January 23, 2004

Ooh, fun from APE Games: Anathema the card game of the Salem Witch Trials.

Dig the Drew Tucker art.

The heirometer[*] passes this article along: NY Times: Tough Love

I had Max Mintz. He's an excellent teacher. I attribute my failing to, um, lack of work. (Now IrateNate can make fun of me)

Oh, thanks mom.

[*] is a heirometer a device for measuring holiness?

This is an exciting picture of a Philadelphia SEPTA trolley.

I ride it occasionally, but I'm emphasizing walking even in this cold though, since the 1 hour of excerize a day I get doing it is helping the diet along nicely.

Heirouxor made a great egg foo young, in honor of Chinese New Year.

Tomorrow, a very nice cafe I don't go to any more since I went controlled carb.

My son is 3 today

I was going to worry about internet scammers gaining useful knowledge from that, but I don't care.

He's a tiger he is.

I like playing [a fish themed] Go Fish with him, because he innocently doesn't know any rules and still has fun. He also plays with his cards in a randomly oriented clutch.

"Do you have any sharks"?

"You don't have a shark: ask for somethign else"

"Do you have any blue fish?"

"You have to have the card in your hand. Ask me for starfish"

"Do you have any starfish?"

He's beaming all the time.

I was laughing almost out loud at this exchange on slashdot about silver thermal paste. It got into one of those "in my day" one upmanship debates
A: Silver bricks? You was lucky! In my day we had mine our own ore and smelt it down. Then our dad would assay it, and if it wasn't 99% pure, all we got for breakfast was CompUSA Silver Thermal Grease!

B: You had HEAVY ELEMENTS? In my day, the loose clouds of interstellar gas hadn't coalesced into star systems yet. All we had were hydrogen atoms and maybe a trace of helium around Christmas!

C: You had loose clouds of interstellar gas. *LUXURY*

In my day we had nothing but the vacuum and had to wait for a universe to pop into existence before we could even begin to think about the existence of energy and matter.

D: You had a vacuum? All I got was a broom and a dust pan. *weeping*

E: You had a quantum foam vacuum of pure nothingness to pop universes out of? I WISH I had a vacuum of pure nothingness to pop universes out of.

In my day all we had was this d*mn turtle.
It was also interesting that the manufacturer of the silver thermal paste basicly got gypped by their foreign supplier, and they have issued a recall

I'm not an overclocker, by the way. I wake up too late sometimes though.

January 22, 2004

The Command magazines all sold well, thankyewverrymuch.

Now up for auction are some hideous Chaos Terminators for Warhammer 40,000.

These were part of my nutty "buy lots of GW stuff to get a special bonus, then sell it on ebay and make money on the deal in the end" scheme. They need to go for more than $8 each to break even.


Since even the Heirouxor thought the last picture of Clark Park sucked, this one is maybe a bit better. The center is the statue of Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) which sits in the park.

The picture also has the advantage of displaying the name of the park on the masonry bench.

It has the disadvantage (in the big pic) of making the litter pretty obvious.

Which is ok, if you're taking social-commentary pictures of seriously ugly litter. (Litter has to be so ugly and prevalent in the right setting for it to be a proper photographic subject. That and the picture should be B&W)

Joel has some very nice non-litter B&W pics in his album

What's with the freaking monoliths in this guy's yard though?

Tomorrow: A philly trolley!

Under what constraint did the writer of this poem rewrite "The Raven" by Edgal Allen Poe?

Poe, E.: Near a Raven

Poe, E.
Near a Raven

Midnights so dreary, tired and weary.
Silently pondering volumes extolling all by-now obsolete lore.
During my rather long nap - the weirdest tap!
An ominous vibrating sound disturbing my chamber's antedoor.
"This", I whispered quietly, "I ignore".

The answer as at the end of the link.

January 21, 2004


Ok, I'm pretty impressed by Barlow's 15 minutes of fame. I have to say though that I'm not very impressed by any of the Dean parody songs.

Not compared to the Dan Rather spoof "Rocked by Rape"

I'll also add that when I saw the video clip of Dean I didn't think his growl was all that remarkable. He's actually smiling when he does it, which makes it more of a gutteral "yee-haw" than some regression to animalism.

January 16, 2004

This is Clark Park, as I photographed it Wednesday. Much snowier now.

The composition on this shot isn't too great, since it makes the focal point the dumb "park rules" sign. That's a pretty samll sign for park rules come to think of it.

Clark Park was an old mill pond in the 18th and early 19th century. A block over is a big depression where the pond once was. Its very nice for sledding when there is snow. It gets used for impromptu sports, but tends to get chewed up and muddy when we gat alot of rain. West Philly was also built up over the old Mill Creek, and houses that are on the old creekbed are quite prone to basement flooding. Mine, thankfully is not on the creekbed.

During the Civil War, the Clark Park area was used as a Union hospital. There is a Civil War memorial rock in memorial of that.

Better composed shot tomorrow.

January 15, 2004

I borrowed my sister-in-law's digital camera for a week or so to take some pics of a set of minis I'm going to sell. On the last day before I returned it I took it to work and photographed some things I found worthy to photograph along my way.

This is the chapel of the "Home of the Merciful Savior for Crippled Children". The digital camera on "auto" didn't capture some of the more aesthetically pleasing qualities of the sunlight behind it, but that's because I don't know much about how to work it I guess. You can click on the image for the full-screen version.

I'm somewhat taken aback and amused when old institutions have names with terms that have fallen into sensitivity disfavor. It recalls the bit in Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns where the Joker is now housed at the Arkham Home for the Emotionally Troubled, having changed its name from Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane.

More to come.

I have some new auctions on ebay. This time its a bunch of old Command magaines, each one including a wargame on some topic.

All (but one) of them are in unpunched condition.

The other is issue 13, "Desert Storm", so you can relive the 1991 gulf war, and actually take out Saddam way back when it would have spared us some of the present difficulties.

Oh and I take PayPal now. Not sure how I'm going to like the $0.30 plus 2.4% total charges. If it gets me higher bids...

January 13, 2004

Yesterday I ate

One omlette with scallions and cheese

Salad with peppers, scallions, turkey salami, lettuce and ranch dressing
Arizona no-carb cranberry green tea

Teriyaki chicken with snow peas, peppers and onions
leftoever whipped cream from sunday
2 pickles

One omlette with scallions and cheese

One can of sardines in olive oil (mmm...)
Two pickles
2 oz of cheddar chese

Dinner will be some preperation of lamb sausage and vegetables

January 12, 2004

Here is a fairly damning piece with regard to Paul O'Neill's insinuations that Bush was plaiiung a war pre 9/11 to get iraq's oil: Power Line: Lid Blown Off O'Neill/Suskind Hoax

January 09, 2004

Still doing Atkins, though the prospect of lifelong carb-avoidance seems questionable. I jumped into the diet without having thoroughly read the book, but I did have in the back of my mind this article from the New York Times Magazine What if It's All Been a Big Fat Lie? which I was impressed with at the time. This comment from the article sums up my thoughs on some of the boosterism in the book
Stunkard has been trying to treat obesity for half a century, but he told me he had his epiphany about Atkins and maybe about obesity as well just recently when he discovered that the chief of radiology in his hospital had lost 60 pounds on Atkins's diet. ''Well, apparently all the young guys in the hospital are doing it,'' he said. ''So we decided to do a study.'' When I asked Stunkard if he or any of his colleagues considered testing Atkins's diet 30 years ago, he said they hadn't because they thought Atkins was ''a jerk'' who was just out to make money: this ''turned people off, and so nobody took him seriously enough to do what we're finally doing.''
I actually had one of my first programming jobs back in college working for Stunkard. I was writing a program in MS-BASIC on a IBM to record chews from a chew-sensor.

January 07, 2004

I stareted the Induction phase of the Atkins diet on Monday, basically.

It seems ok so far. I did it rather "unilaterally", not considering the changes this would make on the family meal, and making my wife distrurbed about how to do any more cooking or enjoy parties at other's houses or eat birthday cake at our son's birthday. I should have jumped in with a bit more foresight, planning and discussion.

I'm missing toast with eggs, and desert, but not "craving" them like I did before.

Eating lunch: OK That's a big difference. I'm not really able to finish this Caesar salad because I'm full.

My boss and my brother are both on it. My brother has lost alot of weight on it. It was seeing him January first and discovering I weighed 275 that pushed me into doing something

January 01, 2004

Cool. Build your own Gauss Rifle.

("What did you do in homeschool today, kids?" "We built a Gauss Rifle!")

Looks like a cool site for later.

Happy New Year!

I resolve to blog more interesting stuff in the future.

I'm going to read The Knight to my wife this year.

I bought The Sims game as a belated Christmas gift to myself, in the hope for a PC game I could "play with the kids" more. Its rated "teen", but that's only if you "play it that way". The bathroom stuff might seem "iffy" but maybe it'll teach them some hygine. My daughter thought it was pretty cool that we got the Sim guy to marry Betty Newbie.

I suppose everybody already "been there/done that" with the irony of wasting time on a PC game where you have sim people actually accomplish things in their lives while you waste time on the computer. But its new to me. I wish you could modify the game fundamentals a bit and make some of the "fun" activitites have diminshing/negative returns. Possibilities for SimReligion would be interesting too.

I officially begin my tasks at Tenth Presbyterian as a "Parish Elder Assistant", assisting my parish elder with whatever he needs, and being an "Elder Trainee"

I'll have some more auctions up next week. January/February is brutal on the family budget
  • Christmas gifts
  • Farm property Tax comes due
  • high gas heat bills
  • Car insurance due in March

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