March 16, 2004
blix: bugging unpleasant

This morning NPR had an interview with Hans Blix, where he asserted that "[the] leaders of the United States and Britain failed to exercise "critical judgment" in going to war against Iraq a year ago."

The interview at was pretty much a rehashing of stuff said before... except for one bit that I don't remember coming up before the war: no WMDs had been found in Iraq since 1994.

My favorite bit was at the end, where Bob Edwards mentioned the UK bugging of the UN, and asked Blix if he felt he had been bugged.

Blix replied that at the time he assumed he was bugged, and that it was an "unpleasant feeling." He continued to say that he was not afraid, given that he said nothing in private that he had said publicly, but that is was an "unpleasant feeling."

He paused and added "If they were bugging me I wish they had been listening to what I was saying."

Full audio available on the page.

Posted by illovich at 09:50 AM
March 10, 2004
good ol tag

Looks like I have to fix the line width height for the ol tag on my style sheet.

Posted by illovich at 12:13 PM
top 10 religions that should make me an offer

According to the Belief-O-Matic, these are my top 10 matching religions (that would be most suited for me):

  1. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (100 % )

  2. Unitarian Universalism (98%)

  3. Liberal Quakers (96%)

  4. Neo-Pagan (95%)

  5. Secular Humanism (77%)

  6. Mahayana Buddhism (76%)

  7. Bahá'í Faith (76%)

  8. New Age (74%)

  9. Reform Judaism (71%)

  10. Theravada Buddhism (69%)

It was a nice try, but because I answered the first question ("What is the number and nature of the deity (God, gods, higher power)? Choose one.") with choice 3 ("Multiple personal gods (or goddesses) regarded as facets of one God, and/or as separate gods.") I'm surprised that Neo-Pagan was beat out by 3 christian denominations.

I guess the Quakers are more open minded than I thought.

Posted by illovich at 11:56 AM
March 09, 2004
geeky typeface humor from microsoft

Microsoft has a disagreeably facetious type glossary on their typography website, which is actually pretty funny.

Actually, Microsoft's Typography website in general is pretty good, so if you're interested in typeface design, you should check it out.

Posted by illovich at 12:41 PM
party like it's 4004 (B.C.)

For some reason, I keep getting into conversations about the Fundamentalist position that the world is less than 7,000 years old. I keep mentioning in these conversations that some guy actually figured out from the bible the date the world was created.

It turns out that some guy = Bishop James Ussher (1581-1656), Archbishop of Armagh, Primate of All Ireland, and Vice-Chancellor of Trinity College in Dublin.

The date the world was created? Sunday October 23, 4004 BC.

What really took me by surprise was that Adam and Eve were expelled from Eden on the 10th of November later that year--only 18 days later. It hardly seems fair, if you think about it.

I mentioned this to Stabinski, and he replied "they were only there for a couple of pages"

True, true.

Posted by illovich at 12:15 PM
March 08, 2004
not really my thing but

I have lots of friends into [ xerox art ].

DAM1ER, John, this one's for you.

Posted by illovich at 04:41 PM
russian death trip

A crazy photojournal of the dead zone around Chernobyl. Unbelievable decay, wonderful horror. I keep looking at it, and I really don't know what else to say.

I actually had a dream inspired by this website the other night.

thanks to die puny humans

Posted by illovich at 04:36 PM
March 06, 2004
coldfusion: date math, days since date

This is actually pretty straightforward but it took me a few minutes to figure it out. This was to check if a dog was 6 months old or so... I padded it a bit, becasue if the dog was "too old," it would prevent a user from continuing. I figured give them a bit more than 6 months, hence 195 days.

DateDiff is a function that returns the difference between two dates.
Dogs.birthday is a date, is text, from a db query (duh, huh?).

<cfoutput query="dogs">
<CFIF ( DateDiff("d", Now(), Dogs.birthday ) ) GT 195 >
Older than 6 months ( #DateDiff("d", Now(), Dogs.birthday )# days)

Younger than 6 months ( #DateDiff("d", Now(), Dogs.birthday )# days)
</CFIF><BR />


More info on DateDiff

Posted by illovich at 05:39 PM