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Archive for January, 2005

Run On Toilet Paper

Friday, January 28th, 2005

This shows a fascinating reaction… tell people that there’s enough of an important resource as long as no one hoards any, and the reaction is widespread hoarding…

The horror… thousands dead! [link]

Tuesday, January 25th, 2005

A shipping tragedy.

Remember: Don’t Eat And Drive.

Monday, January 24th, 2005

This is just too bizarre to even comment on.

Ignore this, sucka

Friday, January 21st, 2005

The Infinite Cat Project is a complete waste of time. Just ask The Fuzz.

The way to Mortor

Wednesday, January 19th, 2005

One does not simply walk

I Got Rhythm, I Got Funk

Monday, January 17th, 2005

I didn’t realise it until now, but my music collection has a gaping hole in it. All this time, I’ve needed an album of Ethyl Merman songs remixed to a disco beat.

The Cowboy Hat is a Nice Touch

The next pary I go to is going to rock.

’80s Geek Chic Goes Too Far

Monday, January 17th, 2005

Thanks largely in part to the movies of John Hughes, outright geekiness became vaguely popular for a certain part of the ’80’s — at least, in pop culture, if not actually in high schools across the U.S.

However, it’s one thing to slap thick-rimmed glasses on Anthony Michael Hall and make him pretend he’s smart; it’s another thing altogether to photograph Bill Gates in “alluring” poses and publish them in Teen Beat magazine.

Satellite Desserts

Saturday, January 15th, 2005

Years ago, we proved the moon was not made of green cheese. But, just maybe, Titan is made of Creme Brulee.

Sharks Can’t Get Cancer, Llamas Can’t Get Dandruff

Saturday, January 15th, 2005

Apparently, most dandruff in humans is caused by the presence of a specific fungus (malassezia furfur). You may have noticed, for example, that the active ingredient in Nizoral is ketoconazole — which, when taken orally, is a systemic antifungal. You’ll notice the similarity to the name of omniprazole (Prilosec); they’re in the same family. Unfortunately, their similarities cause them to interact in a way that increases the chances of liver damage when used together. From what I’ve been able to find, the same sort of interaction occurs between ketoconazole and the popular histamine blockers used to treat heartburn and alergies (largely, the drugs ending in -dine). I’ve gone looking for research data regarding the interaction between H2 blockers/proton pump inhibitors and topical ketoconazole before, but there don’t appear to be any such studies. After discussing this with a physician, the prudent course of action seems to be to avoid using them at the same time until such studies are made. Now, there are plenty of other active ingredients that have been FDA approved to treat dandruff (selenium sulfide, coal tar, salicylic acid, and zinc pyrithione). Unfortunately, most of these aren’t very effective. My understanding is that most, if not all, of these active ingredients simply mask the symptoms without having significant antifungal properties.

As usual, it’s llamas to the rescue. Researchers have discovered that llamas produce an antibody which specifically targets and kills malassezia furfur. The implication is that this discovery could be used to make a more specifically targeted dandruff shampoo that has much, much lower chances of interacting with other medication. I wonder if this could even lead to the developent of an oral dandruff solution…

Macs for Everyone!

Wednesday, January 12th, 2005

Well, I think Apple has finally hit a point at which I can’t avoid buying one of their machines. For anyone who missed the recent announcement: go check out the Mac Mini.

You know you need one

The icing on the cake? Your cost for one of these machines is $500.

The New Economics

Tuesday, January 11th, 2005

Comcast is entering the VoIP market, and they’re doing it with a bizarre strategy: aim to be the most expensive in the market. What could possibly draw customers to your service more rapidly than charging almost twice as much as the incumbents?

It’s okay. Customers get “additional services” for their $180 a year. I think “battery backup” is the only one Comcast could cite when pressed. That’s right! For the low, low fee of $15 a month, you can effectively lease a UPS! That’s right. If you plan to keep your service only one month, you come out ahead! Otherwise, you can just go with Vonage and buy your own $15 UPS to plug your ATA into.

I should have paid more attention in high-school economics. I don’t remember this part.

Fashion Police are Alive and Well

Tuesday, January 11th, 2005

… in North Korea

Of particular interest to IETFers are comments that long hair consumes lots of nutrition that could otherwise be used by your brain. I assume the conclusion they want you to draw is that long hair makes you stupid. I also enjoyed the statement that bad shoe choices can “downgrade your personality.”

Maybe the IETF’s perpetual state of emergency could be solved by a surprise attack of special forces barbers in Minneapolis.

Quake for Nostalgia Buffs

Monday, January 10th, 2005

Back in the old days, I spent many hours playing a fairly lame-by-modern-standards adventure game on an old atari console. You know, the 2600–but before they had bothered to give it a number. The game was Adventure. But it never looked like this!

I’d like to buy an A, Pat

Friday, January 7th, 2005

D I S _ S T E R

Wow. Give. More.

Interesting SIP solutions

Thursday, January 6th, 2005

Today, a couple of interesting products popped up on press releases. The first one is an 802.11 SIP handset with 80 hours of standby time and 4 hours of talk time. This is pretty amazing for a wifi device.

The second interesting product is a SIP server that you can run on an unmodified Linksys WRT54GS wireless access point. Taken together, these products appear to give you a fairly complete wireless SIP solution for your home.

Open Source Communists

Thursday, January 6th, 2005

So, when asked about the growing support for patent reform, Bill Gates responded:

“There are some new modern-day sort of communists who want to get rid of the incentive for musicians and moviemakers and software makers under various guises. They don’t think that those incentives should exist.”

I thought the “call your opponents communists” approach kind of died out sometime in the 80s.


Thursday, January 6th, 2005

Not your father’s outhouse.

Don’t cross…

Wednesday, January 5th, 2005

the memes!

This Is Your Developer on Crack

Monday, January 3rd, 2005

One of my Christmas presents this year was a self-setting wall-clock. It receives the NIST time signal based off the atomic clock in Colorado. All you need to do is set the time zone, and you’re good to go.

However, upon reading the directions, I suddenly discovered that I’ve actually spent my life living in Mountain time instead of Central time.

I couldn’t have made this up if I tried

The LCD indicator on the front of the clock has the same timezone boundaries.

How the f— does this kind of thing happen? I mean, did you have some developer over in China in charge of figuring out what the US timezones were and, failing to actually locate data, just select random states to be in random timezones?

There are other inscrutable features about this clock, but none of them approach this level of bizarreness.

No Worry — Eat Curry

Sunday, January 2nd, 2005

I just want to believe this is true. Oh, please!

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