Archive for November, 2005

And from my own comments, nonetheless Rocket science isn't what it used to be. For most of the really nasty math, I use computer programs or just put the launch pad far enough away in case something goes wrong....
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/30/2005 1:02:00 PM | Feedback (1)
Look, I’m no engineer or nucular fizzisist by any stretch of the imagination. However, I have always had a soft spot for science and love to get into the nitty gritty of whatever I can. Truth be told, though, I don’t always understand the math since it’s not something I study on a daily basis. So often, when I read a science report, I simply have to take on faith that the equations work and that the people producing the numbers know what they are doing. Science is a wonderful,...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/28/2005 3:52:00 PM | Feedback (10)
That’s the technorati tagline for alpha testers of Riya, a new online facial recognition system. I was lucky enough to get an alpha testing account and started uploading my images this evening. Here are some of my first thoughts. First, how cool is it to upload your pictures and automatically have them tagged with the names of the people who are in them? Of course, I started with what would appear to me to be the most difficult photos possible for such a system, that of my girls. Their...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/27/2005 9:22:00 PM | Feedback (1)
Beer This is my dopplebock in all her glory. Seriously thick head. Smoooooooth. Malty. If it were a tad bit less malty, I’d be tempted to lie and call it a stout.   Who wants a glass?
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/26/2005 10:08:00 PM | Feedback (3)
I’ve been getting good. Real good. For those of you playing at home, yes that really is a dart stuck in the back of another dart and yes, I was actually aiming for the triple 7.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/25/2005 9:26:00 AM | Feedback (3)
I bottled half of my dopplebock and kegged the other half last Saturday. Since the bottles have to self-carbonate, it will be two more weeks before they are even ready to be tested. With the keg, I put a wee bit of priming sugar into it, but went ahead and force carbonated it with the CO2. Being that a dopplebock is a lager, it should really sit for a few more months before I sample it. Yesterday, my will broke down and I grabbed one from the keg. Daaaaaaaamn. It...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/22/2005 8:37:00 PM | Feedback (1)
Allow me to bitch for a moment, if you don't mind. Here's my day in a nutshell - The wife's been feeling odd lately. At various points in the day, she would be overcome with dizziness and nausea (no, she's not pregnant - she's breastfeeding, I'm neutered, and the pregnancy test was negative. Hey, you can't be too careful!). This has been happening for the past 3 weeks, but really has been happening more and more, primarily in the morning. This morning she woke up...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/22/2005 8:29:00 PM | Feedback (6)
I have Brighthouse cable. HD. DVR. The full enchilada. It sucks. Sucks bad. I get better picture quality from 12kbps Quicktime movies over the net. Even the HD channels are so overcompressed that they’re hard to watch. When my wife, who has no eye for such things, complains about how blocky the channels are, you know there’s problems. Here’s the rub. To get the same number of channels as well as the same # of HD channels through satellite, we’re talking at least $30...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/21/2005 4:09:00 PM | Feedback (6)
Seems like a bunch of Democrats have their panties in a wad about last night’s Cut & Run vote and are calling it a ‘stunt’ by the GOP. Someone said they were Shocked! Shocked I tell you! that anyone would make something this important into a political event. WTF? They’re politicians. The weather is a political event. It’s like saying you’re surprised an accountant would stoop to using math to do your taxes. I hate politicians. I really do....
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/19/2005 10:36:00 AM | Feedback (0)
I love shooting pictures of kids, especially mine. One of the best ways to light any portrait is to use a thermonuclear light source approximately 93,000,000 miles from the subject using a vaporized water diffusion system (the sun and an overcast day). Direct sunlight is really, really crappy for lighting as it causes harsh shadows, makes people squint, and plays havoc with your light meter – the difference between the brightest spot and the darkest is too much for a camera to...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/19/2005 9:44:00 AM | Feedback (12)
So, the source of my computer woes finally reared its ugly head – A faulty SATA controller. I got home to a lovely CLICK – BZZZZZZZZZ – CLICK – CLICK coming from my harddrive. Don’t know what the issue was, so I just went out and bought a regular IDE drive and put it in. Of course I had to reinstall, but at least I got to switch back to XP 64 which was a hell of a lot faster (until the SATA issue popped up). Anyway, a new OS means reinstalling all twelve billion...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/15/2005 9:29:00 PM | Feedback (6)
Sen Kennedy: Now Tommy, what's 7+12? Tommy: Uhh.... 17? Sen Kennedy: LIAR!!!!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/15/2005 11:14:00 AM | Feedback (1)
And now blogger*! I’ve not gotten the chance to really go through the whole site, but damn! It looks good so far. His discussion on Intelligent Design and Evolution is one of the best and most open minded I’ve seen so far. Plus his humor is perfect. *And an occasional SaaM reader? ;)
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/14/2005 7:59:00 AM | Feedback (1)
Just a gripe. My PC nosedived for good this morning. BSoD every time XP tried to boot (with a reset so fast that I couldn't make out the error). So I spent the majority of the morning surfing around looking for clues to my problem. While I couldn't find anyone with the exact same specs and problem I had, I did see something that pisses me off all over the tech boards. Someone will say "I have a problem with X" to which some smart ass will reply "Works fine for me." as if person A's problem...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/13/2005 1:08:00 PM | Feedback (2)
As many of you know, I’m a former Marine. Normally that would strike fear in the hearts of many, but in my case there is no need. I was an aviation electrician. I fixed F/A-18 Hornets, UH-1N Hueys (not to be confused with VH1’s Behind the Music with Huey Lewis) and AH-1W Cobra attack helicopters. While I was a reservist, I spent ~3 of the 8 years I was enlisted on active duty. During this time, several conflicts erupted in which the unit I was attached to had some sort...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/11/2005 1:41:00 PM | Feedback (9)
As always, we here at Sharp as a Marble like to respond to our fan mail, and we like to highlight some of the best on the blog itself. Today’s mail entitled L.eave your job comes from Marsha O. Hancock: Hello robatx@gmail.com, Wou.ld you like 1.5k to 3.5k per day just for ret.urnin.g phon.e call.s? Give Us A Ca.l.l - 1-800-839.9032  If you have a te-leph-one and can re.turn calls you are fully quali.fie.d.  Regards, Marsha O. Hancock Cusack8@umontreal.ca Well,...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/10/2005 2:33:00 PM | Feedback (0)
I know I haven’t been updating the blog like a good blogger should, but it’s because I’ve been working on a piece that should be fairly lengthy and in depth and I want to make sure I give it enough attention to assure my facts are straight and that my writing is coherent. Here is what I have so far. I’ve been meaning to write about this for some time now and I As you can see, it still needs a little work. Any thoughts?
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/10/2005 8:28:00 AM | Feedback (0)
From Broken News Joint Chiefs head, Gen. Peter Pace, warned the President that it might be necessary to send up to 5 Marines to get things under control. The general admitted that 5 Marines may be overkill but he wanted to get this thing under control within 24 hours of arriving on scene. He stated he was having a hard time finding even one Marine to help those ungrateful bastards out for a third time but thought that he could persuade a few Women Marines to do the job before they went on...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/8/2005 1:07:00 PM | Feedback (2)
As in Bring Your Own Post day! Just print it out and tape it here –——> Now, doesn’t that make my site look better?
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/7/2005 3:11:00 PM | Feedback (5)
If you ever decide to buy an SLR Camera, don’t scrimp on the lenses you buy. Remember, the camera is for all intents and purposes a light-tight box to hold the film / CCD. It is the lens that provides your photos with their clarity, contrast, and sharpness. What you really want to look for are lenses that are all glass (no plastic) and have a fixed aperture of which you want the largest one possible. For me as a Nikon user, I buy only Nikon lenses. However, for my wide angle I thought...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/6/2005 3:54:00 PM | Feedback (0)
Hadn’t done any catblogging in ages, so here’s Bueller for ya.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/3/2005 8:45:00 PM | Feedback (4)
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/3/2005 9:25:00 AM | Feedback (2)