Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Software Shift

I’m trying out a new weblog script called WordPress. Instead of using flat files like Blogger (which I was using), it indexes everything into a MySQL database. This makes publishing new entries faster and also allows for searching. So far it looks very solid.

Now I just have to find a theme I can stick with.

Homestar Runner Dot Net – It’s Dot Com!

So much in the news lately! Saddam got captured, the economy is booming, one of the two DC snipers got life without parole, Michael Jackson got charged with seven counts of child molestation, a 6.5 quake in Cali, a flu epidemic, and at least one REALLY mad cow! Gads.

I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season. I’m certain most of you have already finished your Christmas shopping, but I, falling victim to my personal long-standing tradition, have once again procrastinated most of my gift purchases until the very last minute. When will I ever learn?

Anyway, I was really just writing the above to give me an excuse to put up some links I thought a few of you out there might enjoy:

  • homestarrunner.com
    This is a ridiculously funny website that has become an endless source of quotes on public web forums and at work (since one of the guys there got us all hooked on it). Originally a children’s book character, Home Star Runner is a guy… or… umm… thing who isn’t very bright, but everyone loves him anyway since he’s always so nice. Don’t forget to click “First Time Here” from the main menu so you’ll know why this entry has such a stupid title. Everything here is written in Flash, so if your browser tells you that you need to install the Macromedia Flash Player Plug-In, just click yes – it’ll be good for you. It’s a short download and the Flash player is quite unobtrusive anyway.homestar-runner-cast
  • digitalblasphemy.com
    If you need some nice wallpaper for your computer desktop, I highly recommend you check this link out. Digital Blasphemy is a website ran by one artist who has an assortment of wallpapers you can download for free, as well as a huge collection available in a members’ section you can subscribe to. Right now he has a gallery of free, holiday-themed wallpapers available for download, though you’ll probably need to snag them soon since he will most likely take it down shortly. I’ve had a DB wallpaper displayed on my computer every day for nearly three years now. Beautiful stuff.

  • reallifecomics.com
    I’m beginning to develop quite an addiction to web comics. This is one of my staples. It’s a series inspired by the real life of the cartoonist and his friends (who all happen to be avid gamers and computer junkies). Some of the situations are just WAY too familiar.greg_400x400

Daylight Slaving Time

[Editor’s note: For purposes of contextual coherence, it may be useful to know that this post originally appeared on the hand-coded homepage of synthetik.org. -KM]

Stumbling through the internet today, I found some interesting information on Daylight Saving Time at this website. Below is a quote from the site which I can truly identify with. This almost sounds like something I would write if I had nothing better to do but complain:

“I don’t really care how time is reckoned so long as there is some agreement about it, but I object to being told that I am saving daylight when my reason tells me that I am doing nothing of the kind. I even object to the implication that I am wasting something valuable if I stay in bed after the sun has risen. As an admirer of moonlight I resent the bossy insistence of those who want to reduce my time for enjoying it. At the back of the Daylight Saving scheme I detect the bony, blue-fingered hand of Puritanism, eager to push people into bed earlier, and get them up earlier, to make them healthy, wealthy and wise in spite of themselves.”

— Robertson Davies
The Diary of Samuel Marchbanks, 1947, XIX, Sunday

It just goes to show you, since I’m writing this news entry at 3:30am. On the website linked above, I also realize that I’ve been going through life incorrectly saying “Daylight Savings Time.” as opposed to the proper “Daylight Saving Time.” Oh the shame…804ed6f095e1237118dd8af54f5d27c4