They said it could never be done, they said it should never have been done, but as I always say, never underestimate the power of Shatner
The Great Glass Pumpkin Patch @ MIT is an annual installation of 1,000 handblown glass pumpkins, created by artists from the MIT Glass Lab and The Bay Area Glass Institute. Proceeds from this event benefit The MIT Glass Lab, where the MIT community can learn and practice the art of glassblowing.
Found via Jarrett House North.
It might be a rule of good blogsmanship not to use the word 'whatnot' in the title of a post, but I am nothing if not a rule breaker.
There has been a noticeable uptick in the number of people whom I work with who also read this here little old blog. This isn't really a problem, but I can only imagine that more and more people I know will become aware of my little corner of cyberspace (does anyone use that word anymore?).
Blankbaby has been lucky enough to garner a regular audience of readers, and to get a few high level links which is always cool, but I didn't start this blog to get noticed.
Noticed I have been, or so it seems, so I think it is about time I posted the dreaded, 'The opinions on this blog are mine and mine alone,' so here it goes:
The thoughts and opinions on this blog are mine, and mine alone. They do not reflect those of my employers, my friends, nor my family. The comments posted on this blog are the sole opinions of the posters and not those of Blankbaby, Blankbaby's employer, etc.
I think that pretty much covers it.
Back to the ramblings!
Are the latest crop of HP ads very cool, or is it just me? I like their style, I like the music behind them, and I like the idea of the frames turning into pictures, and those are just the commercials for HP digital photography.
Have I fallen into some alternate universe where, dare I say it, HP is cool?
iStumbler is a free, open source tool for finding wireless networks and devices with your AirPort or Bluetooth equipped Macintosh. iStumbler combines a compact user interface with a real time display of signal strength and complete debugging information.
I already have MacStumbler, but really can one have too many applications with the word 'stumbler' in it?
One of my students used an emoticon in an essay. It was only a matter of time before the critters escaped from the 'net...
I am not a hard core Trekker myself (I have never dressed up like a Vulcan, I don't speak Klingon, and I have never been to a convention) but I do consider myself a big fan of all things Star Trek and I do own an edition of Hamlet written in the original, Klingon.
But Trekkies? Come on, everyone knows the proper term is Trekkers.
The slogan for the game is, "I'm back and you're fired!"
Not the best way to get me to purchase a game, it is kind of like selling ice cream with the slogan, "I'm back and you're fat!"
The Freedom Tower will have a major impact on the New York skyline while minimizing its impact on the environment. Designers say the world's tallest building will include a wind farm, solar panels and advanced, energy-efficient technology, and will become an icon of environmentally friendly architecture.
For those of you not in the know, conEd (Consolidated Edison) provides energy to New York City and the surrounding area.
I met Chris Uhlik of Google. He's the program manager of Gmail and the Google Toolbar and a few other things. He gave a talk at 11 p.m. to well after midnight. I asked him why they only give out a few Gmail accounts at a time. Remember, I thought it was sheer marketing genius. Turns out it wasn't. Turns out they don't have enough server capacity to deal with everyone who wants an account. So, when they buy a new server and get it installed they hand out another round of invites. Heh, their server salesperson must cheer everytime he or she sees more invites being advertised on weblogs.
Now, I am not one of the 'top 300 geeks on the planet,' not even close, but if Tim O'Reilly saw fit to invite me to the next foo camp I would be more than happy to perform some sort of menial labor to justify my presence there. Think about it, Tim, you know where to find me.
John likes it, and who wouldn't like an application with the slogan, 'It doesn't suck'?
Well, I am off to pop a tape in the old Betamax.
musicplasma bills itself as 'the music visual search engine.'
First, doesn't anyone on the Internet capitalize words anymore?
Secondly, I typed in They Might Be Giants, and the results were more child oriented than I would have liked (come on, they only have one children's album) but it also included the Pixies (I'm a big fan).
Your mileage may vary.
If you are a computer professional and live in Center City, like I do (ok, I may not be all that professional) you might want to check out Computer Professionals of Center City.
There will be an informal meeting on Sept. 21st, here are the details:
Who: All computer professionals who live and work in the Center City Philadelphia Area
What: Informal Get-together
When: Tuesday, September 21, 2004 from 7:00-9:00 pm
Where: The Irish Pub, 2007 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
Why: To provide an opportunity for Center City Philadelphia computer professionals to rub elbows
Price: Free, cash bar.
If you RSVP in advance, we will have a preprinted nametag for you.
Web Site: http://cpcentercity.com
If you are a Network Administrator, Computer Programmer (any language), Database Designer, Web Site Developer, Computer Hardware Professional, Software Support Specialist, Project Manager -- an IT type of any stripe -- then CPCC is for you! Hope to see you there!
I am not sure if I am going to go, but it is a good opportunity to get out there and meet some more people, so I probably should, and will, go.
If you see me there say hello! And be sure to shower praise onto me, I have a very fragile ego.
This app is based off of webkit2png, which is a command line tool to do the same thing.
Curious to see some output? I bet you are, so I captured this very website. The coolest thing about this application is that it grabs the entire page, so if you are in a position when you need to grab the entire contents of a webpage in a single image this is the solution for you (if you're using a Mac running Mac OS X).
If you would like to see the whole image click here.
I'm in the market for a new bag for all my crap, and I want a stylish messenger bag so I can gain instant street cred.
The coy little bag on the right is Brenthaven's new messenger bag which can be had for $84 - 89.
I am leaning towards the Commute, but I wonder if anyone out there has any pointers for me.
UPDATE: The original site was being hosed, but someone mirrored it and now the link works.
I freely admit that I am a blog snob (and of course I am a giant geek, otherwise how could I even consider being a blog snob) and so I avoid Livejournal like the plague.
And here I must pause to explain that I am a very not small, very not slender, human being. An average-sized bath towel, for that was what I grabbed, is inadequate to the task of providing adequate coverage of the entirety of the relevant mid-thigh-to-armpit, front-and-back-and-sides, DMZ. A fair quantity of my only semi-showered self was thus flapping in the breeze when I arrived in the middle of the living room to find a hysterical Akita standing, still barking his damn fool head off....
in front of wide-open front window that looks out directly onto the sidewalk.
And on that sidewalk was a full complement of roofers, five of them to be precise, readying tools and supplies so that they could go do work on the neighbors' roof. They were busily tying "caution" tape from the tree in front of my house to the wrought-iron rail along my front steps, and stranding it around the area in which they were arraying their tools.
If you have never visited TheLonelyIsland.com I only have one thing to say to you.
Why are you still reading this? Get thee to TheLonelyIsland.com and watch "Regarding Ardy," you'll thank me.
In the late 1970s, following Oracle Corporation's initial release of the world's first commercially available relational database management system (RDBMS), hundreds of vendors appeared with products related to relational databases. Many promoted highly specialized applications for reporting, working with unique data, or processing transactions. New companies such as Informix, Ingres, and Sybase sprang up, and established giants such as IBM entered the relational database market.
The article has some interesting tidbits about Oracle as a company, and that shy and retiring fellow Larry Ellison.
Winfrey said the audience members were chosen because their friends or family had written about their need for a new car. One woman’s young son said she drove a car that “looks like she got into a gunfight”; another couple had almost 400,000 miles on their two vehicles.
Making sure the audience was kept in suspense, Winfrey opened the show by calling 11 people onto the stage. She gave each of them a car — a Pontiac G6.
She then had gift boxes distributed to the rest of the audience and said one of the boxes contained keys to a 12th car. But when everyone opened the boxes, each had a set of keys.
“Everybody gets a car! Everybody gets a car! Everybody gets a car!” Winfrey yelled as she jumped up and down on the stage.
Oprah, is there anything she can't do? Other than pee standing up that is.
I just had to write and tell you about our exciting discovery. After two abortive trips to Ikea (we all know the well known disease called 'Ikea-fatigue' symptoms of which are loss of hair, fuzzy vision and poor tempers, leading to eventual exhaustion) and general tearing our hair out about buying a sofa bed, Stephen and I discovered: Chester Asher.
Chester will go to Ikea for you, buy what you want (you call him to find out when his next trip will be, and then email him the link to the online catalogue of what you want) and then deliver to your door for $50 (Ikea charges $99). He was extremely efficient and nice - in fact he turned up at Elizabeth only to find that what we wanted was out of stock, so drove over to Paramus. wow.
Netflix RSS Feeds are now available.
There are two kinds of feeds, personalized feeds and public feeds. I can finally subscribe to my Queue.
Also available: Netflix Top 100 and New Releases.