January 20, 2003
- Online World Timeline. Well-researched. I'm still kind of glad I never got into this kind of gaming, though I've always liked the idea of these big shared online worlds.
- For a while I was really pineing for a GPS, and wanted to see if any of the ones that plugged into my Palm would worthwhile. here's a page with some articles and reviews. Instead, I decided to get a Playstation 2 for Christmas. I might regret that next time I'm lost while driving.
- "Take me to bed or lose me forever."
--Top Gun. I think 'Rosetta' once quoted this to me, and I thought it was a really sexy thing to say, completely missing that it was a movie quote.
- Salon piece on Urban legends and the snopes archive.
- The "First actual case of [a computer] bug being found", in 1946 or so. I think the consesus is that the term "bug" was around before this time, which is why the log keeper made the joke.
- Speaking of urban legends, I think some of the user reviews for that vibrating Harry Potter broomstick toy were faked and some of the funnier ones were removed--this article give an idea of what was there. Still pretty funny though.
The past doesn't go away. It keeps calling to us from
the woods, and at vulnerable moments, at twilight on a
fall day with a Chopin étude playing, it can be almost
overwhelming. Those old voices weeping and whispering.
I have my ghosts and you have yours. Tell me about it.
Meanwhile, the day passes, we eat dinner, we put the dishes
in the dishwasher, we clean up the kitchen, we pick up a
book, life goes on. I believe that
All of the lovers and the love they made --
Nothing that was between them was a mistake.
All that we did for love's sake
Was not wasted and will never fade.
A friend of mine told me a few weeks ago: "You can't regret all of the things you went through in order to get to the happiness where you are now." The old love prepared you for this new one. The tortured and exhausting 10 years with him is a crucial part of your education and can't be separated from the rest and burned. It's quite reasonable to still miss him after only two years. You're not imprinted with him, though, and you know that. You've moved on. You're only enjoying a little sweet sadness. What would an autumn night be like without it? What an inhuman life a person must lead to never experience such feelings.
--Garrison Keillor, writing as Mr. Blue on Salon. Man, I miss that column, though Salon still has the archive available... including some advice in a response back to me on getting hitched with Mo. ("Concerned About My Calm", about 3/4 of the way down).
- Slashdot played 10 Questions with Larry Wall, inventor of the geek's friend computer language Perl. Includes some talk on his Christian faith.
If you think you are in love, go to a restaurant
called The Greenhouse in Harvard Square in
Cambridge. Order some fries to go. They cost
two dollars and five cents with tax and come in
a wax cup with foil over the top and may be the
best french fries in the world. Tell the object of
your affection that your religion prohibits you
from sharing fries except with people who are
in love with you. If they cannot admit to being
in love with you at least you still have the fries.
They are that good. These french fries can
--Fries With That, a prose poem I wrote and put on the loveblender a long time ago.
- I had this backlogged as videogame MST3K...it's the oddest videogame review I've ever seen.