Friday, November 07, 2003

Like i say all embodied energy comprises all matter so the distribution of energy is lumpy.

I'm pretty dumb with this stuff, but that's that sort of what the theory of general relativity states? mass = energy? In a sense everything is potential energy right?
I am very interested in these "big/small physics" though, like quantum physics and that new theory that is supposedly awesome but I can't remember the name. Loop quantum gravity or something.
If the universe is indeed in expansion, what would it be expanding into/out of? Something beyond what my small cranium can comprehend. If I wasn't in fine arts I wouldn't mind taking courses on more abstract forms of physics. Bad with numbers and all.

Church sign generator
You can't beat the real thing though. There's a church in my town that often has such retarded phrases as "Stop drop and roll won't work when you're in hell!" and "come on in, we have heir conditioning!"
posted by Barrie , 6:42 PM Þ 

"Most of the money goes to the music companies," admitted Jobs.

"We would like to break even/make a little bit of money but it's not a money maker," he said, candidly.

Read it at the reg and weep.
posted by Irdial , 6:02 PM Þ 

posted by Claus Eggers , 5:21 PM Þ 

Capt, email me. We should definately get a pint and try to catch some live music. jcarr @
posted by Josh Carr , 4:13 PM Þ 

Captain, in answer to percussive enquiry, I can play drums but haven't done so for a long time now (seven years), have been twitching and tapping recently though so may take it up again...was heartily encouraged by (finally) seeing Robert Gotobed several times in recent years, one of my all time all time drumming heros.
posted by THESE , 3:55 PM Þ 

posted by Irdial , 3:49 PM Þ 
posted by Irdial , 3:45 PM Þ 
posted by meau meau , 3:20 PM Þ 

Josh, the reason I asked is that I am in NYC at the beginning of December, but just for 3 days!
posted by captain davros , 3:16 PM Þ 

Do not panic. You are being watched.

[Deleted. The world is insane and I'm only drawing arbitrary boundaries between degrees of sanity.]
posted by Alun , 2:19 PM Þ 

The Meatrix

Got sent this the other day.
posted by captain davros , 1:44 PM Þ 

Not so; the big bang, if it ever happened at all, could not have been "heard" at all. Since there is nothing outside it, including time

I saw series by Ken Campbell in which he 'investigated' quantum physics. He was speaking to a quantum physicist and asked what was there before the big bang happened.

"fields of potentiality", came the reply.

Church sign generator

posted by chriszanf , 1:14 PM Þ 
posted by Alun , 12:45 PM Þ 

Energy and matter may be different aspects of the same thing

They must be according to BB and the 1st law of thermodynamics that energy cannot be created nor destroyed. Like i say all embodied energy comprises all matter so the distribution of energy is lumpy.
posted by meau meau , 11:53 AM Þ 

did not have any matter

What we call matter may be an interpretation. Energy and matter may be different aspects of the same thing, so if anyone was there in the early universe, they may have seen what they considered to be matter but what we think of as energy, spread out infinetely in all directions.

The subconcious idea that the universe is spherical and finite, expanding into a space due the explosion of the big bang may be wrong. It implies that there is a space, larger than the universe into which you can enter as an observer, and into which our universe can continue to expand.

More irrational and probalbly (?) true is the idea that the universe, from its "point" of creation appeared to any observer inside it that it was infiinite, from the moment of the universes creation; in other words, what we see as the infinite universe looks the same as the universe did billions of years ago; going on and on forever in every direction, with all objects appearing to be moving away from you in whatever direction you look (this part, everything appering to look like its moving away from us, I might be wrong about...must check).

In even more words, the universe was never ever "small". It has from inception been iinfinite in its internal dimensions.

Taking this into account, the early universe would have appeard (to us) like an infinite place of energy, and moving rapidly into the future, would have appeard to cool everywhere simultaneously, matter condensing out of the energy everywhere, simultaneously, and then condensing into the shapes we see today.

If this is not the case, then the universe would have had a measurable dimension observable by anyone inside of it, that suddenly dissapeared at some time after its creation; it would have to have "profoundly" changed nature at some stage.

Its all very, very interesting!
posted by Irdial , 11:16 AM Þ 

everything would appear to be in a static state, just as it is now.

Phenomena such as red/blue shift are purported to show the present expansion of the universe

and the amount of energy would have appeared to be distributed as it is today.

In the BB view the early universe did not have any matter, and so all that is matter - with its embodied energy - now would have been solely present as energy. So the overall distribution of energy would have been flatter (more random) and of greater quantity in its 'free' state ('louder')


black on black
posted by meau meau , 10:39 AM Þ 

instantly vapourised

Not so; the big bang, if it ever happened at all, could not have been "heard" at all. Since there is nothing outside it, including time, no wave of any kind, including sound, could propagte. You would also have the problem of not having a point of view from which to experience the "sound" since there is only existence inside the universe.

Secondly, from inside the bubble that constituted the early universe, everything would appear to be in a static state, just as it is now. Who is to say that the background microwave "noise" that we experience now is any "louder" or "quieter" than at earlier times in the universe? To an observer of the early universe, space would have appeared infinite in all directions, and the amount of energy would have appeared to be distributed as it is today.

When we are talking about the universe, we are never talking about a real expanding bubble, from outside of which, we can measure expansion. These are all 3D ideas being superimposed on a "structure" that is not 3d.

There is no "sound of the big bang".

And there is no spoon!
posted by Irdial , 8:16 AM Þ 

"To put it simply, it's a fairly radical belief that a child in an African village whose parents are dying of AIDS has the same importance before God as the president of the United States," said Michael Gerson, Mr. Bush's chief speechwriter and an important White House policy adviser who is a born-again Christian.

Oh dear, these sort of quotes have become far too plentiful.
posted by Barrie , 7:31 AM Þ 

What the Big Bang sounded like

Of course, the real thing would have been so loud and low you'd be instantly vaporized.
posted by Barrie , 6:01 AM Þ 
Thursday, November 06, 2003

It's OK, I won't spoil it, but the first film seems so stripped down and lo-fi compared to the sequals.

Indeed, I think the first episode was the best. Much more honest, in a way, without all of the pointless indulgences that were added to the second and third films. But I really did enjoy the third movie, much more so than it seems the critics did (or didn't?). The lack of a proper ending drove me nuts though. If you see it, you'll understand. It's just infuriating. It's not that it doesn't resolve anything - that is not entirely necessary - it is that it was so sloppily done (and by ending I mean like, the last 2 minutes).
posted by Barrie , 6:52 PM Þ 

I'm yet to see the first one
posted by meau meau , 4:04 PM Þ 

Out of this.... solar system.

Bach, Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F. First Movement, Munich Bach Orchestra, Karl Richter, conductor. 4:40
Java, court gamelan, "Kinds of Flowers," recorded by Robert Brown. 4:43
Senegal, percussion, recorded by Charles Duvelle. 2:08
Zaire, Pygmy girls' initiation song, recorded by Colin Turnbull. 0:56
Australia, Aborigine songs, "Morning Star" and "Devil Bird," recorded by Sandra LeBrun Holmes. 1:26
Mexico, "El Cascabel," performed by Lorenzo Barcelata and the Mariachi México. 3:14
"Johnny B. Goode," written and performed by Chuck Berry. 2:38
New Guinea, men's house song, recorded by Robert MacLennan. 1:20
Japan, shakuhachi, "Tsuru No Sugomori" ("Crane's Nest,") performed by Goro Yamaguchi. 4:51
Bach, "Gavotte en rondeaux" from the Partita No. 3 in E major for Violin, performed by Arthur Grumiaux. 2:55
Mozart, The Magic Flute, Queen of the Night aria, no. 14. Edda Moser, soprano. Bavarian State Opera, Munich, Wolfgang Sawallisch, conductor. 2:55
Georgian S.S.R., chorus, "Tchakrulo," collected by Radio Moscow. 2:18
Peru, panpipes and drum, collected by Casa de la Cultura, Lima. 0:52
"Melancholy Blues," performed by Louis Armstrong and his Hot Seven. 3:05
Azerbaijan S.S.R., bagpipes, recorded by Radio Moscow. 2:30
Stravinsky, Rite of Spring, Sacrificial Dance, Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Igor Stravinsky, conductor. 4:35
Bach, The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, Prelude and Fugue in C, No.1. Glenn Gould, piano. 4:48
Beethoven, Fifth Symphony, First Movement, the Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer, conductor. 7:20
Bulgaria, "Izlel je Delyo Hagdutin," sung by Valya Balkanska. 4:59
Navajo Indians, Night Chant, recorded by Willard Rhodes. 0:57
Holborne, Paueans, Galliards, Almains and Other Short Aeirs, "The Fairie Round," performed by David Munrow and the Early Music Consort of London. 1:17
Solomon Islands, panpipes, collected by the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Service. 1:12
Peru, wedding song, recorded by John Cohen. 0:38
China, ch'in, "Flowing Streams," performed by Kuan P'ing-hu. 7:37
India, raga, "Jaat Kahan Ho," sung by Surshri Kesar Bai Kerkar. 3:30
"Dark Was the Night," written and performed by Blind Willie Johnson. 3:15
Beethoven, String Quartet No. 13 in B flat, Opus 130, Cavatina, performed by Budapest String Quartet. 6:37

Didya geddit?
posted by Alun , 3:42 PM Þ 

Capt, I do live in NYC and I do play drums. Why do you ask?

I enjoyed it for the most part (except for the unwritten storyline and missing ending). The way the sentinels move en masse is fascinating. The programming must be based on algorhythms derived from nature (and perhaps even fractal pattterns?).
posted by Josh Carr , 3:23 PM Þ 

I just went to Bloomberg today. It's scary. There's a bank of camera's behind the reception which take your picture for your visitor card.

There was a display of new Bloomberg hardware (the usual stuff - keyboard, lcd screens, wifi / bluetooth access points) which had a little USB biotmetrics/finger print scanner.

Really really weird.

I bet I have been profiled now.

Also on the way home I saw A group of about 10 policemen (including a photographer) following a group of about 25 anti vivisection demonstrators. These were mostly middle-aged women with bad make up and died hair.

What a weird day.

I saw Matrix Revolutions last night. Best part was seeing my friend (who plays Charra) on screen. It's OK, I won't spoil it, but the first film seems so stripped down and lo-fi compared to the sequals.
posted by alex_tea , 12:36 PM Þ 

The Cabinet has decided to put off a decision on whether compulsory ID cards should be introduced until later this decade.

rejoice, but not too much

But it said a voluntary scheme could be brought in earlier.

But we all know that this is worthless and costly


"So we intend to proceed by incremental steps to build a base for a compulsory national ID card scheme with a final decision to proceed to a compulsory card later, when the conditions for moving to a compulsory card are met.

So essentially they want to force the issue when our backs are turned. And what would the conditions to be met? Smells like the Euro-fudge to hide the political motivations.

"We will legislate to enable the scheme to be introduced and plan on the basis that all the practical problems can be overcome but we will reserve the final decision on a move to compulsion until later this decade."

This doesn't make sense to me, are they going to legislate for a compulsory ID card but make it voluntary to have one? I wouldn't be surprised if that is the sort of duplicitous trick they would resort to. Or is it a voluntary card with full 'benefits' *ahem* that would become compulsory?…
posted by meau meau , 12:32 PM Þ 

Anyone here live in New York? Josh Carr, don't you live in New York?
posted by captain davros , 11:45 AM Þ 

Can anyone play drums here? On many days, and today is one of these, I wish I could play drums.
posted by captain davros , 11:20 AM Þ 

He played down suggestions that ID cards were a necessary tool in the fight against international terrorism and said their introduction would cost between £1.5bn and £3bn…

It would take six to 10 years to introduce ID cards, Ms Hughes said on Wednesday.
"We need to think, not only whether we need an ID card now, but whether we need one in 10 years," she added.

The minister said time and money was being invested in developing biometrics to be used for a variety of documentation.

She added the money would be spent regardless of whether ID cards were introduced and Britain should take advantage of it.

yet more IDiocy


I don't think most people who bash Microsoft really know, cognitively, why they do

I was always under the impression that, despite everything, their mice were pretty good quality, but having to use one and deal with the bastard double clicking (seemingly of its own accord) every other time makes me reconsider


posted by meau meau , 10:50 AM Þ 
posted by Ken , 12:36 AM Þ 
Wednesday, November 05, 2003

To all that have been emailing me for the last 30 days, please forgive the "no-reply". I am sorting through the mail now!
posted by Irdial , 10:44 PM Þ 
posted by Ken , 9:30 PM Þ 

from A Human Movement:

In case you need to answer a question from someone, or think about : How much Information is there? You know -- how much vibular data ticks are gerthing the surface of each and every corner of space -- well check out How much Information is there in 2003

They estimate that 5 exebytes were generated in 2003.

What's an exabyte? Here's a definition from

An exabyte (EB) is a large unit of computer data storage, two to the sixtieth power bytes. The prefix exa means one billion billion, or one quintillion, which is a decimal term. Two to the sixtieth power is actually 1,152,921,504,606,846,976 bytes in decimal, or somewhat over a quintillion (or ten to the eighteenth power) bytes. It is common to say that an exabyte is approximately one quintillion bytes. In decimal terms, an exabyte is a billion gigabytes.
posted by Josh Carr , 8:49 PM Þ 

Mess is 53 days older than me.

Happy Birthday Mess.

Hap Birt meau!
posted by alex_tea , 6:52 PM Þ 

Enjoy your youth Mess; eat it, burn it up, use it, consume moderation of course.

And I mean that.

Stay strong, live long!
posted by Irdial , 6:16 PM Þ 

Happy birthday mess! (and I guess it's meau's birthday too... only one meau though)

What will hopefully emerge from this process is a totally new form of government, a meritocracy
Hmmm. Is this a correct usage of the term? I always thought meritocracy was the thing that directly preceded capitalism. ie: whoever earns the most money gets the most power. It's all about money. Establishing a meritocracy wouldn't be much different than current affairs, would it?

I will probably be seeing "The Matrix Revolutions" tonight. I've heard plenty of bad things about it actually, but it's all from critics and we know critics have no imagination. I'm sure it will rock hard, and end with a RATM song.
posted by Barrie , 5:31 PM Þ 

Happy Birthday Mess

(and it's my half birthday today)
posted by meau meau , 5:13 PM Þ 

Who is Finnish and reading Blogdial?

Who is Finnish and linking to Blogdial?

Who is having a beautiful life suomessa while I reside in the metropolitan Inferno?

Today is my 23rd birthday.

posted by Mess Noone , 5:11 PM Þ 

Protein Folding
posted by meau meau , 4:32 PM Þ 

posted by Irdial , 4:26 PM Þ 

"me me me :::

Here's my trivial blurb... I am a mellow chick that is easily contented and finds happiness in the simple things in life. I am manic at times...sinfully normal to intensely insane. I'm a sucker for a good love story and an edge of my seat action flick. I worship the ability of my cat to demand a tummy rub and sleep 18 hours a day. I spend the majority of my time contemplating the triviality of life while trying to decide which is better Fruit Loops or Skittles. I’m obsessively anal about the nothingness of nothing. I am proudly an ubergrrl. I am a whore for the random. I am a whore for current events. I am a gadget whore. I am an entertainment industry whore. I am a whore for humour and wit. I am a walking whore of contradictions and i stick by each and every one with whore-ish commitment. The secrets to life is to pimp it and pimp it well. Be real with me and I’ll be real with you.

...also, around these parts, I am Gawd."

"me me me"

Me Too.

True Love....
posted by Irdial , 4:01 PM Þ 
posted by Irdial , 3:49 PM Þ 


A/ the amount of €uros it cost to bribe T. Bliar to colonize Iraq
B/ the number of visitors to Blogdial last week
C/ the number of emails in my pop3 account
posted by Irdial , 3:17 PM Þ 

"Slightly off-topic, but related to what you said, this is part of a recent journal entry [] I made.

I don't think most people who bash Microsoft really know, cognitively, why they do it. But there is a social dynamic in effect that causes people to resent, and therefore attack, what they cannot quite understand.

Most people imagine that the United States is a democracy. Others will correct them and say, no, it is a republic. Both of these are really a statement of expectation, not actual fact.

The US is in truth a plutocracy. Firstly, the freedom of the press is only truly open to those who can afford to publish. The emergence of mass media in the 20th century further centralized the primary means of communication in a small number of corporate hands. That person or corporation with the most power, in economic terms, can "speak" with the greatest volume.

The Internet has lowered the barrier to communication, and is the leading edge of the revolution (see, it's not being televised, is it?) in terms of giving a greater and increasing voice to those with the greatest persuasiveness, rather than those with the most financial means to promote their message. What will hopefully emerge from this process is a totally new form of government, a meritocracy. In my opinion, music will be the greatest power. Some might suggest pornography will rule. Much of what goes for popular music today (given current media) is some combination of the two.

In the meantime, and returning to the subject of this journal entry, the company with the greatest financial clout in the world right now is Microsoft. Moreover, the company is controlled in large part by a single man, William Gates III. What he says Microsoft will publish, they will publish. When he wants to back a candidate for office, he can ensure that candidate will have the full power of the press behind him.

I am not trying to say that Gates is a bad man, only that he is a man who controls the largest share of the liquid assets which confer power. There are many other wealthy individuals and families, some of whom probably resent Gates. His power is counterbalanced by the old money still very capable of exercising their power.

If my thesis is right, and this is a plutocratic system, then Gates is nominally the king, with no hereditary right of succession as such, unless he can prolong his wealth into the next generation.

Thus the GNU project, and associated free software and open source projects, originally aimed at AT&T, has become a loaded gun pointed at the king himself."

From Slashdot
posted by Irdial , 3:15 PM Þ 

posted by meau meau , 3:15 PM Þ 

The nightmare continues...
posted by Barrie , 6:55 AM Þ 
Tuesday, November 04, 2003

Just got this from a colleague...pretty scary!


Hello All,

Well, I'm usually not the type to send forwarded messages. But the following is just so important, frightening and REAL that I decided it to be an issue everyone in academia should at least know about, if one doesn't already. Perhaps there is something, SOMETHING, all interested parties can do about this together? Let me know if anyone has any ideas.

(soon to be former FLAS recipient?) Jim


Hi David,

This just arrived in my mailbox. Seems important for our readers. Can you


Subject: [undercurrents] US Senate Investigation of Postcolonial Theory

>> From Michael Bednar
>> Department of History
>> The University of Texas at Austin

>> Oct. 20, 2003

>> Friends,

> As many of you who know me well will soon realize, I have become a political activist for the first time
> in my life. I am not here to rant, but to inform you on current legislation that is being debated in the
> House of Representatives. The legislation in question, H.R. 3077, will rewrite the Title VI legislation that
> has provided FLAS money to many of us and that also funds the various area-studies centers in our
> universities. In particular, the legislation proposes the creation of an "advisory board" that may severely
> impact universities by dictating the curricula taught, course materials assigned in class, and the faculty
> who are hired in institutions that accept Title VI funding.

> It gets worse. The U.S. House of Representative's Subcommittee on Select Education Hearing on
> "International Programs in Higher Education and Questions about Bias" on June 19, 2003
> (

> begins with an opening statement by Representative Phil Gringrey that includes the following passage "we
> are here today to learn more about a number of programs that are authorized and funded under Title
> VI, which are some of the oldest programs of support to higher education. These programs reflect the
> priority placed by the federal government on diplomacy, national security, and trade competitiveness.
> International studies and education have become an increasingly important and relevant topic of
> conversation and consideration in higher education... However, with mounting global tensions, some
> programs under the Higher Education Act that support foreign language and area studies centers have
> recently attracted national attention and concern due to the perception of their teachings and policies."

> Testimony provided by Dr. Stanley Kurtz (available from the link above) portrays areas studies centers
> as hotbeds of unpatriotic anti-Americanism. Dr. Kurtz focuses, in particular, on post-colonial theory and
> the work of Edward Said's Orientalism in which "Said equated professors who support American foreign
> policy with the 19th century European intellectuals who propped up racist colonial empires. The core
> premise of post-colonial theory is that it is immoral for a scholar to put his knowledge of foreign languages
> and cultures at the service of American power." (quoted from Kurtz's statement found at

> Kurtz asserts that the rampant presence of post-colonial theory in academic circles, with its bias against
> America and the West, has produced a corps of professors who refuse to instruct or support (with FLAS
> grants) students interested in pursuing careers in the foreign service and/or intelligence agencies. Kurtz
> comments that: "We know that transmissions from the September 11 highjackers [sic] went untranslated
> for want of Arabic speakers in our intelligence agencies. Given that, and given the ongoing lack of foreign
> language expertise in our defense and intelligence agencies, the directors of the Title VI African studies
> centers who voted unanimously, just after September 11, to reaffirm their boycott of the NSEP [National
> Security Education Program], have all acted to undermine America's national security, and its foreign
> policy. And so has every other Title VI-funded scholar in Latin American-, African-, and Middle Eastern
> Studies who has upheld the long-standing boycott of the NSEP." The answer, Kurtz proposes, is to create
> an oversight board that will link Title VI funding to students training for careers in national security, defense and intelligence > agencies, and the Foreign Service. How effective was Dr. Kurtz's presentation? The committee not only believed everything
> Dr.Kurtz claimed, they even implemented most of his suggestions, including the "advisory board."

> An amended House Resolution, H.R. 3077, proposes to create an International Education Advisory Board,
> with appointed members from homeland security, the Department of Defense, and the National Security
> Agency, "to increase accountability by providing advice, counsel, and recommendations to Congress on
> international education issues for higher education." (Quoted from the Sept. 19, 2003 press release of Congressman John
> Boehner, committee chairman, The full
> resolution of H.R. 3077 can be found at H.R. 3077 was amended in
> subcommittee and this amended resolution elaborates on the composition and role of the International Education Advisory
> Board (see especially pages 16-24). The amended H.R. 3077 can be found at:

> Click on the link that says "Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute" which will download an Adobe Acrobat pdf file. This
> amended H.R. 3077 has been sent to the full committee, which met on Thursday, September 25 at 11:00 AM to discuss
> the resolution before sending it to the House of Representatives.

> Just in case you think that I have lost my marbles or that I am over-reacting, the Higher Education and
> National Affairs newsletter, published by the American Council on Education, and available at
> includes the following comments on H.R. 3077 (page 1, continued on page 4):

> "House Republicans intend for H.R. 3077 to build on existing international and foreign language studies
> Title VI programs, adding what many in the higher education community believe is unnecessary federal
> oversight through a new International Education Advisory Board."

> Federal international education programs were the focus of a House subcommittee hearing in June,
> during which one witness testified to a strong "anti-American" bias in many college and university
> international departments which he claimed could possibly undermine American foreign policy. ACE
> presented opposing testimony (see

> As a subcommittee press release asserted, this advisory body would be created in consultation with
> homeland security agencies in order to "increase accountability by providing advice, counsel, and
> recommendations to Congress on international education issues for higher education." Higher education leaders
> oppose this board on the grounds that the powers it is granted are so broad that they put institutions in
> danger of losing control over their own curricula, hiring practices, and other aspects of their international programs."

> In short, it seems that the House of Representatives is about to regulate the courses and content that
> we, as future professors, will teach in colleges and universities. The possibility that someone in
> homeland security will instruct college professors (with Ph.D.s) on the proper, patriotic, "American-friendly"
> textbooks that may be used in class scares and outrages me. This morning, this was news to me. If
> this is new to you and if you feel as equally scared and angered that the government may censure your
> future academic career, then I urge you to:

> 1) distribute this message to other professors and students in area studies; and

> 2) write a handwritten letter (in ink) to your local congressmen and to John A. Boehner, Chairman of the
> Full Committee on Education and the Workforce at the following address:

>> John A. Boehner
>> 1011 Longworth H.O.B.
>> Washington, DC 20515

> Please refrain from emails and typewritten or computer printouts as these are often ignored in Congress as being mass-
> produced by special-interest groups. Write in ink, in legible penmanship, and let your voice be heard.

>> Best,
>> Michael Bednar
>> Department of History
>> The University of Texas at Austin

Joan Suyenaga

The Gamelan List. To cancel your subscription, use this link:

----- End forwarded message -----

Musicdepartment mailing list -
posted by Ken , 8:25 PM Þ 

Alison, I can sort you out some space to post images to. email me: chris at electronical dot org My PGP key is here
posted by chriszanf , 8:15 PM Þ

start with 'live radio: unusual' and you can listen to air traffic control!
posted by meau meau , 4:11 PM Þ 
posted by Ken , 3:32 PM Þ 

Or, Alison, you have no webspace to store pictures. When I want to show pictures here I FTP them from my home pc to the webspace which I have from my ISP. Then I can link to them with the img src= tag.

I have seen the "upload file" option on blogger, but I'm not sure what that is for. Are we able to use it as Blogdialians?
posted by captain davros , 1:41 PM Þ 

alison, you can't upload from your computer beacuse you've probably not got any form of server running on your machine, the address of which you enter into the html 'img src' tag ..........
posted by a hymn in g to nann , 12:28 PM Þ 

that parking meter article is fantastic, akin, thanks ... it is the way to go ... i hope to run a basic wap test this week, then it's no sleep till ... uhm ... it's finished ...
posted by a hymn in g to nann , 12:24 PM Þ 
posted by meau meau , 11:22 AM Þ 
Monday, November 03, 2003

King of all DJ's Does anyone know him?
posted by Alison , 11:24 PM Þ 
posted by Alison , 11:23 PM Þ 

thank you for your advise Alun - I am doing so much research on my novel. I am trying to imagine what the european spirit among the youth was back from 1967-1975 and I want Jimi Hendrix to be in the book... I stared to listen to the Doors as well, rather funky rock - It would all be fiction, but I like it when research is done well

Please Irdial help me, why cant I uploade a picture from my computer ( I have tried so many times now)?
posted by Alison , 10:43 PM Þ 

Plant something ethnobotanical this year....
posted by Alun , 7:45 PM Þ 

posted by Josh Carr , 5:51 PM Þ 

CocoaMySQL is a nice basic frontend to MySQL
PHPMyAdmin does it for me.

Kunvert - to get screenshots converted to jpegs
Write a shell script or an AppleScript. Set the AppleScript as a folder action, when a new file called "Picture x.pdf" gets created on the desktop, convert to a JPG and destroy the PDF. Easy. I might try and make that tonight. It would be easier on Panther as image functions are built into AppleScript whilst on older releases you'd have to call ImageCapture or a shell script (such as Image::Magick).
posted by alex_tea , 2:17 PM Þ 
posted by Mess Noone , 1:58 PM Þ 

Finding where the bookmarks file should go was easy. Then I just dragged the old one into it's place and ... POOF! ... old one overwritten with default new Moz bookmark data. And no copy. As said, a lesson.... to me at least.
The 'Uninstall' info in the release notes show you where the main stuff is.

Akin, what's the hardware? Anyone using the Airport at home? I heard of someone using it and in certain rooms was actually connected via the neighbours Airport.

Compared to what you're all running, my Mac is a deaf, blind, apathetic cripple. But I love it.
posted by Alun , 1:50 PM Þ 

Worth a look
posted by meau meau , 1:42 PM Þ 

Long time, no post.

Happy Birthday Mary, and all the others I have missed. Hope everyone is feeling better.

Congratulations on the switch Akin, which hardware did you get? My colleague just switched to a 15" G4 Powerbook, he had to wait about 2 months for it to get delivered (it got stolen once) and Panther still hasn't arrived!

OS X does a clever little thing of making Applications and all their constituent parts into one file, however if you were to look at these files in the terminal you would see they are actually directories with a sub directory tree that houses the interface, application logic and other bits and pieces.

You can also peek inside these inside the Finder by right (or, um, ctrl) clicking on a file and choosing "Show Package Contents".

All well written OS X Apps should keep your Preferences and user specific files in the ~/Library either under ~/Library/Preferences or ~/Library/ApplicationSupport. System wide preferences are in /Library

Here's a list of some useful OS X links, probably a little outdated now. Mac OS X Hints is awesome though, subscribe to the RSS or just check it everyday!

bookmarks folder ?Darwin / Unix stuff?

Also vs

Sorry about the lack of anchor tabs. I'll come back later and fix them!
posted by alex_tea , 1:38 PM Þ 


Stunnel is listed as an unstable package in Fink - it won't have undergone full testing, change the preferences to list unstable packages.
posted by meau meau , 1:14 PM Þ 
posted by captain davros , 1:08 PM Þ 

I routinely export my bookmarks to HTML and add them to my "home" page which I keep on my hard drive. Amongst other things it makes for a fascinating record of what you thought was interesting at the time and helps prune the endlessly spiralling roll of favourites that you can gather if you are an internet flypaper like me.
posted by captain davros , 12:57 PM Þ 

I've lost my bookmarks file


In windoze, those files are kept separately in your profile. I dont know where to look in OSX, having just started. The Mozilla installer for OSX is pure Mac attitude; "drag the icon to where you want to install Mozilla". Say what?!, it just works. BUT, where are all the files, profiles and the slt folder?!

Time to RTFM, and be assured that your loss of bookmarks will be a lesson to us all, and so is not a total waste. How would you back it up, thinking and typing aloud, since its "just a single icon sitting on the desktop".

posted by Irdial , 12:30 PM Þ 

I got fink, and a whole lot of other things over the last few days; ill leech those others today. I of course, installed everthing on the developer disc :]

There are many, MANY wireless access points all over London. Its astonshing. Im setting up SSL on our POP3 connections so that we can get our mail anywhere. Its proving a little tricky.

I'm looking at delegate so that we can have a dedicated https proxy server on tap. But thats even more tricky.

Panther is, as expected, beautiful and powerful. Now, I need to get my files off of the Windoze box. When you t-boot into firewire mode, the Mac disc shows up on windoze, but of course its HFS, which windoze doesnt recognise. Time to get Macdrive.

I also installed Stunnel, which can add SSL to your connections. Ideally, all connections on my machine when its wireless should be running in a tunnel. Has anyone here done it? Interestingly, Fink cannot install Stunnel, as its not listed. You would have thought that someone would have made a package like these people have for Perl, PHP ect. So many people have gone wireless, it should be out of the box. Part of this has been done but its "only" a front end.

Open Office is not running natively on OSX, and all development work is at a standstill while they sort out the API issues in the main development tree. Not enough developers®.

Bash installed by default...ray!

Stumbler is cool for finding networks.....GNUPG is being compiled today.....

Its all water from the Holy Grail.
posted by Irdial , 12:23 PM Þ 

posted by captain davros , 12:22 PM Þ 

I thought the dolphin image looked like it was made with toy soldiers and model railway scenery! But it was in the newspaper today so perhaps I need an eye test.

Everything has to die in order for us to eat it.
posted by captain davros , 11:46 AM Þ 

A woman where I work appears to have bought a top with a pattern like one of my 'blogdial' images
posted by meau meau , 11:34 AM Þ 

the hunting of dolphins is no worse than the slaughter of cows, sheep or other animals consumed by humans


As a meat eater there's no way I can complain about the type of meat that other people decide to eat.
It is arguably more 'humane' to kill and eat wild animals than to rear them for food, certainly in the factories which supply most of the flesh available in the shops.
posted by meau meau , 10:44 AM Þ 
Sunday, November 02, 2003

Updating Mozilla, I've lost my bookmarks file (no backup? you FOOL!). Hear my plea and post your absolute fave can't live without links to give me a leg-up on the restock... (what? you want us to help an IMBECILE?).

Not a good start to a Sunday.
posted by Alun , 1:24 PM Þ 

A shopping list for a new mac owner:
You must get fink even if you just download sources (and install manually) it will help get the dependencies sorted out and downloaded as well.

CocoaMySQL is a nice basic frontend to MySQL
Kunvert - to get screenshots converted to jpegs
Wiretap - records all output sound

Make sure *everything* on the Developer Tools cd is installed

Barrie, OpenOffice is just as 'clever' as *office was a few years back. my pet hate has been ratios converting to decimals - and lack of superscripts.


Kippers: fish, not ties
posted by meau meau , 12:35 PM Þ 

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