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By Brent on 28 February 2004
Sorry for the lack of updates recently; work’s been amazingly busy lately. Life news: I’ve made an appointment for laser surgery on my eyes this Friday.
By Brent on 27 February 2004
Am I the only one who thinks that this
By Brent on 25 February 2004
I suspect/think the average bizguy has a lot more in common with the average hacker than we might think. Both enjoy figuring out and playing with rules systems. The problem is the direction we take it in. Hackers like to figure out rules systems and play with them, andmanipulate them to achieve elegant solutions. For hackers, the groove is in elegance. It becomes part of our nature (sometimes to a fault), like […]
By Brent on 24 February 2004
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how great art is made. When I was young, I thought great art was made by Artists (not artists; Artists). Artists spent their days wandering around in verdant woodlands or flower-filled meadows, possibly while pressing their nose into a leatherbound volume of Sartre. They might possibly talk to passing animals. Then, suddenly, Inspiration would strike, and they would […]
By Brent on 23 February 2004
Warning: Today’s entry is a boring retread of my weekend. Shadrone writes that he doesn’t eat as well as he’d like, since he’s so busy. I was reading recently of an overweight programmer determined to lose weight, and his solution was to cook up a lot of stir-fry every Sunday, then dump it all into individual containers and take two to work every day. Makes a lot of sense. I’m think of doing […]
By Brent on 19 February 2004
Okay, everyone, gather around! It’s story time. The simulator where I work has to recognize NavAids, which (from what I understand) are basically transmitters tucked into the ground at various points around the globe. When flying, the plane monitors the distance to each of these NavAids, and because it knows the actual location of those NavAids, it can triangulate with them to find out where the plane actually is. Except that […]
By Brent on 18 February 2004
So. AWANA. Describing AWANA is kind of like describing the stock market. What approach do you take? Brokers? The trading floor? Shareholders? Conceptually, AWANA is a church-oriented club where boys and girls can come, play games, and learn about the Bible. Organizationally, AWANA is a weekly hour-and-a-half club meeting that’s divided into three main periods: Game Time, Handbook Time, and Council Time. The kids play […]
By Brent on 17 February 2004
Oooh! Now you too can own actual video footage of an alien encounter! Really! It’s on eBay, so it must be true! And the video only costs $1.3M. For the first bid, y’know. Here’s the auction. Including a puff of smoke that’s actually a “preSumer Naggas.” There’s a role-playing scenario in here somewhere, I just know it…. Okay. I’m feeling better today, thanks to the support of my Monday Group last night. Katsucon […]
By Brent on 16 February 2004
Tog has a great new article titled “Top 10 Reasons To Not Shop Online,” which highlights all the ways that internet buying can be inferior to brick-and-mortar retailing. That’s it from me today, alas. I had a relatively good time at Katsucon, though I’m still dealing with a pretty strong case of loneliness blues. I just can’t bring myself to write today.
By Brent on 13 February 2004
Steven points out that he prefers iTunes to Magnatune. I understand why; iTunes is a great solution, too. I just can’t get used to buying music through an application. I prefer buying music off of a website. It seems less restrictive, somehow. I’m…well, yesterday I was having a really bad time. A number of bad things have converged to suck the happines out of my life. I wasn’t horribly depressed; just low. But […]