Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The only advantage...

The only "advantage" to getting burgled has been to find old and forgotten stuff on our 12 year-old computer. Amongst those forgotten items were links to a couple of interesting websites about fractals. Rather than write any more about it, here are the links. The first website is far more extensive, but I the second was probably the first site I added to My Favorites back in the day. I'd post images from the sites, but I'm too pre-occupied to read their copyright policies.

fractalus.com
(Sample.)

The Spanky Fractal Database
(Sample.)

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

If a conservative is a liberal that's been robbed....

Then what does that make a conservative that's been robbed? Charles Fuckin' Bronson, perhaps? I let you know when I settle on something. My house was burgled yesterday, and all of my computer equipment (amongst other things) is gone. Anyone trying to contact me should probably either leave messages here, call, or email my work address. (If you don't know my work email, then you shouldn't worry about it.)

Anyway, everyone is fine, but in various states of feeling violated, pissed off, or wondering what the fuss is about. (That last reaction belongs to our cats. I'm a cat person, but they do NOT make good watch animals. At least, house cats don't. Maybe a tiger....)

Sunday, January 20, 2008

The New England Criminals Strike Again

Phillip Rivers just got picked off in the second quarter. There were TWO major penalties committed by the New England Soulless 'Roid Ragin' HGH Freaks on the play. (Look at Junior Seau: he's as big as a baseball player.) First, Mike Vrabel fell before he got to Rivers, so he kicked Rivers right in the knee. Personal foul, 15 yards. (Not to mention as dirty a play as I've seen this season.) Then, Assante Samuel climbed over the back of Chris Chamber before the ball got to him. THAT should have been pass interference. Both penalties were in clear view, but no flag was thrown. The fix is in. The NFL won't allow these bastards to lose.

Worst of all, the announcers praised both Vrabel and Samuels for their play. This is especially bad in the case of Vrabel. The replays were more than clear on this point: Vrabel intentionally kicked Rivers squarely in the right knee. His play was designed to destroy the already injured right knee of Rivers. But there is no way that one of Belichick's buddies from the Parcells Gang would ever call him on it. Way to go, Phil Simms. You're every bit as classless as everyone else associated with Bill Parcells.

Speaking of Hitler

WTF, University of Michigan Marching Band, WTF'ingF? At the 2008 Captial One Bowl halftime show, the UMMB played "Springtime for Hitler". The only video confirmation I've found is the following clip, which actually isn't from the Capital One Bowl. (SfH starts around the 45 second mark.)



(Great comment on YouTube from razorbackbabe909: "way to be dominating out in the RAIN in a PARKING LOT. you rock.")

Now, I realize that this is part of some "tribute" to Broadway, but seriously, "Springtime for Hitler"?

Anyway, here's the original version:

Coming Attractions

Wherein maybe if I publish a "Coming Attractions" list, I'll actually finish some posts

  • A post linking Hillary Clinton to (my own) teenage drinking
  • A Very Important Announcement
  • A "Platform" supporting the aforementioned Very Important Announcement (that's kind of a hint, BTW)
  • Some comments & coorections about Bobby Fischer & his death last Thursday
  • Perhaps some football observations
  • Part 2 of my 2007 Year-end Awards
  • A post that laughs at the proposition that Benazir Bhutto was somehow of importance to American (of for that matter, Pakistani) interests
  • Fun & Hi-jinks in the World of Higher Mathematics!

Sometimes, even Hitler is right about something....

In this case, he's correct about Eli Manning. Can't support the T.O. love, though....



H/T: justkim, who saw it here. Back story on this matter here and here. The GRRM in question is this guy.

(Also, it's no surprise that Hitler is a fan of the Cowboys and that New England abomination of a football franchise.)

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Yeah, this is a good idea....

So I saw an interesting story on Drudge this morning:

Microsoft seeks patent for office 'spy' software

The Times has seen a patent application filed by the company for a computer system that links workers to their computers via wireless sensors that measure their metabolism. The system would allow managers to monitor employees’ performance by measuring their heart rate, body temperature, movement, facial expression and blood pressure. Unions said they fear that employees could be dismissed on the basis of a computer’s assessment of their physiological state.

...

Microsoft submitted a patent application in the US for a “unique monitoring system” that could link workers to their computers. Wireless sensors could read “heart rate, galvanic skin response, EMG, brain signals, respiration rate, body temperature, movement facial movements, facial expressions and blood pressure”, the application states.

The system could also “automatically detect frustration or stress in the user” and “offer and provide assistance accordingly”. Physical changes to an employee would be matched to an individual psychological profile based on a worker’s weight, age and health. If the system picked up an increase in heart rate or facial expressions suggestive of stress or frustration, it would tell management that he needed help.

So I sent my wife an email containing a link to the story. Her response was classic:
I can see it now:

(User logs onto computer in the morning.

(Soft Feminine Automated Voice)

Good morning…John…Smith. You have ...45... e-mail messages waiting for you. ...10... e-mail messages are marked urgent. You have a ...conference call... in ...30... minutes. You have a ...meeting... in ...15... minutes. You must meet ...3... deadlines in ...10... minutes.

I sense your blood pressure is rising. Please stop all activity. Take 10 deep breaths before resuming productivity. Do not leave your work station.

...15... new e-mails have been received in you Inbox. You have ...60... e-mail messages waiting for you. ...20... e-mail messages are marked urgent. You have a ...conference call... in ...25... minutes. You have a ...meeting... in ...10... minutes. You must meet ...3... deadlines in ...5... minutes.

Your blood pressure is high. Please stop all activity. Take 10 Deep breaths before resuming productivity. Do not leave your work station. Please contact the on-site healthcare technician to arrange a check up on your lunch break.

(User gets up in disgust to get coffee)

(LOUD ANGRY MALE AUTOMATED VOICE) or (SCREECHY FEMALE AUTOMATED VOICE)

WARNING. WARNING. ...JOHN... SMITH... HAS LEFT HIS WORK STATION. PRODUCTIVITY HAS STOPPED.

(User returns to stop alarm)

(Soft Feminine Automated Voice)

I sense your blood pressure is rising. Please stop all activity. Take 10 deep breaths before resuming productivity. Do not leave your work station. Please contact the on-site healthcare technician to arrange a check up on your lunch break.


Yeah this is going to help.