May 22, 2008

At the end of the day, this can only be a good thing...

One thing I noticed right around September 2001, was the growth of the phrase "At the end of the day" as a conversation halter. It annoyed me. It seems so lazy to add that to pretty much any sentence. Well, I'm here to tell you, my dear reader that "Can only be a good thing" is the "at the end of the day" for 2008. Where "at the end of the day was used by people to replace actual conclusion making, "this can only be a good thing" falls into almost the same category. That is all.

May 20, 2008

I don't get it : FriendFeed

I've been messing with FriendFeed, but I don't get it yet. Just saying. Does that mean I'm old? Unhip? Maybe. The synthetic feed thing can be done via a public shared tag on reader, right? Or is there something else that it does? Ah, the internet! Is there anything it can't do 5 different but similar ways?

May 19, 2008

Banlieue 13 (District B13): Da Octopuss

For the Le Parkour fans out there (friedman, I'm talking to you) who have seen the movie "Banlieue 13" by Fifth Elementer Luc Besson, I threw together a soundtrack on Imeem. Enjoy.

For those of you have no idea what I'm talking about, you can watch District B13 on Netflix watch instantly, basically its a somewhat violent exposition of gang violence with a crapton of Parkour thrown in. It's enjoyable in the way that Luc Besson movies can be. Fun style, music and great pacing. For those of you who are still scratching their heads, since this was a French movie that didn't see much in the way of international distribution, the soundtrack is impossible to find online or in the states, but it was clearly made. Next time I'm in France, I'll look for it, but when I looked around on Imeem, they had the individual songs so I pulled together the soundtrack into this playlist.

The soundtrack has a fair amount of talentless rap , with some good techno mixed in, which gets pretty industrial at times. "Funki Slow Motion" is probably my favorite. Much of the soundtrack I could leave on the floor, but that and the other Da Octopuss songs are pretty fun. Caveat: It's all in French :-)

Enjoy the soundtrack!

May 14, 2008

Worth a Listen: The Plimsouls, Everywhere at Once

I've been uploading some stuff to imeem. check it out. The Plimsouls is one of my favorite bands. Qualifies as oldies, mind you, nowadays, but the number of times I played this tape would overflow a long int. You might need an imeem login to enjoy more than 30 seconds, but its worth your time to get it. It takes maybe 2 seconds and then you have access to unlimited music.

May 13, 2008

Now that's funny..... WWT on Mac.

This is probably the funniest system requirements line I've seen to date:

From the Worldwide Telescope Site:

For Mac:
  • Microsoft® XP SP2 (minimum), Windows® Vista® (recommended) with BootCamp
  • Mac with Intel Core 2 Duo (2.2 GHz or faster) processor recommended
  • 1 gigabyte (GB) of RAM; 2 GB RAM recommended
  • NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics card with 128-MB SDRAM or recommended
  • HFS+ hard disk format (also known as Mac OS® Extended or HFS Plus) and 10 GB of available hard disk space
  • 1440 x 900 or higher-resolution monitor
  • Mouse or compatible pointing device
  • Mac OS® X version 10.2 (Jaguar) and Boot Camp; Mac OS X Leopard is recommended
  • Microsoft DirectX Runtime 9.0c and .NET Framework 2.0
  • Required for some features; Internet connection at 56 Kbps or higher through either an Internet service provider (ISP) or a network. Internet access might require a separate fee to an ISP; local or long-distance telephone charges might also apply

For those of you who aren't computer people, they're requiring that you own windows if you want to experience this on a mac. I mean, really? That's pretty funny.

'If you are a basketball player, you can play basketball with me too. Just throw away the basket ball, buy a soccer ball and don't use your hands!'

May 1, 2008

Judge orders halt to spraying for moth, Zombie apocalypse will have to wait

In this article: Judge orders halt to spraying for moth we learn that Judge Burdick has put spraying of moth phermones on hold pending further environmental review.

What you don't know is that here in the Zombie Abatement Corps (ZACs, for short) , we've been keeping a very close eye on this case. You see, we've found that the symtomology present in class G Zombies is catalyzed by certain hormones that are very similar to those that would have been employed in this spraying. While Class Gs are low functioning shamblers, and relatively easy to kill, we hardly can allow an untested spray of this nature to continue before we have a chance to test this compound for its zombie producing ability.

This spraying, which targets the Light Brown Apple Moth, is a synthetic hormone that, moleculary speaking, is nearly identical to the cdc synthesized and sequenced zombotanical catalyst "golemerase" that escaped the lab and caused the Lithia Springs zombie massace last fall.

Do I need to remind you of Lithia Springs? I doubt it, we all knew someone caught up in that attack. We lost some 40,000 souls to the infestation, and we spent a good month plus rooting out the last of them. I was stationed there during the action, and it was the worst experience of my life, I lost a lot of friends that month.

Anyhow, the reality is that we're worried that this could get as far as it did and we didn't become aware of it until recently. We can't be everywhere and if you start hearing the words "synthetic hormone" in connection with insect control, think about Lithia and the people there who were insufficiently observant. And then call or email us.

It's not like a class G Zombie is even all that scary. You'll have plenty of time to get away from these 'stumbling menaces'. But if you are old enough, or inexperienced enough, you'll be stuck, and we ZACs can't be everywhere, we can't save everyone. Anyhow. we'd like to thank Judge Burdick for his help in stalling the spraying until we're done with our tests on the compound.

A note to all ZACs subscribed to this feed hunting Class Bs in British Columbia, be careful out there, we're thinking of you.

Check it out, Predictive text drop down..

So I'm pretty happy with how the Predictive text module is coming. Ranking is still crap, but it's usable, UI wise. Here's a shot for you to see. The mode of operation is dead simple. You type, after you cross 3 letters the dropdown floats under your cursor and as you type more letters the predictive text choices become fewer and fewer. You slap enter to use the highlighted one, arrow up and down to pick another one, or hit escape to get rid of it. It's pretty exiting to see it working. I'm using a really nice dictionary, but there is no ranking to speak of, so for instance if I'm typing "hel" the first choice is helical and not helicopter, which I'd imagine is more popular. I gotta get my greasy hands on an open version of our published n-gram data (which is ranked) and incorporate that, if it makes sense.

The ui isn't perfect, I need to put in a way to clear it when you go up too far or down too far. For instance, if you hit up , say, twice in the above, it should clear it out. Or should I rely on the user trianing themselves to slap escape? Time will tell.