Archive for January, 2006

The Amnesia of the Stupid

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

If you’re going to do something this dumb, try to remember it afterward.
Update: Maybe I should start a blog about people who drink and do insanely stupid things. Here’s one from a couple of years back, and it also happened in this area. A man who had been drinking for four days stole an airplane, [...]

Monday Miscellanea

Monday, January 30th, 2006

Jury selection begins today in the trial of Enron masterminds Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling. From what I hear, the blocks around the courthouse have become a sea of reporters and a forest of antenna masts. The New York Times, the Washington Post, even the BBC – they’re all in town to take in the [...]

It Only Happens a Couple of Times Every Winter…

Sunday, January 29th, 2006

It’s colder here in Pearland than it is in North Alabama. Let’s turn that statement around to emphasize what’s more important here: It’s warmer in North Alabama than it is in Pearlend.

Where Were You Twenty Years Ago?

Saturday, January 28th, 2006

January 28, 1986: I was a senior in the Electrical Engineering program at Auburn University; it was winter quarter, my second-to-last quarter at Auburn. About that time I was taking courses in 3-D computer modeling, coding theory, and a graduate-level course in digital control theory. The weather was clear, but winter at Auburn meant that [...]

Strange Mojo at Flickr

Friday, January 27th, 2006

I subscribe to the Flickr photostream feeds of several people – Leigh Ann (motto: “Beer is how we know God loves us and wants us to be happy”), Sue, Kay, Jerry, and some people I’ve never met face to face. Tonight almost all of those feeds have started bringing me random photos. Leigh Ann’s feed [...]

Aurora Australis, In Living Color

Friday, January 27th, 2006

On September 11 of last year, a massive solar flare ejected a stream of charged particles towards the Earth. NASA’s IMAGE satellite captured some amazing video of the Aurora Australis – the Southern Lights – when the stream of ions reached our upper atmosphere. This must have been awesome to witness from below.

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Thursday, January 26th, 2006

Lost was pretty average tonight. Meanwhile, Andrew Smith has an interesting theory about what Lost is all about. If his theory is right, it’s not as cheesey as what I have been expecting to develop… although the pseudoscience of magnetism is typically pretty awful, especially when Hollywood is involved. (Those of you wearing copper bracelets [...]

Houston 1836

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

Houston’s new Major League Soccer team has chosen its name: Houston 1836. 1836 was the year in which Texas declared its independence from Mexico and Houston was founded by the Allen brothers. It’s unusual for a sports team name, although not all that unusual in the soccer world. It’s different, and I like it.

Strange Story

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

One of Summer’s friends had this tale to tell at school yesterday: one of her mother’s friends came over to their house and asked if he could borrow their truck so he could go to Sonic for some food. Turns out he wasn’t actually hungry. The woman he shot at the restaurant was his former [...]

Copper Step by Step

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

One of my favorite web sites is Bolt City by Kazu Kibuishi. Bolt city features a great comic, a fanciful strip about a boy and his dog, called Copper. Copper is not only fun to read, but it’s also beautiful to look at. Well, today Kazu published a tutorial showing how he goes about drawing [...]

Important Information

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

How to survive a robot uprising.


Monday, January 23rd, 2006

Cubesoft, my hosting provider, recently moved its services to a new data center and a new server. Their new setup sounds like it will be more reliable in the long run. However, the server migration caused some trouble with my photo gallery scripts, and the sysadmin had to disable my site temporarily. The photo pages [...]