Archive for May 2004

new song: sleep

two tracks in one month… been a great month for music :) check out “Sleep” from my forthcoming album My So Called Music on the iTunes Music Store.

update: New and probably final mix

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I’m so bummed. My iPod has vanished. I had it last night on my drive home, and as usual I put it in my bag. This morning, as I sat at a coffee shop, I reached in to grab it, but it wasn’t there. I’ve checked the car, garage, my home office, the coffee shop… numerous times. It is unlikely that my iPod alone would fall out of my bag, but not any of the other bits and pieces in there. However, I’m hard pressed to explain its disappearance otherwise. Perhaps someone reached into my bag and grabbed it, either while I got up to fetch a napkin, or while my bag was slung over my shoulder. But either scenario seems so unlikely…

If you’re reading this because you found my iPod, give me a ping! (Yeah, it’s a long shot, but what do I have to lose?)

[musings]

just sadly amplifying…

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watch out for that 8th direct hit, though…

Story by my Wired News colleague Noah Schachtman about the Army’s seven-year, $250 million uniform high-tech-ification and redesign project — dubbed Future Force Warrior, or FFW.

One of the most obvious changes is that the new uniforms are unisex. The zipper has been extended, and the uniform’s butt flap has been expanded, so GI Janes aren’t literally caught with their pants down if they have to pee.

FFW’s body armor is probably the biggest improvement, however. It sits on a series of foam pads around the rib cage, so there’s a 2.5-inch gap between the harness and the body. It keeps the GI cool. And it’s almost imperceptibly light — unlike today’s bulletproof vests, many of which are about as comfortable as that lead apron the dentist makes you wear during X-rays. But the scarab-like shell can take five to seven direct hits from a machine gun, and it doubles as a holster for ammunition and grenades.

Link [Boing Boing Blog]

Upon the 6th to 8th direct hit, your “doubles as a holster for ammunition and grenades” body armor now “triples as converting you into a personnel eliminator” thanks to all the ammo and grenades sitting behind your now punctured body armor.

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That word…

Tarnation is the talk of Cannes (or so the BBC says; as if I talk to anyone who talks to Cannes). This autobiography of abuse by Jonathan Caouette cost $214 (video tape; one set of angel wings) to make. Cost to clear the rights for a public distribution: $400,000. (Thanks to Josh Cogliati).

[Lessig Blog]

Not to detract from the movie, which sounds very moving… but.. the title of this movie… I just found out where the actual word roots from. It’s unfortunate, as it has racist connotations, hopefully not intentional on the part of the movie maker. I never thought about that word until I was recently educated about it, and now I pass that education on to you. I can’t feel bad about using that in the past, because I didn’t know, but.. now I do, and as part of my “being part of the solution” campaign, I’m telling you: don’t use it anymore, unless of course you’re a racist asshole… But you don’t want to be a racist asshole, I’m sure, so.. find a different way to say what you intended from now on.

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So THAT’S what sweeps is!

CNN.com

Monday was one of the last nights of the May “sweeps” period, when television ratings are used to set local advertising rates.

Oooohhhh! Nobody’s ever explained it to me! Probably never explained it to you either!

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NSA funding Metro Traffic?

Does anyone else find this weird: The National Security Agency helps sponsor Metro Traffic, which feeds traffic information to one of the two great NPR stations in SF — KQED. Why is the NSA funding (albeit indirectly) NPR?

[Lessig Blog]

The only thing I can think of is disaster preparedness? What are the open roads in the event of a catastrophe? Ask Metro Traffic, they’re already in the air. Wait.. NSA, they’re the guys who deal with codes and code breaking, if my memory of Sneakers serves me correctly. Hmm, I have no idea then. My dad used to sell water filters that were branded NSA, but that’s probably unrelated…. hmm, or is it?

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PHP highlighting in Xcode

A previous hint discussed how to get PHP syntax coloring in Project Builder, and I wanted to do the same for XCode. I found a link buried in the comments of that previous MacOSXHint, pointing to this file:

www.knaub.info/Dow… [Mac OS X Hints]

I haven’t jumped into Xcode yet, but… it sounds like there’s more incentive now.

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durable masks for painting

I’ve been on a quest to locate a material that’s thin enough to paste down at the edge with matte medium, and be durable enough to unpeel paint from for reuse over and over. I’m looking for durable masks… not for airbrushing, but (relative to airbrushing) thick acrylic paint. I have lots of compositional ideas, but the techniques I’ve been using of masking out specific custom shapes with tape on the canvas, applying the matte medium, painting over the tape, letting it dry, then removing the tape… man, it just takes forever, and slows me down. I needed to find a way to help my tools keep up with my ideas… I think I may have found the beginnings of the solution: Acetate. I’m sure some of you more creative types are saying to yourself “… uh… DUH”… but, I’m not sure 100% that this is the answer. time will tell. I have 4 canvases that I began in January that I’m going to experiment on using the new style tools.. details to follow :)

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check out my hat

moblogneeds work, but.. dang, baseball hats are hard to model.

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map of the Second Life world

moblogI just realized how freakin’ fast they’re adding whole new parts of the
world to Second Life, and I wanted to put a stake in the ground to show
what the world looks like as of today.

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passive enabling

As I was driving to work, I heard on KQED on

“Special Coverage: Senate Armed Services Hearing
NPR News provides coverage of the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the chain of command issues in the Abu Ghraib prison abuses

and I heard someone use the phrase “passive enabling”… and I said out loud to nobody in particular, “what does that mean?” Just think about those two words together: passive enabling. Think about them, because the people who are owning up to this behavior are counting on you to not give it two seconds of your life to think about what they’re admitting to.

Now, what I want you to do is pledge to yourself not to engage in that same behavior in november. Get off your butt and VOTE.

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Employed

Whew! It only took about 19 months, but I’m officially employed now, woo hoo!

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banning you damn spamming bastards

Banning unwanted IPs

How you have probably noticed, I had not much success with banning IPs with help of .htaccess so my first thought was ?ban IP with help of PHP?. Hotscripts was one of my favorite sites so there I went and found a script named?

IP-ban (surprise surprise!)!

Downloading, extracting, configuring only 1 file, renaming it to something different then index.php (default name), inserting require(‘scripts.name.goes.here.php’); into top of index.php, logging in, adding IPs of people who?ve annoyed me, saving, done?

I even went further and added a nice mail feature so every time someone banned visits my site, I get mail. Here?s an example:

The following session with banned IP tried to access site:
Host: 66.230.218.67
Banned for: Spamming REFER log
Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; .WONKZ)
Referrer: http://www.badbadbaddomainhere.com/
Document: maxt.dk/

Got?cha!

OMG, thank you!!

Whoops, that site doesn’t have it available anymore. The guy’s own anti-leeching script is preventing me from downloading it. Nicely done. Oh well, here’s another solution:

http://www.phpfreaks.com/quickcode/Ban_IP_address_from_page/253.php

Ban IP address from page
Submitted by: LuckyPimp – December 27th, 2003Code Snipplet:

< ?PHP
$blockip = array("192.169.1.1");
$x = count($blockip);
for ($y = 0; $y < $x; $y++) {
if ($REMOTE_ADDR == $blockip[$y]) {
echo ("Site Down");
Exit;}
}

?> Description:
Simply add this to any page that you wish that you want to block that ip address from. It will echo "Site Down" to the user who's ip address is banned. This comes in helpful if you want to trick the user into thinking the site is up, but just down. Simply put < ?php include 'banned.php';?> (or the name of what name your file would be in any page that you wish to block that ip. Enjoy

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kinda badass motorcycle in second life

moblogmoblogI’m starting to get a grip on better modeling techniques.
I typically try to duplicate and transform items mathematically and
symmetrically. I don’t get down to an extremely high level of
precision, I just try to make it look good from most angles.

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Awesome music videos