Friday, May 30, 2008

Dang Verizon

Verizon updated the firmware of my "free" Westell E90 dsl modem to version I noticed because their stupid domain search is suddenly working again. Now the modem management web pages are all verizon branded and have links to verizon's music and shopping services. It's ok by me so long as it crashes less. Previously streaming a half hour show from netflix without throttling it myself before it gets to the modem would cause an overheat and disconnect right when the shows would get interesting.

The reason their dns is hijacking my typos again is because in my router, I set the first two dns servers like their instructions state (ending in .14) buuut the dhcp is filling in my third dns server name as the modem. I'm not sure how to prevent this in ddwrt while still using dhcp so I switched to a static "WAN" IP. That is, ddwrt serves dhcp to my home network, now ddwrt has a static IP and is all alone on the network behind the modem, and the modem does whatever the heck verizon programmed it to do. I suppose this is ok for now.

Thursday, May 29, 2008


Hackaday made me think.  Combine electronic ink (a la' Kindle) with a multitouch box to get a neato low power control panel.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008


Stole this idea from We, The Robots:

Our love is like a weed,
It's really kinda cool.
Out in the grass for all to see;
makes the neighbors gag.

Our love is like a weed,
it will forever persevere.
It grows through droughts and floods and fall;
blooms thousand times each year.

Our love is like a weed,
it's spreading out it's seeds.
Coming soon our kids will bloom.
Our yard, I hope they do not ruin.

Virginia is for Murders

We've started competing with Texas again to see who can kill the most people yearly. Tim Kaine should reevaluate what it means to be Catholic. I view state sponsored executions as revenge murders that are immoral given how easy it is for us to keep people in prison for life without parole. If we're going to have them they should be televised and either the prosecutor or the victim/victims's family should be forced to kill the convicts.

Sidenote: How is a bullet to the brain not more humane than induced paralysis? I'd rather be shot than crippled first then killed slowly.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The Blind Lead the Rest

This article made me laugh a lot.  It's high time we stopped clinging to our traditionally identical sized bills.  It'll help sighted people too and make washing the ink off bills and reprinting them in a higher denomination less easy to pass off.  Less easy instead of impossible because sometimes people just don't pay attention.  And with different sized bills, you can fan out a fat stack and know that they're all the same much quicker.  There is no disadvantage.  The real waste of money is the fact that the treasury's opposing this.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

King Is Ours

Count me among those who don't think the MLK Jr. Memorial should be outsourced to China. Or built, really. I also didn't want the WWII Memorial, American Indian Museum, National Harbor, or FDR Memorial. I'd rather live near a grassy park than a bunch of stones that I'm not allowed to climb on. Plus, more memorials mean more run-off in the rain and more erosion.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

I am the Ocean

Consequences and circumstances
crashing down around.
The cold confluence of events
makes to wear me down.

I am the ocean. (I am the ocean)
I am the sea.
I am the ocean. (I am the ocean)
I am everything.
I am the ocean. (I am the ocean)
And the ocean is me.

etc.  It's a very repetitive song.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Wherefore Art Thee, Aloe?

I ran and walked a total of like 13 or 14 miles this weekend (not sure exactly since the GPS watch is on the fritz). Since I mostly walked at a relaxed pace from like 8/9 miles on and since the weather was perfect, I got a little sun.  Now, no matter how much aloe vera I put on my face, it can absorb more almost instantly.  I'm not sure where the aloe is all going, but I think my face is composed of more plant gel than flesh now.  It's getting very smooth as I progress.  Almost creepily so.  Baby bottoms are like coarse grit sandpaper relative to my face.

On a side note, it's time to give in to wimpiness and start carrying water.  Wimpiness is a funny as hell word though.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

And now . . .

. . . some jerk is opening credit cards in my wife's name and racking up $5k bills. This is just more good news. At least my credit report is still clear for now.