February 27, 2008
At first I was apparently friends with the pirate (who, incidentally, had a wooden leg and an eyepatch, but he was still wearing his orange prison jumper) because I thought the young alcoholic was a bit of a dick. But then I realized he was dying and couldn't get another insulin pump. I pursued him (mostly by hovertrain) until we both ended up at my parents' house. There was a long negotiation involving much cannon fire and me hiding behind a scrawny tree, but I appealed to his humanity (with the help of a friendly neighborhood sniper), and asked him (via SMS) to please give up the insulin pump; "consider it a charitable contribution, although I don't think you can take a tax deduction on it."
He realized the error of his ways, and left the insulin pump behind as he flew off to plunder loot from those who deserved a good plundering.
February 24, 2008
11g is pretty assy anyway though. Seeing as how the only devices which "need" 11g connectivity are my Wii and my old Powerbook, I went and just ordered a pair of Netgear 11n bridges. I'll just use my G5 as my router and 11g access point, and the Netgear bridges will (hopefully) give me much better network performance for the bridged devices anyway, as well as for my MacBook. Hopefully they'll also arrive sooner rather than later, as my parents are visiting me for a week in a few days, and of course TiVo gets very unhappy if it's without fresh TV listings for too long. I guess I can try using my Airport Express as a WDS→Ethernet bridge in the meantime (though that always was fairly unreliable).
6:25 PM Yay for neighbors who have an unsecured AirPort access point.
6:52 PM Hm, looks like the original base router is working again. Maybe I can salvage it after all. (However I did want to upgrade my network to 11n anyway, especially the bridged portion.)
February 23, 2008
I guess I could try to get it serviced again though. It might be hard to convince them that it's still under warranty, though, since I can't find my receipt (even though the Apple TV didn't even ship until March 21). Maybe now that Apple is actually giving the product some attention, it can get some actual service too.
February 21, 2008
While I understand that you believe you are protecting your interests, constantly removing all clips of The Joy Of Painting from YouTube does you a great disservice.
Bob Ross was a great painter with a great message, and his television show is incredibly uplifting. However, his fairly eccentric demeanor has attracted quite a bit of parody, much of which is infantile and mean-spirited. As a result, by having the actual Joy Of Painting clips removed from YouTube, all that remains are the terrible parodies, many of which present themselves as being legitimate clips of the real show.
I thoroughly enjoy watching The Joy Of Painting in reruns on my local PBS affiliate, but when I try to explain what is so incredible about his show, friends immediately turn to YouTube, and only see the parodies, and get the impression that The Joy Of Painting is some sort of bizarre, sophomoric humor show, or that Bob Ross was a foul-mouthed drunkard who spent much of his time stoned.
I do appreciate the need to protect the copyright of entire episodes, but I hope that you will reconsider your policy of aggressively removing fair-use clips of the show from Internet video sharing sites.
February 20, 2008
The first shipment arrived several days ago, and contained the two items which weren't backordered. This seemed fine.
The second shipment arrived today. It was a fairly large box. Inside this box was the following:
- One 10' instrument cable, blue
- Packing material
Why doesn't Musician's Friend use a bit of common sense when they decide what to pack together? Do they just look at the orders generated by the computer and laugh when they see that someone's (apparently) ordered a single $6 instrument cable?
On a related note, why do they constantly send out so many catalogs and mailings which are pretty much impossible to get off of? Why do many of their "special offers" require calling a salesperson on the phone rather than making a web-based order (which would ostensibly be cheaper for them, and certainly makes me as a customer feel more confident that I'll receive the right item)? I think they need to rethink a few of their strategies, here.
Guess I'll be finding out how horrible the customer service is!
February 19, 2008
- There is (finally!) per-
window applicationmonitor affinity, so hotplugging my work monitor at the wrong time doesn't scramble my windows so much(yay!)
- A remote server going down doesn't completely hork up the Finder until a request successfully times out
- the Screen Sharing VNC client is way faster and slicker than Chicken of the VNC (aside from the lack of fullscreen mode, anyway); it's even capable of streaming video over my network with no problem
- Time Machine to a remote drive doesn't completely hork up when the remote drive isn't available (it just silently puts a warning in the Menu Extras item) (now if only you could configure multiple shares, so I could have full backup/recovery both at work and at home)
- The font engine seems to do a better job of providing fixed-width font sizes to Aquamacs
- 10.5.2 finally lets you turn off the godawful translucent menu bar (it's in "Desktop")
February 16, 2008
Of course, the main reason I even tried it was because it supports AirTunes, and so now I can have the same music playing through my whole apartment (streamed from my G5 to my bedroom and living room).
February 15, 2008
The obvious guess would be that it's more that if the woman stays over, she needs fresh clothing, and the man's clothing will generally be larger (and thus fit), but in a lot of things it seems that the man ends up wearing the woman's underwear afterwards. Is that supposed to just be a humorous commentary on the cliché that has itself become a cliché?
February 10, 2008
And apparently, the squirrel scene used real trained squirrels!
He made a personal "mixtape" of the album, which just had his favorite songs from the album. Repeatedly. And he played it, very loud. Repeatedly. And his stereo was right against the wall between our units.
Not being confrontational, it took me about a week before I finally went over and asked him to stop playing it. My exact words were, "If you do not stop playing this album right now, I will kill you." And he believed me, as I believed it.
February 8, 2008
I figure that at the least there's some blocking due to profanity, "alternative religion" (i.e. atheism!), and perhaps because of the occasional talk about sexuality and drugs and what have you.
Basically it's a bit surprising that apparently the only way to find out if your site is blocked is to run a web filter which blocks it, or to get emailed by someone who does, anyway. Maybe some of the more common filters have a "check my site" page but I really have no idea what software is out there that's commonly-used.
February 6, 2008
I wonder if my dental issues will ever get under control. I don't know why I always get so many cavities. I brush and floss and use fluoride rinse and I got a Sonicare electric toothbrush at my previous dentist's recommendation and so on, but yet I seem to always get 2-3 cavities per year. It's a bit disheartening.
I also need to get a mouthguard for my bruxism (which my insurance doesn't cover, and which is yet another stupid thing I have to deal with every night). Meh. Why do mouths have to be so badly-engineered?
February 4, 2008
February 3, 2008
- In a saucepan, combine a quart of chicken stock and a handful or two of dried shiitake mushrooms [or, better yet, fresh shiitake, or dried mushrooms which have at least been soaking in hot water for a while]
- Bring it to a gentle boil, stirring slowly until the mushrooms soften
- Add one minced shallot, the juice of one lime, a tablespoon of sriracha or other chili paste (adjusting for taste), and a dash or two of white wine vinegar
- Add soy sauce to season to taste
- Reduce to a gentle simmer. Scramble one egg in a bowl, and drizzle a thin ribbon of egg into the soup
- Finely chop a green onion on the bias and add to the soup
- Serve and enjoy
February 2, 2008
I watched it on TV, and due to broadcast licensing issues with the music, Chekov/Timon couldn't even sing the actual Lion Sleeps Tonight hook which made it even funnier, somehow.