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A very good friend of mine, Historian Karl Friday (University of Georgia), is going to be here (Las Vegas) next week for DEMA (SCUBA industry convention). They’re flying him in from Japan. I love this town!

President Clinton is going to declare some new National Monuments in the West.

President Clinton is scheduled to visit one of the most revered natural wonders in the United States on Tuesday, the Grand Canyon. But some nearby residents say they are not happy about Clinton’s visit and the reason for it.

The president is expected to expand the national monument status of the region to include about 1 million acres of land near the canyon.

PRIMATES ON THE BRINK New List Spotlights World‚s Top 25 Most Endangered

After surviving a century with no extinctions, 25 species of apes, monkeys, lemurs and other primates now risk disappearing forever, according to a report released today by Conservation International and the Primate Specialist Group of IUCN–the World Conservation Union‚s Species Survival Commission.

I’ll update later if I can – I’ve just started a new position.

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Went to see Fantasia 2000 with Audrey and SirDeath. I recommend it highly.

With a DVD in the house I finally got to see The Matrix. Keanu Reeves plays the Enlightened One. Again. I love this movie!

Microsoft Certified Professional Action Heroes! Jump into action with Dan, Kim, and Nate your desktop buddies! Neato! Even if they didn’t include my favorite, TGIF Joe. Almost as cool as the Intel bunny-suited figures. </sarcasm>

General Science

January 20, 2000. The year’s first full moon will also be a total lunar eclipse in North America. MSNBC has the story.
“The moon will enter the penumbra, the lighter, outer part of Earth‚s shadow, at 9:03 p.m. ET.”

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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!