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Saturday, March 07, 2009

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I don't feel so good.
-last words of Luther Burbank, (March 7, 1849 - April 11, 1926)

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Friday, March 06, 2009

Song of the day

Happy birthday, Kiki Dee.
See the original 1976 video here.

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Thursday, March 05, 2009

"...the intelligence of a box of parrots."

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart does a great job of bringing inane and pompous politicians down a peg, highlighting their hypocrisies with video clips highlighting their often wildly inconsistent positions. ("Don't they realize we save the video?" Stewart once asked, incredulously.)

However, Comedy Central's "fake" news program reserves its most potent venom for the "real" news media. Nothing ignites the ire of Stewart and his staff more than a network which crows about its expertise but fails miserably in execution.

Last night, the show's writers and researches outdid themselves, revealing the "experts" at CNBC as the corporate shills they are. The show also handily explains how the Dow Jones index is an unerring finger on the pulse of the opinion of the American people and, with some help from New York Times business writer Joe Nocera, gives one of the most lucid explanations to date of the AIG debacle.

I can't repeat it often enough: If you really want to know what's going on, read the foreign newspapers online and watch The Daily Show every night. Sometimes the program is just silly, sometimes unfocused... but when Stewart and his staff become enraged at some perceived injustice, they frequently hit it out of the park, as they did last night.
 

 
"If I'd only followed CNBC's advice, I'd have a million dollars today- provided I started with a hundred million dollars."
-Jon Stewart

See the whole program here.

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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Quote of the day

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.
-Charles Dickens

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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Quote of the day

That was the best ice-cream soda I ever tasted.
-Last words of Lou Costello (March 6, 1906 - March 3, 1959)

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And anyway...

... it's Scotty's birthday. I may just take the rest of the day off.

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Foiled again

I awoke at 2:15 am after dreaming the solution to customer software problem that had been troubling me all day.

I climbed out of bed, tip-toed up to my office to avoid waking the dogs, slid into my chair and discovered my system was hung, the recently-installed anti-virus program consuming nearly 100% of the cpu.

Note the time of this post. That's how long it took me to resolve the hang and get the machine back into a usable condition. And bear in mind, it's been just a little over a week since I did a complete Windows reinstall to resolve an ever-worsening boot time problem.

And the solution to the software problem, the answer so vivid it roused me from deep REM sleep? When I finally connected to my machine at the office in Chicago, an e-mail from the customer was awaiting me, informing me their crisis was no longer an issue, since they decided to delay the project for a couple weeks. Turned out it wasn't a misssion-critical showstopper, but just something they were "fooling around with" during a slow day at the office.

We're taking one of the pups in to be spayed later this morning. I can think of someone else I'd like to prevent from breeding as well...

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Monday, March 02, 2009

The good news: Obama isn't the Antichrist.

The bad news: the end is still near, anyway...

Left Behind author Tim LaHaye reminds everyone the Antichrist doesn't appear until after the Rapture. So maybe all the dispensationalist premillenialists will give it a break.

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By any other name...

Cloud computing
Cloud computing is Internet ("cloud") based development and use of computer technology ("computing"). It is a style of computing in which dynamically scalable and often virtualised resources are provided as a service over the Internet. Users need not have knowledge of, expertise in, or control over the technology infrastructure "in the cloud" that supports them.
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A distributed system is one in which the failure of a computer you didn't even know existed can render your own computer unusable.
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Sunday, March 01, 2009

The mortgage crisis explained...

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So there.  
The kgb@kgb.com e-mail address is now something other than kgb@kgb.com saga.
kgbreport.com used to be kgb.com until December, 2007 when the domain name broker Trout Zimmer made an offer I couldn't refuse. Giving up kgb.com and adopting kgbreport.com created a significant problem, however. I had acquired the kgb.com domain name in 1993, and had since that time used kgb@kgb.com as my sole e-mail address. How to let people know that kgb@kgb.com was no longer kgb@kgb.com but rather kgbarkes@gmail.com which is longer than kgb@kgb.com and more letters to type than kgb@kgb.com and somehow less aesthetically pleasing than kgb@kgb.com but actually just as functional as kgb@kgb.com? I sent e-mails from the kgb@kgb.com address to just about everybody I knew who had used kgb@kgb.com in the past decade and a half but noticed that some people just didn't seem to get the word about the kgb@kgb.com change. So it occurred to me that if I were generate some literate, valid text in which kgb@kgb.com was repeated numerous times and posted it on a bunch of different pages- say, a blog indexed by Google- that someone looking for kgb@kgb.com would notice this paragraph repeated in hundreds of locations, would read it, and figure out that kgb@kgb.com no longer is the kgb@kgb.com they thought it was. That's the theory, anyway. kgb@kgb.com. Ok, I'm done. Move along. Nothing to see here...

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