Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Liberals Gone Wild!Liberal Network Kicks Off With a Hard Left (

"A parade of liberal guests scored their partisan points on 'The O'Franken Factor.' But perhaps the most entertaining moment came when conservative talker and onetime Watergate felon G. Gordon Liddy called in from his radio show.

'I know if someone comes after me, you'll kill them,' Franken said.

'And not quickly,' Liddy noted. 'Slowly and painfully.'"
gladwell dot com / The Pima Paradox: "Unfortunately, the year after that original edition of Atkins' book came out, the American Medical Association published a devastating critique of this theory, pointing out, among other things, that ketone losses in the urine and the breath rarely exceed a hundred calories a day--a quantity, the A.M.A. pointed out, 'that could not possibly account for the dramatic results claimed for such diets.' In 'Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution,' not surprisingly, he's become rather vague on the subject, mysteriously invoking something he calls Fat Mobilizing Substance. Last year, when I interviewed him, he offered a new hypothesis: that ketosis takes more energy than conventional food metabolism does, and that it is 'a much less efficient pathway to burn up your calories via stored fat than it is via glucose.' But he didn't want to be pinned down. 'Nobody has really been able to work out that mechanism as well as I would have liked,'he conceded."
gladwell dot com / The Pima Paradox: "All told, the collaboration between the N.I.H. and the Pima is one of the most fruitful relationships in modern medical science--with one fateful exception. After thirty-five years, no one has had any success helping the Pima lose weight. For all the prodding and poking, the hundreds of research papers describing their bodily processes, and the determined efforts of health workers, year after year the tribe grows fatter."

Monday, March 29, 2004

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I'm new. I need answers. - Topic Powered by Infopop: "At the London launch of Pattern Recognition this year Gibson was asked about The Matrix, and his first response was to chuckle and say 'Ah yes, the unpaid bill'." | Novell regaining prior glory: "Is it too late (or too early) to say that Novell 'is back?'
Perhaps the jury is still out, but there's no question that the software company has at least regained some of its prior glory and relevance in technology circles.
Last week Novell hosted some 6,000 of its closest friends and adherents at the 20th annual BrainShare conference held at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City.
As I mentioned in last week's column, this is not a confab for those with a weak pocketbook as the entry fees started at $1,795 per person.
Nevertheless, programmers, developers, integrators and administrators from around the world descended upon the City of Salt for a chance to learn the latest from the self-proclaimed king of the OneNet - enough so that Novell nearly broke even on the event - but more on that later.
As outlined in this column and elsewhere, during the past 12-plus months Novell (Nasdaq: NOVL) has made a concerted effort to work itself back into prominence by casting its lot with what is known as the Open Source community.
For you non-geeks out there, source code refers to the underlying software inside any application that actually defines what it is a program is capable of doing. In this sense, source code is somewhat akin to the engine under the hood of your car." Keeping Doctors in the Dark: "The British decision led to the FDA's move to hold a hearing on Feb. 2 in Washington. Until that time, of seven published studies of SSRI use for childhood depression, only three demonstrated positive effects as compared with placebos. At the meeting, doctors and patients learned that the FDA had eight additional drug company studies in its 'back files' that also showed no positive effects for the drugs but were never published. The drug companies had performed these studies under the 'pediatric rule,' which extended the patents of these medications for the companies by six months. But the companies were under no obligation to publish them, and so they languished in darkness until the British government's action made us aware of them.

At the meeting, even researchers and academic psychiatrists who were well-known proponents of psychiatric medication for children pleaded for transparency in research findings. How can doctors make sensible decisions when most of the studies are withheld from public scrutiny? The companies responded that the studies are proprietary company property and that publication of such data could hurt their product and stockholders." - The oldest bank robber: No regrets - Mar 28, 2004: "He can't remember when he decided to rob the First American Bank in Abilene. Or even what he planned to do with the loot -- $1,999. But he does have one answer.

'You want to know why I rob banks?' Rountree said. 'It's fun. I feel good, awful good. I feel good for sometimes days, for sometimes hours.'

It was one last adventure for a man who'd had others years ago. He once made millions as a businessman, once had a family."
Kerry quotes Bible, irks Bush camp: "Kerry quotes Bible, irks Bush camp

March 29, 2004

ST. LOUIS -- Sen. John Kerry cited a Bible verse Sunday to criticize leaders who have 'faith but has no deeds,' prompting President George W. Bush's spokesman to accuse Kerry of exploiting scripture for political gain.

Kerry never mentioned Bush by name during his speech at New North Side Baptist Church, but aimed his criticism at 'our present national leadership.' Kerry cited scripture in his appeal to the worshipers, including James, 2:14: 'What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds?'

'The scriptures say, what does it profit, my brother, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?' Kerry said. 'When we look at what is happening in America today, where are the works of compassion?'"

Sunday, March 28, 2004

Canon USA, Consumer Products - Download Library for S630: "630 Printer Driver v1.7.0 for Macintosh OS X v10.1 or later
Once the file has UnStuffed, double-click 'S630_OSX_v170' to begin installation. Borderless printing is supported for Mac OS X v10.2 (Jaguar) or later. This printer driver is compatible with the iMac, G3 & G4 series computers that can run Macintosh OS X and are equipped built-in USB ports. Installation instructions are not included."
Canon U.S.A., Consumer Products osxprinters Support: "Please Note: Driver versions available for download may be updated from versions available on the Canon printer setup CD or Mac OS X installation CD. Please consult the driver posted date and version number located on the download page. For further Mac OS X compatibility information, please review the FAQs below."
SBaGen - Binaural Beat Brain Wave Experimenter's Lab:
"My original idea was to use this utility to play a programme of different tones throughout the night, hoping to improve dreaming and dream-recall, and then to bring myself up into Alpha rhythms to (hopefully) make a good start to the day. I am now using it more for shorter focussed sessions of about an hour, both during daytime and at night. However, other people have used this software in many different ways. For example, one person suffering constant pain from historical injuries appreciated the way that he could tune the frequencies very accurately to his needs to help him sleep better at night. Other more unusual uses have included: mixing the sounds in as part of musical compositions, and generating ambient sounds during live DJ sets."

Saturday, March 27, 2004

TechTV | Make Your Own FM Radio Transmitter: "But if you live in one of the less-populated areas of the world -- say, 30 miles south of Highway 50 in the middle of Nevada -- chances are you're not going to interfere with any other FM broadcasts. In a sparsely populated area you may have limited broadcast rights. If nothing else it's far less likely that firing up Radio Free (Your Name Here) will gather much attention out in the sticks. "
New Eagle Mountain road to connect housing, commerce :: The Daily Herald :: Your town. Your neighbors. Your newspaper.: "In return for financing the road, the State Trust Lands will receive impact fee vouchers and entitlements for real estate developments, said Ric McBrier, assistant director of trust lands. State Trust Lands is building the road because it will make the 1,200 acres of land, which the state trust owns around the road, available for development. More than 100 acres on the northern end of the road could be on the market as soon as next year, but development for the rest of the property is more than three years away, McBrier said.
'The market has to be right,' he said. 'That's why we are investing in the road. We are getting closer to the market being right.'" - Costco's Dilemma: Be Kind To Its Workers, or Wall Street?: "'From the perspective of investors, Costco's benefits are overly generous,' says Bill Dreher, retailing analyst with Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. 'Public companies need to care for shareholders first. Costco runs its business like it is a private company.'
Costco appears to pay a penalty for its largesse to workers. The company's shares trade at about 20 times projected per-share earnings for 2004, compared with about 24 for Wal-Mart. Mr. Dreher says the unusually high wages and benefits contribute to investor concerns that profit margins at Costco aren't as high as they should be."

Friday, March 26, 2004

fat america | Metafilter: "Avoiding monosodium glutamate is especially hard because there are no laws requiring that MSG be labeled as such. It can legally be hidden as 'spices','natural flavors','yeast extract' or any number of other equally helpful designators.

Thing is, most americans don't really care what is in their food. If you ever try to tell someone about what is going on in the food industry it falls on deaf ears. They will tell you that they don't want to know, and don't tell them because then they might be grossed out by their favorite foods. "
fat america | Metafilter: "Americans may think they're getting cheap food at the checkout, but what they don't realize is that they've already paid for it in their taxes. The only people who benefit from so-called 'cheap food' are the corporations.

One of my favorite examples is Mrs. Maggie Thatcher herself. Apparently before she got into politics, she was a food scientist at Wall's Ice Cream. Her job was to see how much air they could whip into the ice cream before it collapsed on itself.

I have a friend at Nestle where their current goal is to find a cheap chocolate substitute that they can put into their candy because real chocolate is so expensive. Do you think the price of the candy will go down when they discover it? I don't think so. Will this chocolate substitute be healthier than real cocoa, or even natural at all? I don't think so. Will people continue to buy it? I think so. Why? Because of billions of dollars in marketing to make it look fabulous and appealing."
SBaGen - Binaural Beat Brain Wave Experimenter's Lab: "Welcome to the world of Binaural Beats!

The theory behind binaural beats is that if you apply slightly different frequency sine waves to each ear, a beating affect is created in the brain itself, due to the brain's internal wiring. If, in the presence of these tones, you relax and let your mind go, your mind will naturally synchronize with the beat frequency. In this way it is possible to tune the frequency of your brain waves to particular frequencies that you have selected, using of the four bands: Delta - deep sleep, Theta - dreaming and intuitive stuff, Alpha - awake, focussed inside, Beta - awake, focussed outside.

" | MONITOR: "Return of the homebrew coder"
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Compare Prices and Read Reviews on Epiphone PR-100 at "Everyone has their talents, and everyone's talents come in different measures. I've been playing guitar for more than twenty years now, and for fifteen or so of them, I've realized that I'm just not ever going to be Jimmy Page.

But I still like to play -- with a little practice I'm a passable rhythm guitarist -- and the theft of my first guitar in a burglary a few years ago left an empty space in my life. A guitar can be a rare friend and companion. Call it maudlin, but after September 11th, I felt the need to have one around, just to strum on.

I picked up my Epiphone at Guitar Center. It wasn't the cheapest guitar available; there were some decent used models that were somewhat less expensive, and a couple of electrics that would have set me back not much more even with a small amp. The price, however, was reasonable. I got out of the store with the guitar (the blonde model), a tuner, a gig bag, a pack of picks and an extra set of strings for about $200.

It's a nice guitar, and the price was right. It frets easily, stays in tune and has a fairly rich tone for a $150 /- instrument. I've been banging it around for six months now (and my kids can't seem to stay away from it), and it's still in great shape, so I can't complain about the construction.

It's not a Hummingbird, but I don't have $2000 lying around to spend on a guitar, nor is my talent or ambition up to that kind of investment. This guitar may be the last one I own, and I could happily play it for the rest of my life. When and if my two sons take up guitar (and given their musical bent, I suspect they both will), I'll be more than happy if I can find them starter guitars of this quality for a comparable price. I suspect that I'll look at Epiphone first when that time comes."

Thursday, March 25, 2004 News | Fructose sweetener linked to obesity rise: "Obesity among American adults climbed from 23 percent in the early 1990s to 30 percent today, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. And two-thirds of Americans are overweight. That means increased risks for heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers.

The debate over high-fructose sweeteners centers on how the body processes sugar. Unlike glucose, a major component in table sugar, fructose doesn't trigger responses in hormones that regulate energy use and appetite. That means fructose is more likely to be converted into fat, the researchers said.

The sweeteners are also cheaper to produce and use in food manufacturing than cane and beet sugars, the study noted.

The report, which says more study is needed, also lays blame on people for eating more and exercising less.
Getting FREE Music from the iTunes Sharing Feature : Fazer :: Arson Network v3.0: "Now the hard part is done. You can now use curl or wget to obtain your mp3.
Here is how it can be done using curl:
Men's Fitness: Arrest your stress: five inexpensive biofeedback devices to monitor your body tension, reduce stress and increase energy. (Energy).: "Temperature Training
Stress effect: Reduced hand and foot temperature due to constriction of the arteries and the shunting of blood flow away from the extremities.
Monitor: Using a simple thermometer such as a Stressdot (100 dots will run you $12.95 at, you can monitor your hand temperature and train yourself to elevate it. In a warm room, place a Stressdot on your hand and wait one minute until it settles on a color. Use the color chart to determine your hand temperature.
Relax: Sit quietly in a comfortable position, relax your breathing and let your muscles slacken. Push negative thoughts out of your head, concentrating instead on 'thinking' warm hands. Merely focusing on warmth has been shown to raise temperature."
Design Observer: writings about design & culture: Michael McDonough’s Top Ten Things They Never Taught Me in Design School: "8. The road to hell is paved with good intentions; or, no good deed goes unpunished.
The world is not set up to facilitate the best any more than it is set up to facilitate the worst. It doesn’t depend on brilliance or innovation because if it did, the system would be unpredictable. It requires averages and predictables. So, good deeds and brilliant ideas go against the grain of the social contract almost by definition. They will be challenged and will require enormous effort to succeed. Most fail. Expect to work hard, expect to fail a few times, and expect to be rejected. Our work is like martial arts or military strategy: Never underestimate your opponent. If you believe in excellence, your opponent will pretty much be everything."
Google Search:: "It might help if we knew what engine code it was (I am jumping to
conclusions that the thing is an 8 valve motor).

Hmmm, looks like the 88 Scirocco might have had a JH 8v or a PL 16v.

Well, the other folks mentioned having a good running O2 sensor, I'd
like to add you do a compression test on the motor, and via one of those
shop base emission tester type thingies get the air to fuel ratio dialed in.

Google Search:: "Hmmm
I thought the engines were designed for different fuel injection systems.
Digifant II for the 88 Golf engine (higher compression) and CIS-x for the
Scirocco. Not sure if that Scirocco engine had the knock sensor on it.
That might make a difference in efficiency!
Of course more factors can come into play such as the type of gas,
transmission ratios, tires and air pressure, dragging brakes, wheel
alignment, engine in good tune, properly working sensors (CTS & 02), and
even waxing the body of the vehicle!!!
Did someone mention driving habits also? lol
Some of the 88 Golfs should get closer to 30 mpg.

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

FileMaker Discussions - links to filemaker CDML resources: "The documentation I've been able to find on CDML has been extremely sparse.

My suggestions - visit and download the tutorial of their datadesigner plug in (they call them fast packs). It which will step you through some basic CDML. As long as you are dealing with fairly simple db with few relationships this could be your answer .

The other 'resource' is the CDML Reference & Tool that come with FMP but they really aren't that useful for learning. I think I learned more from just examining the html that comes with the 'Shopping Cart' solution on the CD than I have from any other source.

If you find any good resources I'd love to know about them - I am still struggling through myself.

Good luck -

If logic prevailed men would ride side saddle." - News - Customer Subdues Robber With Sledgehammer: "'After hitting him in the head with a hammer four times, he wouldn't go down,' Croy said."

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Program Details for Night of the Living Dead: "In this classic yet still creepy horror film, strangers hold up in a rural Pennsylvania farmhouse and battle constant attacks from dead locals who have been brought back to life by mysterious radiation.
CBS News | The FBI's Eye On Young John Kerry | March 23, 2004 09:59:26: "Nixon: Apparently, this fellow, uh, that they put in the front row, is that what you say, the front [unintelligible] the real stars.

Haldeman: Kerry. He is, he did a hell of a great job on the, uh --

Nixon: He was extremely effective.

Haldeman concludes: I think you’ll find Kerry running for political office.

In another conversation, Nixon referred to Kerry’s group of anti-war veterans as 'bastards.'

As a vocal critic of Nixon, Kerry was on the White House radar, especially after his appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 1971.

'How do you ask a man to be the last man to die in Vietnam?' Kerry testified. 'How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?'

Monday, March 22, 2004

Transcript_60 Minutes_StahlClarke_04Mar21: "CLARKE: Well Rumsfeld was saying that we needed to bomb Iraq and we all said, 'No no, al Qaeda is in Afghanistan. We need to bomb Afghanistan.' Rumsfeld said, 'There aren't any good targets in Afghanistan and there are lots of good targets in Iraq.' I said, 'Well there are lots of good targets in lots of places but Iraq had nothing to with it.'

STAHL: You wrote you thought he was joking.

CLARKE: Initially I thought when he said there aren't enough targets in Afghanistan, I thought he was joking.

STAHL: Now what was your reaction to all this Iraq talk? What did you tell everybody?

CLARKE: What I said was, you know, invading Iraq or bombing Iraq after we're attacked by somebody else, it's akin to, what if Franklin Roosevelt after Pearl Harbor instead of going to war with Japan said, 'Let's invade Mexico.' It's very analagous.

STAHL: But didn't they think there was a connection?

CLARKE: I think they wanted to believe that there was a connection but the CIA was sitting there, the FBI was sitting there, I was sitting there saying, We've looked at this issue for years, for years we've looked for a connection and there's just no connection."

Yahoo! News - Eisenhower Letters Show Secret Gov't Plans
: "WASHINGTON - A few weeks after the Soviets launched the first manmade satellite in 1957, shattering America's sense of security, CBS President Frank Stanton was summoned to the White House to see President Eisenhower.


Stanton knew his friend was agonizing over how to respond to Sputnik and the terrorizing thought that permeated America: Had the Soviets gained a huge first-strike advantage in the nuclear arms race?

But Stanton learned Eisenhower also was wrestling with how best to ensure the U.S. government could function if a Soviet attack wiped out many American leaders.

Stanton, who had no experience or ambitions in government, was taken aback when the president asked if he would be willing to oversee a federal communications agency after such an attack.

'I was surprised and startled by the breadth of the assignment,' said the 96-year-old Stanton, who lives in Boston.

Nervous about the awesome task of keeping the nation's telephone, radio and television systems operating after an attack, Stanton said he nevertheless 'agreed to do my chore.'

Stanton was one of six private citizens secretly recruited and granted authority by Eisenhower to run major components of the government in an emergency. No public announcement of the appointments was made. Their existence was confirmed by recently publicized Eisenhower administration letters.

'The president was planning for the unthinkable,' said retired Army Gen. Andrew J. Goodpaster, Eisenhower's staff secretary. 'He wanted to bring in the wisdom and competence to reinforce whatever elements of the government survived and provide some assurance that our government could not be decapitated.'" :: The Journey To Wild Divine: "The Journey To Wild Divine

16 Sep 2003 11:54 GMT

Al Reid

New Age philosophy comes to the PC.

Are you ready for a PC game that is both a 'healing journey and exhilarating adventure'? A gaming environment that 'reduces stress, centers the mind and calms the body', and will see your heart rate and other natural rhythms measured by a biofeedback module? Then come, my children, embrace The Journey to Wild Divine.

Newboy developer The Wild Divine Project, which operates out of an office in the Eldorado Canyon, Colorado, is trying to create a therapeutic tool for gamers fuelled by a development team packed with PH.D authors, ex-Buddhist monks and Tibetan composers. Two of the top members met while rock climbing, it's that spiritual.

'I've always wanted to experience the amazing things that wizards, sages and mystics experience in movies I've seen, books I've read and dreams I've had,' said animator and developer Corwin Bell. 'In The Journey to Wild Divine, users can actually experience mythological images and states of being; the game is cast in a way that it looks and feels like magic, but it's all working within the psyche.'

Blimey. If you work that out, you're obviously more spiritually in tune than us.

Biomedical engineer Kurt Smith broke off from composing music for the game from his studio, The Crucible (no, really),  to say that Bell's artistic spirituality when combined with graphics capabilities was 'mind-blowing'. Somewhere I can smell incense burning."
Boing Boing: A Directory of Wonderful Things: " One dissertation 'had no hypothesis, no data collection, and no statistical analysis. A member of the visiting committee characterized the work as more like a project paper at the college freshman level.' The dissertation, The Complete Guide to Glass Collecting, was 61 pages long."

Friday, March 19, 2004

MetaTalk | Community Weblog: "Question for all you writers out there: how do you keep from getting distracted? What's your technique to get into the zone, focus, and let the verbiage just flow? Any and all help would be appreciated.

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

International News Article | "WE WANT BUSH TO WIN

The statement said it supported President Bush in his reelection campaign, and would prefer him to win in November rather than the Democratic candidate John Kerry, as it was not possible to find a leader 'more foolish than you (Bush), who deals with matters by force rather than with wisdom.'"
Composer Ellsworth Hall's EllsMusicNet
KEYBOARD REPORTS: Korg MS2000: "Bottom Line: The MS2000 is among the most impressive virtual-analog synths that have come along during the past five years. I knew Korg had something special as soon as I laid my hands on it at last February's L.A. NAMM show. It's packed with expressive and inspirational preset patches, it provides a generous complement of knobs, buttons, and LEDs, and its vocoder, mod sequencer, and arpeggiator are ready for musical exploration by the novice as well as the seasoned synthesist. Perhaps most impressive is the fact that Korg brought all these goodies to market at such an affordable price. Altogether it's such a great package that we're honoring it with our Key Buy award."
EyeHome Macintosh PVR | PVRblog: "In my dream world, I would take the iPod user interface, controls and screen and put them on a remote control. That remote would control a box (like the EyeHome), and would allow you to play your music, movies and photos, but the entire control interface would be on the iPod (sans storage) remote. Let's hope Apple or someone makes it for us."
MSNBC - Are you a 'flexitarian?': "Pugh is one of a growing number of part-time vegetarians whose loose adherence to the meat-free diet is transforming a decades-old movement and the industry that feeds it.

'I really like sausage'
These so-called “flexitarians” — a term voted most useful word of 2003 by the American Dialect Society — are motivated less by animal rights than by a growing body of medical data that suggests health benefits from eating more vegetarian foods.

“There’s so many reasons that people are vegetarians ... I find that nobody ever gives me a hard time when I say I usually eat vegetarian. But I really like sausage,” Pugh said."
TECHWR-L Mailing List Archive: "Searching the 'Complete Site' or 'All TECHWR-L Archives' is time-consuming, as it searches through nearly 160,000 documents and messages. Consider a more restrictive search."
HCIRN > Introduction: "The aim of this tutorial is to provide an introduction to typography. Typography is defined as

the art of designing printed matter

the appearance of printed matter

There are many different types of printed matter, books, brochures, newsletters and many more. This tutorial focuses on technical documents.

Typography is relevant for user interface designers from two perspectives. Firstly, user interface design often includes the presentation of text on a display. Although typography is mainly concerned with printed matter, it provides valuable guidance for these situations. Secondly, user interface design involves to a large degree documenting and communicating designs, usually on paper. Knowledge of typography can aid this process."
web zen: "typographic zen
Summary: Word vs. Frame: "This summary lists pros and cons for using FrameMaker or Word for creating large documents or books. The general consensus of techwhirlers is that FrameMaker is better-suited than Word for large documents and for creating a single-source documentation set."

Monday, March 15, 2004

Welcome to AJC!: "Jeff rarely speaks in a logical manner, if at all. But his mother recalls one painful moment last fall when he did speak.
The family had piled into their SUV and driven to the Stone Mountain foster home to spend a few hours with Jeff and take him to a nearby Taco Bell for lunch. When they arrived to pick him up, Kathi walked into the house.
'OK, Mommy,' he said when he spotted his mother. 'I'm ready to go home.' "
Ask MetaFilter | Community Weblog

Great thread on Google-Fu!
Ask MetaFilter | Community Weblog: "A friend paid much of his college tuition by buying discounted clothing at Abercrombie outlet and then selling it on eBay. He could usually clear $20/shirt and $30/pair of pants.

I see a lot of stuff that people purchased as overstock/clearance merchandise that they can sell as 'new in box' or 'new with tags.'"
Water Filtration Systems - Health and Fitness - Healthy Water - Shower Water Filtration Systems - Drinking Water Filtration Systems - Shower Filters - Filters vs Purifiers
Dems attack videos promoting Medicare law / Bush administration pays actors to pose as TV journalists: "Washington -- Congressional investigators are scrutinizing television segments in which the Bush administration paid people to pose as journalists praising the benefits of the new Medicare law, intended to help elderly Americans with the costs of their prescription medicines.

The videos, a hybrid of advertising and journalism, are intended for use in local television news programs.

Several of the videos include pictures of President Bush receiving a standing ovation from a crowd cheering as he signed the Medicare drug-benefit law on Dec. 8.

The materials were produced by the Department of Health and Human Services, but the source is not identified. Two videos end with the voice of a woman who says, 'In Washington, I'm Karen Ryan reporting.'

But the production company, Home Front Communications, said it had hired Ryan to read a script prepared by the government."
FrameMaker Tutorial: Graphics: "The following tutorial shows you how to use the drawing tools included with FrameMaker to create simple graphics. You will use different commands such as drawing, selecting, aligning, distributing, and grouping to create the sample illustration shown in samples.exe. (If this self-extracting zip file doesn't work for you, contact the e-mail address at the bottom of this page.) Other tutorials focus on the basics, styles, templates, tables, cross-references, book building, variable text and conversion techniques. These tutorials only get you started; if you have more in-depth needs, see the Adobe FrameMaker User Guide or Adobe FrameMaker Classroom in a Book."

Saturday, March 13, 2004

Ask MetaFilter | Community Weblog: "It might depend on what sort of documents you're filing. As an academic I use labelled banker's boxes for stuff I know I'm going to need. Everything I file has a good chance of being needed for articles in the future (but I don't know which), so I use a referencing software (Endnote). As I'm entering things into Endnote I put the name on the file into the keywords section. Using other keywords also gives me a fair chance of spotting stuff thats relevant from different boxes. This method does require some discipline.
Ask MetaFilter | Community Weblog: "I've got new responsibilities at work, and now I have to [shudder] actually file paper. I'm a visual person, and once I stick stuff in files, I forget about it. But the alternative seems to be piling paper and then watching coworkers gasp in horror when they poke their head in the door. Any tips that work for you? Should I just throw it all away and pretend it got lost? Do I really have to file each piece of paper in 10 seconds or less?

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Drew Curtis' "AOL, Yahoo, and Microsoft sue hundreds of spammers for violating new anti-spam law. Spammers promise ISPs a bigger penis, home mortgage and debt consolidation if they drop the charges"
Drew Curtis' "CIA Director Tenet warns Congress that al Qaeda is planning 'spectacular attacks' against the U.S. Donald Rumsfeld is calling it a 'Must see!' Tom Ridge says, 'If you see just one terror attack this year... see this one!'"
Teach Yourself Programming in Ten Years: " 'Everyone can be taught to sculpt: Michelangelo would have had to be taught how not to. So it is with the great programmers'."

Tuesday, March 09, 2004

RNC moves to stop Bush In 30 Seconds Ad Campaign | Metafilter: "Meanwhile, the GOP is also at work harassing other candidates directly.

Why isn't Karl Rove just having everyone killed? Is there a laziness factor involved, or does he need to feel sportsmanlike about all this?
Police reports give details of activities at BYU players' home :: The Daily Herald :: Your town. Your neighbors. Your newspaper.: "Police reports give details of activities at BYU players' home
Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 12:00 AM

Sexual activity during a late-night party at a house shared by several BYU football players 'got a little bit out of hand,' a woman involved told Provo police, including group sex with seven or eight men that was witnessed by a number of 'onlookers. '

Two police reports obtained by the Daily Herald through a public records request detailed the woman's initial allegation of rape and her later admission to police that the sexual activity had been consensual.

One report, dated Feb. 9, adds that the mother of one of the players on the football team contacted police with concerns that her son had 'happened into the party,' had 'witnessed several individuals having sex' and that there had been indications of threats from other players."
Police reports give details of activities at BYU players' home :: The Daily Herald :: Your town. Your neighbors. Your newspaper.: "Police reports give details of activities at BYU players' home
Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 12:00 AM

Sexual activity during a late-night party at a house shared by several BYU football players 'got a little bit out of hand,' a woman involved told Provo police, including group sex with seven or eight men that was witnessed by a number of 'onlookers. '

Two police reports obtained by the Daily Herald through a public records request detailed the woman's initial allegation of rape and her later admission to police that the sexual activity had been consensual.

One report, dated Feb. 9, adds that the mother of one of the players on the football team contacted police with concerns that her son had 'happened into the party,' had 'witnessed several individuals having sex' and that there had been indications of threats from other players."

Monday, March 08, 2004 Johhny Depp: Different's Fine with Me: "Depp told the latest edition of Time magazine that in the 1980s he was so desperate to get out of playing heartthrob detective Tom Hanson on Fox's '21 Jump Street' that he purposely wore odd clothes and spoke in tongues on the set.

The producers, though, didn't buy the nutty routine.

'It was a weird thing not to be in control of your own image,' he said. 'I remember saying to myself, Man, when I'm free of this, I'm going to do only the things that I want to do. I'm going to go down whatever road I decide.'" - 3 Doors Down member charged - Mar 8, 2004: "Todd Harrell, 32, was charged with simple assault following the Friday dispute at the Cheap-O-Deep-O in Moss Point, near the band's hometown of Escatawpa on Mississippi's Gulf coast.

The carrier, Ronnie Boulware, 53, told investigators Harrell got out of his vehicle, struck him three times in the face and kicked him in the groin after he and his wife confronted the rocker.

Boulware told police he then got a handgun from his vehicle and threatened Harrell with it. Boulware was charged with exhibiting a weapon during the dispute.

Moss Point police Lt. Chuck Coleman said Boulware told officers that Harrell took three newspapers from the coin-operated newspaper stand, but paid for only one.

However, Harrell's attorney, Paul Benton, said the rocker entered the store to get change and then legally bought the newspapers that Boulware said were stolen."

Friday, March 05, 2004

Gizmodo: "But just when I hate this thing, they have to go and do something ingenious, in two parts: first, by requiring a biometric authorization to use the device (a simple thumbprint scan -- before you get freaked out, think of it as practice for shopping at Satan's grocery store)"

Thursday, March 04, 2004 - "Microsoft’s research lab is tooling around with a prototype of a digital camera you wear around your neck and which snaps up to 2,000 photos thoughout the day. It can even react to bright lights or sudden movements, or take more shots when your heart rate increases by guessing that something you might want to record is going on. Hopefully they’re working on some software that’ll help you make sense of all the thousands of photos you’ll be collecting — otherwise having so much a massive visual record of your life will be pretty much worthless. "
Ask MetaFilter | Community Weblog: "Depending on how much stuff you have to collect, it can be a good idea to use a system of dividing each file in your filing cabinet into years (calendar or financial, whichever suits you best) and then, when the time comes to either archive or clean out your files, you can just take the (for example) folders that are more than 2 years old and archive/toss them. As with filing things straight away, it makes the job of clearing out files much quicker and therefore more likely to be done. An almost anal level of organisation will pay off when it comes to filing.
posted by dg at 2:14 PM PST on March 4

Files don't work for me either -- I have to have things visually accessible to remember them, with few exceptions.

Cubbyhole-type filing is supposedly best for visually-oriented people. An organizer with little cubbyholes allows you to see the different items while still organizing them into something less messy than piles."
Ask MetaFilter | Community Weblog: "Alternatively, just delete your old mail, since you know you're never going to look at it again anyway.

I have a folder called 'Saved Messages' into which I drag messages I explicitly deem worthy of saving. Most everything else gets automatically deleted no more than 90 days after I receive it -- sooner for some folders (e.g. spam only lasts a week). There are a few folders I prune manually (e.g. folders for particular projects I'm working on). Periodically I even prune the 'Saved Messages'; I probably don't need those registration codes for Mac OS 9 shareware anymore, for instance.

Attachment to things you don't really need is the root cause of suffering. Letting go is the path to contentment."

Wednesday, March 03, 2004

Payback on those Nigerian Email Scammers: "Dearest Father Franck:

I would be willing to supply the 30 percent if you can provide me with
the following answers to assuage my fears. I would have to give you access
to our computers here at Yoyodyne, which apart from handling who can
and cannot access our money, also contains plans for such things as the
new and improved Ocsillation Overthruster, so bear with my questions,
even if they seem odd to you:

1. Please tell me the precise date of the tragic accident.
2. Are you now, or have you ever been affiliated with an organization
called the Hong-Kong Cavaliers? "

Yahoo! News - Tall Californians Come Up Short in Airline Lawsuit
: "SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Tall people will have to go on feeling a bit cramped while riding on airplanes.


A California Court of Appeals panel rejected a lawsuit against several airlines, including American and Southwest, by the Tall Club of Silicon Valley which sought preferential seating in roomier exit rows for men at least 6 foot, 2 inches and women at least 5 foot, 10 inches."
News: "While further evidence has emerged since the paper was published linking the bowel disease with autism, subsequent research has failed to confirm a link with the MMR vaccine.

The move leaves Dr Wakefield, who has pursued his campaign against MMR for at least 10 years, more isolated than ever. He has the support of only one of the original 13 researchers, Peter Harvey, a retired consultant neurologist."
Development Leadership Network: "PRIVATE INVESTMENT

A 1991 Federal Reserve Bank study of 6.4 million home mortgage applications by race and income found that commercial banks rejected black applicants twice as often as white applicants, and three times more often in some cities including Chicago, Minneapolis, Boston and Philadelphia. When taking income into account, the study found that the poorest white applicant was more likely to be get a mortgage loan than a black applicant in the highest income bracket. Bankers argued against the study’s credibility, saying that credit history was not taken into account. The Federal Reserve then went on to study other factors including credit worthiness, and found that minority mortgage applicants had, on average, greater debt burdens and weaker credit histories. When taking these factors into account, black and Hispanic mortgage applicants were about 60% more likely to be denied loans – reducing the disparity but not eliminating it.
: "A few people have told me over the years that David Lifferth keeps lists and files on people. I usually chuckled at the thought, thinking that not even David would be that anal. I was wrong. In fact, a couple weeks ago someone that recieved one of 'Lifferth's Lists of Wrong-doing' emailed it to me. It's from February of 2003, after the CC meeting where Madsen wanted to hand $25k to Kelvin.

The opening paragraph is a hoot, IMO. To quote Mr. Lifferth:

'Attached is the list you requested during our 40 minute conversation on Friday February 14, 2003. This is not the comprehensive list. And just as the U.S. won't show the Iraqis all of their physical evidence or military intelligence, I am not going to show but a glimpse of what I have. I do want elected officials to know that they will be held accountable for their actions while they should be representing their constituents.' "
Wired News: U.S. Users Give It Up for the Net: "Seeking to confirm the notion that the Internet is a mostly democratic tool, a just-released study says that nearly half of American Internet users have contributed online content in one form or another.

Yet while the report highlights such impressive numbers, it also points out that most people who post content online are highly educated and highly paid, and post infrequently."

Tuesday, March 02, 2004

New Scientist: "Do you do any special training to keep your nose in shape?

I don't have any nose exercises or anything like that. It's all raw talent. I try to stay away from some of the stinky odours. I've got four grandchildren and when my wife's changing their diapers I try to stay far enough away from her to avoid the smell, because I try not to shock my nose.

What kind of things do you smell?

Anything that goes inside the capsule. We do things like paints, magic markers, ink, fabrics, epoxies. We've done circuit boards, wires, socks, tennis shoes, shaving cream. We used to do a lot of female products. We did deodorised and non-deodorised tampons. We also did adult diapers. The astronauts wear diapers when they are out doing their space walks and that type of thing. We did a guitar and a case. We did toy animals like Chuckie Bear and Barney."