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Monday, September 7th, 2009
11:42 am
Happy Birthday
Happy Birthday [info]spurious_logic !  I hope all your labors today are fun. :-)
Sunday, August 23rd, 2009
8:08 pm
I've taken over 10,000 pictures this year.  I know this because my camera's odometer Flipped back to IMG_0001 this weekend. :-)

Current Mood: amused
Wednesday, July 8th, 2009
12:34 pm
Happy Geek Second
it is now 12:34:56 7/8/9

Current Mood: amused
Monday, May 4th, 2009
9:58 pm
I defeated GoDaddy
For years I've owned my own domains on the Web. Basically, I've used them for email, and that's about it. Recently, I've been wanting to have a semi-private place where I could put large files and other people could go pick them up. (For example, the pictures I take are 10 million pixels. I trim them down by a quarter before I post them on Flikr, but I'm happy to give the full size version to the person in the picture. But email systems can get cranky about sending 6 MB + files. Then there's video....)

I've been paying Pair networks $6 / month for 250 MB of drive space and 10 GB / month of bandwidth. GoDaddy sells an account with 10 GB of disk space and 300 GB / month of bandwidth for $5. So, since it's time to renew my domain registrations anyway, I figured I'd switch.

Before I continue this rant I'd like to note that the GoDaddy tech support people are pretty good. They've been patient with me when I was slow, mostly knew what they were talking about, and they've all been native speakers of the English language.

However, GoDaddy's support sucks. Here's four things that you really should know before setting up your website, that GoDaddy doesn't mention anywhere.
  1. GoDaddy's FTP server's do not support Secure FTP (IOW: You have to send your password unencrypted.)

  2. Standard behavior is that if there isn't an index.html file, going to a directory gives you a list of files in that directory. GoDaddy doesn't do this. They tell you it's an invalid link, instead.

  3. Normally, you run PHP (which GoDaddy says the provide for my level of account) by putting it inside of an html file. GoDaddy has this turned off by default.

  4. GoDaddy does a reverse DNS lookup on every piece of mail sent to its users. If the lookup fails, the message is deleted, and never makes it to the user. On the plus side, i haven't received a thousand emails today. On the minus side, I have no way of knowing if they delete non-spam email, because I never get to see it.
As I mentioned above, I wanted this account in part so that I could post files for other people to download. This makes #2 really irritating. The tech support guy said I could get around this by making an index.html file that used PHP to get a list of the files in the directory, and make links to the files. Whereupon #3 bit me in the butt, because I couldn't get any PHP to run. After more than half and hour with multiple tech support people, I got a supervisor who told me about #3, and who told me that I would have to set up a .htaccess file to turn on PHP, but that he wasn't going to tell me how to do that because "that's scripting, and we don't provide support for that."

How I defeated GoDaddy, the Geeky detailsCollapse )
 So now it all works, and I'll probably stick with them. But I'm much less pleased with them than I was 24 hours ago.

Current Mood: cranky
Saturday, May 2nd, 2009
1:51 am
Swine flu humor
I got this picture from my sister.  It's dirty, but it still laughing 15 minutes after first seeing it, so it's behind the cut.

See the picture. You know you want to....Collapse )

Winnie, Piglet, and Swine Flu

Current Mood: amused
Saturday, April 18th, 2009
3:20 am
Late to the Party
I figured most of you would have heard about this by now, but I mentioned it to a couple of people at Afters, and got nothing but blank stares, so I'm posting.

Susan Boyle, a dumpy, unemployed 47 year old woman from a village in the middle of nowhere went on "Britain's Got Talent", and seriously kicked ass. If you haven't watched the YouTube video of her performance, go there and watch it now. If you want to, skip to 1:35 which is shortly before she starts singing. Then just sit back and listen to her sing "I Dreamed a Dream" for Les Miserables. She's at least as good as the Original London Cast singer, and she was a nobody. Now she's the star of a YouTube video that's gotten over 25 million views, in less than a week.

If she doesn't have a professional contract signed in the next month, it will be because every music exec in the world is an idiot.

Current Mood: impressed
Monday, March 2nd, 2009
12:55 am
I've defeated iTunes
One of my disappointments with iTunes is that it gets really confused when you have multiple albums with the same title, from different groups (i.e. "Greatest Hits").  This weekend I figured out that giving each album a different Disk number (Disk 1 of 10, 2 of 10, etc.) leads iTunes to get unconfused.

Since I have it set to shuffle by album, this is a helpful fix for me.

Current Mood: pleased
Thursday, February 19th, 2009
8:09 pm
Well, that was dumb
So, I was at UCSC today, paying my fees.  I decided I'd stop at the place with the nice view of the ocean, and take some pictures.  While I was there, I decided I'd do two "photo stitch" shots (take a bunch of pictures, and have the computer merge them together into one really big photo).

Unfortunately, while I was shooting the first one, I moved.  My whole body.  Several feet.  Which means I have photos that can't be stitched together, because moving two feet before rotating to take the next picture means that the foregrounds and backgrounds of the two pictures can not both line up!



Current Mood: artistic
Monday, February 9th, 2009
11:20 am
Men are "easier" than women, here's why :-)
Just in time for Valentine's Day, Science explains kissing
Kissing feels so pleasurable due to hormone surge, find scientists
The reason that kissing feels so pleasurable is that sparks a surge of hormones in our brains, according to new research.
By Matthew Moore
Last Updated: 12:00AM GMT 09 Feb 2009
Couples who share a passionate kiss this Valentine's Day will enjoy sensations of relaxation and excitement because of a complex series of chemical processes, as well as their love for their partners.
The study showed that women need more than just a kiss to experience the same chemical high as men - with additional features such as a romantic atmosphere of dimmed lights and mood music also required.
Wendy Hill, professor of psychology at Lafayette College, Pennsylvania began the research to find out why the mundane physical activity of rubbing lips can elicit such a gratifying emotional response.
Her team tested the levels of two hormones, cortisol and oxytocin, in 15 couples before and after holding hands and kissing.
They found that kissing reduced the levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, in both sexes. But levels of oxytocin, a hormone linked to social bonding that they expected to be boosted by kissing, only rose among the men.
So they repeated the experiments, in more intimate settings.  And apparently found that the change in setting improved the quality of the kissing.  I must admit, I'm curious to see if the setting change leads to an increase in oxytocin production all by itself. :-)

Current Mood: amused
Friday, January 23rd, 2009
4:13 pm
Happy Birthday
Happy Birthday[info]palefemme !
Monday, December 29th, 2008
7:41 pm
This is what ADHD looks like
So, I decided I would call a friend. While scrolling to her number on my cell phone, I noticed another name, thought "???", and checked the details on that other name. There's an email address there! Oops, I was suppose to send her an email a couple of weeks ago to pester her to set up a massage appointment with me. Go to email. Oh, look, several guys who I Friended on Facebook responded. Click on their links, check out their pages.

After about 15 minutes, I remember I was going to send an email. Go back to email program. Oh, cool, Rob responded to my Friend request. Back to Facebook, check out his pictures. 5 minutes later, back to email. Add person to email address book, and send her an email. Go back to phone, resume scrolling to first friend's name. Call. (Get voicemail. :-( )

In all, it only took me about 30 minutes to make the call. :-)

Current Mood: amused
Saturday, December 27th, 2008
2:10 am
Should you work out when sick
Interesting article in the Times. The answer seems to be: a head cold does not affect your lung functions or your exercise capacity (even though you feel fatigued). If you have a feer, muscle aches, or chest congestion, OTOH, exercise is probably a bad idea, and pushing yourself is definitely a bad idea.

If you do have just a head cold (sneezing and runny nose), exercise will probably make you feel better, but it won't actually make you better faster.

Current Mood: thoughtful
2:04 am
A Drug War we can win
In Afghanistan, the Taliban have heroin. We, however, have Viagra
The Afghan chieftain looked older than his 60-odd years, and his bearded face bore the creases of a man burdened with duties as tribal patriarch and husband to four younger women. His visitor, a CIA officer, saw an opportunity, and reached into his bag for a small gift.

Four blue pills. Viagra.

"Take one of these. You'll love it," the officer said. Compliments of Uncle Sam.

The enticement worked. The officer, who described the encounter, returned four days later to an enthusiastic reception. The grinning chief offered up a bonanza of information about Taliban movements and supply routes -- followed by a request for more pills.
I find this incredibly funny. I'm also embarrassed that it's something that's never occurred to me (yes, I do spend time thinking about things like "how can we be more effective fighting terrorists). Modern technology (pharmaceuticals, electronics, general medical) can work miracles, miracles that people have searched after for thousands of years. That's an incredible tool in the fight against the barbarians. I'm glad that we're using it.

Now that I think of it, I wonder if they're also giving out Rogaine? :-)

Current Mood: impressed
Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008
8:52 pm
Animals understand fairness
Some amusing research on animals. If you train monkeys to give you a rock in exchange for food, they'll do it, even for a cucumber. However, if they see you giving another monkey better food for a rock, they'll get pissed at you, to the point of throwing away the food and not participating any more.

Dogs are less discriminating. So long as you feed them, they don't complain about the quality of their bribes. So if you teach them to shake, they'll do it for free. But, if they see another dog getting rewarded for shaking, they'll shake more slowly, and eventually stop shaking your hand, if you don't feed them, too.

Fairness, it's not just for humans.

Current Mood: amused
8:37 pm
Dicken's Photos up
I've finally posted all the photos I took at DCF. (Here for just my Dark Garden Photos.)

Current Mood: accomplished
Wednesday, December 10th, 2008
9:18 pm
A Christmas Gift for those you're dancing with
Today I bought a Christmas gift for all the women I dance with: three white cotton handkerchiefs. :-)

$5 at Target, monogrammed with a single initial. If they work well I will probably get more.

Current Mood: amused
Friday, December 5th, 2008
5:04 pm
Time to repeal Prohibition?
75 years ago today, Prohibition (of Alcohol) ended in the US. Prohibition was started with one Constitutional Amendment (the 18th), and ended with another (th 21st).

Which Constitutional Amendment permitted the War on Drugs?

My two favorite drugs are caffeine and sugar (happily both are currently legal). I've never taken an illegal drug, and I doubt I ever will (even if they become legal). But the War on Drugs is an idiotic failure, as harmful to our society as Prohibition was. Can we please just call it quits?

FDA, DEA delenda est!

Current Mood: annoyed
Thursday, December 4th, 2008
9:35 pm
Discount Tickets for DCF?
Hi all,

I have two friends who may be coming to DCF this weekend. Anyone have any discount tickets I can give them?



Update: got one, need one more.

Current Mood: hopeful
Wednesday, November 26th, 2008
12:48 pm
The Last Lynching in America
Seventy-five years ago today, San Jose witnessed the last public lynching in the United States.
On the evening of November 26, 1933, in front of the Old Courthouse, Thomas Thurmond was hanged from the limb of a venerable mulberry tree and John Holmes was hanged from an elm. San Joseans lynched these men because they had confessed to kidnapping and murdering a very popular 22 year old named Brooke Hart. "Brookie" was the son and heir to the Hart Department Store, located in downtown San Jose. (The Hart's advertisement can still be seen on the side of their warehouse west off the Guadalupe Freeway, while driving south near the Julian / Saint John exit.) To batter down the main door of the jail behind the Old Courthouse, the mob used a steel beam from the next-door Post Office which was under construction. Judges and County Supervisors watched from the courthouse windows. The men were stripped, beaten, set on fire, and hanged in Saint James Park, while 3000 cheered on the mob violence. The story was covered nationally, and it set off a debate about justice in America. Most were outraged by the vigilantism, including President Franklin Roosevelt, and President Herbert Hoover who had just retired to Stanford. Many professors at Stanford opined the hanging was swift justice. The term "bleeding hearts" was coined by a reporter to describe people who felt sorry for the alleged kidnappers Thurmond and Holmes. Governor "Sunny Jim" Rolph said he would pardon anyone associated with lynching the two men. Rolph received much negative press for his support of the vigilantes, and died soon thereafter at a farmhouse near what is today First Street and Montague Expressway.

Current Mood: thoughtful
Thursday, November 13th, 2008
9:20 am
Friday Night SF Crash Space
I'd like to check out Friday Night Blues this week. But I'm doing dickens workshops Saturday. Is there anyone in SF who's be willing to let me crash with them Friday night, in exchange for a massage?

If so, since FNB goes until 2, how late are you willing for me to show up?



Current Mood: hopeful
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