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Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Jack Dykinga has teamed up with naturalist and writer Janice Emily Bowers to tell the story of the smallest U.S. desert in their new book, Desert: The Mojave and Death Valley. From CNN Book News This is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Yes, I’m biased

BBC News, and others are reporting that EMI and Warner Music are planning a merger. Soon there will be no more little guys anywhere

There is a new Alertbox Saying No: How to Handle Missing Features

John Anderson talks about his fear of dentists over at genehack. I share this phobia. Dentists terrify me! As a result I have a third-world mouth.

I saw this at BradLands – The Movie Review Query Engine

Incompetent people have no clue that they are. What is more interesting to me is that extremely competent people tend to believe that more people are competent than really are. This could explain a lot of things.

It was great seeing Karl again. After the initial awkwardness, we settled back into the banter of old friends. Time is just a comma in the sentence.

In another moment from the past, Terry called last night. He moved back to Idaho 10 years ago and we haven’t spoken for a couple of years. Lots of difficulties in Terry-Land. We talked for about four hours. He had a lot to pass along so I did more listening than talking. I love him like a brother. There’s nothing I can do for him except be his friend. Perhaps that is enough, he certainly didn’t ask for advice or “help”, but it still feels like its not enough.

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I expect there will be more Kenniwick Man news, as well as more on Microsoft …

I’ll be your teaching Assistant …

I'll be your teaching Assistant …:

I saw this on slashdot:

The Matrix is now the focus of an introductory philosophy class at the University of Washington in Seattle. According to Sci-Fi Wire, instructor David Nixon based the class on the philosophical themes and religious archetypes of the film. Nixon got the idea after seeing the film five times in theaters and realizing that it served to illustrate such concepts as perception, the mind and free will.

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Prosecutors apparently reach plan to break up Microsoft
Sigh, I no longer have even a marginally coherent opinion or idea about what should be done here. I’ve always used the “other” operating systems (Amiga, MacOS, various flavors of Un*x) so I’ve been biased for a looong time. Still, if the app side of the fence didn’t have an unfair advantage (access to system calls and non-documented features) the playing field might be more level. I’m not at all confident that the consumer would benefit from a breakup. What if things got (shudder) worse? Still, its not so much that Microsoft ‘beat’ competent companies. WordPerfect, Lotus 123, AmiPro, and Netscape are all case studies in ‘stupid things companies do’. Apple is a whole course by itself (save the flames, I have a house full of Macintoshes, I continue to drink the Kool-Aid).

Bubbles in Guinness Do Go Down, Study Finds How many of us have had this discussion? 🙂

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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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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.

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