Oregon Snow Page

I just threw together a website that’s got links to weather forecasts and snow data for Oregon ski resorts ‘n stuff. (Probably not the first time this was done!) 🙂 I also included my winter backcountry travel checklist. Safety first!

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom

It’s almost 2am. I need to ping Cory some whuffie. (I’ve been a fan of his blog at boingboing.net for a couple months now, I feel like I know the guy and can call him by his first name ;-p ). Cory’s new book, Down and Out, is available online as a free ebook, and I can’t stop reading it.

Down and Out goes past the cyber-future that we all know and fear from Hollywood into a Disney-perfect world where, without death and disease, the post-human race still finds ways to get itself down. There’s a lot in this book that goes unsaid about where we are going as people. It’s highly entertaining and thought-provoking science fiction.

Nothing happened. I tried to keep the shit-eating grin off my face as nothing happened. No tone in my cochlea indicating a new file in my public directory, no rush of sensation, nothing. I turned to Lil to make some snotty remark, but her eyes were closed, her mouth lolling open, her breath coming in short huffs. Down the row, every castmember was in the same attitude of deep, mind-blown concentration. I pulled up a diagnostic HUD.

Nothing. No diagnostics. No HUD. I cold-rebooted.


I was offline.

Safari, Apple’s new web browser

Apple this week released Safari (well, public beta), a new OS X web browser based on the KHTML layout engine. I’m a big fan of Chimera, but Chimera has bugs, so I was eager at first to try out the new browser. After spending 15 minutes with the Safari browser tho I have to admit I was a little under-impressed.

* For one, Safari doesn’t even really look like an OS X application. It uses the dreaded Quicktime brushed-steel appearance theme, so it looks dark and dreary, which is in pretty stark contrast with the rest of the OS.

* Second, I love tabbed browsing. I got really used to that in Chimera. In MacOS X, (well, the mac in general) window management is a nusaince. Tabbed browsing solved many of my browser window headaches. I don’t know if I’ll be able to live without it.

Time will tell if I’ll be able to make the jump over to Safari. In the meantime, it does appear to be slightly faster and it renders several pages correctly that weren’t rendering correctly in Chimera.


I just became aware of a cool blog that tracks “stupid linking polices” imposed across the ‘net. Telling someone they can’t link to your webpage is like saying they can’t use the ISBN number on your book, reference a specific paragraph in an article you wrote, or something else equally idiotic. The American Cancer Society even says that you can’t link to their page. I can see a middle school student having problems with this:

Student: In 1997, xx million people died of cancer worldwide.

Teacher: Excuse me, but where did you get this fact?

Student: I’m sorry, I can’t tell you, I would be violating their terms and conditions set forth on their website.

Teacher: Ever heard of “plagarism” young man?!? You get an F.

I’m linking to the law.com headlines page just to spite their Terms and Conditions. Ooops! Did I just link again? Sue me. 🙂

Better to control and regulate human cloning than to try to ban it

An article in The Economist about the ethical arguments of human cloning. I couldn’t agree more with the closing arguments:

To ban all cloning research, therapeutic as well as reproductive, as America proposes, is certainly a mistake… an indefinite ban on cloning research could have worse consequences than careful regulation… The goal of policy should be to ensure that research on cloning is conducted by those who know most about it, and about how to develop the technology, rather than by amateurs.

As the Transhumanists like to say, the future is coming whether you want it or not. It’s better to regulate and accept it than to fear it. I, personally, don’t want to live in a Do Androids Dream Electric Sheap future where people illegally obtain body clones and cybernetic modifcations underground from under-qualified doctors and experimentors.

Roger Ebert’s Review of Bowling for Columbine

Not only an insightful review, I found this last comment worthy of quoting:

The movie is rated R, so that the Columbine killers would have been protected from the “violent images,” mostly of themselves. The MPAA continues its policy of banning teenagers from those films they most need to see. What utopian world do the flywheels of the ratings board think they are protecting?

That’s pretty interesting coming from someone who is so important to the movie industry.

US Postal Service Experiments

A hilarous account of various attempts to mail non-traditional items through the Postal Service, including an unwrapped football, $20 bill in clear plastic case, and a small bag with a toy inside that yelled, “LET ME OUT!! HELP! LET ME OUT OF HERE!!”

God bless our postal carriers! 🙂

Bowling for Columbine

I saw Michael Moore’s latest flick at the local cinema last night. Good movie. GOOD movie. Go see it now.

The movie is done in a documentary style, and explores the question, “Why is America so violent?” Go see it now.