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“I think her name was, Betty Clark”

hum,mmm. Okay that’s enough of that. Please forgive my indulgence. Machine translation is so funny I blow chunks. There are few things guarunteed to make me laugh, but feeble and bizarre word substitution is one. Spell checkers can sometimes hit the mark too – like suggesting to change ‘denis’ to ‘tents’.
You know, Philip K. Dick’s most highly acclaimed science fiction novel, The Man In The High Castle had the main character sitting in his work cubicle doing useless things for the bureaucracy day in and day out. The only kick he got was feeding phrases into the computer, translating them into another language, translating them back and passing the newly made cryptic phrase around to co-workers to crack. The book was written in 1962.
Sometimes while looking at the trackback listings of well-patronised weblogs i see pings written in spanish or japanese or lots of other languages, and it makes me wonder what’ll happen with written language via the net. It’s definitely one area where browsers or (more likely) operating systems could use some AI or fuzzy logic. As yesterday’s post shows, current day machine translation is woeful (apart from the fun-factor).

[delayed reaction]

Was just reminded of that recent incident where an american night club caught fire, and how, by coincidence, there was a small doco crew filming in there at the time. One of the news’ showed the footage of things that looked like larger sparklers on stage. Their brightness got more and more constant. It was sort of mesmerising but in this floaty way, the shot (and the camera person) reversed away from a it all. There was this little voice in my head thinking Hey, go back there I want to see what happens.

This is interesting (and a bit of a coinky-dink). A commenter (l.m. orchard) in this discussion about wikis had pretty much the same thing happen to them as Sir Flakey at Core. The Core wiki was running for roughly six months and (as far as I know) never suffered from meddling. And then over at MacGenius he had his PHP gallery tampered with after only a month or two. It’s funny how there seems to be a fair few web designers who aren’t sure about the open nature of wikis. I think wikis are probably just a bit ahead of their time.

Tony (and his mum) found some research on why songs get stuck in your head. He mentions how he ends up putting new lyrics to the offending tune. That happens to me too! Except i actually like doing it – in particular, Johnny and June Cash’s ‘Jackson’ and ‘Psycho’ by the Beasts of Bourbon. You think I’m psycho don’t you mama?
That’s a great song.

Okay, I was lying about cutting the ramble.

name: SirFlakey
email:
url: www.core.org.au
ip: 144.132.163.213
date: 2003-02-28-22-48
You’re right – the Core Wiki didn’t get messed with. This is akin to computers in the student labs. If you lock them down people will (absoutely guaranteed 100%) break them. If you leave them open they simply don’t bother.

Wiki is a funny thing – I love them – it’s often the simple elegant way which is impressive – BUT people just didn’t make use of the wiki – which is why I removed it from CORE for the moment – Wiki’s are ahead of their time I think.

PS | I am strongly considering grafting some internal Wiki structure onto MacGenius =). MacGenius (in it’s original build – was actually a wiki before it became MT)
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name: yak sox
email: yaksox@spouting.net
url: www.spouting.net
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date: 2003-03-01-10-18
Yeah, another of the coments mentioned that they work well when given a clearly defined and not too open-ended purpose.

One of these MT plugins makes a little use of the Wiki formatting (for tables) and I seem to remember the word ‘tiki’ in relation to Blosxom too.

YS @ 8:06 pm, February 28, 2003

orange

The sum time afternoon is canceled and life speeds in top. Roam Summertime is finished. I ditching of the passive sentences and maybe most of pronouns of possesive.

Put at the top of the posters today. To found an old Nat. Geo. the france card. The straightness of the west of the south (the bay of biscay) To Disturb coast. It reminds of me Slartibartfast. A thing that is me bugged for the ages of the internet is the lack of decent cards over. Almost any information kind can be squeezed of it but me always recourse to the paper when it is a matter cards.

Yoper Linux is dead on me after I updated it to the final one of KDE 3.1. As a BONE it always has a just manner to go. The list of addresss is a lot of people with major difficulties.

Thanks to the head cold I eat orange. Does not have to do that in the ages. This is principally viscosity to peel the are ridiculous. The cutting the in the quarter and sinks a piece in if it covers by over the teeth calm the sounds as entertainment, but in the reality not this is step. To resorted to if to the cutting the in eights. To sit with a veneers in red plastic matter a lot of 1/8 th pieces of orange one are a humiliating experience. The only step after having takes that the with me to the school after Monday, packed in gladwrap. <%image(20050613-CRAZYHED1.JPG|25|25|crazyhed)%>

name: SirFlakey
email:
url: www.core.org.au
ip: 144.132.163.213
date: 2003-02-27-22-37
Initially I ws going to reply in kind – but then I thought “Wait I am conforming” (or rather I conform wait!) so I shall refrain and simply write – I wish I had some oranges – though not in 1/8th
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name: yak sox
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date: 2003-02-28-18-32
I shouldda guessed you’d figure it out. :^)

YS @ 8:03 pm, February 27, 2003

the go with Lindows

As in What’s the go with with Lindows? – I just couldn’t bring myself to put a question mark in the heading two days in a row.
I wish actually had a copy of Lindows to review, but don’t. However, I read an article in a copy of Linux Format mag. which clued me in a bit. For ages I’ve been reading about how “walmart” and now a UK equivalent, eversham, have been packaging super cheap PCs running Lindows instead of windows XP, and thus saving a bucket of money for the consumer that way. Similarly, the company Lindows themselves also just released a laptop running their OS. As far as I know nobody is selling PCs like this in australia. The type of thing that Hardly Normal could do if he wasn’t such a nazi. Particularly with the laptop option where it’s almost impossible to buy a new machine and be given the option to buy it cheaper with no OS—windows pre-installed is pretty much mandatory. And building your own laptop is an even more unlikely option.

Lindows is also available by itself, but it’s yet to be seen if it’ll cut the mustard due to the expansive range of hardware it’d be expected to detect. Sorting out hardware detection problems is something no self-respecting Chump wants to get involved in.
There is no free download edition of Lindows.
With the OS comes a 12 month subscription to their “Click N Run Warehouse!”. It uses the debian apt:get mechanism to download and install packages, which is known for its studiness.. They have about 1700 apps on offer.
The really interesting thing in this review I read was that the writer was able to change just 2 or 3 lines in one of the scripts and have it hook into the vast (nearly 10 000 packages) Debian software depositories and install any of that stuff without problem. The Warehouse GUI isn’t available in this situation, but then it doesn’t run out after 12 months either. For the Cheapskates, Lindows sounds like a pretty damn good alternative to Windows and for intermediate Chumps like me, it sounds like an easy way to get Debian running.

I have a head cold. Everytime this happens I think, ‘No this can’t be happening I don’t get sick. Not me.’ And I think that it must’ve been years since I last suffered like this, but in reality I think it was only ten months. But it’s fairly mild – just head-snots a bit and a sore throat.

name: Jay
email:
url: www.mowabi.com
ip: 205.191.171.239
date: 2003-02-25-16-54
Well there you go.. i’d never heard of Lindows. but i’ve never heard of half the stuff that you seem to dig up :)

Hope the cold gets better
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name: yak sox
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ip: 203.29.131.4
date: 2003-02-25-17-07
Thanks. Me too. With uni restarting next week I’m supposed to be at my most rested and raring-est right now.

YS @ 8:02 pm, February 25, 2003

imploding Sun?

Interesting editorial about how this guy thinks Sun Microsystems is doomed in it’s current incarnation. For my liking, he’s a bit vague about what’ll kill it. He says AMD servers running Linux will do it. I dunno about that. I’ve always thought that ‘THEY’ won’t let Sun fold because it’s one of the companies that ‘they’ seed with alien technology.

Blosxom is going 100mph in rate of development at present. There’s a whole bunch of plug-ins that’ve been added to it including a script that converts your movable type entries to blosxom. All the bits that convinced me to stay with mt rather switch over will be there soon.
All this effectively zaps any sense of ‘zen’ it had as a set-up, but then, perhaps it was just marketing from the start anyway. However what it does do is turn it into a completely viable (and open source) alternative to movable type. I don’t know that the blosxom documentation is completely up to scratch, but this is probably just a matter of time too.

The second day of Pako Fest was okay. Battle of the youf bands was a bit of a mixed bag. Some death metal band “wake the dead” won it. There was a popster group, Modo, who I thought were better, more original. But I can’t really judge bands full of teeny-boppers too harshly. I got a bit too much sun on my ankles.

YS @ 8:02 pm, February 24, 2003

yoper: choice eh?

Well maybe.
I refer to yoper linux – the newest kid on the block. It’s compiled in New Zealand, thus my use of ‘choice’ as an adjective. I’ve been test-toasting one of their beta releases and I think it’ll really be good when they get it all a bit more stable.
More than anything, it’s probably indicative of my hardware set up getting gradually older when all the bits are being recognised by Linux distributions these days. Yoper uses a text install at this point. A couple of times there was some garbled stuff on the screen like it was thinking out loud, which was a bit disconcerting. A combination of HAL and Chairman Mao antics; “YOS is You Operating System” repeated over and over, and the “YOSYOSYOSYOSYOS”.
But as I said it worked fine in the end although the options with boot loader installation seemed a little archaic compared to the popular distributions. i was impressed that it installed Nvidia drivers for my graphics card all by itself. That’s the first time I’ve seen that happen.
And this was the first time I’d seen Kde 3.1 in action. It still seemed a bit buggy, but visually impressive.
Yoper’s claim to fame is that everything on the install disk is optimised for i686s—which makes things that bit faster. If you take a look at their page ‘About’ at the Yoper site (I’d point to it but they’re using frames) it also claims to be able to install packages from Red Hat and Debian. The wording of that page is a bit odd — I was trying to understand what/how they meant about building packages for Yoper but .I .just ..don’t .get it. Maybe I’ll have some kind of mental breakthrough in the next day or two.
There’s not much in the install of YOS so far – it’s basically just Kde. Like Lycoris like that. This is another reason why it might feel faster than other set ups — no servers running.

It sounds like it’s been raining everywhere lately, which is good. One difference I’ve noticed between being by the ocean and here is with the air. Not the obvious things – but there’s probably some low level goodness about the sea air that masks the intenseness of rain-air. It’s rained properly about twice since I’ve been back in town here. There’s some theory about rain saturating the air with negative ions (negative is good in this situation). Anyway, whatever’s happening produces a really energising quality to the air.
I think it started raining here at 8pm last night, then I woke up at 3am totally zingin’. I had to sit up, eat breakfast and read for an hour or so before I could get back to sleep. The same thing happened the other time it rained, but during the day. I had to go for a walk and there was no stopping me.

name: Quanta
email: quanta@dodo.com.au
url: aspyre.net/quanta
ip: 203.220.144.60
date: 2003-02-22-22-56
Well, does it come with a sheep motif?
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name: yak sox
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date: 2003-02-22-23-01
hehe. No, penguin as per usual, but I think it’s some kiwi penguin variant.

YS @ 7:03 pm, February 21, 2003

Supermarket of The Damned

That’s what I think they should rename Not Quite Right, and on the sign out the front ‘The Damned’ should be in italics. It’s like a grave yard of things that seemed like a good idea at the time. In theory asparagus dip sounds fantastic. And hand-sized apple pies in the shape of tasmania, how adorable. Product Marketing students should do excursions to NQR.
I seem to spend so much time in supermarkets I reckon I should just set up camp in there. “Phone call for the man living in aisle five. Aisle five, phone call.”
Aisle 5 is where it’s all happening. It’s the place to be. Prime real estate.

Tony’s right. These people are everywhere. I bumped into one right here in beautiful downtown West Geelong; a dude with a clip board and little fishing reel with a life-size replica credit card hanging off the end off it — its holographic dove mesmerising me.
hhmm – was I complaining about not being able to get a credit card recently? Probably. When dangled in front in front of me I realise I don’t actually need or want one. It was Groucho Marx who said, “I wouldn’t want to be a member of any club that’d accept me as a member”.

Speaking of downtown cosmopolitan west geelong – Pako festa is on here this weekend. Always fun. Will have the fotokamera with me. It’s got some backing from channnel 7 this year. They’re sending some of their people – home n’ away and some kids’ show. Will try to get foto taken with smalltime starlets and other ‘celebrities’.

kombi.jpg

I still feel a bit thingo about taking fotos of other people’s stuff, but I’m doing it anyway. This is kind of on the footpath outside someone’s front gate over on the next street. I’ve seen some pretty average mosiacing but this one is nicely done.

YS @ 7:02 pm, February 20, 2003

more and monsters of literature

A grumble first: that Ferderation Square website is pretty useless. All Flashed up but basically static. I heard on the radio that they were screening Japanese gangster flims and Spagehetti Westerns there this week. I’d have to buy the paper to find anything more out because there’s nothing on their site.

I’m really getting my kicks out or the phrase ‘Duchess of Pork’ being bandied around in tv ads at the moment. hehe. Now that’s funny. Has a very Lewis Carroll feel to it. It takes a big person to do an ad. like that. (I meant metaphorically big.) Step ladders are also funny, in a general way.

Finally got an internal web server working on Mandrake. Stuck it in the /usr/local. Can’t get PHP to go yet, but do have MYSQL running. This is good as far as working up a new design for spouting and mucking around with their sql version. I’d like to move to a host with database access when the current situation runs out mid-year and migrate to the mysql-backed movable type set up. It’ll probably subside, but have been restless about the domain name too. www.eskimopie.org would be cool, so would esquimauxpie.net. I’m not really doing myself any favours by annnouncing that eh?

A few days back I finished reading Kilgore Trout’s old-schoool science fiction novel, Venus on the Half Shell. It was recommended to me a couple of years back by a former high school teacher who we’ll call sensei harmo …

There’s a shot of the cover of the book here. Most of Kilgore Trout’s novels are in fact wwritten by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., but this one was written by Phillip Hosé Farmer. It’s pretty damn funny. My guess is that Douglas Adams and that Pratchett guy (I haven’t read any of his stuff, but have the vague idea that it’s mostly a mix of science fiction and humour) drew a fair bit of inspiration from Vonnegut (and Farmer when he hammed it up – like this). The main character attempts to find the answer to the question, “why are we created to suffer and die?” while travelling to several planets inhabited by wacky life forms. A lot of attention is paid to the sexual practises of these life forms and hilarity ensues.
It’s not too easy to find. It was on my mental list which pops up whenever I’m in a second hand book store. After a couple of years of checking ‘T’ for Trout in the SF section I found it.
I don’t know if 600 students for a high shcool is big or small in the grander scheme of things — probably small. Regardless, there were always only a few of us electing to do the classes that sensei harmo taught. Social history one year then english literature the next. It was a bit of a ‘wow’ moment when I realised that stories and poems could be pulled apart like that. I remember we did sylvia plath’s Bee Box and some other poem about a mosquito floating on water. But also Slaughter House 5 and Down and Out in Paris and London.
After high school I bumped into harmo once out at LaTrobe where I was rabble-rousing at the time. He had moved into the Metropolis too and was living with an Indian woman who taught at LaTrobe. Sometime after that I heard that he had been teaching at Box Hill Tech. but ended up punching a kid out, so left the job. Admittedly, it was easier to get him riled easier than most teachers but I daresay that the kid must’ve had it coming.
Then several years after that I’d moved here to geelong and bumped into sensei harmo at the gordon tafe where i was doing professional writing and editing. He’d moved back to the forests south of colac and was partly dairy farming, partly teaching something to adult year 12ers at the Gordon.
I told him I was very much into science fiction. He said I should read Trout. Then again, I bumped into him there another year later. My head must’ve been rattling with aliens and conspiracy theory — probably something I’d read in Nexus Magazine at the time. He asked if I’d read the unabomber manifesto – No I said (but funnily enough did get around to it last year).
“But what about the possibility of there already being aliens on Earth?” I asked him, waving hands around wildly. He said that it may well be true but either way he didn’t really care, which kind of blew me out because I’d not heard that opinion before.

name: Jay
email:
url: www.mowabi.com
ip: 205.191.171.239
date: 2003-02-20-12-42
I can’t imagine why step ladders are funny
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name: yak sox
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date: 2003-02-20-21-30
I can’t imagine why anyone’d think ‘Friends’ was funny.
Funny, that. :^)
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name: Jay
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date: 2003-02-21-15-35
ahhh.. you are not talking literally about a step ladder?

It’s a TV show is it?
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name: yak sox
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url: www.spouting.net
ip: 203.29.131.4
date: 2003-02-21-15-54
Erm, no – I was talking literally about step ladders. Probably more the concept of them than anything. I’ve a conventionally-challenged sense of humour. People become disappointed with me when I fail to laugh at punchlines.
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name: Jay
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url: www.mowabi.com/
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date: 2003-02-24-22-27
..i seem to miss the point a lot these days

YS @ 7:00 pm, February 19, 2003

Doover-hickies, Deals and Danger Mouse

It almost feels like the virtual christmas – with an updated browser to surf on, an updated weblog tool which I’m still discovering some of the more subtle intricacies of, and a whole bunch of doovers, thinga-ma-bobs and jiggers to plug in to it. So far I’m trying the ‘textile’ thing and the ‘smartypants’ thing – you’ll note the — em-dash: alright! These and a myriad others can be found on the official doovers for MT page.
The other day I was on the verge of getting sour grapey and whiny about the movable type people deciding to develop a Pro version rather than just keep the whole thing unified. Using so much beer-free and speech-free software sometimes spoils me into thinking everything should be like that. But (i suppose) they really do deserve to earn some decent money out of the thing (and I’m sure they will… earn lots of money). All this add-in stuff should keep hobbyists like me amused.

Most people by now would’ve read that google is buying pyra – the folks who run blogger/blogspot. Everyone’s said everything about it already and it’s not too hard to find those links. One thing i came across was google-watch and “google as big brother” – which is probably considered crack-pot to 98% of people, but, (again) it started to occur to me the other week how integral the big “G” has become to the net, and how little this is mentioned.
Last week someone—I think it was Fergul Sharky, wrote an essay on the dynamics and power of weblogs which had me thinking for a fair while. In a nutshell it was saying that influence within whatever ‘weblog community’ there is is skewed in favour of a small few due to (and this is the main part for me) hyperlinks and google’s page ranking of blogs because of them.
The ironic thing was that it was pretty much only the ‘Famous People’ (hahaha) commenting on this essay. But these people often have jobs that involve being on the net all the time, so they are able to find the fun things, the groovy links — if the net is their business then it makes sense that they will hold some sway as opinion-leaders of it. Also, I see it all as another example of our supposed lack of time in western society. eg. “I’m a new weblogger, I only have half an hour a day to muck around with it, I don’t know what’s cool and what’s not, so I’ll stick a link to metafilter on my site and let them decide what I’m going to blog about.”
If these so called ‘A-listers’ (I prefer ‘House Captains’) are so concerned about this apparent lop-sidedness then they could start changing it by deadening their hyperlinks to eachother, which only server to reinforce the whole thing.
Without google to measure all of this it wouldn’t exist anyway. Like any measuring device – it’s an invention by us humans … which imposes values … hmmm — I don’t really know where I’m goin’ with this. Reserve a little doubt for everything, including google.

Jeremy popped up a link to a top fifty list of all time great tv cartoon characters. It’s food for thought – the kind of thought-food I like too. Looney-Toons rock. Mickey Mouse has no personality.

name: Jay
email:
url: www.mowabi.com/
ip: 63.12.1.147
date: 2003-02-17-13-06
that cartoon list is eclectic…
and the poll results thus far are also interesting. Not what I would have guessed (or picked)
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name: SirFlakey
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date: 2003-02-17-14-02
Yeah the `Big G’ certainly has some decent influence – but in the era of of split second response things change quickly. I can remember how everyone was singing the praises of AltaVista until one year suddenly there was Google – and AltaVista sank – hard.

Wasn’t there a statistic that some >80% of the net was travelling via Cisco gear (most likely no longer touted in Marketing due to people changing onto other, cheaper means of routing).
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name: Quanta
email: quanta@dodo.com.au
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ip: 203.220.144.131
date: 2003-02-17-18-48
Oh Big G, how close and personal.
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name: yak sox
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url: www.spouting.net
ip: 203.29.131.4
date: 2003-02-17-21-14
Hmm, yes it’s easy to forget that google hasn’t been around that long and whatever coding advance they made when they eclipsed other search engines could happen again. Who knows.

Hey Jay I didn’t even see the poll there. It’s funny – when i think Rocky and Bullwinkle I think ABC—>BBC. I took me a moment to remember that it wasn’t an English cartoon.
And I didn’t even know there was a Gumby cartoon. And that poll; it looks like a lot of people mistook it about being about the cartoon characters wherever they exist. Charlie Brown, while cool (in my book) only did a couple of tv shows – the rest was newspapers.

YS @ 6:59 pm, February 17, 2003

here comes speedracer

Mucking around with the Opera 7 (preview 1) for Linux at the moment. It seems a bit more crashy/buggy than other betas they’ve released, but promises to be very snazzy indeed once it’s been vacuumed a bit.
Just as I asked – they enabled .ico favicons and a password manager (okay, so maybe it wasn’t specifically me they were listening to).
And I don’t know what changes it but the typefaces look Way smoother. A tad disconcerting: it reminds me how impossible it is to get an objective view of what your web page looks like = from opera 7 all of a sudden Spouting looks like it was designed for the hard-of-sight. It’s probably just the browser’s “font” settings but all the same …
It follows the Windows version as far as decor goes, which is surprising actually — all the other releases Oppy has somehow ended up getting stuck with the clunky Stalinesque Gnome 1.4 widget look.
I’m not really an apple-basher. I just like to poke fun sometimes, but to bring the topic of Safari up again – that little speed test they demonstrate via bar graphics on the download page doesn’t include Opera, and I would say that it’s because Opera is faster. This one shows a noticable positive difference again – which is amazing considering that the web pages aren’t changing – and the fatness of my connection is changing either.
This is the first time they included the mail client with a Linux release. I haven’t really given it a go properly yet. i don’t know how I feel about it all being rolled into one. Probably just a personal preference – wanting to keep the email app. seperate.

There’s an interesting article by one of the O’Reilly clan about community size and how it relates to the virtual world and weblogs. Kinda like the modulisation of a community. Reminds me why I more or less gave up on the conventional forum/bulletin board style sites as places to interact from/with.

name: crisp
email:
url: www.crispyhead.org
ip: 202.7.209.122
date: 2003-02-16-19-03
deja vu
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name: yak sox
email: yaksox@spouting.net
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ip: 203.29.131.3
date: 2003-02-16-19-35
All fixed now.
But double deja vu – i see you’re using opera 7 too now. :^)
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he hehe why yes i am….and i like it %)

YS @ 6:57 pm, February 16, 2003

“Killers! Assassins! …”

There’s dozens of classic lines in the original series star trek episode, ‘City on the Edge of Forever’ …
and that’s probably my fave. I could rewind through the whole thing to get the exact wording of the other ones like “I’m attempting to build a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bear skins”, buut I won’t.
“Rewind?”, you say hear I.
That’s right sports fans! I bought a vcr yesterday. I need it, see, for study – they expect you to have these kind of things. I think they’re expecting me to have an answering machine next.
So last night i was able to bliss out watching an old vid (courtesy of the time/life corporation. Maybe eight years ago, – something like that – we got some junk mail from them – it was a ‘collect the whole set’ of the Original series episodes. ‘Pay nothing now! We will send you the first one and if you’re not completely satisfied send it back free of charge.’ I was completely satisfied but uh forgot to pay them. Considering the losses the (now) AOL/time warner corp. is racking up lately, maybe I should send them the money. HA HA HA HA HA HA, right.
We remember watching that episode many years ago in yak’s reckless past – one morning after being out at a doof all the night before. Feeling significantly brain-burned and sleep deprived. And the look of McCoy, green and blue in the face and bigtime crazy on the Cordrazine—- I could relate. There was one little bit of a scene on the planet where the Guardian of Forever resides where Scotty and a couple of red shirts walk around one side of a rock looking for McCoy and then McCoy pops up on the other side, avoiding them, with this demented look.

Anyway, that morning i cracked up laughing at McCoy and couldn’t stop for 20 minutes. It’s a good episode. i don’t know if it’s just me, but none of the series’ that followed the original ever really hammed it up like that. The DS9 revisit to the ‘trouble with tribbles’ theme is maybe the exception. They should. There should be more comedy in Star Trek. And they should hire whoever the popular sci-fi writers are today (Ian Banks(?) – I dunno) to write a couple of episodes. I think that’s the real problem – whoever’s doling out the gigs for scripts/teleplay has got the wrong attitude. It’s too much a soap opera, concerned with continuity, with less political/scientific issues of the day being tackled — and there’s less great lines (like the “stone knives …”) with which to make the characters great.

The VCR’s a Sharp – second hand – from a prawn shop. Seems good so far. The last vcr I had was from a prawn shop and it lasted six of seven years, which is reasonable.

name: Jon
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The DS9 episode where they redid bond was pretty funny too.
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name: yak sox
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I do vaguely remember that ep now that you mention it. But after watching another TOS episode last (the one where kirk gets split into a good and evil self) night I’ve come more to the conclusion that they just overacted heaps more back then — whichh is fine the first couple of times but after that it gets a bit ho-hum.
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name: Jay
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yeah… I thought of the Bond DS9 too, as soon as i read your blog..

Also, that particular episode (can’t remember which flavour ST) where they use some old footage.. Worf runs into some old fashioned Klingons.. and they don’t really even try to explain why new Klingons look soooo different.. kinda amusing
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name: yak sox
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Yeah – that was the ds9 one (‘trials and tribblations’ I think it was called) the did some cut and past between now and the Original episode it borrowed the theme from, icluding this one scene where Kirk was inspecting some of the crew and Sisko was tucked in there among them.

YS @ 6:56 pm, February 15, 2003

I hear drones

Changed over from a one pixel .gif to the server side include system of hit tracking yesterday and am amazed at all these bots. They didn’t show up before.
Also – this is a really weird story, blog-daddy, Jeremiah posted this entry about how he wanted to go on this tv show and get a makeover. But in the months since that one short thought an accumulation of people have somehow, via google, mistaken his comments field as a direct line to the host of this tv show mentioned. I remember reading briefly about how a movable type entry by someone about music or songs on commercials had taken on a life of its own – where people would drop by ask a question about one ad. then solve someone elses’ tip-of-tongue situation. But jeremy’s situation is completely different – a total miscue.
Movable type 2.6 was released. However it also marks a split in how it’ll be developed in the future. There’ll be a Pro version (costs money) and uhm .. an amateur version, for schmoes like me.

YS @ 6:55 pm, February 14, 2003
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