enjoying salad since 1978.

Thursday, November 29, 2001

the insane amount of work I've been putting into the new blogger is keeping me from updating my blog.

who am I kidding? It's Michael Abrah's books and articles that have been sucking up all my free time. I've never been so fascinated by game programming before.

The register is reporting that a 1.6Ghz g5 could be out by May.. gah, I hate you Moore. I mean, I love you Moore.

Mathematica for OS X is out! sweet!

I'm writing this in opera 5 for Linux. It mostly works! impressive.

Wednesday, November 21, 2001

Diffie Whitfield and Susan Landau have written a wonderfully small, yet poignant commentary on .NET

Sunday, November 18, 2001

Can anybody figure out what JTrix does?

From the website: "Jtrix is an open source platform for developing applications which smoothly evolve and adapt". Elsewhere: "Jtrix is a reliable, uniformly dynamic, virtual general purpose computing platform which aggregates administratively heterogenous resources from many sources on the Internet". What the?!

Reading further, they desperatly want to be a universal platform for mobile code. My thoughts on the subject are that I don't want a universal platform. What I want are standards and deep interop. They don't seem interested in that.

tesing TextRouter for Blogger.

Wolfram Research came out with webMathematica . it seems like servlets and J/Link to me.

Now if they'd only hurry up with Mathematica for OSX

Friday, November 16, 2001

I hadn't checked in a while but nanodot is back online.

I've agreed to escort my girl to Harry Potter tomorrow. pray for me.

Palm, Panasonic can't even give away SDMI-based media

"What do you mean people don't want us to have total control over what they hear? How preposterous."

Peer-to-Peer: From JMS to Project JXTA

JXTA and JMS are so different internally that it's of note to see how their external usage compare.

Note to self: You know too many J* acronyms.

Apple patents perturb PNG programmers

The only bright spot is that Apple's patent might be overturned by SGI's prior art in the area.

Tuesday, November 13, 2001

Testdrive Java on Alpha courtesy of Compaq. I finally have a reason to use the Testdrive program besides just sheer curiosity.

Aside: It's unfortunate that Compaq did such a good job of fucking the Alpha line nearly out of existance. I would own an SMP Alpha over a crummy Intel box any day of the week.

Monday, November 12, 2001

YES! Get Your War On has added a fourth page to the arsenal of fun.

The Slackers put on a fucking great show Saturday night at a little dancehall in Berkeley.

This is my least favorite season in the Bay Area: monsoon season.

Friday, November 09, 2001

Check K out

My friend Jerod's bmw case

not for the bandwidth impaired

Thursday, November 08, 2001

I don't like ie6.. Give me back my old internet.

Reminiscing about the old OpenCola office. Joey took a great picture looking down at my desk.

I rediscovered speedbar today.

Wednesday, November 07, 2001

Good News for America:
Judge Rules on Student Anarchy Club

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP, Nov. 1) -- A judge ruled Thursday that a 15-year-old sophomore cannot form an anarchy club or wear T-shirts opposing the U.S. bombing of Afghanistan because it would disrupt school.

Katie Sierra was suspended from Sissonville High School for three days for promoting the club. She was also told she could not wear T-shirts with messages such as: "When I saw the dead and dying Afghani children on TV, I felt a newly recovered sense of national security. God Bless America."

In a complaint filed by her mother, Sierra argued her right to free speech was being denied.

Circuit Court Judge James Stucky agreed that free speech is "sacred" but he found that such rights are "tempered by the limitations that they ... not disrupt the educational process."

Sierra said she'll pursue the dispute. "I don't want war. I'm not for Afghanistan," she said. "I think that what we're doing to them is just as bad as what they did to us, and I think it needs to be stopped."

James Withrow, lawyer for the Kanawha County Board of Education, argued that an anarchy club was inappropriate because students "do not feel that their school is a safe place anymore."

"Anarchy is the antithesis of what we believe should be in schools," Withrow said. Sierra's attorney, Roger Forman, said she is "being punished for expressing her opinion."

So if Free Speech isn't allowed to be used for disruption, what is it allowed to be used for? Apparently you can have all the Free Speech you want as long as it's only used to promote the party line.

Monday, November 05, 2001

I had meant to discuss this earlier but have been rather busy this weekend eating thai food in the foggy sunset district.

Last week, the government of India offered the US a gift of 10MM pills of generic Cipro (as Bayer's patent doesn't hold water in India, a country not strangled by the WIPO). We turned them down.

Our gov't has stated recently that we may need as many as 1.2B cipro pills to treat the 120MM people who might be affected by a massive anthrax attack. There is some doubt as to whether Bayer can even produce that much cipro in such short demand and yet we refuse to put people over drug patents.

It should be no shocker that the pharmaseutical industry gave Bush $472,333 in campaign contributions. Please recall also that there are two former drug company executives in Bush's cabinet.

we're screwed.

Saturday, November 03, 2001

Realization: If you make the search query confusing to yourself, it will make sense to the search engine. I'm not kidding! It worked on memepool when I looked for Hats of Meat.

No, I won't tell you what query I chose. That'll ruin the fun of figuring it out for yourself!

Friday, November 02, 2001

Today's Recipe

Oh, to see the joy in the children's eye when this is presented for dinner!

Actually, this reminds me of a certain rule I made in my younger years:

If it is called 'Loaf' and is not bread, I shall have nothing to do with it.

Thursday, November 01, 2001

Coders Claim a Crack in XP Good to know Microsoft is keeping their track record up.