Tuesday, September 07, 2004

It's just one of those days.......

Monday, September 06, 2004

New look tech cave!

Blogger has upgraded and looks much nicer, so I thought it was time for the tech cave to as well. I've upgraded to one of their nifty new templates. Looking very disco in here I will say!

Sunday, August 29, 2004


An interesting addition to my weblog it seems. The ad has gone, to be replaced with a search bar and a 'next blog' link.. I wonder what the next blog is.. here's to finding out.......!

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind was great. See Kirsten Dunst dancing on the bed? Yes, that's the money right there.

Sunday, February 22, 2004

Friends, who needs em?

Well thanks everyone, I finally get an e-mail after three months of inactivity on my blog telling me that, no, I don't live next to LAX, but JFK. This much is obvious, but it wasn't when I was drunk.

The truth of the matter is that I've been so busy with earning a crust. When you have a $2000 month apartment (I'm sure NYC residents will appreciate how little that really is nowadays) you need to really bust your ass if you're working for yourself. And so it goes. That said, the new version of WHR will be unleashed soon.

Tuesday, November 04, 2003

That's weird. For the last couple of weeks I haven't been getting my 9AM wakeup call from the planes. I wondered if LAX had closed, but no.. it just seems they decommissioned Concord. I never realized that was what was calling all the noise. Now I need to go buy an alarm clock.

Thursday, October 30, 2003

Production up, employment down.

This seems kinda interesting to me. Apparently the economy grew at its fastest pace in 19 years in the last quarter. Despite that, there are 150,000 less jobs than in the quarter previous. To most people, this seems like a Really Bad Thing. But, to me, it shows the signs of an economy adjusting to reality and moving ahead. A few years ago, a lot of people had pointless 'do nothing' jobs, which gave them a paycheck, but they were not contributing to the production of wealth (other than through spending).

Friday, October 24, 2003

Heh heh, the stocks have been going down! They'll be up again, I betcha!

Monday, October 13, 2003

Stocks are up!

Good news for people with large portfolios, the Dow is a-riding high at 9759.20. I'm predicting we hit the 10k before year end, although we'll have another dip back down to 9400 territory before we do. Let's see if I'm right..

Friday, October 10, 2003

Time to update the period table

A new element, darmstadtium, has been discovered and added.

Monday, October 06, 2003

Look at the old bloggers go!

My head hurts. What a weekend. Brooklyn has one great thing. A good public transport connection to Manhattan.

Saturday, October 04, 2003

Power plant in Brooklyn?Looks like it might happen. I love this quote « far away from any residential areas » "Far" away from residential areas? This is BROOKLYN, not Smallville, Colorado.

Thursday, October 02, 2003

However much I love it, submitting to the Open Directory becomes more hellish each time I try. I think they have some real server overload issues going on there, and their script that scans your IP when you submit is a little bizarre.

God Bless Ramen Noodles. 15 cents of goodness. That is all.

Tuesday, September 30, 2003

Was I in the zone when I wrote this or not? ^o^

Monday, September 29, 2003

I am a tiger, hear me roar. Or, rather, watch me do battle with the titans of the Web hosting industry at my new Web hosting weblog.

Drive Me Insane. This guy has lots of his lights connected to the Web so you can "drive him insane." ^v^

Sunday, September 28, 2003

Segway Redux

With my recent mocking of the Segway, I thought I should link this guy who's built his own version of a Segway. Rock on geek brother!


You know when you've had a late night, and you know you've either gotta bust through or go to sleep and lose the day? Argh.

On competing digital radio formats

In the Times, Barnaby J. Feder has a progress report on the XM vs. Sirius battle. He favors XM. I favor Sirius, but only because they carry NPR news, which, despite its biases, is the best national radio news network in the U.S.

That doesn't mean I subscribe, of course. Just that I'm tempted by Sirius and not by XM. Frankly, I'd rather spend the ten bucks a month on my favorite public radio stations.

Speaking of which, it's interesting that plain old AM and FM aren't even in Barnaby's contest.

The truth is, licensed over-the-air broadcasting, which Michael Powell and the FCC made such a big deal about "saving" with their ruling to relax ownership rules in June, is slowly dying in the "marketplace" where users continue to have approximately zero influence on receiver design decisions. The radio manufacturers gave up on AM a long time ago. There's almost no way to get a good AM radio anymore, even if you want one. Choice, which a market requires to express its preferences, just isn't there. AM radios in cars have approximately no treble at all. (Try turning the treble up all the way. It does almost nothing to AM and makes the FM sound chirpy.) The AM tuners in home radios and receivers are even worse. Too often they come with this extremely shitty loop antenna that the user immediately hooks up to the FM terminals on the back of the set, yielding bad FM and no AM at all. On home receivers FM is better than AM only because the default chipsets used by all the car radio manufacturers matured to a far better performance level than their AM counterparts, about a decade ago. Car listening drove development, and listening in a car is more critical (and common) than listenging at home. Conditions vary constantly. Stations get weak with distance, and strong signals can overwhelm weak ones. A radio has to be pretty good to perform at all. Without the same demanding usage conditions, manufacturers felt free to put sucky FM tuners in their home audio receivers. So today, unless you get a high-end FM-only tuner, the FM section of your new home entertainment system can't compete on performance specs with a good analog tuner or receiver built twenty-five years ago, much less a modern car radio.

Back in the old days, the audio stores and salons went out of their way to get good signals into the units on display. Today you're lucky if there's an antenna hooked up at all. But back then radio was still a living, vital medium. Now it's mostly a vending machine for Clear Channel and its wannabes, including, sadly, the public stations that see commercial stations as fund-raising examples, and would rather go after a few big sponsors than thousands of contributing listeners.

"Technology trends start with technologists," Marc Andreessen says. In supply-controlled markets, they also end with them. That's what I see happening with over-the-air broadcasting -- first on TV, then on FM and AM.

Last month I spent a little time looking at audio and video equipment for the house we're remodeling. It quickly became clear that the whole industry has pretty much given up on reception as a value. Except for the extreme few who can afford the equipment required to get HDTV signals over the air, nobody puts up antennas any more. Demand for good reception of anything, frankly, rounds to zero. On TV, the conditions are basically binary, whether you're watching cable or satellite. The signal comes down a pipe, directly from the distributor. It's either strong or absent. How well your set (or your VCR) picks up distant signals over the air is just not a meaningful consideration. When the whole TV system finishes going digital by 2006 (by FCC decree), all that will be left of over-the-air TV is the HDTV stuff almost nobody watches yet, and many of us won't be able to get because we can't put up an antenna that sees the transmitter.

As for the "content," it's all top-down manufacturer/distributor-determined stuff. And that even goes for NPR, to a sad degree (more about that in a later post somewhere).

Which is why I think the future of radio is Webio over wireless IP, fed by the same grass roots originalities that give us both blogging and the equivalent in webcasting. We've got thousands of mostly-free stations to choose from, in spite of the RIAA's and the Library of Congress' best efforts to regulate the shit out of this new and promising industry.

All we need is a new kind of webio receiver (not just a computer and its allied MP3 player), and a new kind of disto system based on syndication, rather than just transmission.

Saturday, September 27, 2003

Segways recalled. And why? Because they fall over. Haha!

Friday, September 26, 2003

Go see My Life Without Me whenever its out where you are. It was just on a limited pre-release here in NYC, and was amazing. I always thought Sarah Polley kinda sucked, but she was really on form this time around. So, if you listen to me just once in a lifetime.. this is that time.

Thursday, September 25, 2003

I must link to Stop Design and SimpleBits for being true inspirations on my XHTML journey.

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

Three months to Xmas eve. I wonder what Santa Claus is going to bring down the fire escape for me. I better get started writing that list ^v^

Tuesday, September 23, 2003

Trying to come up with words (and definitions) for my web hosting dictionary cum glossary.

Saturday, September 20, 2003

So my block didn't fall down. I consider this both an achievement and a disappointment.

Thursday, September 18, 2003

Storm-o-rama. Wow. Those videos and pictures of the storm coming in are amazing! Luckily Brooklyn doesn't get wiped out by hurricanes too often, although it could probably do with it.

Web Hosting Reviewer. Just an alpha/beta/whatta-everta release for your consumption!

Trillian have released a patch for people blocked out by MSN or Yahoo after they changed their systems.

Monday, September 15, 2003

C|Net's News.com has made the transition to XHTML.

An interesting meme has spread around many weblogs lately. It goes like this:

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Here's a Perl script I ran up to do this shuffling and scrambling for you, incase you want to run some experiments:

$_ = "A significantly amazing demonstration of scrambled words.";
s/(\b\w)(\w+)(?=\w\b)/$1 . &shuffle($2)/ge;

sub shuffle {
my @z = split //, $_[0];
return join '', map { $z[$_->[0]] }
sort { $a->[1] <=> $b->[1] }
map { [$_ , rand ($#z ^ 2)] } (0..$#z);

Sunday, September 14, 2003

I signed up for Slashdot again today. I had an id over there a couple of years ago, posted perhaps once or twice, and didn't really use it much again because of all the BS over there. I signed up again and managed to get a couple of insightful posts in, so let's see how well my second Slashdot career goes. Greetings to all fellow Slashdotters if you've come to my site from there. Unfortunately there is not much to see here, as you can er see.

Saturday, September 13, 2003

Is this a record? Two posts within ten minutes? Well it is for me ;) It seems I have to haul my ass over to Manhattan tomorrow. I don't know what it is about Manhattan but the place just freaks me out. Since Pataki and Giuliani brought out the big stick and slashed crime, Manhattan has turned into a bizarre combination of right-wing capitalism and left-wing social standards. Only in Manhattan do you get people earning $250k per year who whine about taxes and rent control but regularly give $20 bills to the homeless. Can't whine too much myself though, I may be living in that 'paradise' soon ^o^

Seems it was my ISP after all. They have this crazy transparent proxying stuff in place which a) is supposed to speed up my connection (like 2mbps DSL is slow!!) and b) spies on everything I do on the web. The second reason is not official but we know what the government is like these days. Hail freedom.

Friday, September 12, 2003

Blogger seems to be real slow to access lately. Not sure if it's cuz of the new free PRO features or if it's just my ISP turning my DSL into a 2400 baud modem again. ^o^

Going to try and bash this template here into some shape or even pick a new one, it is really looking lame. I am sure all two of my daily visitors actually care ^v^

Sunday, September 07, 2003

Web Hosting Shnizzel

Anyone got any cool Web hosting suggestions? It's for a project. Answers on a postcard to... ^v^

Saturday, September 06, 2003

The colors and template here are really lame. Pink? Pale green? I need to pull out my CSSShnizzel and lay down some action. ^v^

Sunday, August 17, 2003

Connecticut's 'New London Day' looks at the common mistakes in marketing.

Hi tech changing room tells you what to wear. Oh man, this could get really offensive! If you're a little bit overweight and you're taking in those speedos (or bikinis for the ladies), the computer would be like.. 'Whoa! Get out of here! No... try this mumu instead.' AI is not always a good thing. :)