Sunday, September 30, 2007


I haven't tried it yet, but I do use regular notepad each and every day. maybe notepad2 (with source code) is better?

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Are You Ready for THIS!!??

costco can prepare you for anything. death, taxes, and emergency food rations in a bucket (complete with 45 servings of whey milk).

robot leg

wearable bleach

diluted bleach in a spray bottle
several stencils
permamenent fabric marker for detail

bleach your shirt.

liquid rescale

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Time to Encrypt

when i consulted my local, excellent tech support i found out that IT in fact had access to my drive through a share (my tech support explained why and how it stunk). legit in the sense of if they want to update something related to my being able to log in or something, but i was disturbed that they had access to my other files. grr. so my tech support suggested TrueCrypt.

i dl it and followed the very helpful directions for first time users. thus far it they couldn't be better directions. in the instructions it also has this awesome sentence.

Move your mouse as randomly as possible within the Volume Creation Wizard window at least for 30 seconds. The longer you move the mouse, the better. This is important for the quality of the encryption key.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

are we there yet?

"A 15-year-old boy from the Urals suffered acute frostbite after riding the wing of a Boeing-737 plane on a two-hour flight from Perm to Moscow, Russian radio station Mayak reported on Monday."


Tuesday, September 25, 2007

FBI Carder

"The shower ran so long one month that the FBI got a bill for 18,000 gallons of water. Thomas says federal investigators appeared at his door to see if he was growing marijuana or making homebrew. "They opened a federal investigation to find out where the water went," Thomas says laughing. "And the water went down the drain. Because it was my only way to relax." story

Sunday, September 23, 2007

keith in CA

I've been telling everyone I feel a little dirty, and no one really understands why. you see, all my life i've criticized the California drivers and i really don't want to join the club... the club of people that has CA on the license plate. not that I think i'm a bad driver, or that I may become a bad driver (i probably will), I just feel a little piece of my soul is given in homage to the san-andreas fault for living here.

Vector TD hits

I was looking through the log files to see who's been coming to nerdy and what they've wanted to see! we have a visitor from the UK that came to see 'vectorTD hack' and a visitor from UC Davis that came to see 'vector td frog'. wow. that thing is very popular. we also got someone coming to take a look at the iridium picture (which is a picture of the satellite, not the element). thanks for putting that cool sitemeter online kev!

-17aug08 link added above because of the huge number of people that come for the hack, and just get this post with nothing!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

dumpster float

an attempt to get scrounging and $30 to go 50 miles.

from last picture:
After nearly 9 hours of paddling, we only covered about 15 miles. We ended up in Chesterfield, far short of our goal. Even so, it was a wonderfully enjoyable day, and we learned many lessons that will help us out in future years. Here's a sample:

1. Vinyl awnings alone will not keep you afloat if you strike too many rocks.
2. Low rivers don't flow very quickly. If you want to cover a lot of distance, go when the river is higher.
3. Lifejackets make excellent seat cushions.
4. $30 is more than enough to build a serviceable junkboat. It won't glide along like the fancy storebought canoes, but it will be great for a leisurely day of paddling. And fishermen and other canoeists will definitely take notice.
5. You can find some crazy stuff in the dumpster by the railroad tracks.
6. Duct tape isn't as waterproof as you might expect.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

alpha/beta gel

ultimate egg drop using beta gel.

Physics, shmysics.

How this 12inch miracle tube could halve heating bills | the Mail on Sunday: "It sounds too good to be true - not to mention the fact that it violates almost every known law of physics. But British scientists claim they have invented a revolutionary device that seems to 'create' energy from virtually nothing."

Friday, September 14, 2007

Find Fosset Plane

Wired has a quick blurb on using high res imagery to look for the fosset plane (that supposedly carshed out my back door) with tools over the internet. has some mechanical-turk project that walks you through how to load the latest KML plugin for google earth to get the most recent images (i didn't know you could do that!) and help search for the plane.

Tiny Watcher

I was reading and it was talking about MS replacing about 10 files in windows XP and Vista even when you say NO to an update. kind of hackerish if you ask me. at any rate, they referenced Tiny Watcher, a program to watch changes to the registry. I'm not sure i have a need for it right now (machine is in bad shape) but on a new install, or when building a core load it might be nice to see exactly waht programs are doing what to the sacred registry.
The way Tiny Watcher works is pretty simple: basically, it starts by taking a snapshot of important parts of your Windows system; then it tracks changes(every time you log in, or whenever you want to). When a change is detected, you are notified.
For example, you will be notified if a program puts itself in the startup lists of your machine, or if files are modified/created in your Windows directory, etc.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

team fortress 2

i've never played team fortress, but the videos for the game at
show this may be one I should consider.


how has not made it here yet, i'm not sure.

helps me realize i'm not the first to think some people are stuck in their ways or my efforts are wasted.


is great, and I enjoy seeing people repurpose stuff; like this trycicle/lawnmower

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

coder or killer

i guess and got 9/10 correct -kev

I didn't fair so well -k2h

kevs sitemeter

this is from kevs new sitemeter thinggy-mo-bop for nerdy. WOW. so COOL!

world map
north america map
location (it thinks i'm in fernley, 30 miles east)

Make a Baby Day!

Not really worth it (the having a kid part).

Monday, September 10, 2007

night flight

, over 50 hours of flight on solar power.

ALT sitecounter

so who posted the ALT site counter? anyone want to get that online for us?

Friday, September 07, 2007


Funny Pictures

and then i thought - that is so not my experience.


is more like it.

XBMC + Subscriptoin


it even uses what sounds like bittorrent behind the scenes to move files.
aside from the marketing, i hardly consider this 'innovative'

Good Bye Nevada

We haven't sold the house yet, but it is now priced to sell as I have accepted a position near jennifer. I gave my 2 week notice today, and start at the new company on sept 24. I got out of classes just barely. one day later and I would have been out $1500. I expect to continue my MBA down there, but i may need a semester off to get going at the new place. the $5k over the salary i'm making now won't pay for the difference in overhead and cost of living in CA vrs NV, but i'm glad to have it!

Shirts that Make the Man

okay not quite, but i did mention something very similar to this story to keith. he didn't appreciate my comments.

NSA Lifer

July 11, 1968
Your voice is always with me. Today I went to the bank and told the teller that your birthday was coming up and I wanted to get you a television. The teller really seemed happy about it, and he winked at me when he handed over the money. I know this is just my fantasy but I need something. I’ll put the money back in the bank tomorrow. I can’t get you a TV now. Contact would be treason, I think.