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    Saturday, October 11th, 2003
    7:55 pm
    Leaving?
    Ok, so here's the deal:

    I'm not intending on posting to LiveJournal anymore because I don't like LiveJournal itself. I've been making my posts elsewhere, but you can still see them on your friends lists by going here and adding the feed named volkris_feed. It's that short box, second from the bottom.

    But wait, there's not more!

    I was wrong about the five thing. Turns it's a gradual scale. Nevermind.
    Friday, October 10th, 2003
    6:25 am
    modern physics poetry
    Comment if you get this poem; I'm curious as to who out there would know what it's talking about.

    Relatively Good Advice
    by Edward H. Green

    Dear S': I note with distress
    The length of your yardstick is less
    And please wind your clock
    To make it tick-tock
    More briskly. Your faithful friend, S.
    Monday, September 29th, 2003
    5:01 am
    Posting from Mozilla
    Woohoo, posting from a Mozilla-bassed LiveJournal client. Weeee!

    Ok, back to calculating the self energies of electric charge distributions...
    Wednesday, September 24th, 2003
    9:11 am
    Fish... on Cane's?
    A&M's ResNet has been offline for days, so Morgan and I are cut off from the outside world.

    In other news, the following comic appeared in our paper yesterday. I thought some of you Baton Rouge people might appreciate it.

    Sunday, September 14th, 2003
    6:30 pm
    4:17 pm
    Telemarketing hatred is bad
    Well, another Slashdot posting about those evil telemarketers has me trying to figure out a way to escape the US and go somewhere where the population isn't composed almost entirely of morons without personal responsibility.

    I mean God, between the do-not-let-the-telemarketers-call-me-even-though-
    I-decided-to-get-a-phone-that-explicitly-let-them-call-me list, the irrational, whiny, and hateful Bush bashing, the backwards and costly obsession over percieved privacy, and national movement to not allow media companies to offer the nation what it wants, I'm pretty pissed at the US right now.

    You are all insane and I wish I could take a year off to slap each one of you personally.

    But I can't, so I guess I should look into hiring someone to do it for me...
    Saturday, September 13th, 2003
    8:57 pm
    Ghetto party
    I think Hotard needs to host a ghetto party, like the one that got Walton in so much trouble last year, except that our ghetto party would have everyone come dressed as our favorite successful jews.
    Friday, August 29th, 2003
    10:21 am
    Randomish Quote Re: Clinton
    Hehehe...

    Clinton's statesmanlike response to Islamic fanatics was to do nothing -– except when he needed to distract from his impeachment and would suddenly start bombing foreign countries at random. In eight years, the only domestic Muslim terrorist Clinton went after was a blind cleric sitting outside a mosque in New Jersey behind a card table with an "Ask Me About Terrorism" sign.
    Friday, August 22nd, 2003
    4:54 am
    Yes, Powerpoint is evil
    I really hate Powerpoint.
    I really hate the program, the output, the people who use it as a crutch, the bloated and needlessly obscure file format...

    But what's much more interesting is that this guy does too.

    Oh yeah, and I'm leaving Baton Rouge in a couple of hours.
    Thursday, August 21st, 2003
    3:22 pm
    Ten Commandments in Alabama
    You know, I thought Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore might have been this really cool guy upholding the constitution and sticking it to the man by refusing to remove his ten commandments monument from the courthouse.

    I was all cheering for him and really hoping (not expecting, but hoping) he was mostly just being a horse's ass to bring some sanity into the whole church state thing.

    But then I just heard an interview with him on the radio and it turns out he's just a normal religious zealot.

    *sigh*

    Oh well, move along.
    Wednesday, August 20th, 2003
    3:20 am
    Computer self revision/destruction

    • There's an observation in computer science that if you give a computer too much control over its own programming, it will often randomly destroy itself in a kind of accidental suicide from the inside out.
    • The way around this is to teach the computer enough so that it knows how to properly use the amount control entrusted to it.
    • This case of knowledge versus power is just a microscale version of the balancing act between philosophy and science that keeps entire civilizations from achieving precisely the same accidental suicide.


    The first bullet above is specifically meaningful to me and a thought I probably have at least once a day. The others are just lagnappe.

    Current Mood: busy
    Tuesday, August 19th, 2003
    2:32 am
    Power outage in the Northeast
    Regarding reaction to the power outage in the northeast (replying to another comment somewhere else):

    Yeah, and instead of mucking out the stupid regs that cause this situation, they're going to force it into another stupid state that hurts consumers for decades.

    It's seriously just another case of sensationalism when it comes down to it. Really, the northeast lost power for a weekend? For the first time in a decade or so? That's not a bad record in my book at all.

    If you want five nines uptime demand it in the contract or buy your own damn generator. If never failing power is that important to you demand it. Otherwise sit down and shut up when you get anything less.

    Sorry, just had to say that.
    Wednesday, July 30th, 2003
    8:23 am
    Windows error message of the day
    While trying to renew the DHCP lease on my ethernet card, after Windows XP horribly screwed itself up while trying to figure out whether lack of a wireless card should be enough to keep it from going wireless, I got the following error message:

    An unknown error occurred: The operation completed successfully


    Hrumph...
    Sunday, July 27th, 2003
    8:16 pm
    Budweiser Real Men of Genuis
    I heard Bud's salute to the inventor of the giant taco salad today on the radio and went looking for lyrics to the Real Men of Genuis commercials.

    So here's a link to the page I found: link.

    If you look you can find mp3s of many commercials on the web.
    3:29 pm
    Lack of debate skills
    I've always said one of the major problems of our modern society is the complete lack of reasoning skills and internalized philosophy displayed even by the supposedly brightest among us.

    link link
    Thursday, July 24th, 2003
    8:53 pm
    heh heh guitar
    And here I was just asking myself, "Gee, I wonder where in Baton Rouge I can find an angstridden, no tallent adolescent playing a guitar surrounded by people who seem to be enraptured by his plodding strumming." Luckily I happened by CCs and my query was answered.

    Oh well, in other news my Aggie ring is safely on its way to Austin (ooohhh, hsssssss) for a resize.

    And in other, other news my brother got his drivers' license the other day. My dad called the insurance company to get him covered, and it costed so much that he asked my brother if he would mind waiting a month or two before getting clearance to drive on his own. My brother basically said, "Sure, no problem, where did I have to drive anyway? I never go out and don't really want to or anything..." So that was settled.

    Oh wait, the guitar man outside seems to be constipated. Or singing. One of the two. Maybe both. Well, best of luck to him.

    Anyway, it was settled until my mom went to my dad and said, "Marshal, Matthew was really disappointed about not being able to drive. He really wanted to drive to band camp this week and now he's depressed that he won't be able to." So my dad slapped down the money and got him cleared, but when he told Matt that he was allowed and was sorry to disappoint and all, my brother replied along the lines of, "Oh, I don't really want to drive; mom has a lunch appointment with her friends and would have had to leave early if she had to pick me up."

    Those of you who know my mom would find this story really amusing.

    Maybe I can get the moron outside to write a song about her, though I guess I have to wait until the world and love stop treating him so darn badly...
    Monday, July 21st, 2003
    7:52 am
    I'm wearing my Go pants.
    Thursday, July 17th, 2003
    3:39 pm
    But Morgan likes my tummy....
    One of the things I really like about working out here during the summers is that no matter what school I'm at, there's almost always some little shop next door selling really good and cheap food.

    Like when I was working at EA I'd run over to Mike's across the street and grab myself "small" (I normally couldn't finish one in one sitting) shrimp or oyster poboys. And Dutchtown Primary/Middle/High has a little gas station that also sells good poboys.

    Yesterday for lunch I skipped my poboy, though, and grabbed a $1.25 serving of "homemade bread pudding". Talk about good stuff; it was all I had for lunch and I still had to take a break to finish it later.

    So now I'm sitting at St. Amant waiting for my coworker to finish his part of the day's work, eating Zapp's crawtators, drinking Barq's, and wondering if I'd be able to loose the weight this job is putting on me by jogging down the road to where that stuff is produced.
    Tuesday, July 15th, 2003
    5:38 pm
    RIP Netscape
    Well, AOL killed Netscape today.

    It's a sad day for a great many, and what's the future to bring?

    No way to tell.

    The company gave the Mozilla project $2 million in funding, so it's expected to be able to continue for at least a couple of years, and recently non-AOL/Netscape developers eclipsed AOL/Netscape developers for the first time. Some are optomistic, though not very many. I'm certainly not.

    Of course most people wouldn't notice if Netscape and Mozilla were absolutely killed today, which is perhaps the saddest part of all. The advancements that Mozilla stood to bring to the Internet were just phenominal, and that's way over and above being leagues ahead of Internet Explorer in simple browsing. First a fearful Microsoft poisoned Java, and when Mozilla began attacking the same problem a different way it to was let go. Will the fantastic promises of Java never be fulfilled?

    It's just another in a long, long line of examples where true innovation in the tech sector doesn't count for jack. And of course I blame the federal government and its overly liberal intellectual property protections. Yes, the very laws that were supposed to be spurring and even enabling innovation are the ones stifling it all over industry.

    Nobody in the general public realises exactly how much we are hurting from this situation. Remember all of those unfulfilled promises we were made about the technologies of the new century? Yeah, Microsoft and the USPTO is what happened to those.

    And it's NOT going to get any better any time soon.

    Enjoy your buggy operating systems, telemarketing calls, and failing smoke detectors, everyone.
    Monday, July 7th, 2003
    1:33 pm
    Kaga Takeshi, Superstar
    From Mr. Smarty Pants Knows
    (And yes, I ran across that doing work, looking for documentation on a computer thing called Smarty).
    Kaga Takeshi, the actor who plays Chairman Kaga on Iron Chef, played Jean Valjean in a 1994 production of Les Misérables. He was also the first Japanese Tony in West Side Story, as well as the first Japanese Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar.

    In the film Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, a pod from the Discovery (the ship from 2001: A Space Odyssey that goes to Jupiter) can be seen behind Qui-Gon in Watto's junkyard.
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