2/5/2004

An interesting
article
about this guy who makes animatronic heads. Wonder how long before he makes Data.
If they could just build the robot body and let you switch out the motherboard
and processor, you could just constantly upgrade the “brain”.

I was just looking through info about
this
worm/virus. It’s amazing, all the stuff it does. Steals your BF 1942 CD key.
Tries to stop your anti-virus processes (even the less popular AVG).
It even tries to kill other competing worm processes. Little virus kit punks.
Shouldn’t be long before the viruses access your X10 robot to steal
your wallet and Fedex it to them.

An old memory returns. I remember going to a big tower Mexican restaurant
in Denver as a kid. It had cliff divers, a neat fountain and an arcade.
It is Casa Bonita.

I was looking through the newspaper this morning during my idle
time at Krispy Kreme and noticed how many lawsuits there are against
ordinary businesses. There were about three or four against Smith Food
and Drugs and about two against McDonalds. The woman who won a bunch
of money for spilling McDonalds coffee on herself was in New Mexico.
She musta set off a tidal wave. You could probably start a business
in adhesive flooring and people would still come from miles around
to slip on your floors.

I went over to Krispy Kreme this
morning to pick up some donuts for the coworkers. Some of them worked
this weekend to help clean up that production mess. I get over there
and realize I forgot my wallet. I found that I had some change in the
car so I grabbed some and walk in to see how much the donuts were. They cost
more than I had with me so I went back out to the car, about to just go
home, get my wallet and head to work. Then I found I locked my key in the car.
Yay! I went to a gas station half a block away in the cold to a payphone and called
Vanessa to bring my wallet and spare key. Got her some donuts. She noticed
they had a Krispy Kreme baby shirt.
Eh, maybe a baby shirt for some defunct brand like Atari, but not for
Krispy Kreme…just too commercial. (But I’d wear their paper hats.)

2/4/2004

Slashdot points to this
article about how computer chips are made from silicon. I used to do
some networking with equipment in clean rooms. The article briefly mentions
the bunny suits I grew to despise.

I was reading somewhere that you could get rid of the Quicktime
nag screen by booting up, changing your system date to some date years
in the future like 2010, starting Quicktime to get the nag screen
and clicking “remind me later” and then setting your system time back to normal.
I’ll see if it works.

Ah, it’s been interesting times at work. We had a script to clean up
an old table related to processes. They tested the script and
it seemed to have no problems in the test environment. What
doesn’t run in the test environment is a job scheduler process.
When they ran the cleanup script in production, the job scheduler process
panicked and started rescheduling the old jobs that were being cleaned out.
This messed up the production database which had to be backed up to an earlier
time in the day. All the new information people were entering had to be
re-entered.

2/4/2004 lunch

Mum-in-law kindly took us out to Black Angus.
They occasionally put coupons in the newspaper for
“your weight in foodstuffs for less than our normal rate”…well,
not exactly that, but close. So today, it’s leftover garlic
mashed potatoes and prime rib.
Guess that makes me a meat and potatoes man today. Feel my bicep.

1/29/2004

Why is James Brown green?

Vanessa and I were talking about the problem of friends who gladly
give your email address to random websites to send you “things of interest”
(which then sell your email address to spammers or spam you themselves
because they have a “prior business relationship”).
We theorized that one should have two personal email addresses. One would be
johnfornetsavvypeople@whatever.com and the other,
johnforspammagnets@whatever.com.

Don’t you love it when there are bagels in the break room and you
go for the blueberry spread and need a sweet bagel. The only
ones around seem to be jalapen~o and plain. You carefully
select a plain one to go with the sweet blueberry spread.
You bite into it all and it turns out to be a garlic bagel.

We have an old Amiga 500 sitting in the closet taking up space.
Vanessa was looking up the going rate for them. They go for about
$50.
And that’s usually with extra add-ons.
Bleh. Anybody feeling nostalgic?

My coworker works on the computer system that automatically
answers customer calls. I asked him how people respond to it. He
said in the initial stages of the project they had to listen to
some calls to see how it was going. The system was pretty obtuse at
that time and many times it would say, “I’m sorry, I didn’t understand that.” He
said that some old lady was saying, “No, again, you’re not listening! Here’s
the deal. My grandson came in and was messing with the lights…” And
she went on and on as though she were talking to a person who could
understand her.

My progress last night on training with
Breakdown
was pretty pitiful.
You figure out after a while how the steps author intended for you
to move your feet and this one has some pretty unintuitive stuff
like putting your right foot on the left arrow first in some
sections. Most crossovers happen later in a section…not immediately,
but this song seems to be an exception in some places.
The step charts
at DDRFreak help you to rehearse how you would go through a song.

1/9/2004

John Peel says,
“I’ve always loved the word ‘molybdenum’.
I’ve dreamt most of my life of owning a piece of molybdenum.
I don’t know what it looks like or if it’s fantastically valuable
or radioactive and would kill me in seconds or what
but I want to be able to say, ‘this is a piece of molybdenum.’
Well, it never happened. Who can tell?”

A coworker who is into more professional photography showed me his 6 megapixel
camera and let me take a shot with it. He sent me the file and it’s 3 MB.
Wowzers.

Craig Charles (Lister on Red Dwarf) seems to now have a
radio show
on BBC 6 Music.

While looking at baby stuff on the web, Vanessa found what
looks like a
knitted Magneto skull cap.

1/9/2004 lunch

Spanakopita at Nick’s with Rob. Pretty good. Much better than frozen thing!
Addendum: I had a reward gift certificate at work so I went to
Cold Stone creamery and had cinnamon ice cream with Kit Kat. It’s alright.
Definitely not as bad as I theorize cinnamon ice cream could be.