Archive for June, 2005

bus tracking utilities

Sunday, June 26th, 2005

Not just when the schedule says it should arrive, but when it does.

Although nextbus.com does cover an admirable spread of public transport, even our own Portland Streetcar, it ain’t got nothing on the busmonster.com site. Which, of course, only covers Seattle, dammit.

yet another ukelele post

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005

ukelelia, the ukelele lover’s website, is enough for the average person’s needs. Our Owen, however, is no average man. Behold, Owen, this is for you: midnight UKELELE disco.

good clean dirty fun

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005

The wholesome, biblically correct view on anal sex, oral sex, threesomes, and of course, Viagra.

Somehow, I don’t think the Pope would approve. Maybe it’s a Protestant thing?

l33t as a programming language

Friday, June 17th, 2005

No, really, I’m not kidding:

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sensibly enough, it’s related to the venerable brainf***:

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Apart from the obvious amazement at how much time some people have on their hands, I am afraid. Very afraid.

the rapture, part II: the apple years

Tuesday, June 14th, 2005

Then, just last Monday, Apple announced that they were switching to Intel. I just feel dirty. Later that week, noted software curmudgeon Jamie Zawinski switched anyway. I feel a disturbance in the force. As though ten thousand Mac users screamed out in terror and were suddenly silenced.

Anyway, for less emotional analysis of this whole thing, check out the ongoing coverage over at daringfireball.net (man, everybody needs to make the obligatory Star Wars reference about this). Robert X. Cringely’s got an interesting take on the whole thing over at his bully pulpit; his analysis is more purely than most about the politics of the switch.

the rapture

Tuesday, June 14th, 2005

Sorry if I’ve been remiss in my posting, gentle readers. It’s been a traumatic couple of months.

First Adobe says they’re buying Macromedia; good for them, and maybe it means that Freehand, GoLive, and PageMaker will finally die merciful deaths, but I can’t help but be paranoid. Especially now that Quark seems to be circling the drain, do you feel safe if Adobe has damn near 100% market share? Oy.

Then good ol’ Microsoft announces a new replacement for PostScript. Written in XML. As you may recall, I and others were none too thrilled about that.

Now, as astute reader Don points out, “By the way Adobe could always use Scaleable Vector Graphics which is xml as a next generation postscript.” Yes and no. Now, apart from my nervousness about Adobe as a monopoly, I have *serious* doubts about SVG. It’s not widely used by anybody but Adobe, it’s buzzword-compliant with XML and (most importantly) it’s a text-based format. Again. Just like PostScript Level 1, which I’m sure everybody just loved. Unless I’ve misunderstood the specs for SVG, which is entirely likely (I’m no programmer), they’ve gone back on all the innovations of PostScript Level 2 & 3. You know, the generations of postscript which could actually use binary data like pictures, without having to spell it all out in text-based code that a LaserWriter 1 could understand? I have my doubts about that being a good idea.

creepiest survey ever

Friday, June 10th, 2005

Just watch the eyes. The eyes follow you…