Meet Mr. Angry and Mrs. Calm. Or is it the other way around?
October 31, 2005
As of today we’ve been in our house for four years! Where does the time go?
On the plus side, we’ve done quite a bit of work: painting, crown moulding, curtains, blinds, yard, garage-to-killer-shop transition. On the minus side, this all still pales in comparison to what some of our friends have accomplished. At this rate, we figure we’ll have the major stuff done just in time to move.
Can’t believe it’s been four years!
Speaking of house stuff, Erin went to cook some spooky severed finger cookies tonight and noticed that the oven didn’t light. Nor did the stove. I checked and all seemed okay with the unit, so I went into the garage to check the hot water heater… uh oh. Nothing there either.
It turns out that our clueless gas company (Atmos energy) decided to cut off our gas. We have a stellar payment record (never a late payment), and nothing at all wrong with our history. But for some reason they thought that we had ordered a disconnect on Friday the 28th. They dutifully shut the gas off with no warning.
Strangely, the water heater still contains hot water, which is amazing to me that it’d still be hot after almost three days.
I called them this afternoon to get the gas turned back on and was told that they’d send a repair person right out. At 10:30 I called back and was told that the person would come out tomorrow. When I asked why they didn’t call me, they said they did but there was nobody here. Liars. They had the right phone number and everything, but unless the Phone Fairy intercepted the call we never got it, as we were here the entire time.
So no hot water or stove cooking for a while. Bummer.
October 30, 2005
More sad news. Kyle Lake, the 33 year old pastor of University Baptist Church in Waco, was tragically killed this morning during the service. I worked with the guy who started UBS ten years ago. Kyle was his replacement and has been in the position for 7 years or so. I don’t know him personally, but I know many students who go to that church. Kyle left behind his wife and three kids.
I’m back from Pigskin. Great show overall, with a few audio exceptions-like, why is it the two arrangers in the Pit… in the deadest spot in all of Waco Hall… are the only ones to hear that the MAIN SPEAKER AMPS are in the OFF position?!?! Ah well, it worked out.
I’ve got a ton of mail, 10 unread magazines, a pile of work, and a new but unassembled bandsaw waiting for met in the garage (assembly pictures soon).
October 27, 2005
Thanks to someone with a cable modem and an unprotected/unpassworded Linksys router, I’ve got free internet bandwidth this week! Yay! The signal is very weak and I sometimes have to stand by the window to see it, but I’m not complaining. Oh, for the day when a ubiquitous global internet connection will seem like a birthright.
October 22, 2005
Ah, the time has come. That yearly week in my life that is Pigskin Review. Fortunately, I’ll be taking the laptop up, and Schlotzsky’s will provide the bandwidth, so I’ll still be a-bloggin’. Looking forward to another week of sniffing asbestos in the Waco Hall pit.
October 21, 2005
October 20, 2005
Quintana Roo is getting pummeled by Hurricane Wilma. Cancun is just across the water from Cozumel where I’ve been scuba diving a few times. I hope the reef is okay.
“In 1991, I didn’t know that we would cure breast cancer, and in 2005, I’m convinced we have,”
Dr. Jo Anne Zujewski, head of breast cancer therapeutics at the government’s National Cancer Institute.
from this article.
October 19, 2005
Because “Everybody Wants Prosthetic Foreheads on Their Real Heads”.
gotta love these guys.
Okay, I admit to just pasting this directly from Slashdot, but it bothered me enough to do it.
“A research team led by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) recently broke the code behind tiny tracking dots that some color laser printers secretly hide in every document. The U.S. Secret Service admitted that the tracking information is part of a deal struck with selected color laser printer manufacturers, ostensibly to identify counterfeiters. However, the nature of the private information encoded in each document was not previously known. “We’ve found that the dots from at least one line of printers encode the date and time your document was printed, as well as the serial number of the printer,” said EFF Staff Technologist Seth David Schoen.”
Discover magazine has an in-depth update about Danny Hillis and his 10,000 year clock. Yes, a 10,000 year clock. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend Stewart Brand’s book “The Clock of the Long Now”
From the Discover article:
Still, any description of the clock must begin and end with that ridiculous projected working life, that insane, heroic, incomprehensible span of time during which it is expected to serenely tick.
Ten thousand years.
The span of time from the invention of agriculture to the present. Twice as long as the Great Pyramid of Giza has stood. Four hundred human generations.
Or more to the point, why?
Hillis’s plan for the final clock, which he reserves the right to change, has it built inside a series of rooms carved into white limestone cliffs, 10,000 feet up the Snake Range’s west side. A full day’s walk from anything resembling a road will be required to reach what looks like a natural opening in the rock. Continuing inside, the cavern will become more and more obviously human made. Closest to vast natural time cycles, the clock’s slowest parts, such as the zodiacal precession wheel that turns once every 260 centuries, will come into view first. Such parts will appear stock-still, and it will require a heroic mental exertion to imagine their movement. Each succeeding room will reveal a faster moving and more intricate part of the mechanism and/or display, until, at the end, the visitor comprehends, or is nudged a bit closer to comprehending, the whole vast, complex, slow/fast, cosmic/human, inexorable, mysterious, terrible, joyous sweep of time and feels kinship with all who live, or will live, in its embrace.
This is so cool I could cry. You simply must read this.
gDisk is a software that turns your GMail account into a portable hard drive so you can always have your important files accessible accross the Internet.
October 18, 2005
“When you really magnify what it is you believe in and follow it, the world conspires for you.”
Michael Jager, designer
Thanks to Giles for pointing this out. I installed it based on his recommendation. Today I went to search for a portable CF-based recorder. Started typing “Marant…” and up popped “Marantz” followed by a list of all their CF-recorders. Neo voice: “whoa”
October 16, 2005
Oh, for a Spam verification test on Word Press! I currently have a blacklist of words that are disallowed in WP, but for some reason the program is ignoring my blacklist. Just today I received 113 spam comments (so far). I don’t have the time or inclination to wade through and see if there are any legitimate comments. I just nuked them all with a wave of my magic moderation wand.
If I can’t get the blacklist working I’m just going to shut off all comments completely. This is so frustrating! All I need is a simple human-checker (graphic file, whatever) but WP doesn’t include that. What’s up with that?
I can get a plug-in for it, but so far even if I install one and click “activate” it has not effect on the comment field. I don’t know enough to make it work.
Dang it. Sorry if I nuked your comments. May spammers all rot.