June 2003 Archives

June 30, 2003

Aural Treasure

Enjoy this week's version of Interchangeable (right-click and "Save Target As" to download), coming at you from the gentlemen of Arctic Square.

Also be sure to visit ArcticSquare.com for all your up-and-coming NY area band needs.

UPDATE: Revised the link so it works for all you non-Sam people out there...

Attentione! Los Gatos!

Peanut!  Get off that keyboard!IF YEW HAVE A CAT AND YEW DON'T HAVE PAWSENSE(tm) INSTALLED ON YOUR COMPEWTER THEN YOU COULD BE IN BIG, BIG TROUBLE! GO THERE NOW!

Note the endearing tray icon for Pawsense.

P.S.; Also check out the FAQ there, it is very informative and helpful!

P.P.S.; I am also including this ridiculous- er, I mean illustrative diagram to further entice you;
Paws Diagram

Why I Still Have an IT Job (v2.0)

m500 and my gigantic hand...The Effect:
During the course of polite conversation, the magician casually mentions he is able to view current [a certain NY area hospital's] patient information on his Palm m500 handheld unit from virtually anywhere in the continental United States, without the use of wires or cradles and without relying on the presence of an 802.11b wireless transmitter. An incredulous audience member naturally requests a demonstration, at which point the magician pulls out an m500, taps the "transfer data" button and, in less than 30 seconds, proves his point.

How It Works:
Thank you, Nokia 3650 phone! With your Bluetooth connectivity dealy-thing you have made this possible! I can keep you in my pocket and don't have to whip you out to do an IR connection! Communication is pretty swift, too, considering the path this data is currently taking;

From Palm unit... to phone via Bluetooth... to Cellular tower... to ISP dialup modem bank... Establishing TCP/IP over PPP connection to ISP... to parent hospital router over internet backbone... to downtown campus via T1... to server at secondary campus via partial T1 where a BTRIEVE query is finally performed... And back again! And that's like minimum, there is probably a lot more bouncing around in there somewhere.

Neeto!

Sound On Sound

Looks like a keen piano, too!I want to record here. Just look at all that swell equipment they've got there. How neat! Swell and neat!

June 28, 2003

I Go to Coney Island

Actually they are pretty good pictures, for a phone camera.

Also actually, I was playing a little hookey from the workplace on Friday, that's why it's not very crowded. Note the picture of my favorite Surreal Furniture Store. Does anyone actually buy furniture from Astroland Furniture? How kooky.

June 23, 2003

The Horror

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaargh!

A weekend of work trying to put some decent keyboard parts into Igloo, and it ends up sounding EVEN MORE LIKE THIS!

Will upload the unfortunate sample shortly...

Mmmm!  Saccharine!UPDATE: Get the evidence here.

Would you like anything else with that...?

FURTHER UPDATE: Graham says I have to take that version down, so it is going, going, gone. Hahaho. Hoho, I am keeping it around on my computer in mp3 format anyway for future reference.

June 20, 2003

Blog Party

Gosh, for a blog party there sure were a load of famous and/or beautiful people at Smithfield last night... I won't say which category I fall into there... I won't say which category Todd Barry falls into either, just that I kept pointing him out behind his back and going "Did you know that's Dave- er I mean Todd Barry right there?!?"

Had fun, and a Cosmopolitan (yes, just to copy Jake), played some pool, met some folks. An unqualified success it was.

June 19, 2003

Ha ha ha ha ha ...

Cat makes Lunch

Arctic Square - Igloo Rough Cut

Just for fun I am putting up an extremely preliminary mp3 clip of the song Igloo, from Arctic Square's practice session last night at Sam Thompson Studios Inc. (my apartment).

You can get it here (right-click and "Save Target As" to download).

This is our first experiment with software-based multitracking, so we were just trying to get levels and stuff right. The guitar and bass lines sound good, but the keyboard is way too "John Tesh" and not enough "Steve Nieve." Plus we are tweaking the drum track and after that will come the fun part, adding in various effects and such to give you that genuine Radiohead feel.

June 18, 2003

Forthcoming Audios

Shoot!

I forgot to ask Graham and Eric if it was okay to put our recording session tonight up here on the site. We got 2 whole entire songs roughed out in a nice multi-track mix...

Oh well, after I talk to the guys tomorrow hopefully some links will be available here... Until then go right ahead and visit arcticsquare.com if you are still in the dark about the nExT NeW HoT ThinG on the New York scene! Dewds! Because after you go there, you won't be in the dark anymore!

June 16, 2003

My Hero

Waiting for AdventureI think you do not understand how much I wish to possess this item you are looking at currently. It is apparently available for a couple hundred bucks plus some sort of shipping arrangements, although Mr. Bird the artist has not emailed me back regarding his exact conditions yet.

I think a few Brandon Bird prints at the very least will be up on my walls shortly (I am looking for new and different decorating ideas).

June 12, 2003

Use Netscape!

It is better, and this page looks nicer with it.

June 11, 2003

Science Projects

This is by far the coolest website I have browsed in a while.

Update:
I take that back, this is actually marginally cooler, due to the entertaining anecdote about the door being blown to pieces.

Update Again:
My favorite quote so far from that second page, a nonchalant;

"I obtained 2 litres of 98% analytical grade Sulfuric Acid, and 1.5 liter of 68% analytical grade Nitric Acid [...]"

This kid is nuts.

Comic Manic

This article on aint-it-cool-news.com actually has me slavering and/or slathering to see The Hulk now, after having been thoroughly unimpressed by the movie trailers I had seen which looked just laughable.

I seem to be entering a comic-book phase at the moment, although it is true The Sandman is petering out for me around volume VII of the compilation set (which goes to XII I think?).

I read real books, too. Right? Don't I? It has been a while...

June 10, 2003

How to B Cool, 4 Real

Shoes!  Reebok!  Reebok!Hey, if you are young and black, be like Mark Walker! Reebok hopes you are not paying as much attention to your schoolwork as you are paying to some radical-ass shoes! Make sure you play lots of basketball, because you won't need Reeboks if you are doing math or studying for final exams! Shiznit, foo! Reebok is coo', foo'! Buy some Reeboks, biznitch! It did not cost us $2 to make your $150 pair of sneakers, cracka'! Where you hear that wack-ass shiznit? See, Reebok be down with the street lingo, fo' real yo'! Reebok, foo'! Don't be a foo', yo, buy some shoes, dawg! Reebok! Dang, y'all!

June 6, 2003

More Games

Count the sheep!My new favorite MAME game is Sexy Parodius, here is a pretty good description of it from mobygames.com;

"Konami's fourth entry in its Parodius series. As one of the members of Parodius Team, you must stop a lecherous octopus and his army from hoarding a huge treasure mound for their own no-good deeds. Featuring several classic Parodius cast members (including sexy bunny sisters Hikaru and Akane, Takosuke the Octopus, Koitsu the stickman), newcomers, and tons of classic Parodius scenes. Plus, there's a few "extra" surprises for those who love the trademark wackiness of the series.

This game was never released outside of Japan. A Sega Saturn version also exists. "

Never released outside Japan, yet I get to play it today on my pc! Where would I be without this sort of pleasure? "Lecherous octopus," wheee! This is also my favorite genre of game, that genre being a "shooter" where you just mindlessly shoot stuff with your little flying ship.

Disclaimer: Of course I actually own the Japanese arcade version of Sexy Parodius (having spent tens of thousands of dollars to have it shipped from Japan, then disassembled to fit up my apartment stairs, then reassembled to fully working order, only to stash it in the corner while I play the MAME version on my pc from the ROM which I dumped off the arcade machine using an exorbitantly expensive ROM-dumping rig which I also had to purchase), and am not committing any acts of "piracy" with this game-playing.

June 5, 2003

It's Time to Eat Healthy!

Howdy,

Lunch today is a McDonald's Cobb Salad ("Crispy Chicken(tm)" style).
Healthy as hell, right? Just for fun, let's take a look at how much better this is for me than a Big Mac(tm) would have been;

Cobb Salad w/ Crispy Chicken;
Calories: 380
Total Fat(g): 23
Sodium(mg): 1170
Sugars(g): 4

Wow, that looks like a lot, but at least it's not as much as;

Big Mac;
Calories: 580
Total Fat(g): 33
Sodium(mg): 1050
Sugars(g): 7

Dum-de-dum. Shall we move on to the punch-line?

Cobb Salad w/ Crispy Chicken WITH COBB DRESSING;
Calories: 380 + 120 = 500
Total Fat(g): 23 + 9 = 32
Sodium(mg): 1170 + 440 = 1610
Sugars(g): 4 + 5 = 9

Shoulda had a Big Mac.

P.S.; Would you like to read about McDonald's President Mike Roberts calling the new salads "wholesome"? Click here. Unfortunately if you do you will have to also look at Paul Newman shaking hands with Ronald McDonald... Don't start projectile vomiting or anything on my account...

Hello...?

I LOST MY PHONE!!!!!

IF ANYONE HAS SEEN IT, PLEASE CALL ME AT...

OH CRAPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP!!!!!!

CRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAPPPP!!!!!

I called it once yesterday, and at first it rang, but every time I call it since then it just goes straight to voicemail. I think it fell out of my pocket in the cab I took to work Wednesday. Whoever snagged it must have turned it off after it rang the first time.

Phoneyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!! Where are you!?!?!??!!?!!!! Please come back! I forgive you!

June 3, 2003

Irk

Oh My God, will someone please explain this travesty?

Too bad I do not get The New Yorker, apparently there was an article about it in the February issue, the contents of which do not appear to be online.

How to Formulate a Knee-Jerk Reaction

Presently I am a registered Green Party voter. My email flame filter redirects to "/dev/null", so go right ahead and complain, it is your right.

Anyway, I took a look at the Libertarian Party website and I find it interesting how my personal beliefs, based entirely on personal experiences not related to politics, affect my reading of the Libertarian list of "Commitments" on this site.

Examples ["The Libertarian Party is committed to...]";

"...Individual liberty and personal responsibility"
Right. "I prefer individual imprisonment and also total chaos where no person is compelled to feel responsible for his own actions!" Duh, who isn't committed to liberty and personal responsibility? Why even include this in your list of commitments? I perceive a hidden agenda which reads more like; "I am sick of supporting welfare-grubbing Moms with 12 kids, while we're at it let's get rid of social programs entirely so I can be personally responsible for a new golf bag!"

"...A free-market economy of abundance and prosperity"
Again, no problem there, on the face of it. My personal experiences chime in once again, however, and all I hear is; "I feel like becoming 'abundantly prosperous' by patenting my AIDS drug, then keeping the price high, also making it illegal for a generic version of my drug to be sold in countries where people are too poor to afford to buy it from me, even if millions of people might benefit from a generic version. What? What are you looking at me like that for- it is a 'free' world! What? Patents are the antithesis to a free market, and have nothing to do with individual liberty and personal responsibility? Pah! I have golf bags to buy, let us continue this discussion another day."

"...A foreign policy of non-intervention, peace, and free trade"
An insular and selfish statement. Whoops, that is my personal opinion again, not necessarily a factual conclusion. "I won't bother you, or support you, if you don't bother me. Meanwhile, I would like to extend my greed across international borders if you please; Hey, if I want to tear up South American trees at $1 an acre to make Swiffer Dusters, that's fair because they accepted the $1, right? Free trade! Fairness! Liberty! Abundance! Prosperity!"

My best friend in high-school thought of himself as a Libertarian, which is where I get most of this stuff. He had many classic one-liners, such as, in defense of European colonialization of North America;

"Hey, those Indians accepted beads as trade for land, that's stupid, but fair!"

June 2, 2003

The Sandman is a pretty

The Sandman is a pretty good comic (be warned: goriness). I am collecting the compilation books and am up to book VI out of X... Holy crap, they are only $15 on Amazon, I have been paying $20 at the local comics-mart! Oh well, support local businesses, blah, I am buying the rest online...