2003-05-22 12:47 - geekin\\\'

I just realized - I think that vi has the best user interface ever. If there was a geek-nation Best User Interface Award, vi would win it every year.

I guess the only way the above statement could be any dorkier would be if I had figured out some way to work in a reference to Star Trek. Like uh, "I'm madder than a Klingon in a hot tub!" Or something.

Yeah. That feels good. Now to click "Post."

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2003-05-15 10:14 - In Windows, no one can hear you scream...


Oh man... what if you were trapped in that Windows-based Beamer when the computer crashed and your cell phone was Windows-based too? MAN I can't WAIT!

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2003-05-12 12:31 - Coincidence?

Microsoft Press Release: BMW 7-Series cars to feature on-board computers running Windows CE.

Reuters Headline: Thai finance minister trapped in BMW when on-board computer crashes.

But is there a connection?

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2003-05-08 15:06 - Nobel What Prize?

Reuters headline: Bush, Blair Nominated for Nobel Prize for Iraq War

Hilarious.


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2003-04-23 10:04 - The joy of software development


This is a paraphrase of an actual exchange that has happened over the past couple of days:

BOSS: We'd like the product to do something with SNMP in the next release. How long will that take?
ME: That depends. What would you like it to do?
BOSS: Oh, just make something up, and then we'll change it. But tell us how long it will take now.

I love my job.


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2003-04-18 12:12 - this should be good.

I just got one of those nifty new camera phones that will take pictures and send them in email. So naturally the first thing I did was create a fotolog!


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2003-04-10 09:37 - here we go...

Still no WMD's found in Iraq - Rummy wonders aloud: Could they have moved them to another country? Hmm....

Meanwhile, some hawks have started openly making noises about invading Iran and Syria.

On the other hand, 3.3 million dead in the Democratic Republic of Congo and nobody appears to give Shit One.



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2003-04-07 16:00 - no smoke yet

Just in case anyone's wondering, the latest "smoking gun" chemical weapons site hasn't panned out, either.

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2003-04-03 16:04 - The latest ain\\\'t the greatest, I\\\'m afraid...

Here it is anyway...



I blame my computer. Seriously. Long story.




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2003-04-03 08:46 - look, I found some chemical weapons!


Just in case anyone is thinking that only evil, evil dictators would stockpile chemical weapons...



Leeched from globalsecurity.org.

You should know that the USA did sign an agreement giving a specific timeframe for the destruction of these weapons, that this agreement went in to effect in 1997, and that they are complying with it. I merely wish to illustrate that Scary Foreign Guys don't have a monopoly on these horrifying weapons (to be fair, we still haven't proved that the Scary Foreign Guys have them at all).

"Nerve agent" on the map refers to VX and sarin. "Blister agent" refers to mustard gas, which dissolves human flesh on contact.



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2003-04-02 12:54 - . . .


This is just about the saddest thing I've ever read.

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2003-04-01 18:54 - So fair... so balanced...


Since I'm shamelessly ripping from This Modern World today (which you should really read, you know - I'm not typing these URLs for my health...) you should know about this event from the latest NYC protest:


Fox News had its own response to the demonstrators. The news ticker rimming Fox's headquarters on Sixth Avenue wasn't carrying war updates as the protest began. Instead, it poked fun at the demonstrators, chiding them.

"War protester auditions here today ... thanks for coming!" read one message. "Who won your right to show up here today?" another questioned. "Protesters or soldiers?"

Said a third: "How do you keep a war protester in suspense? Ignore them."

Still another read: "Attention protesters: the Michael Moore Fan Club meets Thursday at a phone booth at Sixth Avenue and 50th Street" - a reference to the film maker who denounced the war while accepting an Oscar on Sunday night for his documentary "Bowling for Columbine."

The protesters said Fox's sentiments only proved their point: that media coverage, in particular among the television networks, is so biased as to be unbelievable.

Story here.



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2003-04-01 18:39 - adorable.




What an adorable little... armed... cherub. From an online insipid figurine store, by way of the wonderful This Modern World.



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2003-04-01 12:17 - truth is the first casualty

There's been a pattern in the war news lately - big giant "war = good" headlines, then later more realistic retractions or corrections in teeny tiny print. Here are some examples I've just noticed:

The headline everyone saw: TWO CAPTURED UK SOLDIERS EXECUTED BY IRAQ
The teeny tiny correction: British government no longer alleges that soldiers were executed

Headline: HUGE CHEMICAL WEAPONS FACTORY DISCOVERED IN IRAQ
Correction: Factory not actually determined to be producing chemical weapons - Pentagon

Headline: MASS IRAQI UPRISING IN BASRA
Correction: Uprising actually "limited" - Blair

Headline: IRAQI GENERAL CAPTURED
Correction: Not actually a general - British military

I hadn't heard anything about some of these corrections - and I read the news a lot. But now that I search for verification, the corrections seem to be legit. Anyone else got one?


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2003-03-27 21:55 - Hope.

It's comforting that some people still have the right idea.

Sorry guys, blogging has been light lately due to war-related spirit-crushing depression and general outrage overload.


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2003-03-20 08:16 - This sucks.

Senator Robert Byrd is more optimistic than I am, but he sums things up pretty well.

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2003-03-18 20:17 - seen on the NJ Turnpike on Monday morning...

...and offered here without comment:

Actually I was behind this ridiculous thing for about 20 minutes.

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2003-03-14 14:39 - Submitted for your approval...



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2003-03-14 13:49 - Wisdom

Karl and I intend to dominate the world market in stupid aphorisms quoted in email signatures. Here are some samples:

  • "Wisdom is not a hat to be worn, it is a hat shop to be employed at." -Mart
  • "Do not let fear of failure overpower fear of complacency, or other fears, occasionally." -K.N.W.
  • "Love is not the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, it's something else." -Mart
  • "Record your life with the ink of the pen of the hand of the person of excellence." -K.N.W.
  • "Listening with one's ears is the surest way to hear sounds. To detect other stimuli, however, other senses must be used." -Mart
  • "Believe not in what you can accomplish, but rather in what you think some other people might wonder whether or not you can think about accomplishing." -K.N.W.
  • "Ask not which path leads to your goal - ask only which goals are near most of the paths, or alternatively, which goals are far away from the fewest paths." -Mart
  • "Rabbits do not breed guinea pigs - so why would you expect iguanas to breed geckos?" -Mart
  • "Truth is seldom often." -Mart
  • "Ask not whether it is better to be burned to death or drowned - it is far likelier that you will die of heart disease." -Mart


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2003-03-12 15:48 - feeling stylish

The real site has a nifty new style sheet that I did almost all by myself, using BlueRobot as a guide. What do you think?


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