Thursday, October 28, 2004

Red Sox win World Series and Total Eclipse of the Moon

"Once upon a time, I was falling in love...." oh, nevermind. Seriously though, how awesome was it that the moon became the color of blood on the night the Red Sox won their first World Series since the Soviet Union was a year old?

Technical detail: The photo is not from last night's eclipse, but you get the idea.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Clever Nothing, site feeds, openp2p, 1000 places, common dreams, adult comics and searches

My friend Brandon started up a Fark-like message board called Clever Nothing after getting banned or something from Heatkernel is a frequent poster there.

And in case you need an RSS or Atom XML feed of nanothoughts, the site feed link is on the sidebar. (I know all 3 readers will be dying to do this.) Also, you can add to by clicking on the banner in the sidebar. is now linked in the sidebar too. p2p is the future, folks. I just wish I knew more about it. hence the link.

And I recently received Patricia Schultz's 1000 Places To See Before You Die. There are way too many hotels and restaurants, but overall it has a really good assortment of interesting sights to visit. I'll post more about it later when I get through more of it. Right now, I'd give it a B+ for the average reader and an A for travel buffs. The best thing about the book is that it introduces the casual reader to travel ideas they might not have contemplated before. e.g. Easter Island, the North Pole (which Norway technically owns), Horseback riding in Mongolia, and climbing up to super remote villages in Bhutan. Here's an MSNBC article about it.

Here's a pretty radical progressive site called Common Dreams that r e g a l introduced me to. Here's an interview between Kurt Vonnegut and Kilgore Trout.

My friend Ron from high school runs a couple sites for "adults". Here's into certain niche markets, like Adult comic books, superheroes etc. and Adult games like strip poker, memory, breakout etc. . I told him I'd mention them, so there ya go. Try and see if you can see some boobies or what not. Speaking of breasts, I think I'll mention that Lindsey Lohan isn't that bad. When does Hilary Duff turn 18? (Shameless attempt at to generate site traffic.)

extra bonus: some recent searches that led to NanoThoughts:
weephun, clevernothing, peak hubbert opponent, nanothoughts, metabolite benzoyleconine, plastic operator folder, life is a rock mp3, cypherphunk, lyrics down the walls of heartache. Eventually I'll start to blog about nanotechnology, nanograss and all things nano.

New side pic

I got bored of that Bierstadt, so I put up a Roy Lichtenstein
Still Life with Goldfish Bowl and Painting of a Golf Ball
Oil and Magna on canvas
52 x 42 in
Private collection

Planet Simpson, Mindball, Brainteasers, and more Prince songs

Anybody read/seen this book?
Planet Simpson: How a Cartoon Masterpiece Documented an Era and Defined a Generation? here's an excerpt that I lifted from here:
Real Life Notes from Fox Censors (according to Matt Groening):
- To discourage imitation by young and foolish viewers, when Homer begins to pour the hot wax in his mouth, please have him scream in pain so kids will understand that doing this would actually burn their mouths.
- Although it is only a dream, please do not show Homer holding a sign that reads KILL MY BOY.
- After Marge turns off the light, please substitute a line that's more general, such as 'get away from me' or 'stop that,' instead of 'get off me.'
- Bart's line 'Sod off' and Willie's rejoinder 'I'll give you something to sod off about!' are not acceptable. This phrase refers to sodomy despite your set-up about resodding the lawn.
- It will not be acceptable for Itchy to stab Scratchy in the guts and yank his intestine out and use it as a bungy cord.'

I'm linking to the UK Amazon because they have this book as its "Perfect Partner." It's a bidirectional best hit to boot!

Not sure if this is fake or not, but looks cool:Mindball, pong played with brainwaves basically.
Hmmmmmm:Gizmodo : Sushi USB Flash Drives What's worse, biting a flash drive, or trying to shove some maguro in your USB port?
I'd love to get one of these: Inventor Rejoices as TVs Go Dark
But, I'd prefer this (assuming American Airlines still exists in say 10-20 years. AAirpass aka Fly on AA the rest of your/its life for only $3 million.

Nice mathematical brainteaser page:
Nick's Mathematical Puzzles

Top 5 Prince Songs You've Probably Never Heard

...songs that the casual fan has probably not heard because they either weren't released as singles, were on albums that didn't sell that well, or are generally weird enough that an initial listen might turn the casual listener (i.e. program directors) off.
  • "Endorphinmachine" from The Gold Experience
    4 minutes and six seconds of high energy rock, the energy of Let's Go Crazy, but at a slightly slower tempo. Punctuated by some amazing guitar, it features a Prince scream of amazing intensity and duration. It even has cowbell too for all you Bruce Dickinson fans.
  • "When You Were Mine" from Dirty Mind
    Covered by Cyndi Lauper on her She's So Unusual album, this song has an amazing groove. Sadly, Cyndi omits that groove. Prince's version is catchy as all hell (even with quirky lyrics like "you didn't have the decency to change the sheets")
  • "The Question of U" from Graffiti Bridge
    Twenty second intro, one minutes of lyrics, and three and a half minute outro. Bluesy hypnotic electric guitar throughout.
  • "She's Always in My Hair"
    The flip side to "Raspberry Beret". Three and a half minutes of pure B-side joy. "Maybe I'll marry her, maybe I won't." Indeed.
  • "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore"
    I did a google search for this b-side to "1999" and the first gazillion hits were for Alicia Keys. Apparently it was the third track on her first album. She update his "it's just one lousy dime" line to "quarter." Wait until VOIP takes over. Anyway, this is the ultimate Prince piano song; those jazzy chords will knock you out. We all know that the best jazzy piano chords in a pop song belong to Van Morrison's "Moondance", but trust me these are a close second. (I'm pretty sure they're jazzy piano chords anyway.)

  • Monday, October 25, 2004 new car buying guide, avoiding dealer scams, new cars, used car buying, selling

    I just got a new car and I found this site to be extremely useful. Read as much as you can on here before going into battle. Trust me, it will help you immensely. new car buying guide, avoiding dealer scams, new cars, used car buying, selling

    Gay Robot @

    This is from Adam Sandler's new album. Be sure to check out the song "Secret" too. Funny stuff. Gay Robot @

    Tuesday, October 19, 2004

    Florida 2000: The Sequel - Five ways the election could end up in court, again. By Richard L. Hasen

    Let's hope none of these scenarios actually occur: Florida 2000: The Sequel - Five ways the election could end up in court, again. By Richard L. Hasen: "jurisprudence The law, lawyers, and the court.

    One dude in the Fray posted the following. Can you imagine if Bush was re-elected and Kerry was his Veep? Man, oh man.

    "If the electoral college ties 269-269, or if one state simply cannot decide who it elected, then the twelfth amendment sends the election of President to the House voting in state caucuses, where Bush wins. The vice president to the newly elected Senate. There may be 51 or more Democratic senators after this election (especially if Jeffords votes with the democrats). If Bush is going to be President, who do the Democrats choose for vice?
    (a) Cheney, since the President should have his choice in the position.
    (b) Edwards, since he got half the votes for Vice President.
    (c) Kerry, since he got half the votes for President
    (d) Some compromise candidate, perhaps McCain
    For a bunch of Senators, this will be their very first vote. Some of the Democratic Senators will come from Bush-voting states. interesting . . ."

    Monday, October 18, 2004

    I Love Bees Game a Surprise Hit

    Ok, at first I saw the title and thought it said "I Love Bee Gees a Surprise Hit" and I thought "hey, why should that be a surprise, the Bee Gees are cool." Then I started reading it and seeing how crazy everything is getting and amazed that people are so into these things, but then again, here I am wasting time blogging about it, so to each his own I guess. On page 2 I realized it's a marketing campaign for a video game that I've already pre-ordered (first time ever doing that), Halo 2. Does that mean I'm partly responsible for this? Reminds me Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind's Lacuna Inc. and AI's promotional web campaign, which is mentioned in the article. Need to do a post tying this together with RealDoll, BladeRunner, The Sims, Virtual Reality Tourism, etc. As for now, I'm off to erase my memories...

    "The instant I went from Preston Thorne, trying to play a game and answering a bunch of telephones, to Lt. Weephun, crew member of the Apocalypso helping Melissa complete her mission, it was a huge epiphany, and it made the game a lot more fun," he said. "And if we had any direct communication with the Puppetmasters, it would be less fun."
    I Love Bees Game a Surprise Hit

    Saturday, October 16, 2004

    Bush, Without a Doubt

    "In the Oval Office in December 2002, the president met with a few ranking senators and members of the House, both Republicans and Democrats. In those days, there were high hopes that the United States-sponsored ''road map'' for the Israelis and Palestinians would be a pathway to peace, and the discussion that wintry day was, in part, about countries providing peacekeeping forces in the region. The problem, everyone agreed, was that a number of European countries, like France and Germany, had armies that were not trusted by either the Israelis or Palestinians. One congressman -- the Hungarian-born Tom Lantos, a Democrat from California and the only Holocaust survivor in Congress -- mentioned that the Scandinavian countries were viewed more positively. Lantos went on to describe for the president how the Swedish Army might be an ideal candidate to anchor a small peacekeeping force on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Sweden has a well-trained force of about 25,000. The president looked at him appraisingly, several people in the room recall.

    ''I don't know why you're talking about Sweden,'' Bush said. ''They're the neutral one. They don't have an army.''

    Lantos paused, a little shocked, and offered a gentlemanly reply: ''Mr. President, you may have thought that I said Switzerland. They're the ones that are historically neutral, without an army.'' Then Lantos mentioned, in a gracious aside, that the Swiss do have a tough national guard to protect the country in the event of invasion.

    Bush held to his view. ''No, no, it's Sweden that has no army.''

    The room went silent, until someone changed the subject.

    A few weeks later, members of Congress and their spouses gathered with administration officials and other dignitaries for the White House Christmas party. The president saw Lantos and grabbed him by the shoulder. ''You were right,'' he said, with bonhomie. ''Sweden does have an army.''"

    This story was told to [Ron Suskind] by one of the senators in the Oval Office that December day, Joe Biden. Lantos, a liberal Democrat, would not comment about it. In general, people who meet with Bush will not discuss their encounters. (Lantos, through a spokesman, says it is a longstanding policy of his not to discuss Oval Office meetings.)

    The New York Times > Magazine > Without a Doubt
    Remember, for all your login needs, use cypherphunk/cypherphunk.

    Nice article by Ron Suskind, the guy that wrote the book about Paul O'neill leaving. The main thesis isn't trying to spread the incorrect Bush is a dumbass meme (I don't believe he's a dumbass either. Nor do I reallly believe in memes, but that's another story.) It's that he so sure of himself and his faith that he's not getting as much guidance as he could. check it out.

    Friday, October 15, 2004

    There's Something About Mary

    I think it's tacky at best and pretty offensive at worst how Edwards and Kerry both brought up Mary Cheney in the debates. First of all, I don't see what she has to do with this election at all. If they're trying to point out inconsistencies in the Republican camp or trying to trip them up, it isn't going to work. CHeney's response during his debate was something like "The President makes the policy and I support the policy." which I read into as saying: If I [Cheney] were president, i wouldn't necessarily set that policy, but I'll always stick in my boss's corner despite personal differences." Anyway, I think the bottom line is that Kerry's "handlers" are being complete idiots about this and I thought Edwards was enough. I can't believe Kerry brought it up. Freaking idiot.

    On another note, Bush has a great sense of humor. I wish he still drank, cuz I'd gladly split a 12 pack with him.

    Thursday, October 14, 2004

    Movie List

    Found this on the net: Ken Jenning's Top Movies List
    I recently finally got around to seeing "The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly", it's a good guy movie, but I haven't a clue how it got to be 24th on the IMDB list. Just another example of how bogus that list is.
    Also saw "Bottle Rocket", Wes Anderson's first film. If you liked The Royal Tenenbaums or Rushmore, you'll dig it. Check it out and don't forget that The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou will be coming out soon. (I'll add hyperlinks later.)
    And finally, "The Station Agent" which is set in rural New Jersey and stars Peter Dinklage, who happens to be 4 feet 5 inches tall. Nice quirky, character driven film. Don't expect much plot or a nicely tied together ending. ANother art house type piece. I've heard the little guy gets mad ass, not sure if that's true or not.

    Friday, October 08, 2004

    Great Flash Animations

    Just a random post about some of the best ever flash animations:
    Star Wars Gangsta Rap
    All I want is Bang Bang Bang
    Group X's Super Mario Bros tribute
    Strongbad email: Trogdor the Burninator
    Joel Veitch's "We Like the Moon"
    Mr. Wong's first episode
    not flash, but great nonetheless: Carl Lewis Music Video

    Tuesday, October 05, 2004

    Bush to give major speech. | Metafilter

    Metafilter has a thread about Bush's speech tomorrow: news article

    These two comments cracked me up: (Note though, that this speech won't be televised.)

    This promises to be the electioneering equivalent of the Star Wars Kid: there he'll be, puffing and posing and thrashing away at an opponent who conveniently isn't there. Jesus, we've all had our "I shoulda said" moments, but this is pitiful. When do I get this kind of do-over?
    posted by George_Spiggott at 1:26 PM PST on October 5

    "This will be the first nationwide broadcast of l'esprit d'escalier in American history."
    posted by jkilg at 1:41 PM PST on October 5

    Sunday, October 03, 2004

    Cooking Blog

    There are a bunch of cooking blogs out there, but Cooking For Engineers is one of the more interesting ones. Check out the dude's rectilinear recipe boxes (which apparently he is copyrighting). Lots of well done photography and a glossary of cooking terms to boot. His most recent post isn't a recipe but instead is an off topic digression on Orange Juice Shelf Life

    Friday, October 01, 2004

    Fair and Balanced: Fox News Pulls Item With Fake Kerry Quotes - from

    Fox News Pulls Item With Fake Kerry Quotes - from

    Let's not forget that some AP reporter made up the story about booing at a Bush rally when Clinton's heart condition was brought up. Will either side ever learn?