Work Photo

One of my coworkers has a picture phone. I would have to say that the quality is excellent for what it is. If I had such a thing I probably wouldn’t carry my point-and-shoot, or at least I wouldn’t worry about carrying it in an accessible pocket.

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dallas orbiter

dallas orbiter Media
My friend and former coworker Gerg is the drummer and seeming manager for the band known as “dallas orbiter.” Sometimes he sends me emails or chats me up on AIM - usually when a new album is coming out or they need to corral people into a bar for a show. Both of those things are occurring soon, relative to the time I am posting. By the time you straggle in to read this, it may already be too late, and you will have missed the hoopla.
However, you will probably still be able to listen to their new album in its entirety over the internet via a streaming mp3 server. Will the wonders never cease? Imagine being into an indie band in the before time, when there was no internet. If you wanted to hear a random band from the other side of the world you would have to send them a letter via mail and have them mail you back a cassette tape or chunk of vinyl. An actual physical copy!

No, I don’t have a copy of this album yet. Will I continue my string of purchases? Hard to say - I would feel guilty for not buying the last EP or whatever. Then again, I don’t think that I got advance mp3s this time, so I didn’t feel all cool ‘n’ shit. It’s like drugs - the first taste has gotta be free!

Oh yeah, if you haven’t heard dallas orbiter, it’s space warble rock jam coolness. I recommend taking a listen - it might not be your cup of tea, but that’s not because they are doing anything wrong, it’s just a stylistic thing.

Or something.

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Joel on Software - Advice for Computer Science College Students

Joel on Software - Advice for Computer Science College Students
I like Joel on Software. He’s fun. If you believe his article, then I am schlepping in the right direction - except that I should probably be working on Gallery instead of blogging this. Or not - writing is part of being well-rounded.

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Fear is the Mind Killer

My lab partner from Computer Science like to quote this:

Bene Gesserit Littany against Fear

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.

I think that he still owes me pizza.

Mentat Creed

It is by will alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the juice of Sapho that thoughts acquire speed, the lips acquire stains, the stains become a warning. It is by will alone I set my mind in motion.

Both of these quotes are from Dune, which I read at a very young age - meaning that I really don’t remember much of what went on in the series. I only made it through two or three books, and then it was just too much effort to find the next one in the series in small town Iowa.

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Yojimbo

It’s a good movie. Here’s some kanji for fun: 用心棒

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Represent what? …my nuts!

This has nothing to do with anything, but I enjoy the television show “Venture Brothers”. Anyway, I sent an email to their email place, and instead of the usual black hole I actually received an email from their self-styled “web monkey,” who went by “Dean Venture”.

Here is our exchange, minus all the cool stuff like email addresses:

Jesse Mullan wrote:

Thank you for tapping the sweet syrup of my hidden self. I demand more Venture Brothers.

Go Team Venture!

Dean Venture wrote:

Then be sure to watch. And tell your friends to watch. And if they tell 10 friends, and then they tell 10 friends… Well, you never know…

Jesse Mullan wrote:

Of course, none of my friends or extended friends matter unless they have Nielsen boxes.

Or Tivo! Ah ha! I CAN make a difference!

Dean Venture wrote:

Always remember - it’s the thought that counts.

Mostly.

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Pencils down

Hey, tonight was the final that marked the end of Fall Semester 2004! Hooray!

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That’s some good ass pickle

if you eat
pickles wrapped with meat
your butt will smell like your feet
the end.

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Names for variables

For some reason I am compelled to write these down:
foo
bar
baz
monkey
pirate
ninja

That is the sequence. Ignore any imposters.

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Remember when IE was cool?

I’m a committed firefox user, but this guy makes some important points about the validity of ie. It wasn’t that long ago (in human years, not computer years) that I loved ie because it was vastly better than Netscape 4. My how time flies when you want your box model to behave correctly. I kid, though, because I love ie.

Um, yes. exactly.

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