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Monday, July 31, 2006

Flickr Things

I got a bandwidth ticket for Archmagus.us this weekend. I have run over the 10GB of traffic given to me. Looking through the log files, the only thing I can figure out is that a combination of bots and people viewing my various Picasa and iPhoto-created anime convention galleries has taken all my bandwidth.

Thus, I upgraded my Flickr account to Pro status. I'm in the process of moving all the pics that were in galleries on Archmagus.us to Flickr Photosets - I've already moved the pictures from My Disney World Vacation and Anime Central 2006 over. All I have now are the Ohayocon 2006 and Anime Central 2005 pictures to move. Those might take a little longer, because I have to get them out of my archives.

Currently, Archmagus.us is down, because I don't want to run up myy bandwidth charges any more than I have to. It should be back up by tomorrow, or the 15th at the latest (depending on when my bandwidth resets).

Thanks for your patience.

Update: I have now moved the Ohayocon 2006 and Acen 2005 galleries over to my Flickr account.

A lot of pictures were lost in the translation. Namely, I filtered out the pictures that were composed entirely of blur, too dark to see, and many duplicate images from an angle only 2 degrees different from the previous. The galleries have been simplified to provide the best coverage I can of these events without all the screwed-up pictures in the middle.

Also, I left up the html pages with javascript and a link to the new gallery. So, any hyperlinks from forums and suchlike should forward nearly immediately to the updated Flickr galleries.

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Thursday, July 20, 2006

YouTube Things

An interesting post via Boing Boing --
The video site YouTube constitutes an equal or larger threat to small content producers. Before you upload that video of your 19-person indie rocker reggae band, for instance, you may want to read the fine print. YouTube's "new" Terms & Conditions allow them to sell whatever you uploaded however they want:

"…by submitting the User Submissions to YouTube, you hereby grant YouTube a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, and perform the User Submissions in connection with the YouTube Website and YouTube's (and its successor's) business… in any media formats and through any media channels."
If so, this is pretty scary. I wondered how they planned to monetize their empire, but that's a really nasty way of doing it. And to think, I just got an account there! Damn.

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Quote of the Day Things

Bill: I don't want to spend 5 years in Tibet, though. Maybe 5 months, but not 5 years.

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Born Different Things

There's a new campaign out called Born Different. I watched the introductory Flash video and couldn't help but think -- "This animation is beautiful!" It all looks hand-drawn (and if it is, it is very well done). Good message, good medium, good choice. Reminds me of Don Hertzfeldt.

Hat tip: Think Progress

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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Nation Things

Turns out somebody got video of my last night at the Nation. See the intro to Planet of the Drums & Dieselboy's live set.

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Think Progress � Congressman: We Should ‘Prevent Those Who Commit Adultery or Get a Divorce From Running for Office’

Congressman: We Should ‘Prevent Those Who Commit Adultery or Get a Divorce From Running for Office’:
Therefore, Mr. Speaker, I think we should expand the scope of the amendment to outlaw divorce in this country. Going further Mr. Speaker, I believe in fidelity. Adultery is an evil that threatens the marriage and the heart of every marriage, which is commitment.
Rep. Lincoln Davis is now my hero. Bloggers have been pointing out the stupidity of the "gay threat to marraige" argument for years -- I'm glad it's finally making it to the House.

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Ikasucon Videos

The 1-hour long Masquerade Video is up. Check it out! Mario & Luigi stand-up comedy, "Sasuke is a woman" jokes, and tons of other fun stuff.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

New Music!

Wrote out two bits of ostinato today -- Pirate Hooker and Robot is Online. Check them out along with the the rest of my music, if you dare.

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Coding Horror: Separating Programming Sheep from Non-Programming Goats

Coding Horror: Separating Programming Sheep from Non-Programming Goats:
Formal logical proofs, and therefore programs – formal logical proofs that particular computations are possible, expressed in a formal system called a programming language – are utterly meaningless. To write a computer program you have to come to terms with this, to accept that whatever you might want the program to mean, the machine will blindly follow its meaningless rules and come to some meaningless conclusion. In the test the consistent group showed a pre-acceptance of this fact: they are capable of seeing mathematical calculation problems in terms of rules, and can follow those rules wheresoever they may lead. The inconsistent group, on the other hand, looks for meaning where it is not. The blank group knows that it is looking at meaninglessness, and refuses to deal with it.

So, to do well in programming, you have to be able to process, nay experience meaningless rules applied to nonexistent items, and rejoice in the structure of your imaginary results? How completely alien - what experiences could possibly prepare you for such an act of metacognition?

Well, off to play Dungeons & Dragons! Or maybe World of Warcraft...

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The Carpetbagger Report � Blog Archive � Beat 'em for Jesus! The unhappy childhood of Dr. James Dobson

The Carpetbagger Report � Blog Archive � Beat 'em for Jesus! The unhappy childhood of Dr. James Dobson:
Even more alarming, Dobson admits in one of his books that as a child he arranged a fight between two mismatched dogs. The battle involved a tenacious bulldog and a "sweet, passive Scottie named Baby," and Dobson provoked it by throwing a tennis ball toward Baby. He writes what happened next: "The bulldog went straight for Baby's throat and hung on. It was an awful scene. Neighbors came running from everywhere as the Scottie screamed in terror. It took ten minutes and a garden hose for the adults to pry loose the bulldog's grip. By then Baby was almost dead. He spent two weeks in the animal hospital, and I spent two weeks in the doghouse. I was hated by the entire town."

No wonder James Dobson is such a complete nutcase. He got tortured even more than my friends and I as kids, and he went completely psychopathic after it. I don't feel sorry for him, but it's interesting how the monster was made.

Hat tip: Think Progress

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Monday, July 17, 2006

Ikasucon 2006

Ikasucon 2006 pictures are up over at Flickr. I'm working on getting the videos up in a decent format -- most likely Google Video, since they don't have a 10-minute time limit.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

50's Things

A hat tip to Two Worlds Collision for pointing out Boys Beware - a 50's instructional video warning boys to beware of homosexual predators. 

It's crazy to think that back in the 50's it was perfectly acceptable to use pedophilia and homosexuality interchangeably. It's also a good reminder that some people still think this is the case. And, it's campy throwback weirdness for the B-movie obsessed nerd crowd like myself.

Ah, the craziness the internet has brought us...

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Exploding Things

A video of my friends and I blowing up some fireworks on July 4th. [click here]

YouTube, for the record, is cool.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

27B Stroke 6


ut this service isn't going to go through the interent and what you do is you just go to a place on the internet and you order your movie and guess what you can order ten of them delivered to you and the delivery charge is free.

Ten of them streaming across that internet and what happens to your own personal internet?

I just the other day got, an internet was sent by my staff at 10 o'clock in the morning on Friday and I just got it yesterday. Why?
And to think, this guy is voting on net neutrality and other technical policy issues.