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N.S.I.N.M.T.U. [Apr. 7th, 2004|10:54 pm]
Phrembah (a potato-like mystery)
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Current Events:
Or: No Shit, I'm Not Making This Up

I am, however, apparently psychic.

Today, in one of the little online newsletters they have at work to keep us emplociates abreast of all the hottest corporate happenings, they mentioned that they are working on a "slight" (their word) rewording of the badge stickers to be unveiled in May. If they DARE change "continual" back to "continuous", I'M GONNA HAVE A PARTY!!! They will have defined themselves forevermore. Can I even wait until May? I don't know.

. . .

This just in: Scientists Weigh Single Bacterium

What they don't tell you is that a subsequent study showed that 65-70% of all American E-Coli cells were found to be 70 to 80 femtograms overweight. 18% were more than 150 femtograms overweight which is considered technically obese. Researchers are recommending a combination of low-carb diet and a program of regular exercise.


Compelling Chronicle Chronicle:

It just occurred to me that, for the purposes of a Compelling Chronicle, these embedded links might be crap. In twenty years will they link to anything? Probably not. You could, I am told, copy the entire page to a website of your own design and enshrine them there for eternity (or until the sun burns out). Would you be considered a content larcenist? Would you answer the door one Saturday morning, hoping to have an invigorating conversation with a couple of Jehovah's Witnesses, only to find a squad of Copyright Avengers on your porch, guns drawn, warrant in hand? Better think about it some more.

My ISP claims that I am welcome to use 5 or 10MB of their server space for a website of my very own. Being nearly completely net illiterate myself and having vowed eternal estrangement from the only net-chick, html-honey person I ever knew, I'm not sure how I would do that. I think they will teach me in school, though. It's hard to imagine a modern CS graduate who couldn't set up a website in their sleep. So I guess that I, and the world at large, have that to look forward to. Might end up with a few people praying for the sun to burn out in the next two or three years, but hey, that's just one of many challenges facing the Great American Demographic.

. . .

I am currently downloading the "production video" of the DARPA Great Challenge (Grand Challenge? - whatever) from http://www.grandchallenge.org/ovideo.html. It's a 1.4GB download, so it takes a while even at warp speed. It will be interesting to see what sort of spin they put on it, all 25 entries having been declared brain dead seven miles into a 144 mile "race".

Whoa! Download Accelerator is twitching and frothing and having a stroke. Ah, there... It's poopchute will never be a size four ever again, but apparently I have a video to go watch...
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[User Picture]From: neo_prodigy
2004-04-07 10:25 pm (UTC)

re: badge change

my money says the number "666" is going to be etched across each badge. i'm just saying.
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[User Picture]From: phrembah
2004-04-08 12:41 am (UTC)

Re: badge change

A lot of people say that. My bet is that if they want to put 666 on badges or tattoo it on people's foreheads or whatever, they are going to have to encode it pretty cleverly. There is so much cultural bias against 666 that many people would rebel instantly. I myself, for instance, would not want a license plate that had 666 on it, though I notice them quite frequently. I would probably take it back and get a different number. Report it stolen if I had to. And I think of myself as an enlightened unsupersticious person (no delusion going on there, folks). It would just bug me.

I sometimes wonder if 666 wasn't put forth as a decoy. Everyone will be on the lookout for 666 leaving the evil doer dudes free to use whatever other mark they want. Asuming, of course, that there are or will be evil doer dudes who need to mark their minions.

Mostly I don't think so, but our current government gets me wondering sometimes.
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From: moriarty6
2004-04-08 06:40 am (UTC)
these embedded links might be crap. In twenty years will they link to anything? Probably not. You could, I am told, copy the entire page to a website of your own design and enshrine them there for eternity (or until the sun burns out). Would you be considered a content larcenist?

Well, if it's any consolation, much of the content can/will be preserved at either the Internet Wayback Machine (yup, really exists) or in Google's cached pages.

Otherwise there's no way to control it. Think of a library whose microfiches spontaneously combust every two years.
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