Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Hmm... As seen on the OpenAFS mailing list:


Subject: Re: [OpenAFS] transarc.com
From: Esther Filderman
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2005 13:34:12 -0400 (12:34 CDT)
To: openafs-info [at] openafs [dot] org

On 9/21/05, ed wrote:
> Hello,
>
> Why does transarc.com point to a porn site?

Gee, AFS doesn't get YOU all hot and bothered?

:-)
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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

The L Team

So I saw something tonight that was really... odd. Its one of those odd Madison things I guess. I went to watch a friend of me and my wife play on her softball team's semifinal game.

While this should be normal as softball is played all around, the odd part is the team that our friend was playing. They were the "L" team... Lets put it this way, one of the guys that was watching them play shouted during the match:

2 4 6 8 lets go decorate!

... and then the entire group very routy LGBT folks went on being quite obnoxious. But, nevertheless, I found the quote very... telling :)
Scott Blake - Bar Code Art
Now, THIS is a cool clock... okay its eerie but still cool in a post-modern-geeky-sorta-way.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Wildfalcon Photo Gallery - Misc/London Sprit
Wow... That is just very sad and cool at the same moment. It sure says a lot about London.

Friday, July 01, 2005

Thunderbolt

MMmm..... Thunderbolt. Thankfully Woodmans has this bulk. Its a wonderful coffee... and it sure lives up to its name.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Litter by any other name...

On my way to work this morning I was reminded of a thought I've had banging around in my head for a while:

"Why do smokers believe it is okay to throw their cigarette butts on the ground?"

I mean, the same people wouldn't just eat a candy bar and throw the wrapper on the ground, would they? I've talked to smokers and ex-smokers who have said that they never even thought of it... they just did it.

To me it is inseperable from litter. Oh well, enough soapbox for now.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Defend Your Castle - 2 Flash Games

Danger! Danger! This game is dangerous to both your wrist and the amount of time you may spend playing it. Consider yourself warned.

For what it's worth, I got to level 14 and 120,000 points.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Domain Registry of America, my ass.

So I just got this postal mail today from the "Domain Registry of America". What pricks. They are clearly trying to pick on clueless idiots who register domain names and do not know what they are doing.

I have a domain name that I've registered that expires two days before Christmas -- that'd be December 23. And then they have the gall to say
As a courtesy to domain name holders, we are sending you this notification of the domain name registration that is due to expire in the next few months.
Surely they're joking. That sure is some strange use of the word few to mean 6.

Then, in a slightly smaller font, they go on to say that "This is not a bill" and how you have a choice of Registrars. However, I think that a somewhat clueless domain owner will just see "ACT TODAY!" and overreact and go with them (at a much higher price than I'm currently paying, too).

And THEN on the back... the worlds smallest font going over the terms and conditions. Yeah, like anyone's going to read THAT.

Grumble Grumble... Feed the shredder. Mmm... shredded paper...

Monday, June 13, 2005

Musings about the Media

I've been talking to several people lately and have heard very different extremes. For instance, some people think that the "liberal" media is to blame for a lot of the problems now. Then, on the opposite side, a simular number of people think the "conservitive media" is in the pocket of the White House and simply does what they are told.

So it got me thinking, who's right?

I think I've come up with a partial answer to that question. It strikes at the core idea of what all the press is about these days: selling advertisements.

Thats the core today. Selling ads. Getting revenue.

Annoy the President? Piss of the White House? You are likely to be cut off from the hot leads coming out of Washington. Definately doesn't get you attention as a news source.

Run "human interest" stories? Ala... the pretty white girl who gets killed in the next location. Some weird-o celeb does something nasty. These things get attention... Especially to middle-aged white females who, studies have shown spend the bulk of the money advertized in these kinds of shows.

So... Where was any talk of what the occupation of Iraq was going to be like before the invasion? Any talk of actually looking into the dirty pool that is Congress? Any real reports beyond a sound blirb when someone DIES IN OUR NAME? ... sigh ... Despite what it may seem, each death -- on each side -- is a tradegy to someone. Each life is important. It is also newsworthy.

Celeb news is another big news item for lots of places. Really, I have enough problems in my life without needing to wrap myself around other people's problems too. Maybe thats why I don't like "reality tv" either.

So, where do I get my news? Usually the BBC.

In the end, I do believe in the freedom of the press. Clearly we need a press that is free from Governmental oversight. Beyond that, hopefully on its own, the seperation between News and Advertising will happen again.

Friday, May 20, 2005

PHP Advanced Transfer Manager :: View topic - Vuln�rabilit�r�elle ?

DANGER DANGER DANGER

If you're using phpATM (like one of my users was)... you are most probably broken into at this point.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

If you don't read a single other thing about the dangers of the current state of "journalism" in this country, read/see/watch the address
Bill Moyers gave the NMCR confrence.

Yes, children, being "fair and balanced" doesn't just mean letting two people scream at each other. It means being fair and balanced to the truth -- especially when everyone wants to hide it.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

TRAGDOR!

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

A couple weeks back I went to see the Mad Rollin' Dolls womens roller derby. To say the least it was awesome. If you're in Madion on March 20, I'd recommend going. I'd also recommend getting there early as they'll certainly sell out again. :)

Monday, January 24, 2005

How telling...



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Saturday, January 22, 2005

Why do I live in Wisconsin. I mean, seriously... why?

Look at this picture:

This is a picture I took standing out on my back deck at about 11:30 AM this morning.

I need to move to Maui or something.

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Bruce Schneier is the man. In his latest Cryptogram, he blasts student fingerprinting plans. Most noteably he says:
We are raising children who think it normal that their daily movements are watched and recorded by the police.

Yikes. How true it is. Be afraid of what people's real intentions.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

I use Debian Linux. One of the really nice things about Debian is that I don't have to go mucking around reinstalling stuff all the time. That's really nice.

The "problem" is that if you're not careful things can change out completely on you. For instance, buring CD's became more and more problematic for me. I was seeing this from cdrecord:

Warning: Using ATA Packet interface.

Warning: The related Linux kernel interface code seems to be unmaintained.
Warning: There is absolutely NO DMA, operations thus are slow.

What that really should say is:
STOP STOP STOP.  YOU WANT TO USE A DIFFERENT INTERFACE NOW


So, if you see that from cdrecord, pick a different interface, like instead of using ATAPI, I'm now using the following two lines in my /etc/cdrecord/cdrecord file:

CDR_DEVICE=cdrw

cdrw= /dev/hdc -1 64m ""

(and there are tabs between things on the cdrw= line).

-Jeff