Archives for: December 2006

A Merry Christmas to you all

12/16/06 | by Adam | Categories: Potpourri
I'm off to torment some relatives for the next week or so; as there's very little where I'm going that resembles an internet connection, I'm not going to be able to post on the blog. But, never fear, I will be bringing my MacBook so during the periods… more »

The best media corrections of 2006

12/14/06 | by Adam | Categories: Silly
As you may imagine, since pretty much everything is available on the internet somewhere, there is a site the specializes in tracking media retractions and corrections. Most of the time, these are pretty dull, but sometimes the retraction itself is… more »

Teddy Ruxborg

12/14/06 | by Adam | Categories: Silly, YouTube
Cuteness is irrelevant; you will be assimilated. Warning: do *not* play the first part of this in front of a small child. (Via Gizmodo) more »

Music video by a man who can't play the instruments

12/13/06 | by Adam | Categories: Music, YouTube
The link is to a music video of a person playing quite a nice bit of music on the drums and piano. The nifty part is that although he can't play either, through the magic if clever video editing it sure looks as if he can. The wild part of it is that… more »

Aircraft on treadmills

12/13/06 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Silly
BoingBoing has a hysterical discussion on the old conundrum of whether an aircraft on a treadmill could take flight. Being neither a physicist, engineer nor a mathematician some of the erudite discussion escapes me, but as far as I can tell there are… more »

VCR Case mod

12/13/06 | by Adam | Categories: Technology
This is a case mod that I'd actually like. It's nice work! more »

Paris-Dakar Goodness

12/12/06 | by Adam | Categories: YouTube
I'm not much of a vehicle racing fan -- what's with those endless circuits, NASCAR? -- but I make an exception for the Paris-Dakar rally. It's truly impressive and looks to be one step shy of lethal. Link goes to YouTube highlights from the 2003 one.… more »

More referrer searches

12/11/06 | by Adam | Categories: Silly
It's been a few weeks since the last round up so I figured it was time for another bunch: more »

Glaring Furball

12/11/06 | by Adam | Categories: Macintosh
Over at Daring Fireball, John Gruber lays into a recent Macintosh switcher saying: What I take away from stories like this is not “Hey, it’s great to see another PC user switch to the Mac.” What I take away is that he ought to feel like a jerk for… more »


12/11/06 | by Adam | Categories: Potpourri
An interesting post from Declan over at "Crawl Across The Ocean" about one of the better new shows on TV, "Heroes". What he posits is that the show would be even better if they switched the genders of the lead characters. Reading through his post, I… more »


12/10/06 | by Adam | Categories: YouTube
Go watch the movie then come back here. more »

Oh, ick. Serious ick.

12/10/06 | by Adam | Categories: Silly
I'm probably going to have to create a new category for this type of link. I don't think "silly" really captures the essence of this "yuck". For those who don't want to follow the link, the synopsis is an art project to display one cubic metre of semen.… more »

All hail the Swiss Army Penknife

12/07/06 | by Adam | Categories: Technology
With the exception of when I'm flying -- they seem to have this thing about sharp pointy objects -- I just about always have a penknife nearby. The Grauniad has a pretty good article on the history of the Swiss Army penknife (original and genuine… more »

Creative's software still sucks

12/06/06 | by Adam | Categories: Technology
This is a bit of longer term usage following up on the Creative SoundBlaster wireless that I originally reviewed a few months ago. Recently, I decommissioned a Celeron XP box. When I did that I lost the software server for the Creative Soundblaster… more »

Office Space, The Slasher Cut

12/05/06 | by Adam | Categories: Silly, YouTube
With the low distribution costs inherent with the YouTube video-on-demand service, people have been remixing movies into trailers for a different genre. The original one was converting "The Shining" into a romantic comedy which was promptly followed up… more »

Top Gear's Mercedes S-Class English Cottage

12/05/06 | by Adam | Categories: Silly, YouTube
No car deserves this, particularly not the otherwise gorgeous Mercedes S-Class. Watch it before YouTube takes the clip down. Part 1 Part 2 more »

Batman drives a British Leyland Metro

12/05/06 | by Adam | Categories: Silly, YouTube
...or at least he did in the early 80's. more »

Barenaked Ladies, "Are Me"

12/05/06 | by Adam | Categories: Music, Reviews
The newest Barenaked Ladies album had a tough job ahead of it. "Gordon" at the beginning of their career set the stakes pretty high. The next two albums ("Maybe You Should Drive", "Born On A Pirate Ship") were -- unfortunately -- forgettable. "Stunt" in… more »

Consistent look-and-feel for the user interface

12/04/06 | by Adam | Categories: Macintosh
I'm well aware that having a consistent user interface makes for a more attractive system (so long as you actually like that interface.) The site linked to above is this the first time I've ever heard of someone refusing to use good software because it… more »

Anything good on TV tonight(ish)?

12/04/06 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Reviews
Yes. Battlestar Galactica, Heroes, Torchwood, Jericho, Robot Chicken (Ritchie's Review) Yeah, I'm a sucker for SF. I'm a bit disappointed that with the exception of BSG, not one of those is Canadian. more »

What's good for the goose is good for the gander

12/04/06 | by Adam | Categories: Copyright
Not really a lot to add to Engadget's comment on copyright infringement by the family of music studio Edgar Bronfman. more »

Review: Philips PET824 Portable DVD Player

12/03/06 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Reviews
Summary: Portable DVD player with an 8.5" LCD screen I picked this one up to be my seven year-old niece's Christmas present this year. As we're still in the pre-Christmas period, I'm hoping that she won't find this blog and read that. Anyway, the… more »

Mythos, "Eternity"

12/02/06 | by Adam | Categories: Music, Reviews
"Eternity" from 2002 is a mostly instrumental album from Vancouver's Mythos. Slotted into the vaguaries of the New Age section, it's like a rather more relaxed and less electronic version of Delerium. These are not dance tunes but do borrow a lot of the… more »

The sadly short lifetime of game music

12/01/06 | by Adam | Categories: Music, Copyright, Games
Ian Welsh over at The Agonist has a good run down on the DRM in Microsoft Vista and what it means. It's a good article, but Vista's not what I'm interested in for this discussion. There's a brief reference to imbedded DRM on purchased downloaded music.… more »

Odd Web Page Defacement

12/01/06 | by Adam | Categories: Technology
One of my usual stops is RandsInRepose which is a site dealing with project management issues in the IT domain. It's very much a non-political site and rarely has anything to say outside of that particular focus. It's due to that that I was very… more »

Guide to writing a Ph.D. dissertation

12/01/06 | by Adam | Categories: Technology
I cannot claim to be able to validate this particular article given that I have not, in fact, completed a Ph.D. I do, however have a good friend who has and based on comments over the years, feel the representation is quite accurate. Particularly this… more »
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