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Personal Archaeology

Late Friday I accepted a temporary position with the Las Vegas Springs Preserve. I’ll be working with some people I genuinely respect. Coooool

For some reason I’m having a great deal of trouble connecting to this site and several others associated with Userland, but not Scripting News. I don’t know if the problem lies here on my machine or out there. I’m having lots of other problems here so this page may not be updated regularly for a bit.

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Favorite comment via mailing list of the week:

I know someone who always carries a couple meters of optical fiber whenever he goes hiking, so that if he gets lost all he has to do is bury the fiber and wait for a backhoe to come and cut through it.

Thanks to SirDeath for this: while away the hours with the PERPETUAL BUBBLEWRAP! From Javascript nonsense for the terminally bored

Larry Augustin of VA Linux Systems was on Charlie Rose (PBS) last night. He seems like a very realistic person. I liked him!

slashdot interviews major deity Steve Wozniak

A brief history of the future an interview with Professor Stephen Hawking from The Sydney Morning Herald. I would have liked a little less of the reporter’s perspective and winced when I read ‘a man with a freakishly quick, brilliant and creative mind condemned forever to articulate his thoughts at the speed of an imbecile.’ Still, I enjoy reading about Hawking.

I’m still fighting to get the printer working while the cablemodem is hooked up. I thought it would be trivial. That was a week ago. Of course its nobody’s responsibility because the printer will work with the bridge without the cable modem hooked up, the cable modem connects to the computers fine, and the new iMac works fine. Still, I ‘know’ (heavy caveats with the use of ‘know’) it’s in the cable modem because everything changes when it enters the picture. I can’t do file sharing or anything else over EtherTalk/AppleTalk/LocalTalk and I have no proof other than observational logic. No one at Cox claims to know anything about Macintoshes. I’m not suprised

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This is management wisdom, pure and simple. Doing a Job by Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, U.S. Navy, retired. It sounds like he never became a pointy-haired boss. He was probably a bear to work for, but I suspect in a good way. Thanks to Dan Gillmor for the pointer.

Archaeology and Science

Predicting El Niño in Primitive Way Associated Press

Sites of Distinction Washington Post

Chimp Shows Capacity to Recall Random Numbers

from: ABC, the BBC, MSNBC, Associated Press, and Nando

I’m glad you asked about the Mars Lander!

Scientists say Mars probe probably plunged into canyon, an exclusive to the Devner Post.
The Associated Press picked up the story from there (byline Denver) so there is additional coverage from all over but the Post has the scoop. This time Lockheed is pointing fingers at NASA/JPL. Everything concerns the topography of the landing site. The Nasa/JPL web has some perspective views of the landing site available.

Additional coverage:

Miami Herald, CNN, ABC News, MSNBC

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MacWorld SF 2000

Hey, I’m a Mac user, did you expect me to talk about something else?

My observation is that Job’s keynotes are real-world benchmarks for the evoloution of the delivery of QuickTime streaming video. Last keynote I couldn’t even connect, so there is incremental improvement. Apple has invested $200 million in Earthlink and they will be major partners in providing internet services. Most of the UI of MacOS X looks pretty familiar to this Unix user.

Dave has some good observations at Scripting News

Here are some links to news about MacWorld SF:

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Apple Open Transport 2.6 update for all users of OS 9 & some 8.6 users (G4, slot loading Macs, and newest PBs), it addresses those pesky DHCP & Denial of Service issues. The download is a 1.1M image file.

Not much of note today. I still seem to have some sort of crud and feel pretty listless. Plus, I’m fighting to get the HP 6MP to talk to both the iMac and 3400 over Ethernet using an Asanté AsantéTalk Ethernet to LocalTalk bridge. Another aspect of computers I’ve not paid attention to that is now biting me on the hinder. But hey, that iMac is niiiice.

Later: It looks like the problem is outside the home network as everything works perfectly if you disconnect the cable modem. I’ll make another call tomorrow! BTW, Asanté‘s tech support is excellent. They have my vote!

From all over:

Clinton re-nominated Alan Greenspan to head the Federal Reserve Board. George Bush (the former prez, not his son) did one thing very, very right when he nominated Greenspan in 1988.

at Salon: Brilliant Careers – Charles Schulz, the first postmodern cartoonist.

sigh. The last daily Peanuts strip

at slashdot: from the Uri Geller bureau at IGN’s Sci-Fi Network Psychic vs. Pikachu: Real-life spoonbender wants to sue Nintendo over psychic snafu.

The case he’s making is that Nintendo is using his image without permission as a Pokemon monster. Namely, Alakazam, Pokemon #65. Although the resemblance is unclear to us in America, in Japan, #65 is called “Un-Geller,” which makes the case a little clearer. Also, since Alakazam carries bent spoons in his hands, Geller felt the reference was too specific.

from MSNBC: The definitive Top 10 gadget list of all time, You may not agree with their choices.

Bruce Sterling has released the The Manifesto of January 3, 2000.

We need a sense of revived possibility, of genuine creative potential, of unfeigned joie de vivre. We have a new economy, but we have no new intelligentsia. We have massive flows of information and capital, but we have a grave scarcity of meaning. We know what we can buy, but we don´t know what we want.

That’s it for now …

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Went to a matinee of GalaxyQuest today. Even if you’ve never seen Star Trek and have no identity as a fan of the show(s) or Gene Roddenberry’s universe, I think you’ll appreciate this movie, its really fun. Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Daryl Mitchell, Enrico Colantoni, Sam Rockwell, Missi Pyle, and some others who, I apologize, I can’t remember the actors names, are great. Everyone seems like they’re having fun, the special effects aren’t overdone, and tag line jokes aren’t overdone. I really enjoyed this movie. can you tell?
The Internet Movie Database page on Galaxy Quest is here.

What would it be like to live in the Star Trek universe Gene Roddenberry created? I’m talking about the original series universe and as it was revised during the early part of ‘Next Generation’ while Gene was still alive, not the later stuff. Fanboy stuff I know. I suppose I should say I’m a big fan of Babylon 5, Star Wars, and science fiction in general. really?

The Mondays in this Millennium seem to resemble the Mondays in the other Millennium a great deal. 🙂

Don’t forget to visit the Hunger Site and click on the ‘Donate Food’ button.

Thanks to John Martello, there is a new Warp Core as of Sunday 1/2/2000.

A delightful new Graphite iMac DV SE came to live here on Friday 12/31/1999. The fourth Macintosh (the fifth Apple) in the lineage here. sweet!

The fourth Macintosh (the fifth Apple) in the lineage here.

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Happy New Year Everybody!

Its 4 AM (-0700 GMT) as I write this, and from the news feeds I’ve checked it looks as though Armageddon is a no show.

The techies and the essentially good nature of people come through again. To me, the 1990s seem to have been the decade of the erosion of credibility in most of the popular press. I’m sure the millennialists (is that a word?) will move onto the next benchmark for the end of the world, or perhaps they will just announce the collapse of society as we know it for a couple of years. Life is too short. “The greatest wonder is that every day death walks among us, yet we live as though we are immortal.” that is from the Mahabharata

What’s next? As Dave says, “Let’s Have Fun!”.

sorry if there are misspellings, I’m too tired to check right now.

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Just like that R.E.M. song: “Its the End of the World as we know it” and I feel fine!

News

An apologetic Boris Yeltsin resigns; Putin becomes the acting Russian president – from CNN; NY Times story

Its over! The hostages arrive in India to an emotional welcome after being released – also from CNN

If you want to keep track of where the Y2K rollover has already happened, you can check UserLand’s Y2K Watch. Slashdot is keeping track of people’s postings about the Y2K Rollover around the world. Nothing much seems to be occuring, non-events rather than events. They also have New Years Resolutions From Assorted Nutcases.

To my family, loved ones, friends, and everyone: Have a safe and Happy New Year’s celebration! We’re going over to Heidi’s house for a Hawai’Ian luau, complete with tiki torches around the pool. Many of our friends will be there, we’ll have fun!. I have the perfect shirt!

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I don’t know what is is about Las Vegas traffic. Every time I return home relatively unscathed I’m reminded of the story (probably an urban legend) that Paul Erlich got his inspiration for The Population Bomb (1968) after being a taxi without air-conditioning stuck in a noontime Calcutta traffic jam in July. For those of you who don’t remember, the book was a dystopian view of an overpopulated world with diminishing resources and imminent disaster. Sort of like ‘Neuromancer’ without the plot or style. Las Vegas traffic elicits those sorts of images of the social fabric on the brink of some sort of Malthusian-induced collapse. People gesturing, yelling, shooting each other. Wait, that has already happened – some time ago in fact. OK, maybe congested traffic is not the harbinger of the decline of civilization. Thats already happened too. Driving in Las Vegas is just a pain. With all the people in town to witness The End of the World as We Know It© and get their drinks comped it just aggravates a bad situation. We need to finish those much delayed infrastructure improvements to I-15 and US-95, and build the Beltway. It would be nice to have a County Commission that planned as though people lived here, raised families here, and did something besides go to casinos instead of lining their pockets with developer dollars. did I say that last part out loud?

Early this morning George Harrison was stabbed at his home. Apparently he was not injured seriously. “From what we know, George was stabbed in the chest several times and [Harrison’s wife] Olivia was hit over the head,” said Police spokesman Geoff Baker. Will people please stop this nonsense! Please?

We put Mom on the plane back to her home about 6PM yesterday. I’ll have more on this ongoing rumination later, it needs some zafu* time.

There is some interesting stuff out there I missed yesterday, being away from the computer. Like that is a bad thing or something. slashdot has an interesting discussion on Geeks, Geek Issues and Voting “For Americans: it’s high time we thought about who we want to run the country for the next 4 years. What kind of laws we would want passed…or repealed. Who would be the ideal “Geek Ticket” and why?” Wired has a story about the Ig Nobel committee’s list of the 20 most spectacular failures of the last century.

*p.s. a zafu is a firm, round cushion associated with sitting meditation (zazen).

A Journey of a Hundred Miles…

The day is winding down, we put Mom on the plane back to her home about 6PM. I’ll have more on this later, it needs some zafu time.

There is some interesting stuff out there I missed today, being away from the computer. Like that is a bad thing or something. slashdot has an interesting discussion on Geeks, Geek Issues and Voting “For Americans: it’s high time we thought about who we want to run the country for the next 4 years. What kind of laws we would want passed…or repealed. Who would be the ideal “Geek Ticket” and why?” Wired has a story about the Ig Nobel committee’s list of the 20 most spectacular failures of the last century.

Apple has a “Open Transport Tuner 1.0” system patch available to address Denial of Service issues with MacOS 9 and certain Macintosh computers running MacOS 8.6. From the README:

     OT Tuner 1.0 switches off an option in Open 
     Transport that would cause a Macintosh to respond to 
     certain small network packets with a large Internet 
     Control Message Protocol (ICMP) packet. This update 
     prevents Macintosh computers from being the cause of 
     certain types of Denial of Service (DOS) issues.

This is for all users of Mac OS 9; but only for Mac OS 8.6 users with PowerMacintosh G4, iBook, and iMac (Slot-loading) computers.

I’m looking forward to seeing the movie Posted on Categories Apple/Mac, from blivet ETP, Movies, Science Fiction, Software