Monthly Archive for April, 2005

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Fat-kins Diet

I’ve been on a high-protein diet for about 6 months, and I’ve dropped about 22 pounds since, and I feel much healthier, etc.

Still, this Neurotically Yours flash animation makes me laugh: Fat-kins Diet

links for 2005-04-26


Well, it’s been a _long_ time since I’ve done a major overhaul of this site’s design… Though this site has looked very much the same for more than 2 years now, a lot has changed “under the hood”. I’ve converted it from a tables-based layout, to a transitional CSS layout, keeping the design mostly intact. I even got close to validation.

But, is long overdue for a _visual_ update — so, I have taken a chance, and thrown my hat into both the May 1st Reboot and CSS Reboot. The design is ready to go, after almost a year of start-and-stop work… but, I have no idea if I can have it live by Friday morning. ::fingers crossed::

Are you redesigning?

*** May 1st Reboot suggests shutting down sites today, April 25th, to manufacture some dramatic effect… However, I’m not comfortable doing this, so I’ll keep this up, at least until I start uploading the new site.

Poor Man’s TiVo: BitTorrent & RSS

I know a lot of you cats have TiVo, but I thought I’d share my favorite method of downloading our favorite TV shows, sans TiVo…

BitTorrent is awesome, as everyone knows… but, I hate having to continuously scan the tracker sites for the shows I want, and then, I hate waiting for them to download. Wouldn’t it be great if you could tell your BitTorrent client what shows you want, and it would download them automatically?

Why, yes. That is the point of my post.

By using the java client Azureus, in combination with its RSS plugin, you can. I’ve been using this for a couple of months, and I couldn’t be happier… especially when traveling. When we flew to Buffalo last month, I quickly grabbed a couple episodes of the Simpsons and Viva La Bam. Instant airport entertainment.

The details are available in this post: How to never miss an episode with BitTorrent and RSS.

links for 2005-04-23

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Spring Scoots

“this looks dirty”, posted by nedward

I’m starting to wonder about Jason’s sanity, but we broke the Lambrettas out of the basement last sunday. My P-200 is still put away, though, until I can figure out the electrics.

links for 2005-04-15

Site Outage

Apologies for the site outage the past 12 hours… Here is the explanation provided by my hosting company,

It appears that the permissions to your web directory were modified and no longer gave permission to apache to enter the directory. I’ve changed the permissions and your site is back up now.

I love how hosting companies insist that their servers have a 99.9999% uptime… but little f*ck-ups like this don’t count, since only my site was affected, and the server was “up”.

Time to email the billing department…

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Saul Bellow

I have very few literary heroes, but Saul Bellow is one of them. Since I read Henderson the Rain King in high school, I’ve admired his wit, and ability to charge the most ordinary among us with great thoughts and purpose. His characters didn’t always succeed in life, but they were cast with such ironic humor, that it hardly mattered.

I was sorry to hear that he died yesterday, at the age of 89.

I never got to meet him when I was a student at BU, however I did help rescue a manuscript of his from his misbehaving computer, when I worked as as a student help-desk technician — much to the relief of his Grad student.

Though he is well known and widely read, his reputation in the literary world is almost cult-like. Philip Roth said yesterday:

The backbone of 20th-century American literature has been provided by two novelists: William Faulkner and Saul Bellow… Together they are the Melville, Hawthorne, and Twain of the 20th century.

And, a couple of years ago, another writer that I admire, Martin Amis, went on NPR’s The Connection to discuss Bellow, and his legacy.

Rejected Mandate

If the President’s approval rating is at 45%, according to Gallup, why does the news media cover him like he’s got teflon skin? When will anything stick to this guy?

And, Sen. Cornyn (R-Texas), today defended domestic terrorists who attack liberal judges. I would very much like this ass to defend his comments — preferably to the FBI.

links for 2005-04-05

Gmail Rich-Text

I got back from NYC last night, and noticed that not only has Gmail bumped up storage from 1GB to 2GB, but it also has Rich-Text formatting!

* Gmail Rich-Text formatting