Archives for: February 2007

Musical Plagiarism

02/28/07 | by Adam | Categories: Copyright
One of the more interesting stories to come out of the world of classical music recently is that of the recordings of the late British pianist, Joyce Hatto. She retired from the public eye for a few years to fight and recover from cancer. At some point… more »

Oh, darnit!

02/26/07 | by Adam | Categories: Macintosh
My preferred Macintosh multi-system IM client, Fire, has just been discontinued. On the upside a number of the developers for it have moved over to Adium which is pretty similar and quite good too. (Via Daring Fireball) more »

More wonderful patent insanity

02/26/07 | by Adam | Categories: Copyright
I'm going to preface this thing with the "IANAL" disclaimer. I wouldn't normally defend Microsoft but this latest suit against them by Alcatel-Lucent just seems wrong. The summary of the Wired story is that Microsoft violated AL's patent around MP3… more »

People are still falling for the 419 scam

02/26/07 | by Adam | Categories: Silly
This simply amazes me. How can anyone been so utterly daft as to fall for the old Nigerian money laundering scam? I could kinda see it when the internet was new and people were unfamiliar with the old mail version of it, but this is getting ridiculous.… more »

I'm going to need the version pretending to be the VMS Reference library

02/26/07 | by Adam | Categories: Silly
Link is to some bookshelf speakers pretending to be books. Alas, waaaay too small for my needs. Wonder if they sound "wooden"? Ah, I kill meself. (Via Gizmodo) more »

It looks cool, but what's it like to use?

02/26/07 | by Adam | Categories: Technology
Nifty looking "steampunk" keyboard (Via Gizmodo) more »

Another reason I'm not moving to Vista

02/22/07 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Macintosh
I don't get Microsoft. Most companies would be looking for a way to persuade more people to use their product. Not Microsoft though who are busily giving people reasons not to use their latest and greatest. I guess the only real explanation is that… more »

More McCain Tiremarks

02/19/07 | by Nimble | Categories: Thoughts, Common Sense, People, Politics
What the hell happened to McCain? He has pulled such a hard 180° that the undercarriage has scattered bits for miles. Now's he on the attack against Roe versus Wade?! SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Republican presidential candidate John McCain, looking to… more »

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

02/19/07 | by Nimble | Categories: Distractions, Thoughts, Ethics
Of all the strange places to find support of the future Canadian Museum for Human Rights, I must say I wasn't expecting to see that at one of our favourite odd haunts, Princess Auto, a nifty and very miscellaneous tools and surplus (all kinds of… more »

Ghost Rider

02/19/07 | by Nimble | Categories: Reviews, Movies
There's always a risk to going to a movie before good, accessible reviews come out. Not Rotten Tomatoes reviews, though; there are few people I would disagree with more than your average newspaper movie reviewer. It was a nice long weekend, though, and… more »

Pan's Labyrinth

02/15/07 | by Nimble | Categories: Reviews, Movies
An intriguing movie that's pretty hard to categorize. The movie winds its way through the Franco-led fascist period in Spain's history, following a mother late in her pregnancy and her daughter off to see the captain that the mother is now wed to in the… more »

Spam Suicide

02/07/07 | by Nimble | Categories: Thoughts, Internet, Spamming
While looking into new users who had joined my forum, I would find plenty that had joined up with many blogs over the past little while. Others were nowhere else to be found on the web, but when I went looking for the domain name in question, I got a… more »

Haggard Now "Completely Heterosexual"

02/07/07 | by Nimble | Categories: Thoughts, People, Religion
Oh, this is rich... Haggard's been cured...? "He is completely heterosexual," Ralph said. "That is something he discovered. It was the acting-out situations where things took place. It wasn't a constant thing." Fortunately, they do also address the… more »

Incident On Calgary LRT This Morning

02/06/07 | by Nimble | Categories: Announcements [A], Thoughts, People
At around 9:55 (just before 10:00 am) on February 5, 2007 (this morning), an incident took place on the Westbound City Centre LRT in Calgary on the left hand side of the front part of the last car in the train, from just before the 1st Street station… more »

Yet Another Phishing Scam

02/05/07 | by Nimble | Categories: Thoughts, Internet, Spamming
More bullshit designed to bilk people out of their money: Dear Western Union Customer, We regret to inform you that your account will be suspended due to concerns we have for the safety and integrity of the Western Union community. Per the User… more »

Subtle change to Firefox 2

02/05/07 | by Adam | Categories: Technology
I've only just upgraded to Firefox 2 so hadn't noticed this before: there's now a built in spell-checker in the edit gadget. It uses the red underline method of indicating there's a word it's not sure about. Most excellent! more »

Synergy2 Desktop

02/05/07 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Reviews
Truly the internet is a wonderful place; if you have a need, there's probably someone out there with just the thing to resolve it. Sometimes it's even free. Such is the case with Synergy2. more »

Floppy disk, we salute you

02/03/07 | by Adam | Categories: Technology
...even though you were unreliable, slow, and, at least initially, flipping expensive. Also on a retro-computing note, here's a 56k modem emulation. (Via Wired's GadgetLab) more »

"Silly English Knnnnniiiiiggits!"

02/03/07 | by Adam | Categories: Silly, YouTube
"Monty Python and the Holy Grail" meets Christopher Ecclestone era "Dr Who" and it works. Who knew? (Via BoingBoing) more »


02/03/07 | by Nimble | Categories: Distractions, Thoughts, Common Sense, Science
They just finished the fifth Amazing Meeting put together by the James Randi Educational Foundation last month, and it sounded like a real blockbuster, with Adam and Tory from MythBusters, Matt and Trey from South Park and Julia Sweeney on the celebrity… more »