Monthly Archives: July 2008

The Fallout From A Culinary Mishap

I’m not going to go into details here. Mistakes were made. Let’s not dwell on the past. That said: in devising my excuses, have concocted the phrase “betrayed by an impertinent chardonnay”, which I believe will not only fail completely to absolve me of blame but which, if spoken aloud in a just world, would […]

Under A Blood Red Sky

This looked like a thin crescent moon against a cloudless, nighttime background to my simple human eyes. I took it outside my second-floor window through a screen at a quarter to four in the morning. I can’t sleep. And it came out a half-moon under a rusted-out alien sky, the one hydro line across the […]

The Crazification Threshold

A classic I think I’ve mentioned before: “Obama vs. Alan Keyes. Keyes was from out of state, so you can eliminate any established political base; both candidates were black, so you can factor out racism; and Keyes was plainly, obviously, completely crazy. Batshit crazy. Head-trauma crazy. But 27% of the population of Illinois voted for […]

A Small Gadgety Success

This is kind of neat. I got one of these recently after looking for a drawing tablet that was both largeish and inexpensive, and what I got out of it is pretty cool. On its own, you put a memory card in the side and a pad of paper on it, and it will keep […]

A Second Attempt At Retrocinema

So, the weather didn’t cooperate last week, and it doesn’t look great for this week. Apparently Toronto is where Vancouver people spend summer, or something. And in completely unrelated news, everything with the environment is fine. But we’re going to make a second attempt anyway. Screw you, climate. This Saturday night, weather permitting (and in […]

Another Observation About Nothing And Nobody In Particular

To Whom It May Concern – We have paid you, by my estimation well, for a 4-hour guaranteed-response SLA because we feel strongly that backups are an important part of a modern, professional computing environment in general and our critical infrastructure in particular, and that they should be performed routinely and with a very high […]

Don’t Drink Poison

If you haven’t heard about Dan Kaminsky’s DNS cache poisoning vulnerability, well, now you have. And while Dan had embargoed that information pending a coordinated update by all the major vendors to resolve the problem, apparently the exploit is alive in the wild. So anybody who’s running a nameserver out there, you need to flush […]

You Can’t Have Too Much Buddha

I’ve filtered out a few more of my very-late-now Hong Kong photos, and dumped a set from my trip to Lantau Island on Flickr. The trip to Lantau was great, starting with another reminder of how backwards Toronto’s public transit system is; the trip was fast, fast and simple, all public transit and a cable […]

Moving Pictures, Reviewed

Those of you who didn’t RSVP, or who lost faith because of the weather, you plain old missed out. We moved the 10×8 screen inside (where it just-just fit, taking up the entire end of my first floor) and watched Them! and The Queen Of Outer Space on the biggest screen I’m ever likely to […]

I Call My Discovery “The Procrastamatic”

If you were looking for a way to completely destroy any work you intended to get done this afternoon (weekend, month…) and spend it lost in wikipedia, I’ve got your starting point right here. Fellow nerds, if you have anything important to do in the next few days, like “eating” or “communicating with loved ones”, […]