Wednesday, July 31, 2002
We have arrivedGo to Google. Search for "reprobates." Go to Lycos and repeat the process. Go to AllTheWeb and repeat the process. Who'da thunk that this little ol' blog of nasty things would get so popular? BTW, Reprobates censures Yahoo and Altavista for not recognizing our greatness.
Tuesday, July 30, 2002
Monday, July 29, 2002
First, I went to the BBC News link Shaun posted and follow some of the links on that page. One of those is to the page on Quantum Cavorite. Aside: the author's explanation makes clear his choice of the term cavorite for the page; for some strange reason I was thinking about phlogiston on the way to work this morning, and the mental meme collision brought on by the sudden juxtaposition of these putative explanations of natural phenomena coerced me into noting this occurrence.
So the QC page has a link to an article in which the author is amazed by a demonstration of what sounds to me like simple diamagnetism. Well, the article is from the "Science and Technology" of Business Week (or is that Bizniness Wizneek?) magazine - which I wouldn't normally quote on science matters for the same reason I don't turn to Scientific American for investment advice.
Strangely, Boeing would not appear to be the first to take this work seriously. Notably BAe Systems (formerly British Aerospace and part of the Airbus Consortium) set up Project Greenglow, presumably named after the amount of management buy-in they got (i.e. not quite a green light) and NASA has the Breakthrough Propulsion Physics Program which appears to be in danger of having it's funding cut. Neither entity seems to have gotten very far with their research, but at least NASA has pictures of what it thinks it will be like to go really fast. One thing's for sure, neither of them were spending their budget on web design, and NASA had $1.7m
Apparently, part of NASA's problem was the vast amount of unsolicited "help" they received, some excerpts of which can be found here.
Friday, July 26, 2002
Friday, July 19, 2002
Thursday, July 18, 2002
* - OK, so they didn't say "drive-by darting", but they did say "drive-by blowgun assaults"
Wednesday, July 17, 2002
Tuesday, July 16, 2002
OK, it's rant time. Life imprisonment for hacking? A few keystrokes could bring down the U.S. economy? Who the hell are we fighting? Dr. Evil? Firstly, the U.S. (and global) economy seems to be doing a pretty damn good job on it's own - I doubt that someone DDoS'ing Yahoo could really make things that much worse and secondly, anyone who wants to (and even thinks it's possible to) bring it down over the internet isn't terribly likely to be that worried about life imprisonment in the U.S.
One interesting part of the bill is sure to bring down one of the internet's few success stories, the X10 camera, whose advertising recently outstripped porn for use of internet bandwidth. Apparently the law would:
Specify that an existing ban on the “advertisement” of any device that is used primarily for surreptitious electronic surveillance applies to online ads. The prohibition now covers only a “newspaper, magazine, handbill or other publication.”
Oh, and happy birthday air conditioning, 100 years old today. If the heat of global warming is bothering you, just crank it up.
Monday, July 15, 2002
Wednesday, July 10, 2002
By the way, let me apologize in advance for the incredibly-annoying pop-ups that will flood your browser when you visit the "some people do" link. Now, get ready with those close-window mouseclicks, and go see what I mean.
Tobey: But I just wanna dance!
Tuesday, July 09, 2002
I am a little disappointed, though not terribly surprised, to report that there appear to be no place names beginning with "Fuck" or "Cunt", but that "Shit", or more specifically "Shite" is well-represented.
Monday, July 08, 2002
Monday, July 01, 2002
On the topic of music (which we weren't, but never mind), can someone help me figure out what piece of music I have stuck in my head? It's either late 80s or early 90s, probably a male lead singer, and the bit I have stuck in my head is about a one-second snippet where the female backing singers are singing (I think, the fidelity's not that great - maybe I should get some head cleaner) "Love shows no mercy". I think they sing it twice, but maybe the replay mechanism's jsut skipping. I think the second word is sung about a semitone below the first, the third is about the same pitch as the first, and the last word is drawn out over two or three tones - "me-err-cy" - sort of starting high and swooping down. If I could find the RCA jacks on the back of my head I'd digitize the snippet and post it here too. I've tried a lyrics seach on