August 29, 2004

Joshua Kinberg made a cool-ass bicycle with a spray-chalk computerized printer on it, and used it to spray anti-bush messages on the sidewalks of NYC. He was arrested [] without charges being brought against him. The arresting sargeant agreed that Kinberg's actions were NOT defacement of public property, because, well, it's fucking CHALK. But the arresting officers' superiors ordered him arrested and the bike confiscated anyway.

Maybe he was spraying anthrax?

Maybe we don't live in the United States of America anymore.

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In other news, Gmail has poured more invites on me. If you want one, let me know.

August 23, 2004

I appear to have a Gmail invite to give out. anyone dying to have Gmail?

August 22, 2004

If you decipher this you will gain fame, fortune, and well, my respect. Mostly the last one and not so much the first two.

Prythee, no sport with stingy or play asperity game.


August 19, 2004

We all thought it was over. We thought we wouldn't have to witness senseless cicada deaths for another 17 years. Though that may be true of the periodical bugs that have passed on, there's still some insect carnage left in this summer.

Yes, I have seen my first cicada killer.

I passed a strange electrical-sounding noise bicycling to work this morning, and I turned around to investigate. There was a big blue-green cicada on its back, trying to flip itself over with its wings, and consequently spinning rapidly. On top was a huge wasp piercing the abdomen of the cicada with its egg laying apparatus.

Did I mention the spinning? The whole mess, just spinning.

Gruesome and spinning.

Then it took off! The composite insect managed to right itself, or, well, overturn* itself, and fly away. About 20 feet away, where it hit a bush and plummeted, and I decided it was time to get my butt to work and write my paper. Which I'm not doing.

*Right side up depends on which half of the monster you ask, no?

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Incidentally, this was a big bug; the cicada was about twice the girth and 1 1/2 times the length of the 17 year bugs**. It was white, black, blue and green, and had a 4-plus inch wingspan.

**I almost wrote "of the previous infestation" here, but depending on how you measure the size of the total infestation, well, let's say I'd be exaggerating.

August 15, 2004

listen to the californias

they are fabulous. they wore suits.

their show at perk was pretty good; i think their recorded stuff is better.

they rock out more on the recording; i think they were trying to be quiet.

download let's dance

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thanks everyone for coming out to 8/13 festival; i had a great time, look for more of the band in the future... we don't have a name yet......

August 12, 2004

this for all those who have had to listen to me babble on about how i'm getting a giant sphere for my Ph.D. experiment, and thought "this guy is crazy, no one would build something like that":

aww yeah...

August 04, 2004

Ash from Aowtar mentioned Damn Small Linux to me last night, and I figured I'd give it a try. It's a linux distribution that is less than 50MB in size and is bootable from a CD. It fits on one of those tiny-size CD's, you just drop it in to the CD drive, boot the computer and it automatically sets up a RAM disk and voila, you've got a Linux desktop running with web browser, IM clients, word processor, etc etc.

It is, in fact, f'ing cool.

I'm running it now. If you've got a broadband connection you can download mozilla firefox as an instant install thing (which i did) instead of their stripped-down web browser.

This thing even has a web server; I'm not exactly sure how that would work but it does.

Easiest install ever.

The only thing that was tricky is that I've got a static IP address here at work, so I had to put in all the network info manually to get online.

I'm going to try it on my laptop at perk, maybe tonight, and see if I can get it working with Wi-Fi

Alright, that's all.