Random observations, teachings and musings of a well trained cubicle superhero.

Monday, February 28, 2005

Lego my rhombicosidodecahedron

pretty straightforward to assemble without any instructions — just cut them out carefully, fold along the black lines, and tape. In some cases you'll need to print multiple copies of a template. The parenthesized numbers before each name tells you what each vertex should look like: in a (3,4,3,4) cuboctahedron, for instance, each vertex should be surrounded by a triangle, a square, another triangle, and other square, in order as you go around the vertex.
Jaysay:It's best to go into a challenge like with no expectation of success, because you suck ass.

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Super T.P.S. report

You knew someone was going to do this eventually.
Teh Phunnee

Saturday, February 26, 2005

Let your fingers do the crabbing (scratch)

Thursday, February 24, 2005

RedTacton, bloggy deja vu...

If seems like it wasnt too long ago that I was blogging about Microsoft's patent for using the human body as a medium for transmitting power. It seems some clever humons have discovered a method of using the human (poodle?) body as a medium to transmit data between devices.
"RedTacton is a new Human Area Networking technology that uses the surface of the human body as a safe, high speed network transmission path"
Jaysay: this is crazy, I really hope it's not just hype.

Also, I now have no bruise on my head. I buried the corner of a filing cabinet into my poor brains Monday, today...totally healed. That proves it, I am superhuman.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Tiger befriends boy...launch spacecraft/time travel

Every Calvin and Hobbes cartoon
Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes has been a worldwide favorite since its introduction in 1985. The strip follows the richly imaginative adventures of Calvin and his trusty tiger, Hobbes. Whether a poignant look at serious family issues or a round of time-travel (with the aid of a well-labeled cardboard box), Calvin and Hobbes will astound and delight you.
Buy the book
via waxy.org

Friday, February 18, 2005

Arthur Dent Works at the BBC

(new official release trailer-same trailer as dodgy quicktime below)
They've released the first proper trailer for The Hitch Hikers' Guide to the Galaxy. On first glance, it looks suitably insane, zany and downright weird with fantastic special effects. It's going to be a good month for British sci-fi fans, what with this and Doctor Who later this month.
Anyway, watch the trailer (legally via Amazon or a dodgy Quicktime version), and in the shot with the alarm clock, you'll see a BBC pass lying on the table. Nice touch!
and Yes, I am extraordinarily sad for spotting that.
via the badly dubbed boy

Gmail sends out the party invites

This invitation appeared in my YAHOO inbox today.
"Gmail Update and Invitation"
Hi there,Thanks for signing up to be updated on the latest Gmail happenings. We hope it's been worth the wait, because we're excited to finally offer you an invitation to open a free Gmail account!

Since last April, we've been working hard to create the best email service possible. It already comes with 1,000 megabytes of free storage, powerful Google search technology to find any message you want instantly, and a new way of organizing email that saves you time and helps you make sense of all the information in your inbox. And here are just some of the things that we've added in the last few months:
- Free POP access: Take your messages with you. Download them, read them offline, access them using Outlook, your Blackberry or any other device that supports POP
- Gmail Notifier: Get new mail notifications and see the messages and their senders without having to open a browser
- Better contacts management: Import your contacts from Yahoo! Mail, Hotmail, Outlook, and others to Gmail in just a few clicks. Add phone numbers, notes and more. Even use search to keep better track of it all.We also wanted to thank you. For showing us your support and for being so patient. And to those who have already signed up for Gmail, thank you for giving it a try and for helping us make it better. Our users are what have made this product great. So whether you're just signing up for your account or you've been with us since the beginning, keep letting us know how we can build you the best email service around. That's it for now. We hope you like Gmail and will share it with your friends.
We've got lots of cool new stuff planned and we can't wait for you to see our work in your Gmail accounts!
Stay tuned...Thanks,The Gmail Team

Thursday, February 17, 2005

We don't like it when the city people act crooked...

Evil Nine-"Crooked" Flashafied.

Oh and BTW...

Bassbin Twins *LIVE* / Evil Nine *LIVE* / Atomic Hooligan / Jay Cunning / D-Monic / Red Turtle 1 night...1 club...Easter Weekend..more info to come...

And...FRIDAY MARCH 4th, 2005
www.fingerlickin.co.uk, UK

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Party Aftermath::Music Plasma

This would be your "music" thread...
Seems there was a bit of a mix up by my office as it were. Of the parties that were hypes last weekend, seems Hec and the Warriors were the only good times. The tribe crew is pretty harsh when it comes to reviews, the jaded raver voice always seems to seethe to the surface in 10 pt bitch. So in a quick recap, here's what (the hell) happened this weekend.
DJ Jazzy Jeff:NO SHOW I was checking his website and a week before it was mentioning (to be confirmed) I thought things had solidified when I saw fliers still being handed out less than a week before the show.
DJ DIZ : The always animated and bumpy DIZ apparently flipped to diva vocals in the middle of his set, killing the flow?
John E: NO SHOW-Stanton Warriors played the tragic Underbar, that had sprung a waterleak a week before and smelled like old people. I don't think they were expecting many people to show up. There was no coat check until they hastily threw in some poor ticket taker. This ended in tragedy when the rack fell and the numbering system went pear shaped. Sound levels reached landing strip levels near the start of the set and rose to shuttle engine by the end. I think they came quite close to the brown noise. Everyone should buy Etymotic Research earplugs. Now.
-I went to this and despite the above, Kick, Robb G (who later filled in as coat check dude) and the Stanton Warriors were all top notch. Read the gushing reviews here. I gave the night 4 and a half robots out of 5. Robb G actualy showed me the text message that John E had sent, he said he was having "car trouble." Not sure if he's back from the Van yet or what but I really would like to see this guy play one last time.
Hector Romero: Boa seems to know how to attract the right people and reviews for this night were generally positive. We got the nod to check this out but we wouldnt have been able to hear anything anyway.
Micky Finn:NO SHOW- Sound problems but 2 Live Crew was apparently decent. I hope the Nightmare crew can recover. From the sound of the Unabomber post...not likely.
Morgan Geist: Reviews range from "wack highschool dance" to "some of his tracks were good.. and some weren't!" blef...

Web site Liveplasma, the music and movies “discovery engine,” creates a map of film and music recommendations based on a movie or band name.
Search by band, movie title, director, actor and country. Liveplasma’s recommendations seem solid, and handy links to Amazon are provided for band discography and film purchases. Slow computers alert: it’s a giant Flash movie.
via LifeHacker

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

David Elsewhere in new VW commercial

When I first watched the cool new VW Golf GTI commercial featuring an updated Gene Kelly poppin' and lockin', I guess I wasn't paying that much attention to it.
Then the other day a friend IMed me and asked, "hey have you seen this Golf GTI commercial with that guy from the crazy Kollaboration video?"
"It's the same guy? I know that guy!" I watched the video again and sure enough, Gene Kelly was dancing with the unmistakable style of Elsewhere, aka David Bernal. After a quick search, I found a message board post from Elsewhere himself that it was indeed him in the commerical:
yup that was me along with Crumbs and another popper named Jay Walker.
I emailed David to ask him about the experience and he graciously took the time to answer a few questions.
Via jkottke @ kottke.org

Monday, February 14, 2005

Happy Valentines!

From http://nataliedee.com who also draws a mean cashew.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Stanaphone Offers free international calls tomorrow

Stanaphone has been my pick for VoIP tinkering for a few months now. Fairly low per minute rate, incoming calls and voicemail free and unmetered. Account setup was easy, applying a credit was simple, and the services SOUND GOOD. Support is non-existant and they've since removed PayPal deposits but again, the service works, and sounds good. For the most part you wont need help, as the software requires only your number and password without any router configuration. And now that TigerJet has released TJinit, (850/843) you can use their USB phones/adapters to answer calls, dial numbers into the stanaphone client app (a skin on SJPhone software) The only thing missing is the ringer, which is directed to the PC speakers. With the adapter you are able to use a traditional wired or portable home phone and walk around your house talking over IP.
I think small, pay-as-you go apps like this are the way to go. The cell phone replaces the landline, the Stanaphone replaces the cell when charging or in areas of low cell signal. Call Forward/No Answer transfer removes the need for voicemail on your Cell account. Stana offers free voicemail to email, sending off messages in a wav file to the address of your choice.
I'm not sure how the actual company is doing financially, but with these user benefits and savings its an alternative tough to turn down.
->edit: I had issues with the 850 TjInit version on my laptop, but not on desktop. 843 is also linked above.
Anyway-heres their most recent benefit...
"Instead of sending flowers, candy or trinkets this Valentine's Day, StanaPhone's existing customers can make free and unlimited calls to 46 major destinations around the world.
Michael Choupak, President and Founder of StanaPhone.com, the only VoIP service with real New York City phone numbers available at no charge upon signup said, "This Valentine's Day we'd like to reward our loyal customers with a special offer that enables them to connect with their loved ones. StanaPhone is easy to use and has superior voice quality and functionality. It includes free voicemail, free and unlimited calls from StanaPhone to StanaPhone, and competitive long distance as well as international rates in comparison to other Internet telephone service providers. We hope this promotion encourages other people to sign up for StanaPhone now in order to take advantage of our free calling day".

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Goo Operatorrrrr Goooo-gle Operatorrrrs

Google supports several advanced operators, which are query words that have special meaning to Google. Typically these operators modify the search in some way, or even tell Google to do a totally different type of search. For instance, "link:" is a special operator, and the query [link:www.google.com] doesn't do a normal search but instead finds all web pages that have links to www.google.com.
jaysay:This post was worth it just for the Sade reference.


Friday, February 11, 2005

From the Desk of GrimmX

Short on creativity time and intelligence, I'm posting a donated link from Mr.Grimm
http://spamusement.com jaysay: Pretty clever daily doodles based on SPAM headlines the artist receives.

The Old School Valentines Weekend

Tuesday, February 08, 2005


Recarpeting at the house and rewiring the office network.
Will be offline for some time. Considering going Wireless G and running the existing B on a second channel to support the legacy equipment. I'm so very tired.
Opinions appreciated on different G router Manufacturers. I'm paying retail, so cheap links would be helpful too.

Oh 1 good link today. When pulling media streams out of code (usually to download it to your computer like xml) I usually just copy the URL to Google and it produces a link. Sometimes this method fails. This link will take any link and create an HTML link you can right click and choose save as with. Saves you the trouble of creating a HTML doc for one stupid link. It's also from the lovely people who brought you the GMail-O-Matic that I linked to before....which is currently blown up. 80000 gmail invites smothered their database.
Anyway here's the link. http://isnoop.net/url.php

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Parker Jtron often Lose.

Originally uploaded by flylife.

1. Wake up and left arm doesnt work
2. Electric shaver is out of juice
3. Forget Cell phone
4. Forget Wallet
5. 411 can't fing my office's number
6. Screen resolution is making me weep
7. MSN Messenger is down
Oh Ziggy, will you ever win?

Sympathies may be shared via the chat box to the top right, or via http://j1.ca/speak

Saturday, February 05, 2005


GMail invites up to 50 per account. From what I'm reading on Feedster, everyone else is getting the same amount. If you're still playing the communist card, you could donate these superfluous accounts to the Spooler. I tested it, it actually works. Thus I have 151 accounts to give away. The chart below shows the insane explosion of invites donated to the site in the past 12 hours. Currently they have 67000
(Click image for current/legible view)

And from none other than the programmically correct Summerville comes a word of warning looking past the perfectly sequenced xlmhttp. http://google-watch.org
This site looks a little like Cam's insane Time Code page or whatever that was. Send me the link again for that in my chat box.

Zealots aside there was a great Google artice in MIT's Technology Review Magazine. This article is now posted to their website here.
In closing for the evening, Smog SUCKS, and Carolin, I suck too. Sorry.

Friday, February 04, 2005

Hey hop on MSN, I have sunbathing chicken pix for ya!

If someone on your MSN message list has sent you this image.......
You're screwed.
"The Bropia.F worm, a variant of the Bropia.A worm detected last month, was raised to a medium-risk threat this week by antivirus firm Trend Micro Inc.
The worm propagates by sending a copy of itself under different file names -- including "bedroom-thongs.pif," "hot.pif" and "naked-drunk.pif" -- to all available or online contacts on an infected user's MSN Messenger list. It also sends and executes a file titled "sexy.jpg," which carries the image of a headless, plucked chicken sunbathing, replete with pronounced bikini tan lines.
The variant also attempts to drop and execute a bot program, which tries to copy itself into network shared folders and has an antidebugging feature, Trend Micro said. The worm will not run on an infected system if the NtIce and SoftIce debugging applications are running.
In addition, the worm attempts to lower the volume on infected users' machines so they cannot hear audio security threat warnings, according to the antivirus company. "


Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Useless Google Research

Those who know me know that I frequently have moments of bizarre contemplation. Like when I wondered whatever became of early nineties television personality Mayim Bialik.Best known for her role as Blossom (1991-1995) on the television sitcom of the same name, Miyam has spent the decade following the show's cancellation involved a multitude of movie and television projects. While much of her work has been that of voice-overs and made-for-TV movies, I think that it's safe to assume that Miyam Bialik probably still sucks and has blossomed into an even uglier, nerdier version of the abject Blossom character we all grew to hate.
....In my opinionation.

->You know, some of us entertained by this obscure site were not born in the year of the mammoth - who the fuck cares or even remembers the ugly ass girl who was Blossom? Let's focus on current events like the whereabouts of Aaron Spelling's bfugly daughter, Tori.
->Touchè: Beverly Hills, 90210 Original Air Date: 04-Oct-1990 Blossom Original Air Date: 03-Jan-1991 Blossom came out 3 months AFTER 90210... so mange ass.

Sources: http://www.tvtome.com/Blossom/eplist.html

Originally from feebs.blogspot.com (a fellow cubicle superhero)
Jaysay: This site isn't updated that often but it's all solid material. Highly recommend you delete my bookmark and add theirs

Windows XP Essential Software

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

A new strange feeling of righteousness (paying for software)

Im sure this is old and I suck but the software doesn't. Today I have become an honourable man. Today, I purchased software.
It's a cool little app that windowizes anything in your taskbar or throws you back to desktop just by rolling over one of the corners of your screen. I think they covered it on the Screensavers a few months ago. Hold on I'll check. Wait here.......
Yup-> http://www.g4techtv.com/screensavers/episodes/3688/Trekkies_2_Flaming_Lips_FPS_Showdown.html
For anyone using Beyond TV this will let you escape your fullscreen playback to quickly check your email or whatever, without having to press stop.

For those of you with cool PDA's Chris recommends Verichat
"VeriChat™ is an always-on, unified Instant Messaging (IM) application for PalmOS devices. On a smartphone, such as a Treo 600, VeriChat™ works with your persistent (GPRS/CDMA 1xRTT) or CSD wireless data connection to give you an always-on presence on the Yahoo!, ICQ, MSN & AOL chat networks"
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