How to influence (by remote control) people.

I don’t really know what to say to this.

Some scientists have created a headset that allows a person to be steered by remote control. I think I feel the same way about it that the lady from the AP who tried the headset did. The potential to abuse this technology seems, well, mind-blowing.

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Nerd test?

Now, this is just silly. I know I’m a bit of a geek, but really.

I am nerdier than 96% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!

With a nod to my good friend CAJ, who took this test here.

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Super Glue and its cousins.

It has been long since I have written to you, gentle reader. For this I apologize.

That said, super glue is pretty cool.

This may seem like an odd statement to you, but I have recently been through an experience that fully backs up that claim in my mind. It turns out that one of our cabinets in our kitchen is held together by those thin little nails that are razor-sharp on one end. I discovered this because, naturally, I was reaching into a NORMAL EVERY-DAY SORT OF PLACE in the cabinet to retrieve a pan, and withdrew my hand to a lovely ripping sound.

The ripping sound was caused, naturally, by my flesh being parted by one of those little nails. The sharp end. Ouch.

A little bit of Hydrogen Peroxide cleaned it right up (sting). Then squeeze the cut closed and super-glue (it’s some sort of super glue that has anti-bacterial stuff in it, just for cuts, like liquid BandAid, but not) it together (STING STING OUCH STING BURN STING OUCH), and voila! All fixed.

That’s when I got the hammer out and banged that silly little nail into the wood in such a way that it will NEVER part my flesh again.


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A Frog and His Boy.

Tom Smith, who owns Tom Smith Online is called a “master filk singer.” I ran across a link to him from a something positive cartoon, where he referenced a song entitled “A Boy and His Frog.” The song is a homage to Jim Henson, who died on May 16, 1990.

You can find a link to the song on his Press Kit: Audio page. The song is art, and incredibly poignant. If you’re at all sentimental, have a box of tissues handy.

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An excellent essay.

In this essay Joel Spolsky talks about why it’s more cost-effective to use a few good programmers instead of a bunch of mediocre programmers.

This seemed obvious to me, but I guess there’s a lot of people out there that don’t get it.

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This is a big ad.

Every once in a while you run across something that makes you believe that not all advertisers suck.

This is one of those things.

The Big Ad
(Attempts to install a java viv player, the player is safe. The ad is full screen, with sound.)

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Quick blurb.

Yes, yes. It’s been a long time since I’ve posted.

I am working away at my new job. So far it’s been good. Lots of work to do, friendly people to work with, and a nice office space.

I’ve also just installed a new WordPress plugin to control some bad behavior on the part of spammers. PLEASE let me know if this blocks you from either accessing the site or posting comments. Any complaints should be sent to

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Things they is a changin’

As I’m sure you’ve noticed, I’ve been negligent when it comes to blogging anything. I plead lack of time. Life has been awfully busy lately.

Some good things have come around lately though. For one I’ve been offered a new job, and I’ve accepted. It looks like a great opportunity for me. There will be a lot for me to learn, and a lot of freedom for me to move in the directions I’d like to move, career-wise. Hopefully. As always with a big change like this it’s more than a little exciting, and a bit scary as well. I’m looking forward to the change!

The only other thing of interest that’s happened that I can think of off the top of my head is that our family has acquired a 15′ trampoline. We got that put together a weekend ago (or so), and the kids have been loving it. I have my reservations about the thing, so we’re being very strict about “the rules” to try to prevent injury. And we got the big netting cage to go on it as well. Hopefully to prevent any kids from taking a header into the dirt.

Like the title says, “Things they is a changin’.”

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Quick Update

Just wanted to weigh in here, since it’s been a while since I last posted.

Since then, I have:

  • Been sick one more time
  • Gotten a deep-tissue massage
  • Gone to a hotel with my wife to celebrate our wedding anniversary (slightly early)
  • Not brewed any beer
  • Not played many games
  • Worked a lot
  • Started training again.
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Mully grubbies.

I can hardly believe it, but I’m sick again. I was sick with the flu just a couple of weeks ago. Had some sort of sinus trouble a few weeks before that. WILL IT NEVER END?!

What’s it take to be healthy for a while?

It doesn’t help that my place of work is located in a cube farm in a basement. That and I have three children, each in a different school. And my wife watches other people’s kids on a regular basis. I take vitamins. I eat relatively healthy, I don’t get enough exercise, but I’m working on that. Maybe I should just live in a containment suit for a few months.

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Nothing exciting.

My daughter is in France this week. She had the opportunity to go visit a good friend of hers who is living in France for a year. So off she went all by her big self to another country across the ocean. I know that *I* never got to do anything like that when *I* was 13. I am so jealous. Of course I miss her a lot, and have been terribly worried. But I’m also terribly proud of her.

I’ve got a new Dell computer on the way. It’s been about seven years since I bought a new computer. And it’s a nice one. The tax refund was good to me this year.

Sprint DSL just started offering 3mbps/512K speeds for the same price I was paying for 512K/128K speeds. Seeing 420KBps on a download is cooooool.

The only downside lately has been that my new DVD/CDRW combo drive died. And my new Geforce TI 4200 died. No idea on why my two newest components in my current computer would decide to give up the ghost within weeks of each other, but there you go.

Nothing exciting? Ok, so I lied…

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New version of WordPress.

If you’re viewing this post fairly recently after I’ve written it, then you’re probably seeing in a different light. This is due to my recent upgrade to WordPress 1.5. As I get the new styles and themes worked out, I’ll be getting the look and feel back to something resembling normal. Not to say there won’t be any style changes. We’ll see…

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It’s snowing.

Snow from my back door. It’s not winter until it snows. I’ve always loved snow, probably because I grew up in Texas where it rarely snows at all. Whatever the reason, I’m enjoying the heck out of this!

This is the view from my back door.

click the image for a larger version

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Multi-user Real-time Text Editing.

This is cool.

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Happy New Year!

I’m up late, and on the computer for a change this evening. And with that, I’m getting back off the computer and going to ring in the new year with the wife and kids. Just wanted to wish you all an excellent 2005, and a safe and fun new year.

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