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Journal: GIFs for your boss' desktop and Penn Jillette

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Say it in a .gif ...
Don't worry, they're rated G but will still get your ass canned =) : http://bureaucrash.com/photos/desktops?from=0. I like this one.

Penn Jillette
Episodes of "Penn & Teller: Bullshit" are on Google Video for free (here's a start). I suspect they'll get pulled like "Fear and Loathing" did, but still, grab it like it's riot. He's also on the radio. Good show but streaming setup sucks big time. Thanks to a little help from Ethereal* was able to divine the beef (and man it was buried like no other) for the non-MS-Windows world: web site front end (urr ...), rss feed and direct asf feed (1400ET) which works under Ubuntu with mplayer and the ugly codecs.

*Shit, the US Govt gonna outlaw Ethereal someday and going to miss it so much ...
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Journal: Could "What the Hack" make it in the US?

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Backround:
- http://wiki.whatthehack.org/index.php/Main_Page
- Schedule for day: 1, 2, 3 and 4 (last year)
- http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/whatthehack/show/
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/What_The_Hack

So the question is could something like it work in the US? My first guess would somewhere in the North East at some campgrounds. What lectures and vendors would you have? I'm thinking keeping the admission price limited to camping cost with vendor fees going to pay stipends/travel costs. No registration other than general that would include camping. Also regulated food prices (nothing like seeing a $5 bottle of water to ruin one's day).

Any thoughts? Personally I'm tired of trade shows staffed by one company marketing rep and a bunch of temps and want something different.

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Journal: Needed: Decent used computer reseller in MA

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Does anyone know of an used computer shop or wholesaler with a good selection (like atleast 100 on hand) of boxes in Massachusetts? I need to buy some and was looking for real Big Blue PII/PIII NetVistas or PL/GL series (no OS) for a resonable price (like ~$50 each). The one local place has a good selection but wants $150 for a noname PII/400/128M/4G/CD-ROM (way too much for something most people are tossing in the trash). This is COD, customer (me) pickup and only a DOA guarantee needed. I'll go to NH, VT, RI and CT if the selection is worth the trip.

There's always the MIT flea but I think they're closing down soon. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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Journal: Here's my summer boating safety bitch-n-moan

Journal by hotspotbloc
Ok, quick and easy:

- Everyone wears PFDs (lifejackets), not just the kids. Nothing like seeing a living kid clinging to the slightly bloated corpse of a parent (and yes, I had to fish'em both out of the water). And this was back before disposable body bags (stuff, dump, wash, dry, repeat as needed). Do you get the picture? I hope so.
- Test the straps on the PFDs. Put the lifejacket on the deck, hold it down with one foot and test pull the straps. Any ripping means they should cut and tossed.
- Toss any PFDs that are heavily faded. Heavy fading could cause a fabric breakdown.
- Any PFDs more than five years old should be cut'n tossed.
- If you frequently go on other people's boats consider getting your own PFD. Yeah, a Sterns will cost you >$100 but they're quite comfortable. IMO well worth the money.
- Keep PFDs accessable. I've seen a few times during inspections when Joe Boater couldn't find the key to unlock the locker with the jackets. Dumbass.
- No drinking for the pilot and one other, two max for everyone else. The water a mean place and a few beers could easily mean making it or not.
- Learn to swim. Maybe this should be number one. Even the most basic YMCA swim class will make a huge difference. For experienced swimmers try jumping in to a pool fully clothed, no PFD and stay afloat for an hour or two. If you can do an hour you will have greatly increase your chances of survival.
- If you think you might go offshore more than a mile get a marine radio and make sure it works. If you're in the US get a 406 MHz EPIRB. I know a guy today that has his Category II version (the one that saved his life) proudly mounted over his fireplace. An EPIRB can shorten a SAR contact time by as much as a few hours. Screw prayer, this will be your heaven sent angel.
- Check the weather. It's a stupid one but some people don't do it. What looks like just a dark day on shore could be +10' swells a mile out.
- Bring flares, lots of flares. Flares work great with FLIR which means possibly a faster trip to dry land.
- Tell two people on shore what your plans are and rough course/times. Have a firm return time and stick to it. If you can't make it in time call your friends with an update. Leaving a home voicemail can help too. Leave a copy of your plan by your home phone so someone could find it. This will help a rescue plane or cutter to do a much better and faster search.
- Everyone wears PFDs (lifejackets), not just the kids. Always remember this: no matter how good of a swimmer you are it will do you no good if you're unconscious. I'm repeating myself because it's that important.

Oh, if you need to be rescued by the USCG please follow their exact orders (as in don't jump in the water when you first see them). Chances are they'll get to you before the boat goes completely down so unless it's on fire please stay with it. Their current rescue rate is about 85% (pretty good). If you have a question you can call your local USCG station on the "non SAR number" and ask away. They're pretty cool and helpful with calls like this. USCG small boat crews are great people who volunteer to risk their lives in order to save others. Rarely are they every decorated for saving a life since it happens so offen. IMO a nobel act.

The water is a great place worthy of great respect. It also has zero respect for you. Please be careful.

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Journal: Best. Comment. Ever. 1

Journal by hotspotbloc
Or at least for today about Jerry Taylor vs. CentOS. From http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/03/27/tuttle_email/page2.html:

"The whole debacle in Oklahoma should not come as a shock to anyone. This is exactly the sort of thing that happens when you give people in developing countries computers. If we can just manage to stay the course, we can help these poor bastards overcome the gap."

Charles Henderson

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Journal: Question: Swap on flash?

Journal by hotspotbloc
So I have an ARM board with 64M of DRAM, 64M on board flash and an 1G RS-MMC running Debian (quite nicely). Right now I'm running it without a swap partition and memory is getting tight. Here's the questions:

- Can I run a swap part on flash without damaging said memory?

- Could it run for years without failure or will the flash memory tank in a few weeks?

- Has anyone tried this with success or failure?

BTW, I'd add more RAM but what I have is attached to the board and there's no room for expansion.

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Journal: Proof editing is a dying art

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http://www.miami.com.nyud.net:8090/mld/miamiherald/13588494.htm (cached)
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/13588494.htm (current)

Example: the writer meant to say "Alvarez, 61, was a professor at FIU, teaching education classes since 1974 ..." but some slang was not edited out so instead read "Alvarez, 61, was a lifer at FIU, teaching education classes since 1974 ..."

Opps. =)

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Journal: "George Bush don't like black people"

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"George Bush don't like black people" (link)
The Legendary KO

George Bush doesn't care about black people (Kayne West)

I ain't saying he's a gold digger
But he ain't messing with no broke niggers

George Bush don't like black people

Hurricane came through, fucked us up 'round here
Government acting like it's bad luck down here
All I know is you better bring some trucks 'round here
Wonder why I got my middle finger up 'round here

People's lives on the line you declined in the help
Since you're taking so much time we're surviving ourselves
Just me and and my pets and my kids and my spouse
Trapped in my own house looking for a way out

Five days in this motherfucking attic
I can't use the cellphone I keep getting static
Dying 'cause they lying instead of telling us the truth
The other day the helicopters got my neighbors off the roof
( That's cool )
Screwed 'cause they say they're coming back for us, too
But that was three days ago and I don't see no rescue
See what a man's got to do what a man's got to do
Since God laid the path and I'm trying to walk through

Swam to the store, tryin' to look for food
Corner store's kinda flooded so I broke my way through
Got what I could but before I got through
News say the police shot a black man trying to loot

George Bush don't like black people

Ouch.

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Journal: Waco Man Arrested After Desecrating Memorial

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The article: Waco Man Arrested After Desecrating Memorial. This guy hooked up chains and pipes to the back of his truck and drove through a memorial of over 1k white crosses (each with the name of an US KIA). Thankfully he didn't run any people over.

While I have a problem with pushing home information, business info is different:

Northern Realtors
Larry Northern
303 Crossroads West
Waco, Texas 76712
254-772-8200
254-751-0449 fax
Lnorth8980@aol.com

Be nice but what he did was wrong.

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