|log (2005/03/11 to 2005/03/17)|
Thursday, March 17, 2005
Hello, and welcome to another weblogcast here on the ol' websitecast!
What with flickr and del.icio.us and MeFi all using tags, I'd say that tagcasting is really poised to take off!
I finished and wrote some notes on another bookcast.
From Bruce Schneier's blogcast, a very notable webpagecast: Main > Miscellaneous, Etc. > How to destroy the Earth". Funny and also clued.
Man sentenced to 6 months for sending 911 virus
(I didn't know Microsoft had bought WebTV; bizarre! Extending their dominance of the clientcast market, the scoundrelcasts.)
But what especially caught my eye was where it said that the perpetrator:
will have to spend an additional six months of home detention and pay $27,100 to Microsoft after he is released, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
He has to pay Microsoft, note!
So here's the business plan o' the day:
That last step would seem to be the hard one (when a builder puts a cheap lock on a house and someone breaks in, is it the builder who usually pockets the fine?), but apparently Microsoft's figured it out.
(Disclaimer: I work for IBM, which is not Microsoft. I am spectacularly uninformed about the details of this particular case, and about IBM's opinions (if any) on the subject. The opinions expressed here do not represent the opinions of IBM. Half the time they don't even represent the opinions of me.)
And I think that's all I'm going to writecast for tonight; there's some more stuff queued up to weblogcast, but since I was in a classcast all day there's also considerable workcasting queued up, so I think I'll do some of that.
Good night! Pleasant dreamcasting!
My bridge group has a running joke to say "That was rough" whenever a contract goes down on a ruff
The word "anticrastination" seems to have been put to mostly boring self-help sorts of uses, more's the pity.
Responding to our impromptu koan that week, a reader channeling Ch'ing yuan Wei-hsin writes:
Before my initiation, walls were walls and sofas were sofas. When I was learning the truth, walls were no longer walls, and sofas were no longer sofas. But now I am enlightened, walls are once more walls, and sofas are once more sofas.
Zen is everyday upholstery.
On our question that week about enlightenment in a Sims world, a reader with certain standards writes:
Not a very good question, IMHO, in that we have only the slimmest idea of what parameters a universe must have in order to sustain "life" (whatever that is) much less "consciousness" (op cit). What could you possible (in a well-specified, operational sense) even *mean* by that?
Questions that are hard to answer are good. But sometimes questions that are hard to ask are even better. *8)
I now seem to have fifty gmail invitations to give out. (Anyone want one and not have one yet?) Also, gmail now has a simple (if reduced-function) HTML-only interface, which is nice because I can check my gmail from Opera, and only bring up Something Else if I actually have some that I want to do something complex with.
Lessig lays it on the line: "I will not agree to publish in any academic journal that does not permit me the freedoms of at least a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license".
So I continue to be fascinated by del.icio.us, but I can't actually think of anything to actually use it for; any of y'all use it?
habitat of a iguanas
("Old Man with the Ladder, Old Man with the Ladder, Harold Godwinson has fallen into the well!")
Imagine that you're a Tibetan monk, raised in the monastery, declared to be the reincarnation of a particular Lama from the previous generation, sent to run a Dharma center on a Greek island where you find that you have the healing touch; and then in your spare time you start to surf the web, you find Usenet, and you start hanging out in the Buddhist newsgroups. Hilarity ensues, eh? In bopping around the Buddhist parts of Usenet, I came across one particular poster who (modulo the inevitable uncertainties of Usenet) was in exactly this situation back in 1998.
Sadly but not surprisingly, he lasted under a month. His postings are interesting to read; if you buy into the back-story (and he seems pretty convincing to me), it's quite a poignant picture of cultures colliding.
pictures of anacondas eating kids
And yes, these are real search terms that found the site, from the last two weeks or so of httpd logs. What else are we looking for?
how to access yahoo webcams without permission
I'll spare you the sections starting with "view" and "yahoo" and "webcam". *8)
A whole passle of stuff from that Schneier dude (I should just tell you to read the whole thing):
sir topham hatt biography
Indirectly from abuddhas memes, a story from awhile back (have I mentioned this before?). Seems that good old Francis Fukuyama thinks that transhumanism is a really bad idea. (This encourages me, because Fukuyama is such an expert at being wrong. He was wrong that nothing interesting was ever going to happen again, and now he's saying that if interesting things did happen it would be bad. I hope he's wrong about that also.)
And finally finally, I'm going to recommend Hitherby Dragons yet one more time:
"Really," Demeter says, "I should ground you."
Can't beat that.
"It appears that no rational purpose exists for limiting marriage in this state to opposite-sex partners."
Has a nice ring to it, eh? Unfortunately at the current embarassing state of the demos, it's liable to get the California constitution amended. But I can't help but liking it anyway.
- 3 for "mia"
Someone's very curious about the state of our realization! And is also typing too fast.
Since those searches brought it up, here are a few more Buddha-shaped links:
And along the same lines:
Question: Aren't animals attracted to equipment made of out food?
From the mysterious "HTML o' the Day" that continues to arrive in my email from I've forgotten where, our Quote o' the Day:
Mia Masten, community affairs manager for Wal-Mart's eastern region, said she believed the Dunkirk site would be the first time the Bentonville, Ark., company will build two side-by-side stores in response to size restrictions. It is a strategy that Wal-Mart is likely to consider in other areas, she said.
And to end on a sweet note, in the input box from thay day we were momentarily blue, a reader writes:
this is always wonderful...I'm glad you are alive.
Thanks! We're glad you are, too.
So the laptop that I've been using for awhile had been getting kind of strange (one of its memory slots wasn't working so I only had half the right amount of memory, and the spare battery wouldn't hold a charge, and it was making weird noises), and I mentioned this to the guy who takes care of such things, and he looked and saw that I was more or less near the top of the list of people scheduled to get new laptops anyway, so he moved me up a bit, and I filled out some forms and then on Thursday the boxes came, but I was mostly busy on Thursday and for that matter most of Friday...
So this weekend I've been moving from one work laptop to another, and that takes away time from (say) writing in one's weblog. Or finding or thinking of things to write in one's weblog.
(Ooh, and on Saturday night I went into The City to a very nice party in an apartment building and talked to interesting people and stuff and that was fun.)
Most of the stuff is working on the new computer now, although I've done some pretty nefarious things to get to that state (like, say, installing a program but then erasing all the files that it created and copying them over from the old computer). Who knows how thoroughly things are actually working. I haven't moved my primary email stuff yet (Lotus Notes), and I haven't set the new computer to back itself up via the work backup thingies yet. But I'll probably do that soon.
And I haven't installed Opera yet (or actually I have, but I haven't figured out how to move all the saved state from the other machine yet), so I'm temporarily using (gak) IE as a browser, which is always thrilling in a scary sort of way.
I have (just a bit ago) installed Perl and ssh and scp and all, and got things into a state where (touch wood) I can update the website from the new computer instead of the old one, and I'm typing this on the new computer, and I really really hope it works to post it from here because otherwise I'm going to have a Parallel Versions problem with the weblog, and I hate those.
Spent an hour or two trying to get the two laptops to talk to each other via the home network; eventually found that the software firewalls hadn't recognized the network environment, had therefore assumed they might be on the big scary internet, and had gone into "I'm not here at all" mode. I reassured them that they're behind a nice firewall, and that fixed that.
Then spent an hour or two trying to get the VPN stuff on the new laptop to connect to the work intranet. Eventually found that I had unchecked the "Net Firewall Service" box in the properties box for that computer's wireless network connection (while trying to fix the previous problem). Windows is coy in the typical Microsofty manner about what that box actually does, but apparently among its meanings is "allow VPN to work".
- 2 for "barefoot"
The new machine has a hoo-ha high-res screen (1400 by 1050 in native mode), which is exciting but makes everything much too little to read unless I like smoosh my nose against the screen, so I've set it to good old 1024 by 768, which at first I thought looked kind of fuzzy and lame on this screen but which I'm rapidly becoming fond of.
The new machine also claims to be significantly slower than the old machine; I'll have to ask the People That Know Stuff at work about that tomorrow.
So it's lots of geekery around here this weekend, and I've already certainly talked about more of it than you're actually interested in reading.
So you should go off and read Hitherby Dragons instead, which continues to be one of the best things in the whole wide world.