August 28, 2002
Your cat might be an alien if...

it tries to make you email funny pictures to a "friend."

I mean it's nice to have that "email to a friend" form (which of course gives the web page owner both your and your "friends" email addresses), but when there's 3 forms vs. the one picture, well.

You know.

You're probably already looking at the page. The pic is funny, though.

Posted by illovich at 10:13 AM

By the way, I dinged 53 a few days ago. Besides winged death there's really no great new spells...and even WD isn't that exciting. I'm two bubbles in already, so I'm hoping to get 54 pretty fast, which is really just a veiled way of saying I hope to get to 55 soon, so I get my pet.

Boo-boo! I want boo-boo!

Posted by illovich at 09:37 AM
August 27, 2002
Operation WTF?

So I'm reading on ABC News about how the U.S. Military wanted to fake a terrorist attack in order to provide a pretext for invading Cuba back in the 60s. Apparently the plan was not approved by the Kennedy Administration.

"The Joint Chiefs even proposed using the potential death of astronaut John Glenn during the first attempt to put an American into orbit as a false pretext for war with Cuba, the documents show."

Wow. That's really. um. creepy. Perhaps they were simply ahead of their time?

Posted by illovich at 03:03 PM
Oh yeah? May I inspect plz?

I "found" a "non-commercial, daily Web zine" that claims to be über, but I saw no indication of vellious armor, an epic or any other choice gear.

How Not to Get a Job at Apple is kind of funny, I hope that it's not true that Apple only hires people who know employees, because besides being unethical it's also illegal (I think).

I like the format though. A one page essay or other thing per day, kind of like suck.

But not nearly as funny, unfortunately.

Posted by illovich at 11:02 AM
August 26, 2002

Chris emailed me this news item:Sneakernet is the new hot thing!!! And, why not?

What with broadband getting more and more expensive, thumbnail sized 20-gig firewire drives getting cheaper and cheaper and Big Brother-style federal government getting more and more nosy, why not Sneakernet!

Here's how: instead of emailing that file home, put it on a harddrive and carry it with you! Simple! No firewall, no nosy network admin asking you about anything, no file attachment nonsense. Just good old fashioned hard, attached via Firewire (IEEE 1394) or USB 2.0.


Posted by illovich at 12:49 PM
August 16, 2002

Business 2.0 has an article up on John Smedley, COO and founder of Sony Online which for now can pretty much just be referred to as Everquest. The article deals more with the currently exploding MMORPG market and Sony's upcoming broadband economy jump-starting Star Wars Galaxies, which will probably make more money thann the last two Star Wars movies.

What boggled my mind is that Sony has made a cool mil charging people $50 to change their character's names.

Posted by illovich at 05:35 PM
August 15, 2002
Human Sex Rights Campaign

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation which fights for the rights of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered people (as opposed to all people I suppose--don't have a problem with the cause, just the overinclusive name of the organization) has rated:

Aetna Inc AMR Corp./American Airlines Apple Computer Inc. (shoo I can still buy computers without guilt) Avaya Inc. Eastman Kodak Co. (shoo, I can still buy film without guilt) Intel Corp. J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. Lucent Technologies Inc. NCR Corp. Nike Inc. (shoo, I can still buy sneakers without...wait. oh, never mind) Replacements Ltd. Worldspan L.P. and Xerox Corp.
with a HRC Corporate Equality Index score of 100% (this index evaluates how big companies treat their GLBT employees).

In other news, Cracker Barrel, Emerson Electric Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp. got a 0% for reasons of "...failing to take any affirmative positions on the treatment of GLBT employees and consumers, and by actively refusing to implement non-discrimination policies..."

I'm sure they are twisting knots in their collective hair.

Other family friendly corporations like Exxon Mobil Corp, Domino's Inc., FedEx Corp., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and others got a whopping 14% just because "HRC was unable to find any evidence that they had overtly resisted equal treatment for their LGBT employees" which make me feel a lot better about them, let me tell you.

Bleh. ExxonMobile.

Posted by illovich at 02:01 PM
August 14, 2002
a soft romantic pluginish feel

Auto FX Software made a free plaugin for Photoshop 7 available called Dreamy Photo. Woopie.

"Dreamy Photo gives images a soft romantic feel. This is a superb effect for enhancing stock photography, digital camera photos and any image you want to add a warm feel to. "

It kind of reminds me of another plugin, Gaussian FX from Kai, but frankly the propsed applications on their website make me think of big family portraits hanging in the front hall. In the seventies.

Or pictures of Elizabeth Taylor after 1970.

But it is free.

Posted by illovich at 03:09 PM
August 13, 2002
get your exx on

Get your war on has been updated, with some cameo appearances by Halliburton and Exxon/Mobil/Indonesia.

God will fly down and pour gatorade on me.

Posted by illovich at 03:16 PM
August 12, 2002
Get me the Cocoa Files

I found some articles by Andrew Stone linked off of macintouch or something today. I always make noise about learning to program, but never actually get around to it...I always get stuck/frustrated/bored with pointers and give up.

But there's some nice stuff in there, including an introduction to the Mac OS X command line that seems nice for people without unix experience.

Posted by illovich at 05:11 PM
August 07, 2002
Mol a mol a mole no

Surfing the web, as I am wont to do, I found a Collection of Tongue Twisters in German, which pleased me. Germans call them Zungenbrecher which means "tongue breaker." Aufnahmeausschusssitzung!

I also learned that a shibboleth is "a word or phrase used as a test for detecting foreigners, or persons from another district, by their pronunciation." (OED, but cited on the Zungenbrecher page) Like "water" I guess.

And the word sewer has been in the English language unchanged since it's first recorded usage according to the OED, not counting an erroneous spelling, seward which apparently was somebody's idea that sewers were called that because they all flow sea-ward. Get it?

Am Zehnten Zehnten um zehn Uhr zehn zogen zehn zahme Ziegen zehn Zentner Zucker zum Zoo.

If you don't like the German ones, try the English ones. Or try one in another language. Machts mir nix.

Posted by illovich at 03:54 PM

This kitten
was pulled out of the sewer this morning (8/7/2002) by Art. He was drained by his ordeal (he fell into the sewer trying to avoid getting hit by a car).

Luckily, he was adopted within two hours. Lucky for him, anyway.

Posted by illovich at 12:13 PM