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by ben at 31 October, 2006 - 5:42 AM

Latest comment: 31 October 06, 5:45 AM

Gogol Bordello at 9:30 club in DC
by ben at 30 October, 2006 - 7:59 AM
tuesday, december 19! I haven't found tickets yet, but i'll keep checking. Who's in? come on, who's with me?
Latest comment: 30 October 06, 7:59 AM

What a weekend...
by ben at 30 October, 2006 - 3:37 AM
I have to say, i didn't think i'd be using this site for a blog, but it seems to be turning into that...
Latest comment: 30 October 06, 7:00 AM

IE/FF Bookmark Sync?
by elfie at 29 October, 2006 - 10:29 PM
Does anyone have a plugin or other utility that keeps Firefox Bookmarks and Internet Explorer Favorites in sync? In fact, I don't even really NEED it to sync. If it assumed that Bookmarks were "correct" and copied those over my Favorites periodically, that'd work too.

The only thing I can find is this, but the reviews are all negative and it's not 2.0 compatible.

Hell, if there was just a way to put my FF Bookmarks in the Windows Start menu like Favorites, that'd work too.
Latest comment: 30 October 06, 4:15 AM

Post-Election Preparation
by muhgcee at 27 October, 2006 - 12:02 PM
On a recent The Show with Zefrank, I learned that President Bush is evidently not preparing for a Democratic takeover of the House or Senate. It is claimed that this is because they are in the "game" to win (and are therefore only planning for the possibility of a win). I ask this question to our faithful readers; Is the Bush administration not preparing for the possibility of a Democratic takeover of the House or Senate because:

a) They are idiots.
b) They know the Democrats aren't going to take over the House or Senate because it is rigged.
c) They are lying. They actually are preparing, but are saying otherwise for some purpose.
Latest comment: 30 October 06, 2:17 AM

Officially moved into my office
by ben at 27 October, 2006 - 9:29 AM
I have my desk and everything moved in, it's pretty nice, i must say! pics forthcoming!
Latest comment: 30 October 06, 10:20 AM

Filesharing: a poisonous poison!
by ben at 24 October, 2006 - 11:56 PM
jimmy logs on to one of the internets, and soon, he is downloading an illegal copy of the entire britney spears album!
Latest comment: 24 October 06, 11:56 PM

by elfie at 24 October, 2006 - 4:20 AM
Cookie has a growth pressing against her urethra. She is unable to urinate. It is most likely cancer and possibly too far along to do much about. They are going to attempt to aspirate the growth today to see if they can determine what it is. No guarantee that they will be able to tell anything from that or even if they will be able to aspirate without causing internal bleeding.

She bit the doctor while they were trying to put the catheter in. Good for her. I would have too.

Latest comment: 25 October 06, 5:41 AM

want to get out of the country?
by ben at 24 October, 2006 - 2:21 AM
I know i'm moving to Toledo, Spain at some point. Before that, I'm reading this
Latest comment: 24 October 06, 2:21 AM

social networking with the Teacha!
by ben at 24 October, 2006 - 1:28 AM
How bad ass of an email is this to get?

"Hi ben,
KRS_ONE has just ask to be your friend at
You can login and view your friends requests by clicking on the link below.


damn right i accepted!
Latest comment: 24 October 06, 1:28 AM

9000 things come to mind
by ben at 24 October, 2006 - 12:42 AM
when you come across a line like this... "The scene along the sidewalk was Fellini meets Almodovar meet Monty Python."

via b^2 post
Latest comment: 24 October 06, 12:42 AM

Pod 1, Mice: 0
by ben at 23 October, 2006 - 11:55 PM
I was wondering why, when I woke up this morning, Pod was staring at me, and very active. I chalked it up to his usual lassitude during the day, giving him energy at night/morning, but apparently he was getting ready for a hunt...
by the time i got downstairs (after a shower in my nice, cleaning supply smelling bathroom), he had already made the kill. normally he will just play with his catches, batting them around, and they eventually get away (he's not the fastest thing on four legs)... this time, he caught and killed it, but still played with it. nearly lost it too (ok, so maybe he's not the brightest thing on four legs either...), tangling it up in the rug in the kitchen, while i was opening up a can of yummy mashed breakfast for him... which he normally dives right in to, but today preferred to keep showing off his kill by knocking it around the kitchen.

man, i'm proud though! the little tyke's a mouser! hooray!
Latest comment: 01 November 06, 7:51 AM

Charles Darwin anyone?
by ben at 20 October, 2006 - 3:08 AM
to /.:
All Of Charles Darwin's works are now online... maybe now that its cheaper, we can get more people to understand what he said...
Latest comment: 30 October 06, 2:13 AM

Keith Olberman on the beginning of the end for America
by ralph at 19 October, 2006 - 2:42 AM
Latest comment: 20 October 06, 1:02 AM

POD is in Danger !!!!
by typhoid at 18 October, 2006 - 2:51 PM
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Latest comment: 19 October 06, 2:00 AM

Nintendo Power
by typhoid at 18 October, 2006 - 10:28 AM
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Latest comment: 18 October 06, 10:28 AM

best use of fire EVER
by ben at 18 October, 2006 - 6:08 AM
Ruben's Tube (sic). Via this cool cat

actual link on the inside...
Latest comment: 18 October 06, 1:49 PM

The Ravers vs The Ravers
by ben at 18 October, 2006 - 5:20 AM
There I was, lounging around the pool in 100 degree weather at a desert resort when I decided to write a contemporary rock classic. "Punk Rock Christmas" came to me that afternoon. A few evenings later Graham Daddy, Louis Maxfield and I had the music, the inspiration, and the band - Daddy Maxfield: Graham, vocals, Louie, guitars, Dave Dennard, bass, Mike Campbell, drums - whom I temporarily renamed "The Ravers" for a genuine mod feel.

Plunking $600 down at Pranava Studios, located across from Grauman's Chinese Theater on the third floor of a seedy office building probably once populated by religious zealots and private detectives, we recorded "Punk Rock Christmas" and a heavy interpretation of Silent Night." All went well save for "Silent Night" (ever heard of it?) which had to be sung by Peter Deal (of Threshold). We recorded it in a key too high for Graham and didn't realize it until we were...
Latest comment: 27 October 06, 1:31 AM

Slo-Mo Home Depot
by elfie at 17 October, 2006 - 9:32 AM
Latest comment: 18 October 06, 5:30 AM

hot voice on tablet action
by ben at 17 October, 2006 - 2:23 AM
I downloaded the 2006 OS for my 700 tablet the other day, and i've started playing around with some of the features. My favorite, right now, is the gizmo project. I downloaded this, started playing with it, called Ralph, and man, it was really good. As small as that thing is, it was very good. i walked around the house, still fine. Their pricing plan isn't too bad either - outgoing calls are free to ANYONE who has a gizmo account (how cool is that?), so sign up now! You can get a phone number for incoming calls for $35/year - that's less than $3 a month... and it works anywhere in the world, as long as you're signed in. You don't just have to use it on the tablet (but I will!), you can use it from any computer. Calling a phone that's not in their system is only 1C per minute in the US. 1.6C/m to Ireland! Which means I can call Cliona for cheaper than it costs to call my grandparents from my home phone!

Outside of that, voice chat through google talk works great too - i talked to Stu on that (let's all send him sympathy, he had a bad migraine yesterday), that sounded just as good as talking to Ralph on the phone. All in all, this isn't quite a replacement for a cell phone (until there's universal, free WiFi), but it's pretty damn nice... kudos to the developers for the new version of the OS... I even got an updated version of sudoku working on there!
Latest comment: 17 October 06, 4:51 AM

MP3 Player Choices - Zune, iPod, Creative Zen
by ben at 16 October, 2006 - 8:07 AM
Well, it appears (after 2 weeks of kind of trying to fix) that i am now the not so proud owner of 3/4 of a pound of a Dell branded paperweight.

I've been looking around at the Zune, the iPod and the Creative Zen M... all 3 have a 30 GB option, the iPod has the 80 GB one, and I'm torn. Here's what i've come up with in terms of what i know...
Latest comment: 19 October 06, 11:36 PM

digg 'em!
by ben at 13 October, 2006 - 9:09 AM
Latest comment: 13 October 06, 9:09 AM

Sad but true
by n0manarmy at 13 October, 2006 - 5:20 AM
Some of you might remember a while ago when i was discussing about getting a blog site up and running about baltimore and all its crazy nutty antics? Well I finally got the site,, except i've got another problem. I don't "really" know how to blog. I mean i could write crap whenever i feel like but are there guidelines on how to be an effective blogger? Rules? Regulations?
Latest comment: 13 October 06, 7:51 AM

more .Net 3.0 Apps
by ben at 13 October, 2006 - 2:20 AM
A week or two ago, I found the new york times reader through one of the blogs I read (I want to say Scoble, but since he left MS, I'm doubting it was him). Anyways, I showed it off to one of the managers here at work, and he suggested I pass it on to someone else who works with the head of the company on a weekly show he has (Tuesday mornings, WBFF - the local Fox show) about technology. Anyways, she wanted to meet with me today to go over the thing and what it does, so I'm preparing some examples. While I was researching, i found thirteen23, which is offering a trio of .Net 3.0 powered apps already, and one of them, for our flickr people, is very cool - it's basically Picasa for your flickr... if you have the time, check out their netflix management app.

My fear, however, is that we (MS based programmers) are going to have to learn a lot of design, or at least work with a designer constantly, because it would appear that they're marrying a lot of functionality to the design, with the Windows Presentation Foundation, you can't just write your program and take the design handed to you by a designer and slap it on top. The design is part of your functionality...
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Latest comment: 14 October 06, 9:33 AM

If you're epileptic, close this page now
by ben at 12 October, 2006 - 8:19 AM

gif was animated by Peter, from a map of links/images etc. for this site.
from this guy
via Rob.
Latest comment: 13 October 06, 7:52 AM

by rich at 11 October, 2006 - 9:37 AM
Another Third Grader for O'Malley
School Bulletin Board Proclaims Student Support for Mayor's Candidacy

School = polling place

Tell me no one had any half thought that a display such as that would be inside a polling place when the teacher decided to put it up? Please do not try to convince me of that.
Latest comment: 12 October 06, 1:37 AM

Opening set!
by ben at 11 October, 2006 - 3:58 AM
It looks like i've landed the opening set at Shorty's next Friday. Everyone, I'd appreciate it if you pop your head in for at least a minute, this is the first time I'll be spinning outside of my house (or someone else's house)... and might even make money if everyone orders enough drinks! I'll start around 9, play until 10 or so, then I'll be free to be teased and whatnot. So, come on down, check it out, have a drink! The address, if you don't know, is 3301 Foster Ave, Baltimore, 21224. Rich (and anyone that went to Rich's bachelor party), you should recognize the place, hehehe.

Time to hit the decks again. And figure out what to play!
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Latest comment: 21 October 06, 7:03 AM

It's begging time....
by ralph at 10 October, 2006 - 4:50 AM
Okay, this is very unlike me that I'm doing public begging, but here goes.

I wanted to take this time to let you all know that on Sunday, October 15th I'll be riding the 60 mile route in the 2006 MS Bike Tour. This is the 21st Annual Tour and it's used to raise money for the MS Society. I know that a lot of you don't know, but the reason that I'm riding is because about 20 or so years ago, my mother was diagnosed with MS. For that reason, I'd like to ask for your sponsorship for this ride. Any dollar amount would help, and donations can be made through my personalized page on the ride's website. The URL is:
Latest comment: 10 October 06, 4:50 AM

scary mouse
by ben at 10 October, 2006 - 1:30 AM
just in time for Halloween. If Pod catches me any mice, i'm totally making them glowy LED eyes to scare off the rest of them. warning: pretty gross. It's a dead rat, people.

link via B^2
Latest comment: 10 October 06, 1:30 AM

Gegen Die Wand - redux
by ben at 10 October, 2006 - 1:03 AM
I just watched it again last night, since that's really not a movie to get a bunch of friends over to watch in a big group with, and I have to say, it's still one of the best movies I've seen in a long time. If you haven't seen it, I really highly suggest putting it on your netflix or to watch list... warning, there's nudity and violence and drugs and, well, let's just put it this way, it's a rough movie. It's not rough for directorial masturbation like John always says "Requiem for A Dream" is, it's just a rough look at a couple and their relationship within Turkish/Muslim life and in Germany. Think "Closer" but... not as cleaned up or so ersatz relationship.
Latest comment: 10 October 06, 1:03 AM

*buntu - reviews?
by ben at 10 October, 2006 - 12:11 AM
I ran across a review of "Ubuntu Linux for Non-Geeks" on /. today, and it brought me back to earlier this year when all of the hype was starting for these new "user-friendly" distros. I had thought about spending some time to download one of them (goobuntu having the funniest sounding name of them, being my first choice), but never got around to it...
Latest comment: 18 August 07, 6:58 AM

You Are Being Robbed
by muhgcee at 09 October, 2006 - 9:58 AM
This is the most blatant evidence of election fraud I have seen so far. Read the brief write-up and then watch the video: Video testimony of vote machine whistleblower
Latest comment: 09 October 06, 9:58 AM

new link-o-matic: Ball Bounce
by ben at 09 October, 2006 - 6:31 AM
via Digg: Ball Bounce - added to the link-o-matic too.

I got up to level 17
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Latest comment: 09 October 06, 6:31 AM

Is there a required minimum IQ for corporate lawyers?
by ben at 09 October, 2006 - 2:27 AM
this is unbelievable. We've gone from what was originally sort of kind of people trying to protect their own intellectual property to shampoo companies not allowing you to sell the shampoo you bought. It's gone beyond the realm of ridicule to the point where these people need to be strapped to a chair and have some sense shaken into them.
Latest comment: 10 October 06, 2:01 AM

by ben at 09 October, 2006 - 1:28 AM
CBGB is closing down after Halloween. I never got the chance to go, but I've had many many many bootlegs and official recordings from bands there. That would be like the Whiskey closing down...
Latest comment: 09 October 06, 1:28 AM

by elfie at 09 October, 2006 - 1:28 AM

Awesome new show. I can't recommend it enough. Playing on no less than three Channels: NBC (Mondays), Sci-Fi (Fridays), and USA (Mondays, a week behind).

Sadly, you've missed your chance on the first episode unless you can find a torrent somewhere, but that doesn't mean you can't catch up. Watch episode 2 tonight on USA, then episode 3 on Sci-Fi on Friday, then you'll be all up-to-date for next Monday's first-showing of episode 4.

Why is it so awesome? I don't know. It's fun. It's interesting. It's as realistic as a story about people with super powers can be. Ben and I just finished Watchmen, and Heroes reminds me of the flaws that those characters had. I mean, not the same flaws, but the idea that these are by all means NOT perfect beings.
Latest comment: 19 October 06, 2:12 PM

For All You Merlin Ders
by muhgcee at 06 October, 2006 - 8:47 AM
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Latest comment: 06 October 06, 8:37 AM

castoffs and stowaways...
by ben at 05 October, 2006 - 6:35 AM
i may have a cat now...

Adrienne with her moving back here from Florida, boxed all of her worldly possessions into a Pod and shipped them up here. What I didn't know was that there was an undocumented that snuck in there... her cat.

So... if I do keep him, what should I name him? I like Alex because that was the name of the last yellow tabby we had, but I'm open. Adrienne has not told me his name...


hiding some more
still hiding, not coming out!
Latest comment: 09 October 06, 1:16 AM

An Open Letter to LiveJournal Users
by ben at 05 October, 2006 - 2:09 AM
This is for you, LJ user. Why are you using this blogging system of doom? Why do you put something online, but don't want people to access it? Why are you in a closed society that's part of the biggest open society in the world? What features, specifically, draw you to the Live Journal? Please, tell me... I'd be happy to provide you with them!

now with talking...
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Latest comment: 05 October 06, 1:53 PM

a series of tubes!
by ben at 05 October, 2006 - 2:06 AM
Latest comment: 06 October 06, 2:03 AM

10 life lessons - as told by your coffin.
by ben at 04 October, 2006 - 9:07 AM
this is pretty funny, and even slightly useful. I want a gold lame(`) coffin...

as found from Netvibes, which is currently rocking my world hardcore - it's like google home pages on crack. speed crack. on a motorcycle while on crack... ok, maybe not that much, but you get my drift. I've been playing with it all day, and it's got so much cool stuff that i keep finding.

speaking of playing with things... via Peter (swede!) - here's a book to help you stop playing with yourself. because you do it too much. you dirty, dirty diddler...
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Latest comment: 04 October 06, 9:07 AM

Ten Wii Videos
by elfie at 04 October, 2006 - 4:03 AM

Not all of them are great. You can definitely skip number 8, but there's some awesome stuff in most of the other ones. I think number 1 ones my favorite. At the very least, check that one out.
Latest comment: 09 October 06, 10:48 AM

Musical Robots
by ben at 03 October, 2006 - 11:23 AM
the robit can make the music! cnn says so. There's a good video.

Thanks to Lorien for the link
Latest comment: 03 October 06, 11:23 AM

a question
by ben at 03 October, 2006 - 6:33 AM
Amazon recommended the west wing complete collection to me, even though i already own seasons 1-6, and it knows this. However, it might also know that the ex-roomate destroyed the first three discs of season 3 (i've found 1 and 2, badly mutilated, disc 3 has been bodily called up by a higher power)... so i wonder, should i get the whole collection, and distribute seasons 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6, or just get season 7 and buy season 3 again at another date? hard decision...
Latest comment: 03 October 06, 6:51 AM

Joel On Recruiting
by ben at 03 October, 2006 - 4:58 AM
Joel Spolsky has an article out, A Field Guide to Developers, and how to treat your developers right an therefore get better and better recruits. I have to say that, other than the offices, G1440 is doing pretty well. We even have Aeron chairs (though i personally find them uncomfortable).
Latest comment: 04 October 06, 10:37 AM

I no longer have a leftover vacuum
by ben at 03 October, 2006 - 3:35 AM
So some food can actually stay in my fridge for more than a night. Maybe I'll need the SensorfreshQ meter to tell me if my meat is still good...
Latest comment: 03 October 06, 11:18 PM

A9 Instant Reward is Gone
by elfie at 02 October, 2006 - 2:55 AM
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