Archive for October 2003

ice…

fark on Simi…

Despite the tragedy of the fires in california, all the people I know in simi are ok.. so I think it’s ok to laugh.… well, more like, be in awe at the power of that fire.. wheeeeesh.

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IQ testing…

I only scored a 126 on this intelligence quotient test… unless I read the scoring sheet wrong, then I’m waaaay lower than I think.

SCORING INSTRUCTIONS

First, based on the correct answers above, count how many you got correct. Locate that number in the correct age column, then directly to the right in the last column (I.Q. column), you will locate your correct I.Q. rating.

For example, if you are 12 years old and had 32 answers correct, you locate 32 in the 12 year column and you will find that you have an I.Q. rating of 118. Example 2: If you are 26 years old and had 43 correct answers, your IQ is 122.

age 9       10      11      12      13      14      15      16 + I.Q
9       10      11      13      16      18      20      22      80
…snip…
32      33      34      36      39      41      43      45     126
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Nicecast…

hey, check out NiceCast if you want to broadcast from home! Pretty cool!

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10secondclub…

Lightning striking Gibson’s Passion

cnn.com

ROME, Italy — Actor Jim Caviezel, who plays the son of God in Mel Gibson’s controversial film “The Passion of Christ” has been struck by lightning during shooting.

Caviezel was uninjured, but a producer described how he saw smoke coming from the actor’s ear.

An assistant director on the film, Jan Michelini, was also hit — for the second time in a few months.

The first time, a lightning fork struck his umbrella during filming on top of a hill near Matera in Italy, causing light burns to the tips of his fingers, VLife, a supplement to Variety publications said in its October issue.

A few months later the second strike happened, a few hours from Rome.

Michelini was again carrying an umbrella, and standing next to Caviezel on top of a hill, the magazine said.

Both were hit, with the main bolt striking Caviezel while one of its forks hit Michelini’s umbrella. Neither were hurt.

If I were God, I’d definitely like the RSS idea.. I’d set up an RSS feed to alert me when people make movies about me. Then, when they start retelling the stories with better special effects, I’d go watch them make the movies. You just know I’d have MY finger on the lightning button, too.

God:3, Gibson:0

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EULAs for woodworking tools…

check this out from slashdot…Slashdot!:

Fight Woodworking Piracy: Add EULA Restrictions
Posted by Hemos on Friday October 24, @04:57AM
from the damn-the-man dept.

An anonymous reader writes “Ed Foster’s Gripelog discusses EULA restriction on a new woodworking tool. A small woodworking tool manufacturer, Stots Corporation, includes a license agreement on its TemplateMaster jig tool. The tool is licensed, not sold, and customers cannot sell it or lend it to others. Nor can they sell or lend the jigs they make with it. “Shrinkwrap licenses are showing up everywhere,” a reader recently wrote. “I just bought a jig for making dovetailing jigs — this is woodworker talk if it’s unfamiliar to you. The master jig contained a license that says I’ve licensed the master jig, not bought it. The license says I can’t lend or sell the master, and furthermore I can’t lend or sell the jigs I make with the master.” The reader was referring to Stots Corporation of Harrods Creek, KY, and the user agreement for its TemplateMaster product. Sure enough, the Stots license says TemplateMaster may be used “in only one shop by the original purchaser only” and that “you may not allow individuals that did not purchase the original Product (to) use the Product or any templates produced using the Product…” A FAQ document on the Stots website explains that the license is necessary because “the purpose of the TemplateMaster is to clone itself. Therefore we are verifying your honesty that only you will use the tool and you will not be passing it around to others to use for free. It is exactly the same as the ‘shrink wrap’ agreement that comes with almost all computer software. Please help us fight ‘tool piracy’.”

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Senate votes to end Cuba travel ban

this is exactly why our government is so fucked up:

The Senate voted 59-36 to bar the use of government money to enforce current travel restrictions.

That’s like me saying “I’m not going to pay this guy anymore to stop you from boarding a plane to cuba, because that’s what someone told him to do a long time ago.”

First someone pisses us off. Then there’s restrictions passed. Then you gotta pass resolutions to enforce the restrictions. Then you gotta fund the enforcement year over year. Then people die. Then new people don’t understand why we can’t do what we want to do. Then we have jackasses who seem to think they know why we’re not allowing each other to do those things. Then eventually enough people die so that we can start questioning these rules someone’s grandfather set up to block us from doing what we want. Then you gotta do some really fucked up things to sneak it into law… to Block the use of funds earmarked for enforcement of restrictions… ” …that’s governmentese for “Say Hi to Fidel for me.”

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Stale…

10 minutes on finalscratch today clearly illustrated how stale my tracks are. (sigh)

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Weblogs are not the read-write web

Weblogs are a mistake. They have come about because one important aspect of Tim Berners-Lee’s vision of a shared information space was missing when it came to be realised. He had envisaged it being as easy to edit as to read… [PR Studies]

To be clear, Tim wanted a document-centric read-write web. And with products like Contribute, users can have that. But weblogs aren’t about documents, they’re about memes. And what webloggers need are meme transmutation tools. Big difference.

[deeje @ BloggerJack]

I think wikis fit that description you give. Document-centric read-write web. ah, yep, Wiki. For sure, Contribute is a very very very cool technology. believe me, i wish we could get my company to get on the fricken band wagon for some things in my department…

hey, thinking about it, Contribute isn’t exactly what I want people to be doing to my blog. That seems to run counter to a “blog”, doesn’t it? You don’t contribute to my blog, you read it.

I’d definitely like some shared communication and long term documentation of ideas, for sure, but by and large, the way blogs work right now, it’s still a lot of people yelling into a void. Contribute lets you go change an existing webpage as I understand it… and hey, stay outta my weblog with that, anyway… those are my ideas and words. Don’t change them. [gross oversimplification]

The way it works now, as you instructed me, is that you post with attribution comments from another blog back into your blog, which, if we did this all with paper, would amount to miles-high stacks of ever degrading carbon copies… so, they keep circulating around and around on thousands of servers, like a fractal, each node pointing in a slightly different direction so that nobody is really able to get an entire worldview of said memes.

A wiki, on the other hand, lets multiple authors share an editing space. It’s chaotic, but all ideas are on the same page. Slap an RSS feed onto each page, and you’re in business. If we had a server-based version of SubEthaEdit … that’d be close to perfectly suiting that “Document-centric read-write” model you describe. — Steve Cooley (number 1 google result for my name.. take that los angeles! “you should have never betrayed me [poink!]”-s.b.)

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$75 to get into the ITMS…

iTunes Link Maker…

thank you people behind phobos! The iTunes Music Store Link Maker

Now, you can click on this link below to experience one of the best new songs I’ve heard, Jack Dangers’ Echo in Space:



and then I can tell you all about Always Three Words by Matmos:





seriously, tell me there’s no connection here.

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jono and steve on headphones, cochlear implants, and…

pardon our french..

that is so ill, jono… 😉

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After BloggerCon: Ed Blogger San Francisco, 22-23 Nov 2003, non-conference.

Put it on your calendar: Ed Blogger San Francisco non-conference

WHAT: Ed Blogger 2003

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, 22-23 November 2003

WHERE: San Francisco. Places under discussion.

WHO: People interested in weblogs as a tool for education.

There is room for a real conference.

First, a track on blogging in the classroom. Best practices by grade level. By subject matter. For special needs. In curriculum development. Blogs as a factor in verbal performance, learning styles, collaboration and social skills. Thousands of teachers are using blogs; let’s share the best of what they learn.

Second, blogging as it relates to school operations. Like a business, schools have internal and external communications that keep things running. Student security and privacy. Parent-teacher communication. Teacher-supervisor and teacher-teacher communication. School-district communication. Blogs in school libraries. Blogs in volunteer coordination and fundraising. Again, share new knowledge and practical experience.

Third, technical implementation. This is the track for the instructional technologist and IT folks. Workshops on setting up weblog servers. Tool and vendor comparisons. Enabling search and newsreaders. Getting bandwidth for cheap or free. Worst practices. etc.

Somewhere along the way I want to see blogging as fodder for academic research. Let the grad students develop a theory for the medium. Integrate blogging into existing theories of learning, behavior, and motivation.

[Phil Wolff: klogs]

Deeje, you should go to this.

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junXion 1.1

oh, so sexy:

http://www.steim.org/steim/junxion.html

In response to the growing demand for more ‘musical’ and more ‘hands-on’ controllers for laptop performance STEIM has released junXion v1.1, a software application for audio/music performers, art installation makers, theatre makers etc.

 
junXion v1.1 is a Mac OS X data routing application that allows the connection of any USB game controller and defines, in an easy user interface, the translation of each key or joystick action into a specific MIDI event. The resulting MIDI data is then available to any audio/music software that runs on that Mac or can be send to external MIDI interfaces.

Whoa! ANY usb device? really?? omg, that’s very cool. USB devices are cheap to come by, and usually more ergonomic than a custom panel full of knobs…

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