May 21, 2017

Via Lamebook--

I'm not sure if it's bad for me to enjoy his cheerful acceptance of clueness white folks intersectionality as much as I do

May 21, 2016

I don't do TOO too much political meme-ing, but:

Won't somebody think of the children?! Except, you know, on all those things you're thinking of the children too much about.
I survived two gigs and the SAC porchfest website weathered the storm for the first year ever. I call that victory! Now see how my 20th college reunion that I'm walking to now turns out.

May 21, 2015

Self-Driving Trucks are going to disrupt everything. (And if we didn't have an allergic reaction to everything socialist, we might be in a better place to appreciate it)

May 21, 2014

I regretted that I hadn't done more. Not good works, necessarily: I did my part for the homeless, the alkies, public radio, various losing liberals, an open school, the Save the Spiders Foundation, the Home for the Moody, the lower-spine association, the Suspicion Center, some others. I regretted never having played the accordion, seen New Mexico or Maine, learned to dance the fox-trot, met Victor Borge, read Moby Dick or Don Quixote, eaten supper in the Oak Room at the Algonquin, fished Rainy Lake, known a little physics, talked to my dad about his father.

I regretted some bad shows I did.

I regretted having hurt some people.

--Garrison Keillor, "Regrets" from "We Are Still Married", a brief essay about thoughts he had while waiting for his commercial flight to dump fuel after an engine explosion. I'm surprised I hadn't transcribed this before, because it comes to me from time to time.

May 21, 2013

I am on a business trip to Phoenix. I am feeling like such a tourist because I'm very tempted to take lots of picture of the cactuses. Cactusi. Whatever.

god uses lisp

May 21, 2012
There were some great eclipse photos this weekend... my favorite has two different clever captions:

For normal geeks: I'm sorry to inform you that Earth is about to be been eaten by a fire demon --Ben Brockert, from the original source

For computer geeks: Guess God really does use Lisp. --Colin Barrett on twitter
(Explanation for non-computer geeks: Lisp is a computer language that is know for using many, many parentheses...)
"In other words, the opposite of "complex" is not "simple," the opposite of "complex" is "isolated.""
--Jamais Cascio

eurotrip day 7travelphotos

May 21, 2011

--They were saying this is one of germany's favorites...thought I'd post it since I should be there now!

Germany of the Moment
Yes, past, pre-publishing me, I am in Germany now! Today we went to Heidelberg.

The old ruined castle is just amazing. On the way in we wiki'd up the history, and what an influence the sense of ruin and fallen grandeur was for former generations.

Detail from a fountain in the upper courtyard.

I love how part of the castle behind the wall is there, and part not.

Far beneath the castle is the university town.

There was a protest rally in the middle of town by the church, but the protestors were outnumbered by the loaded-for-bear riot police around (including mounted officers and these motorbike guys) but all the cops were pretty relaxed and amused by the whole thing.

Volker and Caroline...

Finally, the river Necker.

i find your argument highly illogical. yet strangely adorable.

May 21, 2010

--Because it's Friday! A picture of Spock and a kitty.

(Found by Amber, original here, I think from her new favorite tumblr.)

A javascript function I'm surprised I had to write:
function isAllNumbers(val){
return(! /[^\d]/.test(val));
"Shit is a very natural function of the body. We shouldn't discard it."
--William "The Shat" Shatner
Google's playable Happy-Birthday Pac-Man tribute today is brilliant.
RIP Isis- a nervous but friendly wonderful family cat. No ceiling fans will spook you now!

"The amount of sleep needed by the average person is ten minutes more."

have a milky way today

May 21, 2009

Galactic Center of Milky Way Rises over Texas Star Party from William Castleman on Vimeo. (via Kate)

Here would be a good trick for a dog: nudge poop into plastic bag, carry bag home. Wouldn't that be just pragmatic?
I kind of dread Gov. Schwarzenegger ever being stricken by cancer, because of all the "IT'S NOT A TU-MAH" jokes I wouldn't not make.
DREAM: A McDonalds on a long road on the Seneca Indian Reservation. They had been forced to make Ghost Bread wraps, but the bread was more like Ethiopian, spongy.... stupid subconscious!

cancer in the news

May 21, 2008

So cancer has been in the Boston news lately.

The first story was Jon "Cancer Survivor" Lester pitching a no-hitter. Even though it was against the lowly Royals, it's a rare event and a terrific thing for any major league pitcher to have done.

The second, and much less happy, story is Ted Kennedy and the diagnosis of brain cancer. I have to assume Massachusetts has been taking him for granted for a long while. He's been our Senator for 46 years! I've been admiring him more now that there are so many stories about his ability to forge cross-party alliances.

You just want to rail against cancer as an entity. Damn greedy cells, too dumb not to reproduce and reproduce and reproduce, winning some little localized darwinian struggle even at the cost of their own group's ultimate longevity. When your host dies you die too, dumbass cancer!

Quote of the Moment
"When you take over a pitch and line it somewhere, it's like you've thought of something and put it with beautiful clarity. Everyone is helpless and in awe. Included in your ability are your philosophies, your theories. You tap that mental reservoir and it goes."
--Reggie Jackson to Roy Blount Jr

Video of the Moment

--Amy Walker does 21 Accents. Guess this was making the rounds a while back... some people pick on it but I think it's an impressive tour-de-force. Strangely captivating, and a little creepy, kind of a "master of disguise" effect... it makes me think of how I find women with different accents inherently a bit more attractive than women who share my own East coast mush.

jeremiad cliff notes

May 21, 2007

Commentary of the Moment
The other day Salon had two pieces that I thought kind of complemented each other... on how Oprah should stop promoting The Secret and its view that thinking of something positive, being grateful for it in advance, can change the world, and How our generals got so mediocre. The latter taught me a new word, Jeremiad, "a long literary work, usually in prose, but sometimes in poetry, that bitterly laments the state of society and its morals in a serious tone of sustained invective, and always contains a prophecy of its coming downfall."

Animation of the Moment
--Speaking of animated GIFs, I've always admired Nick B's LJ avatar, that he assembled himself from the game Pac-Mania.

Link of the Moment
BoingBoing linked to this piece on what happens to online profiles when the person dies (recently an issue in the aftermath of Virginia Tech.)

I sometimes wonder about the fate of my sites should something happen to me. For a long while, I was wondering if there was any kind of market for "perpetuity" websites, something that would keep some (static?) pages and a domain alive, and maybe a comments section free of Spam, "forever".

Someday maybe I should try to make loveblender self-policing, or at least setup caretake roles, and maybe I should give my s00per-sekrit password to EB, and/or my family. I guess it all depends on the circumstance of my demise though...

lets all go the movies, lets all go to the movies.

May 21, 2006

Went with EB and Ksenia last night to see "The Da Vinci Code". It was kind of at Ksenia's insistence, I wouldn't have been inclined to go otherwise. It was a decent workman-like effort, with some nice flourishes put in to document what people were explaining. (But I mean in general, a book that was all implausible chase scenes and explication, how great would you think a movie based on that would be?)

And man, nothing at that cinema (Burlington) changed my mind about avoiding the movie theater for everything but the biggest of the special-effects-laden blockbusters (and maybe book adaptations that I want to be conversant about sooner rather than later.) To whit: I don't mean to sound like such an old crank, but dag, yo. If movie theaters are worried about being undercut by DVDs they're doing a terrible job of fighting it. The wisdom of a cheap-ish video projector and dark room with a comfortable couch seems more obvious every day.

Quote of the Moment
"Someone's boring me. I think it's me."
--Dylan Thomas


May 21, 2005

3 Seconds of "Warhol Fame" of the Moment

--Thanks to Rich B. who pointed out my Atari stuff got a mention in O'Reilly's new MAKE 'zine and did a fullpage scan. I'd been meaning to subscribe anyway...

Contented Sigh of the Moment
You know, having a laptop with a wireless 'Net connection is great, it's such a luxury to putter away the morning online in bed.

Techie note: I've grown more fond of "Hibernate" vs "Suspend" when not using my computer. In practice they're very similar, "Hibernate" means "take a snapshot of all memory, write it to disk, then shut off but put everything back when the computer is turned on" while Suspend just means "freeze and go into low-power mode". For some reason suspend was flakey on my aging desktop, but hibernate works great, especially because I switched it to "fast BIOS startup".

Incidentally you get the option for "Hibernate" by pressing "shift" after pulling up the "shutdown" option in Windows XP.

arms and tp make the clownstaple. i don't know what that means.

May 21, 2004

Toys of the Moment
Might be a light update day...anyway, the clownstaples page (the guy who made Windows noises) is back up. Some neat little flash demos...if you're in a hurry check out Arms and TP. Both are pretty nifty, I especially like the physics and feel of Arms.

What is Funny of the Moment
I am always uncomfortable when men I do not know comment on physical attributes of women both of us do not know. For example, just the other day, I was in an elevator with two strangers. One woman. One man. The woman arrived at her destination. Doors open. Doors shut, leaving me and the gentleman. He turns to me and says, "Did you see those tits? Looks like she shoved a roll of paper towels up there." I was tempted to play along with it and say, "More like a yoga mat." Or maybe add to the paper-towel reference with, "Man I would like to dry off with her boobs. The Brawny guy wishes he had a chest like that, I bet." And then we would both high-five until he got off the elevator and went to work at whatever mutual-fund company he worked for. I assume that a guy like that is looking for a bonding moment between two men, so maybe it will lead to us exchanging business cards. Or maybe that's the way the NRA started. I don't know. Instead, I just looked at my shoes and mumbled to myself so he could hear, "Girls are pretty awesome." He glanced at me. No, he just plain stared at me. Then I said, "You should see my mother's boobs." This confused him, and he got to his floor and exited the elevator. I thought about high-fiving myself, but instead just mumbled, "Did you see that ass?" Then I high-fived myself.
--Zach Galifianakis in The Onion's "What is Funny" feature. A certain friend of mine feels compelled to make that kind of comment all the time. He calls it having Boobette's Syndrome, which actually is a very good name for it...

see ya!

May 21, 2003

Off to Europe! I'll try to add some "postcards" to the 5-items a day I prepublished as access permits.

Vaguely Optimistic Quote of the Moment
"Please try to remember that al-Qaida and its surrogates are engaged in a war with Muslims as well: They boast of attacking the West in order to impress or intimidate those Muslims who are wavering. But they are steadily creating antibodies to themselves in the countries where they operate."
--Christopher Hitchens, Did the Iraq war really boost al-Qaida? The main point I disagree with is that an increased risk of retaliatory strikes doesn't mean that terrorists feel they lost a friend in Saddam; even if they found him loathesome, they might not want to see ANY arab leader taken out by a big Western army. A related observation: were bribes the real secret weapon of the last Gulf War?

Consumer Product of the Moment
Possibly even more amazing than the Jesus Action Figure, it's Jesus Comes 2 Play! It doesn't say so explicitly, but I think this guy is supposed to be "Cabbage Page Christ", more or less. Stigmata, sandals, long hair, the works. "His Clothes and Sandals are Removable", even, just in case you want a naked Jesus doll to boot. (Update: on today's comments, Harry points out there's also a Moses Comes 2 Rock doll, complete with--err--a hockey stick. Is that their update of his staff? Ooh ooh...coming soon...(and I'm not making this up) Buddha Comes 2 Play too!)

high culture and low

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May 21, 2002

Yet Another Star Wars Link
Pretty cool, the NY Times has all its old Star Wars film reviews's interesting seeing a view of the movies before they were such a cult phenomenon, especially a kind of cinema snob one.

News of a Week Ago
Heh, the wrestling giant "WWF" lost their fight against "World Wildlife Fund" for ultimate use of the domain. So the Wrestlers are changing their name to "WWE", World Wrestling Entertainment, though they're just dropping the final letter from their W-in-W logo, which I've always kind of admired, rather then adding on an extra bar for the "E". To remind folks of the change, they've adopted the slogan "Get the 'F' out", which is funny in a wrestler sort of way.

If only the fight had been a no-holds-barred steel cage grudge match! Them wrasslers woulda shown them pansy animal huggers what's what then!

Quote of the Moment
Television is the golden goose that lays scrambled eggs; and it is futile and probably fatal to beat it for not laying caviar. Anyway, more people like scrambled eggs than caviar.
--Lee Loevinger. I just like that line "the golden goose that lays scrambled eggs", I may have to co-opt it for my own purposes.

a-poké-lypse now

May 21, 2001
Link of the Moment
APOCAMON! A literalist retelling of Revelation with Japanimation styling. Funny; it shows how absurd and odd a fundamentalist reading of the final book of the Bible would be. Be sure to check out the Apocadex (on the front page) so you know the stats of all the characters.

Quote of the Moment
"Quantum particles: the dreams stuff is made of."
--David Moser (via Hofstadter's "Metamagical Themas"... he talks about a general attempt to over generalize the Uncertaintly Principle (like I do in this story)

KHftCEA 2000-05.2 May

Something New For The Holidays [coming soon to a watercooler near you] "Melted Snowman In A Jug"
--New Yorker Cartoon, Dec 27 1999 & Jan 3 2000
I wish you had, but I'm glad you didn't.
--Sandra Bernhard, "May I kiss you on the lips, Miss Sandra?"
November, 1956

Honey, I am writing to say a few things that I might leave unsaid if I should depart this world unexpected-like. In this flying business you never can tell when you might all of a sudden get unlucky and wake up dead. I suppose this shows me up for being an old sentimental fool, but I thought if I could make sure you know how I feel about such things it might be a comfort.

First of all, let's face one fact--everybody ends up dead. Think of all the infants and children and people who had the misfortune to die before they got much of anything out of life, and then think of all I got out of it.

Even if I should die the day after writing this, I am still one of the luckiest people who ever lived, and you know it. When you come right down to it, I've done just about everything I've wanted to do and seen about everything I've wanted to see. Sure, I'd like to stick around while the boys are growing up, and have fun with you once they've done doing that and when we have time again. But you and I agree so closely on how to raise a family, I'm sure that the boys are going to be all right. And I've had enough fun with you to last a lifetime.

Don't let the memories of me keep you from marrying again, if you run across somebody fit to be your husband, which would be hard to find, I know. But you're much too wonderful a wife and mother to waste yourself as a widow. Life is for the living. (That's not original, I'm sure.)

So get that smile back on your face, put on some lipstick and a new dress, and show me what you can do toward building a new life. Just remember me once in a while--not too often, or it'll cramp your style--and as long as I'm remembered, I'm not really dead. I'll still be living in John, Bill, and Al, and Dan, bless their hearts. That's what they mean by eternity, I think.

My love as always,

[Jack Sweeney, stationed in Bermuda, died a few weeks later when his plane crashed in the Atlantic.]
I love how Cleveland's new stadium Jacobs Field already has the nickname "The Jake."

KHftCEA 1999-05.1 May

Tomorrow Dylan starts his journey to California. Makes me kind of sad. Even if we barely saw each other during high school and college, the last couple years have been good. The boy needs romance, thoughthis is one hell of a distance to go get it.

KHftCEA 1998-05 May

Caution. Blade is sharp. Keep out of children.
          --MIT lab knife warning
You're breakin' my heart
You're makin' this dane
Oh Ophelia!
It's makin' me sick
like poor old Yorrick
who I knew, who I knew

Makin' love
in the afternoon
it's my uncle          
in my mom's bedroom
and Ophelia
has come undone
handing out flowers
to most everyone

It's changin' my tune
All the slings + arrows
of outrageous fortune   
I'm worried a lot
about whether to be...
...or be not
For once, somebody may call me "Sir" without adding, "'re
making a scene."
          --Homer Simpson
As for kissing on the first date, you should never date someone whom you would not wish to kiss immediately.
          --Mr. Blue on
"I really *like* gratuitous nudity. I hate it when people go, 'I'll only do it if it makes sense for the movie.' That's such a crock ... it never makes sense. So I like it the more gratuitous the better.''
          --David Duchovny on "Access Hollywood.''
model LAT8840BAL
serial A5203751  HF
"Indians testing nuclear bombs? They can't even get my tandoori right."
--Chris Knight, Chiropractor

"I'm just glad American Indians don't have the bomb. Talk about heap big payback for Paleface."
--Josh Carter, Sales Representative

"God, the Indians are so much more in touch with their spiritual side, aren't they?"
--Lori Backman, Mathematician

"I just hope the Indians love their children, too."
--Joseph Teufel, Landscaper
          --The Onion, "India and The Bomb"
Pregnant women are like big walking incubators. Kind of odd.

KHftCEA 0.4

"When I kick at a cat, it's nearly always for a good reason."
          --Calvin Trillin
when you see infrared we're all luminescent