Tuesday, November 30, 2004
|Category: Space TFF|
As 2nd. Best, he tries harder.
WikiNews. All the news that's fit to, errr, umm, edit! (I guess)
I'm currently in bloody cold NZ, within an hours drive to the 45th. parallel apparently (at least according to my cabbie). Here's where I'm off to on Friday and I'll be off to New Zealand's Only Castle for dinner sometime this week.
Tim Blair pointed me at some journal entries of an unhealthy young girl. It is an unpleasant must-read!
Monday, November 29, 2004
Apart from containing the odd typo ("Only 10 kilograms of helium are available on earth" should be "helium 3"), this article about a pie-in-the-sky source of energy is strong support for the notion that there are way too many scientists in the world.
In summary, a "scientist" thinks he should be funded to develop a reactor which uses a fuel which is not available in useful amounts unless we develop substantial space technology for processing 100's of millions of tons of moon rock. He claims the people who are refusing to fund him are lacking vision. I think they are lacking credulity.
This direct quote from a piece of junk-email that I got this morning:
Who can resist a 24kt. white gold Rolex watch surrounded in stainless steal?Interesting spelling mistake, huh?
Sunday, November 28, 2004
I discovered ratherbiased.com today. It chronicles Dan Rather's time as a journalist and news presenter on the CBS network in the US. This particular interview with Bill Clinton is an example of how he treats Democrats. Just a little sample...
RATHER: Mr. President, if we could be one one-hundredth as great as you and Hillary Rodham Clinton have been together in the White House, we'd take it right now and walk away winners.Boots and all, Dan! I think it was only fair to put him on tough question alert.
Saturday, November 27, 2004
Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle. I didn't know (until Paddy told me this arvo) that it is an acronym. Best news from this history is that the original Yahoo machines were named after sumo wrestlers: Akebono and Konishiki.
|Category: Hair Trigger|
13th root in 12secs best ever.
Search Google for Airbus A380 and what do you get as an advertisement in the top right corner?
Airbus A380 For SaleAnd BTW, Tullamarine North/South's about to be widened to accomodate the A380.
Friday, November 26, 2004
|Category: PC Mods|
She's a mod, she's a mod, she's a mod Yeh, yeh, yeh.
I read this article about Justice Kirby being
prepared to rein in the Howard Government's enhanced mandatewith disbelief. The man's a disgrace.
Thursday, November 25, 2004
The Daily Telegraph reports this story of a 20 year old crashing a car at 200kmh in a 50kmh zone.
Shortly after, he died instantly along with passengers Carl Homer, 33, and Mr Homer's 15-year-old, seven-month pregnant girlfriend Natasha Schyf, when they crashed into a power pole at speeds estimated at up to 200km/h.As Tim Blair points out, the story within the story appears to be the really shocking bit. The two passengers were a 33 year old man and his 7 months pregnant 15 year old girlfriend. Her parents approved of him!
"Carl and Natasha were perfect for each other, inseparable. He was a lovely guy, everything for my daughter, and we were all looking forward to the baby," Mr Schyf said.Read the story and weep!
And as global warming continued, natural disasters in Australia would become more frequent, [Insurance Australia Group chief executive] Mr [Michael] Hawker said.The summary for today's lesson is that something that we know very little about is an excuse to raise premiums.
I went to that exhibition I spoke of yesterday. The only bad thing I can say is that there wasn't enough of it. I will be keeping an eye out for exhibitions at the PROV.
I'm not sure that I've come across Audacity before, but I may have just forgotten. Might be worth a look.
The best place to touch someone is on the elbow, because it is outside their personal space and usually prompts a positive response. Rubbish! My elbow, in fact both of them, are very much part of my personal space!
Some interesting statistics from the Hun:
Up to 40 Victorians take their lives in front of trains each year.
Wednesday, November 24, 2004
I went to have a bit of a perv at the Munch at the [increasingly poorly named] NGVI. Overwhelmingly unremarkable is the best I can say. There was The Scream (four of them to be exact) and that is about it. When I say four, that is how many he did originally, we only got one, a 12" x 8" [sorry, from the website, 35.5 x 24.5 cm which is more like 14" x 10", my mistake] litho with hand colouring. I know from hand colouring, I have two children. Your boy Munch wasn't much chop at the caper in my opinion. I'm glad I'm not really scratching for dough because I would have very much resented springing for the $15 entry if I was (even now I'm thinking "half a slab for that rubbish, hmmm...").
Go here instead and get The Scream that you know (and love?).
I don't know much about art, I don't know much about Munch, pass the peanuts.
Oh, BTW, the guy at the hatcheck shared my opinions and he didn't even have to pay to get in.
Watch out for falling glass!
The Public Records Office of Victoria has a really interesting looking exhibition running at the moment:
'Transported Back' : The Public Transport Corporation Photographic CollectionI learnt about it from an advertisement on my tram ticket this morning. Always read the tails-side of you tram ticket, that's my advice.
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
Steve Edwards has received an interesting email from someone known as Suha.
Nice site concerning old computers. Looks fascinating.
Monday, November 22, 2004
It was 41 years ago today, JFK taught the band to..., oh, don't worry about it. Add another thing to the things that I don't understand (tm).
Blogless Bondy points out an amusing take on the FoxNews phenomenon. I might disagree in some senses but I like the cartoon nonetheless.
Sunday, November 21, 2004
|Category: Recently Dead Pollies|
Politics aside, (and even I am no fan of the Dems), Vale Janine Haines.
|Category: Technical Support|
Gen X? Gen Y? Nah, they're Gen Tech-Support . (I'd like to say "we" but we're too bloody old!) Happy Thanksgiving FWIW.
Oh, look! Another competitor! (Except it does a whole mess of stuff that Apple's product doesn't, and it does some other stuff, and it doesn't look like it does the iPod stuff quite as well, but) This will certainly be the downfall of Apple!
|Category: Space TFF|
Elevator! Going Up!
Saturday, November 20, 2004
Starting when he was an undergrad, Tim Koeth built a 12 inch cyclotron . Go Tim!
I've been quite enjoying reading the Scary Duck blog (subtitled: Not Scary, Not a Duck). I was directed at it for this particular entry about building balsa wood RC gliders - a funny story even if it is a bit vulgar.
|Category: Space TFF|
Like a Virgin! Who Ripley?
This points at one of those lists of supposedly "Actual Analogies and Metaphors Found in High School Essays". I'm sure that the vast majority of these things are made up but they still make me laugh. e.g.
16. John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who had also never met.Also from the same site another apparently true story...
Police in Wisconsin are investigating the shooting deaths of David Bucher and Roberta Stone, calling the crime a possible murder-suicide. Kenosha Sheriff's Sgt. John Schwarz said, "They had an on-again, off-again relationship..." I guess it's off again...
Friday, November 19, 2004
Now, Semi keeps saying he's not an intellectual so he probably has no need of this. "Intended for those who prefer to get hits using scholarly references and journals - refine away the dross and vanity pages". Me? I think I'd miss the dross and vanity way too much, that's the fun part!
Yes, anthropology! The Culture Cult. Not being an intellectual, I was not familiar with Roger Sandall's name. I think I have actually read some of his writings in Quadrant. I am definitely going to buy the book of the website for reading on the six door green limo. The entire website is (I'm beginning to sound repetitive here) well worth a read.
Should American Indians and New Zealand Maoris and Australian Aborigines be urged to preserve their traditional cultures at all cost? Should they be told that assimilation is wrong? And is it wise to leave them entirely to their own devices?
Slatts reckons Kerry Nettle is a despicable cretin. I couldn't agree more.
Thursday, November 18, 2004
I just found Luxo :: A blog dedicated to Pixar Animation Studios. Well worth a regular look. Me, I'm looking forward to the TramTown opening date of The Incredibles: 26 December.
The Substation in Newport is being converted into a community arts centre. It's well worth a wander around the website.
A useful resource that has been around for about four months: The Blogtionary.
DB might be particularly interested in the defintion offered for the Borlg.
Jump in a plane and head for the Toilet Conference in Beijing! This is organised by the World Toilet Organisation.
Thanks to Jon Faine for alerting me to this important event.
Microsoft Uses Halo 2 to Catch Xbox Pirates
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
This article on Tech Central Station gives the Wikipedia a right slagging. I have always doubted the ability of a Wiki to converge on the truth but I still feel quite comfortable using the Wikipedia as one of my main resources. I guess even the Britannica has behaved like a Wiki over the years, it has a little more time for fact checking but it still only asymptotes on the truth.
Interestingly, the Wikipedia article that Robert McHenry crticises most strongly already has information included in response to the TCS story. There have been nearly fifty edits since McHenry's criticism.
What's more, if I was looking up Alexander Hamilton, his birthdate, 1755 or 1757, would be low on my list of "must knows". I guess we should strive for accuracy anyway.
BTW, sorry for the verbisation of asymptote.
BTW, sorry for the verbisation of verb.
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
|Category: Recently Dead Celebrities|
Unfortunately, last Sat'day, John Balance (//info/john balance/) (stupid url's.com) lost it. RIP.
There seems to be another one out there. It's somewhere in Europe, I think.
Monday, November 15, 2004
This article about that Egyptian Arab who died the other day is a great read. I found it on Note-It Posts, possible the best name for a blog in all blogdom.
I had to buy one of these (2740928 FWIW) on Sat'day for our pending production (matinee seats still available). I got it from Tandy where I hadn't been for years. Remember the old days whenever you bought anything there they wouldn't let you leave the shop until they got your address, phone number and Mothers' maiden name etcetera? They don't do that these days. Whatd'ya reckon they did with the data? (Possible free sub required)
Sunday, November 14, 2004
Interesting (to me at least) summary on the evolution of OSX.
Saturday, November 13, 2004
|Category: Cullinary Arts
Be sure to cook your chops adequately. Failure to do so may lead to stabbing.
Friday, November 12, 2004
Semi and I have met quite a few women behind bars but they were never like this (or at least, not that we were aware of). (
Arafat and AIDS?
... the CIA has known this about Arafat for quite awhile and that as a result the US has encouraged Sharon not to take Arafat out because the US has known Arafat was about done. It was deemed better to have Arafat discredited as a homosexual.
Wednesday, November 10, 2004
Slatts nails a bunch of all-too-obvious facts about literacy. There are a lot of approaches to this, but I reckon the vast majority of people who slag off the phonetic system of learning to read learnt to read by that very method. It must achieve something (even if only the ability to read those academic papers that prove how awful it is)!
This is not too unfunny, but it seriously reminds me of this. Go Figure! (Interestingly enough, Randy Newman did the music for Toy Story et al).
|Category: Library Software|
I've been pretty happy using DVDpedia to catalogue my DVD's but, and I've only just had a quick look, this appears to leave it for dead. Coolest thing is that it uses my iSight camera as a bar-code scanner!
Hey, Johnny Lo Piccolo would've loved one of these. (Just out of curiousity, whatd'ya reckon Roland is thinking here?)
Monday, November 08, 2004
Happy Birthday to Semi (for yesterday) but also to Countdown. 30 today! (thanks Lynne)
The Currency Lad pointed out this article from the Aus where Sir David Smith suggests Gough should say sorry. Smith? Don't we know someone with the same last name as him, DB?
Sunday, November 07, 2004
Is it OK to gloat a little?
Thanks Tim Blair.
UPDATE It appears to have gone away because of bandwidth problems. Summary: the Bee Gees singing about going back to Massachusetts over a slide show of images of John Kerry doing stupid things. I laughed out loud. YMMV.
Saturday, November 06, 2004
|Category: Ep III|
The new teaser trailer has been posted here (10.6 Mb download warning).
Friday, November 05, 2004
Krystyna Pollard from NewsCorp tells us "Naked jet man 'had condition'". Make sense of that article and you can leave this place, Grasshopper.
Thursday, November 04, 2004
James Taranto from Best of the Web offers up a Bye-ku:
Served in Vietnam:
Wednesday, November 03, 2004
(Bit late here, sorry) Bloody nice Halloween costume this bloke had, a mostly functional iPod Costume.
Hmm, gauntlet's been thrown down I guess. Given the number of first time voters and early turnout and how that normally favours the Dems, I'll go Kerry. But it'll likely be close (er der!)
It's Wednesday morning here insunny Melbourne but the polls are still open on the first Tuesday in November Up Stairs in the Attic. One of the most accurate polls (11 out of 12 correct since 1956) calls it for Bush. I'm inclined to agree even if I do suspect a survivor bias.
Tuesday, November 02, 2004
Merchandising? Crap?? Cult???
Happy Birthday HK! However, Semi and I don't understand you one bit!
First Tuesday in November and Jim Treacher has ten reasons why he is not voting for Bush.