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Upcoming: Opinionation, Lewis Carroll Logic
Currently: Unfortunate Random Mode

Ugh: Reinstalled. This random period stretches for quite a while (read on if you haven't) but hopefully I will once again hit a longer topic. Some condensed information on bias, opinion, and anonymity on the Internet coming soon. For whatever reason, this particular inquiry is forcing me to relearn search strategy. Do mail me if you know a good source.

[12/06/1999]

Sunny Day Real Estate: I was out looking for information on the band's progress in the studio as the official site doesn't have much to stay about it. Digging around in my bookmarks, I tried Guitar and Video Games but got redirected to an ad for some upcoming celebrity cigarette smoking page. Just to confirm I'm not going bonkers, the Open Directory SDRE section lists Guitar and Video Games as the star site.

[12/06/1999]

Eyesore attempts to be a comprehensive listing of information on groups that have released records on 4AD. Some of the band pages have pictures and extra links to more content. Example: their Pixies page includes this mind-boggling ASCII family tree.

In general, a handy tool for those discography questions. Hey Jeff and/or Jason, if either of you is paying attention; the Dead Can Dance ya know.

[12/06/1999]

Caesar over at Ars brought up the WinNT C2 security compliance issue this weekend. Good to read if you use NT, or if you're weighing the multiple server operating systems. As Caesar points out, it's really all about having a competent admin. So if I ever want to pretend I know NT, I had best read up on deploying C2 in WinNT.

[12/06/1999]

Center for Democracy and Technology's Operation Opt-Out has information on getting marketers to remove you from their lists. Quite handy if you like privacy.

[12/05/1999]

These "free data" graphs based on some American Internet User Survey scare me. Why is there such a big emphasis on measuring gender variation? And how did they supposedly come by this information? I don't tell my browser that I am male or female, and you shouldn't either.

[12/05/1999]

Stupid search engines, part XIV:
?infoseek bias
6 of the 10 hits have nothing to do with bias. All The Cheese Page has is really bad puns. You've been warned; who was it that said "A good pun is its own reword"?

I just searched on that and immediately regretted it. There are some just plain bad one liner sites out there. Cases in point: one two three four... I could keep going but I'll spare you.

There are some decent pun listings though, notably this one. Cringe and chuckle along with me here. I particularly like "Aibohphobia: The fear of palindromes." Not a pun, as far as I can tell, but funny. If that doesn't satisfy your pun jones, check the Yahoo category. There's even a Punoftheday.com, but their puns are just painful. From their computers and technology archive: "Computers at breakfast food companies use serial I/O." Arrrgh, my head, oh the pain, just kill me now...

For the record, reinstalling 98 didn't force me to go back and ride the Dosfish.

[12/05/1999]

Warning: To any crazy people paying attention here, I am copping out of the Opinionation article for a day or two. You'll still see content, but it will be lame stolen links like most of today. I must spend/waste time getting Windows 98 reconfigured. Had to wipe things out when anything in memory larger than a meg caused font rendering to go berserkers and draw all over the screen. Oh Windows, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

[12/04/1999]

Nader? [valueape r00lz] Citizen Nader, another Salon piece by an ex-aide, details the highlights and generalities of his life. This is good, since most of the anecdotes come from a period when I was toddling around, eating Elmer's Glue:

When I asked via fax how he wants to be remembered, he wrote: "For helping strengthen democracy, for making raw power accountable and enhancing justice and the fulfillment of human possibilities."

Great. Now my goals feel pinheaded and completely inconsequential.

[12/04/1999]

Eat n' Shred Logs with the Shredder. [don't shred that finger eaton]

[12/04/1999]

Handy spellchekr for us Pita people. [yay scribble]

[12/04/1999]

This article on the recent spate of violent purportedly-anarchistic movies was compelling enough to make me read it twice, and I've not even seen the movies in question. [metascene is school]

[12/04/1999]

Being rich is lame I guess. [rebeccab]

[12/04/1999]

Falsch internet experimental music label is something I will have to look into this weekend, with a large amount of music for to download. On the other hand, MIDI from USENET posts only has one mp3 available, but it is incredibly interesting. [both from dsl... where'd the /reviews go to?]

[12/04/1999]

Awesome Halo Benders anecdote, midway through page.

We got there at least two hours early, but that wasn't early enough--the line for the show went around the block! It felt so agonizing to me to look at all these over 21 people walk into a show I couldn't get into...I felt it was going to be THE SHOW too. Then, out of nowhere, this woman started playing guitar, saying she wanted to play for all the people who couldn't get in (was it Lois? I don't remember. I don't think so). Then a guy with a beard and an acoustic guitar (Doug of course) and Calvin walked up. They played a few tunes of of GOD DON'T; Calvin danced and baratoned the choruses, with Doug strumming and singing in between. It made me feel great! I almost felt like I got a better show than the people inside would... they had been right there in front of me like anyone else, not some elevated rock stars on a stage. I also asked myself, Who else would have come out and played a few songs for the folks who couldn't get in? I know Calvin and Doug would.

Awwww.

[12/04/1999]

Metafilter is a new community log. Interesting goals. Looks like it might end up functioning as a more widespread public memepool, with longer weblog-style commentary.

[12/04/1999]

DJ Shadow samples listing, because he is the man, kids. [onfocus]

[12/03/1999]

Normally I wouldn't recommend Rolling Stone, but check out the Twisted 6 webcast lineup. [Sat Dec 04] Can anyone figure out why it's called Twisted 6 and has eight distinct pop-music phenomena? [Later: Clint and Westy cleared up my confusion on the numbering. This is the sixth year of "Twisted Christmas" concerts, and somewhere along the line the promoters just dropped the Christmas. Speaking of Christmas music, if you live in the Midwest don't miss the Low mini-Xmas tour!]

Case in point (as to why the Stone is awful), their Moby section looks dead in the water, without an update since 1995. Oddly enough, they have the Run On video. I love it. Why was the song only released as a semi-B-side in the US? The video is fittingly retroactive and quite fun with lots of action frames synched up to the beat.

More sound samples on Mute Liberation Technologies' swanky Moby page. They care about their listeners... let 'em know what formats you want new audio in. Nice.

Not to go off on Moby and leave behind Ye Olde Foo Fighters, who are also appearing on Saturday's Twisted Six or Eight or Whatever. Dave Grohl is very happy about ketchup!

[12/03/1999]

Powerbase Alpha [home of Renegade Gene Haven] expands on a feather metaphor. I especially like The Wild Bots and the Dada Feather... collect them all.

[12/03/1999]

Digital cameras. The mind boggles at the possibilities, and that's even before buying one.

Digital Photography Review has a good starting glossary for the terminology involved.

This Sony DSC-F505 just looks nifty.

[12/03/1999]

Legends of the Seers is a rogue-ish large-landscape game in development -- except it's 3D. Randomly generated Everquest-ish landscapes, complete with EQ mini trees! You might have better luck downloading a test build from 3dfiles.com. [requires Windows and a 3d card]

[12/03/1999]

Strange claymation: The Red Flag. Probably most enjoyable if taken completely out of context, so just unzip and view.

[12/02/1999]

Ruben Bolling's God-Man character returns this week, battling a very familiar-looking foe in a self-referential fight.

[12/02/1999]

Q3A gold? Oh, yes. Let the games begin!

Blue's link of the day today is bad toy fun. Don't miss the box art.

[12/02/1999]

New month, new desktop.
(Can you tell I'm already enjoying researching the Lewis Carroll Logic episode?)

[12/02/1999]

Western Homes reviews Spiderland, and manages to inject quite a bit of history. Yes, I am a lame late follower to Slint. Listen: Good Morning, Captain.mp3

That review sets off some 2x3 action:

  • Incubus - Make Yourself
    Extending grooves horizon. Cornbread funk metal.
  • The Flaming Lips - Hit Death in the Future Head
    Midway studio angels. Exploring boundaries well.
  • Pop Unknown - If Arsenic Fails, Try Algebra
    Deep Elm mediocrity. Unexpected diversity flunks.
  • Foo Fighters - There Is Nothing Left to Lose
    Better, tighter, funner. Fuzzy torn tunes.
  • Halo Benders - The Rebels Not In
    Martsch, Fisk, Ek. Heavenly cuff-slinging juxtapositions.
  • Archer Prewitt - White Sky
    Shakin' through atmospheric. Compositions make pictures.

The holidays make me feel more pop rock than usual, for whatever reason. Have to expand on that last 3x2, because I feel ashamed for not knowing about the magic of Archer Prewitt outside of Sea and Cake. The record is remarkable. Archer is one talented songwriter, and his vocals raise it that much higher; what genre would one try to throw him in? Folk? Master of Song?

Westy's got a review and an interview. He asks what paths might be explored: "I think it's more what I’ll probably steer clear of, which is hip-hop beats. That's not part of my world."

If you like good folky rock music, you should check this record out. It's one of those rare normal-sounding spins that I dare call a favorite after only a few listens.

[12/02/1999]

Look how derivative I am! (My "scooped" index was 220 when I looked at this site.) If only someone would assemble a ranking by mistakes; I would surely be at the top of the class. [eaton]

In the metalog department, LinkWatcher started watching this without my having to do anything. Neat!

[12/02/1999]

The Onion is really on a roll lately with What Do You Think? "Maybe it's good that I can't afford anti-psychotic medication. It frees me up to plan the assassination of Deputy Dawg." - Bob Sharperson, Systems Analyst

Also this week, Advertising Assault is funny in that combination of two sickening things way.

[12/02/1999]

Extreme Programming - Lessons Learned [robotwisdom]

[12/02/1999]

How to uninstall IIS 4.0 in 17 easy steps. Grrallg...

[12/02/1999]

It Came From the Referral Logs: Adam Tanner's new log. Unbeknownst to me, I've seen his photography before, all over the place. It will be neat to read commentary written by a camera-hoisting logger. Here's hoping for some swanky photography links!

[12/02/1999]

Go suck your thumb: More "patents stink" links.

Lawrence Lessig's article "The Problem With Patents"

Badgovt [thanks bird] covers a well-rounded view on the problems with US government as it stands. If you are into reform, that would be the place to be. Us lazy folk just whine about it.

Alan Cox's Geek God shirt slams the patent office. [hee hee!]

In the software patents realm, the League for Programming Freedom's Against Software Patents paper holds a decent argument. They also maintain a newslog on software patents which is quite current. [XOR is patented?!]

This guy doesn't like patents one bit. Warning, some of those devices may be offensive. Just thought I'd start letting you know when you're going to see rampant obscenity.

The opening thumb-candy link for this entry comes from Weird and Wonderful Patents. I would classify all of these as strange, which one does this site think is wonderful?

You could use this to wake up if you just can't get out of bed until a large array of objects smacks ya in the face.

Device for perfusing an animal head: "The severed head preferably should retain all of the sensory organs, and the vocal cords if desired."

Lastly, this contraption deserves a big old "what in the name of all that is holy?!?"

[12/02/1999]

Yes, today is World Aids Day. Yes, this might be a weblog. No, I'm not participating in the Day Without Weblogs. Instead, go to the original source: Day Without Art.

Each year when I walk past the Civic Center, I am always jolted by the guerilla attack of masking tape and black spray paint on their facade. Stirring up thought, and a good general remembrance.

[12/01/1999]

CNN interviews Mike Patton of Mr. Bungle fame. The guy has some rather unique solo albums; I guess you might call them vocal jazz. The recent obsession is California; it's a mishmash of everything good about music, jumping from idea to idea like a joyful spider. [from the "I thought I already linked that" category]

Mr. Patton is also involved in Fantômas, which is also tough to sum up. Let's call it cartoon death metal for the sake of brevity. Lame RealAudio clips do them no justice, but they are touring the US soon!

Totally bizarre. I follow a link on the semi-defunct Ipecac site [Patton's homegrown label] and end up at Hotendotey, an extremely warped cartoon. Your sensibilities will be offended, I can almost guarantee it!

[12/01/1999]

Tchrist on the zen of keyboard -- amen!

Been using a lot of Tom Christiansen's scripts since I've started utilizing the Perl Cookbook in my everyday work. You too can pick up bits and pieces, even without the book, by reading the Recipe of the Day.

His tcgrep portable grep translation is about twice as fast as my previously hacked-together solution. Three cheers for people who share.

[12/01/1999]

Self reference: I had no idea my last name was a registered trademark of some fuel merchant: "There are more than 20,000 Fitch® fuel catalyst units in use". Also, "Fitch barrels are the safest, most cost effective impact attenuator on the market today". Weird.

Those amazing doctors, why, they'll infer just about anything these days. Now they think antidepressants might make you stop caring. You might just want to go straight to the source and buy Apathy for $250 per user. Or, download the demo! It's all the same to me...

[12/01/1999]

Jack Letourneau sent me a pointer to a new eigen-link: eigengrau. He seems very suited to that word, with his minimalistic grey page and all. I'm more of an eigenweiss; I shall have to remember to mail Andrew and ask for archive-editing capabilities. Just source would be good. Ahh, I shan't bother you with the tribulations of the Pita...

[12/01/1999]

Toon Tracker is awesome! I am too young to remember Winky Dink and You, but it sounds like a neato show. [woo pcjm]

...in that vein, Geeksalad Comics Conglomerator is handy for large doses of comic strips. [genehack]

[12/01/1999]

Lomo-mania is somehow too pomo for me. I am vacillating on what toy to buy for Marketingmas: boring PDA or boring digital camera?

[12/01/1999]

Getting the Quad on the Longest Yard is gripping and madly entertaining. Okay, so it's just a list of ways to rocket jump to the quad platform on q3dm17. I've flown successfully from the railgun plat several times, and am very proud of that.

[12/01/1999]

Neat Java navigation and you can sell your soul to win free stuff! What could be better?

[12/01/1999]

Chuck Colson goes off the deep end. Remember folks, it's the last month of your puny existence so you can think whatever you really want to! [apologies, I forgot to note who led me here, you should go anyway]

[12/01/1999]

Thought-activated computing in Salon. UNBELIEVABLE! I can hardly comprehend that this was pulled off in the 20th century. Go now. Click with your mind.

Spate of questions: The URL contains 1998... is this really a year old? How can one tell for sure in Salon? If this is the progress as of last year, can you imagine how much further the concept has been taken by now?

[11/30/1999]

I woke up with "Work Hard, Play Hard" [mp3] playing through my mind though I hadn't listened to any Palace music for some time. What's happened to Will since his summer tour with good ol' boy hoedown style instrumentation as Bonnie Prince Billy? [Folks were square dancing to "I See a Darkness". You may not sense the irony here if you've not heard of Palace. It's black country with a tinge of folk, songs underpinned by pop hooks and great lyrics.]

The Pulpit, dispenser of Palace and Oldham info, seems defunct. The search begins! The Billions Corporation , agent to the stars, says he's working on a new album as we speak. Plus, Drag City weighs in with rumors of a rarities compilation, also to be released in 2000. Super!

Palace Records, the official-est site I could locate, mentions none of the old Palace stuff. Moving forward and not looking back, or something.

Also be sure to see Addict's interview with Will; even if you have no idea what I'm blabbering about it should prove entertaining. [where I stole today's topquote from.]

The Royal Stable seems to pull out ahead in the fan-page department. Check the comprehensive list of players that have worked with Will... it boggles the mind.

[11/30/1999]

Another out of context search hit: "internet integrity trust" -- Follow along with the Catalina Salt and Body Building Fitness team; I'm confused. These people are selling sea salt for the following uses: [somewhat paraphrased]

  • Perfect for cooking and baking. Makes bread rise better.
  • Dentist friends give it to patients for gargling; it'll help your gums!
  • Soak your feet in warm salt water for athlete's foot.
  • Great for brining your meat! Adds essential minerals to the curing process.
  • Bathing is good with the salt too, and you can absorb the precious minerals through your pores.

If that counter is credible, truly amazing hit count as well. Of course, you can also buy fat-reducing seaweed soap from these people too.

Now, you ask, how'd I find this? Probably has something to do with the fact that the title on each of their pages reads "Integrity and Trust in the Internet". On their main page, they seem rather proud of their affiliation with Integritytrust.com. I think it's a mutual relationship, looking at the *COUGH* similarities. You best not mess with their integrity, or they'll cap a 404 in your violatin' head.

Since their Apache isn't set up very swiftly, you can browse the "trusted" vendors.

Julie is current, active and in good standing. Messed up; I had no idea my home page needed Internet Integrity and Trust affiliation.

Be wary of biological hardware whose integrity rests on the aforementioned site. They claim they can purify solid animal wastes into sterilized, odorless, pathogen-free goo while retaining the nitrogen. Would you trust them with your waste?

There's some very strange HTML and footer-stealing going on amongst these sites. I think it's all explained by this last one though.

Always trust the UFO Police.

Hypothesis? The weird conglomerate is really an alien conspiracy sent to poison us with salt. C'mon, I have to win the weirdness of the week award here.

[11/30/1999]

New Scientist: Reversed time [scribble reminded me]

...also, Robo-tronic Dino-bots "that will walk around museums, chew on plants and interact with visitors as if they had just stepped off the prehistoric plains." Can I pay $80 to get stomped on by a huge mechanical lizard?

[11/30/1999]

Hey, WTO... your proposed intellectual property agreement smells of rotten pickles. It is my firm belief that there will always be greedy bastards. Some of them won't stop because you threaten to smack their wrists.

Brian Martin's Against Intellectual Property paper outlines the problems with protecting ideas and proposes the free alternative, with explanations that make a bit more sense than the WTO pickle wagon. People, we have to cooperate...

[11/30/1999]

QC followup: The best quantum computing linklist seems to be the one housed at the Stanford Quantum Computing conglomerate.

[11/30/1999]

Raven's Jake Simpson on 3D sound. Crazy title graphics in that Loonygames. He says that the mp3 decompression in the new Aureal cards is still software based. Shucks. Jake mentions hardware decompression in the closing quote... developers want it, gamers want it, where is it?

[11/30/1999]

Google query with text ad. I guess my queries have been so obscure that I hadn't seen a "bought word". Somehow, the textual advertising seems much less bothersome than banner ads, and I actually read the text before deciding not to click it. Oh so soothing, compared to those animating banner ads.

[11/30/1999]

Mp3 of the Week: David Pajo's new M album is very nice. "Side Three" gets on my nerves once in a while, and other times seems like an excellent drone. But "Side Four" concludes with this masterpiece of simplicity [extended from the album intro]: Papa M - Arundel.mp3

While on the mp3 tip, what's up with RCA's not-too-advertised Lyra portable mp3 player? Sharky Extreme reviews it, and it's pretty large. They decided to transfer files via the parallel port, which strikes me as intensely stupid. Guess I'll keep holding out for the CD-reading variety.

[11/29/1999]

Cynical Bastards.com is appropriate, since my searching for opinions and bias information is yanking out the skeptikal-cynik hiding within.

[11/29/1999]

Jorn's regexp experiment is quite impressive already; regular expressions explained from a different perspective, to make them easier to understand. He's right. You will need to know regular expressions in the future if you use computers, I shall bet on it. And if you think you're a power user now... well, get on it.

[11/29/1999]

About.com's Perl and XML portals are surprisingly handy. It's quick and easy to drill down to the subject in question. Still vaccilating on the XML issue after hacking around with it some this weekend.

In addition, a product we're demoing at work uses XML for its building and categorizing: Nextpage's LivePublish. I like the idea, but it is a rough setup [to say the least] and the thing generates some positively weird URLs.

[11/29/1999]

Strange context: Google first hit on "NT+bias"... I was looking for the OS, but this page on the bias of New Testament authors is confusing reading too.

[11/29/1999]

In case ya missed it, go back to the biggest, baddest week of logging yet transpired here. Now with Artificial Happiness!

[11/29/1999]

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