Archives for: August 2005

The Bed

posted by ben on 05.08.30 at 19:46, null, null, 1 comment Permalink
We used to walk down the mall and look longingly into bobo... staring at The Bed. The Bed is the edo bed by haiku designs.
Comment from: graham [Member] Email ·
I'm pretty sure that is the same bed they have in Area 51.
Permalink 09/02/05 @ 04:09

Internets 1, Local Bike Shops 0

posted by graham on 05.08.28 at 20:31, Rants, random, technology, Leave a comment Permalink

Ben and I have searched for Magura brake pads for use with ceramic bicycle rims for years now. We always knew they existed, but people in bike shops claimed that they were either impossible to order (on permanent backorder) or that there was in fact no such thing.
Moreover, when I tried to find a brake line for my Magura Louise disc brake, I found that while nobody had any in stock, they wouldn't even consider ordering one for me.
Enter the internet!

Magura now has an online store where you can purchase supplies and replacement parts for any of their brakes. I was able to purchase the correct line and pads in under 5 minutes, for less than what a shop would have charged (even counting shipping), and I will receive them sooner as well.

Martin Amis and friends visit Robert Graves

posted by graham on 05.08.25 at 16:50, Missleaneus, books, Leave a comment Permalink

- Oh don't worry, I said. Just go on as if he's a god.

Graves seemed baffled but on the whole rather pleased to see us. He was perhaps fractionally diminished from the striding colossus of a few years earlier, but still very straight and head-in-air, the ancient coin of his face quite undulled. I introduced my friends and said,
- I'm sorry about this, Robert, but you must get some very weird people coming to see you these days. Now you're so famous.
- Oh, I do, I do. Some extraordinary people come to see me now. Extraordinary people.
The five of us looked out on the rocky acres - spurs and tors, terraces, arthritic olive trees. Then Rob said to Robert,
- Make that mountain open up.
- What?
- Turn it into a volcano.
- What?
- Go on. You can do it. Make that cloud go away.
- Oh, you're -
- Summon a tidal wave.
- You little -
- Make the moon come out.
- Ooh, you -
- Make the -
And Robert got hold of Rob and roughly tickled him.

- Martin Amis, Experience

posted by ben on 05.08.18 at 12:39, null, technology, Leave a comment Permalink

If there are inner classes, why aren't there inner methods?

Liberty For All

posted by collin on 05.08.15 at 19:20, nonsense, random, 1 comment Permalink

Right wing super heroes! Like a biomechanically enhanced G. Gordon Liddy? This thing is so over the top my mind went from, "This is legit," to "This is satire," and all the way back to "This is legit?" I have no idea if it's satire or not. I don't think I have the skilz to deconstruct the whole synopsis of the comic book, so here are a few fragments. [I have refrained from inserting 'WTF' after each sentence.]

America’s future has become an Orwellian nightmare of ultra-liberalism. Beginning with the Gore Presidency, the government has become increasingly dominated by liberal extremists.

In 2004, Muslim terrorists stopped viewing the weakened American government as a threat; instead they set their sights on their true enemies, vocal American conservatives. On one dark day, in 2006, many conservative voices went forever silent at the hands of terrorist assassins. Those which survived joined forces and formed a powerful covert conservative organization called “The Freedom of Information League”, aka F.O.I.L.

The New York City faction of F.O.I.L. is lead by Sean Hannity, G. Gordon Liddy and Oliver North, each uniquely endowed with special abilities devised by a bio mechanical engineer affectionately nicknamed “Oscar”. F.O.I.L. is soon to be joined by a young man named Reagan McGee.

Reagan was born on September 11th, 2001. He is the son of a NYC firefighter whose life was spared by attending his son’s birth. Reagan has grown to manhood in an ultra-liberal educational system: being told, not asked, what to think. With personal determination, which alienates him from his contemporaries, he has chosen the path less traveled…the path to the Right.

Two decades of negotiation with the U.N., and America’s administration of 2021 (President Chelsea Clinton and Vice President Michael Moore), has culminated in a truce with fundamentalist Islamic terrorists, or so America is told. The honorable ambassador from Afghanistan has come to NYC to address the U.N., his name is Usama Bin Laden.

Comment from: collin [Member] Email ·
Apparently there's at least some connection between the comic company and a good old fashioned medication spammer, unless the whois info is bogus. No links to Karl Rove or Republican slush funds have been found yet.
Permalink 08/15/05 @ 20:02

Yay! I'm... wonderful?

posted by graham on 05.08.10 at 13:38, Raves, null, coffee, Leave a comment Permalink

What makes it into the news?

posted by collin on 05.08.09 at 23:46, nonsense, news, rant, politics, rant, Leave a comment Permalink

A US consulate which has been closed for the past ten days due to violence in the city is scheduled to be reopened. Now, I realize that this isn't uncommon, and I know a consulate isn't an embassy. The US embassy in Uzbekistan closed down a few weeks ago [no idea if it reopened], the one in Nepal was closed this past year, and we're apparently closing the embassy in Saudi Arabia for a few days. So why would I be concerned or angry about not hearing we closed some consulate somewhere?

Because it's 2 miles from our border.

From here.

U.S. officials said when announcing the closing of the consulate on July 29 that consular officials were close enough to become alarmed during a shootout the night before in a residential neighborhood that involved automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades.

Over the weekend, the Mexican government began a second phase of a show of force called Operation Secure Mexico, which is aimed at curtailing drug violence.

The government sent as many as 600 more paramilitary police to the city, increased patrols and added checkpoints.

Rocket. Propelled. Grenades.

But you say, "It's not in our country. Our citizens aren't dying." [I can't believe I just wrote that] Well, they are. They just have dark skin.

William Sleamaker's wife, Maria, is looking after Yvette's two daughters. She promised them she would hunt around the world for their mother.

She says she heard the eldest child praying before bedtime.

In her prayers, she said: "God, please bring Mummy back to us just one more time so that we can see her. Even if it's in a coffin."

It's too late for any more indignation, and I don't know what else to say. [And yes I know the quote is a little over the top. Sue me.]

[Edit: Read the above you might get the idea that the Mexican military was using RPGs, it's the cartels. It's like a fucking movie]

Word of the day.

posted by collin on 05.08.09 at 19:46, nonsense, random, Leave a comment Permalink

It's not just a brand of [severely overpriced] skis.


1. Flying or capable of flying.
2. Moving quickly or nimbly; agile.
3. Heraldry. Depicted with the wings extended as in flying.

[Latin volns, volant- present participle of volre, to fly. Sense 3, from French from Old French, present participle of voler, to fly, from Latin volre.]

DIY Espresso Machine Temperature Controller

posted by graham on 05.08.09 at 15:18, coffee, Ideas, Leave a comment Permalink

For all you Vivace wannabes out there, here are two pages talking about installing a PID (whatever that stands for) in home epsresso machines (both happen to be Rancilio Silvias).
Pepe's Silvia - Super slick
Hot Rod Silvia - That big two-color control panel looks sweet!

Have I seen this before?

posted by collin on 05.08.09 at 13:03, math, math, technology, 1 comment Permalink

Oh, the blog milieu! At the very least we were talking about this before.

Currently, computers or robots apply statistical rules to a database of known images to identify new ones. Although relatively effective, this requires thousands of images and hours of training by humans. Peekaboom aims to ease the burden by harnessing the brain power of willing web users.

"The collected data can be applied towards constructing computer vision algorithms, which require massive amounts of training and testing data not currently available," von Ahn told New Scientist. "The target database will contain millions of images, all fully annotated with information about what objects are in the image, where each object is located, and how much of the image is necessary to recognise it."

[via boingboing]

Comment from: collin [Member] Email ·
I should have put a link to the training/game page...
Permalink 08/09/05 @ 17:33


posted by collin on 05.08.08 at 22:40, art, music, music, Leave a comment Permalink

I read an article in the Times a couple months ago [no link because you have to pay for it now, booooo] about a Congolese band Konono No. 1 that came out with a CD [their first?]. Three members of the band plays percusion and three play electric thumb pianos with homemade pickup built from alternator magnets. I was reminded of them by this post on Make today. The BBC show The World has a clip of their music and an interview with the French guy who produced their album. Good stuff. After all who doesn't like afro-punk.

Paul Anka sings Nirvana...

posted by collin on 05.08.08 at 18:41, nonsense, music, random, Leave a comment Permalink

...and Sound Garden and Van Halen and REM? Check out the tracks:

1. It's My Life 8. Jump
2. True 9. Smells Like Teen Spirit
3. Eye of the Tiger 10. Hello
4. Everybody Hurts 11. Eyes Without a Face
5. Wonderwall 12. Lovecats
6. Blackhole Sun 13. Way You Make Me Feel
7. It's a Sin 14. Tears in Heaven

Just strange.

Open Letter to Kansas School Board

posted by collin on 05.08.04 at 12:57, nonsense, science, random, politics, Leave a comment Permalink

A little old but still funny. Snip...

In conclusion, thank you for taking the time to hear our views and beliefs. I hope I was able to convey the importance of teaching this theory to your students. We will of course be able to train the teachers in this alternate theory. I am eagerly awaiting your response, and hope dearly that no legal action will need to be taken. I think we can all look forward to the time when these three theories are given equal time in our science classrooms across the country, and eventually the world; One third time for Intelligent Design, one third time for Flying Spaghetti Monsterism, and one third time for logical conjecture based on overwhelming observable evidence.

I want to punch him in the face...

posted by collin on 05.08.04 at 11:01, visual, rant, rant, Leave a comment Permalink

...and choke him with his stupid bowtie.

So some conceptual artist wants to take a photograph of a room with an exposure of 100 years. [Contrast that to this which was 34 months and actually has content] When did art stop being about creating something and become this masturbatory I-am-so-fucking-clever nonsense? And then I saw this at the end of the interview...

All my conceptual art tends to be pretty long-term. Last year, I attempted to genetically engineer God in a petri dish, with some preliminary success. (I got a lot of help from the genetics laboratory at UC Berkeley, as well as researchers at UC San Francisco and the Smithsonian Institution.) That project is ongoing, through an organization I founded, called the International Association for Divine Taxonomy.

Which involved him playing loops of religious music [gregorian chants, imam calling, etc.] to fruit flys. If your ire isn't significantly raised here's a SFWeekly article about him and breeding God. I could only read the first page.


Hanging stove of espresso goodness.

posted by collin on 05.08.03 at 13:13, nonsense, art, coffee, random, climb, 2 comments Permalink

Just a $1 steel mixing bowl from the thrift store, some brass crimped link chain, and a split ring [ie for keys]. Drill two holes in the bottom; one large and in the center for the stove and one smaller offcenter one for the piezo lighter [once you have the main hole drilled you can put the stove in upsidedown to use it as a guide for the small hole]. Clean up large hole witha conical grinding bit. Drill three equally spaced holes around the rim, throw the chain on and you're good to go.

I'm pleasantly suprised with the camping mini espresso maker, though the first test was a little weak. Maybe a finer grind...

Comment from: graham [Member] Email ·
I've used those espresso makers, and they're awesome, but what is the point of having it hang? And what is the bowl for?
Permalink 08/03/05 @ 18:19
Comment from: collin [Member] Email ·
Well, the bowl spreads out the chain and acts as a wind screen for more efficency. And it hangs so you can use the stove on a rock face, in a tree, on a rocking boat, etc. etc.
Permalink 08/03/05 @ 20:57

How to widen ski boots.

posted by collin on 05.08.03 at 11:57, nonsense, random, ski, Leave a comment Permalink

I don't recomend this to any one who minds possibly destroying their boots. I needed to significantly strech both sides of both boots. If you need just a small adjustment to boot fit talk to a shop.

Purchase a wooden shoe strecher several sizes larger than your shoe size (I wear an 8 and got one for ~size 12 shoes). Then cut hand screw in half so it actually fits in the shell of your boots.

Put the strecher into one of the boots, use pliers to turn the now cut hand screw, while heating the parts you want to strech with a large hair dryer (mine is 1250 Watts). When done throw the shell in cold water to stiffen up the plastic again. I did this to my left boot to test the process and it did strech it. Now to see if it streched it enough...

Bleu Bistro (Supperclub?)

posted by graham on 05.08.03 at 00:22, seattle, Leave a comment Permalink

To be filed under "Restaurants that suck."

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