December 30, 2002

Pan and Scan

"Still Life is a program that lets you pan and zoom any number of pictures and export the result as a QuickTime movie or DV stream."

That reminds me ... I had the strangest dream last night.

I'll find my soul as I go home

Retro, the New Order 4 CD box set is being released stateside on January 7. There's a breakdown of all the goodies at the official website. More importantly they're also serving up a bunch of videos including the 10 minute one for Perfect Kiss. Basically, they all stand around and look really bored while rocking out for Jonathan Demme. And Gillian tries really hard to look pretty.

Oh but there's more. On January 21, 24 Hour Party People is getting released on DVD with 2 commentary tracks and some other business. It's an exciting time if you're into that sort of thing.


pots.jpgI got 110 free 4x6 prints through iPhoto by virtue of signing up with .mac. This is, admittedly, a pretty decent deal ... except I have to use them all by the end of the month.

So ... anyone want doubles of some pictures of my toes shot from various angles? There's one in particular that'll scare the bejeezus out of you.

December 28, 2002


This is ambitious. Turning a 17th century diary into a blog, complete with annotations and links to explanatory pages for people and places.

Moral Hazard

I'm a big fan of the Simpsons episode where Lisa goes to Washington to compete in an essay contest. Especially funny are the runner-up essays like the kid who talks about the Recipe for a Free Country. You know: "Mix one cup liberty with three teaspoons of justice. Add one informed electorate. Baste well with veto power..."

But apparently, some libertarians didn't realize this was meant as a joke 'cause they've come up with their very own recipe. It calls for 'liberating' a chosen state by importing a horde of anarcho-capitalists and implementing alternative voting methods.

Well, I guess if the Scientologists get to have Clearwater, FL the Ayn Rand Fan Club can have a Dakota or something. But, you know, if your FAQ has to answer the question "Is the Free State Project some utopian power trip?" you might want to take a step back.

December 24, 2002

America: Land of Plenty

Oh, the wonderful world of Apple IIe emulation. And now someone has made an OS X version, bringing the oldest of old to the newest of new. You can grab yourself a whole mess of ROMs from the Asimov FTP archive or just check out my favorite screenshots. 


December 22, 2002

Everything old is new again

I've been debating whether or not there's something cheap about the blog post that goes "Look, there's something new to the site." If it's truly fundamental, you'd hope folks would just notice without having to make a big fuss. Big fuss or no, there're now picture archives.

I've been debating whether or not there's something cheap about the blog post that goes "Look, I'm going ahead and pointing out the silly before you can."

December 19, 2002

It took me so goddamn long to figure out that I broke down

I used FogCaster to see whether or not the view would be clear for the Pyra Holiday Dinner at Greens Restaurant. I found it to be surprisingly accurate from a day in advance. And you can see from looking at it now that the brief respite we had from winter today will end with a quickness tomorrow.

I'm waiting for my man

The OS X port of Soulseek now has a SourceForge page ... but nothing to download just yet. There's a lot of folks hoping for a nice Christmas present from the fellow working on this deal.

December 14, 2002

Stupid internet

Looks like I'm going to have to find myself a new DSL provider.

Update: Signed up with Speakeasy.

December 13, 2002


FetchYahoo did the trick, liberating my three years of mail from y!. When combined with the mail spools I've had stored on CD since college, I've now got 6 1/2 years of email archived and properly sorted on my new iMac. Thanks to nathanr for his mbox-to-applemail converter script.

Somewhere in St. Louis (or possibly a New Jersey landfill) there's a set of mboxes on 3.5" floppy that contain another 4 years of emails from my very first ISP, shell-tastic CRL. One day I will be whole.

In the meantime, I've taken this opportunity to switch email to .Mac - the first time I've ever paid for email - and can now be reached at

December 11, 2002

Free my Mail

FetchYahoo: FetchYahoo is a Perl script that downloads mail from a Yahoo! account to a local mail spool.

What's that?

Accidentally saw the Canadian, end-of-the-world flick, "Last Night", on cable and it may have kept me from going back to rabbit ears.

What a great idea to make an apocalyptic movie that goes after the absurd rather than the sentimental. Plus, there's the great choice to forego all explanation and just present The End as spooky, blown out twilight rather than trying to pass off some legitimate explanation. Much better to get right to the good stuff like the gas company employee (played by David Cronenberg) who spends his last day at work calling his customers to thank them for their patronage.

Those Canadians - so nice, so wacky and so untroubled by gun violence despite their comparable socio-economic demographics and love of firearms ... or so I've been told.

December 02, 2002


This weekend featured what was probably the last decent Pug Sunday before the rainy season starts here in San Francisco. And despite being a little damp, it was a good one. Snorting dogbeasts aplenty, frequently in stampede. All hail the cute mutants.