Cat Piano

What gets me is the guy that invented this thing probably spent months “perfecting” it. What an excellent use of his time while his friends were out inventing useless things like a telephone or steam engine.

In order to raise the spirits of an Italian prince burdened by the cares of his position, a musician created for him a cat piano. The musician selected cats whose natural voices were at different pitches and arranged them in cages side by side, so that when a key on the piano was depressed, a mechanism drove a sharp spike into the appropriate cat’s tail. The result was a melody of meows that became more vigorous as the cats became more desperate. Who could not help but laugh at such music? Thus was the prince raised from his melancholy.

Random Email #5

Another weird one I just got…

Hi I am Denise, I have a 1993 Geo Tracker and the check engine light is on. I did replace the 02 sensor and did a tune up with all new plugs and the check engine light is still on. Not sure how many 02 sensor’s are in my tuck but a mechanic said it could be the o2 sensor, so can you assist me on what I need to do.
And let me know how many sensors are in my tracker, Thank You.

{scratching head} Did you try calling a car dealer, or someone that knows anything about car engines? If your car runs on PHP or HTML I could probably help you, but otherwise…

Anyone Miss Me?

I’m back from visiting Trent and Jamie in Michigan. We had a couple awesome snowboarding days with pretty much perfect conditions. Even drug Jamie into the back-country where she was blazing new trails. :)

Collin is a cute little bastard (he is 11 months old now).

I know *some* people missed me… because I couldn’t make 2 different sushi invites, and I also couldn’t save Bobby’s softball team as a fill-in since they were a couple players short (surely I would have given them their first win). :)

I Know These Guys

I don’t know why I thought this photo was funny enough to make a whole post about it… but I’ve known these guys (brothers) since they were wee little lads in high school. Don’t Nick and Drew look like a happy little crew?

If you are bored, check out their band.

Dell PowerEdge 1855 Blade Server

I’m looking at the possibility of moving some stuff I’m doing to blade servers. Anyone have any experience with blade servers in general? And if so, now is the time to gimme some input! :)

This is what I’ve been looking at lately…

http://www1.us.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/pedge_1855

Then I could just pop in a new blade (computer) when I need more power. A 7U blade chassis will hold 10 blades/computers, so a 7U chassis could hold 40 Xeon processors, 120GB RAM, 2.9TB drive space (15k rpm Ultra 320 SCSI)

I Am The Foosball Champion!!!

All I know is that I’m awesome… and this is why…

Julien and I went to go practice some golf at the driving range this afternoon (by the way, I still utterly suck at hitting golf ball with a driver of any sort). We also played on the “short game” area (pitch and putt) which we both ended up being pretty good at… Well at least better than I was yesterday.

I ended up having dinner over at his place, and helping them break in their new glorious BBQ pit with marshmallows and beer.

Now to the good part… Julien’s roommate Scott is basically this unbeatable Foosball android where if you can touch the ball once the entire game you are doing well (I would guess he hasn’t been beat at Foosball since the 1980s). So of course I got suckered (again) into playing Foosball against Scott, only this time we each could only use our left hand. Anyway… long story short is I beat him DOWN 11 to 9.

Take that Scott!!!!!!

How do you like me now?!?!?!?!???

Oh my god, I’m awesome…

Playing Apple DRM Music Outside of iTunes/iPod?

Does anyone have a solution for playing music purchase at the Apple Music Store outside of iTunes or an iPod?

I’m going to be having a central audio distribution system in my house, but I just realized that music I purchase from the Apple Music Store isn’t going to work on anything outside of iTunes/iPod… Lame!

Makes me want to buy old school CDs and rip them instead of buy music electronically.

Life Without Electricity

I woke up this morning and there was no electricity in my house…

“Oh yeah… SDG&E sent me a letter telling me it as going to be off from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm today.”

Gee, that sucks. No electricity means no computers, no Internet, no nothing basically. My housekeepers are coming today too… I wonder how they are going to vacuum? hah

In case you are wondering how I’m writing this… it’s a laptop connected to the Internet via my cellphone. Not quite as fast as the 6Mbit I normally get. :)

Cheney Shoots Campaign Contributor

Harry Whittington, a 78-year-old lawyer, was shot by our vice president, Dick Cheney over the weekend while Cheney was quail hunting.

He contributed $1,000 to Bush’s 2000 presidential campaign and $2,000 to his 2004 re-election bid.

Nice “thank you” for donating, eh? :)

Update

Harry Whittington had a minor heart attack today after a piece of birdshot (from the gun blast) made its way into his heart.

“True” Video iPod Coming

The rumors have started about Apple releasing a “true” video iPod at the end of March or beginning of April. If the rumors are correct, they will go from a 2.5″ screen (on current iPod’s) to a 3.5″ screen and do away with the click-wheel, and instead use an on-screen touch-panel interface.

Think Secret can confirm recent rumblings that Apple is nearing completion of a completely revamped video iPod that will shed the ubiquitous mechanical click wheel for a touch screen and will sport a 3.5-inch diagonal display.

http://www.thinksecret.com/news/0602videoipod.html

6 Year Old Suspended For Sexual Harassment

Some first grader was suspended from school for 3 days for sexual harassment. hahaha!!! The beginnings of a true pimp. :)

There have been similar cases. In 1996, a New York second-grader was suspended for kissing a girl and ripping a button off her skirt — an idea the boy said he got from his favorite book “Corduroy,” about a bear with a missing button. Earlier that year, a Lexington, North Carolina, 6-year-old was separated from his class after kissing a classmate on the cheek.

http://www.cnn.com/2006/EDUCATION/02/09/sex.harass.ap/

Canon VB-C50i/R

I need to get a good pan/tilt/zoom camera for the site of the house construction (to automatically make a time lapse of the house being built and also just to see what’s going on at any given time).

I’ve done a little research on it, and so far the Canon is the best one (for the job) I can come up with… It has good zoom capability (26x optical + 12x digital for a total of 312x zoom), it has a built-in server (no need to connect it to a computer), you can schedule it to take pictures (at a pre-set pan/tilt/zoom) for the time lapsing, has a night mode with an infrared illuminator to see in the dark, etc.

So go test drive it over here, and tell me what you think:

http://www.nuspectra.com/vbcam/large.aspx

Or if you know of anything better, please let me know…

France Legalizes Peer To Peer Networks

It seems French Parliament has legalized the use of peer to peer networks to share otherwise copy-written music and movies. Now they are just trying to figure out if they are going to impose a $5/month tax to users.

This is the best reason I’ve ever heard of to move to France. :)

The French courts have ruled that using peer-to-peer networks (P2P), providing you are doing so for personal rather than commercial reasons, is legal. The decision comes just as the French Parliament meets to discuss whether internet users should pay a voluntary tax or surcharge of €5 a month to use P2P networks.

The decision was actually made back in December but has only just been made public.

http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2006/02/08/france_legalises_p2p/

Downloadable Conditional Access System (DCAS)

There has been a bunch of hoopla lately about CableCARDs finally coming to market this summer, so I decided to read about it a little more…

The CableCARD system basically lets you insert a PCMCIA card into your TV and then you don’t need a digital cable box to receive high definition signals. The CableCARDs are going to let things like digital video recorders work for high-def signals (TiVO, Windows Media Center, etc.) Anyway, after poking around the web on it, I realized that the whole CableCARD system is already obsolete and it hasn’t even been released yet. CableCARD 2.0 is going to follow about a a year later which will allow bi-directional data (you will have to wait for 2.0 for things like Pay Per View). But the really lame part is existing CableCARD TVs aren’t going to work with 2.0 CableCARDs (so you already need to buy a new TV… even if you have one that supports CableCARDs).

Then probably a year after CableCARD 2.0, cable companies are going to start switching to Downloadable Conditional Access Systems (DCAS). This will be much better than CableCARD (even 2.0) because it’s essentially a CableCARD that is downloaded automatically from your provider (no need to rent a CableCARD for each TV then).

I can’t imagine anyone reading this actually cares about any of this… but I don’t care. It’s more for my own archive purposes so I can look it up later, so piss off! :)

If you *do* actually care, here’s some reading for you…

http://arstechnica.com/guides/other/cablecard.ars

Random Email #2

Here’s one I got this morning…

can you help me to find my coponents and open them to my desktop pc. If youcan wouldyou help meto reprogram my computer and download the correct information i need to do different tasks.

Sure, I’ll get right on that.

Random Email #1

I get so many random emails where people think I’m support or sales for whatever company they are trying to reach. So I decided I’ll start posting the emails in their entirety starting now (I’m not going to go digging for old ones).

My printer color is not printing good, igot new ink.but it still want work.

Did you try contacting the printer manufacturer by chance? Or maybe someone who knows who in the hell you are?