November 26, 2008

What my college years were like

I just read- for fun- the stuff on this page. Take a look; I'll wait.

Now think about what you just read, and then know this: I not only worked with the stuff in college, I liked it. A lot. And I still do.

My time-dependent Schrodinger Equation fu was second to none at one point. Yeah, I was a chick magnet back in college, if by chicks you mean mind-numbing loneliness and by magnet you mean black hole of despair.

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I do not think that means what you think it means

Little Tony was staying with his grandmother for a few days. He'd been playing outside with the other kids for a while when he came into the house and asked her, "Grandma, what's that called when two people sleep in the same room and one is on top of the other?"

She was a little taken back, but decided to just tell him the truth. " It's call sexual intercourse, darling."

Little Tony just said, "Oh, OK," and went back outside to play with the other kids. a Few minutes later he came back in and said angrily, "Grandma it isn't called sexual intercourse. It's call Bunk Beds, and Jimmy's mommy wants to talk to you!

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A Thanksgiving message

Received via email:

"I have never understood why anyone would roast the turkey and shuck the clams and crisp the croutons and shell the peas and candy thesweets and compote the cranberries and bake the pies and clear the table and wash the dishes and fall into bed exhausted when they could just as easily sit back and enjoy a hamburger or a pork sandwich."

- The Turkey

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November 25, 2008

There's no time!

Apparently though, there's some major league stupidity on the way. Yes, Kim Bauer is set to return this year. She will have a child in tow. Excerpt:

Do the writer’s of 24 really think that Jack would let Kim Bauer have children? Does he not put up with enough crap in his day job?

Kim Bauer’s Kid Jokes

How do you get Kim Bauer’s kid out of a tree?
-Wave at him/her

Jack Bauer went over to visit his grandchild and saw it staring at the carton of orange juice. So he asks why they are staring at the carton of OJ. “Because it says ‘concentrate’ on it” says Little Bauer.

How do you know Kim’s child is related to Jack Bauer?
-It burned down the school to get out of 3rd grade.

Hmm. While Kim Bauer used to piss me off a great deal, Elisha Cuthbert has always given me, umm, warm feelings. Observe below the fold:

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November 24, 2008

Backing up your DVDs

If, like me, you own some DVDs and if, like me, you have small children around who can make the survival of such discs problematic, you might be inclined to create playable backups of your discs. There a variety of ways that you can go about it:

1) Buy a second copy. Not really sensible from a a financial standpoint, but doable. You've now a got a backup without actually having to make one.

2) Use DVD Shrink to extract the main movie only. Remove all of the subtitles-unless you need them, of course- and all of the foreign language audio tracks. Then, if you're feeling adventurous, trim the credits at the beginning and end. This will reduce the compression considerably. Then hit the "Backup" button and you're on your way.

Sure, you can copy the entire disc without removing diddly, but you'll get around a 50% compression ratio. Not that bad on standard definition TV, but certainly not good on an HD set.

Note: You will need some burning software, such as Nero to burn the resulting image file. Lots of free software out there, so have at it.

3) Use AnyDVD or DVD43 (you can't use both, because AnyDVD bitches about the presence of DVD43 during installation) to remove the region encryption and then use IMGBurn, which replaced DVD Decrypter. I actually think DVD Decrypter is great, but all work on it has ceased, so you're better off with the newer IMGBurn, which is why you need AnyDVD or DVD43, because IMGBurn will not make an image for you of an encrypted DVD without at least one of them running in the background.

Anyway. Let's suppose that you've got AnyDVD running, and you've inserted your copy of the last Indiana Jones movie. Click on the Create Image from Disc button, or click on the Mode/Read pulldown menu choice. Voila! IMGBurn creates an ISO image of your DVD on your hard drive. Onto the last part.

Now it's time to burn that ISO to a disc. Since you're making a backup of a commercial disc, you'll need to have purchased some DL discs, which have an 8.5 Gb capacity, the same as standard commercial DVDs; I will ignore HD discs, which aren't really available yet.

Note: Do not skimp on funds and buy crap Memorex discs. Spend the extra cash and buy VERBATIM DL discs. They work great. The Memorex discs are turds. Sure, they cost less per disc, but you'll spend more because you'll end up throwing lots of poorly burned discs into the trash.

Already, click on the Write Image to Disc button. When the screen appears, set the burn speed to 2.4x. Any faster and you're just asking for trouble. Then click "Burn" and walk away until the music sounds, which signifies that your disc is ready.

So that's it. Easy as pie. Have at it, and don't forget to label your newly created DVDs. Just an FYI.

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November 20, 2008

Public service announcement

For the 3rd or 4th year in a row (I'm too lazy to check), I'm posting a PSA for the Great American Smokeout, which will occur on November 20 this year.

More information found here, although it appears as though the date still refers to 2007.

Update: And Bill gets into the act as well.

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November 19, 2008

I can die happy now

Monty Python has launched its own official YouTube channel. Excerpt:

For 3 years you YouTubers have been ripping us off, taking tens of thousands of our videos and putting them on YouTube. Now the tables are turned. It's time for us to take matters into our own hands.

We know who you are, we know where you live and we could come after you in ways too horrible to tell. But being the extraordinarily nice chaps we are, we've figured a better way to get our own back: We've launched our own Monty Python channel on YouTube.

No more of those crap quality videos you've been posting. We're giving you the real thing - HQ videos delivered straight from our vault.

What's more, we're taking our most viewed clips and uploading brand new HQ versions. And what's even more, we're letting you see absolutely everything for free. So there!

But we want something in return.

None of your driveling, mindless comments. Instead, we want you to click on the links, buy our movies & TV shows and soften our pain and disgust at being ripped off all these years.

Time to finish with one of my all time favorites below the fold.

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November 17, 2008

Calling Married With Children fans

A new Bundy Web comedy to premiere in January.

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The Cameron Column #1(#57 reprinted): The Thanksgiving Turkey

If you've never read any of Bruce Cameron's articles, you've been missing out. He stopped writing for a while, restarted and then stopped again. Maybe he finally ran out of ideas. In any event, here is his Thanksgiving column circa 1998.
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Like many men, I am different from my wife in ways which are noticeable, and, in my opinion, fortunate.

Take the Thanksgiving turkey (and I mean that literally. PLEASE come over to our house, open the refrigerator, shove aside everything growing green fuzz, and take this carcass away before it reincarnates as turkey lasagna or turkey tetracycline or whatever new concoction awaits the family.) But take Thanksgiving--my wife prefers small birds that fit nicely into the roasting pan and which can be cooked in a few hours.

"Ha!" I can be quoted as sneering. I trace my own gender lineage to that proud, hairy group of hunter-gatherers who, prior to the invention of TV remote control, would pick up their spears, huddle, and then go out and pull down a huge bison for dinner, stopping at the bar on the way home for a couple of cave brews. So when I go to the store for a turkey, I find a TURKEY: a mammoth, many-pound fowl with drum sticks as large as my thighs and wings you could park a car under.

Words cannot describe the delight on my wife's face when my neighbors help me carry the bird into the refrigerator, where, following the instructions, it is left to thaw for a period of six months. (My wife often has several interesting but impractical suggestions on where else we might stick the turkey for this thawing procedure.) Cooking begins around Halloween, a slow roasting process which varies from my mother's recipe in that there are no flames or threats of divorce "if anybody says a word about how the turkey tastes."

I enjoy every step of turkey preparation, particularly since I am not involved in any of it. Well, that's not entirely true--at one point, I am asked to reach into the mouth of the turkey and retrieve the giblets, which turns out to be a bag of what looks like pieces of Jimmy Hoffa. (I realize I am not, technically speaking, putting my hand in the bird's "mouth," but I'd rather not dwell on what this means.) How the turkey manages to swallow this stuff in the first place is beyond me. Traditionally, we open this bag, dump the contents into a pan of water, and boil the results. Only the cat is happy about this development.

As wonderful as this all is, by the fourth or fifth night my appetite for turkey variations has waned, and I provide valuable feedback to my wife by making gagging noises at dinner time. Her verbal (as opposed to projectile) response to this is to imply that it is somehow MY fault we have so many leftovers, to which I logically reply, "hey, YOU cooked it."

Now, before you men out there become too smug with how adroitly I out maneuvered her with my quick retort, you should be advised that she STILL blames me for our turkey-induced bulimia. Therefore I appeal to my readership: has anyone else noticed bizarre psychiatric reactions to turkey consumption which might explain this whole controversy? Please advise via return e-mail, which will be picked up by the crack WBC technical team and, judging by previous results, forwarded to the Governor of New Jersey.

Thanks... oh, and Happy Thanksgiving too.

The Cameron Column, A Free Internet Newsletter
Copyright W. Bruce Cameron 1998
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Update: My bad. I used to be on his mailing list; not sure why I'm not now. In any event, Bruce Cameron appears to have been writing up a storm. You can find his stuff here, including my all-time favorite column.

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Spicing up Thanksgiving dinner

Why yes, I did post this last year. Thanks for asking
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Here is a new way to prepare your Thanksgiving or Christmas Turkey.

1. Cut out aluminum foil in desired shapes.
2. Arrange the turkey in the roasting pan, position the foil carefully (see
attached)
3. Roast according to your own recipes and serve.
4. Watch your guests' faces.

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November 14, 2008

Thanksgiving proclamation

The fourth annual repeat of this post, just because.

WHEREAS, It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor;

WHEREAS, Both the houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted' for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have show kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

--George Washington - October 3, 1789


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How to cook a turkey

Reposted from last year.

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This has been making its way around the Internet since 1500 B.C., even though the first computer still hadn't been manufactured yet. However, if there's one thing that you can count on me for, it's recycling the stalest holiday humor you've ever seen between now and the New Year.
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HOW TO COOK A TURKEY

Step 1: Go buy a turkey

Step 2: Take a drink of whiskey, scotch, or JD

Step 3: Put turkey in the oven

Step 4: Take another 2 drinks of whiskey

Step 5: Set the degree at 375 ovens

Step 6: Take 3 more whiskeys of drink

Step 7: Turn oven the on

Step 8: Take 4 whisks of drinky

Step 9: Turk the bastey

Step 10: Whiskey another bottle of get

Step 11: Stick a turkey in the thermometer

Step 12: Glass yourself a pour of whiskey

Step 13: Bake the whiskey for 4 hours

Step 14: Take the oven out of the turkey

Step 15: Take the oven out of the turkey

Step 16: Floor the turkey up off the pick

Step 17: Turk the carvey

Step 18: Get yourself another scottle of botch

Step 19: Tet the sable and pour yourself a glass of turkey(Ed. note: this didn't used to be possible)
Update: More on this here.

Step 20: Bless the saying, pass and eat out

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A special Thanksgiving Day message

Reposted from last year. Expect more of this as the year winds to a close.
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You might remember this special holiday image from last year. This time, I won't hide it in the extended entry.


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November 13, 2008

Quote of the day

From Dan Riehl:

America knows a loser when she sees one and that's why he lost against a too-liberal black man. He couldn't even manage to display the basic competence someone wants in a President throughout his pathetic campaign that was bad chiefly because he's the worst candidate Republicans have ever put up.

Word.

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Well, this was predictable

From Glenn Reynolds comes this:

ED KOCH ON THE BAILOUT: We've Been Had.

I believe that the correct response to such a statement is No Shit. All of us who opposed the bailout don't look so freaking stupid now, I guess.

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I respectfully disagree

Michele has a PJM article up. As usual, it's thoughtful and well written. However, I could not disagree more with her conclusions. So I will reply to each point she makes with which I disagree. Don't call it a fisking, because I like and respect Michele. And you will be hard pressed to find anything rude or insulting in the following post.

Yeah, I know: I just saw a pig fly past my window, too.

Anyway, on with my rebuttal.

Is community service synonymous with slavery? Whether that service is mandated or suggested, could it in any way be construed as enslaving citizens?

You have two questions which, on the surface, appear related. I would suggest, however, that you're performing a rhetorical slight of hand with the first to prevent one from actually looking at the second. Community service is quite obviously not slavery. Just this past weekend, I and 100+ members of my church worked all around Virginia, performing many community service tasks, the details of which are unimportant for purposes of this discussion. We did all such service voluntarily, and quite happily I might add. Now make that service mandatory. Although the work is still the same, you've completely removed any and all semblance of altruism. Instead of feeling joy doing the task at hand, you've added a undercurrent of resentment, which will lead to poorer quality work being done. There's a reason that our military is all voluntary right now, and another reason that members of the military prefer it that way.

Let me be clear: compulsory service and voluntary service are not in any way, shape, or form, the same thing. Is compulsory service therefore servitude? Look up compulsory in the dictionary. See if you don't find the word coercion in one of the definitions. Then tell me again why forced "volunteerism" is not servitude.

This week, an acquaintance noted the “irony” that college students would be required by a black president to do community service. She then pointed out the 13th Amendment.

There were two things wrong with this statement. First, by the time she wrote it, it was already old news that Obama had backtracked on his mandatory community service requirement for students.

Interesting thing about this news: the compulsory requirement had been part of Obama's campaign platform since he started running for president 2 years ago. The only reason, I believe, that this requirement has been changed from mandatory is because of the political fallout right now, post-election. While I could be wrong, I fully believe that this requirement will be changed back to a mandatory requirement. After all, Charles Rangel and others in his party have been pushing for reinstatement of the draft. For some reason, compulsory service seems to be something that that party believes in. And since all such bills would start in the House or Senate, and not on the desk of the President, I do not doubt that the mandatory language will be inserted at that point. I also do not doubt that President Obama would sign such a bill.

Sure, I could be wrong in my opinion. If so, I would cheerfully eat me words. However, I'm a pretty politically aware kind of a guy, and I don't make such pronouncements lightly, or without thought.

On to my next reply. Here is the next part of Michele's post:

The other thing wrong with the woman’s quote — and the contention of some bloggers — is the equivalence of community service to slavery. One of these things is not like the other.

Again, the rhetorical slight of hand. No one is equating community service to slavery. However, calling forced, compulsory service anything other than involuntary servitude, or slavery, is comparing two things that are, in my opinion, more than a little alike.

There are thousands upon thousands of high school and college students, as well as adults, doing some form of community service right now. Service to your community is an altruistic thing; it is a way of perhaps giving back to a community that has given to you. It is a way to reach out to a community, to help others who may not be as fortunate as you, to teach young adults about sharing, caring, and helping others, to do something out of the goodness of your heart that will benefit your community. This is not slavery. This is not forced labor. This is outreach.

Why yes, giving back to the community is a wonderful, fulfilling exercise, one which people enjoy doing voluntarily. Once you REQUIRE such an activity, it becomes forced labor. I remind you once again of the coercive element of compulsory service, which I cannot rightly call volunteerism without smoke coming out of my ears like the robots in I, Mudd. The logic does not compute.

It represents values. Slavery is an act that benefits no one but the person who owns the slave; community service benefits both the giver and receiver and helps make the world a better place and leaves a general good feeling for everyone involved. It is not comparable to slavery.

Whinnyyy! Well okay, the horse is quite dead yet. Voluntary community service is a wonderful thing. Not to pay myself on the back, but I've done more than a fair amount in my lifetime. But I cannot make this any clearer: required service is by definition servitude. Touchy-feely platitudes about the good feelings generated do not apply when the coercive power of the state is involved in forcing said labor. And it is, in fact, a form of slavery. The government is telling you that you do not, in effect, belong to yourself, but rather, at least in part, to the government. As a liberty loving citizen of this country, I cannot find any statement with which I disagree more thoroughly.

Onward and downward, I guess.

There are already many high schools in the United States which require community service credit for graduation. Some schools require seniors to complete a project that includes some form of community outreach.

Yeah, and most of those high schools should have their officials publicly flogged. Why? Because they, in their actions as surrogates for the government (local, state, federal) get to pick and choose which projects and/or actions constitute actual credit. For example, there was a case in Maryland a few years back, in which an Eagle Scout's numerous activities of community service were disallowed. They weren't on the approved list, apparently, although if I remember correctly, this wasn't exactly known beforehand. I would hazard a guess that the many hours which I, and other members of my church, have cheerfully given to many needy people in the community would also not be allowed, because it originates from a place of worship, rather than a government office. Not to put too fine a point on it, but I'm calling shenanigans on such a viewpoint.

Obama would encourage a goal of 50 hours of community service for high school students. That’s 50 hours over the course of a year, hours that could be spent cleaning up a park, reading to the elderly, working in a soup kitchen, assisting developmentally disabled children, delivering meals, collecting clothing for shelters, or working with local community programs like Kiwanis.

That's 50 hours a year that the students could use to work a part-time job, to visit their grandparents, to spend with their friends, or to read some good books. However, now they lose that 50 hours because that time no longer belongs to them. Instead, it belongs to the government.

It’s interesting how many right-leaning blogs are frowning upon the community service idea, though some are being thoughtful about it. Generally, people on the political right tend to belong to churches, and churches are big proponents of community service. So why the negativity?

Because the service that we do in/from my church is voluntary. No one is forced to participate. Those of us who do feel good about it. Suffice it to say that were the church to require such activities of us, the membership in our church would rapidly decline to zero. Unfortunately, there is no such relief from similar demands from our elected officials.

This is not socialism. This is not Marxism. This is the mark of a country that knows it needs to rely on those who can to help those who can’t. It’s the mark of a country that knows it needs to depend on its citizens to make their communities flourish. It’s taking the “ask not what your country can do for you” attitude and transforming it into smaller clusters, where we ask what we can do for those we live with and around, instead of waiting for people to do for us. It’s how communities become stronger, how they grow, and how a strong, giving community makes for a strong, giving nation.

Community service is not a dirty word; nor is it an idea to be tossed aside because you don’t like who is delivering the message about it. Encouraging our youth to take part in something selfless is encouraging them to be better human beings. What could be better for this country?

I believe that I've responded at length as to why I think VOLUNTARY community service is a great thing, a belief that I'm sure most people share with me. When that service becomes mandatory, it becomes servitude. There simply is no other word for it. Michele responds to that point thusly:

Right-leaning blogs are jumping on the Obama staff for so quickly going back on the wording of the community service statement — and some are still maintaining the “forced service” part. It’s interesting to see that instead of remarking on how the staff reacted quickly to negativity toward the requirement part of the service, people are claiming that he went back on a promise or broke his word. Not really. He heard criticism and responded to it. He would still like to see students entering into community service voluntarily but he rightfully took back the idea of service being mandatory.

Since that mandatory requirement of service was in Obama's campaign plank, I would say that, based on the current makeup in Congress, any such backtracking is temporary at best. Obama's track record as a legislator has been to go along with what the leaders of his party want. And enough of a public record exists for the current members of his party to make me believe that the compulsory requirement will be reinserted. Don't get me wrong, it might be done so stealthily, like reducing the funding to public schools that do not "voluntarily" change their graduation requirements to force students to take part. Much like the federal drinking age of 21 was instituted by withholding highway funds to states which refused to kowtow to the feds. And should such language be inserted into a bill, I'm convinced, based on his track record, that a President Obama would gladly sign it.

One final point to rebut:

On the college level, Obama’s plan would ensure a $4,000 tuition credit to students who complete 100 hours of community service a year. With the cost of college education soaring, that $4,000 is like a windfall to a college student.

Giving "free" money to colleges only exacerbates the rise of the cost of college. Cost containment is not even an afterthought. Pouring more money from the federal coffers into universities will not in any way reduce the the cost to students. Rather, it will make the cost of an education even more expensive. I used to work for a state-funded university, so I know something of which I speak.

So what do I think? I think that people in this country belong to themselves, and not to the government or the community. I think that the compulsory component of the proposed "volunteerism" will become a fact, whether overtly, or by stealth. The mandatory requirement was a part of Obama's platform for the last couple of years and I see no reason to think that it will not become part of the final law that's implemented; any current backtracking is, I believe, temporary. And I think that, if implemented, you will see massive resistance to such a law. Our elected officials in DC are not our leaders, but rather our servants. They need to be reminded of that on occasion.

I've read Michele's stuff for a long time. She's a great writer and decent person. I'm certain that she believes every word of her article. However, and I cannot stress this enough, I disagree strenuously with her conclusions. There's no question in my mind that she'll read this and think that I'm misguided, much like I believe that she is on this issue. But hey, my sister thinks I'm nuts sometimes too, so why should Michele be any different?

Update: Jeff Goldstein weighs in:

Some people want to retire alone and tend their gardens. That is their right. Or at least, it is supposed to be.

Instead, the new moral majority has come along to tell us how we need to serve our communities, and will even provide the bureaucracy to ensure that it is done.

For our own good.

That’s not how a country built around the idea of individual freedom and choice is built to operate. In fact, the old line, “the only thing I have to do is live, die, and pay taxes,” should be recycled as the new outlaw motto — with the bit about taxes amended to include something about those taxes being both fair and not punitive.

Community service is not a dirty word; nor is it an idea to be tossed aside because you don’t like who is delivering the message about it. Encouraging our youth to take part in something selfless is encouraging them to be better human beings. What could be better for this country?
Howsabout choice. Freedom. Self-determination. The ability to resist what the government thinks is in our “best interests” in terms of shaping our “values.

And a vast public uprising that lets Obama, and Rahm, Catalano, and those like her know that, as Americans, we can decide for ourselves when and how it is appropriate — if ever — to “give back to the community.”

Because frankly, it ain’t their call, and it never should be.

Update: From this comment:

We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others, the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men’s labor. Here are two, not only different, but incompatible things, called by the same name - liberty. And it follows that each of the things is, by the respective parties, called by two different and incompatible names - liberty and tyranny.
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November 12, 2008

Mmmm, tasty

The Ten Most Delicious USB Disks On the Market.

I'm kind of partial to the pizza one, or the waffle one. My brain is now working feverishly on the possibility of a beer-themed memory stick.

Update: Even more interesting USB designs found here. Looks like someone has already beaten me to the beer idea:

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Update: And still more!

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Special holiday music

Looking for a different kind of holiday music? Look here for the Carol of the Old Ones. Excerpt:

Look to the sky, way up on high
There in the night stars are now right.
Eons have passed: now then at last
Prison walls break, Old Ones awake!
They will return: mankind will learn
New kinds of fear when they are here.
They will reclaim all in their name;
Hopes turn to black when they come back.
Ignorant fools, mankind now rules
Where they ruled then: it's theirs again

Stars brightly burning, boiling and churning
Bode a returning season of doom

Scary scary scary scary solstice
Very very very scary solstice

I still don't know why anyone voted for the lesser evil on November 4. Just imagine the debates between Cthulu, McCain and Obama. Of course, they'd have been cut short when the Old One used its tentacles to rend the other two limb from limb, but just think of the possibilities.

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November 06, 2008

Warning: running can be dangerous to your health

I know what you're thinking: heart attack, knees problems. However, I will bet that you never, ever considered this.

Thanks to the lovely and talented Helen for the link.

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A sign that something has gone horribly awry

I checked my Sitemeter referral logs and discovered that someone had stumbled onto my site with the following search terms:

rudolph the horny gay reindeer

Words fail me. Also, I'm reminded that it's time to start reposting holiday jokes and images from previous years.

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November 04, 2008

From my cold dead hands

Community Organizer Obama, I would like to take this moment to thank you and your goons for trying to suppress free speech as election day draws near. While I think that it's admirable that like to associate with unrepentant terrorists, bomb-throwing racist preachers and other persons of ill repute (you little Lightworker you), I think that's even more of a plus that you think any criticism of you is out of bounds. God knows that your friends like Ohio's governor are doing their part to defy state and federal laws to bring in a whole bunch of fraudulent votes in swing states. However, since you know that you cannot count on illegal activities to guarantee your victory, I think that suppressing the people's First Amendment right to free speech is a novel and entertaining concept. Frankly, I'm a little tired of having to explain away my positions and statements when people use my words in context, so I commend you on the use of lawyers and government thugs to force the issue.

To show my support, I'm embedding the video here on my blog. It will stay sticky posted at the top through November 4, along with any others that you decide, rightfully, to try and ban. Video below the fold.


Oh, I'm sorry: I can see that I've confused you. Apparently I chose my words poorly. What I meant to say above was FUCK YOU!

I was serious about the sticky post, though. Please don't be confused about that.

Link via Dan Riehl.

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Congratulations

Barack Obama is the President-elect of the U.S.A.. Quite a change from the days of segregation and "whites only" water fountains.

Congratulations on your historic victory, Mr. President-elect. I look forward to opposing most of your policies over the next 4 years, but wish you well otherwise, as you will be our country's leader in these troubling times which, despite the Kos Kidz beliefs, will not end when Bush leaves office.

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November 03, 2008

Watch at your leisure

If you want to record your favorite TV shows and movies without commercials, you don't have to pay a monthly fee. Simply download and install Ted. Excerpt:

ted makes downloading TV shows easy!

We are two TV addicts. The internet is great to provide us with our favorite TV shows free, early and watchable on demand. We always had to spend lots of time to keep up to date with the newest episodes. Until we created ted, our torrent episode downloader.

ted can find episodes of any TV show you like to watch. Just add your favorite shows to ted and he will search for the newest episodes and downloads them for you. ted uses bittorrent and RSS technology to get you the newest episodes as fast as possible!

Besides Ted, you will need to download and install a bittorrent client. I use Bitlord, but there are tons out there that you might like better. Be aware that the default setting for most bittorrent clients is to prompt you before downloading begins. You will want to disable that option to make good use of Ted. Anyway, here's how you do it:

1) Download and install your bittorrent client of choice and set the "do not prompt before downloading" option.

2) Download and install Ted. You will be shown various options that you can change, but I'd suggest using the default ones, especially this one:

ted config1.JPG


3) Add the shows that you want to download, usually up to several weeks in advance. The default list is quite extensive. Once you've selected a show, you will see several possible downloads, and when they'll be available. Click on the image below to expand it:


ted config3.JPG

4) Suppose that you're looking for something that isn't on the list like, say, the Legend of the Seeker? Simply click on Add a custom show, enter the title and search for an episode. You can select a specific season/episode or select from available episodes, which works well if some episodes have already aired:

5) Ted will search for an uncompressed file with some minimum number of seeds and begin downloading.

You can watch the AVIs on your computer or convert/burn them to DVDs and watch them on your television. If you do so, I recommend using some DVD-RW discs so that you can save some money. However, if you plan to keep the episodes forever, go ahead and use the -R or +R discs. Be aware that you can stuff lots of episodes onto a single disc.

Good watching.


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Public service announcement

From the Virginia State Board of Elections:

Polls are open from 6:00 AM until 7:00 PM Tuesday November 4, 2008.

Go to the polls. Do your civic duty, no matter how you choose to vote.

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