Thursday, June 30, 2005
This is an open invitation to an all day July 4th BBQ (Monday) at our place. I'll be BBQ-ing, movies, scrabble, beer, soda, and come see the worlds most intricate inflatable infant pool. Things will prolly get 'started' mid-morning and continue for most of the day. During the hottest parts of the day, i'll be projecting movies onto a screen in the house (bring popcorn, and ice cream) and have board games available. If you are coming (or if you ARE NOT), please RSVP by commenting below so i can get a headcount. I don't want to cook too much.
Menu so far is fajitas, brisket, hot dogs, and chicken. One person is already bringing a potato salad (and her daughter).
And speaking of BBQ here is something i ran across - the original slacker of the San Marcos slacker incubator and his dry rub recipe. (i think this is him; someone please confirm.)
ApriliaI was checking out Aprilia scooters this morning. Anybody know anything about these bikes?
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
Flickr: Ikea Camping Pictures
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
The abbreviation MAMP stands for: Macintosh, Apache, Mysql and PHP.
With just a few mouse-clicks, you can install Apache, PHP and MySQL for Mac OS X!
Now, i'll be able to spend my Mangum Manor hours fiddling with the css, php, and html docs to customize the template.
Monday, June 27, 2005
We should've stayed in the treesThis is an interesting sequence of words written by the Guns, Germs and Steel guy. We were discussing this very topic at lunch, and my thought was that although agricultural societies may actually cause more human misery than their hunter-gatherer counterparts, agricultural societies and their associated ills are a swell idea because the ultimate big Idea is to get the heck off this planet before a chunky ball of ice hits it, or the sun swallows it, or it gets flushed down some black hole- and agricultural societies with their ballooning populations and intense competition provide the best chance we have of developing the sweet hyperspacial propulsion system and the handy robotic terra-forming technology, and the comfy jumpsuits necessary for humankind to conquer the universe...
Sunday, June 26, 2005
Saturday, June 25, 2005
Happy Birthday to Liz too ?Is it Liz's birthday today as well ? if so
Happy Birthday To You!!!
Thursday, June 23, 2005
Justices, 5-4, Back Seizure of Property for Development - New York Times
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
A Great Speech!Read this speech spoken by Senator Barak Obama to the graduates of Knox College in Galesburg Illonois...
And then read this: The Unitarian Jihad!
People of the United States! We are Unitarian Jihad! We can strike without warning. Pockets of reasonableness and harmony will appear as if from nowhere! Nice people will run the government again! There will be coffee and cookies in the Gandhi Room after the revolution.
Monday, June 20, 2005
It was like no time had passed at all, except of course when it came to sully. I was having full conversations with him. It was really a treat to see how he has grown up; and even better to get a preview of the kinds of things i will have to deal with in about a year when Adolfo reaches his age. Sully had a much better command of his emotions.
Leaving them was sad; I hope it won't be so long before i get to see them again.
Happy Birthday to D3!How convenient is it that Dave just got back to Texas yesterday!
The first leg of my June Journey is almost over.
After going from Atlanta to Austin to LA to Seattle and back I am looking forward to spending some time with the Mrs. and maybe my new neighbors.
Cherries are in season here in Seattle and I am coming home with both Bing and Rainier.
So if anybody has any good recipes, please fill me in.
Sunday, June 19, 2005
Democracy For America
I don't know if any of y'all have had the pleasure of hearing David Van Os speak- but as evidenced by this foto, the guy gets white hot as he employs the sonic strategy of a thunderstorm to get the word out. He is running as a Democrat for Texas Attorney General and there is no question that he will be a "fighting lawyer and a fighting Attorney General".
I caught him and Gov. Dean and Jim Hightower out at Stubb's last night, as part of Democracy Fest. It was good a good pep rally...
Saturday, June 18, 2005
Echo ChamberJust heard the NPR piece about the Canadian student who built a simple air-conditioner because it was hot (86 degrees or so!!!!) and anyhow I feel like I am in an echo chamber because I first read about this homebrew effort here and then here and then here....
Thursday, June 16, 2005
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Last night had dinner with Jason Hodge. It has been over three years since I last saw him and spent time. My last fleeting memories are of him writing "I am Liz's bitch" with a sharpie on my back the night before my wedding while in a drunken stupor. I saw him briefly showing up late to the wedding the next day.
I miss the Hodgie antics.
In appropriate manner I had to much to drink and talked till late, too late, in the night. I had to wake up at 4:30 for a sunrise shot, and while it was painfull, it made me smile.
The White House announced over the weekend that Philip Cooney, chief of staff of its Council on Environmental Quality, had resigned, calling it a long-planned departure. He had been head of the climate program at the American Petroleum Institute, the trade group for large oil companies.
The guy will take a job with Exxon Mobil Corp. in the fall.
Long-planned? No shit.
Command-Tab « Blog Archive » Tiger Fast User Switching:
"%u201CIn Tiger, Mac OS X 10.4, fast user switching gets a related feature. When a user session is switched off-screen, if a screen watching program such as OSXvnc-server is running, the off-screen session will get a virtual framebuffer so that it can be remote-operated while another user session or a login window is on the hardware console.%u201D"
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
Monday, June 13, 2005
So I picked up one of these the other day and it seems pretty interesting. I got with the intention of figuring out an interface with my computer instead of returning it. I think one's of its most interesting features is its rugged shell. It resisted my attempts to take it apart with iPod take-apart tools and seems very drop-able. I think it will be ideal for duct-taping to a car bumper, attaching to a kite or doing any number of things you would not want to do with a traditional camcorder.
Sunday, June 12, 2005
Saturday, June 11, 2005
Saxaphones are strange and complicated instruments. I thought to myself, "if there were two hundred saxaphones lined up along the horizon and i saw them out of the corner of my eye, i would say, 'hey! there's pasadena...'"
My mother wanted me to learn to play the saxaphone when i was growing up. i've always known my mother to love jazz, which isn't something taht i've thought about in a long time. i never wanted to play a woodwind, though. i always wanted to be a drummer, but we didn't have the money for it.
Friday, June 10, 2005
"I think it is about time that someone points out that OS X has been around for 5 years and if you are still dependent on software that hasn't been updated in 5 years you have bigger issues than running that software on the newest computers 2 years from now."So the counter-person at the coffee-place I am at this morning asks me if I like my new laptop. She specifically says new and I reply that it works well but is a couple of years old, I look down at my t-shirt (wearing it again--I swear I wear other t-shirts more often) and add that I got it in 2003. Two years may be thought of as a long time in computer years, but in real-time quite a lot can happen. It will be interesting to see what will happen over the next two.
Thinking this: Killy and I once got called out by a security guard when we were taking pictures of a downtown building. So instead of taking pictures of the building, we took pictures of the reflection of the building in the paint of my car. It took place in post-9/11 Houston, where people were terrified that the terrorists would strike an out-of-the-way who'd-a-thunk kind of place next. It sucked--we weren't interested in making a scene but in retrospect you have to protect your right to do stuff or you will certainly lose it. Worse still, it isn't as if taking a picture or not taking a picture will change the (in)security of a large building, dam, water-works, refinery, etc. Security from obscurity has been shown time and time again to not work. If we were interested in "scoping out" the building for some nefarious deed, then the rent-a-cop wouldn't know it. The security person's orders come from people who wish to impose an easy way out on the rest of the world--you can't sue these the managers of this property for letting terrorists scope out their property.
From that perspective, I feel some sympathy for the people paid to be dick-heads, so to speak.
Thursday, June 09, 2005
Vamos, Vamos Argentina!
Thanks to a tip from my girl Sandra, I caught the game at the best location in town- a brazilian cafe out in Hyde Park called Café Brazil (53rd and Evans). The match was projected onto a big screen in the yard out back and about 60 or so Brazilians, Argentine folk and other futbol fans gathered around and drank beer and chanted and danced and otherwise went bonkers as the two great teams clashed.
Of course, the night did not turn out too well for the Brazil as the Argentina cleaned their clock 3 to 1. The Argentine squad looked great in the first half, dominating the Brazilians entirely. The second half was another story as the Brazilians really put the heat on and continously threatened, coming heart-breakingly close to putting in a couple of goals...
Also, the U.S moved one step closer towards a spot in the 2006 World Cup with a wonderful 3-0 victory over Panama.
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
that's right, this post is coming to you live from my front porch where i get a nice strong signal. Now all this place needs (besides all my stuff) is a woman's touch. *sigh*.
Fubol DilemmaA tough choice: Does one watch the Panama vs U.S.A match (7:30 CST) or Argentina vs Brazil (7:45 CST) ?
I'm leaning towards watching the Argentina/Brazil game. Not only because it is a classic of classics matchup, but also because Brazil is promising to come out with the 'ultra-attacking' lineup that they used to such good effect in their thwumping of Paraguay last week...
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
I Heart Pasta SaladI love Pasta Salad. If you have a tasty Pasta Salad recipe, please post it to the blog.
Monday, June 06, 2005
$ cd /Applications/iChat.app/Contents/Resources/English.lproj/
$ mv SmileyTable.plist SmileyTable.plist.bak
The one thing about the computer business is that things keep shifting around. In some ways it is surprising that Apple has stayed in business with as big a changes as it has made--the shift to PowerPC, the shift to Mac OS X, and now this. The upcoming months will be very interesting--will we be able to run Windows operating systems on Macintosh hardware (if we really needed/wanted to)? Will we be able to buy Mac OS X and install it on a white-box PC that meets certain specifications? I think the one thing we won't see is a break up of the software and hardware divisions (as the Palm/Palm One demonstrated to markets that it was a pretty bad idea).
[Update:]One of the most interesting things is that Apple has been producing a version of Mac OS X that runs on Intel processors for the last five years. This has been reported before in vague ways and is in some ways expected, since Mac OS X has its origins in an operating system called Next that ran on Intel processors. Live from WWDC: Steve Jobs keynote - Engadget - www.engadget.com
Sunday, June 05, 2005
US Beats Costa Rica 3-nil in World Cup QualifierAccording to the New York Times the U.S Mens Soccer team is ranked 10th in the world. This seems hard to believe, but one thing is certain: the U.S squad definitely has, in goalkeeper Kasey Keller, one of the top goalkeepers in international play. The guy is just phenomenal. I mean, he was pulling off some Matrix style moves last night as he dove around doing things that gravity does not normally permit. What a game it was!
The next qualifying match is on June 8th and pits the U.S versus the Panama at El Estadio Rommel Fernandez in the Panama.
Saturday, June 04, 2005
Friday, June 03, 2005
can i pick 'em or what?
Thursday, June 02, 2005
The cartridge ran out and i unrolled the whole thing just so you guys could see it. I think one cartridge will print about 50 sheets or so.
Next up is the Tour de France where I have a better record. Last year I finished in 16th place and the year before I finished in 2nd. This year will be very difficult to pick. Due to the structure of the game, players will have to pick only one of the podium favorites. (I am assuming Lance Armstrong, Jan Ullrich and Ivan Basso are the top favorites for the podium.) At the moment I am leaning toward Ullrich. He is a far more talented rider than Armstrong even though his preparation and tactics are highly questionable. Until last year Ullrich had never finished worse than 2nd at the Tour(!) Jan Ullrich is the only man in the world who can show up at the Tour out of shape and ride himself into a podium spot. But then there is Basso. He is potentially as talented as Ullrich and he has a brilliant team director... I need to think about this.