April 30, 2002

Cool. I gotta try this

Cool. I gotta try this tonight.Google SVG Search I

Posted by Pedraum at 07:12 AM |

They're not done yet...Developer News

They're not done yet...Developer News -- DeceptiveDuo Strike Again

Posted by Pedraum at 07:06 AM |

Space imagery...it's one of those

Space imagery...it's one of those things I wish I had more to dive into head first--the explanations on this page are really well done but I find that I don't have as much patience to sit and read an entire explanation as I used to. Nevermind, that's a topic for another day. I'm headed to 'leadership training' in a few minutes. This should be good fodder for teh blog.

Posted by Pedraum at 06:56 AM |

April 28, 2002

Man, I wish I could

Man, I wish I could afford to be a Lame-O. Ariane said it well tonight..."It's not like I want a house in Palo Alto for the wrong reason!"

Posted by Pedraum at 09:12 PM |

When I have to deal

When I have to deal with something I have very little control over I try to find the thing in it that makes me happy--something about it that's fun or kooky. These cats have made Spam fun...at least that's how I'd define a porn e-mail read over ambient background music.

April 27, 2002

Where you stand depends on

Where you stand depends on where you sit

You know - there is always the feeling that 'THEY' know what they are doing. Like 'they' have all the facts and will make the right decisions. This article questions that assumption: Policy Divide Thwarts Powell in Mideast Effort (washingtonpost.com)

Essentially - it examines the differing opinions at the top levels of our government on how to deal with the current mid-east crisis. These guys are of the same political party - on the same 'team' if you will - and still have widely varying views on how to deal with the situation. This shows both how difficult the situation is and how even slight variations in political ideology can change one's outlook. An insightful political anaylst of the past once stated: "Where you stand depends on where you sit" This compact and illuminating phrase essentially states that your position or job can affect how you will look upon a certain event or solution. If you are in the Airforce - you may favor an air-powered solution vs. a naval solution in a military situation - etc.

Rumsfeld prefers his military solutons over Powell's negotiations - or at least is very sympathetic to Sharon and his violence - Pentagon - State Department - sit - stand - blah blah blah....

Posted by Sean G. at 01:02 PM |

April 26, 2002

It is not comforting that

It is not comforting that these guys were able to hack the FAA's systems.

Posted by Pedraum at 03:33 PM |

Thanks to college roommate and

Thanks to college roommate and general bogger [no not blogger] Quinn Roberts for pointing me to this gem. Click on the bottom RealAudio link on the bottom of the page and fast forward to minute 39:00. ROTFL.

Posted by Pedraum at 11:46 AM |

I have an Aiport 802.11b

I have an Aiport 802.11b wireless network set up at home as of a few months ago. It's great to be able to sit by the pool and surf at DSL speeds. Nevermind why one would want to do this but it's still pretty cool that I can. One interesting thing I noted a few weeks ago was that another network popped up as being 'in-range'. Hmm, I wonder if it's the public library accross the street? Or another tenant in the building? I expect to hear a lot more about security breaches on unsuspecting wireless surfers as these technologies become more accepted by the masses.

Posted by Pedraum at 11:37 AM |

April 25, 2002

This guy is funny.

This guy is funny.

Posted by Pedraum at 09:37 AM |

Yeah, it's in bad taste

Yeah, it's in bad taste but it's funny. Good thing the Pope came over to talk to the Bishops. Their conclusion?

Pedophilia is bad.

I really need an emoticon here, something with a really, really sarcastic look.

Posted by Pedraum at 09:34 AM |

It's nice to read that

It's nice to read that balance in one's life is finally being valued as a noble trait. I have to asmit it's hard though. Having a kid at home helps place things in their proper perspective--but when one's team is at work after they are consistently, it takes a strong will to get up and leave. In any case, I'm glad spirituality is no longer a naughty word. [free registration req'd I think]

Posted by Pedraum at 09:15 AM |

Gene Simmons has nothing on

Gene Simmons has nothing on these slippery lil' critters. It's mesmerizing to watch 'em gulp up termites and what not...it's also a great way to waste an hour.

Posted by Pedraum at 09:12 AM |

April 24, 2002

"Anywhere you hang yourself is

"Anywhere you hang yourself is home..."
"Used to live at home now you stay at their house..."
"Well a person can work up a mean thirst after a long day of nothing much at all..."

Paul Westerburg and the Replacements were it for a few years back a while ago. I first saw them at the rec hall of UC Davis in 1990 and got my ticket stubbed signed by the whole band after waiting outside the backdoor for an hour and a half with Erik Jarvi (RIP)--it was a big deal back then. I still have that ticket. Tonight I saw Paul Westerburg with Sean--pretty deep stuff considering Sean introduced me to them originally. I recorded the show on my minidisc recorder. I'll put the sounds up soon (just a few songs in, Paul got pissed at a Sonny Bono comment, slapped the perp, and proceded to storm off the stage--ah, rock n' roll baby!). In the meantime, check out the pics...can you tell they were taken at the Virgin MegaPlex?

Posted by Pedraum at 11:07 PM |

April 22, 2002

It's scary to imagine Le

It's scary to imagine Le Pen winning the Presidential election in France. Read about this and other things a francophile might be interested in here.

Posted by Pedraum at 03:19 PM |

April 21, 2002

I just bought one, I

I just bought one, I couldn't resist.

Posted by Pedraum at 02:45 PM |

It's been a while since

It's been a while since I've spent any time on After Dinner. It used to feature some of the best writing on the internet. Cyrus could publish here.

Posted by Pedraum at 02:37 PM |

April 17, 2002

i think guns are great

i think guns are great for kids. finally, there's a place that agrees with me...

Posted by Cyrus Nitsitapi at 07:57 PM |

This site which takes a

This site which takes a humerous look at Japanese Engrish always kills me - go there for a lift in your day. Oh that reminds me - I just made a page for my friend Supa Star Jay! He's cool - even if he is going for France in the World Cup...Argentina Siempre!!!! Allez!!!

Posted by Sean G. at 05:10 PM |

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Posted by Pedraum at 10:52 AM |

April 16, 2002

Have you ever had a

Have you ever had a friend who is all grown up now and respected...but all you can remember is how he or she goofs around when you're together. Well, Bobby is kinda that guy.

Posted by Pedraum at 11:28 AM |

First off, I must say

First off, I must say it's simply cool that Cyrus and The Bogger are both here now. I haven't had this much fun since college. Speaking of college, The Replacements were formative for me...as this article states aptly, they're the only band that can "simultaneously break your heart and save your life, all the while making you laugh out loud with the sheer joy of listening to their music". A friend turned me on to NEUMU a while back and I've been hooked ever since. It's five-letter name is often the response I give to the inevitable, "Where do you hear about all these bands?".

Posted by Pedraum at 07:49 AM |

April 15, 2002

i'm elusive and reclusive and

i'm elusive and reclusive
and some might say seductive
but more conducive to be conductive
(pulled by my kaboose, my engine’s not destructive)

reflective electric sparks gouge the night with insight
flashed in a blink
where a thief has held the bank by its keys

you might say please,
but i don't whine before it is time

Posted by Cyrus Nitsitapi at 03:24 PM |

Cyrus Nitsitapi will you please

Cyrus Nitsitapi will you please come home - where are you Cyrus Nitsitapi

Posted by Sean G. at 01:51 PM |

I've always been the jester...the

I've always been the jester...the one to try to use humor as a difusing element...sometimes to a fault. I've wondered how this would translate into parenthood--could I be stern enough when the situation called for it. Managing teams at work has helped greatly to this end but this article lends credibility to the argument that humor can be an asset in tense situations.

Posted by Pedraum at 12:05 PM |

April 12, 2002

One of my old favorites

One of my old favorites - you dont hear him talk very often Paul Westerberg Speaks Out After Years of Seclusion

I discovered the Replacements in 11th grade - and have been a life long afficionado ever since - I've gotten to see the Mats at least 3-4 times - always an amazing show. There is something immediate and melencholy about Paul's lyrics that has given him a bit of a cult following - those who 'get it' are rabid fans.

Posted by Sean G. at 12:47 PM |

April 11, 2002

Big Country Singer Dies At

Big Country Singer Dies At 43 - yeah - it did not make big news here in the US - but I found it sorta sad - especially since he hung himself over marital problems - never underestimate the power of love - ugh... these guys had a couple of nice tunes in the 80's including 'in a big country' which had guitars that sounded like bagpipes - that was cool...

Speaking of 80's stars - I thought that this was kinda freakish...

Adam Ant Pulls Gun Out of Pocket

huh? what the hell is he doing?

Posted by Sean G. at 04:54 PM |

April 10, 2002

This one's for Ariane...and Luc.

This one's for Ariane...and Luc.

Posted by Pedraum at 07:42 AM |

Since I was a kid

Since I was a kid I remember Racoons coming into our backyard in Walnut Creek, California and fishing in our Japanese pond. It used to drive my family crazy...until we decided to fight back. I'd usually be the one to first hear them splish splashing in the water. I'd spring up from bed at 2a.m. and run into my parents' bedroom which had a sliding door out to the backyard. I'd wake my dad up, we'd open the sliding door, flip on the light, and start hurling some of the rocks we'd assembled beforehand at the base of the sliding door. I don't think we ever hit one even though we were 20 feet away but we sure gave them the scare of their lives....or so we thought. Wish we had this back then.

Posted by Pedraum at 07:38 AM |

April 09, 2002

My friend Hasan pointed me

My friend Hasan pointed me to this great story about using Netopia's Timbuktu software and some clever AppleScripting to recover a stolen machine. Justice, at least in this case, partially prevailed.

Posted by Pedraum at 05:27 PM |

I am loving the new

I am loving the new digital camera. It's a breeze to use and the best part is how easily it integrates with Apples' iPhoto. I'd love to have more control over templates and I know I could pop the hood and tinker more with it but in the end I love that I can plug the camera in, push one button and share the photos with friends and family.

Posted by Pedraum at 01:24 PM |

This is neat - I

This is neat - I look forward to blogging with my friends - bbl....

Posted by Sean G. at 12:06 PM |

So there have been a

So there have been a few 'secret' click combos I've doscovered through the years of using a Mac--my favorites include the Option-Click to close all open Finder windows. Well Dave Polaschek has taken the time to collect a pretty comprehensive list of these shortcuts for us. Thanks Dave.

Posted by Pedraum at 10:39 AM |

April 05, 2002

I've heard of parents that

I've heard of parents that push their kids into going into acting. One think of names like Macaulay Culkin . But this takes things to a whole new level. The idea of a device being implanted in my skin kind of creeps me out--then again, so do needles.

Posted by Pedraum at 10:29 AM |

April 04, 2002

OK, so rudeness is up

OK, so rudeness is up in America. We should learn from the rest of the world, right? They're so much better behaved.

Posted by Pedraum at 02:56 PM |

I just don't get it.

I just don't get it. Of all the CD's to presumably 'protect' in this manner, Epic/ Sony chooses Celine Dion?! I mean really, are there that many music pirates that are combing teh boards asking each other if "hey man, do you have the new Dion album yo? It's dope, I gotta get my hands on it. Don't worry money, I'll rip and burn it for you." Dion's new CD crashing party for some users

Posted by Pedraum at 02:52 PM |

April 01, 2002

Fodder for Dads...like me.

Fodder for Dads...like me.

Posted by Pedraum at 09:11 AM |