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Request for Ben
by n0manarmy at 30 June, 2008 - 2:00 AM
While reading your topic on Basil Ice Cream, it dawned on me: I want to be able to check a topic that someone's posted and mark it as a favorite. I know I'm not going to be able to get to the basil ice cream post to try it myself or a while but I don't want to lose it in the mass torrent of posts that happen here. Ben, thoughts?
Latest comment: 03 September 08, 1:06 AM

Matthews for Congress Meet and Greet + fundraising event July 1st
by rich at 29 June, 2008 - 3:33 PM
This will not be your usual political event! We are especially welcoming the younger voters of the district (and those young at heart) to come out to a show with popular local band Pasadena. Your $10 contribution at the door will include your first drink. We will be rocking out interspersed with the messages of respect for our civil liberties, an end to the war in Iraq, and the prosperity that comes when the government lets you keep more of what you earn. Please come out, enjoy yourself, and ask Richard Matthews the tough questions the he needs to answer to earn your vote in November.
Taps 1439 S. Charles Street Baltimore, MD 21230 (Federal Hill) 410-685-TAPS Google Maps
Latest comment: 29 June 08, 3:33 PM

best thing EVER
by ben at 29 June, 2008 - 6:15 AM
Ann found a recipe for basil ice cream just around the same time my parents gave us their really old ice cream maker... so we decided to try this recipe... i've just put it in to the freezer, but after licking the paddles clean, we've decided this is already the best thing EVER. we will definitely make more of this, and try other recipes as well... but for $20 for the machine, and about $5 for the total ingredients, i think you ought to make it yourself... often...
Latest comment: 01 July 08, 1:58 AM

This week's logic problem...
by ben at 25 June, 2008 - 9:31 AM
I know Jamie will probably be the only one to want to answer this, and I don't want to screw up his vacation, but... I need to subtract a number of days (X) from today, but ignore weekends. I think i'm going about it wrong, because I keep getting screwed up if i go past a week. Example: today (wednesday) if i subtract 3 days, i want to have friday's date. If i subtract 4 days, i want to have last thursday, and 5 days, last wednesday, and so forth... any ideas?
Latest comment: 27 June 08, 6:46 AM

Kill a Chicken
by muhgcee at 25 June, 2008 - 4:37 AM
I went to the farmer's market this morning. They were selling live chickens. I am thinking of buying one, killing it, dressing it and eating it. What say you? It would certainly be a feature on DTC, video and all. I think I would like to find a partner in crime though. If I read the sign correctly, the chickens were $6 each.
Latest comment: 25 June 08, 8:29 AM

But will it work?
by ben at 25 June, 2008 - 3:30 AM
I'm all for the idea of open competition and whatnot, and as a web developer, i like to keep an eye open for new sites that can do it better, or at least differently than something already out there... so when i see an article like 50 other sites than craigslist that do the same thing... i have to ask... "if an open market is useful by the number of customers and sellers, if there's 50 markets trying to compete with the BIG market... how well will it work?" i'm obviously not an economist, and haven't studied macro or micro anything, but it feels like most people will just stick with CL because they KNOW there's so much to choose from on there
Latest comment: 25 June 08, 3:45 AM

Watch the Watchmen
by ben at 25 June, 2008 - 2:26 AM
mostly this will only interest Jamie and John and possibly 3 other people looking for news on the Watchmen... but now you can watch the watchmen commercials seriously... it's getting pretty weird out there in advertising land
Latest comment: 01 July 08, 12:35 AM

oh HELLS YEAH
by ben at 24 June, 2008 - 2:44 AM
new GPS has KITT's voice bonus points - without leaving this page, what does KITT stand for?
Latest comment: 25 June 08, 1:38 AM

A "Dirty" Proposition?
by n0manarmy at 23 June, 2008 - 2:10 PM
So I was emailed (spammed?) by http://www.syndigonetworks.com/ mentioning that they wanted to sign me up for their ad service like WJZ of Baltimore. The Dilemma is that I don't feel that I 1. Have enough hits a day to warrant any income 2. Feel like I'm some how selling out To play devil's advocate though, if I did start getting income from blogbaltimore.com (name drop!) then maybe I'd start writing more. Ben have you been propositioned by the scary men in suits wanting to steal your soul for money? Anyone else have any thoughts?
Latest comment: 24 June 08, 6:50 AM

Currently wanting...
by ben at 23 June, 2008 - 4:41 AM
watch this at least 20 seconds of it... yes, it's a huey lewis cover... but pay attention to the rhythm section... specifically the synthed snare... now watch this: i love samples that i recognize (mainly because there aren't a lot). I also love the greenskeepers (mainly because they're AWESOME)
Latest comment: 24 June 08, 6:10 PM

Ooops.. MS goof
by AnarchyX at 22 June, 2008 - 6:58 AM
Looks like the installer for VS 2008 Team Suite (The $10K version of Visual Studio) will take ANY cd-key as long as it is for a VS 2008 product. So if you have the tard or Pro edition - download the Team suite trial. Select upgrade and enter the tard edition cd-key. You have now pWned Bill and Steve.
Latest comment: 23 June 08, 3:53 AM

Nine Inch Nails: The Slip - Physical Release
by elfie at 21 June, 2008 - 7:22 AM
The Slip, which can be downloaded for free, will see a limited worldwide release of 250,000 individually numbered CDs. The CD will come with a DVD that contains videos of live rehearsals. The album will also be released on vinyl. Both versions go on sale July 22nd, but can be pre-ordered now. So far, I've ordered like 7 copies of the CD from various retailers. I'm a crazypants :p
Latest comment: 21 June 08, 7:22 AM

Fail
by ben at 19 June, 2008 - 9:00 AM
Latest comment: 23 June 08, 5:20 AM

I'm Voting Republican, because...
by ben at 17 June, 2008 - 4:00 AM
If people want clean water... buy it in a bottle! http://www.imvotingrepublican.com/
Latest comment: 17 June 08, 4:00 AM

Trains, Pains and What do you dos?
by ben at 17 June, 2008 - 1:11 AM
I'm pretty insulated on my commute, I have been since I was in high school, riding the MTA busses. My method has always involved headphones, and usually either a book or magazine... i don't bother you, you don't bother me, i get where I'm going with no problems.
Latest comment: 17 June 08, 11:07 AM

So I wanna learn a language
by n0manarmy at 16 June, 2008 - 11:03 AM
I've been doing more and more on the web and I don't want to be an apps junky anymore. I want to learn a language that'll let me do somethings on the web that are cool and fun. I've heard of Ajax, Flash, Ruby (on Rails), .Net (?) and I just can't decide. Right now I'm leaning towards http://www.rubyonrails.org/ because it looks easy BUT I don't want to put the effort in to a language that's going to die off much like C++ in highschool but I don't want to get involved with a language that's too specific or complicated. I don't want to be a hard core programmer but if I wanted to setup my own website without dumping some app from some page and keeping it simple, what should I look into?
Latest comment: 19 June 08, 10:04 AM

What is this 'Iraq war' charge on my bill?
by rich at 16 June, 2008 - 9:52 AM
Latest comment: 16 June 08, 9:52 AM

A brief break...
by ben at 16 June, 2008 - 6:17 AM
I read quite a few (I think) blogs, and several of them are tech blogs that I've aggregated for a few years. One is tech crunch - a blog that (mostly) profiles, reviews and compares the really cool new startups and sites that are out or coming out, and the industry itself (something of obvious interest to a web programmer). Most of you are familiar with it laterally, through the pretty cool sites I link to from time to time - most of them i find through TechCrunch. Lately however, I've noticed that the main guy, Michael Arrington, has started to use his (rather large) box more and more often to critique things like Copyright law... most recently here, and previously here... That last link goes to Techdirt - another blog I read that is almost always discussing the legal side of technology - music and patent law mostly... these kinds of arguments are common there, but for me, it seems odd that TechCrunch is leaning more and more in this direction... My question then is, does a large audience make one's opinion more important? If I had a lot of readers, should I try to impress upon them my feelings on a topic? I don't know the answer, personally...
Latest comment: 17 June 08, 1:13 AM

new fridge!
by ben at 13 June, 2008 - 2:40 AM
i'm buying a new refrigerator today!!!! yayyyy!!!!!!!!
Latest comment: 23 June 08, 4:05 AM

Ben's wacky and useful site of the moment...
by ben at 12 June, 2008 - 12:29 AM
just found Repairpal, it's pretty cool - you put in your make, model & year of car, and tell the site what's wrong with your car, they tell you how much you should pay to fix it... I am always worried i'm getting taken (especially after my friend told me that the estimate i was given was ludicrous, and he works in a repair shop...), so this is pretty cool... check it out, play with it!
Latest comment: 12 June 08, 12:29 AM

another way to waste time... err... watch TV
by ben at 11 June, 2008 - 8:46 AM
Tidal TV (in beta of course) - it's a different layout from the others (Joost & Hulu being the only ones i've tried) but they seem to have quite a bit of content - especially FoodTV!!! so, i'm liking that. also, from the lobby of the Boston WTC, I haven't had any lag issues... so, whatever they're doing, pretty cool.
Latest comment: 11 June 08, 8:46 AM

Bananas to go extinct
by Pie at 10 June, 2008 - 2:50 AM
At least that is what they say....
Latest comment: 11 June 08, 6:49 PM

somewhere over the rainbow...
by ben at 09 June, 2008 - 1:29 AM
i don't know what to think when i see stuff like congress thinking about banning "cyber bullying"... are we turning into a nation of 13 years olds? is that the goal, or are we already there, they're just making their point now?
Latest comment: 10 June 08, 8:12 AM

House of OM! 4 Great DJs, $15
by ben at 08 June, 2008 - 1:56 AM
anyone interested? It's at Bedrock, which is right near the hippodrome... tickets are $15, should be a great party!
Latest comment: 08 June 08, 12:03 PM

Religulous
by typhoid at 07 June, 2008 - 7:29 AM
Latest comment: 09 June 08, 9:03 AM

Wild Animal Crunch
by rich at 07 June, 2008 - 3:00 AM
I was grocery shopping yesterday. On clearance they had these boxes of "Wild Animal Crunch" for $1.50. I am a sucker for a deal, and I figured it would make for good content on DTC. So, I have to say they are pretty tasty. Who knew polar bear flavored grains could be such a tasty part of a balanced breakfast?
Latest comment: 07 June 08, 7:00 AM

Anyone ever written an installer for a website?
by elfie at 04 June, 2008 - 4:39 AM
I need to write an installer for a web project. The website IS the software to be installed, so part of the installation will need to make sure that the app is connected properly in IIS. As part of the installation process, I also need to gather information for a database connection (and test it), select an installed printer, and request (and validate) a registration key. The results of this information gathering need to be stored in the web.config for the installed site. I'd also like to ensure ahead of time that ASP.NET 3.5 is installed.
Latest comment: 06 June 08, 2:19 AM

Recycle that monitor!!
by ben at 02 June, 2008 - 8:13 AM
Best Buy is starting a recycling program, and for once, Baltimore is in the test market! (Along with SF, Stu!) so take your junk in, and recycle it! i've got a load of CRTs (Thanks, Rich!) that i will bring in, probably a cell phone or two, and my old TVs, when I upgrade...
Latest comment: 03 June 08, 6:03 AM

Currently listening: house mix
by ben at 02 June, 2008 - 7:35 AM
Tari's Session #2 at Undergroundhouse.net - it's pretty fantastic (if you like house music)... though there's no tracklist (if you care)
Latest comment: 02 June 08, 7:35 AM

How to Spawn 4.2 Billion Threads
by elfie at 02 June, 2008 - 4:47 AM
    private void GetSalesRankAsync()     {         Thread t = new Thread(new ThreadStart(GetSalesRankAsync));         t.IsBackground = true;         t.Start();     }     private void GetSalesRank()     {         try         {             //Do some stuff         }         catch (Exception e)         {             Utils.LogError(AlbumID, "Error in GetSalesRank: " + e.ToString());         }     }
Latest comment: 03 June 08, 12:12 AM

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