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No walk. Hot. Not much else, either -- read SF short stories online, and watched bits of the ACM A.M. Turing Centenary Celebration webcast. It's archived, so I don't feel bad about missing most of it. When I'm physically attending a conference I can stay focussed; there appear to be too many distractions at home.

Quotes of the day:

Vint Cerf: It's like raising teenagers. You don't know how to do it; you just live through it and one day they turn into people.

Paul Saffo: In 100 years we still won't have a computer that can pass the Turing test, but we will have proved that most members of Congress fail it.

Two boxes of books packed from the office, and three boxes of recycling accumulated. The third is still in the office because the recycling bin is, as usual, full.

Linkie: Linus Torvalds Wins Joint Millennium Technology Prize.

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mdlbear: portrait of me holding a guitar, by Kelly Freas (freas)

I was pondering what to post this morning. It's not that I was in an unusually weird mood, but this video of Tom Smith singing "I Had A Shoggoth" popped into my head. Ok, now my mood is unusually weird. The best thing about this one is the amazing Judi Miller signing it. Never having heard it before!

Warning: not keyboard-safe. Put your drink down in a safe place.

mdlbear: (120-cell)

Today's xkcd is screamingly funny, at least to anyone who knows the Banach–Tarski Theorem.

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Colleen: I have only half a colon, so...

Me: Does that make it a semicolon?

mdlbear: (g15-meters)

Today's xkcd. SFW but highly NSFK, for certain classes of geek.

mdlbear: (hill-of-three-oaks)

Atheist Barbie - Boing Boing

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A good walk, and we finally turned off our bottled water account now that we're using a filter -- much cheaper. On the flip side, my netbook isn't charging its battery. GRUMP!! Works fine on AC power, and there doesn't seem to be anything wrong with the battery itself.

I started upgrading Argo, my Thinkpad A30, to the latest Ubuntu. *sigh* It'll be nice to have a living-room machine with a decent keyboard, though.

Good links under the cut, as usual.

QOTD

Feb. 25th, 2010 02:07 pm
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$boss: $coworker's not here. So no 2 o'clock meeting.

me (checking time): We're having our 2 o'clock meeting.

$boss: Guess we're done, then.

QOTD

Feb. 7th, 2010 08:51 pm
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context: the cookbook section of Amazon.com

Colleen: ... The Cookbook of Rudyard Kipling

My immediate response: I didn't realize he was an ingredient.

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The YD went to thaw out some berries to make herself a smoothie. The bag looked like it contained either raspberries or strawberries.

It turned out to be borscht.

(Earlier, Colleen turned up The Apache Cookbook in the cookbook section of the Kindle store -- that turned out to be about the web server, not the tribe of Southwestern Native Americans. At least, as Naomi pointed out, it wasn't the helicopter.)

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[livejournal.com profile] screaming_angel: Where's the gluten-free book?

Me: Most books are gluten-free, actually,.

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(17:54:02) ***mdlbear now has a place to put the laptop that runs his tax software. Of course, it's on top of two boxes that need to be taken out and sorted, but... Hmm.
(17:56:09) ***Naomi never wants to hear the word 'box' again..
(17:56:33) ***mdlbear chuckles. Sorry about that..
(17:57:07) mdlbear: The office now contains a large number of Nameless Horrors..
(17:57:30) ***Naomi rotfl..
(17:57:39) ***mdlbear laughs.
(17:58:08) mdlbear: I think that merits QOTD status.
(17:58:25) mdlbear: Cthulhu agrees..
(18:00:11) ***Naomi grins. Yup..

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A low-key, friendly end to a great weekend. Took a walk, finally, while Callie was off at an appointment and Naomi was napping. Ended the visit with Callie's birthday picnic. I don't think N. realized that I knew [livejournal.com profile] randwolf back when he was in the Bay Area.

And at the end of the day a drink, dinner, and good conversation at home, falling into bed sometime around 11:30 and snuggling with my own wonderful Colleen.

While I was out walking I discovered that I'm starting to pay attention to what I'm saying to myself. "I am a stupid bear. No, I was a stupid bear. I'm smarter now." Don't remember what I was stupid about; that's fine.

Link sausage: xkcd's tech support cheat sheet.

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Colleen decided to sort through some of the boxes of stuff from her (former) desk in the bedroom, and ran across a Bear Bell. It says so on the tag. I wasn't aware of the fact that I needed one.

My watch battery died. I'm wondering whether to replace the battery, replace the watch, or join the growing multitude of people who use their cell phone as a pocket-watch.

I finished configuring my work desktop computer, but it's not talking to me this morning. So much for working from home, not that I was planning to anyway. I did, however, find the website with the source code for my favorite calendar program, complete with instructions for building it in Lenny. I win.

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... not lust, exactly. More like perverse fascination.

There, I Fixed It.

From this post by [livejournal.com profile] gmcdavid.

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Colleen (singing): I'm in love with a big blue frog / A big blue frog loves me...

Me: Hey, you didn't tell me you had a new sweetie!

Colleen: *laughs*

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Me: I used to be middle-aged, but I grew out of it.

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[livejournal.com profile] idea_fairy points out that today is, indeed, Not Found Day. It is perversely appropriate that Wikipedia doesn't have an article for it that I can link to.

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This post by [livejournal.com profile] ysabetwordsmith.

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The Wolfling said she was going to get a pickle out of the fridge, so I asked her to get me one too.

She came out with two pickles, one about 3 times the size of the other. She had her thumb firmly on the larger one.

Last seen heading for her room chortling "I broke the Mandelbear!"

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Seen on a sign in the Kaiser hospital parking lot:

Valet Parking Temporally Full

mdlbear: (iLuminati)

We've been looking all over the house for Colleen's MP3 player, which has been missing ever since she came back from her last Remicade appointment. She wanted me to figure out how to put it into shuffle mode, which I thought I had done.

As it turned out it wasn't in the purple tote bag under the table, which she was positive was the one she'd taken to her appointment. It was in a green Whole Foods tote mostly full of empty Coke cans, which someone had hung up next to the washing machine on one of the hooks we use for bags of cans and bottles to be recycled. There was also a bag of peppermints in there.

I am simultaneously overjoyed that it's been found, mildly annoyed that someone (undoubtedly trying hard to be helpful) would have put it where it didn't belong without looking or asking, and considerably amused.

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The hot water with epsom salt is for soaking your sore thumb, not for drinking. Even if it is in a coffee mug.

Beware!!

Feb. 9th, 2009 11:13 am
mdlbear: (sureal time)
Beware: UNIX Time to Read 1234567890 On Friday the 13th
perl -e 'print scalar localtime(1234567890),"\n";'
Fri Feb 13 15:31:30 2009
mdlbear: (wtf)

This is just plain wrong.

picture behind cut for the preservation of your sanity )

... unless you're familiar with "A Planet Named Shayol". In which case it is very, very wrong.

mdlbear: (flamethrower)

My trackball is going Republican -- it keeps dashing off to the far right. Where did I go wrong?

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Y.D. I never said I was sane.

Me Sweetheart, you're saner than a lot of people we know.

(Colleen said something similar almost simultaneously.)

mdlbear: (hacker glider)

Yes, as a matter of fact, Apache rewrite rules do look like a combination of line noise and swearing. This is a problem why?

mdlbear: (xkcd-boomdeyada)

Read the Wikipedia article.

Watch the video.

Look at xkcd 442, which is indeed awesome, and the comments on the LJ feed post, where the fun began.

Track the progress on [livejournal.com profile] xkcd_boomdeyada.

The Web is not merely stranger than we imagine...

mdlbear: (hacker glider)

... sort of like coffee: the stronger and darker it is, the better.

mdlbear: (copyleft)
So far I've not bothered posting about the Associated Press's ridiculous claim that a quoting even as few as half a dozen words from one of their articles is a copyright violation, and requires payment. But this one is simply too deliciously ironic to avoid.

Techdirt: AP Quotes Blogger In Discussing Bloggers Quoting AP; Hilarity Ensues
The ongoing ridiculous situation brewing between bloggers and the Associated Press has now taken a turn towards the enjoyably hilarious. We had already mentioned the fact that, despite the AP's complaints that bloggers quoting less than 100 words were violating fair use, the AP had a long history of quoting more than 100 words from bloggers -- and not even linking back to the original blog. Now, in a bit of ultimate irony, the AP's own article about this brouhaha quoted (without linking) twenty-two words from TechCrunch. That's 18 words more than the supposed four word "limit" the AP has suggested. With an ironic chance that wide, TechCrunch's Michael Arrington couldn't resist, and asked his lawyer to send a DMCA takedown notice to the Associated Press, along with a bill for $12.50 (directly off the AP's own pricing schedule). He admits that it's ridiculous, but that's what his actions are designed to present. By law, the AP should be required to takedown the content before filing a response -- though, since it's filing the response to itself, then perhaps it won't need to takedown the content. Either way, this helps illustrate the insanity of the entire situation.
See the original post for comments and links.
mdlbear: (hacker glider)

Security is like sex. Once you're penetrated you're ****ed.

(From this comment on a slashdot post titled "Mac OS X Root Escalation Through AppleScript". Punctuation unchanged from the original.)

QOTD

Jun. 9th, 2008 08:52 pm
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Y.D.: I can't find Serenity.

me: Try Buddhism.

mdlbear: (comma-sutra)
Kama Sutra: Kama Sutra For IT People, Computer Fetishists Totally work safe, oddly enough.

Gives a whole new meaning to "cybersex". From Gizmodo.
mdlbear: (wtf)

'Sex pest' seal attacks penguin (BBC).

An Antarctic fur seal has been observed trying to have sex with a king penguin.

The South African-based scientists who witnessed the incident say it is the most unusual case of mammal mating behaviour yet known.

The incident, which lasted for 45 minutes and was caught on camera, is reported in the Journal of Ethology.

The bizarre event took place on a beach on Marion Island, a sub-Antarctic island that is home to both fur seals and king penguins.

Why the seal attempted to have sex with the penguin is unclear. But the scientists who photographed the event speculate that it was the behaviour of a frustrated, sexually inexperienced young male seal.

Equally, it might be been an aggressive, predatory act; or even a playful one that turned sexual.

A commenter on [livejournal.com profile] wcg's post points out that the second paragraph needs to be edited to read "...most unusual case of non-human mammal mating behavior..."

Also noted recently in this post by [livejournal.com profile] snobahr and this post by [livejournal.com profile] thnidu (who has by far the better icon for it).

I couldn't possibly make this stuff up.

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... should probably just skip this post. )

QOTD

Apr. 18th, 2008 08:23 am
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[livejournal.com profile] flower_cat: "I think I just need holding."

[livejournal.com profile] mdlbear: "Does that make you an old bag of holding?"

(No, she didn't hit me.)

mdlbear: (sureal time)

This morning's earthquake was brought to you by the California TeleTourism Board. TeleTourism: the next best thing to being there.

mdlbear: portrait of me holding a guitar, by Kelly Freas (freas)

Just go read it. (Not keyboard safe.)

From this post by [livejournal.com profile] gmcdavid.)

mdlbear: (borg)
To say that this parody of a 1960's children's sex-ed book is over the top is a total understatement. But funny? Definitely.
page image behind cut )
(from Gizmodo. Looks like a digital camera rip-off at CES. There's a version at http://www.stayathomeserver.com/book.aspx, but it's all flash, slow to load, and the page images are smaller. Oh, and the last half of the book is missing. Well, what do you expect from Microsoft?
mdlbear: (ubuntu-hello-cthulhu)

From this post by [livejournal.com profile] technoshaman, we get

a bumper-sticker for Cthulhubuntu )
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Robo Ramen: Japanese Rube Goldberg Machine Makes Ramen in Six Long Minutes
Six minutes in the making, this Japanese Rube Goldberg-esque machine uses skittles, model cars and what looks like miniature junk sails to make a bowl of steaming noodles with an egg on top. The commentator should have got a medal for keeping up the excitement levels.
They don't mention the wax-paper fuse, the crossbow, ...
mdlbear: (flamethrower)
Comcast: 75-Year-Old Sends a Hammering Blow to Comcast's Customer Service
If there is one 75-year-old you do not want to piss off, it's Mona Shaw. Ms Shaw was in the process of switching her phone service from Verizon to Comcast's Triple Play, but after multiple failed attempts, she went ballistic—with a hammer! Ms Shaw vented her fury by smashing up the local Comcast payment center in Manassas, Center Street, Virginia.

As Mona went ape shit with the hammer, destroying inanimate objects around the office, she was reported to have been screaming, "Have I got your attention now?"
Reminds me of the old story of the mule and the 2x4.
mdlbear: (hacker glider)
sky_puter
look ma! no case!
This is what happens with a bored tech support guy and old parts.
It is suspended by cat5 for the main wires and cat3 for the little stuff.
Gizmodo calls it "the first caseless case mod we've seen", which means they haven't been around very long -- I've seen several, both suspended like this one, and wall-mounted. (And that's not even counting a long line of temporary desktop lash-ups at the Starport.) This particular mod raises the question of just how much of it actually gets used, as opposed to just being there because it's a traditional PC component.

picture behind cut )
mdlbear: (wtf)

From this post by [livejournal.com profile] bercilakslady, we get this. Short, and distinctly not keyboard safe if you've ever even glanced at Anglo-Saxon.

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I am perversely amused by the fact that, without even thinking about it, I managed to re-schedule my upcoming jury duty for the week starting the Fifth of November.

In other news, it was raining when I woke up at the perverse hour of 5am.

mdlbear: (hacker glider)

Go read this!

Don't forget to mouse over it and check out the title (mistakenly called the alt-text).

mdlbear: (wtf)

Hey, [livejournal.com profile] super_star_girl! I understand you're trying to clear all of the Barbie dolls out of your room.

Take a look at this! )

(From this post by [livejournal.com profile] wcg.)

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