Friday, September 28, 2001
Thursday, September 27, 2001
"I always thought terrorists blowing shit up would be cool," Martin continued. "Like, if the Pentagon was bombed, I figured they'd mobilize a special elite squadron of secret-agent ninjas, and half of them would be hot babes. How could I ever think that? This is actually happening, and it's just not cool at all."From God Angrily Clarifies 'Don't Kill' Rule
"I don't care how holy somebody claims to be," God said. "If a person tells you it's My will that they kill someone, they're wrong. Got it? I don't care what religion you are, or who you think your enemy is, here it is one more time: No killing, in My name or anyone else's, ever again."
Wednesday, September 26, 2001
I'll stop ranting now. The content still more than makes up for the list's technical quirkiness.
Tuesday, September 25, 2001
A little research turned up this article from therepublic.com about ribbons. It mentions the Tony Orlando theory but says that "news stories credit Penelope Laingen, wife of Iranian hostage L. Bruce Laingen, with starting the yellow ribbon-tying craze at her Maryland home." That doesn't seem to refute the theory since Ms. Laingen may have been inspired by the Mr. Orlando and the Misses Dawn. The article also cites a woman who did ribbon research: "Virtually every culture and society, Wolos said, has used ribbons in a show of allegiance or support, from black mourning bands and wreaths with bows used at funerals, to red, white and blue bunting in the French Revolution, to red ribbons worn in the 1970s to bring attention to POW-MIA issues."
Very interesting, but I'm still sticking to the Tony Orlando theory for the lapel ribbons.
Monday, September 17, 2001
Friday, September 14, 2001
When you download IE, you get just a small executable which relies on an internet connection to pull down the rest of the package. If I weren't using Microsoft's flagship OS, Windows 2000, the installer would give me an option to download only. But, the readme file advises users of Win2k to read this article so that you can run the installer with extra args like this:
"C:\Windows Update Setup Files\ie5setup.exe" /c:"ie5wzd.exe /d /s:""#E"
Thursday, September 13, 2001
Also of note in this article is the author's reference to "The Paradox of the Active User":
In this study of how non-technical people use computers, they observed that people don't read manuals. And once they figure out how to achieve something, they will not change their protocol even if doing things a different way is quicker.I haven't yet read this study. It's rather lengthy; probably subway reading for another day.
Wednesday, September 12, 2001
Karen's family lives in NYC and they're all safe. We had trouble reaching them by phone, but we were able to communicate via AIM. I guess that's something else useful that AOL has given me. According to this article at internetnews.com, we weren't the only ones to use instant messaging
Somebody wrote into slashdot saying that "The [internet] backbone is, according to [network watchers], at about 80% utilization -- they've never seen it above 40% before."
Monday, September 10, 2001
Friday, September 07, 2001
Monday, September 03, 2001
- Memorize the capitals of all the letters.
- Prevent the resurgence of the Whig party.
- Run behind the bulls at Pamplona.
- Invent a better placebo.
- Climb to the top of the Vietnam Memorial.
- Teach an illiterate child to do the Macarena.