We didn’t have much (read: anything) to start with. And it’s always hard to gear up for something when you don’t know how often you’re actually going to use what you buy. So this seems to be the core set…
I had this thought the other day, that were I ever to have children, I’d want them to have atheist books. I’m not even sure I know what that means. It’s not like I have any bad memories (let alone…
Exhibit A: justinsomnia Exhibit B: justin watt Note: none of the search result pages above contain links to justinsomnia.org. I’m assuming it’s just a temporary blip on their end. Makes that convenient little search box on the top right pretty…
This afternoon Stephanie and I had the pleasure of driving a “blazing blue pearl” Toyota Yaris Liftback Zipcar out to Mount Diablo State Park. Frankly this is a car that looks better from the side or 3/4 view, but at…
A combination of it being high, hot, and distant had kept me from Mount Diablo State Park until last weekend when I discovered you could drive all the way to the top. We’d already reserved a Zipcar for an unplanned…
Just kidding, this is a photo of me, as seen by a FasTrak toll violator camera. On three occasions two weeks ago my FasTrak transponder wouldn’t register as I was crossing the Golden Gate Bridge after 6pm. It’s normally free…
After work tonight Stephanie and I went to a special smart car testdrive event at the Mercedes dealership in SOMA, under interstate 80. It was open to folks who’d paid $99 to reserve a smart fortwo when they arrive in…
Update: on March 12, 2008, Vadim Smelyansky emailed me and claims he was simply an innocent bystander doing freelance sysadmin work for an SEM company called LinksDealing, and has no knowledge of the internal workings of the system or how…
A present from FM Tech: photo credit: Ivan’s iPhone In other news, Justinsomnia has reappeared in Google. Hurray!
I’ve never really been one to squabble over my bank’s interest rates. Historically I haven’t saved that much, and the interest I’ve earned on what I have saved has always amounted to such a pittance (~$10 or $20 per year),…
Last weekend we went camping (for the first time with our own gear), but I didn’t have a chance to mention it since discovering on Monday that my blog had been hacked. Around noon on Saturday our co-worker Pamela and…
Actually it was not mine, it belonged to my family. According to the List of past Gateway products in Wikipedia, that means we got it sometime in 1991, which sounds about right. I would have been 11. Before we got…
It strikes me that there is a communicative phenomenon where the messenger is often judged more important than the message. This first occurred to me consciously a while back with regard to the invasion and occupation of Iraq. Though Democrats…
Update: New developments below. I just got the strangest email. I think I’m going to reproduce it here in full. Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2007 16:32:05 -0700 (PDT) From: Julie Winfield <beverlybimbo at yahoo dot com> Subject: Hi Justin You…
Dear Geek Squad/Best Buy,
In order to make your marketing campaign go viral, it would help if you made some images from your strange Wireless Awareness parody more readily bloggable than the tiny image above that I had to crop from a screenshot of one of your banner ads.
Justin of Justinsomnia
Republican problems: “I get tired of people that are holier-than-thou because they’ve been prolife longer than I have” —Mitt Romney
Such utter foolishness. How sad that the most salient attribute distinguishing our political parties today is whether they value “fetal rights” at the expense of a woman’s rights, or vice versa.
On Planetary Protection: “If I told the engineers that they had to put the entire MSL in the oven for two days, they would have a fit” (subtext: “So I don’t tell them, hehe.”) #
Frankly what I’m looking for more than anything else is a someone who can transcend these issues and cut to the marrow of things. Someone with enough charisma and intelligence to bring people into agreement on the big issues rather than set everyone battling over petty red herrings. #
I’m not using Windows anymore, but I figured this might be useful to someone who is: How to enter Unicode characters in Microsoft Windows
Thought I just had: I wonder when I’ll use Windows again? #
Great article on the five-second rule (via ae):
The purpose of the five-second rule is not to protect you from bacteria but from ridicule. It’s shorthand for, “I know what I’m doing is gross, but citing this rule will allow me to eat this brownie and you to pretend there is justification for me eating this brownie.” When invoked for someone else, it’s an act of kindness: Go ahead. Eat it. I won’t judge you.
It is scary how insidious the Bush cult of personality is.
Monitors hired by AT&T through a vendor also cut two lines from a song to the tune of “Another Brick in the Wall” by Pink Floyd. One was “George Bush leave this world alone,” and the other was “George Bush find yourself another home,” according to the band’s Web site.
I support open and honest defiance of my elected representatives! #
I never thought the day would come, but I just replaced Google Site Search with Yahoo! Search Builder because at present, Google has dropped justinsomnia.org from their index. This means the search box in the upper right works again. One annoyance right off the bat: subsequent Yahoo site searches are not restricted by site. But at least I can find stuff again. #
Percussive noises in San Francisco? I heard an usually loud bang outside tonight, sounded like it came from somewhere north of us on Pine Street, twice around 10:30pm, and again at 10:43pm. #
Robots have rights! British study says androids may one day sue for rights and benefits (this made me giggle, yay for robots!) #
Quote of the day: Michael Vick has to stop physically hurting my feelings and dashing my hopes! #
Linus Torvalds on the tension between open source and intellectual property:
First off, even if you’re the smartest man on Earth, and you write something really interesting, it will take you years to do. In other words, it will take you time before it’s really even worth stealing. So if you start making it public early on, don’t worry about people and companies trying to steal your work. They’ll probably not even know about your work, and they’ll certainly not think that it’s worth stealing. And by the time it is worth misusing, the project is already well enough known that people can’t really misuse it on a big scale without getting caught.
Carl Malamud works at O’Reilly?
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This is so rad: The sexual decision-making process according to the penitentials (more on penitential) #
Word, my post made Digg: Blogger tracks down the guy who hacked him, publishes his name and photo #
Maybe the best comment on Digg ever: “In Soviet Russia, blog hacks you”
Lot’s of gems in Paul Graham’s Holding a Program in One’s Head
Good programmers manage to get a lot done anyway. But often it requires practically an act of rebellion against the organizations that employ them.
Amazing, my hacking story got coverage in Germany’s TecChannel (and Macwelt): Blogger jagt erfolgreich den Hacker seiner Seite und stellt ihn bloß, translation: Blogger successfully hunts the hacker of his site and exposes him (thanks Buschido!) #
It’s true, Boing Boing was being redesigned 10 feet away from me over the last few weeks. And that’s about the extent of my involvement in it. Kudos to Jonathan, Ivan, and Ken:
Federated Media’s Jonathan Schreiber and Ivan Kanevski did an amazing job of dealing with the technical aspects of the redesign. Our beloved system administrator Ken Snider worked his magic on the server side and made sure all changes to the site wouldn’t impact the speed of page reloads or clobber us with high bandwidth costs.
Awesome pictures of ocean foam in Australia: Cappuccino Coast: The day the Pacific was whipped up into an ocean of froth (via Corey) #
Quote of the fucking century:
Could not have said it better myself. In one sentence that pretty much sums up my opinion of marriage. #
Best rebranding of the Iraq quagmire: Operation Iraqi Insurgent Riling and Oil Liberation #
Valleywag’s dissing aside, this is pretty much the best thing ever: this is where i work