Archive for December, 2005

happy new year

December 31st, 2005

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lightbox

December 31st, 2005

An exceptionally elegant, Exposé-styled javascript solution to the issue that occurs when a user clicks on a “link to a larger graphic”, and the browser jumps to a new url: Lightbox.

~jeff

the office

December 28th, 2005

 


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Something unexpected happened this season; thanks to the misguided and often downright unfunny six-episode “Little Britain” arc, Arrested Development dipped down in quality while The Office shot way up. I just finished re-watching the Office Olympics episode and it really got to me; the confused-but-grateful expression on Steve Carell’s face when he’s accepting the “gold medal for condo-buying” is a genuinely well-acted moment. It’s nice to see an American version of something actually equal, and in many respects surpass, the British version. 

~jeff

notes on the green MIT laptop

December 28th, 2005

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Here are some interesting notes on the hardware and software of what people are calling the “OLPC” (One Laptop Per Child) laptop, a.k.a. the “green MIT laptop”.

Note that in many locations in the world, the backlight will be the first artificial illumination many families will have (besides a fire). How people will use these systems will facinate us all.

…for example, I bet many of them will use it as a terrible source of light.

~jeff

wordpress 2.0

December 28th, 2005

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I upgraded ldopa.net to WordPress 2.0 last night. Everything went smoothly, because I am awesome and I read and follow directions like a motha’. Here’s a link explaining what’s new. The guys at WordPress should really be proud; they’ve created a robust and ludicrously extensible product. The new release promises to be even more so.

So far, everything is hunky-dory except some of the custom image-handling PHP I wrote for the admin section needs to be slightly rewritten and plugged back in… and I already miss the old upload page.

~jeff

the ultimate showdown

December 27th, 2005

The Ultimate Showdown

This is the Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny. And I wish I knew who to credit for it.

Update: The song is by Lemon Demon, and I still can’t track down who did the animation.

Update II: The animation was by AltF4.

mountain dew mdx

December 27th, 2005


Mountain Dew has a new sub-brand: Mountain Dew MDX. I saw it for sale the other day while railsliding and I carved my ‘board right over to “snag” a bottle. How is it? It’s not that bad: a little bit lighter in taste than normal Mountain Dew — much less like squirting a Snoopy Snow Cone Machine syrup dispenser directly into your mouth — but has essentially the same tried-and-true, slightly nauseating (in a good way!) lemon-lime flavor. According to the product literature, it’s “Fueled by Power Pack”, which is their corporate branding nomenclature for their mixture of ginseng, taurine, guarana, d-ribose, and oh, let’s say, powdered Dungeons and Dragons dice.

I’m kind of confused about the name, though; if it’s called “Mountain Dew MDX”, isn’t that an extra abbreviated “Mountain Dew” in the name, like “Automatic Teller Machine Machine”? And isn’t that kind of dumb? I guess in the end, who cares: the only question that matters is is it still packed to the top with caffeine? and I am happy to report that yes, “Mountain Dew MDX” is indeed a frighteningly effective caffeine delivery vector. So if you’ll excuse me, I have to go ollie off something.

~jeff

lostify

December 26th, 2005

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If you roll like I do (and I know that you do), then you have noticed that iTunes doesn’t let you tag videos as TV Shows if you ripped them yourself. This means all the episodes of your favorite show you legally put on your computer won’t sort easily when you try to view them on your video iPod. Which sucks.

Enter Lostify. It is GUI for the awesome command line utility Atomic Parsley, which lets you set all kinds of flags for your episodes before you load them. Just don’t forget to set the Series name, or you won’t be able to find them again.

clowntime comics

December 26th, 2005


Clowntime Comics is really the only reason to pick up the pointless rag that the Valley Advocate has become. It’s a wonderful strip, with a killer drawing style and well-written to boot. I hope this guy gets rich and famous, but realistically speaking, humor this good tends to inhibit fabulous wealth.

By the way, I knew the Valley Advocate had hit its final nadir when they proudly debuted their recent “T.M.I.” column, which features the stupefied barroom ramblings of drunks, bouncers and local band promoters, subcultures that I had already felt to be over-represented via their previous communication medium: men’s room stalls.

~jeff

a very beazley christmas

December 26th, 2005


Is our president so lacking in serious issues requiring his attention that he has the time to create a video podcast celebrating the his Scottish Terriers?

Apparently so. (Copy that link and paste it into “Advanced -> Subscribe to Podcast” in iTunes to watch).

It is, however, adorable, I will give the evil bastard warmongers that.

~jeff

happy holidays from ldopa.net

December 25th, 2005

our president is an idiot

December 24th, 2005


There’s been a couple of news items about Dick Cheney being a jerk about charging his iPod — couldn’t he just charge it off of USB? why hog up all the power outlets? and doesn’t Air Force Two have a power strip? — but what really sets me off is this news story about Bush’s iPod here. In the story he says:

Bush remarked that “Bono came in and dropped his new iPod on me,” comparing his older device to the lead singer of U2’s iPod nano. “This is a clunker compared to the newer version.”

…am I supposed to believe that our Commander in Chief can’t swing the $200 required to get a new iPod nano? Wow, he really is jus’ plain folks like me; I bet his iPod has both kinds of music, country and western. Also offensive:

Bush also took time to mention that his iPod “can shuffle the shuffle.”

what does that even mean? That’s something a crazy person would mutter while taking a shopping cart full of empties back for deposit.

~jeff

the internet is for porn

December 23rd, 2005

I don’t know if you maybe knew this, but the internet is for porn.

(Thanks to my sister for the link.)

bush’s clinton moment

December 22nd, 2005


You remember that clip of Clinton biting his lower lip, holding out his thumb and saying “I… did not have… sexual relations… with that woman.”? Remember how many thousands of times they showed that damn clip? Wouldn’t it be nice if our media and our congressmen weren’t so completely whipped and impotent that maybe — perhaps — MAYBE they might show this clip a few times? Clinton lied about diddling some woman, and all the Republicans jumped up and down screaming that it was the principle of the thing, that he had lied to the American people, bla bla bla. Now our current president lies about something that actually means something to Americans, and there’s not a single voice for impeachment. Hypocrites and bastards!

~jeff

radio shark on the cheap

December 22nd, 2005


Amazon is having a killer sale on the Griffin Radio Shark;
it’s about half-off with free shipping. Radio Shark is like TiVo for radio shows, and after Tucker’s glowing endorsement, I had to pick one up. Now I’m all set to record the Kelsey Flynn show… for the week remaining that she’s on the air.

~jeff