The Big Think

October 31, 2003

The Gender Genie

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 10:18 pm

Wow, this is pretty cool. Copy and paste some text from one of your emails or writings here and the webpage will tell you if you’re male or female. Amazing.

Tiny Peewee

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 5:40 pm

The worlds smallest hamster. Cute little guy.

OS X Crashes

Filed under: Mac OS X Crashes — jasony @ 10:37 am

Another Kernel Panic. This time I was watching a flash/qt presentation in Safari when it happened (actually, I had just finished watching and tried to quit the program). Yesterday I had been watching QT in Safari. Maybe one of those is the issue?
For what it’s worth, OS X has been significantly LESS stable than OS 9 over my ownership of this machine. I’m very disappointed in it.
Fortunately, I can reboot into OS 9 and get my work done. Very glad I didn’t buy an OS X-only machine.

Boo!

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 10:16 am

Boo!Happy Halloween!

Long Day and a QOTD

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 12:19 am

Posting this on Thursday just before bed. It’s been a 17 hour day at my desk except for a 30 minute trip to Fedex and a couple of Futurama episodes. *Whew*. Don’t misunderstand me; I’m not complaining. It’s nice to have so much to do, and it gives me a great deal of satisfaction knowing that I do it as a self-employed person… but that’s the subject for a longer blog entry.
Got 2 more days like this until Sunday rolls around and I’m off to Waco for Sing . Funny that I’m looking forward to the show so I can rest.
apt quotes:
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
Aristotle

A craftsman controls both process and product, making work a satisfying and integral part of his life.
Robert C. Archley, the Sociology of Retirement

October 30, 2003

OS X Crashes

Filed under: Mac OS X Crashes — jasony @ 10:36 pm

Again with the frozen computer. Clock, keyboard, mouse. Everything just froze. I was playing a QT video and it went south. That’s twice in one day OS X has completely locked up on me. Not good, Apple.
Repaired permissions but there were none wrong.
I could run Disk Warrior, but it can’t repair the boot disk. As I only have one OS X partition, I would have to install a completely different iteration of OS X on a separate drive in order to run Disk Warrior. An exercise in frustration.
Grr….

QOTD

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 8:28 pm

Here’s a goodie:
Students who hold a fixed view of their intelligence care so much about looking smart that they act dumb,” Dweck writes, “for what could be dumber than giving up a chance to learn something that is essential for your own success?
Malcom Gladwell, The Talent Myth
I still hold that the most powerful phrase for self-improvement in the English language is “tell me about that” and the most dangerous man is the one who isn’t afraid of looking ignorant.

OS X Crashes

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 12:58 pm

Funny thing just happened. I clicked on an ftp url link in an email and OS X froze. No kernel panic, no spinning beach ball of doom, the mouse just froze completely and the keyboard wouldn’t accept input. I thought maybe my USB cord from the keyboard to the computer got yanked, but the clock stopped too (I have it set to display seconds for just this sort of thing). Weird. The only way to reboot the supposed “uncrashable” and fer-gosh-sakes multithreaded OS X was to yank the plug (figuratively. I have to hold the power button down for 5 seconds and that forces a restart). I thought this kind of thing wasn’t possible under X?

How Blogging Can Get You Fired

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 9:12 am

Yet another reason I’m glad I’m self-employed. So I don’t have to put up with ridiculous, arbitrary stuff like this. It’s common knowledge and not any indictment of MS (they need Macs do develop Office for Mac, right?), but just posting this picture on a personal weblog got this contractor fired. huh?

Lost Skeleton Again

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 9:02 am

Okay, I know it’s silly, but I want to see this movie now. Funny FAQ’s, too.

October 29, 2003

Movie Time

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 9:14 am

Had to put this here before I post over at Moviehead. Here’s a really great interview with Kevin Murphy. Kevin was Tom Servo’s voice in Mystery Science Theater 3000. He gives Applelinks a great interview about movies, moviemaking, and moviegoing. A must-read if you’re a movie fan.

Reading List

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 8:58 am

Currently reading “Sharing the Universe:Perspectives on Extraterrestrial Life” by Seth Shostak. Dr. Shostak is a leading researcher in the Seti institute. They are using radio telescopes and lots of patience to see if there is anybody out there.
“Sharing the Universe” is a very interesting look into the Seti program. More than just a group of radio telescopes, Seti is a whole village of scientists and thinkers trying to make the universe a more understood place. A fascinating book.

October 28, 2003

Nice Sun Picture

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 10:44 pm

A beautiful pic of a false sunrise. Very nice…

Dr. Seuss

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 4:58 pm

Is it just me, or does Theodore Seuss Geisel look like one of his own drawings? Glad to see him on a stamp.

Music on the Brain

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 4:52 pm

Professional musicians have more grey matter in three key areas of the brain than people who do not play instruments or are only amateur musicians, according to a study released
Yeah, but is it useful grey matter? 🙂

Microsoft Settles 6 Class Action Suits

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 1:17 pm

via Yahoo news: Under the settlements, eligible buyers of Microsoft’s products will get vouchers that can be used to buy computer hardware or software. Half of any unclaimed vouchers will be used to buy computer equipment or software for schools.
This is just ridiculous. All the sturm und drang we went through a few years ago, culminating in the near-breakup of the Microsoft behemoth. And today the results are finally, finally in. In exchange for a piddling 3% of MS’s cash on hand, the company will be allowed to continue its illegal anti-competitive behavior. Oh, and the estimated 1.5 billion dollars MS is “paying” the class-action participants? It will be in the form of vouchers consumers will use to…. wait for it…. buy more Microsoft products and further reinforce their monopoly. And this punishes the company how, exactly?

Bush Will Sign Partial Birth Abortion Bill

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 1:04 pm

via yahoo news: “Under the bill that has gone to Bush, a doctor could face up to two years in prison as well as civil lawsuits for performing a “partial birth” abortion, defined as intentionally killing a fetus as it is being delivered. The bill’s sponsors say it entails sticking a sharp object into the base of the fetal skull.”

QOTD

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 12:55 pm

Karate is a form of martial arts in which people who have had
years and years of training can, using only their hands and feet,
make some of the worst movies in the history of the world.

Dave Barry

You Will Be Sterilized With Fear

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 11:50 am

I’m not sure what to make of this exactly. Is it real? A joke? Seems to be real. Great googley moogley.
The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra. I laughed so hard my skin came off…

How To Hate MS Redux

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 1:48 am

“Not at all. We did a lot of research on this. People care about three things: food, whether Ben and J.Lo will get married, and hating Microsoft…There is no bigger deal in the world right now aside from Longhorn, and people, all people, understand that. They want to improve their lives and testing Windows for us for free is the way to go.”

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