Archive for July, 2006


Monday, July 31st, 2006

boston skylineI am exhausted. The good news is that I’ve got some cool stuff to write up for tomorrow. Check out my Flickr stream for a preview.


Saturday, July 29th, 2006

ritz carltonI’m in Boston for SIGGRAPH. The trip got booked so late I ended up in the Ritz-Carlton… Yeah, I don’t think the staff can believe I’m staying here either. They are very nice though, but starting or ending every sentence with “Mr. Phillips” will take some getting used to. I’ll try to keep Flickr updated through the week. Here are pics of my massive room. I’m contemplating keeping a daily log (yeah, no editing on that). (more…)

Cherry Bomb

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

Buell XB9SX
Less than three weeks after I bought my new motorcycle, Buell introduced the ’07 line. No major changes so I wasn’t feeling any remorse. They did add some new colors (not to my model). I particularly liked the translucent “Cherry Bomb” body work better than my standard “Kick Ash” pieces. I ordered a set and they showed up today. I think it looks pretty good. You can find more photos of the new body work on Flickr.

Muppet Wiki

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

sprocket muppet
Sweet, I just found the Muppet Wiki. All the information you ever needed to know on each and every muppet and muppet show ever created. Of course the one thing I did learn was that I’m not clever; Sprocket is the name of the dog on Fraggle Rock which I admittedly have seen in the last year.

Speaking of tubes…

Monday, July 24th, 2006

This clip from the Daily Show is one of the best (and funniest) explanations of what the Net Neutrality debate is about.

MySpace’s tubes burn out

Sunday, July 23rd, 2006

myspace maintenance
MySpace went down yesterday when their LA data center was hit by power outage. It came back for a little while with a note that their backup power had failed. It’s been down most of the day Sunday. They eventually posted a Flash Pacman game (which DDoSed the games publisher). Despite their loss the seething masses have found other ways to communicate. Have a look at Technorati; it’s getting two MySpace related posts every minute in the middle of the night. Yes, even I miss MySpace. If it’s still down tomorrow it will be one of the more productive days this country has seen or everyone will just be clicking “refresh”

Expected Error

Saturday, July 22nd, 2006

myspaceEvery once in a while you’ll run into this error on MySpace. I always thought the phrase “unexpected error” was a little odd. Doesn’t that imply that MySpace has expected errors as part of their service?

Sudoku Solving

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

I was sitting down to solve a stack of last week’s sudokus (thanks mom) when I was reminded of a popular link last week about solving sudokus systematically. I never read the article because I enjoy solving sudokus and can do it without assistance. I was amused with what Mark Frauenfelder had to say about it on BoingBoing

Maybe this foolproof Sudoku solving algorithm explains why I don’t like Sudoku very much — at least compared to crossword puzzles, which can be clever, surprising, and educational. Sudoku is more like Solitaire, which bores the pants off me.

I’m of the opposite school of thought. Sudokus make sense. There is a logical progression and absolute solution to each one. You can work out the solution from pure deduction. On the other hand crossword puzzles are completely arbitrary and manufactured by the creator to stump the solver. To me this makes crosswords only slightly more legitimate than riddles. A riddle is a manufactured fact. Making up a question that you know the answer to does not make you any more intelligent than the person attempting to answer the riddle.

Comparing sudoku to solitaire isn’t one t0 one either. Solitaire is poorly designed in that you can lose the game before you even start to play if the deck is stacked against you. Seems kind of masochistic to a play a game that you can lose because of no fault of your own. (players would probably enjoy Everybody Loves Raymond) I would compare sudoku players to people who solve Rubik’s cubes even though they already know how. The fun is in motions, not the solution.

No Coast Derby Girls

Saturday, July 8th, 2006

no coast derby girlsI went to Pershing Center last night to catch the No Coast Derby Girls season opener. The two teams are the Gang Green and the Mary Kay Mafia. It was an okay time. I doubt I’ll go again, but the heavy drinking everyone else was doing seems like a good idea if I do. I went because I know two members: former classmate Wendy “Chantilly Mace” and former roommate Mandy “Lizzy Fistface“. The light was terrible of course but I’ve got a few pictures on Flickr. You can read the roller derby rules on Wikipedia.

Idle hands

Tuesday, July 4th, 2006

tilting couchNeedless to say, the bike being out of commission has left me with some free time.