Sunday, May 29, 2005

dumbest drivers

20M licensed drivers may lack basic safety knowledge... well, no shit. Driving on the roads can make me crazy at times. One of my biggest driving pet peeves is the lack of knowledge about turning. It sounds simple, and is if you pay attention. The reason you can make a right turn on red is that you are turning into a close lane. Doesn't matter if it's a one way or not. Well, same works with a left turn from a one-way onto a one-way. If you are in your left lane on a one-way road and you'd like to turn onto a one-way by making a left (oh, and you're at a red light) you can. It's legal. In fact, check out page 36 of the Oregon Driver's Manual (PDF).

Also, page 73 has an important, often overlooked rule: you must stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk. Not only is it polite, but it's the friggin' law. I've seen Portland Police smal on the brakes to stop half way through the crosswalk while there are people in it. Pay attention and driving will be safer and easier.

Building the world's most powerful laser

CNN.com ran an article about the National Ignition Facility (NIF) which has been of interest to me since maybe junior year in high school. The NIF is a project to build the world's most powerful laser that will heat and compress a composite fuel pellet to produce fusion, which powers stars and makes the bang in hydrogen bombs.

I did a research paper on the NIF in college freshman year and was so excited to think it might be done soon. I think it was originally scheduled to test by 2004. Well, that's been pushed back to 2010. The budget has increased about 8-fold, and many politicians seem upset over this. I however, would like to see it come to fruition at any cost. The scientific benefits of having this working are unknown in full. It's too valuable, so you politicians out there... mind your own business.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

so far so good...

well, it's been hot as hell today, and I'm sitting at work not very motivated. I've been plugging passwords into Password Gorilla and it seems ok. One of my main concerns was keeping my passwords current on any computer. So I came up with a couple of batch files that auto uploaded the password dat file. I'm not a huge fan of this though, as my password has to be kept as plain text in the ftp command text file. We'll see if I can't come up with something better.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

A-bomb pioneer wins mathematics prize

Here's an article about Peter Lax who just won the Abel Prize, which is like the Nobel Prize for Math. There's also the Fields Medal, which is also like the Nobel Prize for Math, but I think it's generally for younger mathematicians. Anyway, I find it very cool that the announcement of such a major math prize was posted on CNN. Math has been getting much more mainstream recognition, which, whether or not it deserves, is nice regardless.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Passwords!

Well, I've been wanting to write a bit on passwords. I had seen an article reviewing different programs to keep track of passwords. The one that stood out in that article (which I can't find anymore) was Password Gorilla. I wasn't sure if I wanted to use it, but then I ran across an article on news.com about a Microsoft security expert that says everyone should write down their passwords. With this in mind, and also going over password security in a class of mine, I feel like I should give Password Gorilla a fair chance. Look back soon for a review.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Signature Weddings & Events

Here's a site a friend and I have been working on. It's been one of those projects that has dragged out since last... oh... October. Whatever. Still a good looking site.

My mp3 player is kaput

I have no idea what happened but my iRiver H340 stopped working yesterday. I've had it just over a month, so I can't send it back to Amazon... Hopefully I can exchange it with iRiver with a minimal amount of hassle. I just want an mp3 player to be sweet and work. I hated the Creative Zen Touch with a passion. Someday I'll get one that works the way I want it to.

this is not a mohawk Posted by Hello

I decided to cut a mohawk a few weeks ago. Still going strong. Posted by Hello

Friday, May 20, 2005

No billboards in space

This CNN article (more like a snippet) brings up an interesting point as to whom is managing the FAA??? All I can thing to say is "I mean, c'mon... fuck." Who would even think they could regulate space?

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Jdmgta

this was a test from my cell phone. I haven't been able to post a pic taken from my cell, which I thought I would be able to do...

A Gentleman

Never Discloses Who Sucked Him Off: Charles Dubno thoroughly explains how a gentleman should act around a lady. A good read.

Where VISA and MasterCard came from

A few weeks back I started wondering how VISA and MasterCard had developed into the worldwide powerhouses of credit they are. Well, I woke up early this morning, and for some reason it popped into my head to look around. The corporate sites of both had history pages, which are worth reading. Interesting stuff.
VISA History
MasterCard History

WICK: Web Input Completion Kit

WICK: Web Input Completion Kit is an AJAX framework written by Chris Holland with a BSD license. I had asked him a while ago if I could see the code, as I wanted to implement it in ActionScript but he never got back to me. I think he was too busy working on WICK, which is fine by me. I'm going to try to implement his WICK code in AS soon.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

I doubt the Pontif smokes week

yet, there's this sweet site called DOPEPOPE that's worth looking through. this desktop background is hella badass. I wish I were cool enough to come up with that design.

Greasemonkey

greasemonkey is this really cool extension that allows you to run javascript/DHTML on a given page. I was actually suprised that it didn't work off the fresh install. Give it a try though.

* Got it to work. Didn't really do anything. Actually, I can't remember if it was broken on my desktop or laptop. Here's a user script to add a delete button to gmail. Neat stuff.

Freakin' dentist

well, it's not his fault. Last week I had 2 cavities on my gumline drilled and one filling replaced. This week I had 2 more cavities drilled, one on my gum, one between my teeth, and another filling replaced. The dentist thought I might be clenching my teeth, causing microfractures in my enamel. He suggested a custom fit guard for $300, but I got one of these Dental Concepts NightGuards and cut it up pretty nicely.

Monday, May 16, 2005

Chappelle:'I'm definitely stressed out'

CNN.com:

It's good to hear from Dave, as all those rumors were pretty stupid. $50million/2yr contract is pretty stressful, but his frustrations with the direction of the show would be more of a reason to take a break. Sounds like Dave is quite sane.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Runaway bride story spawns products

Runaway bride story spawns products: "Jennifer's High Tailin' Hot Sauce"

Unbelievable... as if the world needs more shitty sensationalism. Hopefully I'm not spreading any by writing this.

Roger Penrose

Roger Penrose

I read an interview with Sir Penrose tonight and it was quite interesting. His interpretation of, not sure how you'd put them... viewings or states in the quantum world seemed to be quite simple. He seems to have always been worried on how gravity is left out of most quantum theories. I don't remember which magazine had the interview but it was cool. Go find it yourself!

alphaWorks : ZetaGrid

alphaWorks : ZetaGrid : Overview: "ZetaGrid"

I was pretty psyched to try out this app to help verify Riemann Zeta zeros but I never did get it working properly. Hopefully they'll improve the installation. Grid computing is pretty badass anyway.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Matrix Encryption... nothing to do with Neo

Cayley-Purser Algorithm: the CP algorithm is a public-key cyrptographic system developed by a (then) 16 year old Irish girl Sarah Flannery. I was walking around Powell's this evening and saw her book called In Code. Looking at the CP versus RSA Mathematica code in the appendix inspired me to try my hand at getting it to work in C#. Hopefully I'll actually get it started at some point.
Well, publishing pics using Picasa and Hello is not as intuitive as I thought it would be. I'll be trying again in a bit. Time for dinner... tandoori chicken and rice. Ooh, and asparagus!