Archive for February, 2006


Monday, February 27th, 2006

The Houston Chronicle debuts a new feature on its puzzle page today: Sudoku puzzles. It’s an interactive puzzle that you can solve right there in your browser. Or if you’re like me and you prefer to solve your Sudoku the old fashioned way with pencil and paper, you can print out the puzzle.
(What is [...]

Episode 182, In Which Our Hero Does Something Amazingly Stupid

Sunday, February 26th, 2006

The big plan this weekend was to reinstall Windows XP and all my applications onto a new, larger hard drive. The drive is an 80 GB Western Digital that came out of my linux file server when I migrated it to SATA disks last year. Previously, I had used an 18 GB SCSI-160 disk as [...]

Bad Mojo at the Chronicle

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

This morning I checked my email. All comments and trackback links to my Chronicle blog get emailed to me for approval before they appear on the site. This morning I noticed that the spammers have discovered my blog. Actually, the spammers probably discovered my blog as soon as it started, but the Chronicle’s anti-spam software [...]

Curt Gowdy, Red Barber, Bob Edwards, and Me

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

Yesterday we learned that Curt Gowdy had passed away. I don’t know anything about Mr. Gowdy, but in reading his obituary, I learned that he modeled himself after Radio Hall of Fame announcer Red Barber. The mention of Red bought back a flood of memories. I never heard Red Barber call a game, but I [...]

Strong Bad Podcast!

Monday, February 20th, 2006

This morning this email showed up:
to jim.thompson
A new vlog has been added at
Videoblog Name: homestar runner
Category: Comedy
Category URL:
Strong Bad answers real emails from real morons!
Some of the material looks to be recycled, but it’s still great to get it in podcast form. Strong Bad is Strong Funny! The feed URL is

I Was Never This Fast

Monday, February 20th, 2006

Remember a while back I wrote about people who could solve the Rubik’s cube at amazing speed? Well, just the other day I found a video of someone named Gan demonstrating his speed-solving technique. In this clip, Gan solves a scrambled cube in 16.5 seconds!
In other Rubik news, TechEBlog is reporting something called the Touch [...]

Cool Stuff

Sunday, February 19th, 2006

This is cool: NES Alarm Clock
This is cool: Domokun iPod
This is cool: Tiki Fireplace

What’s Popular?

Saturday, February 18th, 2006

According to Measure Map (which was recently gobbled by Google), these are the five most popular posts at

Aerial Sightseeing Around Texas: the Battleship and the Monument
April 9th, 2005
542 visits

Houston Hybrid
July 23, 2005
482 visits

July 4, 2005
377 visits

Google, Microsoft, and the USGS
April 8th, 2005
322 visits

Sue and the Monster
July 13, 2005
316 visits

How strange. How very strange.


Thursday, February 16th, 2006

Last night we almost found out what happens when that counter reaches zero. It looked scary, but I’m with the doctor – I don’t think anything happens. It’s just a mind game. Opinions?

The Blog is Back

Wednesday, February 15th, 2006

My hosting provider,, is moving to a new data center, and upgraded its servers over the weekend. Most of the databases had problems, and some of the older ones, including mine, were corrupted. As a result of the database problems, all of the weblogs I host were down most of the day yesterday, and [...]

Happy Birthday Chris!

Friday, February 10th, 2006

Has it been 18 years already? Leigh Ann says yes.


Thursday, February 9th, 2006

This is a travesty. This is tragic. This is absurd. This is a disaster of Biblical proportions: Krispy Kreme is closing its Houston stores. I repeat: Krispy Kreme is closing its Houston stores. You may now run about in panic!