Happy New Year everyone!
Hoping that everyone has a happy and healthy beginning to 2004!
I was thinking the easiest thing to do is to leave the lid open, letting the sun light up the transparency. But what do I know? Maybe you could concentrate the powers of the sun with a mirror or a magnifying glass. You could practice "burn the ants" with your scanner head!
Killy, Todd, remember that old hand held SCSI scanner? Whatever happened to that old thing?
Apple - Pro/Film - Walter Murch: "The other thing is we shot and printed 600,000 feet of film, which is about 113 hours of material. The film is 2 hours 30 minutes long, so that's a 30 or 40 to 1 ratio. The first time we put it all together it was over 5 hours long. So you find more inventive ways to compress the story to find out what can be eliminated that not only doesnâ€™t affect the story, but actually, by its elimination, improves things by putting into juxtaposition things that formerly were not. It was a very complex orchestration, shrinking it by half."
Yahoo! News - Cardinal Says U.S. Treated Saddam 'Like a Cow': "despite all the heavy blame he bears"
Yeah, because he isn't going to hell, or some other supernatural punishment meted out conveniently post-mortem by the invisible man, just like all the other tyrants aided and abetted by the Vatican over its time on this earth.
This morning I was thinking, "how is it that Juan Williams thinks he is going to get anything close to the truth asking about intellegence gleaned from Saddam?" Lets see, government official will just spurt out "oh yeah, Juan, Saddam told us . . . , and Saddam told us . . . and as a result our work is nearly done." Does Williams think that government officials are evil villians to his smooth NPR James Bond and they are going to give away their plot?
Our buddy Dave is having surgery tomorrow. It seems that the organs in his body are being terrorized by a gall-bladder gone rogue. The Doctors have decided that a pemptive strike is the best way to insure Dave's safety. The operation will happen sometime tomorrow morning...
Also, I am posting this from the Kraftsmen Bakery on Montrose. Here there 3 wireless networks to chose from!
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jeez tag, that's screwed up. there must be somewhere else you can live for a similar price that does not involve so much wildlife.
on the plus side; you are getting valuable experience in dealing with random, chaotic events in a cool, detached manner.
i am pretty sure that two police reports will earn you a 'get out of my lease free' card.
and rabid crack 'ho's running amuk in the living room is far more stressful than raccoon carcasses, i promise.
Reactions from around the world:
"If you don't feed them, they won't come around, you know?"
"That's what happens when Metro comes to your neighborhood. . ."
"Tell your brother to get less psycho girlfriends!"
"White college kids, huh? Maaan, that is a fucked up 'hood."
"At least it isn't a flea infested racoon under your house . . ."
"I think audioblogging would be cool if you could like make fart noises on it," says me.
"You better get AppleCare . . ." says Paul.
So I got CS in today and haven't done anything but install it, as I've been in meetings. I was thinking it would have been cool to take "box opening" pictures, but I didn't bring the camera today. So this post is confirmation that CS is here, it installed and I haven't opened up anything yet.
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My Gosh The Last Samurai was one long, horrible movie. I mean, there were a few neat looking samurai sword flashing fight scenes, and a ninja attack, and a couple of big battles, but the director makes you pay dearly for these brief moments by dragging you through a story of unparalled lousiness.Thank god I only had a straw and a stick of gum handy during the ordeal or I would have ritually disemboweled myself. Surely the pain of slicing my guts open and feeling them spill out into my hands and then onto the theatre floor and then stepping on them and seeing the bloody mess mix with dropped popcorn and spilled soda would have been less than the agony of watching this film. And the ending! My Lord, the ending was so excrutiatingly, mind-boggingly bad that only my incredible tolerance for pain, and amazing physical endurance kept me from slipping into blessed unconsciousness. Even thinking about it now makes me want to wretch.
"I ran Xbench on CPU test only and after several dozen tries, got an average of about 98.3 (It varies slightly). I than shutdown my powerbook, and reset the PMU. When I started it back up and logged into my special account and did a sysctl hw.cpufrequency test again, this time it said my CPU was running at 866MHz. Much better. I then ran Xbench again, and guess what. I got the EXACT same scores. Somewhere around 98.3. So, what does this tell me? sysctl doesn't tell you anything. Ignore it."I'm glad some people are reasonably empirical.
Thanks to the huge success of LOTR production is moving forward on a live-action version of The Chronicles of Narnia. Production will be based out of, you guessed it, New Zealand and will employ much of the LOTR crew.
Also, checkout this article over at Salon.com on the relationship between C.S Lewis and ol' J.R.R.
The php.ini file is much more user friendly in the 10.3 distro--it actually has a findable one! Key trick is to sudo cp php.ini-dist php.ini, edit the php.ini and restart Apache.
CVS :: CVS Checkout of php.ini-dist (revision 1.201)
"Our official assumptions about the nature of modern childhood are dead wrong. Children allowed to take responsibility and given a serious part in the larger world are always superior to those merely permitted to play and be passive. At the age of twelve, Admiral Farragut got his first command. I was in fifth grade when I learned of this. Had Farragut gone to my school he would have been in seventh."Sometimes I realize that I haven't been sharing my reading list; mostly this is because I don't really think about it as a reading list.
I updated today. It was incredibly stupid. I wanted to install GRASS, which needs an X windowing system and found that Apple's X11 needs 10.3. Oh, how I hate upgrade dependencies! Killy's words of ill-wisdom echoed in my head, "Just do the upgrade option and don't worry about it..." So I upgraded and everything seemed to work out fine. It even kept my MySQL installation and databases; it even kept my ColdFusion on Tomcat installation. Very nice considering that I threw caution to the wind and forgot to back that stuff up. So here I am this evening at Kaveh Kanes ready to voice chat with you guys!
Killy, Mr. Green says Hi.
They get so much stuff wrong:
Reuters | Latest Financial News / Full News Coverage: "and before the DRM gets locked on."The DRM in inherent to the file. When the file is played QuickTime decodes the file to play it. Johansen's utility uses QuickTime to play the file into an unencoded file instead of sending it to the audio manager.
I think it is pretty interesting that Johansen took this approach. Was he unable to decode the files with brute force? Did he want to avoid that approach for political reasons? I think that one of the unsaid implicit things about Apple's DRM is that it appears to be custom encoded to each customer. This is unlike DVDs, which are all encoded the same (for each region at least). This also makes "DVD Jon's" task more difficult. Essentially he would have to break public key cryptography, which once broken would wreck great harm to commerce in general.
Griffin Technology iTrip
I played with Killy's iTrip today, and found it a real wonder. I plugged it into mine and even though I didn't have the station selection software, it still played out of the 87.9 frequency it was set to from Killy's iPod. I played it at my apartment into my stereo and I realized that the iPod and iTrip together weren't all that much larger than a conventional remote control. Essentially, they become an alternative universal remote control in which the music you are playing resides in the remote. Not only can it control what is playing on any radio-capable device, it also brings your 30 gigs of music to play. Flat out amazing.
Last night I found my cassette adapter and remembered to bring it down to the car this afternoon. It was nice to play the iPod through it. I wonder if it was just the different song, or did I hear a qualative difference in bass response and crispness with the cassette adapter? Is it enough to make me avoid the iTrip and plug in the iPod in the dock to stereo at home and the cassette adapter in the car? I wonder how long it will be before someone makes a radio that can be controlled by those unused data bands within FM frequencies. It would be so nice to be able to really remote control every function of a stereo with the iPod.
"A recent Pew Research study shows that a surprisingly-high percentage %u2014 31% %u2014 of U.S. residents are technically savvy. Researchers were surprised by the number of geeky people, and by the range in ages amongst those identified as technology-savvy."In other news, Pew researchers found that a clear majority of people think that they are not fools. They spend a lot of time talking, so they must have lots of wisdom to share!
MySQL Manual | 2.5.2 Upgrading From Version 3.23 to 4.0: "CHECK, SIGNED, LOCALTIME and LOCALTIMESTAMP are now reserved words. "
Since I have fields named cash, check, and credit, in a webapp, it took me a minute to figure this one out...
But I am heading to Texas anyways. I leave tomorrow and will roll into Austin/San Marcos around the 30th at some uncertain hour. I am hitching a ride with my brother and his band. After playing at Emo's the band is continuing on all the way to east coast and back.
Since I am going to miss yet another Thanksgiving with my family I went to see my grandpa out in Montebello (east of East Los Angeles). We had a great time talking about all sorts of stuff and eating good cheap mexican food (huevos rancheros for a $1.50!). Shortly after he told me The Watermelon Story he fell asleep and I got this drawing done. The next time we all hang out I will try to recount the Watermelon Story. Its a great one.
Also, I got a cellphone 619.379.4770 to help my brother and I keep in touch on projects but my usual luck with computers also extends to wireless communication devices (and toasters apparently) cause the damn thing don't work. Just one more sign telling me to give it all up and move to Mexico
well, i am torn on the inDesign issue. while i do not really LIKE using it ID 2.0 is not a bad program
but it ain't quark.
all of the printers i have worked with (except one in san antonio) accepted inDesign files. it has lots of great features, like transparency, and can do everything QXP does, more or less. i am not crazy about their type style set up and some other minor quirks.
overall, it gets the job done.
this is a really, really great addition. if everyone sends me money for chairjockey (ahem) i'll buy it. good stuff.
Ars Technica: InDesign Review - Page 2 - (11/2003): "Cope with the shame of using a new program by making it look more like the one you're cheating on"
Killy, are you digging InDesign at work? Todd, are service bureaus accepting it?
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No, not that LA...
Yahoo! News - Southern Drawls Confuse La. Phone System
You'd think that they'd deploy a system that says "...press or say..." like everywhere else.
In other news, I've returned from Miami, where I only left the conference for a night-time rendezvous in beachside hammock with Amber and five digit dinners with lots of raw oysters and stone crab and big fatty steak. Unfortunately, the brunch salmon on the final day got to me and I spent my free Saturday in the bed and by the toilet of a somewhat expensive South Beach hotel instead of sight-seeing. I still feel yuck today, and I attribute most of it to being knocked off food for less than a day or so. I'm completely food-dependant, an addict if you will, and can't imagine several days without real food, like Killy has faced. At least I still have enough energy to hustle to the bathroom!
Well I just watched Terminator 3 which as you all know stars the new Governor of California (He is to be sworn in today).
Since the horrible, horrible Matrix 3 was still fresh in my mind the 3rd Terminator movie did not seem so bad by comparison. I actually thought that the story was OK, if badly delivered.
Compared to other number 3's it ranks pretty
For example, it was better than SuperMan III, but worse than Godfather III.
It was better than Planet of the Apes III, but worse than Star Wars III (by that I mean Return of the Jedi).
It was certainly better than Phantasm III, Batman III, Rambo III and the third Herbie Goes Bananas movie but it was not as good as Rocky III or Indian Jones III.
Of course it does not compare to some great number 3's like Red or The Ten Commandments III
Fresh Air's story about journalist Lutz Kleveman's book about the battle over oil reserves in the Caspian Sea?
His new book is The New Great Game. The book is about the battle over the world's largest reserve of untapped oil and gas resources, located in the Caspian Sea and surrounding Central Asian republics. The oil alone is said to be worth $4 trillion. Kleveman claims that the United States, China, Russia and Iran are now engaged in a power struggle for control of the region's vast reserves and pipeline routes. Lutz Kleveman was born in Germany and studied at the London School of Economics. He has reported from war zones in the Balkans, Asia and the Middle East for the Daily Telegraph, Newsweek, CNN, The Independent, Der Spiegel and Die Zeit.