Wed May 21 2003 10:00:09 GMT-0700 (PDT)
First, a huge thank you to the maintenance guy who turned the sprinklers on the construction workers this morning. It's nice to see those bastards get a liquid dose of annoyance! I've had to put up with this construction for too long, so I take comfort in their displeasure. I [finally] saw the Matrix 2 yesterday. I went in very open and attempted to avoid reviews or spoilers from anybody. Overall, I thought it was great. It's difficult to follow up something as groundbreaking and [now] cliched as the original -- but I think the brothers pulled it off. I should really buy the game, but I just don't think I have the time for it now. And I've been doing some reading on the Blocks Extensible Exchange Protocol (BEEP). Very interesting stuff. I really think that we might start to see applications using this in the no-so-distant future.
Fri May 02 2003 21:31:48 GMT-0700 (PDT)
I finally got my late birthday present mounted up all pretty. You see, there's a story here...
In high school, I believe, I was working part time doing construction cleanup to make some spending money. On a trip to the dump, I ran across this beautiful piece of glass, apparently from an old school phone booth. Every phone booth I had ever seen used plastic (I'm sure, as an afterthough by the phone companies after all the glass got smashed to bits!), and the youthful f0n3 phr34k4r in me took an immediate liking. I asked the guy at the dump if I could take it, he agreed, and I took it home.
It was always my intention to get it framed. Obviously, I didn't spend my hard earned construction-bitch money on an expensive frame. No. Instead, I stored the damn thing and never did much with it. Recently, I thought about the sign. I though it had been lost or destroyed in The Long Move to hell, er, south Texas. Apparently it survived and my mom had Larry build a beautiful box frame for it! Best. Present. Ever!
So anyway, I have no clue how old the glass is. I'd guess that it's at least 20 or so years old (did they still make glass telephone booth signs in the 80's?), but honestly I have no clue. I'm just going to hang on to it because I like it.
The box frame is perfectly suited to backlighting, but I haven't done it yet. I would really like to do some overly complicated battery-powered white LED with built-in off timer thingy (you know, to avoid the whole long wire thing), but that's for another time.
Physical SPAM is so much cooler than email SPAM. The other day this company sent me a funky pen that said ILAB and had my home address on it. Apparently they think that I need to buy a bunch of pens to promote my "business". It had to be from a web snarf, because I really don't even use ilab anymore, even though the older domain name still works.
And lastly, Stacy bought me a pug buddy a while ago. His name is Kip. I love that girl.
Thu Apr 17 2003 07:42:23 GMT-0700 (PDT)
So I went and saw Pigface on Monday. It was a really good time, although I think the playlist went by way too fast...and I'm not exactly sure WHY they didn't do at least one encore. The live version of AutoHag was absolutely insane!
After the last 2 shows I've been to, I feel it necessary to explain some things for would-be concert goers. Some people just don't seem to understand how to play nicely at shows:
...and I've been dicking around with a Linux install on my main desktop machine. Debian in fact. Not for the faint of heart. It's a weird transition, but the more I use it the more I seem to like it. If Linux (and I use the term broadly here) had a tagline, I think it should be something like:
Linux: Free software that's a bitch to set up.
Really, things have come a long way, they're just not quite there yet. I mean, there's no way that your "average user" (whatever that is) is going to install Linux and dick around with different versions and dependencies and problems. But the great thing is, once you do manage to get it set up, it's actually quite nice. Rock stable. And yes, there are actually some better programs over here.
So far, I've had great support for all my devices, including a USB printer and scanner, my ATI AIW Radeon TV card, weird USB-mouse-through-kvm-to-ps2 setup, NTFS partition mounting, etc. All great support, once I figured out how to get them working.
Ok, sure, most mainstream games aren't supported...but I guess that's a reason for keeping a Windows partition around...but I really don't seem to game that much anymore.
Wed Apr 02 2003 14:14:53 GMT-0800 (PST)
So some guy (apparently also named Jason, email email@example.com) sent me email last night. He says that he built a version of the "DOS Matrix" screen saver thingy (although he wasn't exactly clear, maybe he was talking about the simulated console screen saver, I dunno). He was even nice enough to attach the executable and tell me that he would send the source. So, "cool" I think. I write him a nice little email back and explain to him that I like the idea, but that I'm not going to run a random binary and that I'd like the source to compile myself. The email bounces. Doh. So I give him the benefit of the doubt and try again today thinking "Well, maybe Juno was just doing maintenance or having downtime at 3:30am". No luck. It still bounces. How totally suspicious. I wonder what that program really contains...Update: I took a brief look inside the file with a hex editor. It appears to be what it claims, tho I'm still not gonna run it to find out. If the person who sent it to me happens to be reading this, please send me the source from an email account I can actually reply to!
Wed Apr 02 2003 02:14:24 GMT-0800 (PST)
Well, Stacy was certainly right -- 6:30pm is a strange time to take a nap. I suppose that's why I'm up twiddling my thumbs now at such a horrible hour. Bored. Ag. I don't think I'll be doing that again anytime soon. I suppose I'm a wuss.
Sun Mar 30 2003 15:53:05 GMT-0800 (PST)
I've hated Microsoft Excel for some time now...and I just thought I'd share reason #427,665 to hate it. The default behavior for new documents creates 3 sheets. In the majority of spreadsheets, people don't use or need the other two sheets (most Excel documents turn out to be a single sheet). In fact, I'd speculate that the average Excel user doesn't even know that there can be multiple sheets in a single document. Hey! Microsoft! This behavior is totally unnecessary! It forces me to go over and check out the other sheets, just in case somebody put something over there surreptitiously. You'd think it silly if MS Word created 3-page documents by default, right? Then why this Excel craziness?
Wed Mar 26 2003 23:26:35 GMT-0800 (PST)
I suck. Wanna know why? Cuz I never post, that's why! So my bro came down this weekend and we celebrated his birthday. It was a good time. We ended up going downtown to catch King Missile III live. Very very great stuff. It was a blast for me to see him again after 11 or so years (when I saw him last in Austin, TX). I had a good chance to speak with him a little bit and I bought 2 albums from him. One, apparently, was released in 1997 and had, like, zero distrobution. The other is their newest release which hasn't been picked up yet for wide(r) distribution. In either case, it's very great stuff. The down side is that some asshole plowed into my car while we were parked downtown having a good time. I didn't realize that there was anything wrong until we hit the freeway...where I noticed that the road noise was considerably louder than usual. When we got back, sure enough, there's a huge dent in my door and the door doesn't seal properly. I had it adusted today for the tune of about $1600. Wonderful. I just love having to make a deductable because some [probably drunk] jerk wasn't careful. People suck. So if you like listening to streaming audio, I highly recommend God's Dog. It's a pretty tight little genre, but I've been hooked lately.
Wed Mar 19 2003 18:22:07 GMT-0800 (PST)
We're on the brink of war. I'm going to see Ministry. In some bizaare way it seems only fitting.
Fri Mar 07 2003 21:41:52 GMT-0800 (PST)
Oh, well, let's see. I'm still living. I'm interested in entirely too many things. While I was in Seattle, I purchased a Pioneer LaserDisc (heh, remember those things?) remote control for a buck fifty at a thrift store. The only real reason I had any interest in it is the jog controller. I figure, if it's hackable, it's a nice little handheld controller. I think that perhaps I'll look at adding a [few] port[s] to it for generic controller purposes. There's a twisty spring-actived shuttle control around the jog wheel (I'm sure you've seen them) that I'm hoping is resistive. I may even (as time allows) hack together a PIC circuit to support the remote via IR. Maybe not, but it's an idean. Also, while in Seattle, we found our way to an open market where Stacy and I scored some insanely bizaare semi vintage postcards. I need to scan these things, they're so utterly strange. I paid a buck a piece for the midget handling bread, JAKE the alligator man, and some disturbing greetings from some livestock-now-meat handlers. Perfection. Now, that all that's out of the way, allow me to link whore for a bit... I got my recent eBay win today from invisible (actually invisible "rob"), and it's great. Weird, but great. If you're bored and in need of a time-consuming distraction, then LinkSwarm comes to your rescue. Think memepool with a warez-flavored style. I was going to go to the PLUG meeting last night, but it took me like 30 minutes to get halfway there, so I said fuck it and went home. I would have been late. It would have been rude. Since Dean told me about his (er, Rebel's) new pc-slash-PVR, I've been totally jealous. I've been thinking more and more about rolling my own linux-based PVR. I can't fucking stand commercials any longer. MythTV looks absolutely amazing, and I really like the idea of avoiding monthly fees (ala tivo) and not getting tied into a propriatary product that could kick it. Fortunately, these guys suggest some reasonable hardware, the key things being a Shuttle mainboard in a slim case. Gah, it's all about the benjamins. Perhaps one day I'll just break down and buy the components to build myself a nice little open PVR unit. Until then, I tinker with XMLTV and love marvel at how well it works. And last, but not least, I ran across the Miranda IM client today, something that really looks interesting. Smaller is better, and damn, it even supports Jabber.