How Ray got his way at ACA - or did he? - smh.com.au. Could also be titled "Nine's plan for the future: absolutely nothing new".
Cannot find marbles. ehehehehhe
ourbrisbane.com - Communication tools - Wi-Fi. Free Wi-Fi in the mall!
Weekly World News | College Offers Degree In Stripping. Well, actually, no Griffith does not offer such a course. Even your average farker can figure that out. But it's piss funny.
FRODO: Darn! I still have this darned ring that I got in the first movie!
SAMWISE: The ring with the terrible power that causes everyone who comes near it to over-act?
FRODO: Yes! And to destroy it, we must walk, slowly, in real time, all the way across New Zealand!
Spell of trouble for Dobby.
Dobby, the computer-animated elf in the new Harry Potter film, could be at the centre of a court battle over his resemblance to Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Zeldman took time out from writing his book to write a parody phone call from dubya to saddam. Apparently Z can do black humour quite well.
Times Online | Safety chiefs target German craze for 'bazooka' spud guns. Here's me thinking spud guns were old news, but apparently a whole lot of people are getting hurt. Interesting that the pages I'd seen up to this point were written by engineering students who warned against building a gun if you didn't know what you were doing. But you can't stop people trying any stupid thing, especially teenage boys. Hey, we were immortal at that age, right?
800 missiles to hit Iraq in first 48 hours - smh.com.au. Dubya wants to play with his toys; and nobody's going to get in his way.
Guardian Unlimited | Online | Why VHS was better than Betamax, where a self-righteous pontificating wanker discusses how he's right and everyone else is wrong*. His argument is that VHS was better than Beta since the "whole product" was superior. Which is bullshit - both the argument and the premise.
When people say Betamax was superior, they're saying it was a better technology... full stop. They're not saying "Beta had more options in the video store and a huge amount of technical support"... they're saying "Beta was a better format than VHS". What you have to remember is that geeks do this all the time - they say something; that's what they mean. They're not saying "X is better than Y and becuase of that Z is true". They are JUST saying "X is better than Y". If they have an opinion about Z then they'll fucking say it.
Besides that; VHS didn't have a better total package. At the beginning, each format had an equal chance; but the physically smaller, very slightly higher quality format lost out because some poor business decisions were made. The whole product for VHS only became superior AFTER this occurred.
The other thing is... mostly people are not saying they actually give a toss about the difference. We all could have saved some shelf space with smaller tapes; but hey. Ultimately it's often just an observation that superior technology doesn't win. Which agrees entirely with what the guy was trying to prove in the first place. GAH!
[*] The irony of me posting that statement is acknowledged.
Eric Harshbarger's LEGO pages. This guy makes a living from building lego stuff.
NEWS.com.au | US tightens net copyright (January 28, 2003). No doubt Australian pollies will ask how high Australia should jump this time, please sir?
This is a bad thing for all aussie net users; since it forces ISPs into an ever-nastier corner. The ISP is being set up as a scapegoat for many things it can't control. Sure, they can block every single port you can think of. But that's like closing the phone exchange because someone might commit a crime involving the phone. Sure, if you can't call anyone at all you can't do anything wrong. But it means you don't have a phone anymore.
An Open Letter to PC game developers and Feedback about the Open Letter (this will eventually go into this guy's journal archive). Choice quote:
Part of the reason they need to charge $65 is because of the licensing costs of the protection software. Costs that are presumably justified because it "keeps hackers away." Publishers need to learn that it actually "keeps hackers busy for 10-15 minutes."
Dilbert - 2003.01.28. Argh.
waferbaby: home » photos » the sign project » untitled. I'd call it NINJA HERE!
JOKEVOTE | Funkimobiles I Blode, Northern Kitten and Punk Kitten Mobile Phone Covers. That's punk kittens as in rathergood.com/punk_kittens/. Yep, seriously, you can now get them on your mobile phone cover.
Editors and Lobbyists Wage High-Tech War Over Letters. The net has made it easy to find pre-written letters stating something you believe. Many publications, however, don't think such letters should be printed; since they aren't actually written by the sender (a fair point for a newspaper's Letters page). The people setting up the letters are getting smarter, though. Mix and match terms and paragraphs are just one of the ways they've figured out to vary the message enough to get past editors and into print.
I suspect the papers may have to cave into these eventually; perhaps reproducing a single copy of the message, noting that it was received several times. It's still a valid message; since the people who sign and send a prewritten letter often agree very strongly. In short, it's their point of view expressed in a prewritten letter. It may even be expressed in a far more eloquent and properly-researched manner than the sender has time to prepare. The downside is that you can't tell if it was just someone coerced into sending a copy; or if they didn't read it properly and maybe don't agree with some or even all of the letter's content.
I tried to post something about this the other day, but blogger ate the post. In any case, Zeldman has made a post about the guy who stole zeldman's design. Particularly galling is the thief's tagline "powered by creativity". Sure it is; just not his own creativity.
Zippo Tricks Bound To Impress And Amaze. Zippo flicking taken to the next level.
The look on this cat cracks me up. The look; and the caption. From a livejournal group called "my cat is satan".
Apparently there are people ou there who find the humour in the Beverley Hillbillies just a little bit too confronting. Have the Beverly Hillbillies Gone to Pot? The-children-will-be-corrupted!
CNN.com - Albanian comedian disarms gangsters - Jan. 23, 2003. Those wacky albanians.
Every once in a while I cruise on by to Cruel Site of the Day. Often they're a bit ho-hum (I think my cruelty threshold has gone up over the years, at least where the net is concerned), but other times there are some gems. These amused me, in that cruel way.
- The true story behind The Now Infamous Tucker Max Charity Auction Debacle email... could also be called "you can't really fuck someone over if they hate their job anyway".
- MagicWand4Katie. you know how it is when a little thing just goes on and on and then all of a sudden turns into a website? no? oh well.
A quality rant about dumb goths. MTV-Manson Kiddies, mostly.
Friday night. Not doing anything. Yawn. Bored.
pic struck a chord. nicked it off someone's livejournal post.
Haven't done one of these for a while....
You are red. You are impure, but noble. You are precious and true to yourself and others. When you love, you love entirely, and will do anything to make your love happy. You are sure of your identity, therefore, you cannot change others or be changed. You are a true prince, you may be forgotten, but without you, none of us could go on.
Update: Sony To Phase Out Smaller CRTs. Interesting use of the word 'smaller' here. No more 17" and 19" CRT Trinitrons... so, are they going to make their LCDs cheaper? Hmm?
The Japan Times Online: Chips with everything makes for a hi-tech mess
secondary materials used in production [of microchips] total 630 times the mass of the final product. Compared with this, the researchers state that an automobile requires only about twice its weight in fossil fuels to produce -- i.e. 1,500-3,000 kg.
The War On Oil (JPG)
It seems the Mount Stromlo observatory will live on despite the fires. It seems a small note of hope and rebuilding amongst so much damage and loss; but it is there nonetheless.
Slashdot | Nintendo Confirms New Console In 2005, along with the PS3. I might have even saved up enough for a PS2 by then! w00t :-]
welcome to zee blogmines, alex: another day at werk.
i·me·michael - photos - Black & White. some nice shots.
one.point.zero ...damn that's a nice design.
Master Key Copying Revealed. The lastest security hole you may be facing is your master-keyed lock system. A guy at AT&T has published a paper outlining how easy it is to create your own master key; even without professional tools.
The West Australian - X marks the spot for intersex Alex. Neither male nor female, Alex now has a passport which states "Sex: X". Alex believes it may be a world first.
Star Wars Origami. As a certain Sith Lord would say, "Impressive."
CNN.com - Copied cat hardly resembles original - Jan. 22, 2003. Which is something people don't realise about cloning - if you were cloned, that clone would not look exactly like you.
Australia lagging on high-speed internet - smh.com.au
The report, Australia's Broadband Connectivity, says "perceptions about price" of broadband are a barrier. However, the Communications Minister, Richard Alston, said yesterday that Australia's prices for broadband were among the cheapest in the world.
Even if it's "among the cheapest" it isn't cheap. Quite apart from the extreme setup cost (usually around $200), IF they will install to your home (if you're in a unit, no cable for you!), $75+ per month for crap broadband is not justifiable. If you want more than 500meg/1gig of download then you're looking at more than $75. You can get pretty much unlimited dialup access for $25/month or so. Even if you connect twice a day, at $0.25 per call, you're still online for $40/month. A lot of broadband is shaped back to 28.8k modem speed after your download limit; so you'll get a few days of fast internet followed by the rest of the month slower than you'd be on 56k dialup.... for double the cost. Alternatively you start paying massive rates for further data. Good deal? Not on my fucking planet.
Homestarrunner has posted a 404 Doodoo Error. Da system is down!
Conversational Terrorism. That's right kids, the net can teach you anything you want to learn.
Motion-Picture Windows: Soon on a Wall Near You? (TechNews.com). Windows, the clear ones you look through that is, have been the subject of some pretty nifty research. I'm not particularly interested in the idea of having a window which doubles as a TV; but invisible insect screens and self-cleaning windows? Bring 'em on!
A new games console....? Could it stand any chance against established systems like the PS2 and Gamecube, or be able to beat the lumbering whale that is Microsoft Xbox? It'd have to be something pretty special. It claims to have a massive games catalogue and looks to be relying on broadband net-gaming for its killer app.
If it was April 1st you'd write this one off. But it appears serious.
Meanwhile, Robbie Williams doesn't care if you pirate a CD or two... BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Music piracy 'great', says Robbie. Hell, he doesn't get more or less money either way. Why should he care?
NEWS.com.au | Disc slug sought to offset piracy (January 21, 2003). The worst quote?
"Every kid does it, so let's facilitate some standards in the marketplace.". Every kid? Seriously? So what about the people who want to put DATA on their CDs? The article suggests they'd have to apply for a rebate; so basically what would happen is everyone would have to pay more for blank media - which will do absolutely nothing to stop piracy, it'll just give money to people who didn't earn it.
Wired News: Spam Confab: Hackers to Rescue? Who can beat spammers? Hackers.
Cool collaboration of the day - 20 things.
Amusing Flash fun! Icon War.
NEWS.com.au | Don't call us boffins: scientists (January 20, 2003). "Just call us scientists" they say. What a concept!
NEWS.com.au | Ugg boots take on Big Apple (January 20, 2003). $330 for a pair of uggies? Now that's just wrong. Not to mention wearing them in public. Maybe we should start exporting flannel shirts and hotted-up Toranas?
Can XM Put Radio Back Together Again? (TechNews.com). Satellite radio, much like cable/satellite television. Great idea, but as always I suspect the price is too high. Particularly when you're trying to replace something which is free.
This country has a crazy climate. While fires in the ACT have caused deaths, loss of homes and icons like the Mt Stromlo Observatory (ABC News - 20/01/03 : More than 400 homes destroyed in ACT fires); rain in Queensland has eased the drought for a few lucky farmers (Qld farmers welcome soaking rain. 20/1/2003. ABC News Online). We frequently have bushfires (a.k.a. firestorms) and floods at the same time; sometimes not even that far away from each other.
Google Job Opportunities. Yep, Google is hiring. It'd be great to work there. You know what annoys me though? Google is probably the most-viewed page in the world; and its homepage is a pile of invalid tag soup SHIT. *ahem* What I mean is, the HTML is rotten. Would it kill them to hire a web developer? No. But what are they hiring? Programmers. Programmers and suits.
Ninja Burger -- Ninja Burger: The Comic Strip - 2. Tune in next week when we learn to anticipate treachery!
CNN.com - Perplexing circle-swimming penguins - Jan. 16, 2003. Those wacky penguins.
WorldNetDaily: Baby toy: 'I hate you'. A Wal-Mart baby toy whispers 'I hate you' in between the soothing sounds of the sea. I'm not sure if that's worse than the parents' reaction -
"you know china hates us..."
FrozenCPU.com :: Product :: PC 12v Cigarette Lighter Adapter Kit. For nicotine-addicted geeks who keep losing their lighters. Of course, this will seriously mess with your machine's internal temperature...
Street sensation! - The liveliest streets in London. A street-level photographic guide to London. Very cool idea; although it'll need a huge amount of work to keep it up to date...
Boing Boing | Patriotic Traitors. An interesting roundup of what various US presidents have gotten up to. Quite sympathetic to Clinton... who, let's face it, was a good President; just a bad husband. He quite obviously preferred love* over war.
[*] Don't bug me about the meaning of "love", here.
Shutterfly | Groovy airplane scrapyard photos. Depends if you're into this sort of photography :)
Jeffrey Zeldman Presents: The Daily Report - XHTML 2 and all that. A counterpoint to Mark Pilgrim's (fairly understandable) dummy spit about XHTML 2.
Report: Some Office Thermostats Are Fakes. Placebo effect in action - give them a dummy thermostat, they stop complaining about the air-con. It's nice to be treated with respect, innit.
Slashdot | SMS Messaging Unreliable. It most certainly is.
Discarded computer hard drives prove a trove of personal info. In short, the only reformat you can trust is the Sledgehammer Method™.
Angry Bush leans on inspectors - smh.com.au. Dubya sez: the people have started to realise I'm a moron, I need a war - quickly, damnit!
Next Harry Potter book out in June - smh.com.au. Mmmhmmm. Will believe it when I am holding a copy. I don't know why, but it's always pissed me off that Rowling never admitted to writer's block. It's not the end of the world if you say you need longer to finish the next book; she just obviously didn't want to admit she couldn't deliver on her regular release promise to fans.
USATODAY.com - Retinal-scans to remove social stigma from English school. They obviously didn't want to mention the fact this also means there won't be any lunch money to get beaten up for. Great use of existing tech!
9th Match: Australia v Sri Lanka at Brisbane, 15 Jan 2003. Was fun :) I love going to the cricket. It's nice to have replays and the comforts of home; but nothing's quite the same as being there :) Bevan certainly deserved the Man of the Match - yet again saving Australia's innings in a one-dayer. Finishing off with a four, no less :)
Somehow I'm also considered "related" to beandizzy.com - Google Search: related:http://www.beandizzy.com/ (I'm not complaining, mind, since beandizzy turns out to be a great site). I can only assume it's a combination of web development/standards and the australian location. How I beat out waferbaby I don't know; I'm starting to think Google really does use PigeonRank technology.
The Web site that Nick built - smh.com.au. Speaking as a self-taught turned professional web developer; this is a) too true and b) fuckin' funny.
I do have two "beg to differ" points though. 1) DON'T USE FRONTPAGE. Get your teenager offspring to "borrow" a copy of Dreamweaver MX off a mate if you really can't afford it. 2) You should learn to code by hand first anyway, if you have the time and inclination. You really will benefit later on if you know how to fix things directly.
Index of /bsh choose your format for some Dubya wisdom.
GM Ability - Environment. General Motors' advanced technology vehicles.
Slashdot | Appropriate Punishment For Crackers? Note, "hackers" are just good at doing stuff. "Crackers" are people who've done something illegal. The media usually calls crackers hackers; and hackers geeks. Or something.
It came to my attention today that not everyone has heard of Heath Robinson's Art. I was describing Lotus Notes as a Heath Robinson device gone wrong.
Slashdot | Girls not Going into CS. In short - girls don't want to go into IT/CS. Possibly something to do with not wanting to hang around geek boys. The industry has a pretty bad image, which doesn't help anything.
Slashdot | Recycling Pay Phones into Terminals. Since so many people have mobiles, pay phones are falling out of favour. So, what to do with a stack of small-footprint sites connected to a communications network? Turn them into wi-fi connection points.
A great new case concept... the I-Tee. A t-shaped case which makes it easier to work on and claims to reduce cable clutter. Comes in nifty colours, too; to top off the experience. Quite nice, although I can't find a price; which shits me off.
Jeffrey Zeldman Presents: The Daily Report - Last of the 45 degree angles.
Apple’s Pro Keyboard is like something out of Kubrick’s 2001: clean, sterile, futuristic. Every model but ours. Ours has a dead moth in it.
Slashdot | Put The Demoscene In Your DVD Player. Want. Wantwantwant.
Foxtel Unencrypted Cable User-guide. Since it's so utterly overpriced, it was only a matter of time before people figured out a way to hack cable tv connections. Still not worth the effort, IMO.
Sidenote: for anyone outside Australia, cable services in .au suck really badly. They cost a lot, yet the tv shows are full of commercial breaks. The cable internet costs stupendous amounts, but the data caps kick in around 500megs on many plans. Yes, 500 megs.
New waferbaby photo proj! waferbaby: home » photos » the sign project.
Lightbulb blown? Print out another one. New Scientist: 'Gadget printer' promises industrial revolution. Roll on The Diamond Age.
Medical evidence that hip-huggers can be bad for you.
I recently saw 3 mildly obese young women between the ages of 22 and 35, who had worn tight "low-rise" trousers (also called hiphuggers) over the previous 6 to 8 months. All presented with symptoms of tingling or a burning sensation on the lateral aspect of the thigh (bilateral in one case). [...] In all 3 patients, the symptoms resolved after 4 to 6 weeks of avoiding hiphuggers and wearing loose-fitting dresses.
Sometimes giving the customers what they want can produce odd results. For example... Las Vegas casino adds dancing poles to hotel rooms. Nice bed, check. TV and cable, check. Late check-out, check. Strip club fittings, check. No wait, something seems out of place here! Well ok, so in Vegas like anything could possibly be weird enough to actually be out place...
Location Earth Dog Tags ...your ticket home.
In case of alien abduction these dog tags may save your life. The crucial data an alien will need to get you back to Earth is die stamped into these dog tags.
iBox. note the controller.
What a difference a space can make. The Smoking Gun: Jack Ass sues Jackass. More details - Man sues over MTV show 'Jackass'
LOS ANGELES - A Montana man is suing media giant Viacom, saying the MTV show "Jackass" sullies his good name. And we mean "name" literally: The plaintiff's name is Jack Ass. He changed it from Bob Craft in 1997, he says, in order to raise awareness about the dangers of drunken driving.
You know a site is new when Google hasn't found any links to it yet.... Google Search: link:www.williamgibsonbooks.com/blog/blog.asp
Best of all is the comment on the Electrolite post though....
posted on January 8, 2003 01:02 AM:
BBspot - Fans Outraged at New Character in The Return of the King. Jar-Jaromir.
The scene depicted in the trailer shows Jar-Jaromir shouting, "Gondora gonna fallsa".
All things being sequels - smh.com.au.
In some famous examples - The Godfather, Star Wars, Alien and even Wayne's World - the sequel has been as good as the first. But the path from Rocky to Rocky V is familiar. Terrific first film, not-so-good second, so-so third, Dolph Lundgren in the fourth.
Reuters | Dodge Offers 500-Hp Concept Motorcycle.
DaimlerChrysler AG's DCX.N DCXGn.DE Chrysler arm on Monday unveiled the Dodge Tomahawk -- essentially the 8.3 liter engine from a Dodge Viper mated to a motorcycle frame. Chrysler executives said while the chrome-draped Tomahawk was outlandish, they were seriously considering whether to build a few hundred at a price of at least $250,000 each.
Holy. Crap. Look at that thing.
Slashdot | 160,000 Join Massachusetts Do-Not-Call List. What a great idea... wouldn't it be grand if you could put your number and email into a "do not call or email" list... Oh look, you've just won a hefty fine! Would you like to play again?
BBC NEWS | Health | Being drunk 'a trick of the mind'
The feeling of being drunk is partly in the mind, say psychologists. A person's memory is impaired if they believe they are drinking alcohol even when it is really water, a study has found.
...and I'm not usually into swords/replica swords at all!
Strongbad email #57. What would strongbad look like if he was in a Japanese cartoon?
The Lives and Death of Moore's Law. A bit much prior to morning coffee. But there's a lot of talk about this issue, so it's worth knowing what it's all about.
Xoxide.com - steel laser cut grills... dragon-shaped fan grills! funky.
Slashdot | Breakdown of Bandwidth Costs?
"What is the origin of the cost of bandwidth? For instance, if I'm being charged for an apple, I know that, theoretically, the cost of that apple is going towards the purchase of apple seeds, the land on which the apple trees are grown, the fertilizer and water that helps the trees grow, and the salaries of those who pick the apples, clean them, box them, and send them to market..."
What a great question. I have wondered this myself...
Slashdot | Why IE Is So Fast ... Sometimes. Another really dumb way to go, thanks MS! *sigh*
Slashdot | Ask Jeeves Gives Up On Banner Ads, decides to generate revenue with paid adverts instead. Sounds like the tip of the iceberg to me - banners just aren't effective enough to remain as popular as they used to be.
NY Daily News: U.S. disaster plans include cloned icons. US icons like the Statue of Liberty are being scanned so they could be rebuilt if they were destroyed; say, in a terrorist attack. It's a weird result of what could be called meta-terror (terror about terror). As an aside, it's interesting to read how many of these major works have no surviving blueprints or plans.
Of course, not all icons can be replaced. For instance, in Australia we've just had a vandal attack destroy the famous "Dig Tree". No 3D model can bring back a tree.
Upgrade now! - clagnut/blog. Should we still be including hidden upgrade messages? Some good points. Unfortunately no matter what you do; you still end up with emails and phone calls from self-righteous fuckwits who want to chew you out because they think it's a personal insult that the site "breaks" for them.
Random groovy artwork page.
ambiguous - why the internet is better, an example. basically an argument for giving the internet to third world countries, rather than once-off aid. that way, people can find information on how to solve their own problems. classic give a man a fish or teach a man how to fish; but put in the context of the internet age.
Boring Profs exposed by WiFi. Basically this points out what the professors should already realise.... if they're as boring as batshit, then students will amuse themselves however they can. You need to make your lectures interesting before people will be interested. Besides all that, students have never paid attention to boring lectures. We didn't have laptops, we just walked out. Still passed the exams....
Blogger + Blog*Spot is currently freaking this page out in some fashion. There seems to be a dud bit of code in one of the ads which totally nuked the page. I've cycled the template and that fixed it; but it could be coincidence. Why does this crap always happen when I was about to log off?? yeesh.
Cocaine toothache drops were popular with children and with their parents. Not only would the medicine numb the pain, but it could also put the user in a "better" mood.
Finnish Prisons: No Gates or Armed Guards. They claim it works because loss of freedom is the real punishment. Interesting.
Holy crap! I've been linked. My pure heresy page (where i ponder, rant and generally waste bandwidth) is included in the addictions linkset at inspersia.com :: blog. I'm pretty chuffed... hell, it's just me writing whatever pops into my head, but someone likes it enough to link to it :)
Lilley Street 2002.12.27. A subtle message about motorcycles. I know this won't put bikers off at all - but hey people, this is why your friends worry. Not to mention your mum, but she'd worry if you drove a sherman tank.
Well, blogger wasn't a happening thing when I first tried this. Happy New Year, despite it being past midnight on new years day :)