March 23, 2020

We just watched Beyoncé's Homecoming on Netflix - good lord how did Beyoncé mixing it up with HBCU Marching Bands and Drum Lines fly under my radar??
Ugh, social distancing must be rough on a lot of 12-step programs and support groups...

March 23, 2019

click to play
14 years ago I linked to zombie3, an extension of an original game/simulation by Kevan Davies. I retrieved and patched it so that it works in modern browsers.
Does anyone else get endless FB ads for "Hero Wars"? It's weird - the animations all strongly imply it's a puzzle solving game (with rescue the princes in bondage themes) but it looks like the game itself is just a RPG-ish turn based combat thing. So odd.
Watched the movie "Drive" (one of the ones on the 100-movies-you-must-see scratch off poster I got). I like this bit of trivia from it:
The Driver and Irene actually say very little to each other, primarily because Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan felt that their scenes should be more focused on the mood and refused to say many of the scripted lines. Mulligan summarized making the film as "staring longingly at Ryan Gosling for hours each day."

March 23, 2018

Apple - Welcome Home by Spike Jonze from HENRY on Vimeo.

Love this song, and a great video - the making of is why I'm posting it though.

March 23, 2017

Dolphins are said to sleep with only half of their brain at a time, keeping partially alert for predators. Many of us spend much of our lives in a similar state.

March 23, 2016

Capitalism good or ill is the river in which we sink or swim and stocks the supermarket.
via "The Simpsons: An Uncensored, Unauthorized History"- the essay, and its view of making art in a money based society, is said to be an influence on Matt Groening. (I also liked "Waiting for art talent scouts? There are no art talent scouts. Face it, no one will seek you out. No one gives a shit.")

March 23, 2015 - JP Porchfest Registration opens today! I'm pleased with how my design for the frontpage worked out...

March 23, 2014

So Amazon has this thing we'll they'll donate X % to charity, IF you start your browsing at Kind of like they're becoming their own affiliate. I'm trying to think of what they're up to-- probably they want people to start their searches at their site, rather than through Google, where, despite Amazon's strong "first result" presence, people might get exposed to other options.

Kind of sucks feeling manipulated like that.
How to fall down stairs
Step 1
Step 6
Step 7,8,9,11

March 23, 2013

I love the UK English expression "having a bit of a lie-in" almost as much as I like having one. (just don't confuse it with "sleeping in")

haters gonna hate...

March 23, 2012

(making the rounds)

Stop Software Patents. Let them die. Copyright protection is enough.
I often judge a work of art by how neccessary it is for that work to be in that medium.
Brian Christian.
Me too! Especially in video games, which is some of why I don't dig RPGs and strategy games.

getting with the program

March 23, 2011
World map highlighting the countries not officially using the metric system:


From Wikipedia:
Only three nations out of 203 have not officially adopted the International System of Units as their primary or sole system of measurement: Myanmar, Liberia, and the United States of America.
I know some countries have the odd English measurement here and there, like UK folks sometimes talk in miles (I think) but still... just to sound like some old time 1970s crank, I think our failure to go Metric is representative of a kind of anti-intellectual, go-it-alone, old-style-Industry thinking that is gonna be our downfall.
Dear FedEx: how does "Direct Signature" morph to "relase authorized" aka "please leave in snow on porch and don't ring bell?" #fedexfail - Microsoft Patent Antics. Patent #6,339,780 (2002) is ye olde loading animation... but OVER the window. GENIUS! Seriously, did "non-obvious" mean ANYTHING in 2002?
Happiness is the consequence of personal effort...You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings.
Elizabeth Gilbert

Good games are productive. They're producing a higher quality of life.
Jane McGonigal, "Reality is Broken"

you meet the nicest people making videogames

March 23, 2010
--Kind of amazing project to make a movie about making video games. I'm pledging a couple of hundred, and urge anybody to put in as well - it's a great idea. (Click for a preview movie.)

Someday You Will Be Nostalgic For Now.
Suicide Girls

The iPhone Gmail web app is pretty sweet, but the load times are gruesome. Wonder if one of those standalone apps that are mostly just wrappers fix that?
Hee, for reasons symbolic and utilitarian I'm making the Google Calendar that Amber and I share the default one on my iPhone.


March 23, 2009

--I have very little to add except I have always enjoyed the Tom Jones / Mousse T. song "Sexbomb", especially the "inside out"/reversed track bit. - The Comic Curmudgeon on USA's "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" vs Canada's "peace, order and good government". Food for thought.
My small apartment, after a bit of cleaning, proved good for entertaining and is nice and cozy. Now to just declutter...

with a dream is continued (backlog flush #74 and travelog)

March 23, 2008

Travelog of the Moment
Now reading: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. This is actually a profoundly wonderful book, thanks for the suggestion Lex!

You know, I've taken almost 1,200 shots so far this trip. Yeesh!

Today was a bit of a repeat of last week, visiting the electronics store area Akihabra and meeting up with old college buddy Alex.

fevah! what a lovely way to burn

March 23, 2007
Hmm. Felt a bit better this morning, not running a fever... my secret placebo was buying a humidifer for the bedroom.

Link of the Moment
I have to admit I really dig that glass bottomed walkway over the Grand Canyon. Some folks will complain about spoiling up the natural beauty, but... it's a big canyon, and I think it's a lovely thing to have done.

Minicomic of the Moment

--from Tom the Dancing Bug Super-Fun-Pak Comix...

Link of the Moment
The current
betting pool for the US Presidential race. I think it's telling that the wide gap between Hillary and Obama in the Democratic Candidates race is much smaller in the All Canidates pool. I wonder if that means that Giuliani beats Obama but loses to Hillary, or what I tend to think, which is that Hillary is more likely to win the nomination but has become such a rallying point for the rightwingers that she's less likely than Obama to win it all.

lonely the only

March 23, 2006
Hey does anyone have a Windows 98 CD about? I'm trying to get some old hardware up and about.

Ramble of the Moment
Lately I've been thinking about how being an only child, along with living in some neighborhoods without many kids my own age, might have molded me, and what influence it might've had on my introverted streak.

I "moved around a lot as a kid", and it was always just me and my folks. From the ages of about 4-8 I lived in a little town called Salamanca, and as far as I can recall was mostly on my own in terms of freetime...I think before and after I had more friends contact, but after, it was generally having one or two close friends at a time.

Maybe though I have a kind of unrealistic vision of other folks' childhoods, running around in "Li'l Rascals" type groups, learning through experience about all kinds of social rituals that I'm still a newbie on. Maybe most people tend to have one or two close friends besides their usual schoolmates, and the tribalish neighborhood gang thing is the exception. On the other hand, a lot of people have siblings.

I can think of a few implications of this kind of background, though I can't always be sure about the nature vs. nurture aspects (as far as I can tell, a kind of "attention seeking introversion" runs through my family a bit.) For one thing, a lot of my pleasures are solitary (no, I'm not talking about that one)... I think in my current relationship with Ksenia, I feel more drawn to doing couple-compatible-things, like watching a video, even when I'd much rather work on my independent projects. It's not forced by her, it's not even quite because of guilt, but kind of a feeling of...I don't know, responsiblity, or what "should" be done. Not that I mind watching the videos or anything. Also I think sometimes she wants a kind of coupley snugglehood that just doesn't come instictively for me. I can undestand it but I don't grok it at all.

The other thing implication, and this comes somewhat from those "birth order" books, is how being a bright beloved only child got me used to being both the center of attention as well as not having serious competition for most achievements. The unfortunate side effect of this is I usually try to avoid "contests" where I don't think I'm likely to "win" I've said before, I hate things that remind me I'm not the smartest and bestest guy in the city. I prefer the illusion that I would be crownable as God-King of the Universe, the Watchman of Wit, the Vishnu of Videogames, the Programmer Papa Smurf, the Crowned Champ of Creative Expression, if only I really set my mind to it. But I can't be bothered, so I'm just here at my station in life.

Link of the Moment
Oh look, as if we only children didn't have enough already, our own website complete with a list of famous only children. (Yeesh, are we in that much of a minority?)

she deafened me with science

March 23, 2005
List of the Moment
  1. The placebo effect
  2. The horizon problem
  3. Ultra-energetic cosmic rays
  4. Belfast homeopathy results
  5. Dark matter
  6. Viking's methane
  7. Tetraneutrons
  8. The Pioneer anomaly
  9. Dark energy
  10. The Kuiper cliff
  11. The Wow signal
  12. Not-so-constant constants
  13. Cold fusion
--via Bill, 13 Unexplained Things in Science. Of course what I like about science relative to religion is the attitude that A. We don't know everything B. The things that we don't know, we might be able to figure out. (And even then, very little is "known", just increasingly supported as the most likely explanation.) But I don't know, it doesn't seem like we'll really make progress on stuff like "why do bad things happen to good people, anyway?"

My current favorite theory about the universe, though not particularly well (or poorly) supported is the concept that maybe it's a closed loop. My layman understanding thinks that if it were, that when we're looking far far away we're actually seeing "ourselves" a long time ago, it would help explain a few of those odd results...maybe "The Horizon Problem", "Dark Energy". Or not.

I do suspect that someone is still going to do the inverse square law for Gravity what Einstein did for some of the other physics...effects that are difficult or impossible to see at "human" distances, but can come into play at interstellar ones.


March 23, 2004
Sick today, my throat feels like I tried gargling with a scouring pad, but I might be able to muster up some house cleaning before the party this weekend...

Link of the Moment
Real Player sucks. I couldn't believe it didn't even have an option NOT to startup when I inserted an audio CD. Lists some alternatives, has some feedback from people at Real.

Title of the Moment
F*** You and Your Pez Despenser: The Definitive Guide to the Infantile Consumerism of the 1990s
Title for Peterman's Hypothetical Magnum Opus...coming soon to a bookstore near you?

the problem of everything

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March 23, 2003
Heh, sorry yesterday was so mimimal...though really, doesn't MC Hammer say everything that needs to be said about current geopolitical situation?

Slight page redesign...I realized that I had totally removed any links to single day entries, so I added the "link" links above, though I'm not crazy about the placement so far. Any suggestions?

Quote of the Moment
What makes the universe so hard to comprehend is that there's nothing to compare it with.
"Funny Times" is a comic and humor newspaper out of Cleveland (after it, "Editorial Humor" was a big disappointment...) This quote sounds deep, and it sort of is, but it misses the idea that all the time we're comparing the universe to the way we think the whole enchillada SHOULD be. (And by that standard, it kind of sucks...)

Toy of the Moment
This example of "the Oat-fueled Fury of Wilford Brimley" (press the "Smack Him" button--the "tasty way to do it" indeed!) is blatantly stolen from's review of Wilford Brimley Battle, a "ROM-hack" of "River City Ransom" for the old NES. They have an entire page of Hacked Rom Reviews, where would be clever gamers modify the graphics and more rarely, the gameplay of older video games, usually into forms heavy on the phalluses, drugs, racism, or all three. Anyway, most of the reviews are worth a quick skim rather than a full read, but why someone would go through all the trouble of changing the graphics in the first place is an open question.

mouse man kitten

March 23, 2002
Aww man, my mouse is on the fritz. One of those wireless ones, so things weren't so bad even when left-handed Mo moved it to the other Windows trick I learned a long time ago is to turn on "MouseKeys" in Accessibility Option Control Panel that turns the keypad into a lame mouse touchpad. You have to fiddle with the settings to get it at all usable (the defaults are too slow) but it's good to know about in a pinch.

Cartoons of the Moment
Tales of Mere Existence are great little quicktime movies. The narrator talks over the drawing of a (non-animated) cartoon that also describes the scene. I could really identify with "Man" and "Procrastination". I think they're shot from behind some kind of semi-transparent paper, and then possibly mirror-imaged, but I'm not sure.

Exchange of the Moment
> Those [feral kittens] were bouncing off the walls and
> around the room without touching the floor, and when I
> eventually managed to catch one it gave me 4" scratches.
> I'd guess they were less than 4 months old.

Yup. Kittens: self-propelled barbed wire in a dewy-eyed mohair sweater.
Charlie Stross on rec.arts.sf.fandom via

we doan need no stinkin jobs

March 23, 2001
So here I am, sans job, but with decent prospects, a Good Résumé, more than a month of severance plus 2 weeks vacation pay, and some freelance work to tide me over.

Quote of the Moment
In other words--and this is the rock-solid principle on which the whole of the Corporation's Galaxywide success is founded--their fundamental design flaws are completely hidden by their superficial design flaws.
Douglas Adams, So Long and Thanks for All the Fish
(Hmm, sounds like some dotcoms I know.)

"Give a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day.  Set fire to him, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life."
          -J. Heyes-Jones
"The Germans are a cruel people. Their operas last for six hours and they have no word for fluffy."
          -Black Adder
"Vikings?  There ain't no vikings here.  Just us honest farmers.  The town was burning, the villagers were dead. They didn't need  those sheep anyway.  That's our story and we're sticking to it."

"It's a sad ass that never rejoices."
          --Someone's grandfather caught farting
"All women are either girls, women, or men. And all men are either men, boys, or hairdressers [...] Sigourney Weaver is a man. Jane Fonda is a man. Diane Keaton is a girl. Jessica Lange is a woman. Mel Gibson is a boy, Clint Eastwood is a man. Cary Grant is a hairdresser."
          --Cynthia Heimel quoting Felicity quoting Will Wenham's theory
I am nuts for information-- as are we all, I suspect, most real men and women.  I can't get enough of the stuff.  When I'm clicking through the hundreds of E-mail messages that await me each morning, sometimes I imagine I'm a mighty information whale, sifting through thousands of tiny (but nutritious!) krill bits.  Yum!  Whether it's reading the cereal box or scanning the advertisment slide show some genius thought to project on the big screen at the movie theater, my appetite for information is unquenchable.
          --Joshua Quittner
Can't believe that my Pilot went out on me-- feels like some kind of neurological disorder... and Mo's so generous with her own machine, but it's odd thought to be so thoroughly abstracting the information (mine) from the hardware (hers)
"The beatings will continue until morale improves"
"Some people have a way with words, others have not way."
          --Steve Martin
O pilot my pilot -
do you think of me
while another's hands,
more experienced
than mine
familiarize themselves
Business Idea- at home pet euthanasia- why should a pet's final moments be at the frightening vet's and not at home?