1. Tribbles. Check.
2. Planet-eating space amoeba
3. Planet full of hippies
4. Planet full of gangsters
5. Planet full of Nazis
6. Planet full of Romans
8. Planet-eating killbot made of neutronium
9. Invaders from Andromeda
10. The evil parallel universe
11. A horny Vulcan
12. A pissed-off lizard-man
Thursday, May 16, 2013
1. Tribbles. Check.
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
- 1 piece of leftover fried chicken
- 1 stale burrito-sized tortilla
- 2-4 pieces of American process cheese
Substitutions: You could use fried chicken tenders, or quality cheese, or a kitchen knife, or a Griddler, but then you wouldn't be allowed to pronounce it "kweez-ah-dill-ah".
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Monday, April 23, 2007
After two years, the editor is no better. Maybe it's worse. You basically can't get decent HTML out of it. OK, what you get is actually well-formed from an XML standpoint, but it's semantically bad.
Line endings generate <br/>. Double line endings produce double <br/>. To actually get real paragraphs, i.e. <p>, your only choice seems to be to edit the HTML directly. Why can't two hard returns generate a <p>? It seems like a no-brainer. And the "Convert line breaks" option seems to make no difference whether it's "Yes" or "No"; I have it set to "No" and I still get line breaks inserted (but this only seems to be in the preview).
Plus, I've found that in Firefox, the easyGestures extension interacts disastrously with it: If you pop up the pie menu in the compose area, about a hundred lines of invisible crap HTML gets inserted.
So I've had it. From now on, I am writing everything in restructured text, converting it to HTML, and pasting that into the HTML editor. It sucks much, much less. I get some extra <span> and classes, but they don't hurt anything.
Andy, you are a Word Warrior.
This means you have exceptional verbal skills. You can easily make sense of complex issues and take an unusually creative approach to solving problems. Your strengths also make you a visionary.
But to get the "detailed report", I had to sign up for some other crap and pay money -- something not revealed before taking the test -- so I never followed up on it.
One year later, Tickle wrote me that my "account will soon be deleted".
Because you haven't signed in or taken a test within the past year, your account has been marked as inactive. If it remains inactive for another 30 days, we'll need to delete it.I did nothing.
One month later, I got another message from Tickle:
You took Tickle's Classic IQ Test a year ago! We want to celebrate by offering you an in-depth analysis of your IQ -- for FREE!Not exactly the account deletion I had expected. But again, I did nothing.
One month ago, I got yet another message from Tickle, advising me that my "account will soon be deleted".
We haven't seen you in a while... our records show that you last signed in to Tickle on March 1, 2006.
Because you haven't signed in or taken a test within the past year, your account has been marked as inactive. If it remains inactive for another 30 days, we'll need to delete it.
Apparently, unsubscribing counts as signing in, because that's the only thing I might have done. (I can't remember exactly everything I might have done a year ago.)
Today, one month later, I have another message from Tickle. Has my account been deleted?
Tickle is excited to introduce member profiles.I am not excited.
Tickle, kindly fuck off. Stop provoking my inner Word Warrior.
Friday, March 09, 2007
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Monday, November 06, 2006
MondayDecided I should try to get my bike (1997 Kawasaki ZX-6) running again. Last season about this time I developed a slow leak in the new rear tire and decided to park it. Washed bike. Battery dead. Put on charger.
WednesdayBattery shows some signs of life, but only 12.2 V. Replace battery ($50).
ThursdayBike starts, runs, despite the old gas. Added some Gumout (50 ml) to the tank. Inflated rear tire. Went for a short (6 mi) ride, and it seems to hold pressure.
FridayRear tire flat. Found out why after about 10 seconds of inspection: 2 inch long piece of metal (aluminum roofing staple, perhaps) embedded in tread. After about 30 minutes of poking and prodding, it comes out. Air soon follows. Added 8 oz of Slime, which seems to seal it.
SundayTire still holding pressure. Take a short test ride. After less than one mile, a hornet stings me on the neck near the windpipe around the top of my jacket's zipper. Return home for meds. Ride for about 5 miles. Rear tire is flat. Decide to give up on patching and order new rear tire. Discover tire (Dunlop D205) is no longer in production, replaced with D220, so I have to order a new front tire as well.
MondayOrdered new tires; total cost about $210 from BikeBandit.com. Mount and balance will be about another $70; must remember to insist on new valve stems this time.
Update: TuesdayOne of the new tires is back-ordered. Guess which one? Yes, the rear, the one I really need. ETA: 2 weeks. And the front has already shipped. Sigh.
Monday, October 30, 2006
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Guess what? I'm told you can still download Caldera's OpenLinux 3.1.1 from the Internet. Yup. OpenLinux is still marching on, thanks to that perfect license the GPL...
My initial reaction was, "So? Hasn't this been established for a long time?" Well, maybe not. Then I remembered a little item I have in a stack of old Linux CDs: If you can't see images for some reasons, these are two CDs labelled, "LINUX TECHNOLOGY PREVIEW FEATURING THE NEW LINUX 2.4 KERNEL PREVIEW", "© 2000, Caldera Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved". The first CD is labelled "Installation Disk" and also has the note "GPL Source downloadable from: ftp.calderasystems.com/pub/LTP". (Incidentally, that directory is still there, and it has a SRPMS directory, but it's empty.) The second CD is labelled "Source Code". I popped in the Source CD and lookie lookie: Linux-2.4.0 source code, can it be? One of the files inside that RPM is linux-2.4.0-test3.tar.bz2. You can also find this file on the kernel.org archives and the accompanying PGP/GPG signature matches which proves it's the same file:
gpg: Signature made Tue 10 Oct 2000 02:39:32 AM EDT using DSA key ID 517D0F0E gpg: Good signature from "Linux Kernel Archives Verification Key
So here is a standing offer to IBM: If you want to borrow these CDs for your case against SCO, you are more than welcome to have them free-of-charge, although when it's all over, I'd like them back so I can frame them and hang them on my wall and laugh. I won't object if you frame them for me or put them in a nice display case, but this is not a requirement. Owned.
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
You should see the ones I threw away. I kept this really blurry one because it's actually a little creepier.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
4. Eligibility for Receiving a Free Item for Referral-based websites
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(b) After a user signs up with our website and successfully completes an offer, they must get two (2) person(s) to also sign up with our website and successfully complete the same offer requirements to get their free item. In order to connect these referrals to the original user, we issue this user a unique link to our offer site, which they must then distribute to the intended parties. Thus, the user is entirely responsible for all communications regarding our offer sites. At no point during the offer process does ShoppersSavingCenter.com send out any communications on the user's behalf to encourage such signups to occur.
(c) A user may complete more than required offers and may refer more than two (2) referrals, but cannot earn more than 1 free product with their account. Any additional referrals or offer completions will not result in any additional free items.
(d) Referrals completing multiple offers will only count once towards referral accruement for the referrer.
(e) We will only give out credit for referrals who join by clicking on your referral link code. Anyone who does not click this URL or type it into their web browser exactly cannot be tracked, and thus, cannot be connected to your account. Note that some applications can remove the tracking part of this URL. Users assume the risk of not getting credit for some referrals when using our site(s).
(f) Users may only receive 1 free item per account.
(g) A user must have a valid email address and a valid shipping address in the United States. The user should also note that some products cannot be shipped to PO Boxes. We only allow one account per shipping address.
(h) Users must be residents of the United States, and there can only be one account per shipping address.
(i) This offer expires 60 days from the date you register on the site. If at the end of the 60 day period, you have successfully completed the required number sponsored offers but have not referred two (2) unique households who have successfully completed the required number sponsored offers, you will not be eligible to receive the free promotional item; but as a consolation for participating, you will automatically receive a complementary $50 gift card.
In other words, you've got to buy 12 other things (exactly what is not known until you sign up), get two other suckers to sign up, and your suckers have to each buy the 12 mystery crap items, all within 60 days. Your basic pyramid scheme.
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
notlogical operators, and it has
^(xor) bitwise operators, but no logical
xor. However, since you can pass any object to
bool()and get back a boolean (
False), and booleans are automatically convertable to integers (1, 0), the bitwise operators work on booleans as well:
>>> True ^ True False >>> True ^ False True >>> False ^ False False >>>
However, if testing things that are not actually booleans or integers, you need to wrap them in
>>> "foo" ^ None Traceback (most recent call last): File "
", line 1, in ? TypeError: unsupported operand type(s) for ^: 'str' and 'NoneType' >>> bool("foo") ^ bool(None) True
Updated 2006-09-14. I realized you could also use
is not with booleans to get an xor operator:
>>> True is not True False >>> True is not False True >>> False is not False False
This seems more Pythonic. As with
^, non-booleans must be wrapped with
>>> bool("foo") is not bool(None) True >>> bool("foo") is not bool("bar") False
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
- Bush: CIA kept terror suspects in secret prisons: President Bush on Wednesday for the first time acknowledged the use of secret CIA prisons outside U.S. borders to hold top suspects captured in the war on terrorism; detainees will get rights under the Geneva Convention. (bush cia evil terrorism war iraq us politics news liberty security)
- NYC Unveils 9/11 Memorial Hole | The Onion - America's Finest News Source: Days before the fifth anniversary of the destruction of New York's World Trade Center by terrorists, city officials gathered on the site where the Twin Towers once stood to dedicate the newly completed 9/11 Memorial Hole. (9/11nyc newyork us terrorism news humor theonion)
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
- Schneier on Security: Scorecard from the War on Terror: Most "terrorism" arrests are not for actual terrorism; they're for other things. (crime law security terrorism war)
- Caltech Physicists Successfully Split The Bill | The Onion - America's Finest News Source: Sequestered in a private booth at a Pasadena-area Cheesecake Factory for nearly 25 minutes, a party of eight California Institute Of Technology physicists emerged exhausted but visibly excited Friday evening after successfully splitting the bill. (physics science mathematics humor us california news theonion)
- Ubuntu Christian Edition: Coming soon: Jubuntu (Jewish Edition), Mubuntu (Islamic Edition), and Wiccubuntu (Wiccan Edition, includes WiccaWiki). (culture funny weird ubuntu religion linux)
Monday, September 04, 2006
- Australia's "Crocodile Hunter" Irwin dies: Queensland state government sources quoted by Australian Associated Press (AAP) said Steve Irwin, 44, whose television show "The Crocodile Hunter" won international acclaim and popularized the phrase "Crikey," was believed to have been killed by a stingra (australia news weird)
Sunday, September 03, 2006
- Katrina rescuer is sued by boat owner: A Broadmoor man who said he rescued more than 200 residents after commandeering a boat during the flood after Hurricane Katrina is being sued by the boat's owner for taking it "without receiving permission." What a dick. (boingboing news us katrina evil lawsuit)
- Bomb Or Not? Training For Government Agents!: (bomb humor politics security terrorism travel tsa)
Friday, September 01, 2006
Thursday, August 31, 2006
- Bloggermann: Feeling morally, intellectually confused?: Dissent and disagreement with government is the life’s blood of human freedom; and not merely because it is the first roadblock against the kind of tyranny the men Mr. Rumsfeld likes to think of as “his” troops still fight, this very evening, in Ira (media news politics rant war iraq)
- eWeek | Django: Python on a Plane: Where is Samuel L. Jackson when you need him? (django python web programming framework)
- udk: oood.py - a simple daemon for OpenOffice.org: oood.py is a daemon, which controls a pool of 'anonymous' office instances (workers). The workers can be used as backend for Java/python/C++ batch processes for document conversion, mail merges, etc. (openoffice python)
- Python isn't just Java without the compile | 2006-08-30 | BitWorking: One of the advantages of a dynamic language is the ability to drop the compile from the edit/compile/run cycle, but there is much more to it than that. (python java django productivity programming)
- ACTION COMICS NO. 1: The original golden age comic. Interesting if only for some of the techniques. Even then, Superman was kind of a dick, pretending to be a pussy. (art comic history design superman)
- anders.com: djbdns / tinydns Record Builder: Some newer data types such as SRV and NAPTR records aren't nativly supported by tinydns but can be represented through the generic record syntax. These tools create standard djbdns records for these record types. (djb dns tool web tinydns djbdns spf)
Saturday, August 26, 2006
Friday, August 25, 2006
- LDAP Authentication In Linux | HowtoForge - Linux Howtos and Tutorials: This howto will show you howto store your users in LDAP and authenticate some of the services against it. (authentication howto linux security pam ldap)
- Nude teens raise eyebrows | Oddly Enough | Reuters.com: Some have appeared naked in a downtown parking lot. Others rode their bicycles or simply strolled the streets in the nude. Teenagers in the quaint Vermont town of Brattleboro are raising eyebrows this summer with brazen displays of nudity. (us vermont news weird nude)
- Field & Stream - Photo Gallery - Make a Survival Kit out of an Altoids Tin: This is ideal for anyone who wants to have the essential survival gear along each time they head into the field. Everything fits in the Altoids tin. It fulfills all the component groups except for shelter and protection. (cool howto reference travel altoids survival)
- List of ethnic slurs - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Ethic slurs from 51st-Stater to Zulu. (culture reference howto insult funny weird)
- Offensive terms per nationality - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: How to insult people from nearly any country. (racism insult howto reference funny)
- New And Improved: Enable XGL/Compiz On Ubuntu Dapper Drake: Still trying to figure out how to get gdm to start the Xgl server automatically. (linux ubuntu opengl xgl X)
Thursday, August 24, 2006
- Swastika - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: The swastika is a sacred symbol in Hinduism and Jainism. However, in the Western world, it is most widely known and used as a symbol of Nazism. (anthropology culture history india reference religion germany nazi politics media)
- Under fire, Indian eatery drops Hitler from name | Oddly Enough | Reuters.com: A restaurant in India's financial hub has agreed to change its name from "Hitler's Cross" following strong protests. "Our intention was not to glorify Hitler or his atrocities or ideology in any way and we regret the anguish caused by the use of this name (india hitler history nazi germany restaurant weird news politics)
- CNN.com - Pluto gets the boot - Aug 24, 2006: Leading astronomers declared Thursday that Pluto is no longer a planet under historic new guidelines that downsize the solar system from nine planets to eight. Instead, it will be reclassified in a new category of "dwarf planets". (Let's blow it up, just (news astronomy pluto)
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
- The Secret Effort to Influence the US Public to enter WW2: Staring at what they thought was an imminent invasion, and needing the US assistance, the UK embarked on a massive spy operation, one that used psyops in a big way and media manipulation in order to try and change public opinion in the US. (wwii history propaganda uk us nazi germany)