2 Giant Buddhas

It is unfortunate that the Taliban decided to destroy any non-Muslim artifacts in Afghanistan. Some fairly recent photos at Yahoo show that they destroyed 2 giant Buddhas thought to be over 1500 years old.

I don’t quite understand the need to attack others that are different.

For those of you that do not have it… I recommend getting some anti-virus software and a firewall for your home computer. Here are some free ones.

Huh… Is the RIAA run by idiots or the sly pretending to only be slow? More on the RIAA vs. Napster.

It seems that the RIAA feels that all content owned by them must be blocked. Under any circumstances. Such as users acting to bypass whatever system Napster puts in place. Name filtering is easy to bypass… mispell the name. Napster has worked double-time to make that work and still unsuccessfully.

The RIAA suggests that “audio fingerprinting” be used. Well, these are MP3s which have numerous imperfects as hard drives, slow processors, and virtual memory create their own impressions during a rip. Add to that all of the live versions that are available which in no way conform to the CD version of a song.

The system that is left is that only pre-approved content be placed on the system? Huh? The ONLY way for that one to work is for the peer-to-peer network to be removed and a server-to-client network replace Napster. That is a total overhaul that the RIAA had better fund in my opinion. I can see them paying Napster $100 million for Napster to build it, can’t you?

Do find it funny that the RIAA can insist, but they cannot assist (like the court order they wave like holy writ says they must do).


Don’t I feel silly… boought this book Web Client Programming With Perl for about $15 on the bargin table. The recommended price is $30. The publisher has made the book available under their Open Books Project. A few good books are available there.

Okay… I admit it… I am an advertising junkie. I don’t watch TV for the shows. I watch TV for the commercials. Good ones make me cry while being unable to breathe due to laughing so hard. Others make me sit in silence and wish I had the forebearance to change the channel. Sound familiar? Well, there may be a site for you… AdCritic.com

See… All those feminists were wrong… testosterone is good for something… read more

Offline Web Sites

Hoping Lacey can say her lots soon…

I’ll have to go to the store and buy some vitamin C. This way whenever someone in the office feels sick I’ll have that extra 2000 mg available to help increase my resistance.

Working on making web sites available offline for a presentation for a faculty member. Seems a lot harder than I originally thought it would be…

  • Could not get the laptop to connect to the internet
  • Could not download pages from the course server
  • Could install a course server to the laptop
  • Boss had to make the web site to be displayed

Now that is a lot…

Violence in Schools

Interesting quote addressing the recent violence in schools.

I’ll tell you what went wrong and it’s not TV, rap music, video games or a lack of prayer in school. What went wrong is that white Americans decided to ignore dysfunction and violence when it only affected other communities, and thereby blinded themselves to the inevitable creeping of chaos which never remains isolated too long. What affects the urban “ghetto” today will be coming to a Wal-Mart near you tomorrow, and unless you address the emptiness, pain, isolation and lack of hope felt by children of color and the poor, then don’t be shocked when the support systems aren’t there for your kids either.What went wrong is that we allowed ourselves to be lulled into a false sense of security by media representations of crime and violence that portray both as the province of those who are anything but white like us. We ignore the warning signs, because in our minds the warning signs don’t live in our neighborhood, but across town, in that place where we lock our car doors on the rare occasion we have to drive there. That false sense of security — the result of racist and classist stereotypes — then gets people killed. And still we act amazed.

But listen up my fellow white Americans: your children are no better, no nicer, no more moral, no more decent than anyone else. Dysfunction is all around you, whether you choose to recognize it or not.

School Shootings and White Denial
Tim Wise, AlterNet
March 6, 2001

Anti-Virus Software for Home Use

Security Focus article titled Evaluating Anti-Virus Software for Home Use . Looks like a great reference on protecting one’s computer from viruses.

Updated the movie list… apparently I am quickly approaching the 400 movie mark. Sad, isn’t it? Need to come up with a very scaleable storage solution. Right now I only have a 100 count VHS rack for my favorites and store the rest in boxes. Will look for a 500 VHS media rack for the videos and move some CDs to the old rack.

Student of Socrates

Something that has tied my thoughts in knots for about a week now… this preoccupation many individuals claim to find my supposedly lofty intelligence intimidating bothers me. Really, I am not that intelligent… I usually score between a 126 to a 144 on IQ tests. School was a knack for me because teachers and testing administrators don’t know how to write good tests, not because I am exceptionally intelligent. Besides, intelligence is a highly subjective concept which has thrwarted numerous attempts to be pigeon-holed as any particular thing. Most abstract concepts are like that, right? So I guess people are allowed to have their opinions and feel intimidated by something I know to not be so great.

Ho-duh-hum… installed a bulletin board today for the Psychology Club. Yep, the highlight of my morning, I think.