A moment of silence, please... Fred Rogers died this morning at the age of 74 due to stomach cancer.
YES! My favorite search engine now has news, too!
Ok, so I knew computers have been whipping our ass in chess for a while, but now they're picking our music? It looks like a Spanish company called Polyphonic HMI has developed some sort of software that analyzes the patterns in music and "decides" which music is more likely to become popular. Something about this doesn't sit right with me.
And now... a little something from The Man in Black: The music video for Trent Reznor's Hurt. (Thanks go out to Kikuchiyo News for bringing my attention to this fine little piece of media.)
Xenosaga... Lots and lots of Xenosaga.
In related news, scent-emitting fabrics are also in the works. Umm, I guess now I don't need deodorant in my bathroom?
Leave it to the Italians and the Swiss to invent light-emitting fabric. I guess now I don't need a light in my closet.
I'm the midnight guy tonight (meaning I have to stay at work until midnight), so I'm passing the time by posting links to wierd news.
I went to see Henry Rollins last night at the Sunshine Theater. It was bad-ass. If you ever get a chance to see him, you should definitely do it.
I'm feeling lazy today, so there probably won't be any major posts forthcoming.
Sometimes I think I'm too nice to people. My problem is that even if I dislike someone or if they're really annoying me, I still can't muster up the courage to tell them to go away and leave me alone. This sometimes gets be stuck dealing with people for longer than I want to and I end up listening to all their problems all the while thinking "Quit telling me about all your stupid problems and go solve some of them... They're not getting any better by blathering on and on about them to me." And eventually they do go away, but sometimes it takes hours. It's a good think I'm so damn patient, too, otherwise I might say something mean to someone. Although now that I think about it, maybe that would be the better solution because they would learn that they're annoying me and maybe stop doing it. Grrr... For some reason I just can't bring myself to yell at people. I think it's a blessing and a curse all wrapped up in one.
I'm going to try to track down some food for epw, hopefully I shall succeed.
A few days ago I was approached with a business opportunity that I've been giving some thought to. I'm not sure how much work it'll be, or how far it is intended to be taken, but I've been looking into it and doing some research on what it would take. I'm going to meet with the guy again today and we're going to discuss it some more. Maybe by later today I'll have more news about it. Sorry about being so vague, but I don't want to reveal any details until I know for sure what then plan is.
Sam noticed that I moved his webcounter image to the bottom of Kikuchiyo News so it would be a little less intrusive. You're welcome, Sam.
Sorry about not posting (again) for some extended duration of time (almost 8 days). I'll try to do better in the future... Promise. :)
I totally forgot to blog yesterday... sorry about that, everyone. Yesterday I worked the night shift at MCI (1500-2330), after which I went to Fred's and played the Two Towers game for the PS2 and a little bit of Devil May Cry 2. I also had a few beers. This morning the maintenance crew for my apartment complex decided it would be a fabulous idea to climb up on the roof right above my room and hammer on the very top of the wall that my bedroom window is set in. Why do they have to do that at 0700 instead of, say, 1500? In any case, I didn't get very much continuous sleep last night and Mikey came home from work sicker than a dog... He thinks he might have a cold, or strep throat, and he even mentioned the measles. I sure hope my roommate doesn't have the measles.
I urge everyone to sign up at the Electronic Frontier Foundation to support freedom of information and personal privacy. Here's a snippet from their homepage:If America's founding fathers had anticipated the digital frontier, there would be a clause in the Constitution protecting your rights online, as well. Instead, a modern group of freedom fighters was necessary to extend the original vision into the digital world. That's where the Electronic Frontier Foundation comes in.
Here's a few random links:
- Metric Time
- Lord Kelvin (as in Celcius, Fahrenheit, Kelvin)
- Temple of the Spinning Shaggy
- Save The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus
Can you tell I'm running out of stuff to say today?
I saw this great .sig on usenet the other day and I'd like to share it with everyone:BSD is for people that love Unix, Linux is for people that hate Microsoft
mozilla.org released Mozilla 1.3 beta today. Download your copy today! (It's a web browser, by the way... a replacement for Internet Exploder-- uhh, I mean Explorer)
The Restauraunt at The End of The Universe has lost its prime real estate. It looks like there's some stuff called "dark energy" that precludes the existence of an end of The Universe. Although I suppose it's also infinitely improbable that we're wrong and The End of The Universe does exist.
From Realbeer.com, mentioned on Slashdot:
This guy (a German priest) turned his washing machine and laptop into a home brewery. Source code and instructions are available here.
Note: His homepage [www.m-fey.de] is completely in German, so either learn German or use the babelfish if you must.
With reference to Ethan's post regarding U.S.-Ruskie cooperation in space, I'd like to point out a famous space-race-era contrast between the U.S. and the evil empire:
Because astronaut types are expected to write in space, the U.S. spent millions of dollars developing fancy pressurized pens, which you can now buy for silly sums of money at the Smithsonian.
The Soviets had no such pens because they used pencils.
Drinking abounds here at the apartment, I guess... We've finished off the vodka and a few more beers too. There's also been a lot of Baldur's Gate 2 that's been played, and a lot of messing with NetBSD on the SPARCstation 4. I had today off, and I have tomorrow off (note that when I say "today", I mean the 6th). I'll have to call work tomorrow and see if I work on Saturday because I thought I did but they removed the schedule before the week was over, so I don't know if it's been changed since then.
I'm a little behind in reading about current events and such, so I don't have any cool links to point you off to at the moment. If I run across any, I'll be sure to post something.
Well, tonight I played some Chez Geek with Adam, Will, and his girlfriend Susan. We also got some Absolut and some bloody mary mix and made some bloody marys. Eventually we ended up playing three man. Other than that, things have been uneventful.
Microsoft's "home of the future" has no bathroom.
Oh, and incase you are looking for some non-Microsoft operating system for your computer, there are many alternatives to Microsoft: Linux, FreeBSD, and NetBSD are just a few.
Today is my brother Eric's birthday. He's now 20 years old. Send him a birthday greeting if you like.
From the economist:There are three astronauts currently orbiting the earth in the International Space Station (ISS). They were due to have been relieved next month. That will not now happen. They went into space in November, and can safely remain there till June. They may end up having to return to earth in the Russian-built Soyuz space capsule attached to the station. Russia has offered to send its Proton rockets to the station if it receives additional funding. Co-operation between NASA and the Russian space agency has been held back by political opposition in the United States. (bold added)
These have been around for a while, but I just scanned over an article on nanodot that reminded me of distributed computing clients such as SETI@Home, Folding@Home, and distributed.net. They are small client programs that run on your computer, consuming idle CPU cycles to perform some useful task such as analyzing radio telescope data for signs of intelligence, simulating the shapes and functions of various folded protien chains, or cracking cryptographic schemes. Not to toot my own horn, as it were, but I recently completed my 250th SETI@Home work unit, which earned me a nifty certificate. Here are my SETI@Home stats, by the way.
I bet you didn't know we can make batteries out of water and sediment from Boston Harbor, a collection of mason jars, ordinary electrical wiring and sterile graphite electrodes. Well now you do.
For those interested in Dave Barry, slashdot will be interviewing him with the 10 most highly moderated questions from slashdot readers. So If you're wondering what Dave Barry thinks about the internet and the future of technology, ask away!