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Thursday, November 28th, 2013
1:47 am
stupid brain.

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Sunday, August 21st, 2011
12:21 am - god I love JWZ
"When the rebuttal to your argument is The Federalist Papers, generally that means that you've lost the argument." - JWZ

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Saturday, August 21st, 2010
12:01 am - well, I'm impressed.....
23:59:37 up 1754 days, 14:34, 1 user, load average: 0.00, 0.00, 0.00

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Monday, October 26th, 2009
10:05 pm - lack of rem
I skipped the part about love
It seems so Shallow and low
Low, low, low
Low, low, low
You and me
We know about time
We know how things go
They come and go
They live and grow
They pass and go
And glow and glow
Up and down
High and low
Low, low, low
Low, low, low

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Sunday, August 16th, 2009
12:39 am - fun quote
from an interview with Viggo Mortensen:

“Now, Viggo, you speak seven languages, you write poetry in three languages, Danish, Spanish and English, you ride horses superbly and you’re a great swordsman and all our womenfolk are in love with you… do you understand how annoying you are?”

Radio interview with Richard Glover
ABC Sydney
24 March 2009

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Wednesday, April 29th, 2009
3:43 pm - internet shopping
It is amazing to me that you can go out and look for a particular piece of industrial equipment (not computer equipment, mind you) and find a variety of vendors with prices ranging within 400% of each other for either the identical unit or something very similar. And you know there is some factory in China that makes them all for a fraction of the price and sell them by the container-full. The various vendors either deal with middle-men or in very low volumes which lead to the jacked up price, or think that they can justify their huge price difference in some way (usually by market segment -- if the target market is "medical" the price instantly doubles it seems).

But now with the Internet, this is becoming harder to get away with.

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Wednesday, April 15th, 2009
2:18 pm - nice ICQ message phishing
I was doing some detailed ethernet packet sniffing today for a customer project, and the following caught my eye -- packets being sent to destinations in the hopes they are unprotected machines running ICQ and will actually take the bait. Interesting.

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Thursday, February 26th, 2009
2:53 pm - older.
X = X + 1

Now if I was only having a nice party tonight instead of going a grueling school board meeting.

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Friday, February 13th, 2009
10:23 am - feels like it was lifted...
straight out of a Neil Stephenson novel.

SeaCode, a possible "offshore" programming shop, 3 miles out to sea using 3rd world labor.

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Thursday, January 15th, 2009
8:48 pm - flying
I once had a scary experience on a flight coming back from New York city into Portland, Maine late at night on a small jet. The plane was a few hours late leaving LGA, and I had been scheduled on a earlier flight that had been canceled.

It was October, but the water was still a bit warm in the bay, and the air was very cold that night with high wind gusts. This resulted in a lot of turbulence at the end of the flight. It was very violent, not your normal turbulence you sometimes get. Several people on board become quite airsick, and the winds were pushing the plane all around. It felt like a really bad rollercoaster. It was the only time I have ever seriously questioned if I was going to die in a airplane crash.

As we came in for a landing at the Portland Jetport, we hung over the runway for a long time, running out of landing space. The pilot somehow managed to put us down safely at what seemed to be the last possible moment, after correcting for several gusts of wind that tipped the plane sideways as we were gliding down. There was applause in the cabin.

As we de-planed, the door to the cockpit was open (in those pre-9/11 days), and I saw the pilot, an older gentleman with gray hair, sitting at the controls with his face in his hands for several long minutes. I said right then that I would much rather be flying with an old gray pilot with tons of experience than a freshly minted one, no matter what they say about reflexes.

Today's events reinforce my belief. I'll take the veteran at the top of game over the young kid any day. Kudos to Mr. Sullenberger.

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Wednesday, January 7th, 2009
2:25 am - iPhone apps
Here is a list of the most useful apps I have on my iPhone. I can't remember which are pay and which are free. I admit to having blown at least $50 on apps thus far.


  • WeatherBug -- the UI isn't so good, but the forecasts seem to be accurate.

  • Twitterrific -- I tried a few twitter apps, like this one the best.

  • FaceBook -- well, it works. Sometimes very slow, and seems to re-present old info at times, but there isn't any alternative.

  • eBay -- handy on occasion, when bidding on things.

  • Shazam -- ID's popular music easily, has come in handy a couple of times

  • TnL -- Thunder and Lightning. Calculates the distance the T-Storm is from you, based on specific air temp and when you saw the flash and then heard the thunder. Used this app precisely once, during the Thunder Snow a few weeks ago, and it impressed the wife greatly.

  • aSubnet -- handy IP subnet calculator, but I don't have to use it that much anymore (know mostly by heart).

  • Save Benjis -- shopping comparison tool. UI kinda sucks, but it has found things for me when needed.

  • fring -- SIP VoIP client (and other stuff) for the iPhone. I have used it to make a couple of calls over Wifi. Might use it more in the future.

  • Pingamajig -- handy IP ping tool, with history and multiple host support (to check quickly if servers are up or down).

  • Ping -- another IP ping tool, simpler interface

  • TouchTerm -- SSH client for iPhone, has been handy a couple of times when I was desperate to fix something and had no wifi or no laptop handy.

  • Speed -- displays your current ground speed thanks to GPS technology.

  • NetNewsWire -- decent RSS reader. Need to update my feed list.

  • TideApp -- high tide/low tide calendars

  • Chopper -- nice helicopter rescue game with classic arcade game feel, controlled with the tilt sensors. Hours of fun.

  • Drinks -- bar drink reference

  • Firedrop -- surprisingly difficult "tap" game, sorta like a weird inverse tetris. Still have not beat it.

  • Loan Calc -- solve for various variables on a loan or mortgage, and compare between two. Was handy at a school board meeting.

  • FlyCast -- streaming radio stations. Works pretty well.

  • Asphalt4 -- very nice street racing game, with tilt sensor controls, lots of maps and cars. "state of the art" for iPhone games.

  • WhiteNoise -- generates various sound patterns, useful for sleeping or resting.

  • Constitution -- the complete United States Constitution with all amendments, with good educational notes.

  • i.TV -- very nice TV schedule app, also provides movie trailers.

  • FreshBooks -- iPhone client for the FreshBooks web-based time and billing service. Extremely useful to me.

  • Tap Tap NIN -- Nine Inch Nails edition of a "rock band" type game. Very nice.

  • Google Earth -- portable goodness, but slow.

  • Ocarina -- turns your iPhone into a digital whistle (blow into the mic), and share/hear tunes others play around the world. Neat.

  • TapDefense -- a nice tower defense game. A big time sink.

  • 7CitiesTD -- a very fun and polished take on the tower defense meme, and another 'state of the art' iPhone game. Another big time sink.

  • WiFinder -- get detailed info about Wifi networks in range of your iPhone.

  • Joost -- stream videos from Joost. Can be used to watch TV over Wifi and drain your battery very quickly.

  • Air Sharing -- turn you iPhone into a web accessible document store. Handy.

  • Koi Pond -- touch sensitive fish pond. My standard demo app for people who want to play with the iphone for the first time.

  • Remote -- Apple's official remote control for the AppleTV. Very nice to be able to control music playback from anywhere, and wonderful for entering text compared to the point and click method with the IR remote.

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Sunday, December 21st, 2008
10:14 pm - Thundersnow!

Just had two lightning strikes in the area during this snow storm. The second one was very near and very loud. Cool stuff!

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Saturday, November 22nd, 2008
12:38 am - Boxee. Wow.
I finally got my Boxee invite code about two hours ago. Installed Boxee on the AppleTV and on my MacBook. It is really quite something. This is what the AppleTV interface should have been. It found my media collection with a little configuration, and I am now watching a Babylon 5 episode I picked at random from a list with episode descriptions, and I added subtitles downloaded off the net on demand. The decode quality seems better than I was getting with NitoTV and mplayer, and the video better aligned on screen, thanks to the setup features in Boxee.

The on-demand streaming of shows from CBS or Hulu and others is also pretty impressive, considering the limits of my DSL connection.

Boxee is not perfect, but it is very good for an alpha. I think this is the future of media center software.

I have invite codes, if anyone wants. Works only under Linux and Intel Macs and AppleTV for now.

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Wednesday, November 5th, 2008
1:22 am - those of you with children will understand
Here is the story of someone did not vote for Obama. You have to read it to understand his points.

I voted today while my wife and I swapped off the parental duty of watching over our sick 2 year old who was in the car. This was all about him and his brothers.

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Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
10:07 pm - the servers are melting
Ah, yes, watch all of the election news reporting sites melt under the load. No total site failures yet that I have seen, but lots of slowness and delays in updating.

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Friday, October 24th, 2008
10:21 am - nice cello
Check out this video of some musical entertainment at Poptech.

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Sunday, October 19th, 2008
2:09 pm - blather stopper
I am going to turn off twitters into LJ, because they are actually just annoying the way that LJ is setup. And having just recently remembered the existence of Facebook (yeah, look at me, all hip and stuck in the 1990s Internet), I will direct them there instead.

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Thursday, October 16th, 2008
1:12 am - Daily Twitter Blather
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Tuesday, October 14th, 2008
1:19 am - Daily Twitter Blather
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Monday, October 13th, 2008
1:08 am - Daily Twitter Blather
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