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Archive for April, 2007

I've gotta call bullshit on this one: Clearly offline unlock codes aren't a viable solution at all. Relying on "honesty" is a huge mistake. I said this two years ago and I still believe it: Incidentally, Freshly Squeezed Software's approach to piracy … is, basically, to ignore piracy. We always tried, at FSS, to make […]

I gave up waiting and ordered a Lowepro SlingShot 300 AW from Adorama. I'd have gotten it from B&H, but being run by the religious folks, B&H was closed for a good length of time over Easter. I wanted to try it out first and see how well my gear fit, but frankly, I was […]

WordPress Hack to Search Pages?

Can WordPress be hacked to search pages as well as blog posts? This functionality would be nice for a site I've recently done at edga.org, most of which is built on WordPress pages, and for a site I'm currently working on. A search turns up a bunch of SEO-related pages as well as this plugin […]

Obituary: Common Sense

Though I don't agree with all of this (and it contains some factual inaccuracies or misleading parts), it's still amusing and more accurate than I would ever wish. From an email forward, the obituary for Common Sense: Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for […]

I Don’t Like Mondays

This reminds me a bit too much of this. 30+ dead to a young Asian man dressed like a boy scout? I'm curious what possible motivation this person had for acting in such a way, and I wonder what effect - if any - this will have on the gun debate.

Need a Columnist

If you're into two things - golf and numbers - I'm in need of a new columnist at The Sand Trap to fulfill the Numbers Game position. Contact me in some way to see if the column is for you.

So Maybe I Want an AppleTV?

Initially, I didn't want an AppleTV because I wasn't sure how hackable it was, nor did I think it would work really well with my current setup. That "current setup" is this: I have a third 500 GB drive in my Mac to which I've ripped some DVDs I own. I tend to do so […]

From a friend's AIM away status: Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know -- Ernest Hemingway

Don Imus Fired

I may have more to say on this later, but for now, just a poll. Should Don Imus have been Fired for Saying 'Nappy Headed Hos'? Yes No View Results

Where the Heck is Spring?

The ten-day forecast for the Erie area doesn't even reach 50°. Not once. This is April, fer crissakes, and we're not even going to hit 50 degrees. Sure, it started well - we had a day that hit 75°, but now we're paying for it. I just watched An Inconvenient Truth today, too. While I […]

I found this critique of Dan Brown's writing awfully amusing. Among the gems: Brown's writing is not just bad; it is staggeringly, clumsily, thoughtlessly, almost ingeniously bad. In some passages scarcely a word or phrase seems to have been carefully selected or compared with alternatives. I read The Da Vinci Code. In about a day […]

I've mentioned it before, but never as formally as this (in its own post). Aperture has the lovely ability to do two things: constrain crop proportions (say, to 4:3) Export images resized to a maximum height and/or width Great. I use it in creating my Desktops as well as the 500-pixel wide images you often […]

I just found out. As of February 17, 2007, Studio 60 had been pulled from NBC's lineup to be replaced with The Black Donnellys starting February 26. NBC said that they will place it back in the lineup later this season. However, on April 2nd, NBC announced that Studio 60 would not reclaim its Monday […]

Ball Bearings

I took some pictures of some ball bearings. One of them is now on the desktops page. The first one was taken with a black cloth over the top and back of the ball bearings. I turned the overhead light off and bounced a gridded flash into a large sheet of blue paper camera left. […]

Zach Johnson wins the 71st Masters. I spent my day live blogging the proceedings here. Sorry Tiger, there will be no slam for you.