Archive for February, 2008

New most viewed flickr photo

February 29, 2008

On my “real” flickr account, I have a photo that has shot through the stratosphere in Views over the past 2 days. It had something like 20 views, since its upload last summer. Now it has 3,500+, and growing by the minute. Supposedly it got 2,819 views yesterday alone. It’s in ONE group, which I added it to about 2 days ago. And if it’s not a flickr database glitch, all I can say is that this was a sleeper pic that was finally seen by the right person (i.e., someone with thousands of friends, to whom he forwarded the link).

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Super-consumer

February 27, 2008

I go through consumable goods like nobody’s business. Tuesday I reached the bottom of a box of 125 Ziploc sandwich bags. I only got the box in August of 2000 . . . I should be a little more aware of just how many bags I use.

But I still have about 10% of a gallon-jug of dishwashing soap that I got at that same time. Never have stopped washing my dishes—just use a small amount to do the job. My goal is to get an advanced degree in less time than it takes me to use up that detergent.

Shield eyes before reading

February 23, 2008

Brad’s got a 3-DVD set of the BBC show “The Old Grey Whistle Test,” which ran forever and had a million different performers on over the years. Johnny Winter was on in 1974, doing a completely rocking version of “Jumping Jack Flash.”

But the visual experience of this performance is traumatic, to say the least. Check out JW’s sleeves:
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If you can’t see them, they are cut off at the elbow, and have 4-foot-long red silk sashes coming out of them.

And the mullet (and lips) on the drummer should receive mention:
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Leopard still screwy, and now Photoshop

February 22, 2008

I installed the 180MB Mac OS Leopard update a week ago or so. Preview still doesn’t search the way I’d like, plus I am getting some new “features.”

Tonight while working in Photoshop, my screen faded to black. Yet I could still hear the “plunk” of incoming messages on the Yahoo IM . . . then the “Front Row” application appeared. I have never run Front Row before, and wasn’t even touching the computer when it decided to launch itself.

Also, Photoshop is crashing every time I try to perform “Copy Merged” on the header graphic of the website I’m working on. I can Copy Merged in other parts of the same graphic, but not the header. Makes one want to switch to PC! At least there you expect crashes to occur every time you sit in front of the computer.

Evil clown duck guitar player sells for big bux!

February 15, 2008

One of the ugliest pieces Brad has sold on ebay in quite a while is this horrific critter that just sold for $224.72. That is not a typo.

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Here’s the description:

In the family for about 4 decades, this unusual glass figurine has a sticker (partly torn away) on the bottom, but “Genuine” and “Made in Italy” are visible (a city may come before Italy…there seems to be enough room where the tear-away is). It’s unknown from where this item was obtained by my family member.

He’s playing guitar (see scan below), and he is wearing a hat and snappy, lavender bow tie! While he has a bill of sorts, he may not be a duck….while he has webbed feet, he may not be a penguin! He’s a generous 11″ tall!

If you have a place on your desk, in your cubicle, and “thinking-out-of-the-box” is your middle name, maybe this musical little guy is for you!

He’s in mint condition, having either been lovingly displayed or gently stored. Winning bidder to add $10.50 priority shipping with Delivery Confirmation. Insurance available. International shipping is available.

The Bible as graphic novel

February 11, 2008

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/10/us/10manga.html

A quote:

Abraham rides a horse out of an explosion to save Lot. Og, king of Bashan, looms like an early Darth Vader. The Sermon on the Mount did not make the book, though, because there was not enough action to it.

People will misuse any edition of the Bible, but I wonder if this book has an introduction explaining that it’s “just the action scenes”? [Update: Just saw that the Manga Bible comes in a full-text edition as well as an “action highlights” version.] I am not a big fan of the idea of the Bible as a graphic novel, but I do think that it argues for the continued power of the Bible as a living book to inspire people.

When I went to the http://www.themangabible.com/ and clicked on “Downloads” I was surprised to see that the section at the top of the “page spreads” section was the Gospel reading for yesterday, the first Sunday in Lent (Jesus is tempted by Satan in the wilderness). Coincidence, or does the webmaster update the sample based on the liturgical calendar?

Canterbury calls for Sharia

February 8, 2008

Okay kids, time for bed. It’s been a fun 475-odd years, but now you’re just getting silly:

NY Times:

The archbishop of Canterbury called Thursday for Britain to adopt aspects of Islamic Shariah law alongside the existing legal system. His speech set off a storm of opposition among politicians, lawyers and others, including some Muslims.

Legal recognition of Shariah has been a longstanding demand among some Muslim groups in Britain, and their spokesmen endorsed the archbishop’s proposals. Faisal Siddiqui, a lawyer, told the BBC that “sensational stories” about extreme punishments had distorted the benefits of Islamic law. “The reality is that it has enriched civilization and humanity for 1,400 years,” he said.

Right. With the last 200 or so years being especially rich in Muslim contributions to world civ . . . science, government, etc.

Blu-ray wins?

February 3, 2008

NY Times: “Warner Backs Blu-ray, Tilting DVD Battle

The high-definition DVD war is all but over.

True?

Anti-3rd world politics of global warming

February 1, 2008

At Spiked.com, an article by Alexander Cockburn.

A must-read for anyone convinced that the crusade to end global warming is motivated by a politically disinterested care for Mother Earth, and that ever-greater regulations on normal people will enhance their quality of life.

This turn to climate catastrophism is tied into the decline of the left, and the decline of the left’s optimistic vision of altering the economic nature of things through a political programme. The left has bought into environmental catastrophism because it thinks that if it can persuade the world that there is indeed a catastrophe, then somehow the emergency response will lead to positive developments in terms of social and environmental justice.

This is a fantasy. In truth, environmental catastrophism will, in fact it already has, play into the hands of sinister-as-always corporate interests.

More generally, climate catastrophism is leading to a re-emphasis of the powers of the advanced industrial world, through its various trade mechanisms, to penalise Third World countries.

And other good stuff in the piece, so go check it out.