blivet 4/5/2000

[Thanks!] David Anderson who does MontanaNewsDaily in this neck of the woods gave blivet a mention back on the 31st of March. Thanks David!

[Internet World] Apple’s QuickTime 4.1.1 is available by using use your QuickTime Updater if it is installed or download the full installer. Its worth noting that it will replace the new Sound Manager extension just installed by OS 9.0.4, so save a copy before you update. Apple also announced that Darwin 1.0, the BSD open source underpinnings of OS X, is available for download. update: I did just that when I got home and noticed that the version installed via Quick Time has a higher version number than the one installed with the 9.0.4 updater. Now I’m really confused.

[Adobe] Adobe recently announced their Create a PDF Online fee based service, which allows you to create PDF files over the Web.

[Space Science.Com] Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, and the waxing crescent Moon will near convergence in an area of the sky 9 degrees across. Tomorrow!

[Farewell to Mozilla] Netscape 6 Preview Release 1 is available.

[Mad Science Research Labs] Apple’s wireless Airport base station for 802.11 ethernet can be upgraded to 128-bit RC4 encryption. They’ve got pictures of how to do it, it costs about $300US over the base price of the Airport unit. Just because you don’t think they’re listening doesn’t mean they aren’t. Link from slashdot.

Hmm, isn’t showing blivet as being updated.

blivet 2000/03/27/ Goodbye to Burnt Rock

[Mac] Internet Explorer 5.0 is out. Version Tracker will have the most current URLs for downloading. I downloaded it, but probably won’t have a chance to have a look until this weekend. I haven’t even got to play with Photoshop 5.5 yet.

[Burnt Rock after work]
It is strangely saddening to see lots of soil going back into our trenches at Burnt Rock. I’ve grown attached to this piece of Mojave Desert and feel somewhat paternal towards it, I want whoever lives there to know what is below them. I want them to feel proud to have this spring below their home. Tomorrow is the last test pit (#14), the last chance to take yet another sample, the last chance to get whatever piece of information we’ve neglected to. This is the first hunk of the Mojave I’ve felt really connected to. Time for a little detachment methinks.

I’ll take Wednesday as comp time and then dive into some profiles for the Little Spring House at the Preserve.

[Salon] Keep a Web journal, get fired.. or worse. I don’t think I’ll get that kind of response from my workplace.

[Burnt Rock before work] Today is the last day for fieldwork at Burnt Rock Mound. <sigh> At times its been tiring, more of the time it has been exhilarating, the whole time it has been interesting. It has also been interesting how the community, both of professional archaeologists and the citizens of the Las Vegas Valley have been interested. I wore my Las Vegas Springs Preserve ball cap to CompUSA yesterday when I went to get the update to the Mac version of Photoshop 5.5 (I didn’t want to try to get my hair under control). The Apple salesperson stopped me to ask about Burnt Rock and the Preserve. “You’re the guy in the trench, right?” We’re on the community radar. Cooool

Careening towards Ostara

Dave at Scripting News has been talking a lot about the whole patent debacle and I have to say, I couldn’t agree with him more. Again. The is also a strong undercurrent of Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia in the last several days. Dave characterizes himself as “a hippie writing software” I’m a hippie doing science, I’ve know that for a long time. “To me, being a hippie means having a mind and a heart, and remembering to dance when you get the chance.” -Dave on Scripting News. Right on! Absolutely!

So Dave, if you read this, know that there are a lot of non-software people that are still tech heads of a mildly different stripe out there who read and agree. It may not appear that we’re doing similar or compatible things, but I think we are. We’re both following our path with heart, trying to find that balance between head and soul with a lot of people saying either ‘its not going to be that way’ or ‘you can’t do that’. And frankly, I miss Jerry too. A lot. I will survive.

I’m gonna be late, gotta go to …

[Burnt Rock Mound] Today is a day with soil expert Doug Merkler. This is a chance to fill in some gaps in knowledge and technique, a fun day. I’ve been looking forward to this one for some time.

It seems appropriate as we near the Spring Equinox to be deep in the earth, covered with it in fact, as the traditional growing season begins. The Spiral Dance continues as we circle toward the center, passing through the cycle again, arriving at the same place in the circle but farther in the spiral heading towards the center where all things are known.

blivet 2000/03/01

[CNN/ENN] Little ice age holds big climate clues. "Now that we have documented a quick climate change in the past, there is no reason not to believe it can occur in the future," said Paul Schuster, a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Boulder, Colorado.

Previous climate data revealed that a centuries-long cold snap ˜ the little ice age ˜ ended in the mid-1800s. But scientists had not documented how quickly the cold spell ended. This research is reported in the Feb. 27 Journal of Geophysical Research..

Up early, hard to stay sleeping when the cat keeps walking on your head. I love that cat. Except when…

[Warp Core] A Week of Revelations and Awareness I really enjoy reading John’s writings. I probably flatter myself, but I like to think that we’d get along well and have good conversations.

I was reminded of how little time we really have here on this planet to make a difference … I was reminded of responsibility … I was reminded of real, physical talent and its joys … I was reminded of real, physical talent and its joys.I was reminded of real, physical talent and its joys … I was reminded that what one group of minds can conceive of, another group can duplicate, extend, or completely replace in the market place … I was reminded that anything we can dream, we can do … I am reminded about my relationship to the planet and how the mutual synergy between us fuels my creative spirit.

[WebFaust] Money, Blood, and Dust by John H. Farr. "How many buffalo could you kill without spooking the herd? That’s a gross oversimplification, but still one of the images that comes to mind when I read about the massive wealth generated by Internet entrepreneurs." Good stuff about giving back to the community, especially if you’ve received bazillions from it.


No external links today, what little there is, is all about me. Please feel free to browse through the calendar to the right for past blivets (blivi?). Thanks to Dori at Backup Brain for the reciprocal link. We’ll resume what passes for a weblog Saturday. I haven’t even made more than a cursory tour of the sites I frequent for several days.

Today was a day of false starts and feeling out of step. It started with this cold (OK, cold for Las Vegas) morning. It had snowed waaay downslope on the flanks of the Spring Mountains to the East and the Sheep and Las Vegas Range to the north. The snow was heavy enough that no rocks were visible in the distance so the slopes were absolutely blazing white. It was stunningly beautiful!

We’re working at the north edge of the urbanization in the trash halo oozing steadily outward so there were no buildings between us and those amazing white mountains. The only drawback was that there was a gusting wind of maybe 35 mph coming off those cold slopes and it had that sharp bite that just makes you want to jump back in the truck. Standing on top of that spring mound you just felt like you were wet and naked in that wind. Perfect conditions to walk very slowly, hunched over looking at the ground. Everybody has been fighting (and succumbing!) to various respiratory ailments all winter and this felt like one of those situations your mother warned you about. ("Don’t stand out there in the wind!")

Greg, our fearless liter (archaeology is science and science is metric after all), has been the sickest and I think he was feeling the brunt of the weather – though I didn’t admit until later how bad I felt. So Greg, if you’re reading this, now you know. He called the day after about an hour (one transect) and we rolled up the tapes and piled back into the Suburban without hesitation or complaint. I couldn’t hear out of my left ear until about 3 pm whereupon it rang for about 20 minutes until returning to normal. It just made me feel so disassociated, I could so empathize with those with a hearing loss.

That got me pondering the aging process and the inevitable decline of talents and abilities I now take for granted. Boy, that makes the monkey mind dance around! La, la, la, la, la, la, la. I can’t hear you! We are so attached to these bodies we inhabit, we think that they are us. That kind of attachment leads to so much suffering. We even go to doctors to have how we look changed thinking we’re improving ourselves. How short-sighted we can be if we let the Ego drive the bus. There is so little incentive in American culture to consider otherwise.

Right now, there is so much incentive to go to bed.

Be well.

A little bit later: I take that back, what I said about no external links today. John Martello has posted Mister Wizard: Meet The Internet, a new Utopia Planitia.


There are so many cool things happening here at EditThisPage and at UserLand. I wish I wasn’t in the field so I could play with them.

Dori Smith at Backup Brain: "Given a choice, I prefer Catma 2000 over Dogma 2000." After a day outside getting cold, wet, and … immature, this made me laugh out loud. Especially after all the talk about how wonderful webloggers are and how much of a community we all are, except for those weblogs over there. Its so true!


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.