Archive for November 2004
We just got Dish Network, and with it a bunch of new educational channels. We got the DVR version of the receiver, and I’d not yet spent time to learn how it works. I saw “Noam Chomsky: Manufacturing Consent” in the dish guide at a time about an hour after we’d have left for thanksgiving dinner, so I figured I’d see if I could just move the cursor over to that block and hit record. Yeeep so I watched it this morning. Wow. I can’t even begin to redigest it for a simple blog entry. key points I took away from it were:
- Professional sports are designed to make you care about things other than the stuff that matters, like civic duty and the welfare of your childrens’ future.
- The western cultural power structure is based around getting the relatively uneducated 80% of people in it’s reach (that’s me) to obey, follow, not question, and be limited in scope of thought and ability to question anything, essentially.
- many many many other things that I should probably go and watch again and take notes on.
if you can find it, rent it, or in a striking display of irony, buy it.
We found what appears to be a rejected counter top in our garage. It had a mangy looking particleboard top and some serious problems with the overall look and feel. Nonetheless, our kitchen really needs more counter space, so we decided to drag it in when our fridge came and put it where the old fridge was. Yesterday my folks and R and I went to Expo and picked out these awesome black granite tiles. They’re pretty heavy, 6lbs apiece. Amazing a little box barely over 12″x12″x10″ can weigh 60 pounds, like an über record crate or something… “l33t djs only spin platinum records.. solid platinum, that is”
ha, anyway, go check out a time lapse movie of me setting the tiles
We headed over to Home depot and picked out some 2″ wide aluminum bar to wrap around the perimeter of the MDF counter top. I’m working on cutting and setting those as well. I’ll post photos when I’m done.
eBay item 5536791340 (Ends Nov-25-04 14:19:11 PST) – A Cute Miracle! Hello Kitty Grilled Cheese Sandwich!
So much for states-rights and federalism.
From the Post: “Also included in [i.e., slipped in furtively into] the final [omnibus spending] bill was a major provision barring states from enforcing laws that require health care providers, hospitals, HMOs or insurers to pay for, provide or give referrals for abortion.”
California, Massachusetts, Illinois, New York — none of them can make their own reproductive rights policy.
More here from Ms. Magazine.
(Via Talking Points Memo.)
There they go. You civil liberties shipped off to fight the war on terism. I suspect they’ll not be returning.
Wow, Wendy just showed me (thanks Fred!) Delicious Library. Wow. So cool. Now you too can be a library. And loan stuff out. And know where it is. Scan in your books, cds, DVDs, whatever, using your iSight (so cool!!), and Delicious Library goes out and grabs amazon.com info for you automatically. Deeeeluxe.
Acid Planet is giving away 300 loops in 30 days. Looks like it’s going on for another few weeks, so… if it’s past december 7th 2004, and you’re reading this, you’re too late, but go check out acid planet out for an 8pack a week. Hopefully my 8pack rss feed will go back to being live afterwards.
welp, I can’t say enough good things about South Valley Internet. I had a static IP and unmetered usage for 50 bucks a month. The thing there was that we got picked up by them from DSL Designs when they were unfairly killed off by Verizon. If you live anywhere from Los Gatos to Gilroy, this is by far the best deal around. No port or protocol blocks. Nice folks. Locals. Their official policy… well, I couldn’t find their official policy. I just got to host my server at home and not really talk about it with them. I got what I wanted, and didn’t cause any problems for them. Everyone’s happy, I guess, without needing to have an official agreement.
Unfortunately, moving one town down to Campbell, SVI can’t provide service to us. We’d be 19,000 feet to the closest central office… I’d hazard a guess that’s the same one we’re currently connected to at our apartment. So, we have to migrate to another ISP. I’ve selected Speakeasy, for their explicitly open policy about running a server at home. The price is a bit higher, but so is the throughput. Hopefully, in about a week, this site should be a bit snappier.
Click here for my new track from my semi-perpetually imminently forthcoming album “My So Called Music”… now all i gotta do is figure out how to do an enclosure for my rss feed. Hmm. Updated… v10.