Archive for June, 2005

Oddly Enough News Article | Reuters.com Supporters of the Amal Movement leader celebrated the same way in Lebanon's south and other mainly Shi'ite areas
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/30/2005 1:33:00 PM | Feedback (1)
In my never ending quest to determine the maximum threshold of human caffeine-level safety, I have determined that 9 cups of strong coffee can induce one to see moiré patterns in solid colors. I find blue is the most interesting to watch.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/30/2005 9:36:00 AM | Feedback (1)
I have a dream hangover. Sometimes, when I have a very, very realistic dream, my emotional centers of my brain kick in. For example, if I dream someone I love dies, the sadness can last long after I wake up. Most of the times, the memory of the dream itself fades quickly, but the ‘hangover’ part lingers on which can be very strange during the day. While I cannot recall any real details from the dream, whatever strong emotion I was feeling will come back full force. And...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/30/2005 9:26:00 AM | Feedback (2)
I’m thinking G#.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/30/2005 9:00:00 AM | Feedback (1)
Just overheard in another cubicle Girl: I would offer you some, but it has slobber all over it. Unless you want the other end. Some days my will to keep my mouth shut is really put to the test…..
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/29/2005 3:45:00 PM | Feedback (1)
Tho a trip to the potty ith a good idea. Thee you when I get back.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/29/2005 2:56:00 PM | Feedback (0)
We all know about Chickenhawks – those people who support war but aren’t willing to walk down to the recruiter’s office and sign up! The cowards. How dare someone want somebody else to do the dirty work for them! Well, they’re not alone! Here is a list of other cowards and their hypocracy. ChickenCops – People who call 911 expecting the police to protect them when they’re too scared to join the force themselves!!! This can also apply to the unreasonable...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/29/2005 2:48:00 PM | Feedback (10)
I, like 99.99999% of the world, have brain farts. Times when I know I should know the answer to a problem, but cannot for the life of me think of it. Usually when this happens, I resort to emailing people who might know the solution. Invariably, within 3/10ths of a microsecond after hitting ‘Send’, I figure it out on my own. Every time. Nothing like making an ass out of yourself to solve life’s little problems, eh?
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/29/2005 10:05:00 AM | Feedback (1)
So I worked on this project for quite some time. I thought it was a waste of effort, but the higher ups wanted it and so they got it. It worked perfectly in development, so we moved it to test. Worked perfectly in test, so they moved it to a production server but kept it pointing to test data. Worked like a charm. So they moved it to another production server and pointed the configuration to production data. Now it fails. But just for me (so far). This is a production environment. I...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/29/2005 8:38:00 AM | Feedback (0)
Laurence has lost a friend. My prayers to the Simon family.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/29/2005 8:11:00 AM | Feedback (0)
Jon Henke over at Q & O on the plan to build a hotel on Justice Souter’s property The tree of liberty can also be refreshed from time to time with the deeds of tyrants.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/29/2005 8:03:00 AM | Feedback (0)
This would suit me to a T.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/28/2005 10:53:00 AM | Feedback (0)
Man, the last time I had this much fun it involved a 6 pack of Schlitz and a bug zapper. What a great set of videos. Raw, naked destruction! I especially enjoyed the BMW.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/28/2005 10:16:00 AM | Feedback (0)
First a hit book on Hillary, now this….
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/27/2005 4:07:00 PM | Feedback (0)
I hate spammers with the type of passion usually reserved for Micheal Moore and a Supreme Chalupa combo meal. I have to wade through countless ‘trackback’ and referrer spam that doesn’t even show up for any of my readers, just me in my admin section. And to make it worse, most of the shit isn’t even a real address. Just crap like “http://cheap-viagra/pills-for-free”. I mean, what the #$%!*???? Have the spammers simply lost and are resorting to annoying...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/24/2005 3:19:00 PM | Feedback (6)
Bill Quick, of Daily Pundit: The internal revenue service system is, overall, one of the most oppressive, secretive, un-monitored, anti-liberty, statist, and corrupt entities in the United States today. The politicians won't touch it, because they live on the endless gusher of other people's money that it generates. And you wonder why libertarians regard taxes as theft? Toss in a few expletives you wouldn’t use around your mother, and that would sum up my opinion as well.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/24/2005 2:34:00 PM | Feedback (0)
Not very good. Besides, I’ve got cubicle walls, a computer monitor, and 937 miles of Earth blocking the way…
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/24/2005 12:48:00 PM | Feedback (1)
Say Hello To MacInslosh One of the best PC Case mods I’ve seen in a long, long time.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/24/2005 8:54:00 AM | Feedback (1)
So the Supreme Court decided today that you only have the right to own your house / land so long as Wal-Mart doesn’t want it? And all the blogosphere appears to be in throes of agony over this travesty, as they should. However, I wonder how many of the blog authors and their numerous commenters will expend the same amount of energy they do in writing blog entries or comments as they will in writing their representatives in the House and Senate (both national and local)? How will our...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/23/2005 3:11:00 PM | Feedback (4)
Discussing the horrendous decision in the Kelo eminent domain case, Daily Pundit contributer JCoke says the following On the other hand I do find it somewhat heartening. The Conservatives on the court have shown a principled commitment to states rights and property rights. Sorry J, the conservatives on the bench are a bunch of spineless cowards. True conservatives with principles would have reached over and choked the ever lovin' shit out of the other 5 judges. Damn this whole thing...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/23/2005 1:11:00 PM | Feedback (0)
The shareholders sat stunned in their chairs, staring at the CEO, unable to comprehend his horrific admission to the crime he had committed, the only sound coming from the busy streets below punctuated by a loud whimper from Paul who had finally plucked out the nose hair that had been bothering him for the better part of the week. *
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/23/2005 10:46:00 AM | Feedback (1)
With the exception of getting run over by a bus full of school children on their way to Humboldt Heights Summer Camp for the Mentally Challenged, crushing his spine and innards in the process, Cedric’s day started out like any other. *
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/23/2005 10:39:00 AM | Feedback (0)
Went to Publix to pick up lunch. Bald guy making sandwiches…..with hair net.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/22/2005 4:00:00 PM | Feedback (0)
CO2 causes global warming®. CO2 is in sodas and beer*. Think about it next time you pour yourself a cold one. Every time you have a carbonated beverage, an antarctic baby seal melts. *Guinness, on the other hand, uses nitrogen and therefor I am doing my part for Mother Earth when I consume it.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/22/2005 1:42:00 PM | Feedback (0)
This page generates a look and feel randomly. Showing the power of CSS, each page is unique(ish. I’m not going to say random variables never line up), and show how a single set of markup can look any way you want it based on style sheets rather than kludgey HTML. Hat Tip The Roost
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/22/2005 11:21:00 AM | Feedback (0)
Well, Verizon decided to dangle a carrot in my face again. Yesterday, I received a flyer in my mailbox informing me the FIOS IS HERE!!!!! Oh I just about soiled my shorts in happiness. So I called. No dice. It’s in my city, but not quite yet in my neighborhood. Bastards. Anyway, the main problem I’m going to have is, as tempting as 2 megabit upload speeds are, it will be hard to justify the extra $15 a month. See, Verizon blocks port 80 on the residential lines. This is to prevent...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/22/2005 10:29:00 AM | Feedback (6)
How to be a complete dick when designing a logo The game designers across the nation are playing is; can they design a logo and get it approved without the client realizing it's a big spurting penis? Man, some of these are so obvious it’s scary, but in my opinion the most subtle one (Bellwether) is the best.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/22/2005 9:39:00 AM | Feedback (1)
Essntially, the problem in Washington DC comes down to this. Democrats can't be trusted with the nation's security. Republicans can't be trusted with the liberty of the citizenry. Neither can be trusted with our money.It's quite a system we've built. Amen, brother. Amen.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/21/2005 1:47:00 PM | Feedback (0)
Did you know that the worldwide death rate is 100%? Scary!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/21/2005 12:50:00 PM | Feedback (2)
My $350 keyboard decided to start working again which is good because my wrist was starting to kill me. Of course it decided to start working as soon as I got an email from Fingerworks telling me I could get a refund. The problem is that I don’t want a refund, I want my TouchStream to work because it has helped me so much over the past year or so. It seems to be working now, so that’s a good thing. And if it goes on the fritz again, I’ll just give it some time. Hopefully...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/21/2005 7:54:00 AM | Feedback (0)
Tron 2.0 is a great video game. You’re Jet Bradley, son of Alan Bradley, creator of the original Tron program. You end up getting (unwillingly) digitized into the computer world to help defend the system against a virus as well as determine what Future Control Industries (fCon) has in plan now that they’ve bought out Encom. The game is phenomenal as far as graphics goes. It’s an older game (2003), but it looks identical to the 1982 movie, if not a little better. What really...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/20/2005 3:53:00 PM | Feedback (1)
Let me say that if you’ve not seen Batman Begins, you need to go on an extended lunch break and see the movie today. Then again tonight. I was pleasantly surprised that they managed to completely ignore the previous 4 attempts at the Batman legacy and really focused on telling a compelling story. They actually managed to make it more believable instead of the whole ‘Bruce Wayne is a billionaire as well as a genius who builds all this high tech stuff by...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/20/2005 11:22:00 AM | Feedback (3)
As many of my 7 readers know, I suffer from panic attacks. Sucks to be me, eh? Anyway, I have to go to a psychiatrist every here and there to have someone remind me that I’m nucking futs. So I’m in the waiting room yesterday and like most waiting rooms, they have a local radio station playing softly in the background. The song I had to listen to? Seal – Crazy.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/17/2005 9:23:00 AM | Feedback (1)
Well. That was easier than I thought. Think I'll go get some more coffee.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/16/2005 7:51:00 AM | Feedback (1)
Took this shot of my little at Sea World last week. (click for full size)
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/15/2005 11:29:00 AM | Feedback (0)
I’m not a big time blogger by any stretch of the imagination. And I gave up a long time ago caring where I stood in the Truth Laid Bear Ecosystem because I don’t blog for popularity or fame (takes too much time), I blog because I want to. Period. I find myself more interested in Technorati because that means I can check who’s linking to me and what I’m writing that might be interesting to other people. Again, I couldn’t care less if it’s popular, but it is...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/15/2005 10:55:00 AM | Feedback (2)
And one I apparently don’t have. Update: You know what's really funny? When you make a post about something that irritates the fuck out of you and a dozen or so people then go and purposely do the very thing you are irritated about, just to fuck with you. Oh, did I say FUNNY? Because I meant stupid, asinine, irritating and NOT FUCKING FUNNY. It's just...jerky. How someone thinks that's funny, given that I'm obviously pissed about it happening, is beyond me. I bet you're the kind of...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/15/2005 10:16:00 AM | Feedback (4)
Just got through visiting a, um…interesting web site. From the number of comments, I figured this was some place I’ve missed out on except on further reading, it was the same 4 people over and over and over. Unlike here where I’m lucky if 4 people comment one time. It was a sad spectacle. The posts were inflammatory and insulting to particular points of views and the 4 or so readers would pat each other on the back whenever they’d ‘take down’ someone who...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/14/2005 3:44:00 PM | Feedback (3)
No really. I have. You see, I am the proud owner of a TouchStream LP keyboard. A $350 wonder that has helped ease the pain of my wrists and knuckles from keyboard and mouse strain. It is an amazing piece of technology that senses where your fingers are and requires 0 force to type. Plus, it also is your mouse and can use any hand gesture as a macro. Well, mine started acting up again. It had acted up a while back and I tried contacting the company several times to no avail. Then Wanda, the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/14/2005 3:39:00 PM | Feedback (1)
And I’m looking for some good podcasts. Any recommendations? I’d like some funny stuff, some serious, and hopefully some techie casts. And I’d love to do a cast myself, but I’m anal when it comes to sound production and I couldn’t do it until I had intro music, effects, etc. And for some odd reason my old copy of Sound Forge 5 just won’t install any more and I’ve no budget to upgrade it. So anyone know of any decent freeware sound editing suites.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/13/2005 2:41:00 PM | Feedback (5)
Bill Quick points out cyborgs in our time. The story linked to is about cochlear implants – devices implanted into people’s inner ears to help them hear better. I dated a girl for many years who had one, and it was an interesting experience. Reading about the story reminded me of the awful, awful things I did to her during our courtship. First off, she was completely deaf. Her implant didn’t enable her to ‘hear’ so to speak but rather gave her the ability to...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/13/2005 1:35:00 PM | Feedback (1)
“It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents--except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness." --Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, Paul Clifford (1830) If you’ve never had the pleasure of reading absolutely horrible run on sentences (i.e. you’re...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/13/2005 9:34:00 AM | Feedback (1)
The passing years did nothing to Cynthia’s feelings for Brad for she saw his face everywhere, through the windows of the subway, reflected on the surface of her morning coffee, in her rose garden, and as much as she hated to admit it to herself, it was no use in denying it any more – the restraining order simply was not working.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/13/2005 9:28:00 AM | Feedback (2)
I have it on good authority I might be back from vacation. However, I’ve only got one source on that so I can’t confirm it’s true or anything. It’s not like this is Newsweek magazine around here.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/10/2005 3:58:00 PM | Feedback (0)
I’m heading out for vacation tomorrow. Just across the street over to Sea World, but the Mrs. and I wanted to do something with our daughter before the baby shows up in 6 weeks. So, I’ve been busy at work, busy at home, and haven’t put a lot of oomph into blogging. Sorry. I plan on taking my laptop with me just in case the hotel we stay at has Internet access. Did I mention the baby is due in less than 6 weeks?
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/7/2005 1:28:00 PM | Feedback (1)
Looks nothing like him to me ;) Then again he looks different without a 12 year old under each arm.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/6/2005 9:47:00 PM | Feedback (0)
Don’t know why I would have thought any different, but naive me was just reading the website of a jazz singer who I love to listen to and realize she’s a waaaaaay out leftie. I guess her music is so down-to-earth, I guess I figured she was a little more level headed. Turns out she thinks Bush is the cause for poverty, oil shortages, ingrown toenails, and short term memory loss. Heck, she thinks Al Jazeera is the sheep’s wool. And that meat is murder. And that Globalization is...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/6/2005 2:44:00 PM | Feedback (7)
Why is it to gun control advocates that these phrases: "right of the people peaceably to assemble," "right of the people to be secure in their homes," "enumerations herein of certain rights shall not be construed to disparage others retained by the people," and "The powers not delegated herein are reserved to the states respectively, and to the people" all refer to individuals, but "the right of the people to keep and bear arms" refers to the state? From Evil White Guy and his 40 reasons...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/5/2005 9:20:00 PM | Feedback (4)
Bach – Double Violin Concerto. One of my favorite Bach pieces. I tried to see if the string quartet that played at my wedding could do this one. Being that I was getting married I have no idea if they ever did. The only thing I heard was the thud-thud-thud of my heart in my ears. And someone mumbling something about ‘I do’ or something. There was wine involved too if I’m not mistaken as well as a ring or two.  However, I did not get my...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/3/2005 3:53:00 PM | Feedback (1)
What kind of f’in question is that? Of course I’m gonna brew. Tomorrow I plan on reattempting my California Common (also known as Anchor Steam) that so miserably failed two weeks ago. One of the issues I had was a faulty temperature reading as the metal braid on the temperature probe for my digital thermometer gives wacky readings when it gets wet. It was measuring ice water at 91° so I’m sure my 156° mash temperature was also incorrect which might explain why...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/3/2005 3:26:00 PM | Feedback (0)
And I mean actual work that I’m banging my head on. One of the biggest gripes I have with my career is that most people don’t know the difference between Web Enabled applications and Browser Based applications. As a seasoned webmaster (I’ve been working professionally, non-stop in this gig for 10 years), it amazes me that higher management can’t understand that not every application will work in a browser. Seriously, you can technically recreate Photoshop in a browser,...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/3/2005 8:57:00 AM | Feedback (8)
Still drooling over my iAudio M3L. However I wanted to listen to it in my car so I purchased an FM transmitter from Radio Shack. I was wary of buying it because it only had 8 different frequencies to broadcast on but it was only $30 so I figured what the hell? And hell I got. Damn thing can’t overpower The Eagle 107.5 when it’s on 107.3MHz nor can it completely drown out Lefty 88.5 (home of NPR and the Screaming Yiddish Songs Hour) when in the lower range, so I’m taking the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/2/2005 11:36:00 AM | Feedback (2)
Of course, the dearth of photo ability in my cell phone forces me to describe what I saw instead of showing it to you. 25’ish girl. Midrift shirt. Below the hip-huggers. Spare tire. When she bent over, the low cut pants in association with her extra flab created an ass crack for the entire world to see. This would have been prime material for www.inappropriatelydressed.com
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/1/2005 9:39:00 PM | Feedback (2)
Sharp as a Marble Institute is a privately funded foundation. This is a fancy way of saying “We’re broke.” SaaM runs out of my house, much to the chagrin of Brighthouse I’m sure, but it’s not like I’m getting a million hits a day. In fact, I’ve yet to get a million hits total. Because I also use Vonage, I try to minimize my bandwidth usage by offloading a lot of my graphics to PBase.com. For $25 a year, I get 200 megs of storage for my photography....
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/1/2005 7:54:00 AM | Feedback (5)
Snapped this last night after she had gone to bed. Bueller snuck in and found a warm place to sleep.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/1/2005 7:45:00 AM | Feedback (1)