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Archive for the 'Miscellaneous' Category

Minority Report

Watched Minority Report today. Found it rather boring. The few little plot twists were all saved for the end, and frankly, if you think you're going to kill someone, and you saw yourself do it, and you were once grabbed by the guy trying to kill himself, wouldn't you stand further away and protect the […]

West Wing: Now on DVD

I just finished burning my first West Wing DVD. It's not a scientific process at all - I have about 12 episodes on my TiVo (and a new one every week) that I'm putting onto DVD, two per disc. I enjoy the show tremendously, but want to regain the use of the space on my […]

Pixel Nudes

Boing Boing pointed at this site which lists 4x5 and 5x7 prints of… big blocky squares of different colors. Viewed from afar, however, the pictures seem to be of naked women. I've made my own little print here - how this guy thinks he can sell them is beyond me. A little Photoshop work and […]

Today's topic: high pressure. For your assignment, visit This is a video taken in 6000 feet of water. An undersea robot is sawing a 1/10" wide slit in a pipeline. The pressure inside the pipeline is 0 psi, while the pressure outside is 2700 psi, or 1.3 tons per square inch. Then a crab […]

Thank You

The only way to grapple with grief is through gratitude. Thank you Rick Husband, William McCool, Kalpana Chawla, David Brown, Mike Anderson, Laurel Clark, and Ilan Ramon. Thank you for your will, your courage, your commitment, and your aspirations.


This morning at around 9am NASA lost contact with the Orbiter Columbia right as it was preparing to land. It was at an altitude of 200,700 feet traveling at about 12,500 mph when it was last heard over the northern part of Texas. This mission was particularly sensitive as the first Israeli astronaut, Ilan Ramon, […]

The Indian Couple

There's an Indian couple that walks around my apartment complex every morning (by Indian I mean from India, not Native American Indian). At least I think they're Indian - the wife has the red dot on her forehead and they wear the appropriate clothing. The wife walks behind the guy, sometimes five feet, sometimes fifty. […]

National Geographic has taken a leap into Sport's Illustrated market by releasing their first ever swimsuit issue. The photographs and articles cover the last one hundred years of swim wear and beach related topics. The heavier glossier format probably will hold up better than other magazines in the related genre of scantily clad women, alas, […]

Men Who Don’t Grok Football

It's tough for me to conceive of US males who don't understand football. However, it seems that these strange mutants do, in fact, exist. If they don't understand football, can they understand hockey? Baseball? Every sport has complex rules; the complex ones are only, at most 10% of the calls. 90% of the calls are […]

Online Petitions and Safari

When the hell has an online petition ever worked? Here's the latest: "please, please, please Apple add tabbed browsing to Safari." I've never seen a petition work, and frankly, I think signing one immediately makes you look like a bit of a weenie. Will Apple add tabs to Safari? Maybe. Will this petition help? I […]

Slow News Day

It's a slow news day. I got quite a bit of work done, installed MovableType on one of my client's servers (Mac OS X Server 10.2.3 - I think 10.2.4 shipped today), and played around with some mockups. One of my clients, primarily a PC company, liked a mockup I did (at their direction) with […]

The Copyright Thing

Aaron Swartz lists among his tips for book authors this one: Donate to the public domain. Once you've recouped the cost of creating the book (and potentially the cost of writing your next one) please donate it to the public domain (i.e. give up your copyright). The copyright system was created only to increase the […]

Catch the Book if You Can

Catch Me If You Can is both a book and a movie, as many by now know. Whenever I see a movie based on a book, except for Lord of the Rings and its ilk, I'm always curious to read the book. I've read all of the James Bond books I can get my hands […]

What the F*ck?

The title of this post makes my point. Since when does putting a * in the middle of a swear word, like you see in this article, make the swearing any less visible? Is there really a difference between "c*nt" and "cunt"? Ask women if one is more offensive than the other, please. What's the […]

Fat People = Poor People

There's an interesting article at Salon that talks about how the fatter segment of the US population is also the poorer population. I sometimes wonder how stereotypes come about, and I often postulate that they come about because they are, for the most part, true (except for the blonde stereotype).