So, this morning in Tokyo, Steve Jobs announced a 10 gigabyte iPod for $500. I’m not sure that if added every CD I own to my MP3 collection that I’d have 10 gigs, even if I tossed in a gig of files to use it as an emergency boot drive. Heck, put a color screen on that puppy and you could watch ripped DVDs off of it! Apple: “Yes, we’re expensive. But isn’t this cool?”
A group of American Indian (and other) students at Northern Colorado University have created a team logo and mascot supposedly intended to educate the public about how hurtful ethnic stereotypes are: the NCU “Fighting Whites”. However, in an unfortunate twist to their message, the t-shirts seem to be selling well to all ethnic persuasions – white people included. http://www.cafepress.com/fightinwhite/ is the address, for the curious out there. … Continue reading →
Dumb thing I did yesterday: Nearly forgot check for month’s rental of storage unit. Reminded by much smarter wife with 10 minutes to go – barely made it in time. Smart thing I did yesterday: On panicked trip to rental office, thought better of cutting off nondescript white Ford. On closer inspection, saw multiple radio antennas and uniformed driver – breathed sigh of relief that good sense had kicked in.
Technicon starts a week from tomorrow, and they’ve posted an early version of the schedule. I do realize that con schedules are subject to complete revision until late Sunday afternoon, but I couldn’t help noticing a few things. The first thing is that my sweetie and I are involved in one of the Live-Action Role Playing games, and that at least one (possibly both) of the games starts Friday night at 8:00. So we may miss meiran‘s Women in SF panel 🙁 I’ve enjoyed representing the Liberated Male there in the past, and I’d be sorry to miss this one. … Continue reading →
For those who wanted to know, the online version of the first episode of Space Rogues can be found on my Movies page. It’s in two parts which add up to 90 megs of Quicktime, so don’t try this on your 28.8 modem. Which Space Rogues Character Are You? … Continue reading →
So, I’m playing the 3D cyberpunk video game “Deus Ex” yesterday… I find a note that an engineer has left for his superior, alerting him that the new root password for the local computer system is “reindeerflotilla.” I sit there and think, “That sounds so familiar… why is that familiar to me?” Turns out it’s the internal level 6 password to the Emcon mainframe that Jeff Bridges uses in the movie “Tron.” Why does my brain only store this stuff? Why can’t I remember anything useful?
Which Space Rogues Character Are You? … Continue reading →
My Internet access is working again. Yesterday: “It’s your Ethernet card.” “I have four machines here with cards from three different manufacturers. None of them are working. I don’t think it’s the card.” “Uh, okay, you don’t have your Windows Network control panel properly configured for TCP/IP.” “This is a local intranet consisting of two Windows machines, one Mac, and a BSD Unix box. What do you think I’m configured for, carrier pigeon?” “Uh, okay, your modem’s bad. We’ll send a guy over with a new one tomorrow.” “Fine.” Today: “Hello, we aren’t going to send you a modem yet, … Continue reading →
This page at this web link claims to have acquired a recording of the new voice mail announcment for Enron. Judge for yourself, if you feel like it. … Continue reading →
“Legend of a Cowgirl” is a much cooler song than “Sunshine Superman”, which I can’t stand. However, “You’re so Vain” was fine the way it was and didn’t need sampling, thank you.