Archive for February, 2006

“Georgia, where are your pants?” Man, I hope she grows out of this stage real quick. I’d hate to ask her that when she comes home from a date.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/28/2006 9:38:00 AM | Feedback (0)
An Indian walks into a cafe with a shotgun in one hand pulling a male buffalo with the other and says to the waiter, "Want coffee." The waiter says, "Sure chief, coming right up." He gets the Indian a tall mug of coffee. After drinking the coffee down in one gulp, the Indian turns and blasts the buffalo with the shotgun, then just walks out. The next morning the Indian returns. He has his shotgun in one hand pulling another male buffalo with the other. He walks up to the counter and...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/28/2006 9:10:00 AM | Feedback (0)
Internet connection today is really, really flaky.Pardon me if SaaM is hard to reach. Trust me, I've got nothing interesting to say anyway.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/28/2006 8:37:00 AM | Feedback (1)
Just asking for someone to leave comments to this post. Since I’ve changed URLs, I’m checking to see if anyone is actually getting in correctly. I can see everything, but I’m special like that. Do if you’ve got 5 seconds, please let me know if everything looks ok to you. Thanks, R
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/27/2006 12:17:00 PM | Feedback (7)
Just FYI, Sharp as a Marble is now primarily located at http://blog.robballen.com. Should be easier to remember. The old URL will continue to work but all links will now point to the new address. No change in post quality should be noticeable.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/26/2006 9:52:00 PM | Feedback (0)
Most digital cameras have the ability to zoom. Most use a physical lens to do the zooming with many cameras boasting a ‘digital zoom’. If I ever see any of you actually using that feature, I will hunt you down and force you to revert back to Polaroids. All digital zoom does is enlarge the pixels, giving a grainy, poorly defined image. Don’t use it. As for the zooming in and out with the lens, I wholeheartedly agree you should be using that button more than you probably are. Most people zoom in...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/26/2006 1:38:00 PM | Feedback (4)
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/24/2006 7:40:00 PM | Feedback (1)
I’m thinking about making this bumper sticker (from MakeStickers.com) And, in a similar vein
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/23/2006 9:05:00 AM | Feedback (3)
But Paris Bennett is it this season. Voice, stage presence, and more voice. That was the best performance I think I have ever seen on that show. My wife watches religiously so I get to catch it from time to time, but I might just watch this season to see how far she can go. Update: Dean agrees about Paris and I agree about Katherine McPhee (or Nanny McPhee as I keep calling her). Personally, I think Katherine’s voice is stronger than Paris, but Paris had a stage presence that stole the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/21/2006 8:50:00 PM | Feedback (2)
So I’m sitting here drinking a can of Coke and chewing on some Goldfish, both of which were provided for an all employee meeting here at work. Every sip of the coke tasted funky, but I attributed that to the Goldfish. Until I went to throw away the can which I noticed had a coupon on it for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando for 2005. Bleh….  
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/21/2006 3:38:00 PM | Feedback (0)
Mohammed was a prophet, kinda like Malachi or Zephaniah is in Biblical terms. Therefore, comparing insults to Mohammed to insults to Jesus isn't quite accurate. So maybe soaking a crucifix in urine is ok, but talk smack about Habbakuk and you'd better prepare for Pat Roberts to offer $1M for your head?
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/21/2006 3:33:00 PM | Feedback (0)
Court allows church's hallucinogenic tea WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday that a small congregation in New Mexico may use hallucinogenic tea as part of a four-hour ritual intended to connect with God. Our father, who art in…whoa… can you smell the colors? The tea, which contains an illegal drug known as DMT, is considered sacred to members of O Centro Espirita Beneficiente Uniao do Vegetal, which has a blend of Christian beliefs and South American traditions. And...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/21/2006 1:09:00 PM | Feedback (1)
Dean has the details with appropriate, 60’s acid music analogy. I shall never listen to Jimi the same ever again.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/21/2006 11:05:00 AM | Feedback (0)
I had a wedding to shoot on Saturday. It was a 7 hour event, so I got about 1200 shots which is normal. I honestly cannot fathom how it was ever done in the film days as I cannot see having to reload every 32 shots. Anyway, I was the primary camera. My ‘assistant’ (and I use quotes because she’s the owner of the company that hired me) took a few shots, but it was mainly up to me. I can handle weddings all by my lonesome, but I’m glad she was there for two reasons – It was a medium-large sized...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/21/2006 8:25:00 AM | Feedback (2)
If you change code and don’t recompile, don’t expect your breakpoints to behave. Not that I just spent the last 30 minutes hunting down a bug that didn’t exist or anything….
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/20/2006 2:16:00 PM | Feedback (0)
The Mrs. has just discovered that if she puts an item on Craigs List, she can sell it within a day. Already, I have received 5 emails asking me how much she should ask for something she no longer wants. Which really means that by the time I get home, she will be $137 richer and the house will be devoid of any of my personal belongings.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/20/2006 12:42:00 PM | Feedback (0)
Here’s all the major things I’m working on in life right now Putting together a wedding album Shooting a wedding this weekend (10 in the next 3 months, plus 3 engagement sessions) Slogging it out with a cold Learning Español Trying like hell to not break Subtext Talking my wife into getting new cell phones Work. Work. Work. And you?
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/16/2006 8:35:00 PM | Feedback (4)
I just wasn't ready for the type of commitment a new skin required. Besides, I got my old one back in working condition.I'm feeling better already. How about you?
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/15/2006 8:45:00 PM | Feedback (1)
No, you're not having a nightmare. Sharp as a Marble is still here, just running under a new blgging engine and a new skin.Welcome to Subtext, a fork of the .Text blogging software by Scott Watermasysk. I had originally been using .Text and made several modifications myself when I was approached by Phil Haack who asked if I wanted to help take up where Scott left off when he went to work for Telligent Systems. I said sure knowing damn well Phil had no idea what he was getting himself into by...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/15/2006 8:27:00 AM | Feedback (10)
Cheney: Hey Ted, wanna go hunting? Kennedy: Only if I can drive.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/14/2006 12:33:00 PM | Feedback (0)
And I’m thrilled! I love to cook and I also love to use salt. I use Kosher salt rather than table salt because it’s easier to handle and the coarse texture makes it easier to see when I put on food. I also enjoy watching Good Eats with Alton Brown on the Food Network. All through the years, I watch Alton deliver his salt one pinch at a time from a great little salt cellar and for years I’ve searched high and low for one just like it. For Valentine’s day,...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/14/2006 11:12:00 AM | Feedback (4)
(1) Zero Gravity When NASA first started sending up astronauts, they quickly discovered that ball-point pens would not work in zero gravity. To combat this problem, NASA scientists spent a decade and $12 billion developing a pen that writes in zero gravity, upside-down, on almost any surface including glass and at temperatures ranging from below freezing to over 300 C. The Russians used a pencil. Your taxes are due again--enjoy paying them. (2) Our Constitution "They keep talking...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/14/2006 7:49:00 AM | Feedback (4)
Especially not after this fiasco. Hope we do better in 2008….
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/12/2006 10:54:00 PM | Feedback (0)
Man, this is just harsh Root node selection: To be very clear the root node selector was a bug. This was introduced by Chris Wilson back in IE 4 which is why we don't let him work with the code anymore. Funny, but harsh. h/t Twilley who still hasn’t updated his blog since December of last year.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/9/2006 7:49:00 AM | Feedback (0)
So I’m over at Phil Haack’s place, and I see he’s found a nifty gadget that does facial recognition and picks someone famous who you resemble. The results of yours truly? Marble… Sharp as a Marble….
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/8/2006 8:43:00 PM | Feedback (5)
Reading this really pisses me off The last time 1st Lt. William “Eddie” Rebrook IV saw his body armor, he was lying on a stretcher in Iraq, his arm shattered and covered in blood. A field medic tied a tourniquet around Rebrook’s right arm to stanch the bleeding from shrapnel wounds. Soldiers yanked off his blood-soaked body armor. He never saw it again. But last week, Rebrook was forced to pay $700 for that body armor, blown up by a roadside bomb more than a year...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/7/2006 3:40:00 PM | Feedback (0)
I’ve got several dozen blogs in my RSS reader (Rss Bandit). Without an aggregator, there would be no way I could pay attention to the vast number of blogs out there. I even get my news and traffic reports through the damn thing. The very first blog in my reader is none other than this one, Sharp as a Marble. I don’t do it out of vanity but utility. Well, OK….maybe 20% vanity, 80% utility…..50/50? No? Well, damn. OK, let’s start over. My blog is at the top to...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/7/2006 3:18:00 PM | Feedback (3)
Looking through my email, I see that Jeff from Protein Wisdom asked some of us to help spread the word of one of his posts, Identity Politics, Free Speech, and the Future of worldwide Liberalism, 2: a follow-up. This is a subject near and dear to his heart and wants discussion, from both sides of the aisle, so the more people he can garner, the better. I have no idea how my 7 readers will affect his hit count, but a man’s gotta try to help his brethren out. My view? I agree with...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/7/2006 10:50:00 AM | Feedback (2)
Started looking at my Touchstream keyboard because something in the back of my head was screaming at me to try to fix it. Maybe that voice was connected to the nerves in my wrist… Anyway, I realized that the problem started the moment I picked up the keyboard to show someone how flat it is. The two halves of the keyboard are held together by a ribbon cable, a complete failure of engineering design. I started thinking “Hey, something went goofy when I moved the keyboard.”...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/6/2006 3:57:00 PM | Feedback (0)
This is happening on a more and more frequent basis. How the hell do I block searches like that. I’m not sure I’m going to be able to eat lunch. Hell, dinner for that matter.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/2/2006 10:34:00 AM | Feedback (3)
At work, I tried accessing a document I worked hard on and put in our portal. I opened it up to see this The problem? I am the portal administrator…..
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/2/2006 10:29:00 AM | Feedback (1)
Turning your veins into a 3D ‘human barcode’ Luminetx originally developed the technique as a way to help doctors and nurses find veins in patients needing injections. But now, through a new division called Snowflake Technologies, the company is marketing it to banks, credit card companies and even homeland-security officials as a high-tech biometric identification tool. "Our vein structures are completely different, especially when you look at the palm," said Luminetx Chief...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/2/2006 10:03:00 AM | Feedback (0)
My $300 über-keyboard is on the fritz again. Having to type using ancient keyboard technology. Wrists already hurting. Damn…
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/1/2006 9:23:00 AM | Feedback (2)