Vulcan’s Peak

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Yes, yes I will.

March 4, 2008 12:29 am

Partly, it’s hilarious; partly, it’s perceptive; partly, I’m impressed. Some of us know how hard it is to spoof this song. They’ve got a couple of clunky lines, but they’ve also got a lot of good ones — and to top it off, they do it a capella.

Welcome…to the World of Tomorrow!

February 27, 2008 11:52 pm

Bionic Contact Lenses

I literally saw something like this on a science fiction show two weeks ago and though, “Hmm, pretty clever! That seems feasible in the near future.” I mean, not special goggles or bionic eyes or anything, just contact lenses.

Apparently that’s true for all values of “near future.”

Either that or someone at Torchwood is leaking alien technology into mainstream research firms again.

Meet Harriet

February 2, 2008 8:38 pm
harriet glows I’d like to introduce you all to a new member of my little family: I’ve retired the IBM ThinkPad I’ve been using for the last five and a half years and replaced it with a white MacBook.

Show me more… »


February 24, 2007 6:56 pm

Poke brought this to my attention a while back on her blog (last paragraph); here’s the most recent development: A History Department Bans Citing Wikipedia as a Research Source.

First reaction: Uh…duh? Like I said in the comments on her blog, trying to use Wikipedia as a source for a research paper is not only a poor choice of source material, but also incredibly lazy. I wasn’t allowed to cite encyclopedias in my high school essays; college students should be digging much, much deeper than that. Wiki is a great tool, but not a scholarly tool.

I do think that the idea of assigning students to create Wikipedia entries is pretty nifty, though.

My great joy in the NY Times piece is that Jimmy Wales seems very calm about it and says pretty much the same thing I did. Awesome guy.

There’s an echo in here…

December 9, 2006 7:13 pm

…and by the way, it’s me.

If you read Nodwick, you’ve probably already seen these, but for those who do not, I recommend a few holiday-themed jaw-droppers:
The icosohedral pecan pie. (Holy Mother of Pie Crust, Batman!!!)
The gingerbread TIE fighter.
And the gingerbread computer case.

The Wilhelm Scream video he points to is pretty fun too. (wikipedia explanation)

And FFN is pretty hilarious this week in an thoroughly horrible kind of way.


November 26, 2006 11:17 am

Bucky hits a new high of insensitivity today.
I love Rob’s last line, too.

I love bashing Microsoft! The Zune apparently sucks.

Hit the road, Jack

August 31, 2006 10:57 pm

I’ll be on the road north for the next few days. When next I post, it will be from the great state of Massachusetts!

(But you may see me popping up thanks to hotel wireless and such…)

If you didn’t get the e-mail I sent this morning with my new address and you would like it, let me know. Also, I’m now on Skype — my handle there is the same as my AIM handle (or drop me a line and I’ll give it to you).

I just need to share

April 1, 2006 12:36 am

Just doin’ my duty as an “STD” and passing things along….

Jean has addicted me to a simplistic little game called Flow. You have a little creature-thingy and you eat stuff (which sometimes wants to eat you) and it grows and then you can sink down into the next deeper level of the water you’re swimming around it, so basically you get to watch yourself evolve. It’s entrancing in a slow, soothing kind of way. Good for Fridays when you need something to pass the time that requires minimal thought.

Something completely different: funny stuff I probably wouldn’t have the guts to actually wear…
The goatee wouldn’t help me.
Like Vegas, but “illegal aliens” means Orions, not Mexicans.
Some days, you’re the salt vampire, and some days…
For J.C.
Candidate 1
Candidate 2
(In all honesty, I think I’d vote for Picard. But since no one’s really voting on this one, I would of course go for Kirk/Spock.
Appropriate for the Peak

Fun, fun, fun.

Test post from Flock

January 31, 2006 1:42 pm

Blog This!

You can easily blog interesting web content with Flock, in just a few clicks.

Well, ladies and dweebs, the above is not particularly interesting web content.  The cool part is that I was able to highlight and drag it in here – while perhaps no simpler than copy/paste, novelty is always amusing.  The cute thing about Flock (a browser under development based on Firefox) is that (among other features) it lets you blog through your browser rather than through a web page, so to speak.   An intriguing idea for a long afternoon at work.  I do seem to have a rather simple rtf interface with no html option.  So let’s see if html works in here.  <a href=””>Random link to Google.</a> 

A. Not really sure why I’m getting an extra planet icon next to “Blog This!”
B. Not really sure how I can make it want to be a title.
B. And html?….Yeah. Not so much.  Sad.

Testing, 1,2,3…

January 12, 2006 6:28 pm

Can anybody hear me?

Pug is helping me make the move from Movable Type to Word Press, a plot of his that has been brewing for some time. My initial vote was secured when I saw the design he set up for me – I ‘ve been meaning to re-vamp the old MT design for a while and haven’t gotten to it. I will take credit for most of the banner image, though. He found it (and several others) and the sepia gradient is his idea, but the work is mine.

Let’s test a photo!

Photo 3.jpg

We’ve recently gotten all new computers at work, and the new macs have iSight – which is to say that there is a camera built into the top of the monitor and the iSight program acts a bit like a photo booth. It’s fun. I get into trouble with it when I snap sneak pictures of people like Jen when they aren’t paying attention.

Okay! Let’s see what we’ve got!