Apr. 6th, 2011 01:31 pm
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Like a bunch of other people, I'm thinking about migrating here from Live Journal. This post is just a place holder until I get serious about it. You can also feel free to friend me at: or follow me at:
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While doing some cleaning this weekend, we unearthed a old Sony Laptop (8-10 years old).  Any thoughts on what I could do with it?
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Now this is a Muse...

[Although this comic is tame for Oglas standards, it's still probably NSFW]
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The Great Minimum
by G.K. Chesterton

It is something to have wept as we have wept,
It is something to have done as we have done,
It is something to have watched when all men slept,
And seen the stars which never see the sun.

It is something to have smelt the mystic rose,
Although it break and leave the thorny rods,
It is something to have hungered once as those
Must hunger who have ate the bread of gods.

To have seen you and your unforgotten face,
Brave as a blast of trumpets for the fray,
Pure as white lilies in a watery space,
It were something, though you went from me today.

To have known the things that from the weak are furled,
Perilous ancient passions, strange and high;
It is something to be wiser than the world,
It is something to be older than the sky.

In a time of sceptic moths and cynic rusts,
And fatted lives that of their sweetness tire,
In a world of flying loves and fading lusts,
It is something to be sure of a desire.

Lo, blessed are our ears for they have heard;
Yea, blessed are our eyes for they have seen:
Let thunder break on man and beast and bird
And the lightning. It is something to have been.


Farewell Jane, safe journey.

FU Cancer

Jan. 15th, 2011 11:38 am
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As a dear friend of mine is in the midst of a losing battle with liver cancer, I find myself wondering how anyone can believe in "intelligent design."  Seriously, it's "haphazard design" and "shoddy workmanship" at best.
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Bandleader: Welcome to T. G. I. McScratchy's where it's constantly New Year's Eve.
            Here we go again!  Three, two, one!
  Everyone: Happy new year!
             ["Auld Lang Syne" starts up]
             [a waiter walks up with champagne glasses]
     Marge: It must be wonderful to ring in the new year over and over and over.
    Waiter: Please, kill me.
The Simpsons: "Itchy & Scratchy Land" (S6,Ep.4)


Dec. 27th, 2010 11:27 pm
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"Tinkerbell - the patron saint of high maintenance women; hot, but sexually impossible with thoughts of suicide and had trouble opening jars."

From the extended cut of the Community episode "Communication Studies" on the Season 1 DVD - M and I lost it.

Seriously, if you're not watching Community, you should really check it out.
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I've caught enough episodes of the new Doctor Who series now to know that I enjoy it and want to watch some more.  OTOH, I'm not particularly concerned about watching them in order (as I've already watched bits from all five seasons) and I'm not committed enough to want to see every episode.  So, can any Dr. Who fans give me a list of the "Must See" episodes?  Ditto for Torchwood?
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Here's a amusing case of the government not paying attention...  I'm interested in going on a White House tour next year.  To do this, you have to request tickets through your local Congressional reps and be willing to go through a security check.  Now, I don't have any problem with going through a security check in this case but, the aide in my Congressman's office is expecting me to send them our Social Security numbers in an email attachment and all of our computer security warning bells went off. 

I'm planning to call him back tomorrow and discuss how insecure a method this is - with a clear explanation that I'm not trying to get out of a security check, I'm just trying to make sure they know what they're doing when they collect SSNs that way.  Any thoughts about this from the community?  If they push back, do I sic the AGs office on them for violation of FTC rules or violation of the Privacy Act of 1974 (which requires all government agencies that request SSNs to provide a "disclosure" statement on the form that explains whether you are required to provide your SSN or if it’s optional, how the SSN will be used, and under what statutory or other authority the number is requested - this was missing from the Excel file I was asked to submit my numbers on.)

Like I said, I don't really have a problem giving them my SSN for this (although SSNs really aren't supposed to be used as national ID numbers, they're specifically intended for tracking income), I just think I should call their attention to a bad practice.

Job Notice

Nov. 10th, 2010 01:07 pm
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I've got a friend who's posted a position for a developer/analyst at MathWorks in Natick.  She's looking for someone with PHP, SQL, HTML, and Sharepoint skills to do application support and business report design and development. If you're interested let me know and I'll put you in touch.  Details

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Michelle in her 2010 Halloween Costume (click through for a larger version, twice for an even bigger one)

Michelle Haloween 2010

Bonus points to the 1st person to correctly identify it.  

Individuals who already know about the costume from Facebook or from conversations with the bonus point sponsors are not eligible for bonus points.  Bonus points are available to U.S. residents 18 years of age and older.  LiveJournal employees and their families are not eligible to win bonus points.

The bonus points prize has already been claimed.  Sorry.
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For the record, here's the transcript of Jon Stewart's closing remarks at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear (or watch the video at the Daily Show website  - scroll through the list for "Moment of Sincerity").  The rally was a lot of fun, but this is the part that made going worth it. Not a call for action against the right-wing, just a reminder that we can do great things when we stop letting media pundits make us afraid of working together.
Stewart's Closing Remarks - Moment of Sincerity )

Edit: Since a couple of people have asked, here's a photo that shows where I was during the Rally (a bit east of 7th Street, on the main lawn between the National Gallery West and the Air and Space Museum - close to the first aid tent).  FYI, there are a bunch of good aerial photos of the rally at the CBS news site.
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Now updated with 2010 World Series Results:

Since 2002, four of the eight teams that have gone the longest without winning the World Series have won titles; the Angels in 2002, Red Sox in 2004, White Sox in 2005, and Giants in 2010 - ending droughts of 41, 86, 88, and 56 years respectively.  It's been a heck of a decade for fans of the classic teams.  So, with the Giants having just won the series, here’s the updated list of teams who have been the hardest on their fans…

The Futility List (years without winning the World Series) as of 2010:
    Chicago Cubs           102    Last won in 1908
    Cleveland Indians     62      Last won in 1948
    Texas Rangers          49      Never won (founded in 1961 as the 2nd version of the Washington Senators)
    Houston Astros          48      Never won (founded in 1962)

Tied at 41 years are the San Diego Padres, Milwaukee Brewers, and Washington Nationals (aka Montreal Expos), none of which have won since their teams were founded in the 1969 expansion.  After that you have the Seattle Mariners at 33 years (no wins, founded in 1977) and the Pittsburgh Pirates at 31 years (they won the 1979 Series)

And a related list:

The Embarrassment List (years without appearing in a World Series) as of 2010:
    Chicago Cubs           65     Lost the 1945 Series
    Wash. Nationals       41     Never been in the Series (founded in 1969)
    Seattle Mariners      33      Never been in the Series (founded in 1977)
    Pittsburgh Pirates    31      Won the 1979 Series
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I'm thinking about bringing a sign to the Rally to Restore Sanity.  Does anyone have experience with getting signs made at a copy shop?  Can I just bring in a jpeg of the file I want printed?

My current top ideas behind the cut )
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Since I decided to go to Jon Stewart's "Rally to Restore Sanity" in D.C. on 10/30, I've been thinking about what clever, witty, or thought-provoking sign I might want to bring with me.  Some of my favorite ideas have been: My Other Sign is an Honor Student, [Citation Needed] (From, "... in Bed." (while standing next to other signs), Bring Back the Bull Moose Party, and Signs Don't Help Anything.

But then I just saw this SF geek sign from an article about the counter-protest against the WBC's Twitter protest and I LOVED it. 
Vote for No. 6
I assume most local print shops could make this if I have a high-res photo of Patrick McGoohan as Number 6 - Does anyone have one or know where I could get one?.  Ditto for the classic Prisoner font, surely one of my LJ friends must have that already.

FYI, here's a link the the version of the sign actually used in The Prisoner episode "Free For All" for a reference to the correct photo and font I'd want to use (not that I have obsessive-compulsive tendencies or anything).

Guard Up

Sep. 23rd, 2010 10:24 am
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Hey LJ-friends, do any of you have any experience with or connection to the Guard Up fencing and fantasy swordfighting club in Burlington?  I've known about them for some time, but never had any direct interaction.  My recollection is that someone from my SCA or LARP circles is probably involved with them. 

I was looking at them as a possible after-school activity for Michelle, but decided against it this year for a couple of reasons.  However, she's now been invited to a birthday party there so she's going to get some first-hand experience and learn if it's something she might be interested in doing more of. 

Since I'm going, I figured that I should check if I already know anyone there.
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Anybody thinking about going down to Jon Stewart / The Daily Show's Rally to Restore Sanity?  I'm thinking about it.

Edit: Oops, I forgot the link... Here it is:

What do you say, want to go to the Million Moderate March?
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Yes, of course there's a catch.  The set works, but has problems.  It's still yours if you want it.

I have a 42-inch HDTV that's looking for a new home.  Those of you who have been to my house may recognize it as the big-screen TV we've had for the last 7 years.  It's a Sony 42" LCD rear projection unit - not a hang-on-a-wall model but only 14" deep.  I've got the manual, remote, cables, etc. and here's a link to the specs and the Amazon description.

The set developed some technical issues with the projector unit so Sony has effectively replaced it but left the old set in my possession
(long story).  The old set still works, but there's a problem which creates a blue-green pattern in the upper-right corner of the screen.  You can still watch things on it, but depending on the color and brightness what you're viewing, the screen glitch will always be there (photo below of the glitch at it's worst).

I have no need for this set anymore and am willing to let it go for free (or maybe for the cost of a dinner or something) to anyone who can put it to use.  Want to watch things on a big TV and aren't picky about video quality, it's yours.  Want to take on a technical repair project, I'll point you to details about the specific nature of the video problems.  Want to gut it and use the frame as an art project or a prop, cool with us.  Want to scavenge it for parts, go for it.  Basically, we just want it out of our house and don't feel right simply tossing it.

Stock photos and my photo of the "glitch":

Email me or leave a message if you're interested.
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I got the Lost Complete Set today and am in AWE of the truly amazing packaging they've put together for it.  There are maps and images that are only exposed via the included DHARMA blacklight torch, a page from the Black Rock's journal, a map of the Island, an ankh with a hidden message embedded inside it, AND a DVD full of bonus features that's hidden in a secret compartment in the packaging which you open by solving a glyph puzzle. 

I'm having a ton of fun with this and haven't even started watching any of the extra stuff yet -- like the **12 minute extra epilogue** that supposedly answers a lot of the remaining questions about the DHARMA Initiative and what happens after the finale.
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Shakespeare / Theater buffs take note:
A comic tale of the actors who toil away in bit parts staging an uprising by sabotaging their plays.  

The Queen, My Lord, Is Much, Much Better - A Cautionary Tale (Narrated by Bob Kuhn)

Produced by Bob Kuhn from a 1955 comic essay by British playwright Lionel Hale.
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