Thursday, December 21, 2006

OS X Liger

This picture just cracked me up. FYI, Mac OS X operating system releases are named after cats. There has been Tiger, Panther, and the forth-coming Leopard.

In the movie Napoleon Dynamite, the lead character describes the "Liger" as "pretty much" his favorite animal. It's only natural for Steve Jobs to consider a Liger release.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Wit Winner

It seems that I won a "battle of wits" on another website and I didn't even realize it. I posted a comment back in May, 2005. It wasn't until today that I discoved Chris Dye later recognized my winning contribution.

The way I found out is thanks to Google. I regularly search for other websites that link back to my website just to see who is citing me. You can do this easily with the following Google query:

Another lesser known feature of Google is finding pages similar to my own. You can do that with this query:

Oh, my winning entry went like this:
Invent a cheesy line of dialogue that thankfully was dropped from a movie. Name the movie, the scene, and the line.

"Luke, I'm your father and I built C3PO so he's your half-brother." -- Darth Vader to Luke Skywalker in Empire Strikes Back

Thursday, October 5, 2006

Team America Costumes for Sale

Last year, Angela and I dressed as Team America World Police for Halloween. We spent a lot of time collecting the pieces and creating the jackets. The final result was pretty good and the costumes proved to be a crowd pleaser.

We can't very well use these again this year, so they are up for sale on e-Bay. Please bid on them if you are interested.

UPDATE: The Team America costumes were sold to some gent in Canada. I hope he had fun with them.

Tuesday, October 3, 2006

Zune Can and Cannot

Here's an interesting post from a Microsoft employee called "Zune Sharing explained"

I still have a few questions.

Monday, September 18, 2006


This started as a simple task. I wanted to convert some cassette tapes into MP3 files. I have a shiny new iMac that I thought would be perfect for the task. Then I ran into lots of problems.

I used GarageBand to record the audio. I thought I could simply save it as an MP3 file but that would be too simple, wouldn't it? GarageBand only creates AAC encoded audio in M4A files. Unbelievable! Eventually I got a solution.

Friday, August 4, 2006

Improve Your PageRank

binocular222 at asked
How do I know the rank of my site?
It seems that there're some tips to make one webpage get high rank in google search where can I have reference?

I use the Google toolbar to find the PageRank of my site. When installed, the toolbar indicates the PageRank of each URL you visit. BTW, "PageRank" is not the same as your search result number. Let's look at an example...

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

The Probability of Terrorists

[The Politics of Paranoia and Intimidation][1] article by Floyd Rudmin tries to show how futile the NSA domestic surveillance effort is by throwing around a bunch of math. To the casual reader, it looks impressive, but if you take a closer look at the math, you'll realize that Floyd demonstrates the program can actually be pretty effective.


Thursday, May 18, 2006

Grand Unified Web Tools

Tools, Tools (Ad Nausium) [sic.]

"There are problems with the many-tools-hacked-together approach that adds an odd balance to it."

[Bruce Alderson][1] and I have a common vision. I wish that there was a stable platform for PHP applications that provided all the common stuff like database abstraction, user login and account management. I just want to seamlessly combine the best of [MediaWiki][mw], [WordPress][wp], [Gallery][g] and [PHPbb][bb]. I don't want to have 4 different logins and spend weeks trying to make templates for each so that they all look alike. Somehow these Open Source packages need to cleanly separate the functional engine from the application presentation layer. Then I could mix and match them.


Wednesday, May 17, 2006

More on Music Rentals

Ashlee Vance wrote an anti-subscription rant for [The Register](

Customers do not, as Napster suggests, pay $10,000 to fill their iPods with 10,000 songs just because the capacity is there. They take their existing music, CDs and MP3s, and put that onto the device first, then later add iTunes songs as they go along.

This is a narrow point of view. OK, Ashlee might have a pile of CDs and the patience to collect over years, but my 14 year old little brother has about a dozen CD's and the attention span of Rain Man. Now, he could go buy another disk for $14, or he could buy 2 months of Yahoo Music for the same price. What is the better value for his dollar? 10 songs or 1 million songs?

If you ask me, a $60 subscription to Yahoo Music is a much better graduation gift than 4 new CDs. Here little brother, for $240 I will buy you an entire high-school lifetime of music. You can worry about starting a CD collection after you graduate.

Why does everyone think that consumers care about the long-term value of their purchasing dollar? Has anyone seen the national credit card debt statistics? People buy on impulse and worry about the consequences later.

As I said before, looking at my collection of about 300 disks, I could have bought 60 years of Yahoo Music for less! Am I still listening to Cindy Lauper when I'm 75? What was the point of owning all this plastic?

What's the advantage in paying for all of the tethered music on the planet? That's pointless gluttony and nothing more.

Well, it's cheaper than buying 300 disks I like.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Solstice for Sale

Solstice 1 Solstice 2

I recently sold a 2006 Pontiac Solstice. I had been advertising the car here so you may have stumbled across this page looking to buy a roadster. Sorry, it's gone. However, if you are lucky enough to own a Solstice, you should look at some of the great accessories available from KappaSphere