Thursday, November 20, 2008

Where the hell did those come from?

Just in case my one reader, me, doesn't know, I added a bunch of old blog posts from my old website. I think I'm moving into a consolidation mode with my web presence.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Logical fundamental often missed by the credulous

"OK, I can't prove God exists, but you can't prove He doesn't."

The implication, of course, is that the conversation is now on even ground. But there is a fundamental difference between these two views: I can't prove God doesn't exist, because it is a logical impossibility, you can't prove He does, because you lack the evidence.

Logically speaking, the existence of God is provable. So if He really exists, why can't anyone prove it?

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science EIN

I've had a helluva time finding the Employer ID Number (EIN) for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, so I can donate to it as part of my employee giving program. Fortunately, I finally turned up this page at Change.org, which appears to have legitimate information, identifying the Foundation's EIN as 98-0499347.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Optimistic thought of the day

Take a deep breath. You're going to be fine. Someone, somewhere, just thought of an idea that will fix everything. And you couldn't stop it if you tried. - Scott Adams

Monday, August 25, 2008

Judge completely fails to understand the natures of the internet, international law and information

Nathan Tuiti Reo Mutunga Williams, 23, and Daniel Bobby Tumata, 22, are probably murderers. They are accused of killing the 14-year-old New Zealand boy John Hapeta.

Judge David Harvey believes that he has the power to keep their names off of the internet.

He is a moron.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Password hell!

Look, nine times out of ten, if I have to use your password recovery feature, it's only so I can see your password "rules", so I can figure out what I set my password to when I signed up for your service.

If you people would just display your password length/content requirements on the login page, my life we be a helluva lot easier some days.

Oh, and if you're going to change password requirements, at least be evil enough to expire everyone's passwords, so at least we don't have the issue of different parts of your service needing different passwords. I'm looking at you, Google!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Wikicaching

You have some content. A forbidden meme, an article with dubious copyright, a "secret" message. Where do you put it, to keep it available, but avoid those annoying letters from attorneys?

Wikicache it.

1) Find a stable, long lived Wikipedia article, with plenty of history (preventing the knee-jerk instinct to delete the article).
2) Edit the article, adding your content. (Discretely, or blatantly, mostly depending on whether or not you want the message to avoid attention.)
3) Immediately revert your revision.
4) Capture the URL of your revision. This is your content pointer. The difference between your version and the versions on either side is your message.

Bonus points for hiding your message as a series of sequential typos that look innocuous, but are apparent when looking at the revision comparison.

This is extra-special, because lawyers don't seem to recognize that wiki history exists. If the current page is lacking the thing they don't like, they tend to be satisfied.

Wikipedia may have some mechanism for admins to delete specific revisions in its history. In widespread use, wikicaching would certainly disclose such a feature.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Fruity...

I splurged on some freeze-dried Miracle Fruit tablets. We'll see how it goes. This forum may have helpful information if I ever do more with it.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Finally! Justification for wanting to know it all.

Interesting article on the Socratic Method of teaching.

Free books are always good.

Stuff I will probably never do to my Wii.

A Darwin joke anyone can enjoy.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Where do I get these stickers?

I've seen this photo around for a while, and I'd really love to get a few sheets of these stickers, but it doesn't look like they actually exist.

Gotta get me one of these

Yummy! Green laser pointers! Very pretty, and very geeky. There's a nice lighter on the same site, since, you know, fire is cool.

Ben Stein should have stuck to bit roles and game shows

It's true. And as evidence, the new movie Expelled is out now in theaters, where it can finally be seen for the crap it is by the populous at large.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Clearly, this is the wrong way for an elected official to respond to someone they disagree with.

16 Things I Wish They Had Taught Me in School

I can't say I entirely agree, since I find a major part of the joy of life is the striving, but the concept is appealing, and there appears to be some merit in the article: The Incredible Power of Contentment

Jill Sobule chose an interesting way to fun the recording of her next album

Richard Dawkins's review of the movie Expelled

Neil Gaiman's personal radio station at Last.fm