Wednesday, October 31, 2001

Since the world has not ended yet, I guess I'll post a new link. This Halloween style Choose Your Own Adventure story is definitely not for little kids. The story's humor is a little immature, a little violent, and a little gross. That just means most of my friends will like it!

Tuesday, October 30, 2001

Take a look at the worst Halloween costumes ever. What the heck ever happened to this style of cheap plastic costumes? Could it be that kids are just more creative today? Or are parents just willing to spend more money?
Tomorrow, October 31, 2001, we will be treated to Halloween's first full moon since 1955. But if that news isn't spooky enough for you, there's more: The Seven Sisters constellation, associated with some end-of-the-world beliefs, will also be at the top of Wednesday night's sky. According to myth, the Seven Sisters is at its highest point in the sky during a great calamity, possibly the biblical flood or the sinking of Atlantis. The Aztecs and Mayans believed it would be overhead at midnight on the night the world comes to an end. Happy Halloween everybody?

Monday, October 29, 2001

Here's a joke from The Dull Men's Club:

Car Trouble . . . with a Computer Engineer to the rescue

There are four engineers traveling in a car -- a mechanical engineer, a chemical engineer, an electrical engineer, and a computer engineer. The car breaks down.

"Sounds to me as if the pistons have seized. We'll have to strip down the engine before we can get the car working again", says the mechanical engineer.

"Well", says the chemical engineer, "it sounded to me as if the fuel might be contaminated. I think we should clear out the fuel system."

"I thought it might be a grounding problem", says the electrical engineer, "or maybe a faulty plug lead."

They all turn to the computer engineer, who up to then had said nothing, and asked "Well, what do you think?"

"Ummm . . . perhaps if we all get out of the car and get back in again?"

Sunday, October 28, 2001

Now here is a "timely" topic: Daylight Saving Time - History, Rationale, Laws & Dates. I never imagined anybody could write so much about such a dull subject.
I'm not sure how this is suppose to be punishment, but an Ohio judge sentenced two men to dress as women for throwing beer bottles at a woman.

Saturday, October 27, 2001

Here's a web site that will find Your Magic Fairy's Name. I'm not sure I want to trust my magic fairy. Its name is "Voodoo Aurorawitch."

Friday, October 26, 2001

Thanks to my friend "ChaosJester" for sending me this link: The Late-Night Cable-Movie Plot Generator. You make your title from two lists of words, and the plot generator generates a movie plot:

Fools' Summer
A psych major looking to veg out for the summer (Sarah Bellomo) swims in the deep end of teens and trouble on a wing and a prayer. Never one to miss any action, Dennis (Joey Lawrence) goes to great lengths to say, "I Love You". Is it enough? Ron Jeremy and Mickey Rourke show they'll do anything for money in the infamous "salad-bar scene".

Thursday, October 25, 2001

I don't have any exciting links for today. My new Visor Prism came in the mail, and I've been messing with it all day.

Wednesday, October 24, 2001

The Wayback Machine claims to be the world's largest database with over 100 terabytes and 10 billion web pages archived from 1996 to the present. I even found some of my old web pages in there, but only from 1999 or so. The Wayback Machine also has a special September 11 collection.

Tuesday, October 23, 2001

OH YEAH! Way Too Much Information On: The Kool-Aid Man!!! I always regretted not ordering the special Kool-Aid video game for the Atari 2600. But now that I see a screen shot, I guess I wasn't missing much.
Today, I officially unveiled my new, slightly more serious blog: Kristen's News Corner. Thanks again to my friend Radek for helping me come up with another great title.
The 2001 Mars Odyssey will arrive at Mars tomorrow, October 24, 2001. Check the NASA TV Events Page for when you can watch the broadcast from Mars.

Monday, October 22, 2001

The internet is being evacuated due to Spamthrax. As silly as this satire sounds, I'm sure one of my friends will believe it, and in a matter of days I'll be receiving urgent e-mail messages warning me about this cyberterrorism.
This article from the Montreal Gazette offers a chilling vision of the future. Will revolutions in nanotechnology, robotics and genetic engineering lead us to a science-fiction-style nightmare? Reading this article was not a good way to start my day.

Sunday, October 21, 2001

Here are 50 things you probably didn't know about Windows XP. Sounds good, but I'm still not convinced I should upgrade yet.
Japan's Matsushita has developed a two-sided optical rewritable disc that can store 100GB. The company hopes the new format will be used for the next generation of DVDs. Current DVDs store about 4.7GB per disc. Anyway, I guess they won't be out in time for Christmas. Darn.
Ok, I have to take back a link I posted a few days ago. Now experts are saying ironing your mail is not such a hot idea. A person ironing weaponized anthrax could vaporize it and inhale it. Guess things are never as simple as we'd like them to be.

Saturday, October 20, 2001

In this two part article on (click here for part 1 and here for part 2), two of the world's top tech thinkers, Peter Cochrane and Ray Kurzweil, explore the high-tech credibility of some of the memorable scenes Hollywood has churned out. How credible are Johnny Mnemonic, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Independence Day, Blade Runner, and Star Trek? Well, what seems crazy now, will be common in 20 to 50 years.
To make the Pentagon's job a little easier, somebody named Ubique has created this Military Codename Generator. Get ready for Rolling Arms!!!? Well, if you don't like that name, you can just generate another.
IBM has unveiled plans to develop technologies that share the basic biological abilities of living organisms. One goal is to create computer networks that are better at maintaining and healing themselves. Though the article is titled Bringing Computers to Life, I think we are still a long way from the movie AI.

Friday, October 19, 2001

This site claims to be the web's first Turing Test. Click the button to chat, and then decide if you're chatting with the bot or the programmer, Mark Connell. If you've been playing with some of the other links I've posted in the past, like the AliceBot or SmarterChild, then you should be pretty quick to recognize a bot. Bots always seem to give replies like "What makes you say that" or "oh really?" whenever you say anything slightly complex or vague. This bot is no exception. However, it seems to have a few good replies and will insist that it really is Mark when you accuse it of being a bot.
A Japanese firm is marketing a Frequent Flyer Bra. Yes, that's right -- a bra. It won't have metal wires or any of those tiny metal fasteners. Therefore, the bra won't trigger airport security alarms.

Thursday, October 18, 2001

Ok, this is interesting. Some researchers at Brown University say that controlling computers with grunts and sighs would work better than traditional voice recognition software. I just can't picture myself doing this. I think I'll stick with my keyboard and mouse for now.
Good morning! I'm posting this from my Visor!

Wednesday, October 17, 2001

If you're worried about Anthrax contaminated mail you can always use a hot steam iron and a moist layer of fabric to kill germs. A microwave oven does not work as well because moisture is essential.
ActiveBuddy is software for the development and hosting of interactive agents. In case you don't speak that crazy moon language, I'll explain it. You add these various "interactive agents" to your AIM buddy list. They are not people; they are software otherwise known as "bots." Then you can interact with them and get information such as movie showtimes, stock quotes, sports scores, info on new products, etc. Try adding SmarterChild to your AIM list, say hello and it will tell you what it can do.

Tuesday, October 16, 2001

Halloween is almost here. I was searching for scary stories, but I haven't found any yet that give me the shivers. However, I did find Playhouse of the Damned. These short horror plays are good but just not spooky enough for me.

Monday, October 15, 2001

The Poop Report is possibly the most repulsive site I will ever link to. You'll find several putrid poop stories plus a contest to rename the bidet.
IBM and Citizen Watch Co. are developing a wristwatch PC. The prototype weighs 43 grams, and has a 32-bit microprocessor backed by 8 Mbytes of DRAM and 16 Mbytes of flash. The watch will also feature a 320 x 240-dot monochrome VGA display, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, an IrDA wireless link, plus speaker, microphone and fingerprint-sensor functions. That's great, but I have a feeling that I'm going to need a bigger wrist.

Sunday, October 14, 2001

Here are some things you can say when you are losing a technical argument. A few of my favorites... What? I don't speak your crazy moon-language! You used to program in Pascal, didn't you? We need this to fit on a single floppy. And Yes, but can this be embedded in a toaster, for example? I think that I've actually used a few of these phrases.... not that I would ever be caught losing a technical argument of course.

Saturday, October 13, 2001

Well this BloggerBot thing is definitely helpful. Anyway, before I got distracted playing with the BloggerBot, I was going to post about pumpkin carving. Which pattern should I put on my pumpkin this year? I think my first choice is PEEK-A-BOO KITTY. I also like REAPER. However, I have a couple of runt pumpkins, and I think WINK or SMILE would be good on those!
That last post was my first attempt at using the new AIM BloggerBot.
I just noticed I've written about muppets twice this week (Elmo and Bert). From now on, I will limit myself to no more than one muppet post per month! Or year even!

Friday, October 12, 2001

The new Tickle Me Elmo dolls reveal a special message on January 9, 2002. One will announce it's a grand prize winner, and four will announce they are runners up. All other Elmos will instead introduce a new "play pattern" on January 9. Hmmm.... that sounds a little creepy to me. In fact, these new Elmos remind me of Halloween III: Season of the Witch. In case you're not familiar with this movie (most people aren't), the basic plot is that an evil toymaker plans to kill millions of children on Halloween using a secret chip in their popular Halloween masks. As you might guess, it's a really bad movie.

By the way, seems I wasn't the only one who noticed the FBI document was titled skyfall.htm. The document has now been renamed 101101.htm.

Thursday, October 11, 2001

The FBI has just released this ominous warning of possible future terrorist attacks. I just noticed the document is named skyfall.htm. What the hell is that suppose to mean?
Take this quiz. See if you can match each quote to either Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, or Osama Bin Laden. It's not easy. In fact, it's outright scary.

Wednesday, October 10, 2001

Is Bert the muppet really one of Bin Boy's evil henchmen? I think it's just a case of life imitating cheesy personal web pages.
Seems a new AIM security hole has been discovered. AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) has been my favorite online buddy list program ever since I got sick of ICQ and all their ads and useless "features."

Oh, and did you hear about the new pirate movie? It's rated Aaaaaaaarg! ;)

Tuesday, October 09, 2001

A couple of days ago I mentioned BonziBuddy. I said some of my friends had installed it, but I was reluctant to install it myself. Sometimes being paranoid is good. Read this long list of complaints regarding BonziBuddy. Also, read my friend's personal horror story with the purple ape from hell. She is still having trouble resetting her MSIE start page.

Monday, October 08, 2001

If you are a true nerd, you've probably pondered what kind of robot you would be if you were a robot. Now with this simple quiz from Robohouse you can find out. And in case you were wondering, I am Data, the annoying android from Star Trek TNG.

Sunday, October 07, 2001

By now, I'm sure everybody has heard about the penis allegedly found in a bottle of Ora fruit punch (or maybe we should call it a fruit COCKtail). Well, it wasn't a penis after all. Seems a Colorado coroner announced that the object was simply mold. The picture in this article is worth a 1000 words. Go see it for yourself.

Saturday, October 06, 2001

Yesterday, the US launched a new secret spy satellite capable of taking detailed ground pictures. Well, guess it can't be too much of a secret. Anyway, I wonder if we will discover the location and true identity of Bin Boy.

Thursday, October 04, 2001

My friend Toodles was telling me about BonziBuddy. It's software that puts a little monkey on your screen. He helps you surf the web, reminds you of appointments, and entertains you. Sounds really cute, but I haven't tried it yet. I try not to install too much cr@p on my computer, especially when I fear it might be hard to get rid of.

Wednesday, October 03, 2001

Is this song a little mean spirited? Oh, what the heck. It sure is funny: The Talibanana Song.

Tuesday, October 02, 2001

So nobody wanted to play my game? Nobody wanted to guess the two authors? Maybe it's because only 3 people read my blog...

Well then, I declare the winner to be ChaosJester even though he cheated. He searched the internet and discovered one author was Frances Hodgson Burnett (A Little Princess). Then he got lucky when he guessed the other author was Edgar Allan Poe (The Balloon Hoax, The Black Cat, and The Imp of the Perverse). Congrats!

Here's an interesting article about experiements with CD copy protection. I certainly won't be buying any CDs that won't play on my PC.

Monday, October 01, 2001

I was having fun with Markov Chains today. So let's play a game. Who can tell me from which two authors I generated the following chain:

In the consideration of the buoys materially impeded our progress, and we put them both into requisition forthwith, for the purpose of creating indigestible aliment for the purpose of throwing the hurried account of its application to practice. He exhibited a model of his body; but this person made no doubt that I could prevent him from following me through the morning. She saw that lessons were no easy matter to her, and her eyes were greenish gray, it is true, but they went to her and want to be her friend. It was a rope about the animal's neck.

When I first beheld this apparition -- for the present. We soon found ourselves driving out to sea at the violence of my bosom.

But may God shield and deliver me from the house, and proceeded again to make her talk to her. The trouble with dolls, papa"--and she put her hand warningly on Ermengarde's.

"Let us sit down," said Sara, holding out her name, but could not have understood, had the balloon in the MS from which it would be a lonely fellow when, on his return to India, he went into his eyes.

It was a very large one, Sara suddenly started and clutched her father's arm.

"Oh, papa!" she cried. "There is Emily!"

A flush had risen to her seat before we had again some little trouble with the violence of my bosom. But may God shield and deliver me from the public -- the only resource is (or rather was, until Mr Green's invention of the many pairs of eyes watching her. She was so sorry for her that "le pere" meant "the mother."

Miss Minchin knew she had been like any other little girls, but if she was--and IF she was, how it had happened.

"I don't know," she said. "Have you never pretended things?"

"No," said Ermengarde. "Never. I--tell me about it."

She was such a height. And this fall -- this rushing annihilation -- for this very cause do we now the most ghastly and loathsome of all mankind; while, from the socket! I blush, I burn, I shudder, while I pen the damnable atrocity.

When reason returned with the exception of the machine -- and for my wearing these fetters, and for this, above all, I loathed, and dreaded, and would give her any advice she wanted, and that Lavinia and Jessie were giggling behind their French grammars, she felt as if tears were in his substantive moods and phases of creation?

Induction, a posteriori, would have been cut from the carcass, had then accomplished the portraiture as I wished. But this feeling soon gave place to irritation. And then came, as if to my wife, a servant, and myself, made our escape from the lady who had arrived the evening before. Lavinia had managed to pass over it and put out the little book of phrases.

"Is this the cellar was well adapted. Its walls were loosely constructed, and had time to think

Bonus points if you can tell me which stories I used!