When I was a teenager, I noticed that people were often unhappy about their current age: There were younger folks wanting to be older, and older folks wanting to be younger. Since then I have periodically promised myself that I would accept whatever age I happened to be. It seems like a logical thing especially since we have no choice about the number of years we've lived! I've been pretty good at keeping this promise. I'm 38 years old and I live in the present.

    In theory, I should be able to apply the same principle when it comes to my children. I should accept them at whatever age they happen to be. Connie, my eldest daughter is eight years old; York, my son is six; and Amy, my youngest daughter is two. The problem is that they are growing up so fast! I don't recall growing up as fast as they are. In my mind I grew up slowly, like an oak, but my kids seem to be growing up fast, like corn. Almost everyday one of my kids hits some sort of milestone. It won't be long before they become teenagers!

    I'm very proud of my kids and I'm very happy for them, but I miss their past selves so much more than I miss my past self. It is as if I am present with myself, but with when it comes my kids: I cling to their past, present, and future. Sometimes I remember their younger selves —and I miss those younger versions. Sometimes I envision them as older —and I'm terribly curious. Sometimes —when I'm right there with them in the present— I miss them. Sometimes I miss them so much that I bring myself to a weepy state —as if I were at a funeral. It's silly and embarrassing —and yet I do it on a regular basis.

    I love my children. I love my wife. I love martial arts. I love beauty. There's a whole lot of love in the world. Love is a very broad topic and while I don't intend to do a big essay here but I've had this urge to write about love for a while now. Maybe it's because the kids are growing up fast, or because I've come to some understanding about the nature of violence, or because of loved ones that have passed away in recent years, or because of how people grow distant, or whatever —I don't know. But in any case, my intent is to write out in one little essay: What I think of love as of today.

    "Love is largely biological", that's probably my main point. While this may seem unromantic to some, I think it's important to acknowledge this concept in order to appreciate romanticized love. I'm not really talking about biological as in the functions of male and female biology, or pheromones, etc.. My emphasis is that while love is often seen as a philosophical, spiritual, psychological, or sociological phenomena, I think that first you must must see the biological and continue to see the biological aspect of love, even if you move on to favoring the philosophical, spiritual, psychological, or sociological aspects of love.

    Most living things have forms and behaviors that evolved over a vast number of generations. Insects and plants do all sorts of complex stuff through hard wiring. I think humans a lot of hard wiring too and it's been there since before the development of the mind of homo sapiens. Simply observe most living things and you can see behavior regarding self, relations, species, other species, and the environment. For most creatures this behavior is hard wired. Humans think that because we can affect our behavior with our minds, then we are "free" from our wiring or "masters" of our wiring. This is silly. At best we might be aware of our wiring and can try to influence it but we cannot avoid it. If anything, we frequently have selective and partial awareness.

    I don't want to meander too much but as far as biological wiring, it is imprinting that is of utmost importance in the topic of love. Other words like love, bonding, connecting, etc. may be used in lieu of the word "imprinting", but I'm focusing on the the word in the sense of the strong "imprinting" that occurs between parent and child. Imprinting occurs biologically: It influences behavior towards self, relations, species, other species, and the environment. (It should be noted that with the human mind, all sorts of other things "exist" that do not for many other creatures.)

    If individuals take the biological imprinting and run with it, then they do fairly well. Problems arise when people assume that the connection via imprinting is there and will stay strong. However the connection (love, bond, or whatever you want to call it) must be initiated, latched, and maintained. A connection never initiated can never be. A connection initiated but never latched, is a connection that wasn't really there. A latched connection if not maintained, can detach. A connection can change into another kind of connection. There are connections of different kinds. We all have multiple connections.

    That's the essence, the nature of love. Everything else is about the details, the kinds of love, the means and ways of love, applications of love, etc. Here are a few bullet points on love:

    Anyhow, like I said, love is a big topic and I just wanted to make a few points. I want to stress again that that love is grand but it's also pragmatic. Heaven and earth. Hurrah for more love!

    2007-06-30t21:26:15 Z | TAGS:
    My new laptop

    For the past several years I've been using a laptop from work, for work and personal usage. However work has decided to transition most folks to desktops. It's a good security decision plus in general you get more bang for the buck with desktops. So at work I'm getting a new computer and a nice big thin monitor next week. The big impact on me is that I've had to get a new laptop. There are several issues with this transition:

    So in this post I'm going to first review the laptop I got, and then review the software that I've been installing for the past several weeks. This info will help me check the setup of my new desktop at work too.

    The hardware

    I got a Dell Inspiron E1705. Why Dell? It's what we've used at work, I'm used to the keyboard layout, and  the Dell HW has been reliable (except for annoying issues with drifting cursors caused by the touchpad). My budget was around $2,500 USD. If I had more money I think I would have spent around twice as much but it would have been for luxurious items. As it was, I think I got what I needed and then some. In addition to the need for this laptop there were two other factors: It was a Father's Day gift of sorts and Dell had a $459 off sale. So the total cost with taxes and shipping was $2,354.44.

    I had considered getting a desktop but I don't game that much so I don't need that much power. Plus mobility is awesome. For example, since I'm recovering from knee surgery right now, I'm glad I can sit in this much more comfortable chair with my laptop literally on top of my lap with the new wireless Internet connection.

    When it comes to laptops, the key issue is form factor: Monitor size/quality and weight. The highest quality screen that Dell makes right now is their "17 inch UltraSharp Wide Screen UXGA Display with TrueLife". It has a widescreen resolution of 1920 x 1200. My old laptop was 15.2" with a resolution of 1680 x 1050.

    Here are some of the other specs of the laptop:

    The software

    Except for Microsoft Windows Vista (I paid a little more to get the Ulitmate verion) and Microsoft Office, I have paid $0 for software so far. Here's the software installs and tweaks in rough order of installation.

    While most of the SW here was free, I will, of course, have to pay for StarCraft II when it comes out!

    2007-07-05t18:56:38 Z | TAGS:
    Visiting Chicago
    Visiting Chicago [http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=118334796087264679777.000434880f61bf0bda880&t=h&z=12&om=1]

    This was a fun response so I'm this one a post:

    From: Emily Piraino [meta]

    Dear George

         From reading your blog I see that you live in Chicago. Next week me and a few of my friends are taking a trip there for the weekend. We're from Northern Ontario so I expect it's going to be really different for us! I wanted to know if there's anything you think we absolutely need to see, and if there are any places we should steer clear from. I don't know what to expect so I'm a little nervous, although I've heard how wonderful Chicago is. Is the Amtrak station in a bad neighbourhood? We are going to need to walk through there pretty late as that's when our train arrives.

         Anyway, I really enjoy your blog, there are a lot of great links!

         Thanks! -Emily

    Emily:

    Thanks for writing!

    The Amtrak station is in the "West Loop" that's just west of the river and "The Loop" (the heart of downtown Chicago). The West Loop is pretty safe but anything can happen late at night.

    There's a lot to see and do in Chicago. A lot of it depends on how you're getting around town (Rental car? Public transportation?), where you're staying, what interests you, how long you're staying, etc.

    Public transportation in Chicago is pretty good (http://www.transitchicago.com/). In some ways it's better than a car because you don't have to worry about parking (hard to find and expensive) plus you can look out the window and not worry about the driving. I recommend the visitor's passes which gives you unlimited rides for 1, 2, 3, or 5 days.

    As far as must sees in Chicago, I recommend:

    • The Bean in Millennium Park: Getting there will take you through downtown and the Park itself is cool.
    • The Sears Tower: The tallest building in the US.
    • Boys Town: Tons of cool shops and restaurants. Don't blame me if you get a tattoo!
    • Lincoln Park Zoo: Free. Fabulous views of the skyline.
    • North Avenue Beach: Probably the hippest beach in Chicago. The cool (and rich) Lincoln Park neighborhood is just west of it. The other is Oak Street Beach but that's harder to get to.

    I just made a "Visiting Chicago" Google Map where I marked some of that stuff. http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=118334796087264679777.000434880f61bf0bda880&t=h&z=12&om=1

    Have fun! Enjoy the cultural diversity of Chicago! Send me some pictures if you can!

    -George Hernandez

    2007-06-24t12:00:00 Z | TAGS:
    York's First Fish

    My wife and kids met my brother Neil and his son Trevin at Independence Grove, near Libertyville, in Lake County, Illinois.

    Independence Grove is part of the Lake County Forest Preserves. It is actually an old gravel quarry that has been recycled and reclaimed. It's a beautiful place that is both designed and natural. The fishing is good with Musky, northern pike, black crappie, largemouth bass, channel catfish, walleye, bluegill and yellow perch. It's all catch and release and it is reputed to be one of the best places to take a kid fishing in Illinois.

    We were certainly successful as far as fishing. Neil and Trevin had caught more fish before my pack arrived. Connie caught several bluegils, and York finally caught one near the end of the fishing part of our trip. While we were fishing I had managed to walk around because York had to use the bathroom, and then later Julia got to walk around because Connie needed to use the bathroom. There's a fishing-free bay for the beach and boat rentals. There's a beautiful littel nature garden. There are a lot of walkways around the water.

    After the fishing portion of we drove over to the large vistor's center which is remarkably civilized. The food was great and you could tell that it was civilized because they offered salads and wines in addition to more picnicy sort of stuff. After eating we played in the large playground which had an amusement park feel.

    Here's a shot of York with his first fish:

    He was particularly happy about this one because the last time we went fishing, York tried very hard to catch something, while Connie chilled out, but it was Connie who was the only one who caught anything all day.

    Independence Grove [http://www.lcfpd.org/preserves/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.view&object_id=194]
    16400 W Buckley Rd
    Libertyville, IL 60048
    847-968-3499 (phone)
    847-918-9017 (fax)
    2007-07-13t21:44:12 Z | TAGS:
    Sprinkling parental breadcrumbs

    Computers are a great tool for procrastination. Instead of writing stuff for my site, I've been fiddling with some of the technology behind the site. In my defense, this is something that has been on my to do list for quite a while and this write up about it counts as writing too, eh? What I've done is reworked my site navigation so that it has a database back end and uses "parental breadcrumbs", plus I also increased my site's accessibility.

    The database backend

    The database backend was super easy. (Filling it with data will be laborious —hence I'll have to find something else to procrastinate with). The database consists of two tables. The first table is a basic ID and parent ID table used for tree structures. The PageName is the file name, while the PageTitle is the user friendly title of the page. The PageListOrder is used to change the order of a the sub-pages of a page if it differs from an alphabetical listing by PageTitle.

    -- MySQL code to make the tables
    create table Page(
    PageID int not null auto_increment primary key,
    PageParentID int,
    PageName varchar(127),
    PageTitle varchar(255),
    PagePath text,
    PageListOrder varchar(4),
    PageDescription varchar(255),
    PageModified datetime
    );
    create table PageTag(
    PageTagID int not null auto_increment primary key,
    PageTagOnID int,
    PageTagValue varchar(255)
    );

    The second table simply has tags for the first table, i.e. Page has a one-to-many relationship with PageTag. I could've made a third table to make a many-to-many relationship since the same tag (EG: "Tech") may be used for many pages. While the 1-to-m solutions takes up more storage space, the m-2-m solution produces more rows and more code. The 1-to-m solution in this case is cleaner and easier to administer.

    The parent breadcrumbs

    Breadcrumbs [W] are used to provide navigation in user interfaces. EG: "Home > Fruits > Bananas", where each word is also a link that will take you to that directory or topic. In contrast "parental breadcrumbs" do the same thing but in a visual interface, each of the breadcrumb links would also provide a drop down menu of its sub-pages or "kids", where each is clickable.

    Screenshot of the my new Parent Breadcrumbs 

    In the screenshot of my new parental breadcrumbs. In the dropdown, I always have the child in bold in the dropdown list of its parent's kids. EG: In the screenshot, the page is "Color", its parent is "Miscellany", and "Color" is marked bold in the dropdown of the kids of "Miscellany". That behaviour is carried "up" the tree, hence "Miscellany" would be marked bold in the dropdown list under "George Hernandez". (BTW: I think I like the contrast of all the luxurious white space in the upper left with all the data density on the right.)

    Technically, this was created using a bit of recursive code to make a set of HTML lists, and then those lists were converted into the usual dropdowns via CSS and Javascript.

    <% 'ASP Classic code in JS to make lists. Should be easy to rewrite as PHP.
    Response.Write("        <ul id="nav">\r\n");
    Response.Write(GetParentAndKids(PageID, ""));
    Response.Write("        </ul>\r\n");
    function GetParentAndKids(ChildID, YoungerBreadcrumb) {
        var sqlParent="select * from Page where PageID in (select PageParentID from Page where PageID="+ChildID+");";
        var rstParent=Server.CreateObject("ADODB.Recordset");
        rstParent.Open(sqlParent, gCNN);
        if (rstParent.EOF) {
            rstParent.Close();
        } else {
            var ThisBreadcrumb="            <li><a href=""
                +String(rstParent("PagePath"))+String(rstParent("PageName"))
                +"" title=""+String(rstParent("PageDescription"))
                +"">"+String(rstParent("PageTitle"))
                +"&nbsp;&raquo;</a>\r\n";
            var ParentID=String(rstParent("PageID")); 
        }
        var sqlKids="select * from Page where PageParentID="+ParentID+" order by PageListOrder, PageTitle;";
        var rstKids=Server.CreateObject("ADODB.Recordset");
        rstKids.Open(sqlKids, gCNN);
        if (rstKids.EOF) {
            rstKids.Close();
        } else {
            ThisBreadcrumb+="                <ul>\r\n";
            while (!rstKids.EOF) {
                if (rstKids("PageID")==ChildID) {
                    ThisBreadcrumb+="                    <li><a href=""
                        +String(rstKids("PagePath"))+String(rstKids("PageName"))
                        +"" title=""+String(rstKids("PageDescription"))
                        +"" style="font-weight:bold;">"
                        +String(rstKids("PageTitle"))+"</a></li>\r\n";
                } else {
                    ThisBreadcrumb+="                    <li><a href=""
                        +String(rstKids("PagePath"))+String(rstKids("PageName"))
                        +"" title=""+String(rstKids("PageDescription"))+"">"
                        +String(rstKids("PageTitle"))+"</a></li>\r\n";
                }
                rstKids.MoveNext();
            }
            ThisBreadcrumb+="                </ul>\r\n";
            ThisBreadcrumb+="            </li>\r\n";
            ThisBreadcrumb+=YoungerBreadcrumb;
        }
        if (ParentID=="1" || ParentID==1) {
            return ThisBreadcrumb;
        } else {
            return GetParentAndKids(ParentID, ThisBreadcrumb);
        }
    }
    %>

    As far as the CSS drop downs, I used Son of Suckerfish Dropdowns [http://www.htmldog.com/articles/suckerfish/dropdowns/], but I suppose you could use whatever you wanted.

    The nice thing about parental breadcrumbs is that they give almost the full power of a navigation tree, while visually taking up very little space. It's like a condensed version of the Mac OS horizontal hierarchy navigation. Now mind you, I'm not the first to have done "parental breadcrumbs". Windows Media Player and Windows Vista use parental breadcrumbs, but I don't know what they call it so I came up with the name "parental breadcrumbs" while writing this post. As far as I know, I'm the first person to implement parental breadcrumbs on a website. It would've been easier if I had seen someone else do this and they had given me the basics of the code, but, well, that's one of the reasons that I'm writing this post. I any of y'all use this, the please give me some credit!

    Increased accessibility

    While I was designing this stuff, I reanalyzed my site for accessibility by going through Dive into Accessibility [http://diveintoaccessibility.org/] again. I'm doing stuff like using the PageDescription field to fill in the TITLE attribute in the navigation. I used labels on my search form controls (I was a good boy and I was already using access keys :-). The new parental breadcrumbs also

    Here are some other things that I have to make habitual:

    Implementing more accessibility is easier with tools that facilitate them. The industry should push this more.

    I'm also trying to tweak my site CSS. EGs:

    Next

    Implementng this new database-based parenteal breadcrumbs navigation system means that I'll have to do the following for nearly every page of my site:

    Also I have a few other things that I can do related to this new system:

    That's a lot of work! More reasons to either procrastinate or do little bits at a time.

    2007-08-06t15:04:37 Z | TAGS:
    Better Than High Definition
    Better Than High Definition [http://www.technologyreview.com/Infotech/19141/?a=f] [RATING: 8]

    I haven't been impressed by high definition (HD): It's just a bigger picture. However this upcoming high-dynamic range (HDR) is much more impressive. HD is like a picture but HDR will be like looking out a window!

    Earlier this year, Dolby bought BrightSide Technologies, a startup based in British Columbia that developed a novel HDR display capable of four hundred times more contrast than a conventional monitor--closer to what the human eye can perceive. While a traditional liquid-crystal display is illuminated by a single white backlight, a BrightSide display is illuminated by an array of tiny white light-emitting diodes (LEDs). This means that individual LEDs can be turned off or on, increasing the darkness or brightness to various parts of the liquid-crystal display. Neither Dolby nor the other companies are providing specific timelines for a product, but Fleming has heard reports that displays could be available, for a few thousand dollars, within a year.
    2007-08-13t16:02:49 Z | TAGS:
    Sorry, I am not an authority on languages of the Philippines

    Really, I'm not. Here's a little exchange I had recently:

    From: anna fontanar [meta]

    Who are you? What planet are you from? Why are you translating Tagalog to English inaccurately when you don't even seem like you are an authority on the language. You are bastardizing my native tongue and I am very offended.

    In your website, for example:

    Anó ang pangalan ninyó?
        What is your child's name?

    This is wrong. "Ano ang pangalan ninyo?" is translated as "What is your name?" The word "your" uses the plural form as a form of respect, even if one is speaking to only one person.

    "What is your child's name?" when back-translated, this is "Ano ang pangalan ng anak mo?" or "Ano ang pangalan ng anak ninyo?"

    anting-anting
        magical charms

    "Anting-anting" is "amulet," refers to something with magical powers (it may be good or evil) -- not magical charms.

    ay boo ay ya ka
        A bit of swearing involving a crocodile.

    This spelling is grossly wrong. It should be spelled "buwaya ka!" Whether you mean for it to be a swearing phrase or not, it translates to "you are a crocodile!" -- not "involving a crocodile"

    Please stop doing this translating inaccurately. At the very least, please remove those three phrases from your glossary. Or remove the entire glossary, for that matter.

    Thanks.

    You are right: I am not an authority on the language at all. I am sorry that I have offended you, but consider my pages on the language as clumsy words from a four year old.

    My name is George Hernandez. I was born in Manila, but my parents were from the Sorsogon province of the Bikol region at the southern part of the island of Luzon. My parents came to the US in the 1970s. Unfortunately my parents let their children forget how to speak Tagalog or Bikol in order to help us assimilate. I have suffered a loss of much of the cultural heritage that should have been mine through blood.

    When I visited the Philippines in 2004 (my first time in over 30 years), I had an incredible powerful experience on many levels. I am very glad I went, especially since my father died shortly afterwards. However, I was also saddened to find out that because of the language barrier, I felt like a foreigner --in the country of my own birth!

    The page you reached, are just a few personal notes on the language for which I have a "feel" for, but no education in beyond that of a four year old. I have had additional problems because the Bikol dialect has significant differences from "Filipino" or Tagalog. My years of education in Spanish have also confused me when I see "bastardized" Spanish in Filipino. Also part of my adult education in the language comes via choppy emails and IMs. I hope you can forgive me for my clumsy attempts, but as an adult in the US, I have great difficulties and few opportunities to learn any proper variation of the Filipino languages. I will continue to take whatever meager notes I can in my explorations.

    I would like to thank you for the opportunity to only explore the Filipino languages further. You obviously must have a love of the language. Also, thanks to your email, I will add a disclaimer to the page so that visitor will not be confused by the purpose of the page.

    Once again, I apologize if I have offended  you.

    Sincerely,

    George Hernandez

    2007-09-02t00:05:37 Z | TAGS:
    DivX Film Festival

    I've had this email for the DivX Film Festival sitting in my in box since 2007-06-28, the day of my knee surgery. I haven't had time to look at it until now, but I'm glad I did. There are many beautiful things everywhere everyday and I think sometimes we forget to look. Following are just a few that I liked.

  • 2007-09-11t17:59:26 Z | TAGS:
    The neurobiology of the Left and the Right
    Study finds left-wing brain, right-wing brain [http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-politics10sep10,1,5376455.story?ctrack=1&cset=true] [VIA: http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/09/11/0215210&from=rss] [RATING: 8]

    Apparently the Left are faster and more accurate at adapting to change than the Right. Obviously more research with larger groups needs to be done, but the results make sense. It is an interesting differentiating factor besides the usual economic and social freedom ranges.

    Each participant was wired to an electroencephalograph that recorded activity in the anterior cingulate cortex, the part of the brain that detects conflicts between a habitual tendency (pressing a key) and a more appropriate response (not pressing the key). Liberals had more brain activity and made fewer mistakes than conservatives when they saw a W, researchers said. Liberals and conservatives were equally accurate in recognizing M.

    The Slashdot thread also had some nice comments (as well as some cheese).

    Actually, the inevitability of becoming more conservative as we age is overstated, at least from my observations. However -- there is something of a tendency this way, which is readily explained by something market researchers have known for years: the concerns of young people and old people are different. When you are young, you don't have much: not much stuff, not much property, not much power. But you have potential. Therefore you favor things that take wealth out of the hands of The Man in order to maximize human potential. When you are my age, you have lots more stuff, lots more power, but less margin of error. The twenty year old who loses everything has his entire work career to earn it back. The fifty year old can look forward to a miserable retirement. Therefore you are less interested in exploiting the possibilities of a brave new world, and more interested in holding onto what you already have. I would say that the most intellectually committed individuals on the right and left tend to shift less often than the people whose ideology is a shallow "stick it to the man" thing. The latter people's opinions really just reflect their selfish immediate interests throughout their lives.

    2007-09-25t15:35:39 Z | TAGS:
    Gender issues in Human-Computer Interaction
    Gender HCI Issues in End-User Programming [http://eecs.oregonstate.edu/library/files/2007-22/Beckwith_Dissertation.pdf] [VIA: http://www.technologyreview.com/Wire/19424/] [SIZE: 221 pages] [RATING: 8]

    [DISCLAIMER: Broad generalizations are by no means universal and vary by individuals.]

    This piece is of interest to me as the father of girls who will grow up with computers and as a programmer.

    It seems that since most software is written by men, then most software is also unconsciously written for men. In particular, the "advanced" features of software that involve more user tweaking are more accessible to men.

    Apparently whether men know what they're doing or not, and regardless of the feedback they get, men jump right in and mess with things. Women on the other hand need to be charmed in and need positive feedback. In other words: Men are blockheads while women are careful? This seems to be supported by a semi-related PDF: "Drownings and other water-related injuries in Canada: 10 Years of Research" [http://www.redcross.ca/cmslib/general/ws_final_m2_english2006_04_19.pdf]. Statistically nearly all cold water deaths were men.

    I wonder if men tend to be sympathetic nervous system (SNS, "fight or flight", conflict) oriented, while women tend to be parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS, "rest and digest" or "tend and befriend", peace) oriented.

    I have also often wondered at the difference in the PC/UNIX interface versus the Mac interface. Is the former geared towards work/war while the latter is geared toward creativity/peace? I would think that these sides should be complimentary instead of opposing each other, and that there are times for one or the other.

    2007-10-11t16:12:23 Z | TAGS:
    Orange Dream

    This morning I gradually woke up while having an orange dream. In the dream I was a girl in high school who had just joined the Orange Club, which initially came across as some sort of pep squad. In the dream I was somewhat skeptical and concerned that possibly the Orange Club was too flaky or cultish or dumb or sexist or whatever. But as the dream progressed, I got into the higher levels of Orange.

    • The Orange motto was roughly "Fresh and Clean, Sweet and Tart".
    • Fresh oranges are better than stale. It takes discipline and creativity to stay fresh. Human oranges can stay fresh even as they get older.
    • You can wash dirt off of an orange but a rotted orange is a bigger problem. External dirt is more easily cleaned than internal dirt. However humans can recover or forgive themselves: Human oranges can cleanse internally. In general though, you want to keep dirty or rotted oranges away from clean oranges.
    • Sweet is good but must be balanced with tartness. The tartness of citrus is part of the orange identity. The cattiness and clickishness of some cheerleaders was too tart, too bitter. Sweetness can also become sickeningly so.
    • Oranges are largely perceived as female but males can be Oranges too. Orange is neutral toward gender, ability, intelligence, age, etc. Bold oranges can be very powerful and popular, but mild oranges are also welcome.
    • The Orange Club at the high school was apparently just one manifestation of the larger organization, The Orange, that was already over 100 years old. Apparently there were adult Oranges all over the world.
    • Oranges are sexy. Fresh and Clean, Sweet and Tart translated into some Willing and Wanting hanky panky.

    I may have fleshed out some of the details with my just-waking mind but my sleeping mind had captured the whole feel of the idea. I could also flesh out more detail with my now fully awake mind but that's as far as the dream went.

    I find it fascinating to have a "philosophy"/world view encapsulated by a color. There's the Church of Purple and the Invisible Pink Unicorn. I personally have had Maroon as my favorite color. There are implications of dark, sanguine, blood lusting, etc. with maroon. However I think I like orange as well. My favorite T-shirt has one of my heroes on it: Mr. Rogers. I have been contemplating over the past several months how it is often more useful and pacifiying to think "What would Mr. Rogers do?", instead of "What would a Spartan do?". I think that I should be predominantly an orange sheepdog who switches to maroon wolf when needed.

    A toast to Orange!

    2007-11-06t15:56:39 Z | TAGS:
    World's Smallest Radio
    The World's Smallest Radio [http://www.technologyreview.com/Nanotech/19666/?nlid=650] [RATING: 7]

    Isn't it just so cute? A 200 nm radio receiver/amplifier made out of a single nanotube! It can't transmit yet but the physics are the same.

    A single nanotube radio vibrating on the left

    2007-11-11t01:58:20 Z | TAGS:
    Nanotubes imitating gecko feet
    Climbing Walls with Carbon Nanotubes [http://www.technologyreview.com/Nanotech/18966/] [RATING: 7]

    This link was from June but it's still cool enough that I thought I'd file it anyway. The gecko tape is made from a rug of nanotubes sort of like how the micro hairs on gecko feet. Instead of glue, the nanotubes rely on the van der Waals forces. In the close up, the nanotubes are on top and the natural gecko feet are on the bottom.
    Close up of nanotubes arranged to mimic the stickiness of gecko feet

    2007-12-03t17:12:53 Z | TAGS:
    Google storm coming

    Some people get sneezy when a storm is coming because of the change in air pressure. I'm getting a sense that a storm from Google is coming. I've been innocently waiting forever for the Google Drive (simple online storage) to come but, as usual, Google wants to do much more. Change can be good.

    2007-12-05t17:13:02 Z | TAGS:
    I have SSD

    Hello. My name is George Hernandez and I have Single Sided Deafness (SSD). SSD means I'm deaf in one ear — I've been completely deaf in my left ear since I was an infant.

    This is my "coming out" post for SSD. While a fair number of people know I have SSD, this is the first time that I've explicitly stated it on this website or any public forum. I don't care who knows anymore. I will not live in fear with how people might use this information. I am not going to concern myself with how other people will think differently of me when they find out I have SSD. If anything, I want people to know ASAP so that we can deal with any logistical or pragmatic issues related with SSD as simply as possible.

    Why am I coming out now? Well on 2007-11-13, I was poking around Wikipedia and I somehow got onto the page about Unilateral hearing loss [W]. One of the links on that page was for Single Sided Deafness, or Unilateral Hearing Loss [http://909ers.apl.washington.edu/~dushaw/SSD/index.html] by Brian Dushaw. After a few minutes of going over his pages, I felt compelled to send him an email. Here is our little exchange:

    I found your pages on Single Sided Deafness (SSD) a few minutes ago.

    I too am completely deaf in my left ear while my right ear hears fine. I've had SSD my whole life. SSD is a fairly big thing but it's also fairly minor. SSD is just one fact about me.

    I just wanted to say that I found your pages surprisingly very comforting. My SSD is something that I have avoided telling people but I'm sort of tired of that. The frankness of your pages certainly helps me feel whole.

    Thanks again!

    -George Hernandez

    Hi George,

    I am glad you found the web pages helpful. Just so you know, I get a couple of compliments like yours a month on the web page - we are all in this together! :) The e-mails tell me that putting the web page together was entirely worthwhile. Thanks for taking the time to send me the note.

    Best,
    B.D.

    I've started a page on SSD for several reasons:

    • In honor of Brian. I've been leaning towards being more open about my SSD but it was his site that pushed me over the edge. Thanks!
    • To explore the topic of SSD myself.
    • The world can use another page on SSD!

    I'm introverted (possibly related to SSD) but I'm an open person and it is very freeing to come out!

    2007-12-11t20:13:38 Z | TAGS:
    Web Dev Hot Items

    Just a few hot web tech items.

    2007-12-18t16:31:07 Z | TAGS:
    galaxy strikes neighboring galaxy with a blast from its hole
    Black hole 'bully' blasts galaxy [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7148671.stm] [VIA: http://monkeyfilter.com/link.php/15190] [RATING: 8]

    A fascinating astronomical event accompanied by a few gems in the MonkeyFilter comments.
    galaxy strikes neighboring galaxy with a blast from its hole

    2007-12-21t15:47:42 Z | TAGS:
    The end of a personal era

    Amy, my youngest daughter, born in 2004, has come along far on the path of being potty trained. So far in fact Julia, my wife, has pushed for and gotten the OK from her work to switch from the afternoon shift to the day shift. I have been changing diapers and not sleeping well since Connie, my eldest daughter, was born in 1998, followed by the birth of my son York in 2001. Since I just turned 39 earlier this year, I have, in effect, spent all of my 30s parenting toddlers.

    Thus ends a personal era in my life, and thus begins a new era in my life! In my 40s I hope to regain the power of concentration! I guess I'll need it because --gulp-- the teenage years are coming too. However, for right now, I'm just going to revel in my new powers!

    2007-12-28t02:55:27 Z | TAGS:
    WMAW 2007

    This year's Western Martial Arts Workshop (WMAW) [wmaw.us] was a few months ago: 2007-09-27/30. I've been very busy but I would be amiss to not post about, especially since this was my first one. The Chicago Swordplay Guild (CSG) [chicagoswordplayguild.com] hosted it the year and we had a lot of people who worked hard to make this WMAW great. Many people have said that this was the best WMAW so far. My contribution this year was to be the WMAW Webmaster.

    Here's what I said about it on the CSG message board on 2007-10-02:

    I had a great time and I will definitely do it again.

    Although, this was my first WMAW, I've been to many karate camps before and here's a compare and contrast of the two:

    • All of the instructors were very comfortable with English. That's so freaking awesome. Clarity and depth of communication helps. All the instructors were also very hands on and accessible. The Japanese tended to be older and after class tended to be verbal -- you essentially went through the senior students.
    • Coached and open free play instead of tournament. Everyone can play and more often. I blew my wad on Thursday night and did English Bastardsword, Viggiani Arming Sword, Rapier, Longsword, and unarmed boxing. By the end of it, my knee was getting clicky and feeling funny. So on Friday, all I was able to get into was the basket-hilted Cutlass shinais king-of-the-hill, one-hit-you're-out freeplay. That was so fast and Paul Wagner went through everybody twice before he took a hit! It didn't occur to me until the end that I was still thinking arming sword or cut n thrust length, instead of messer, kali stick, or bowie length.
    • Martial variety. Karate had a lot of depth but was constricted to the narrow space of unarmed striking and kicking. WMAW had a lot of depth and breadth.
    • Late night partying. Even more so. In karate a lot of people partied late but the edge was taken off because technically there was a curfew, and also everyday started with a sunrise warm up, run, 1st class, and then breakfast. Do not, I repeat DO NOT room with Jacques unless you intend to party all night!
    • Student-to-Teacher ratio. I was talking with Colin Hatcher and he said that 14:1 is the ideal, and that he pulls assistants for more than that. However I liked at least capping it at 40:1.
    • Organization. Great all around. The staff did a nice job of "staying ahead of the dislocation".
    • Tons of equipment. In karate I had a gi, a mouthpiece, and fist pads. The WMAW requires a wee bit more stuff. If we had equipment requirement for each class in the booklet, I would have carried around only what I needed. (Oh my poor knee!) Lusting after: basket-hilted Cutlass shinai!
    • Safety. Comparably safe. In spite of all the weaponry, hardly anyone got hurt. All I got was a scrape from a burr on a throwing knife. The only time I thought somebody might get hurt was Windsor wedgie time.
    • Numbers. The international karate camps were much bigger, but can I assume that 2007 was the year that WMAW feast spilled past the capacity of the Great Hall?
    • Different body now. I'm older and just got out of knee surgery. Back in the day I moved fast and hard in every class (based on the train harder than the actual fight idea) and fought all the time. This time around my knee gave out after the first day! I had a great time but I must admit that after Thursday I was more withdrawn and depressed about having to pace myself. I thought getting older was more gradual!

    Overall it was a great time! There should fights in a variety of weapons and levels every Wednesday night at the CSG!

    -George Hernandez

    NOTES ON GEAR

    Here's gear that I got for the WMAW. (In addition to gear I already had.) Everyone delivered in a timely fashion.

    • Gambeson, Material: Linen, Color: Dark Red, small. $340 from Revival Clothing [revivalclothing.com]. A wonderful product. My only adjustment is that next time I'll get medium instead of a small.
    • Lacrosse Gloves, Make: STX, Model: Chopper, Size: 13" Large. $66 from LacrosseMonkey.com. Great fit and product. I got this in lieu of metal gauntlets which are very difficult to shop for.
    • Shinai. Size: 39. Complete with leather parts. Two, @ $25 from e-bogu.com. Fabulous. Haven't needed the spare yet.
    • Guard for a longsword shinai. $45 from Dino. http://www.chicagoswordplayguild.com/c/links/suppliers.asp. Just jam it on the handle and it works pefectly.
    • Wrestling Shoes. Size: 9. Make: ASICS. Model: Slit Second VI. Color: Black and White. $54 from Dick's Sporting Goods [dickssportinggoods.com]. I was worried about the fit, but I got it right. The integrated lace cover is annoying — for my grappling needs, I could have done without it. I wanted to get this from wrestlinggear.com, but Dick's had the better price at the time. I had also wanted to try Savate boots (isbausa.com/lord.html, but these are very hard to find online.
    • Leather belt with brass ring. Width: 1.5". Length: 60". $26 from The Inner Bailey [theinnerbailey.com]. I wanted one slightly more decorative and weighty but I was worried that it wouldn't come in time for the WMAW. Nice belt and service.
    • Knee and elbow pads. Make: ALTA. Model: SUPERFLEX. Color: Black. $20 for the knees and $13 for the elbows US Cavalry [uscav.com]. Exactly as expected.
    • Bucker. Steel. Size: 32 cm = 12.6". Rolled edges. Welded handle. I don't know the guage but I think it's the perfect buckler. I bought this at WMAW but I forgot who I bought it from and for how much.

    As far as gear, I was satisfied with what I had except for my beautiful aluminum longsword from swordcrafts.com. There's nothing wrong with the sword: The problem is that before more people had aluminums, but now most people have steel blunts and the steel definitely chews up the aluminum. So it looks like I'll have to get a steel longsword, arming sword, and gauntlets, plus shinai basket-hilted arming sword and cutlass.

    NOTES ON CLASSES

    There were so many classes going on at the same time and it's a shame that I had to choose, but at least the choices were good. Here are the classes I took and some brief notes.

    • "Keeping it Real in Medieval Close-Quarters Combat" by Colin Hatcher. One of the better classes. Hyper-extension, hyper-flexion, and hyper-rotation. Rolling and falling "on purpose" is a counter and a matter of staying haead of the dislocation. The art is mortal but must be practiced with amore and compliance.
    • "Cutting Mechanics with the Longsword" by Matt Galas. Standard stuff.
    • "A Neglected Tradition: English Longsword According to J. Ledall" by Paul Wagner. A brilliant, fun class, jam packed with material. Cover with void, measure, and parries. Hip roatation in the small steps, small blows, and small parries still have big power. Draw out attacks with wards and blows just out of measure.
    • "Pacheco Versus the Vulgar Fencers" by Puck Curtis. Interesting and well presented. The advantage of the right angle. Compass stepping into attacks. The Spanish "rapier" is a cut and thrust sword that is shoulder to finger tip in length. De-mystifying the Spanish system and its upright posture.
    • "Combat Knife Throwing" by Pete Kautz. Fun. Stare with intent to increase accuracy. Straight arm on overhand throw.
    • "The Young Person's Guide to the Poleaxe" by Christian Tobler. The poleaxe is so neat.
    • "Liechtenauer's Favorite" The Zwerch" by Jorg Bellinghausen. A wonderful class and a wonderful cut. I mis-pronounced the cut so badly that he thought it would be physically impossible for me to ever get it right.
    • "OK, Now What? Using dei Liberi's System Beyond the First Blow" by Rob Lovett. Brlliant and physical class. Very intelligent fighting that simplifies thinking under the pressure of a real-time fight. Basically cut or thrust (depending whether your point is on or off line) safely (keeping the line closed) whilst moving (makes it harder for your opponent to predict your moves).
    • "American Physical Culture" by Dr. Les Moore. Fascinating class. Essentially covering exercises from Bernarr Macfadden. I particularly liked the belly breathing and the breathing out while squatting down.
    • "Bolognese Poleaxe Combat: A New Look at an Old Weapon" by Greg Mele. The poleaxe is so neat.
    • "Transforming Armed Into Unarmed Techniques: Some Ideas" by Jorg Bellinghausen. Lots of fun. So simple and so effective: Just murderlize the other guy: Go right in and do it. I like how he likes to step on the other guys foot whenever he can.
    • "An Introduction to the Dardi School of Cut-and-Thrust Fencing" by David Biggs. Biggs needed some sleep! This was transitional stuff that seems primitive in comparison to Fabris. Defend with a gathering step. Retreat witha coverta of slashes, beats, or points on target.

    I missed the afternoon classes because I brought Colin Hatcher and Robert Holland to the airport.

    Overall, my favorite part was the open free play. Hopefully next time I will not still be recovering from surgery. I also hope I can get to Wednesday night practices more and do more free play.

    2008-01-04t15:43:38 Z | TAGS:
    Man survives fall of 47 stories
    Man falls from skyscraper, lives to tell the horror [http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/01/03/skyscraper.fall.survivor.ap/index.html?iref=mpstoryview]

    Statistically very lucky!

    Doctors say they have never seen anything like it: A window washer who fell 47 stories from the roof of a Manhattan skyscraper is now awake, talking to his family and expected to walk again. Alcides Moreno, 37, plummeted almost 500 feet in a December 7 scaffolding collapse that killed his brother.

    I also liked learning some of the stats on falling:

    The death rate from even a three-story fall is about 50 percent, Barie said. People who fall more than 10 stories almost never survive.
    2008-01-04t15:53:31 Z | TAGS:
    Obama win Iowa caucuses

    Great news! Obama won the Iowa caucuses last night. I want Obama but I wasn't sure if he could beat the Hillary machine. He has now proven that he can. Obama for President!

    Democratic results:

    1. Barack Obama 38%
    2. John Edwards 30%
    3. Hillary Clinton 29%
    4. Bill Richardson 2%.

    Republican results:

    1. Mike Huckabee 34%
    2. Mitt Romney 25%
    3. Fred Thompson 13%
    4. John McCain 13%
    2008-01-04t16:28:28 Z | TAGS:
    Deaf Porn
    Deaf Porn Gives Viewers an Eye-Opener [http://www.wired.com/culture/lifestyle/commentary/sexdrive/2008/01/sexdrive_0104]

    I have Single Sided Deafness (SSD), so I'm not quite deaf or Hard of Hearing (HH). Nonetheless it is interesting to think of porn for the deaf or HH.

    While many a hearing person has muted a porn video, it's nice to have a choice about what you want to hear -- or see -- and what you don't. Deaf Bunny (NSFW) [deafbunny.com], the first deaf-owned and deaf-staffed porn company, launched in August with the mission of making porn accessible to deafies and their hearing partners in as many forms as possible.Through subtitles, sign language, cartoonish thought bubbles, full audio and blatant use of technology, anyone can understand the complex plot and tangled relationships portrayed in the company's first DVD release, Naughty Deaf Roommates.
    2008-01-11t17:10:03 Z | TAGS:
    'Freakonomics' researcher examines Chicago's sex trade
    'Freakonomics' researcher examines Chicago's sex trade [http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-prostitution_11jan11,0,575137.story?coll=chi_tab01_layout]

    Sexual economics in Chicago. This is an interesting topic for me because I'm a Chicagoan, because I've read Freakonomics (2005) [amazon.com/...] by Chicago Economist Steven Levitt, and because I did a wee bit of looking at prostitution in Las Vegas (see my post "Las Vegas: Two Escorts and a Wedding").

    Here are some juicy parts from the article:

    Street prostitutes reported that about 3 percent of the sex acts they performed were "freebies" given to Chicago police officers to avoid arrest, according to a draft report of the study
    According to the paper, full-time prostitutes made on average less than $20,000 a year. If they had a pimp, the women made a little more, even after giving up a 25 percent cut of their earnings. The women reported being beaten about once a month on average. Fridays were the sex trade's busiest days; Mondays the slowest.
    White and Hispanic men were charged more, the study found, while blacks and repeat customers paid less. Seasonal spikes in demand drove up prices -- the study found prices increased 30 percent in Washington Park over the July 4 week -- and brought more women into the market.
    The study found that condoms were used in just 25 percent or fewer acts -- unprotected sex seemed to be the starting point for negotiations -- and there was a small price increase for unprotected sex. Levitt and Venkatesh found that prostitution arrests were concentrated in certain parts of the city -- half were made in just eight of the city's 77 community areas. Neighborhoods near train stations or a major road saw more arrests, as did areas with more families on public assistance.But arrest records paint an incomplete picture, the draft paper says, not only because police activity ebbs and flows, but because prostitutes in their study were only officially arrested once for every 450 sex acts. Johns were arrested even less frequently. The extra paperwork and concern in neighborhoods about appearing to have an active sex market led to fewer reported arrests, conversations with police suggested, according to the paper.Only one in 10 arrests -- there are about 3,500 arrests in Chicago each year -- leads to a prison sentence, leading the authors to conclude that "the criminal justice system has a relatively minor impact on prostitution activities."
    Prostitution tracked in Chicago by block

    I only questioned two prostitutes in Las Vegas: One was $700 and the other $200, yielding an average of $450. The Chicago study had 160 prostitutes and the average price was around $50. That's a huge price difference!

    The other thing is that in Las Vegas the blonde laughed when I called the exchange a "trick". She said that nobody gets tricked and that she prefers to call herself an escort or a lady of the night. But in the Red Eye article on the study, the word "trick" was used to describe sex acts or prostitution incidents.

    2008-01-14t00:29:24 Z | TAGS:
    GH Exercises: 642 and counting
    GH Exercises [http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=pYBfwK2ycWbIzBkRzp2bQSQ]
    My dad was quite the exercise freak, and I have become one as well. I have gradually built up a section on Exercise in general (Exercise). I have also been building up a spreadsheet with distinct exercises as a resource for my log of my personal workouts. I've thought that others might benefit from it so I massaged it a bit and now I hope it is ready for public consumption. GH Exercises is my spreadsheet of over 600 distinct exercises. You can view it online, copy it, and do whatever you want with it. I will, of course, continue to tweak it over time.
    2008-01-23t16:01:59 Z | TAGS:
    Dietary Guidelines May Have a Downside
    Dietary Guidelines May Have a Downside [http://www.medpagetoday.com/PrimaryCare/DietNutrition/dh/8064] [VIA: Julia]

    Whenever studies and stuff come out, I usually make only minor modifications to my diet. My "diet" has been on my site for a while now on my Health page.

    Eat in moderation, eat a variety, eat slowly. Stay hydrated but don't make it a burden. Your economic situation and environment affects your choices, but the choice is yours. Take some vitamins and supplements but don't over do it. Eat yogurt occasionally. A small carbs snack, like a banana, is good almost anytime for tweaking your blood sugar. If you eat a big meal, your digestive system will need blood for several hours, so don't have a big workout until then. Eat within two hours of a big workout in order to help the muscles recover and restore glycogen.
    2008-01-23t17:46:54 Z | TAGS:
    My mental dust pile

    This post is another one of my periodic brain dumps. It's not so much a brain defrag but a sweeping of some mental knick knacks into a little jumbled pile, so I can hopefully move forward a bit more clearly. Hence I apologize in advance for things that I haven't worked through a bit more, things revisited, things that don't make sense, and so on.

    Sometimes I get busy and I hop from this to that and the other thing. Usually there's some major project I'm focused on and everything else gets done in the gaps — sort of like filling a box with books and then padding the free space with little knick knacks. I'm not sure if I like it because sometimes the knick knacks are important, meaningful, beautiful, fragile, or what not. It's not that I should give everything equal attention (since I only have so much attention to give out), but that I should be present with every moment and mind my fixations.

    The ability to concentrate is a super power. Fatigue (lack of sleep, hunger, physical weariness, psychological weariness, etc.) can obviously rob a person of concentration. Distractions can draw away concentration, so perspective is important for focusing concentration.

    Don't be afraid to state the obvious. Introverts need this more than extroverts. Programmers often stress adding comments to code because things that seem obvious to you now, may not seem obvious to yourself later. It is better to say "watch out for that bright orange tack on the floor" than to assume that the other person sees it. I often refrain from saying anything because it's obvious and because then it would lead to qualifying my statement and who has time for that? There's also the case where I'm afraid of stating the obvious lest I look "dumb" or lest I come across as thinking the other person is oblivious. In any case, I'd like to foster the habit of erring on stating the obvious than not stating something that would have been crucial otherwise.

    We all appreciate the beautiful and the great, but lately I've been wondering about the ordinary and the common. The angle I'm approaching from is not quite a matter of finding beauty and greatness in the ordinary, because that is simply a matter of appreciating the beautiful and the great all over again. The angle I'm getting at is also not quite a matter of non-fixation as in "Embrace the beautiful and the great as you would the ordinary and vice versa". Nor has my angle been a matter of taking the Peoples' side as in socialism or "the meek shall inherit the earth". Nor is this a case of becoming nothing or void. Rather I've been thinking about the ordinary as in the mundane, the invisible in front of you, the unobtrusive. This sort of thinking or study could be used in camouflage or blending in. It can also be used in products that are so advanced that they become "delightfully unobtrusive", like a shoelace or an alphabet. Sometimes the mundane are so because of non-urgency, because of not throwing a flag: A sheet of paper is ignored, but not if it's a love note; A nail is ignored, but not if you're hanging a sign. Sometimes the invisible become so because they throw a negative flag: The homeless, the mad, the idiots, the rejected, the weak, the task procrastinated, and so on. Of course if the negative flag is too large, then they become more visible. There is the issue of standing out because of trying too hard to not stand out.

    I've been keeping my Orange Dream idea present in my mind for several months now. As I suspected, being orange is harder than it looks. With fatigue, it is very easy to slip into something like maroon, red, gray, or black. I believe that orangeness, hope, etc., is more powerful than lust, fear, naivete, suspicion, apathy, and so on because the latter are fatiguing, while orange naturally counters fatigue. There is also the obvious logistical advantage that "good" has over "evil" (good usually gets more public support than evil). It has also been interesting to utilize orange as a device. Orange is a simple and effective device without baggage (logical, historical, dogmatic, political, etc.).

    For the next parts, I feel compelled to do a quick review of epistemology before I continue. Most people don't need to study epistemology since experience, common sense, and general reading is sufficient without getting into any mumbo jumbo or magic.

    Epistemology is concerned with the scope and nature of knowledge as in "What's knowledge?", "How do we acquire knowledge?", and "What do we know?".
    • "What's knowledge?"
      • One of the oldest definitions of knowledge is a true and justified belief (via Socrates in Theaetetus by Plato). I won't squabble about the Gettier squabble with that definition.
      • Know-That v Know-How. Sort of like the distinction between theory and practice. Theory of {math, biking, fighting} versus being able to do {math, biking, fighting}.
      • Internal v External to the observer. I find the whole "brain in a vat" postulating (like Rene Descartes and The Matrix) somewhat moot.
    • "How do we acquire knowledge?"
      • A priori (non-empirical) v A posteriori (empirical). It's a bit of both, but with empirical trumping.
      • Regress Problem. Requiring justifying each statement regressively. This is as dumbass as Zeno's tiger never reaching him.
      • Analytic v Synthetic/Math. It's a bit of both, but largely a matter of linguistics and moot.
      • Rationalism/Intuition/Math/Logic v Empiricism v Constructivism. It's all three. Close to the Idealism v Materialism issue.
    • "What do we know?" Skepticism. (See Regress Problem)

    I've been reading A People's History of Science: Miners, Midwives, and "Low Mechanicks" [amazon.com/...] (2005) by Clifford Connor. The book sets out to appreciate the under-appreciated, the deed over the word, the practical over the theoretical, and the People who developed the knowledge over the Great Man who took the credit for it. Everybody likes heroes and greatness, and the "elite" have talent, originality, and hard work, and they deserve credit, but the "elite" also frequently stood on the shoulders of others and there should be an appreciation and an acknowledgment of the People involved whenever possible. It is easier to write the history of science while focusing on the "elite", but it would not be as accurate and it would be a lost opportunity to inspire people to think for themselves.

    Knowledge should be drawn from many contributors. The book clearly showed that people from many different races, sexes, and social classes contributed to science. Knowledge should be widely accessible. The book showed the power of printing especially in the vernacular. Knowledge should be validated if possible. Knowledge should be peer reviewed.

    While reality may be fundamentally composed of ideas and materials (a la Idealism and Materialism) and that we acquire knowledge of it via Rationalism and Empiricism, I think the world that people live in is largely constructed. It seems that we spend more of our time in constructed/artificial/virtual realities, whether awake or dreaming, than in the lower level "real world". In one sense Protagoras was right when he said "Man is the measure of all things". Literature, songs, dance, games, videos, movies, stories, programs, and so on are bound and limited by ideas and materials, and yet are effectively constructed. (The "materials" referred to in Materialism refers to matter, energy, laws of nature, etc.) The human body is a natural construct that is so complex that knowledge of it forms its own body of knowledge. Programming is ultimately limited by ideas and materials on a lower level, but the useful knowledge of programming is largely on the higher level, the constructed level, as in the syntax of the language, the protocols by which it interacts with the environment.

    One issue with constructed realities is that people forget that they are limited (or unlimited) by ideas and materials. If the construct hits a wall with the lower level of reality, then it cannot truly progress. I can't talk on cell phone if I can't get a signal. Natural constructs, like the human body, always obey the lower limitations. It is only artificial constructs that try to break the lower limitations. However an artificial construct can break the lower limitations in its artificial sandbox. That is in fiction, you can indeed defy the laws of physics. Problems arise when people forget the limitations of an artificial construct, which must ultimately interact with reality. Problems arise when people don't realize that their "reality" is in fact a superstition or an artificial constructed reality.

    Models, realities, constructs, realms, laws must all be pushed to find out what the limitations are. You have to know the limits of "cheating" within a construct as well as the limits of ultimate reality. The "lower" sciences explore the limits of ultimate reality, while "higher" sciences explore the limits of constructs within their construct as well as how they are limited by ultimate reality. People should be free to construct realities as they wish, as long as they do not harm others or inhibit the rights of others. In America, the first amendment states "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.". Religions that do not play the secular game are asking for trouble. Fundamentalists and fascists want to take their artificial constructs and force them upon the rest of us.

    I like science because it is open, transparent, secular, repeatable, rational, and empirical. Science is broadly applicable. Science does not stop you from creating constructs, it only asks that you transparently, rationally, and empirically test the boundaries. With science, we are free to enjoy the constructs of nature as well as people. With a secular outlook, you are free to explore any construct and ask any questions. Science does not hinder creativity or wonder, if anything it enhances it and raises the stakes as high as we can. The Conversation, the important questions, is helped by science.

    I did want to make a little note about the persistence of realities. The ultimate reality persists: Ideas (like 1+1=2) and materials persist without any effort by any human being. The reality of an entity lasts for the lifetime of the entity, whether the entity is an individual, a group, a culture, a nation, and so on. Elements of an entity's reality can persist: Their genes, ideas, artifacts, can be passed on to other entities, especially future entities. When we think of Ancient Greeks, we think of Sparta and Athens because archaeologically they have persisted the most. It is interesting that people have so much ethnic pride, beyond say three generations. After that, there's such a wonderful mix, that it's odd to define yourself narrowly. What is race? Genetic persistence? What is language? Linguistic persistence? What is ethnicity? Cultural persistence? I may be Filipino by race, English by language, and American by culture, but I would like to think that all of humanity, all of history is my heritage.

    Here is a post I made on 2008-01-06 to the Chicago Swordplay Guild (CSG) [chicagoswordplayguild.com] message board:

    A person is only culturally confused if they feel that they are culturally confused. Individuals should take the discrete realms that they encounter and reconcile them syncretically, ecclectically, synthetically, or some other fashion. To ignore the realms lacks vision and may cause one to miss opportunities. Reveling in change, variation and adaptation is a distinguishing mark of our species. The difference between the stone tools of Homo sapiens and Homo neanderthalensis, is that ours changed frequently while theirs did not. I humor myself by blaming the fixation traits of isolationism, xenophobism, racism, fundamentalism, etc. on the remnants of Neanderthal in our blood.

    Recreationists, whether historically strict or loose, have their own reasons for liking the activity but I get the sense that they all find the material both different from what they know and yet surprisingly familiar. The same can be said for exploring different martial arts, past or present. Whether anyone can truly think as a Medieval Italian or as a Medieval Italian martial artist is a trivial question: Can I can truly think like my brother, my spouse, or my friend? No, but all we can do is try our epistemological best to learn about historical martial arts, our presidential candidates, dinosaurs, and so on.

    Here are some distinctions that people are sloppy about making or are vaguely aware of:

    1. Martial instances. History, context, language, etc.
    2. Martial science. The mechanics, psychology, kinesiology, self-defense, strategy, etc.
    3. Martial practice. Developing skill, health, fun, social engagement, safety, etc.
    4. Martial coolness. Movies, wicked moves, esotericism, etc.
    5. Martial money. Sell products, sell classes, etc.

    Here are how some folks prioritize those distinctions:

    • Historical martial artists prioritize their martial instances first. But in order to study their emphasis properly, they must also engage martial science and practice, as well as studying martial instances in increasingly different times, places, and emphases (a la Greg [Mele]'s Frog DNA).
    • I prioritize martial practice and science over martial instances, but I engage in different martial instances in order to enrich my martial practice and science.
    • The average martial movie makers prioritizes money and coolness.
    • The average martial movie consumer prioritizes on the coolness factor.

    It is interesting to note that some in the Japanses Martial Arts (JMA) community use the Japanese aspect more for the coolness factor as well as the instance factor. The only objection I have is when people use it in the instance sense in order to obfuscate the knowledge. This is similar to when the elite of the Renaissance would put knowledge into Latin. While Latin was the international language, it also limited the audience to other scholars, and hence made the knowledge less accessible to the People. In the JMA case, Japanese is not an international language, while English vernacular is more international. I was worried that the Western Martial Arts (WMA) community was doing the same thing with the period texts, but I think the WMA largely translate into the vernacular except for terms that have very specific meanings in the source language.

    However, the JMA is very much focused on the practice factor and less on the explaining, while the WMA seems a bit more on the instance, science, and then practice. In the CSG post I didn't bother making the distinction between theoretical science and practical science, but it is an important one. Especially in martial arts the difference between the theory of fighting and the ability to fight is huge. The fix in WMA is simply more free play.

    2008-01-25t16:39:06 Z | TAGS:
    Bionic Contact Lens
    How to Build a Bionic Eye [http://www.technologyreview.com/Infotech/20113/?nlid=833&a=f]
    Circuitry and LEDs embedded into a contact lens. Possibly a monitor on your eye. Possibly a biomedical sensor that monitors the user. Obviously no where near the consumer market yet.
    PHOTO: Bionic contact lens
    2008-01-31t00:33:37 Z | TAGS:
    Daniel Gilbert on Happiness

    There were a few snippets on happiness in the paper the other day that I liked. They were based upon findings by Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert, who apparently authored Stumbling on Happiness (2006) [amazon.com/...] which apparently was a best seller. I love studies that not merely examine things we think we know but often find a little twist in them.

    The four factoids on happiness in the 2008-01-29 edition of Redeye:

    • Pleasure must be moderated. EG of less is more: Two gifts of $50 may be more enjoyable than one gift of $100. EG of more is less: Two cookies may be more enjoyable than the two cookies evenly distributed over 8 days. A similar intuitive rule is followed when conserving water while surviving.
    • Not deciding is sometimes worse than either decision.
    • Satisfaction may be found in an early commitment.
    • Uncertainty magnifies the outcome. An unexpected good or bad thing of magnitude A will seem to have a greater magnitude than an expected good or bad thing of magnitude A. This is similar to the point made in Freakonomics (2005) [amazon.com/...] where the perception of risk is not only correlated to the hazard but also the outrage of the hazard.
    2008-01-31t15:46:55 Z | TAGS:
    Cheap Hydrogen
    Cheap Hydrogen [http://www.technologyreview.com/Energy/20134/?nlid=845]

    Wow. Sounds almost too good to be true. This could revolutionize our lives.

    Nanoptek [nanoptek.com], which has been developing the new technology in part with grants from NASA and the Department of Energy (DOE), recently completed its first venture-capital round, raising $4.7 million that it will use to install its first pilot plant. The technology uses titania, a cheap and abundant material, to capture energy from sunlight. The absorbed energy releases electrons, which split water to make hydrogen. Other researchers have used titania to split water in the past, but Nanoptek researchers found a way to modify titania to absorb more sunlight, which makes the process much cheaper and more efficient, says John Guerra, the company's founder and CEO.

    See also Titanium dioxide [W]

    2008-02-05t16:24:16 Z | TAGS:
    Growth of wind farms sapping supply of technicians to keep them running
    Growth of wind farms sapping supply of technicians to keep them running [http://www.technologyreview.com/Wire/20154/?nlid=854]

    Growth problems in this case is good because it means that the wind industry is growing strong. Personally I prefer solar but there should be a variety of alternative resources for the sake of robustness.

    Last year, wind farms installed almost 3,200 turbines, boosting the nation's wind energy capacity by 45 percent and cranking out an additional 5,200 megawatts, or enough electricity to power 1.5 million homes for a year. The industry, which now accounts for a little more than 1 percent of the U.S. electric supply, expects to repeat that surge in 2008. Critics of wind power have called the mammoth turbines eyesores and environmentalists have fought against them, warning the giant rotors could pose a hazard to migratory birds and other wildlife. But wind power officials see a much larger obstacle coming in the form of its own work force, a highly specialized group of technicians that combine working knowledge of mechanics, hydraulics, computers and meteorology with the willingness to climb 200 feet in the air in all kinds of weather.
    2008-02-05t17:15:39 Z | TAGS:
    Chicago Tribune's build your ballot
    Chicago Tribune's build your ballot [http://a2.thevoterguide.org/a-chicagotribune08/index.do]

    Very easy voting assistance. Just enter your address and zip. Then it presents the different offices and candidates, with links to info about each candidate as well as who the Chicago Tribune endorses (and why).

    Here's my ballot for this Super Tuesday (with extra whitespaces removed):

    President
    Click on "Add to Comparison" next to two candidates that interest you.
    Then scroll down to see where they stand on the issues. To make your
    choice, click on the square in the right column. Your candidate will
    be added to your ballot.

    [ ]  Hillary Rodham Clinton
    [ ]  Mike Gravel
    [ ]  Mike Huckabee
    [ ]  John McCain
    [+]  Barack Obama
    [ ]  Ron Paul
    [ ]  Mitt Romney


    Representative in General Assembly, 3rd

    [+]  Luis Arroyo
    [ ]  Wayne Strnad


    U.S. Representative, 4th District

    [+]  Luis Gutierrez


    U.S. Senate
    Durbin is running unopposed in the Democratic Primary.

    [+]  Richard Durbin
    [ ]  Andy Martin
    [ ]  Mike Psak
    [ ]  Steve Sauerberg


    Circuit Court Judge, Full Circuit (Glowacki vacancy)

    [ ]  Terry MacCarthy
    [+]  Jesse Reyes


    Circuit Court Judge, Full Circuit (Murphy vacancy)

    [ ]  Paula Lingo
    [ ]  Frank Ryan
    [+]  Kristyna Ryan


    Circuit Court Judge, Full Circuit (Disko vacancy)

    [+]  Dennis Burke
    [ ]  Lauretta Wolfson


    Circuit Court Judge, Full Circuit (Nowicki vacancy)

    [ ]  Michael Hyman
    [+]  Kim Kardas
    [ ]  John Murphy
    [ ]  Brian Sexton


    Circuit Court Judge, Full Circuit (Thomas vacancy)

    [ ]  David Mulvihill
    [+]  Madeline O'Neill
    [ ]  Joan Powell
    [ ]  Patrick Riley


    Clerk of Circuit Court, Cook

    [+]  Dorothy Brown


    State Senator, 2nd

    [+]  William Delgado
    [ ]  Proco Moreno


    Board of Review, 2nd District

    [ ]  Joseph Berrios
    [+]  Jay Paul Deratany


    Apellate Court Judge, First District (Campbell vacancy)

    [+]  Frank Gardner
    [ ]  John Steele
    [ ]  Richard Walsh


    Apellate Court Judge, First District (Burke vacancy)

    [+]  Sharon Coleman
    [ ]  Alan Greiman
    [ ]  William O'Neal


    Supreme Court Judge (vacancy of McMorrow)

    [+]  Anne Burke


    Board of Review, 3rd District

    [+]  Larry Rogers Jr.


    Metropolitan Water Reclamation Commissioner
    6-year terms. Vote for 3.

    [ ]  John Ailey
    [ ]  Frank Avila
    [ ]  Rita Bogolub
    [+]  Nadine Bopp
    [ ]  Diane Jones
    [ ]  Dean Maragos
    [ ]  Kathleen Meany
    [ ]  Matthew Podgorski
    [ ]  Cynthia Santos
    [ ]  Mariyana Spyropoulos
    [ ]  Derrick Stinson


    Cook Veterans Affairs Referendum
    Shall the federal government be required to adopt mandatory full
    funding of the Department of Veterans Affairs for the purpose of
    ensuring that all eligible honorably discharged U.S. veterans receive
    quality and accessible healthcare and related services?

    [+]  Yes
    [ ]  No


    State's Attorney, Cook

    [+]  Tom Allen
    [ ]  Anita Alvarez
    [ ]  Tommy Brewer
    [ ]  Howard Brookins Jr.
    [ ]  Robert Milan
    [ ]  Tony Peraica
    [ ]  Larry Suffredin


    Recorder, Cook

    [ ]  Eugene Moore
    [+]  Ed Smith


    Circuit Court Judge, Full Circuit (Healy vacancy)

    [ ]  Peter Curielli
    [+]  Maureen Kirby


    Circuit Court Judge, Full Circuit (Keehan vacancy)

    [+]  Marilyn Johnson
    [ ]  Jospeh Papavero


    Circuit Court Judge, Full Circuit (Lott vacancy)

    [+]  Thomas Byrne
    [ ]  Joanne Rogers


    Circuit Court Judge, Full Circuit (Montelione vacancy)

    [ ]  Thomas Doran
    [+]  Debra Walker
    [ ]  Thaddeus Wilson
    2008-02-06t15:24:52 Z | TAGS:
    Kodak develops a more powerful picture-taking chip for camera phones
    Kodak develops a more powerful picture-taking chip for camera phones [http://www.technologyreview.com/Wire/20159/?nlid=857]

    Yeah that's what I want! I gave up on a dedicated digital camera because it was never around when I needed and yet my cell phone camera was always with me.

    The technology could be incorporated in mobile phones and other smaller point-and-shoot cameras as early as next winter, the photography company said. "Most camera phones -- ever though there's 700 million or so produced every year -- unfortunately still behave like toy cameras," said Fas Mosleh, a marketing director in Kodak's image sensor business. "The pictures usually come out dark and fuzzy, and video clips are full of unwanted noise and blurriness." The KAC-05020 Image Sensor, the world's first 1.4-micron, 5-megapixel chip, is at least doubly sensitive to light than current devices. It produces crisper images even when light conditions are not ideal -- such as at a candlelit birthday party -- or when shooting a moving target, Mosleh said.
    2008-02-06t15:39:49 Z | TAGS:
    Electromagnetic Railgun Blasts Off
    Electromagnetic Railgun Blasts Off [http://www.technologyreview.com/Infotech/20164/?nlid=857]

    Power! Power! Power! This latest experimental railgun with 10.6 MJ beat the previous record of 9 MJ set 15 years ago. The goal is a 64 MJ gun (40 pound slug sent 200 miles in 6 minutes) that can fire repeatedly.

    The railgun gets its name from two highly conductive rails, which form a complete electric circuit once the metal projectile and a sliding armature are put in place. When current starts flowing through the device, it creates a powerful electromagnetic field that accelerates the projectile down the barrel at 40,000 gs, launching it in a matter of milliseconds. Aerodynamic drag along with a million amps of current heats the bullet to 1,000 °C, igniting aluminum particles and leaving a trail of flame in its wake. The researchers estimate the muzzle energy based on the mass and velocity of the bullet in the barrel and from precisely timed x-ray snapshots during flight.
    "Firing a gun once or twice [makes it] a novelty," says Garnett. "Firing it a thousand times [makes it] a weapon."
    [PHOTO: Flaming supersonic bullet from 10.6 MJ railgun]
    2008-02-20t18:41:50 Z | TAGS:
    "Personal observations on the reliability of the Shuttle" by Richard Feynman
    "Personal observations on the reliability of the Shuttle" by Richard Feynman [http://www.ranum.com/security/computer_security/editorials/dumb/feynman.html] [VIA: http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/02/20/1449244&from=rss]

    Although I've been reading A People's History of Science: Miners, Midwives, and "Low Mechanicks" [amazon.com/...] (2005) by Clifford Connor, which has a populist view on science, I still believe there is room for heroes. Richard Feyman [W] is one of my heroes. The Feynman piece I've linked to was Appendix F of the Rogers Commission which investigated the Space Shuttle disaster of 1986. His paper looked at the engineering standards but it was really a poke at engineering ethics. He ends his piece with this statement: "For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled."

    This paper really hits home with me for several reasons. One, I have a degree in Chemical Engineering, but I do programming in the healtcare industry for a living. Two, Feynman's ruthless realism inspires such trust in him and encourages self-thinking and empirical-thinking. Three, the battle is won in the preparation as well as in melee, so insistence on quality preparation is heroic too. Four, the bottom-up design concept with small steps is so Tao Te Ching, so natural selection: I love it!

    In my work, I can see how management can get stereotypical and push the technology and forget the limitations put upon the system. If infrastructure isn't gradually put into place, then the system becomes difficult to manage and quality will degrade and then by the time things gets bad enough that management cares: It's too late. I think the concept is clear when lives are on the line, but can be applied to many situations: Quality, profits, environment, relationships, politics, etc.

    2008-02-22t15:55:25 Z | TAGS:
    Understanding the difference between IS NULL and = NULL
    Understanding the difference between IS NULL and = NULL [http://www.sqlservercentral.com/articles/Basic+Querying/understandingthedifferencebetweenisnull/871/]

    A nice little article on NULLs in SQL Server. However, the reason I'm making a post out of it though is because of its conciseness. Some articles start out with some fluff in order to spice things up and then they make another sin by padding the rest of the article with other fluff. I think a technical article with good meat doesn't need much in the way of spices and fillers.

    Article summary: SQL variables are stored first in a variable table and then may also occupy memory space. In general "IS NULL" will return what you expect instead of "= NULL". The SET ANSI_NULLS (ON|OFF) statement is important not only because the ON value is SQL-92 standard with NULL comparisons returning no rows, but also because SQL Server 7 defaults to OFF, while SQL Server 2000 defaults to ON. BTW: I just checked and SQL Server 2005 and above deprecate the statement.

    2008-03-03t17:13:24 Z | TAGS:
    Battlestar Galactica Last supper
    Battlestar Galactica Last supper [http://www.flickr.com/photos/34527294@N00/2177726792/sizes/l/] [VIA: http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/03/03/152231&from=rss]
    Supposedly the new season starts 2008-04-04, but in the mean time:
    BSG Last Supper
    2008-03-13t20:15:57 Z | TAGS:
    JavaScript StripTags, not PHP strip_tags

    All I wanted was a little JavaScript function that could strip tags from HTML. I'm sure someone else must have done it before. But no! Instead all I found on the Web were a bunch of PHP programmers bragging about their little strip_tags($str [, $allowable_tags]) function [http://us3.php.net/strip_tags]. Almost as bad were all the JavaScript programmers doing a weak implementation of strip_tags(), but without the allowable_tags parameter.

    So I decided to make a JavaScript version of the PHP strip_tags function. I could've made my function do the exact same thing, with the same name and parameters, but I went a step further and made a few custom tweaks:

    • I took out automatic comment removal and made that a separate function.
    • I added an IsAllowed parameter. If true, then any specfied tags are allowed (just like in PHP). If false, then only specified tags are removed.

    Here's the code for StripTags(str [, IsAllowed [, SpecifiedTags]]]), my variation of the PHP strip_tags, as well as the comment stripper.

    //CREATOR: http://www.georgehernandez.com
    function StripTags(strMod){
        if(arguments.length<3) strMod=strMod.replace(/<\/?(?!\!)[^>]*>/gi, '');
        else{
            var IsAllowed=arguments[1];
            var Specified=eval("["+arguments[2]+"]");
            if(IsAllowed){
                var strRegExp='</?(?!(' + Specified.join('|') + '))\b[^>]*>';
                strMod=strMod.replace(new RegExp(strRegExp, 'gi'), '');
            }else{
                var strRegExp='</?(' + Specified.join('|') + ')\b[^>]*>';
                strMod=strMod.replace(new RegExp(strRegExp, 'gi'), '');
            }
        }
        return strMod;
    }
    function StripCommentSGML(strMod){
        //Thanks to: http://www.faqts.com/knowledge_base/view.phtml/aid/21761
        strMod=strMod.replace(/<!(?:--[sS]*?--s*)?>s*/g,''); //double dashes escaped cuz of SGML comment
        return strMod;
    }

    If you want to see the code in action, then check out my little Parse Text form where I implement it and a few other things. BTW: Yes, this code can be used on the server-side with ASP.

    2008-03-25t16:43:29 Z | TAGS:
    Web Forms
    Web Forms [http://www.georgehernandez.com/h/xComputers/Webs/Forms/]
    It took me a few days but I re-did my pages on form-handling. I used to have it in my ASP section but really it's a mix of ASP, HTML, JavaScript, security, and databases, so I moved it to my Web section. I'm getting a kick these days of using JavaScript for both client-side and server-side coding. Thanks to all the work I've been doing with the Ext JS [extjs.com] library, I now love passing JSON objects as a parameter for functions. I also spent a few days with Halock [halock.com] reviewing security, so I jotted down some notes and implemented some stuff. It includes my dual-validation library for both client-side and server-side that works in a very similar way on both ends.
    2008-03-26t16:08:59 Z | TAGS:
    Chicago-sized chunk of ice has fallen
    Antarctic ice shelf 'hanging by a thread' [http://environment.newscientist.com/article/dn13530-antarctic-iceshelf-hanging-by-a-thread.html]

    A city-size chunk of the Wilkins Ice Shelf has actively and visibly collapsed in just a few days.

    Wilkins Ice Shelf collapsing 2008-02-28/2008-03-08
    • By 02-28, a piece of the shelf 100 sq. Km = 39 sq. miles broke off.
    • By 03-08, an additional 570 sq. Km = 102 sq. miles is visibly distenegrating.
    • Roughly another 8000 sq. Km = 3000 sq. miles is expected to distengrate as well.

    For reference, I took a screenshot of Google Maps of the Wilkins Shelf (70°15'S, 73°W) and of Chicago on the same scale:

    Wilkins Ice Shelf via Google Maps on zoom 7 Chicago via Google Maps on zoom 7

    For reference, Chicago is 606 sq. Km = 237 sq. miles, so roughly a Chicago-sized chunk of ice has fallen into the ocean. All together an area around the size of Rhode Island (4002 sq. Km = 1545 sq. miles) is expected to fall in.

    2008-03-30t18:52:24 Z | TAGS:
    Squirrel v Daisy Powerline 901 air rifle

    We've had problems with squirrels in our attic for months now. Julia in particular has been awakened at night with their noise and she's been concerned about damage to our house. We didn't want to use poison because we don't want dead squirrels stinking up in some unreachable corner of our attic. We had guys come out with traps last fall: They caught one but they came back. In 2008-02 we bought our own trap and we managed to catch one ourselves. We hadn't considered the issue of disposal. Julia didn't want to release them far away (in case they might come back). I offered to stab them with a sword but Julia thought that was too crude. So we settled on shooting him with an air rifle.

    Because of Chicago gun lawys, it's annoying to order any sort of gun or gun related items online. So Julia called around for a K-mart that sold them and she went out and got one. She ended up getting the Powerline 901 air rifle by Daisy. It's a multi-pump air rifle that shoots either BBs or pellets at up to 230 m/s = 750 fps. It's a decent model and I think my friend Nikos has the exact same thing.

    I tried a few shots at the squirrel from a 2 m = 2 y, but either I'm a terrible shot or the squirrel was one tough little guy. I had to put the gun pretty much point blank above its head: One shot did the trick. The wife and kids watched through the window while I handled the whole thing (including the mildly smelly and bloody clean up). The kids were fascinated before hand but once the deed was done they stated that they would rather not participate next time. A rather dismal little affair all around, but it had to be done.

    The rifle is in its box in the closet. I intend to have the kids learn gun safety and marksmanship with a safe backstop once the weather clears up. The squirrels are back. The war goes on.

    2008-04-06t17:08:28 Z | TAGS:
    Charlton Heston (1923-10-04/2008-04-05)
    Charlton Heston (1923-10-04/2008-04-05) [W]. Charlton Heston passed away yesterday at the age of 84. Oddly enough, my kids and I were watching Planet of the Apes (1968) just the other day. I'd like to toast Charlton Heston for his magnficence, for his work in films like The Ten Commandments (1956, a very re-watchable film) and Ben-Hur (1959), as well as for his activism for civil rights and gun rights.
    Charleton Heston. 1963, Civil Rights march.
    2008-04-06t17:17:28 Z | TAGS:
    Window Vista source code
    [VIA: http://digg.com/microsoft/Windows_Vista_Source_Code_Leaked?OTC-ig]
    I'm a programmer on Windows Vista right now and I'm laughing it up.
    Window Vista source code
    2008-04-21t15:23:07 Z | TAGS:
    Feres Doctrince challenged
    Military medical malpractice: Seeking recourse [http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-feres20apr20,0,5399611,full.story]

    The Feres Doctrine is the effect of the 1950 Supreme Court case Feres v. United States [W]. Basically members of the armed forces cannot sue the US for things like medical malpractice. There are new efforts to overturn the decision, the success of which are affected by factors such as the large size of the military right now, the low popularity of the war, the build up of public distrust, the looming party change in November, etc.

    If overturned, then the military health care system would have to undergo a large change or growth or both. It would also greatly affect many military operating procedures. Since my brother Alan died in 2003-09-24 by an avoidable death while in the US Marines, I have personal interest in this story.

    2008-04-22t15:29:30 Z | TAGS:
    Earth Day 2008

    After years of feeling like fighting a losing battle for the environment, it is heartening to see the green theme and ideas everywhere. For a while I've felt like we would just wait until it got too late (like Easter Island [W]). As popular as green is, I still think a lot of people don't quite get it. There are only 15 cm = 6" of top soil. Water and air are finite. Species are indicators. Extinction and artifact destruction are permanent. Micro-pollution builds up. The Sun is really powerful. People have too much stuff. Etc. I will miss the alpha species.

    In any case, it's Earth Day and I'd like it to be orange today. At our house we've been doing more candle light dinners. I'd like to finish with the 3 Rs and the 5 Ps. Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Be mindful of Population, Productivity (stuff), Power, Poverty, and Pollution.

    2008-04-25t16:16:48 Z | TAGS:
    2nd Annual Sci-Fi Spectacular

    WHAT: 2nd Annual Sci-Fi Spectacular. These films (in order): Island of Lost Souls, Eart vs. the Flying Saucers, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Death Race 2000, The Road Warrior, and Robocop. Vintage trailer and memorablia too.
    SPECIAL GUEST: Mary Woronov [W], actress of sci-fi cult faves.
    WHEN: 2008-05-10. First show: Noon. Last show: Quarter past midnight.
    WHERE: The Musicbox Theatre [musicboxtheatre.com] in 3773 N. Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60613.
    COST: $20 or $16 in advance
    AWESOMENESS: TOTALLY AWESOME!!!!

    2008-04-25t20:40:08 Z | TAGS:
    Chicago allergies

    (I saw this in the paper and I'm parking the info here.)

    There are three big pollen sources that cause allergies in Chicago: Trees, grasses, and weeds.

    • Trees. Starts in late April, peaks in late April, continues to mid July.
    • Grasses. Starts in late May, peaks in mid June, continues to late July.
    • Weeds. Starts in early June, peaks in late August, continues to mid October.

    The article didn't mention the other major allergy source: Mold. In colder climates like Chicago, mold apparently starts in late winter, peaks in late summer, and continues to early fall. So in Chicago, watch for the 4 peaks, and watch out for June and July when all 4 major allergy sources are around.

    See also Hay fever [W].

    2008-04-28t16:35:09 Z | TAGS:
    Our First and Future and Finest Earth
    Our First and Future and Finest Earth [http://www.space.com/imageoftheday//image_of_day_080422.html] [VIA: http://digg.com/space/Two_Views_of_Earth_Show_How_Far_We_Have_Come?OTC-ig]

    Sometimes things look better from far away. A few nice links in the digg thread including a link to a larger version of the image on the right and " The First Photo From Space" [http://www.airspacemag.com/space-exploration/16045732.html].

    Photos of Earth from space: 1960 and 1996

    2008-04-28t20:22:47 Z | TAGS:
    Where Are They?
    Where Are They? [http://www.technologyreview.com/Infotech/20569/?nlid=1032&a=f]

    The author, Nick Bostrom, starts off with a fairly controversial subtitle: "Why I hope the search for extraterrestrial life finds nothing". However, the article is not just about whether we find signs of life on Mars, but also about our inability to find signs of life anywhere else in the universe after decades of the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) program. Bostrom's basic point is that if we can't find life, and we exist, then perhaps there is a "Great Filter", i.e. some hurdle in development that is both extremely difficult to overcome and yet necessary to overcome in order for a intelligent life to progress.

    • If the Great Filter is just in the past (EGs: The emergence of life. The emergence of intelligence.) then, Hurrah!, we have passed it and, Alas!, perhaps no one else in the Universe has.
    • If the Great Filter is just in the future (EGs: Genetic engineering gone awry. Artificial intelligence gone awry.) then, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.
    • The Great Filter is both in the past and future.

    If the Great Filter was only technologically post-radio, then:

    • Life in the universe must be abundant (given the probable number of life friendly planets).
    • Some of those intelligent life forms must have reached or surpassed radio technology.
    • We should have gotten a radio signal by now, unless the advanced life forms were cloaking signs of life species below some technological or othe threshold.

    Therefore:

    • The Great Filter is just pre-radio. We're alone at the moment (or no one has gotten to radio yet).
    • The Great Filter is just post-radio. Aliens are cloaking the universe.
    • The Great Filter is pre-radio and post-radio. We're either effetively alone at the momement, or aliens are cloakng the universe.

    To be fair, Bostrom places much less emphasis on the cloaking aliens than I do.

    Bostrom does mention John von Neumann universal constructors [W] and that's really cool even though he doesn't mention the sci-fi concept that perhaps life on Earth are examples of someone else's von Neumann probes. The concept of existential catastrophe's is also fascinating given our directions in the environment, nuclear weapons, genetic engineering, robotic and artificial intelligence dreams (Singularity [W]), and high-energy physics experiments. The last issue in particular has been in the news because the LHC [W] work on strangelets [W] drums up the possibility that we may blink away the universe —which is reminescent of when the atomic bomb scientists quite seriously worried about whether their experiments would ignite the atmosphere. I have personally fantasized that the dark matter out there is related to our cloaked alien friends. Radio (using the EM spectrum) may be a technology used in a small window in the technological chronology. More advanced life may use some other means that we don't know how to detect yet (EG: There was a time on earth post-radio when those who didn't know about radio had no clue that the air all around them was full of chatter and music.

    2008-05-02t16:22:10 Z | TAGS:
    Very simple Row Level Versioning

    I've sort of gotten used to the ability to see previous versions as well as have the ability to revert to previous versions. EG: Previous verions of any document in Wikipedia or Google Documents can be seen (and reverted to) by checking the history. This is sort of similar to Revision control [W] in engineering and software development. The concept can be applied on the row level for tables in databases. Here is a brief presentation of very simple row-level versioning (RLV) that can be implemented cross-platform.

    The versioning concept can be implemented on different scales —from the document level (like Wikipedia or Googe Documents) to the row-level. For reference, here are some articles on RLV for Microsoft SQL Server:

    The cool thing about very simple RLV, is that I can explain it without having to show any SQL code!

    First I'll show what happens to a table without RLV:

    -- INSERT a row:
    ID  Name
    ----------------
    1   Fred
    
    -- UPDATE a row:
    ID  Name
    ----------------
    1   Freddy
    
    -- DELETE a row:
    ID  Name
    ----------------
    

    A table without RLV is fine for most situations. However sometimes you want a log or record of actions on a row, when, who did it, and perhaps a comment of any actions to a row. Plus you may also want to restore a deleted row. Here's whant happens to a table with very simple RLV:

    -- INSERT a row:
    ID  ObjID   Wizard              Current Action  ActionDate  ActionUserID    ActionNote
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    1   1       Mithrandir          1       ins     20080201    1               Sindarin
    
    -- UPDATE a row:
    ID  ObjID   Wizard              Current Action  ActionDate  ActionUserID    ActionNote
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    1   1       Mithrandir          0       ins     20080201    1               Sindarin
    2   1       Gandalf the Grey    1       upd     20080202    2               Easier
    
    -- DELETE a row:
    ID  ObjID   Wizard              Current Action  ActionDate  ActionUserID    ActionNote
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    1   1       Mithrandir          0       ins     20080201    1               Sindarin
    2   1       Gandalf the Grey    0       upd     20080202    2               North name
    3   1       Gandalf the Grey    1       del     20080203    3               Balrog
    
    -- RESTORE a row (not restore a database):
    ID  ObjID   Wizard              Current Action  ActionDate  ActionUserID    ActionNote
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    1   1       Mithrandir          0       ins     20080201    1               Sindarin
    2   1       Gandalf the Grey    0       upd     20080202    2               North name
    3   1       Gandalf the Grey    0       del     20080203    3               Balrog
    4   1       Gandalf the Grey    1       res     20080204    4               Reborn
    
    -- UPDATE a row:
    ID  ObjID   Wizard              Current Action  ActionDate  ActionUserID    ActionNote
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    1   1       Mithrandir          0       ins     20080201    1               Sindarin
    2   1       Gandalf the Grey    0       upd     20080202    2               North name
    3   1       Gandalf the Grey    0       del     20080203    3               Balrog
    4   1       Gandalf the Grey    0       res     20080204    1               Reborn
    5   1       Gandalf the White   1       upd     20080205    2               Renamed

    (OK, OK, I admit that part of the joy of this post was the chance to personally resurrect Gandalf!)

    Mind you this is an implementation of very simple row level versioning. You could capture all sort of other goodies (like the User's IP). The above example could be an example of an actual table or an example of a log table for an actual table. I recommend the latter as a unique log table for each actual table with RLV so that you capture an exact snapshot of the state of a row at the time of a given action. A seperate log table also keeps the actual table small. You could also wrap stuff in a transaction.

    2008-05-11t18:05:21 Z | TAGS:
    Books I am currently reading

    Somehow my old habit of reading too many books asynchronously has returned. I have some "good" excuses like "I leave different books in different locations for convenience" or "I change what I read depending on my mood or level of concentration" but more often it's because some other book has caught my attention, or (worse) I start another book because I've hit a rough spot in a current book, I suppose it's all good because I end up finishing most of my books. My greatest reading sin is that I interrupt an author's build up by switching back and forth between books. Sure there are bookmarks but it's an interruption. For some reason it's more profane to pause streaming media like video or audio.

    Anyhow I wanted to make this post because it doesn't seem fair to post about online stuff but not post about offline stuff. In particular, I want experiment with blogging about my reading.

    Here are the books I am currently asynchronously reading in no particular order:

    2008-05-13t02:02:55 Z | TAGS:
    Intel feeds Google solid state disks
    Intel feeds Google solid state disks [http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2008/05/13/intel_google_ssd/]

    Google is going to start using Solid-state drives (SSD) [W] on a data center scale. It makes sense since the disadvantages of SSD/flash drives (EM vulnerability, slower write speed, etc.) are going away. SSDs are clearly phasing in.

    EG: Just this weekend we got a digital video camera. The choices in media storage include cassettes, optical disks, magnetic drives, and SSD. SSD was the obvious choice: No moving parts, lighter, smaller, quieter, and more energy efficient. We got the top-rated Canon Vixia HF100 instead of the HF10. The difference between the two is that the HF10 has a built in 16 GB SSD, but the price difference was much more than the cost of 16 GB worth of flash.

    2008-05-13t15:21:09 Z | TAGS:
    Earth's May spectacular

    Earth is giving out quite a show this May:

    Perhaps that state-size mass of ice in Wilkins Sound [W] will finish collapsing this month. Throw in some floods, tsunamis, and fires for a complete set. There's more than half the month left too!

    Electrical storm above the Chaiten Volcano erupting in 2008-05

    2008-05-23t15:37:35 Z | TAGS:
    A NYC Bathroom
    [VIA: Julia]
    A men's restroom in New York City designed by Edge Designs, an all-women company:
    A NYC bathroom
    2008-05-23t20:36:10 Z | TAGS:
    Conference notes: Business Driven App Dev

    Here are a few notes on a one-day IT conference I went to yesterday, 2008-05-22. It was called "Application Development Strategies -Designing & Implementing a Business Driven Architecture" hosted by CAMP IT Conferences [campconferences.com].

    First of all some overall impressions and notes:

    • An "us versus them" feeling permeated all day long, where the "us" is IT and the "them" are the business guys. The point was to share experiences and workarounds as opposed to just whining.
    • I work at a very small company but I could see how my problems were exactly the same as the problems on the enterprise level but scaled up.
    • There are always new acronyms and buzzword. Some of them are genuinely new or present an important distinction or nuance, while others are more like synonyms.
    • The concept of compliance/policies/standards/regulations was repeated by multiple speakers:
      • Legal. The big ones include:
        • Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA). Especially those dealing with federal contracts.
        • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). For the healthcare industry.
        • Contractual.
      • Industry. The big ones include:
        • Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). For those handling credit cards.
        • Control Objectives for Information and related Technology (COBIT).
        • ISO/IEC 27000-series. On information security.
        • Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) [owasp.org]. Especially their list of "Top Ten Most Critical Web Application Vulnerabilities".
      • Company
      • Department
      • Personal
    • The concept of metrics/measurement was repeated by multiiple speakers.

    9:00am - 10:00am
    Trends in Application Development and the Impact on the Business
    Juraj Siska, Vice President, Software Business Unit, Laurus Technologies

    Siska's biggest point was the inverse relationship between Security/Compliance and Productivity. Basically if you beef up security and compliance, then development productivity suffers, and vice versa. Security and compliance requires more testing, more infrastructure, greater scalability issues, etc. However it was stressed that it was required. Clearly a trend towards more IT!

    Bites:

    • Over 900% increase in development and distribution of cyber attack weapons between 2005 and 2007.
    • A new vulnerability is discovered every 57 minutes.
    • 50% of spam is generated by botnets, i.e. by software put on other people's computers by spammers.
    • The strength of security (especially authentication) should be proportional to the value of the data.
    • 75% of attacks are by insiders.
    • The bulk of exploits is not really a network access control issue (NAC, as in firewalls, etc.), but because of issues like these:
      • Configuration management. In house users setting things up wrong, especially regarding identity and access control. Buzz: Identity Management (IDM); Identity and Access Management (IAM). Role based access control (RBAC).
      • Once configured, data can sneak out in various unexpected ways. Hence a need for monitoring data access. Buzz: Data loss prevention (DLP). Information Leak Prevention (ILP). Security information and event monitoring (SIM/SEM).
    • Prioritize security task based upon risk: Liklihood and cost of breach.
    • Software as a service (SaaS) will grow. Buzz: Application service provider (ASP).
    • Distributed or Grid computting is coming. Distributed data, distributed processing, distributed users, etc. Buzz: Cloud computing (Google, Amazon, Yahoo, IBM, and Microsoft).

    10:30am - 11:30am
    IT Leadership in Application Development – Are You Really Managing to the Right Criteria?
    Allen Deary, VP, OPD Services, Sierra Atlantic

    Deary was the only speaker who was on the business side instead of the IT side. At first I thought he was just going to do a bunch of management-speak but he actually got into some pretty good stuff about leadership in IT. His emphasis was on fostering, measuring, and enabling compentency individually and as a team. A lot of sports analogies which worked.

    Bites:

    • People love to mentor.
    • People hate to ask for help.
    • People tend to wander.
    • One of the worst things you can do is give a tech person too much work.
    • When hiring test for the basic potentials and skills you're looking for but expect more from on-the-job training (OJT).
    • He spent quite a lot of time discussing his 3 OJT entities. There was also a lot of audience interactivity on this part. All three of these entities foster individual and team skills.
      • Chess Master. This is a top notch developer: productive, quality work, and responsive. In a chess team of 10 against another team of 10 of comparable skill the score would typically be 5 wins and 5 losses. A Chess Master can win his game, but the team would benefit more if he went around helping the other 9 players and then the win:loss ratio may be more like 9:1. Putting it in my martial terms, the Chess Master is a great tactician.
      • Triage Master. This is also a top notch developer, but is mor approachable than the Chess Master. "Go slow to go fast."; "Plan before execute —reassess priorities based on data.". Putting it in my martial terms, the Chess Master is a great strategist.
      • Driver / Rider team. The bulk of the work is done with 2-man teams, to foster mentoring and learning. There can even be a Driver with multiple Riders.
    • The next biggest thing he emphasized was measurement.
      • No sport plays without scoring.
      • The measurement doesn't have to be comprehensive, totally sensible, etc., but it does havve to be fairly consistent.
      • Measurement enables productivity, quality, and responsiveness. Hence measurement should NOT be tied to compensation.
      • The scoreboards must be visible, transparent.
      • Win-or-lose is one thing, but the key thing is a basis for improvement, for targets, etc.
    • He listed several application development models, but favored Agile because it needs trust and team builds.
      • Waterfall
      • Agile
      • Extreme Programming
      • Test Driven Development
      • Feature Driven Development
      • Spiral: Waterfall with iteration, feedback
      • Incremental and Iterative
      • Rapid Application Development (RAD)
      • Between predictive (EG: Waterfall) and adaptive (EG: Agile)
      • Rational Unified Process (RUP). OK, Zimmerman (later) mentions this and not Deary, but I'm putting it here.
      • Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC). OK, Sturgeon (later) mentions this and not Deary, but I'm putting it here.
    • Regardless of app dev model he emphasized these things:
      • Document in real time: Documenting later almost never happpens.
      • He prefers written digital communications (as opposed to verbal or face-to-face) because it auto documents.
      • The collaborative repository (wikis, shared docs, IMs, emails) are a resource and can be used for training and development.
      • He prefers IM to email because it's real time.
      • If there are those who are quiet at meetings, then now and then you have to ask them what they think.
    • Tips for retaining IT leadership and talent ... in order:
      1. Organizational compentency. Provide career clarity, with development and support.
      2. Clarity of mission. Know the score.
      3. Challenging projects/technology.
      4. Recognize skilled technical folks: Skills, success, and potential.
      5. Collaboration with other teams.
      6. Compensation. Money is the lowest priority.

    11:30am - 12:30pm
    The Business Value of a Predictable Software Delivery Process
    Bob Zimmerman, Vice President Service Delivery, Geneca

    Zimmerman was an animated and exciting speaker. Clearly a programmer at heart. He addressed a major issue for the developers: Communicating clearly with the business side and managing project scope creep.

    Bites:

    • In manufacturing they the quoata of deliverables to be predictable, i.e. x product in y time at z cost. In IT, it is less predictable: The deliverables change, the delivery time changes, and the costs change. On top of that, in IT it's not clear who's accountable and if progress is visible or, if visible, real.
    • The heart of the issue is true communication between business and IT. This communication has to be: explicit, in terms that both sides can understand, persisted, and, most importantly, with clear accountability and consequences.
    • The key stage in an applcation development project is an early stage: During the business process analysis (BPA).
      • The deliverables must be defined. Not only what is included, but what is excluded and what is undecided.
      • The BPA definition must come before the IT specs, i.e. before any use cases, etc.
      • The BPA is mainly by the business guys. IT guys, if present, are there to listen.
      • The BPA must generate Business Process Scenarios (BPS), i.e. workflows and scenarios capturing the intent of the system.
      • The BPS are where business guys see stuff and evaluate success/failure and hence are critical points.
      • The BPS should get low enough to write the user guide.
      • The writing of the BPS provides a method of virtual acceptance testing before anything has been developed.
    • During the BPA, have the business guys participate in U.S.E.R. Interface Counting
      • For each BPS.Interface, identify development interfaces by type:
        • User interfaces
        • System integration (API)
        • Engines
        • Reports
      • For each BPS.Interface, identify development interfaces by size/complexity/time and corresponding arbitrary weight: Low (1), Med (3), High (5)
      • Now you can create a spreadsheet with columns like this:
        • Process
        • Scenario
        • Interface
        • Interface Type
        • Interface Size
        • Interface Weight
      • The above spreadsheet quantifies the project by Interface, Scenario, and Process.
      • The business guys should be very hands-on with this spreadsheet and should their vision manifest into units of work and if they make changes, they can get a feel of the weight of their changes.
      • Changes to the USER spreadsheet by the business guys makes them accountable. Progress on the project should also be clearer.
    • Zimmerman also presented a Low-Fi Prototyping technique that he used with hi-level guys from AT&T. He had the business guys build prototypes of the BPS using sticky notes to make drop-down boxes, tabs, list boxes, radio buttons, etc.
    • Errors and disagreements during the BPA are actually good because they provide opportunities to discover unknown issues, that can only help clarify the definition, and eventually generate better application development specifications. Common Vision to Common Delivery.

    1:30pm - 2:30pm
    Measurements that Matter: Implementing Software Quality in Application Development
    Mary Johnston, Director, Business Systems, HSBC

    Johnston started out with dry slides and a dry voice, but as her presentation progress, I grew to appreciate her content and notice the excitement in her tone of voice. Her topic was on metrics for improving software quality. She essentially inherited a legacy app with thousands of users, millions of lines of code, and developers both local and outsourced to work with. Her problems made her and her audience appreciate the need for metrics and how newer projects could more easily implement metrics.

    Bites:

    • Metrics can help in several ways: Manage, Characterize, Evaluate, Predict, Improve. Prioritize.
    • Reports should, if possible, be one page long, have key performance indicators (KPI), and have three colors at most: red, yellow, and green.
    • Metrics shoudl foster positive behavior and should not discourage developers. Avoid terms like: missing, wrong, weak, failed, bad, and sucks.
    • Big organization like conformity and don't like uniqueness because it throws off metrics.
    • Continue monitoring and acting upon metrics after implementing them.
    • Distinguish between process/project metrics and product metrics.
    • Some uses of product metrics: quality, correctness, maintainability, reliability, efficiency, integrity, usability, flexibility, testability, portability, reusability, availability, complexity, understandability, modifiability.
    • Measure and improve on small parts.
    • If outsourcing, see that they have contingency/continuity plans for disasters, terrorism, political upheaval, etc.
    • 2006 survy on outsourcing:
      • 8% Better than in house
      • 26% Same as in house
      • 46% Worse than in house
      • 14% Unusable or a setback
    • I liked her quot from Muhammad Ali: "Your hands can't hit what your eyes can't see", followed by her add on: "Or what you can't see can hit you very hard"

    3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Strategies for Achieving User Trust and High Adoption Rates
    Victor Sturgeon, Senior Consultant, HALOCK Security Labs

    Back in March I spent a couple of days with Sturgeon doing a security review of my code at work, so I knew much of his content. However his stuff on web app security was still the most pertinent to what I do on a day-to-day basis, which is develop web applications.

    Bites:

    • In the old Web, web sites security was not much of an issue since most sites were static, had no sensitive info, and had no user logins. Attacks were usually just graffiti.
    • Since then web sites have become dynamic applications with sensitive info, user logins, connections to internal systems. There are many new security threats to web apps.
    • 92% of reported vulnerabilities came through applicatons, not networks.
    • A majority of websites are insecure.
    • The little lock on the lower right for https/SSL encrypts data transfer but is only part of securing a site.
    • The biggest problem is that users can submit any data of any size to any exposed part of a site, visible or not. Fuzzing or fuzz testing is a type of black box testig that supplies random data to a system.
    • Other problems include the following:
      • Broken authenticaiton.
      • Broken access. After authentication.
      • SQL Injection.
      • Cross Site Scripting (XSS).
      • Information leaking.
    • There are various reasons for web app security:
      • Protect business info and assets
      • Compliance
      • Retain customer confidence
      • A company must inform and pay each customer close to a breach. A breach can be very expensive and would bankrupt most companies. The average cost per customer for breach was $182 in 2007 and increased by 30% in 2008 and will probably continue to increase. Ponemon Institute [ponemon.org]
    • A company providing data and services must ensure Conifentiality, Integrity, and Availability (CIA).
    • Security should be integrated into the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC). The SDLC should serve as a roadmap for security.
    • Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) [owasp.org]. Maintians an evolving list of the "Top Ten Most Critical Web Application Vulnerabilities".
      1. Cross Site Scripting (XSS).
      2. SQL Injection.
      3. Malicious File Execution
      4. Insecure Direct Object Reference. EG: Write to a file.
      5. Cross Site Request Forgery (CSRF). New to the top 10 in 2008. By passes a form page and sends data direct to a server-side page.
      6. Information Leakage and Improper Error Handling
      7. Broken Authentication and Session Management
      8. Insecure Cryptographic Storage
      9. Insecure Communications. EG: Failled SSL.
      10. Failure to Restrict URL Access. EG: Moving up past the root directory of the site.
    • Some web app security links:
    • Some web app security tools:
    • Some web app security books:
      • Syngress XSS Exploits
      • O'reily Shortcuts: SQL Injection Defenses
      • Syngress Developers Guide to Web Application Security
      • The Web Application Hacker's Handbook
      • Apress Foundatons of Security
      • 19 Deadly Sins of Software Security. His most highly recommended book.
      • Addison Wesley Secure Programming with Static Analysis
      • Microsoft The Security Development LifeCycle

    4:00pm - 5:00pm
    How to Best Understand the Application Needs of the Business (panel discussion)
    Moderator: Doug Ulrich, Regional Manager, Micro Focus
    Panelists:
    John Mech, Vice President of Applications, Oce North America,
    Ken Speller, Associate Director, Clearing Technology, CME Group
    Faisal Ghauri, Sr. Manager, Enterprise Wide Applications-ASG, Sara Lee Information Center of Excellence (SLICE),
    Steve Drucker, Manager, Global Business Systems, Fellowes, Inc.

    This was a lot of fun because everyone was winding down and getting ready for the Memorial Day weekend. The funniest part was when some guy in the back fell asleep snoring! Each of these guys were higher ups in big IT departments in big companies, and they all had to cozy up with higher ups from the business sides of their companies. Each guy was well-mannered and well-spoken.

    Bites:

    • The business side must justify their projects and the projects must be prioritized against other projects.
    • There was a nice emphasis on staying in control (in relation to the business guys) and providing mechanisms such as business liasons, metrics, and project priortization meeting.

    Overall, it was a good conference. I didn't talk to many people since I'm not much of a socializer and I was under dressed. I regret not bringing my business cards because several of the vendors there gave away iPods!

    2008-05-25t18:09:08 Z | TAGS:
    Energy fears looming, new survivalists prepare
    Energy fears looming, new survivalists prepare [http://green.yahoo.com/news/ap/20080524/ap_on_re_us/environmental_survivalists.html] [VIA: Julia]

    There are risks that differ by degree of danger, probability, and immediacy. Your risks should be prioritized into a spectrum ranging from your highest (the most dangerous, most probable, and most immediate) to your lowest (the least dangerous, least probable, and least immediate). One should also consider the preparation resources required (such as time, money, people, political coherence, technological development, etc.) and whether it is possible to predict or deter the danger at all. EG: At our technological level we can't prepare for or deter a Gamma-Ray Burst [W].

    People are responsible for the low scale risks such as whether the girl next door is likely to give you the cooties. Organizations such as companies frequently plan for risks such as how to deal with loss of power, data, or staff. One should also hope that the governments are looking at the large scale risks such as Risks to civilization, humans and planet Earth [W]. EG: Humanity cannot survive a Supervolcano [W] or a Near-Earth asteroid [W], but at least we can deter the latter.

    There is a risk that is dangerous to all humans, is highly probable, is happening now, and can be deterred. While market and economic factors are rapidly emphasizing this risk "automatically", and this risk is prominent on TV, in the movies, and on many every day products, it is dangerous to be passive and reactive about this risk. This risk requires a grassroot movement of people emphasizing the risk so that there is political drive to seriously face this risk. This risk is that of human induced climate change (HICC), aka Global warming [W].

    I think one of the problems with HICC and the peak of oil (which I've posted before as imminent) is that it doesn't seem as dangerous as say a global pandemic (which will probably happen within a few generations) or a nuclear war (which is still probable even post-Cold War). The presentation of the potential of HICC needs to be vivid. I assume that people like scary stories because it helps them survive. Many different cultures deal with Eschatology [W] and the End time [W]. The Biblical Great Flood is just one of many stories of Deluge [W] that probably were based on actual floods or tsunamis. The emotional and archetypical force presented by these stories should be used in conjunction with secular scientific and economic studies to help bolster efforts to deter, mitigate, and survive.

    I have always admired survivalism and the determination of spirit required when the choice surviving or not is forced upon a person or people. There are times when surviving is a matter of luck, and that cannot be helped, however there are times when surviving is a matter of preparation and fore thought. Survivalism is a matter of saving who you can, but it should also be a matter of saving as many as you can. I remember when 9/11 happened: I arrived at work, just blocks away from the Sears Tower, and I was determined to hang around there because I knew that if something happened, then perhaps I could be a calm person in a sea panic who just might be able to help others. Fear can focus a person but I do not want it to be the primary driving force. HICC should be mitigated by focusing on sustainable living, not surviving. HICC should be mitigated by sustainable profit, not short term money making.

    That said, my wife and I are getting at least one low-emission wood-burning stove, and we are thinking about moving further out in the country with more land and a water that won't flood us or dry up on us. It's very sad, really. It is also sad and special to go to the zoo and see the polar bears and great apes, and know that they may not make it.

    2008-05-25t23:36:00 Z | TAGS:
    Phoenix has landed

    The Phoenix spacecraft [W] landed on Mars this Sunday (2008-05-25). Congratulations on completing the 6.8e8 m = 422 million mile flight! This is the first powered landing since the Viking 2 [W] in 1976.

    Here is the Phoenix suspended by its parachute as imaged by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. This is the first time one spacecraft has imaged another spacecraft landing on another planet:
    Phoenix parachuting down

    Here the Phoenix photographed its own foot a few minutes after landing to confirm that the dust had settled:
    Phoenix foot

    2008-05-28t01:07:32 Z | TAGS:
    Science v Religion
    Science v Religion [http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa74/harrowlawl/sciencevsreligion.jpg] [VIA: http://digg.com/comedy/Science_vs_Religion_6]
    Science v Religion cartoon
    Funny stuff. Almost as funny as "Science vs. Norse Mythology" [http://www.thepaincomics.com/weekly041229.htm]. There is no contest between science and religion because science is simply evidence, hypotheses, experiments, and common sense in a collaborative and open fashion.
    2008-05-29t15:05:37 Z | TAGS:
    Building a Better Wall Climber
    Building a Better Wall Climber [http://www.technologyreview.com/Infotech/20831/?nlid=1104]
    Wall climbing by inducing electrostatic charges, i.e. static cling! This can be scaled up to support a human.
    Spiderbot climbs with static cling
    2008-06-06t14:49:47 Z | TAGS:
    NASA: 'Extreme programming' controls Mars Lander robot
    NASA: 'Extreme programming' controls Mars Lander robot [http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9094138&intsrc=hm_list]

    Working for NASA is so cool! It's just C on Linux but 93 million miles = 1.5e8 Km away.

    "It's a challenge because we have a two- to three-day strategic plan, and then each day that plan is refined," Robinson told Computerworld. "They decide on the final plan that day. You have to build 20 to 30 sequences, and each can have 50 lines of code in it. And they have a lot of interplay between different instruments, so you have to make sure the sequences are not just working, but working together. ... And the developers, who used the C programming language to build their own software for a Linux operating system, are expected to be dealing with such extreme programming for about three months. The Mars Lander, which is on a one-way trip, is slated to gather and analyze samples throughout the summer months. After that, the planet's temperature will drop well below the current safe range of minus 170 degrees Fahrenheit to 32 degrees Fahrenheit, causing the Lander to freeze up and stop working.
    2008-06-06t15:01:04 Z | TAGS:
    The oil shock of 2008
    The oil shock of 2008 [http://www.econbrowser.com/archives/2008/06/the_oil_shock_o.html] [VIA: http://monkeyfilter.com/link.php/15802]
    Some people will be shocked but for me this is more like a sucker punch coming in slow motion. The changes will just get bigger as we get closer to peak oil.
    Inflation adjusted price of crude oil
    2008-06-11t14:49:12 Z | TAGS:
    A Moon-Based Telescope
    A Moon-Based Telescope [http://www.technologyreview.com/Infotech/20885/?nlid=1139]
    Spin a mirror on the moon! We have to bring the nano carbontubes, the epoxy, and the equipment, but 90% of the mirror will be made of highly available moon dust! In theory we could make a 50 m diameter mirror which would be much bigger than the 2.4 m mirror on the Hubble telescope. While the moon has some disadvantages (like having no atmosphere and being 2 light seconds away), the advantages (like having no atmosphere) are considerable.
    Prototype mirror spun out of moon dust
    2008-06-12t14:03:15 Z | TAGS:
    3-D Viewing without Goofy Glasses
    3-D Viewing without Goofy Glasses [http://www.technologyreview.com/Infotech/20892/?nlid=1142]
    I like how it incorporates multiple 3D tricks. In particular I like the implementation of the simple trick that things that are closer are usually brighter and more saturated in color than things that are far away.
    3D by adjusting value
    Philips's WOWvx screens require specially created videos that record two frames for each scene. The first frame contains ordinary color information. The second frame contains depth information for each pixel, with white denoting foreground and black indicating deep background. Software and hardware built into the screens then use this information to create differing versions of images as the video plays and send them to the display. In a final step, lenses atop the screen project these slightly-differing images so that the left and right eyes see different versions, creating the illusion of depth.
    2008-06-16t17:08:06 Z | TAGS:
    WASP Injection Knife
    WASP Injection Knife [http://www.waspknife.com/] [VIA: http://digg.com/gadgets/As_if_a_knife_wasn_t_deadly_enough?OTC-ig]

    They took the idea of literally blowing up your opponent straight out of the cartoons! Only $550.

    As divers, we all know what the effects of compressed gas are underwater. Our training teaches us that our lungs would burst from over-inflation if we held our breath and rose to the surface. This principle is key to the effectiveness of the WASP Injection System. This weapon injects a frozen ball of compressed gas approximately the size of a basketball at 850psi nearly instantly. The effects of this injection will drop many of the world's largest land predators. The effects of the compressed gas not only cause over-inflation during ascent when used underwater, but also freezes all tissues and organs surrounding the point of injection on land or at sea. When used underwater, the injected gas carries the predator to the surface BEFORE blood is released into the water. Thus giving the diver added protection by diverting other potential predators to the surface.

    WASP Injection Knife
    WaspKnife.com Demonstration Video [http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7306017256238900093]
    2008-06-16t17:22:11 Z | TAGS:
    Paper Gets a Nano Makeover
    Paper Gets a Nano Makeover [http://www.technologyreview.com/Nanotech/20907/?nlid=1148]

    Super paper!

    By splitting up wood pulp into cellulose nanofibers and rearranging the fibers into an entangled porous mesh, researchers have made a nanopaper that is stronger than cast iron and tougher than bone. The nanopaper is seven times stronger and two to three times as stretchy as conventional paper.

    10-40 nm fibers
    2008-06-18t14:36:06 Z | TAGS:
    R2-D2 Projector in Action Video (Verdict: A Must Have)
    R2-D2 Projector in Action Video (Verdict: A Must Have) [http://gizmodo.com/386007/r2+d2-projector-in-action-video-verdict-a-must-have] [VIA: Blair]

    I was skeptical at first but that is one cool and highly functional gadget.

    • Picture by DLP from Texas Instruments
    • Project to ceilings and walls up to a 260-inch picture
    • Resolution: 1024x768
    • Contrast Ratio: 1800:1
    • Lumens: 1500
    • Built-in CD/DVD player. Also plays MP3/MP4 video
    • iPod docking station, memory card and USB slots
    • Built-in 20 watt stereo speaker system
    • FM wireless audio out (channels 1 through 7)
    • Full-function: forward, reverse turn 360 degrees and recline
    • Millennium Falcon remote control with removable stand
    • Head turns using Millennium Falcon remote control
    • Plays the most popular R2-D2 sound effects
    • 1 year hardware manufacturer warranty
    • 180 day projection lamp manufacturer warranty
    • Height 25 " Width 15" Weight 14lbs
    -http://shop.starwars.com/catalog/product.xml?product_id=1218818

    R2-D2 media player
    2008-06-20t16:46:21 Z | TAGS:
    A few days into Firefox 3

    So I've been using Firefox version 3 since it came out on 2008-06-20. The performance and looks have been nice. The lower memory usage is appreciated. However the big change for me is with the Add Ons. I only use a few Add Ons because they take up resources and I got sick of tweaking each little thing to just the way I like it.

    I used to use Tab Mix Plus (for tabbing customization especially multiple rows of tabs) and FaviconizeTab (to minimize tabs to icon size) but since the former was not FF3 compliant, I tried out Tree Style Tab. Tree Style Tab totally rock! It is well known that if you have a lot of items, then you arrange them vertically (EG: Few columns, many rows). It's so obvious that it's brilliant. The tree folding is wonderful in itself too! A must-have Add On.

    All-in-One Gestures was not FF3 compliant and so I switched to FireGestures. This is minor since I only really use gestures for navigating forward or backwards. A must-have Add On.

    I stumbled upon the Ctrl-Tab Add On which enables you to navigate through tabs in a fashion similar to Windows Alt-Tab. Love it. Simple, easy. The page previous while Ctrl-tabbing is a sweet bonus. A must-have Add On.

    I'm retrying the StumbleUpon AddOn but if I recall it just added a lot of surfing noise. Finding good content is the holy grail. Voting seems like the primary method (as in StumbleUpon or Digg), whether voting on links, users, or comments, but something else is missing. Votes from the masses is one thing but perhaps we need votes from quality voters with similar tastes? I don't have the time to compare it against the del.icio.us toolbar right now.

    Firefox View and IE View Lite still work. They enable you to right-click on a page in one browser so you can see it in the other browser. The thing is sometimes I'd rather cut and paste the URL.

    Here are a few other Add Ons I'm still stewing over: The URL Flipper Add On looks good, but I don't go through incremental URLs a lot. CustomizeGoogle and Better Gmail 2 look good but again I want to avoid over tweaking. Flashblock might be good especially since Flash ads can really slow things down if I VPN in to work. PicLens and Flagfox looks interesting.

    2008-06-22t16:02:12 Z | TAGS: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Fighting, Karate, MARTIAL, Mixed Martial Arts, Shotokan, Videos
    Lyoto Machida: Shotokan MMA

    I've just watched a good number of fights by Lyoto Machida [W], a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter who currently has 13-0 record that includes top opponents like Tito Ortiz, B.J. Penn, Rich Franklin, and Stephan Bonnar. Machida's primary art is Shotokan Karate (his father is an instructor) with some Sumo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He typically uses a "southpaw" stance (in upright fighting this is usually for the left-handed with right-leg forward).

    I did Shotokan Karate daily for 13 years myself (to 3rd degree) and it's about time a Shotokan guy started making it in MMA. He does techniques that are very karate. The front leg sweep is tricky because you have to catch the momentum and timing. The "spinning" back kick is a big tempo but very powerful. The one point-orientation of JKA Shotokan fosters very careful live-or-die kind of timing as opposed to brawling slug fests. A fair number of stesso tempo (same time) attacks of slipping while striking. He bows too!

    The trend in MMAs is that fighter must now be well rounded in striking, wrestling, and grappling. I haven't seen much of Machida's grappling (not even with BJ!), but his striking is very good, his dirty boxing is good, his take down defense is good, his take downs are good. Machida plays smart: He plays defensively, elusively but also goes for the points and goes for the fight-ending moves. His sense of measure or distance is good, he know what he can reach and what his opponent can reach. He does a lot of feints and draws out openings from his opponent.

    2008-06-24t18:26:42 Z | TAGS: Cyber Tech, Databases, Open Source, Programming, TECH, Wikipedia
    A Look Inside Wikipedia's Infrastructure
    A Look Inside Wikipedia's Infrastructure [http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2008/Jun/24/a_look_inside_wikipedias_infrastructure.html] [VIA: http://tech.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/06/24/1552225&from=rss]

    Wikipedia is one of the top 10 busiest sites on the planet. Caching seems to be the big trick.

    As I see it, in such context Wikipedia is more interesting as a case of operations underdog - non-profit lean budgets, brave approaches in infrastructure, conservative feature development, and lots of cheating and cheap tricks (caching! caching! caching!).

    Some quick stats:

    • 50 K htttp requests per second.
    • 80 K SQL requests per second.
    • 7 M registered users.
    • 18 M page objects in English.
    • 250 M page links.
    • 220 M revisions.
    • 1.5 TB compressed data
    • 200 app servers.
    • 70 cache servers (Squid).
    • 20 database servers.

    I liked this insightful tidbit from the slashdot thread:

    Most of Wikipedia is a collection of static pages. Most users of Wikipedia are just reading the latest version of an article, to which they were taken by a non-Wikipedia search engine. So all Wikipedia has to do for them is serve a static page. No database work or page generation is required.

    Older revisions of pages come from the database, as do the versions one sees during editing and previewing, the history information, and such. Those operations involve the MySQL databases. There are only about 10-20 updates per second taking place in the editing end of the system. When a page is updated, static copies are propagated out to the static page servers after a few tens of seconds.

    Article editing is a check-out/check in system. When you start editing a page, you get a version token, and when you update the page, the token has to match the latest revision or you get an edit conflict. It's all standard form requests; there's no need for frantic XMLHttpRequest processing while you're working on a page.

    Because there are no ads, there's no overhead associated with inserting variable ad info into the pages. No need for ad rotators, ad trackers, "beacons" or similar overhead.

    I like the principal of minimal database calls, but it's so funny given how popular Web 2.0 and AJAX are.

    2008-07-03t22:16:22 Z | TAGS: Psychology, Relations, Self Improvement
    Is Your Partner Happy? It May Be Hard to Know
    Is Your Partner Happy? It May Be Hard to Know [http://www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/stories/2008/02/roloff.html] [VIA: Julia]

    My wife sent this to me a while back and I thought I'd log it here.

    High self-monitors -- people who are highly attuned to social situations and who most prone to moderate their behavior and the image they present to others accordingly -- are less satisfied in their romantic relationships than low self-monitors, a Northwestern University study finds.

    I tend to be myself as often as I can so I'm a low monitor. I don't like to dress up or suck up, but I will do it to blend in or for important occasions.

    2008-07-03t22:28:18 Z | TAGS: Chill, Fighting, Funny, MARTIAL, Swords, TECH, Western Martial Arts
    Capoferro Tech Support call
    [VIA: Karl]

    This is a funny piece that even those outside of the Western Martial Arts (WMA) community may enjoy. It was written by Puck Curtis, who emphasizes Destreza and Spanish fencing.

    Hola,
    With apologies, as someone who has spent a lot of time on the other end of the support line, this has been rattling around in my head for some time. For better or worse, here it is.
    *****************************************************

    A Most Merry Tale of the Duel

    **Phone rings**

    Technician: This is Capoferro Tech Support, can I help you?

    Caller: Yes, I am currently in a duel and I would like some help.

    Technician: Can I get some information about your opponent?

    Caller: Sure. He has a sword.

    Technician: Can you tell me anything else?

    Caller: He's got black hair and brown eyes.

    Technician: [audible sigh]... Can you tell me if he is skilled,
    unskilled, or bestial?

    Caller: How can you tell?

    Technician: A bestial fencer will throw many blows with great
    impetus and has no understanding of tempo or measure.

    Caller: I don't think that's him; he's just standing there.

    Technician: Does he have his sword out?

    Caller: Yes and it is pointed at me.

    Technician: Are you within his measure?

    Caller: I don't know.

    Technician: Can he currently strike you with a lunge?

    Caller: Yes, he's already hit me twice... I'm bleeding a bit from
    the shoulder. That's why I called you.

    Technician: You should have told me that first. I need you to
    immediately retreat out of distance.

    Caller: Ok... I have retreated... He seems to have relaxed a bit.

    Technician: That's good. I need to know if your opponent is clever.

    Caller: **Loudly aside** Hey, are you clever or what? **Into the
    phone** He says he isn't clever.

    Technician: I want you to assume the guard and cover the inside line
    with your blade. Turn your point towards his forward shoulder
    aligning your edge so that you cover his blade with your strong
    against his weak.

    Caller: Ok... this seems to be working. I think he might be
    impressed or something. He might even be afraid. I love fencing!

    Technician: Now, he should execute a cavazione and try to strike you
    on the outside high line. Be ready to counterattack by rolling your
    hand into secunda, closing the line and counterthrusting. Are you
    ready?

    Caller: Ok.

    Technician: I want you to gradually move forward with tiny steps
    directly towards him.

    Caller: Ok... I'm taking tiny steps... He hasn't done anything yet.
    I think it may be working. Oh oh... he attacked the outside just
    like you said!! I'm counterattacking!! Ahhhh Ahh ohhh ohhh!! He
    feinted!! He feinted!! He parried my counterattack!! I'm bleeding
    again!! Yes.. I'm definitely bleeding!! I hate fencing!! I hate it!!

    Technician: Calm down. Calm down! I need you to listen to me. I need
    you to retreat out of distance again.

    Caller: Ok... Ok... I'm retreating. He relaxed again. What would
    happen if I rushed him? Would that work?

    Technician: It would probably work for him.

    Caller: What does that mean?

    Technician: Don't worry about it. Here's what you need to do.

    Caller: Ok, I'm ready.

    Technician: Are you out of distance?

    Caller: Yes.

    Technician: Can you see the adversary?

    Caller: Yes.

    Technician: When you are ready, I want you to repeat after me. Are
    you ready?

    Caller: Yes.

    Technician: "I want to sincerely apologize for having offended you."

    Caller: **Loudly aside** I want to sincerely apologize for having
    offended you.

    Technician: Now put your sword away and see if he lets you leave.

    ***********************************

    For the record, covering the inside line and counterattacking the
    cavazione in 2nd is Plate 7. I'll leave it to you guys to figure out
    what the clever fencer's response was.

    Pachomius Oneshoe
  • 2008-07-17t14:58:26 Z | TAGS: Computers, Hardware, Images, Nanotechnology, Science, TECH
    Quantum Leap
    Quantum Leap [http://www.technologyreview.com/Infotech/21086/?nlid=1214&a=f]
    An international team of researchers has shown that it can control the quantum state of a single electron in a silicon transistor--even putting the electron in two places at once. Their discovery could help pave the way toward a practical quantum computer.

    Not quite a violation of the Heisenber uncertainty principle, but it almost sounds like it!

    Manipulating the state of a single electron
    As the electric field induced by a silicon nanowire (gray) increases, an electron in an arsenic atom moves from its ground state (left) to an excited state (right). During this transition, the electron enters a hybridized state (middle) in which it is in both of the other states simultaneously. In theory, such an electron could serve as a “qubit” in a quantum computer.
    2008-07-17t16:02:38 Z | TAGS: Cool, Cyber Life, Cyber Tech, Google, Office, TECH
    Time for templates!
    Time for templates! [http://groups.google.com/group/GDSupdates/browse_thread/thread/543ddb67b78a844d?hl=en]
    Google just announced that they now have templates for Google Documents [https://docs.google.com/templates] and they already have hundreds of templates! Since it's by Google the templates are searchable and rated. It's also a creativity showcase for what you can do with Google documents.
    2008-07-18t17:35:04 Z | TAGS: Hardware, Nanotechnology, TECH, Tolkien
    Strongest Material Ever Tested
    Strongest Material Ever Tested [http://www.technologyreview.com/Nanotech/21098/?nlid=1217&a=f]
    Graphene [W], carbon arranged chicken-wire fashion in one-atom thick sheets, reminds me of the Mithril maille in Lord of the Rings!
    Graphene tested as strongest material so far
    If he could get a large enough piece of the material to lay over the top of a coffee cup, he says, graphene would be strong enough to support the weight of a car balanced atop the pencil.
    2008-07-18t22:16:54 Z | TAGS: Animation, Batman, Comics, Crude, Funny, Images, Language, Live Action, Movies, NSFW
    I'm the Batman
    [VIA: http://www.metafilter.com/73419/Im-the-Batman]
    The Dark Knight (2008) novie comes out today so it makes sense to post something Batman related. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (1986) [W] comic by Frank Miller was a totally different story, but pretty dark too. It's set in an alternate future where Superman has become a government yes-man and Batman has to fight him. Someone made this animated gif that captures the essence of the story and uses Christian Bale (who co-stars in today's movie along with Heath Ledger) as Bruce Wayne. As in the usual Batman v Superman stories, Batman usually wins because he planned something ahead of time.
    mod of Christian Bale so he plays Bruce Wayne of Dark Knight Returns
    2008-07-22t15:48:26 Z | TAGS: Blogging, Comics, Cyber Life, Funny, Images, Text
    Baby's First Internet
    Baby's First Internet [http://www.themorningnews.org/archives/galleries/babys_first_internet/] [VIA: http://www.metafilter.com/73489/Babys-First-Internet]

    Yes, we must be aware of the noise and negativity that tends to be generated (by ourselves and others). Here's the text of the comics:

    Do not stop to think or edit:
    You must be the first who said it.
    
    You heard a brand-new band? What luck!
    You’ll be the first to say they suck.
    
    In order to increase renown,
    add “bacon” to most any noun.
    
    It’s not your job to right a wrong,
    just mark it FAIL and move along.
    
    Rather than felicitations,
    send your friend an application.
    
    To be an expert’s no great tax:
    Write common sense and call it “hacks.”
    
    Your friends won’t like it, on the real,
    but you must Flickr every meal.
    
    In disagreements, all your readers
    must be branded Nazi leaders.
    
    It doesn’t matter what you say,
    just publish it twelve times per day.
    2008-07-24t02:07:40 Z | TAGS: Cyber Life, Google, Wikipedia
    Knol
    Knol [http://knol.google.com/] [VIA: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/23/AR2008072302465.html]

    Google just launched Knol, a Wikipedia alternative that is closer to About.com, Suidoo, or HubPages. The Knol site defines a knol as "an authoritative article about a specific topic". Basically an author can write a knol alone or in collaboration with specific authors or any other registered author. Knol authors can have their name verified via phone or credit card. Knol authors also get a share of Google AdSense revenue on their knols.

    The value of Knol to the average user is not so much the searchability but that the articles are rated (in theory the best article on a topic will rise to the top), the authors are verified to a small degree, and the authors have tighter control over their content. What Knol lacks that Wikipedia has is the hyperlinking between articles. Also because of the limited authoring per knol, knols will probably tend to create echo rooms where everyone who likes one view of a topic will favor one knol, while those who favor another view will favor another knol; By contrast since Wikipedia have unlimited authorship, they authors fight back and forth until they come to a more neutral and balanced presentation of the topic.

    2008-07-25t16:07:00 Z | TAGS: Cloud, Computers, Databases, Free Libre, Google, JavaScript, Open Source, Programming, TECH
    10gen
    10gen [http://www.10gen.com/] [VIA: http://www.technologyreview.com/Biztech/21127/?nlid=1235&a=f]

    10gen [10gen.com] has just arrived as an open-source alternative in the cloud computing arena (apps and data hosted on a hundreds of servers knitted together to form a cloud or grid or virtual super computer). There are of course the big players like Google App Engine (GAE) [http://code.google.com/appengine/], Amazon Web Services, Yahoo, and IBM, as well as smaller players like KickApps [kickapps.com].

    As an example of its open-source nature, 10gen has an open-source, scalable, object database instead of a relational database. Contrast this with GAE's proprietary BigTable that uses GQL and no joins. One of the cooler things about 10gen is that it uses JavaScript! Lately I've been loving using JavaScript for both client-side and server-side coding. Contrast this with GAE's use of Python with Django. Both 10gen and Google say that they'll support other languages later.

    Personally I'm torn because while 10gen just got $1.5 million in venture capital, Google is more of a sure thing.

    2008-07-28t15:13:32 Z | TAGS: Cyber Life, Google
    Ex-Google engineers debut 'Cuil' way to search
    Ex-Google engineers debut 'Cuil' way to search [http://apnews.myway.com/article/20080728/D926QMU00.html]

    cuil.com just came out today. It's a search engine (pronounced "cool") made by former Google employees that claims to be better: A larger index (186 billion Web pages crawled but 120 included); Uses fewer servers; Better user privacy [http://www.cuil.com/info/privacy/]; Larger entries for search results; More pictures in search results; Greater use of horizontal space; etc.

    Looks good so far. A bit laggy but it is their first day. Oddly enough, it couldn't find anything for "JavaScript null".

    The article quoted US search engine marketshare (via comScore as of 2007-05): Google 62%, Yahoo 21%, and Microsoft 8.5%, totaling 91.5%. This article (comScore Media Metrix Search Engine Ratings [http://searchenginewatch.com/showPage.html?page=2156431]), shows these ratings for 2007-07: Google 43.7%, Yahoo (including AltaVista, AllTheWeb, and Overture) 28.8%, MSN 12.8%, AOL 5.9%, and Ask 5.4%, totaling 96.6%.

    2008-08-01t16:17:57 Z | TAGS: Solar, TECH
    Solar-Power Breakthrough
    Solar-Power Breakthrough [http://www.technologyreview.com/Energy/21155/?nlid=1247]

    There are a lot of solar power breakthroughs, but this is one of the biggest ever!

    Daniel Nocera, a professor of chemistry at MIT, has developed a catalyst that can generate oxygen from a glass of water by splitting water molecules. The reaction frees hydrogen ions to make hydrogen gas. The catalyst, which is easy and cheap to make, could be used to generate vast amounts of hydrogen using sunlight to power the reactions. The hydrogen can then be burned or run through a fuel cell to generate electricity whenever it's needed, including when the sun isn't shining.
    Daniel Nocera doing artificial synthesis

    I agree with Myer's statement here:

    Nocera's advance represents a key discovery in an effort by many chemical research groups to create artificial photosynthesis--mimicking how plants use sunlight to split water to make usable energy. "This discovery is simply groundbreaking," says Karsten Meyer, a professor of chemistry at Friedrich Alexander University, in Germany. "Nocera has probably put a lot of researchers out of business." For solar power, Meyer says, "this is probably the most important single discovery of the century."

    Here's a bit on how he does it:

    The new catalyst marks a radical departure from earlier attempts. Researchers, including Nocera, have tried to design molecular catalysts in which the location of each atom is precisely known and the catalyst is made to last as long as possible. The new catalyst, however, is amorphous--it doesn't have a regular structure--and it's relatively unstable, breaking down as it does its work. But the catalyst is able to constantly repair itself, so it can continue working. In his experimental system, Nocera immerses an indium tin oxide electrode in water mixed with cobalt and potassium phosphate. He applies a voltage to the electrode, and cobalt, potassium, and phosphate accumulate on the electrode, forming the catalyst. The catalyst oxidizes the water to form oxygen gas and free hydrogen ions. At another electrode, this one coated with a platinum catalyst, hydrogen ions form hydrogen gas. As it works, the cobalt-based catalyst breaks down, but cobalt and potassium phosphate in the solution soon re-form on the electrode, repairing the catalyst.

    Now that we can use artificial photosynthesis to generate hydrogen ions from water, there are just two more technical hurdles to getting non-ionized hydrogen from water and sunlight:

    One is replacing the expensive platinum catalyst for making hydrogen from hydrogen ions with a catalyst based on a cheap and abundant metal, as Nocera has done with the oxygen catalyst. Finding a cheaper catalyst for making hydrogen shouldn't be too difficult, says John Turner, a principal investigator at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in Golden, CO. Indeed, Nocera says that he has promising new materials that might work, and other researchers also have likely candidates. The second remaining step in artificial photosynthesis is developing a material that absorbs sunlight, generating the electrons needed to power the water-splitting catalysts. That will allow Nocera's catalyst to run directly on sunlight; right now, it runs on electricity taken from an outlet.

    Wow. Wow. Wow! Things are looking bright!

    2008-08-01t20:29:12Z Many more links have popped up today on this. Here are a few:

    2008-08-01t17:53:20 Z | TAGS: Cyber Tech, Excel, Microsoft, My Stuff, Programming, TECH
    Cannot open Excel in Internet Explorer

    It is fairly well known that you can easily turn simple HTML tables into Excel files by giving it a different MIME with code like the following: Response.ContentType = "application/vnd.ms-excel";. Greg Griffiths writes about it in "MS Excel", which also include other methods of getting Excel files to a user via browser. There are other cheesy methods such as generating a CSV and so on.

    However, I recently ran into the issue where the MIME-change version was working for all browsers except for Internet Explorer. Furthermore, it worked on IE7 for the LAN but not the Web. I did the usual scouring the Web via Google and MSDN, but was unsuccessful. What finally led me to the solution was the little nugget about how Response.AddHeader() had to be used before any other output. That's when I dug through the various includes on the pages and noticed that way up on top there was some cache code. I just elimated that and BAM! All is well! Another case of needing to minimize settings in includes.

    Here is the simple test page I made in ASP JavaScript. Note the cache code that I commented out that fixed the problem.

    <%@ language="javascript" %>
    <%
    Response.Buffer=true;
    Response.Expires = -1;
    //Response.CacheControl = "no-cache";
    //Response.AddHeader("Pragma", "no-cache");
    Response.ContentType = "application/vnd.ms-excel";
    Response.AddHeader("Content-Disposition", "attachment;Filename=ExcelTests.xls");
    
    Response.Write("<table>\r\n");
    Response.Write("    <tr>\r\n");
    Response.Write("        <td>a1</td>\r\n");
    Response.Write("        <td>b1</td>\r\n");
    Response.Write("        <td>c1</td>\r\n");
    Response.Write("    </tr>\r\n");
    Response.Write("    <tr>\r\n");
    Response.Write("        <td>a2</td>\r\n");
    Response.Write("        <td>b2</td>\r\n");
    Response.Write("        <td>c2</td>\r\n");
    Response.Write("    </tr>\r\n");
    Response.Write("    <tr>\r\n");
    Response.Write("        <td>a3</td>\r\n");
    Response.Write("        <td>b3</td>\r\n");
    Response.Write("        <td>c3</td>\r\n");
    Response.Write("    </tr>\r\n");
    Response.Write("</table>");
    //Response.Flush();
    %>
    2008-08-07t12:31:31 Z | TAGS: Business, Cyber Life, Cyber Tech, News, Standards, TECH
    '.wow': ICANN to allow almost any domain suffix
    '.wow': ICANN to allow almost any domain suffix [http://news.zdnet.com/2424-9595_22-208742.html?tag=nl.e550]

    A fairly big change.

    At its meeting in Paris, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a not-for-profit organization that oversees the naming scheme for web sites, voted to accept a proposal that will allow companies to purchase new top-level domain names ending in almost whatever suffix they choose. So, for example, instead of being restricted to sites ending in .com or .org., eBay could have a site that ends in .ebay, or New York City could end its website address with .nyc.

    To deter name cybersquatters, the new TLDs will be more expensive, possibly 50-100+ KUSD. It also explains why .xxx wasn't approved earlier.

    2008-08-09t03:08:05 Z | TAGS: Conditioning, Cyber Life, Google, Health, Maps
    Google Maps for walking
    I stumbled upon this new feature of Google Maps entirely fortuitously. I was wondering what the walking/running distance was between home and work, so I looked up the directions in Google Maps, lo and behold!, there in addition for directions by car and public transportation, there was one for walking directions! Apparently Google was sneaking this feature out to the public around a month ago (http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/2008/07/google-maps-tests-walking-directions.html). I poked around and apparently there are various sites like Google Map Pedometer [http://www.webwalking.com/googlemap.htm] that use Google Maps as a pedometer for walking/running routes.
    2008-08-15t01:30:11 Z | TAGS: Cool, Funny, Gadget, Hardware, Kensington, My Stuff, TECH
    How to set tax rate on Kensington keypad calculator

    A few days ago I ordered and received a "Kensington Notebook Calculator with USB HUB", Model K72274. It's a wonderful piece of hardware that truly just plugs in and plays. It only works when it's plugged into a computer and the laptop is on, which is just fine. My laptop's NUM LOCK button had to be off in order for the keypads NUM LOCK to work, which is also fine. The buttons on the Kensington are typical for a keypad (0-9, 000, ., /, *, -, +, BS, ENTER, NUM LOCK) as well as for a typical for a calculator (M+, M-, +/-, MR, MC, %, TAX+, TAX-, TAB, AC/ON). There are two buttons not typically found on a keypad or calculator: A "PC/CAL" button that switches it from PC-mode to calculator-mode, and a "Send" button that sends the current value to the computer as if you had typed it in and hit ENTER.

    Kensington Keypad Calculator

    All good. However, setting the tax rate for use with the TAX+ and TAX- buttons is a process that varies between different models of calculators. I spent perhaps 20 minutes trying to figure it out myself but the I had to go. Later I decided to just search for the answer instead of wasting my time trying to figure it out.

    I consulted the manual that came with the Kensington but it had no help. I dug up the manual [http://files.acco.com/KENSINGTON/K72274US/K72274US-24882.pdf] but it was exactly the same as the printed manual. I scoured the Kensington site for any FAQs, troubleshooting, etc. I searched Google for stuff like "how to set tax+ tax- calculator" or "how to set tax rate keypad", which turned up results such as holding down the % button for a few seconds, enter the tax rate, and then press the % button via something like ftp://61.218.39.140:1000/Manual/CKP-70H%20manual.pdf. I tried all that but nothing. Eventually I went to the Kensington site and started a trouble ticket.

    Their first was response was to tell me to call them. So I called --several times. The support was obviously overseas. There were a few disconnects which (I felt) occurred because the issue was not in their knowledge base so the support staff pulled the plug. The one woman who was finally brave enough to see the problem through a bit further decided that she would send me a new one. Well, that's nice but the thing isn't broken --it just needs a better manual. So I continued the trouble ticket at the site and got an email giving me the same instructions that I pulled from Google!

    AAAARRRRGGH!

    So I was back to square one with trying to figure it out and hoping that the engineers actually made it possible at all. I was on the right track on my first attempt a few days ago, so it only took me a few minutes this time.

    Here is how to set the tax rate on a Kensington keypad calculator:

    1. Click AC/ON.
    2. Click Tax+.
    3. Press and hold Tax+ until the display flashes.
    4. Enter the tax rate.
    5. Click Tax+.

    Boo-yah! In your face Kensington! Don't get me wrong, I love the product but the manual needs a bit more info.

    2008-08-18t14:32:30 Z | TAGS: Free Gratis, Microsoft, Office, Open Source, Software, Standards, Sun, TECH
    File format wars

    I love watching technical standards wars. While it's fairly easily to compare the sides on a "objective" technical basis, the wars are often muddied by a goofy factors like politics, patents, proprietary issues, legacy issues, momentum issues, etc. For example the metric system is far superior to others systems of measurement and yet three countries on the planet persist on not using SI: The US, Myanmar, and Liberia. Ridiculous!

    Anyhow right now there is a tech standards war going on over "office" documents like word processing, spreadsheets, graphics, presentations, and mathematical representations. The two sides are roughly Microsoft with its Office Open XML (OOXML or OpenXML) [W] and Sun with its OpenDocument Format (ODF) [W]. OOXML is standardized with Ecma International as Ecma-376 and is in the process of standardization with the ISO/IEC as ISO/IEC DIS 29500. ODF is not standarized with the Ecma but it is an official ISO/IEC standard as ISO/IEC 26300:2006.

    Whether OOXML is better or worse than ODF should involve a deeper look but given that the OOXML standard is over 6,000 pages long while the ODF standard is under 900 pages, I'm leaning towards ODF. My concern is that there should be a single standard for greater inter-operability. Microsoft is, of course, the biggest player in Office documents, but I think Sun's drive has helped push Microsoft towards an open and universal format regardless of how the details settle in the end.

    2008-08-20t17:20:31 Z | TAGS: Cyber Life, Family, Google, Kids, My Stuff, Security, Shopping, TECH, Wikipedia
    Cyber Rules
    Cyber Rules [http://www.georgehernandez.com/h/xComputers/Webs/CyberRules.asp]

    I just made a page called Cyber Rules. It will probably change over time so this post will contain the original version.

    Simple rules and guidelines for safety, etiquette, and excellence online (the Web, cyberspace, online shopping, IM, chat rooms, email, messageboards, etc.).

    Kids, Teens, and Parents Online

    I'm a programmer but I'm also a parent.

    Safety

    Etiqette

    Excellence

    Safety Online

    Etiqette Online

    Excellence Online

    2008-08-21t16:13:17 Z | TAGS: Biking, Cool, Exercise, Hardware, Shopping, Sustainability, TECH
    Electric Folding Bikes
    Electric Folding Bikes [http://nycewheels.com/electric-folding-bike.html] [VIA: Red Eye]
    Red Eye, a local free paper here in Chicago had an article about electric bikes. By coincidence I was looking into folding bikes recently, but electric folding bikes sounds pretty cool too! The eZee Quando for example costs $1,500, weighs 51.5 pounds (23.4 Kg), folds in 10 seconds to 34"x15"x29" (86cm x 38cm x 74cm), goes up to 15 mph (24 Km/h) on battery alone, uses a lithium battery (like a laptop) which accounts for 10 pounds (4.5 Kg), and recharges in around 5 hours. O