28 September 2005
27 September 2005
26 September 2005
Being a childhood Notre Dame fan and adulthood Wisconsin alumnus, I've been pretty pleased so far in this young college football season. And that pleasure has been increased exponentially due to the fact that I despise Michigan, and now ND and Wisconsin have both beaten Michigan. I loathe Michigan. With the exception of Desmond Howard's kick return for the Packers in the SuperBowl, nothing that any Michigan alumnus has done has ever been good for anybody.
There, I said it. I'll stop short of proposing that Wisconsin take back the UP, since I'm not really sure we'd want it.
20 September 2005
Your tax dollars hard at work.
Grafs from article:
The new squad will divert eight agents, a supervisor and assorted support staff to gather evidence against "manufacturers and purveyors" of pornography -- not the kind exploiting children, but the kind that depicts, and is marketed to, consenting adults.
"I guess this means we've won the war on terror," said one exasperated FBI agent, speaking on the condition of anonymity because poking fun at headquarters is not regarded as career-enhancing. "We must not need any more resources for espionage."
15 September 2005
I couldn't resist the now-cliche "Breakin' 2" reference, so sue me.
So today I set about and upgraded the three different gallery installs on this webserver, merging them into a single multi-site install. The whole process was pretty painless and I was very pleased and impressed.
A heartfelt thanks and kudos to the hard-working souls over in #gallery!
13 September 2005
For a while now I've been wondering what the big deal was about subversion. I've been using CVS for over 6 years now with few complaints. Then I read an article about it, and I just didn't realize what I've been missing. These three features touched on in the article have already made my tongue fuzzy:
1. Atomic commits.
2. Move/rename files.
3. Remove directories.
The last two are things that I grind my teeth at more often than not in dealing with CVS. The first one I haven't really thought about but I know for certain that it is a very very good thing.
06 September 2005
So this BBC story informs us that Kenyas will be voting on a new constitution. Normal civilized society might use check boxes with "Yes" or "No" in their local languages and what-not, but not the clever Kenyans:
"Voters will select the symbol of a banana if they back it and an orange if they do not, election commission head Samuel Kivuitu told reporters."
02 September 2005
Hanging out in #phpwscommerce on freenode, my man Wendall asked for a bot to check bugs on Sourceforge.net. I whipped up a module for mozbot and presented him (and now everyone) with SFTracker. Since all Sourceforge trackers (bugs, RFEs, support requests, and patches) are all the same, SFTracker will do those too.
The only thing it really does is scrape the tracker item description out of the HTML "title" tag. That seems to work for us, hope it works for you. Enjoy.
So last night my paladin joined a crew for a run through the Deadmines, a rather treacherous area in World of Warcraft. Being only level 17, I was advised to stay in the back of the pack. Also my primary role in the party was as a healer and resurrector anyway. Staying in the back was not only for my own saftey, but as I learned, for the safety of my colleagues.
So as my colleagues were battling a single evil guy along the side of some pirate ship, I thought I'd step up and swing my axe a couple of times. As soon as I took one step too close to the ship, about 5 more pirates lept over the side, and within one minute my entire party was dead. I can't tell you what was said to me because WoW has a curse filter on. But there was a LOT of it and they pretty much left the party right away.
It turns out that the lower level you are, you tend to draw higher level aggros from further away, or something like that. Even though my brother explained this too me, I didn't fully appreciate it until it was too late.
So I apologize for ruining what had been a pretty smooth and successful Deadmines run up until that point. Lesson learned, nub healers stay back! My one regret now is not taking screenshots of it all. The swift massacre of our entire party was comical to behold, had it not wiped out over an hour of grinding through the tunnels.
"We got a lot of rebuilding to do.... the good news is and it's hard for some to see it now but out of this chaos is going to come a fantastic gulf coast... out of the rubbles of Trent Lott's house -- the guy lost his entire house -- there's going to be fantastic house. I look forward to sitting on the porch. Out of New Orleans is going to come that great city again."
What a complete jackass. Is anyone really going to spend any time thinking about giving an ounce of pity for Trent Lott? Thanks for keeping it real, George.
01 September 2005
Anyway I've been brainstorming ideas off-and-on today in the top-sekrits developer wiki section. Just trying to get down my ideas of what this cart app will be responsible for. Wendall has been talking up some AJAX love, which is something I've enjoyed as a user, but haven't had any experience with on the development side.
I'm also accepting paypal donations to cover my WoW-related expenses ;)
"In case anyone in national security is reading this, get the word to President Bush that we need the military in here NOW. The Active Duty Armed Forces. Mr. President, we are losing this city. I don't care what you're hearing on the news. The city is being lost. It is the law of the jungle down here. The command and control structure here is barely functioning. I'm not sure it's anyone's fault -- I'm not sure it could be any other way at this point. We need the kind of logistical support and infrastructure only the Active Duty military can provide. The hospitals are in dire straights. The police barely have any capabilities at this point. The National Guard is doing their best, but the situation is not being contained. I'm here to help in anyway I can, but my capabilities are limited and dropping. Please get the military here to maintain order before this city is lost."