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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links for 2005-04-18

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