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31 January 2006

gothic hippie

[x] Ever been in a play?
[  ] More than 10 Broadway shows?
[x] Have you ever been/Are you in school shows?
[  ] Does your current job involve theater in some way?
[  ] Want to end up working in/for theater
[x]Can you recite all of the lyrics to your favorite play/musical?
[x] Do you break out into random songs whenever/wherever!!
Total [4]

[  ] Do you have a couch in your front yard or porch?
[  ] Do you drive a four-wheeler?
[  ] Do you ride four-wheelers?
[  ] Do you like to get dirty in mud?
[  ] Do you like country music?
[  ] Do you have a broken car in your backyard?
[  ] Do you own a cowboy hat?
[  ] Do you live on more then 1 acre?
[  ] Do you have more then 4 different animals at your home?
Total [0]

[  ] Do you wear black eyeliner?
[x] Is most of your clothing dark?
[x] Do you think about death?
[  ] Do you want to die?
[  ] Are you a social outcast?
[x] Are you pale?
[x] Do you like Hot Topic?
[x] Do you enjoy Tim Burton movies?
[  ] Are you mean sometimes?
Total [5]

[  ] Can you skateboard?
[  ] Do you wear Vans/Emerica/Etnies/any skate shoe?
[  ] Do you do stupid stuff with your friends?
[  ] Do you watch the x-games?
[x] Do you have any piercing's?
[  ] Do you wear a mohawk?
[x] Do you wear Band T-shirts
[  ] Have you called someone a poser recently?
Total [2]

[x] Do you say the word "like"?
[  ] Do you shop at Hollister/Abercrombie & Fitch
[  ] Do you pop the collar?
[  ] Do the people in Hot topic scare you?
[  ] Is the only nerd u like Seth Cohen?
[  ] Do you watch LAGUNA BEACH?
[x] Do you like pop music?
[  ] Do you have a dog?
Total [2]

[x] Is your hair long?
[x] Do you own a tye-dye shirt?
[x] Do You want to save the animals?
[x] Do you think war is unnecessary?
[x] Do you like classic rock and trippy music?
[  ] Have you ever participated in a protest?
[  ] Have you ever been overcome with a desire to hug a tree?
Total [5]

[  ] Do you act ghetto?
[  ] Do you wear do-rags?
[x] Do you like hip-hop?
[  ] Was Tupac truly the greatest rapper in the world?
[  ] Do you believe he's alive?
[  ] Do you like afro's?
[x] Have you ever said "Fo Shizzle"?
[x] Do you like to dance?
[  ] Do you own any Baby Phat or G-Unit?
Total [3]

[  ] Do you cry often?
[x] Do you wear hoodies?
[x]Do you like soft music?
[  ] Do people not understand you?
[x] Do you write your own poems?
[  ] Ever dyed your hair red, black or dark?
[  ] Do you cut your own hair?
[  ] Are you lonely?
[  ] Is Hawthorne Heights a good band?
Total [3]

[  ] Do you surf?
[x] Do you wear flip flops year-round?
[  ] Is your hair shaggy?
[  ] Do you wake up before 6 every morning?
[x] Do you own many pairs of shorts?
[  ] Do you yearn for the smell of salt water?
[x] Do you want to be at the beach right now?
[  ] Do you hate tourists?-- when they wear sandals and socks
Total [3]

[x] Do you wear glasses?
[  ] Do you use an inhaler?
[  ] Do you stick pens and calculators into your shirt pockets?
[  ] Does your mom pick out your clothes?
[x] Are you on the computer often?
[  ] Do you look forward to goin to school?
[x] Are you shy around the opposite sex?
[x] Do you play video games?
Total [4]

[  ] Do you own a lot of nike, addidas, or underarmor?
[x] Do you love the smell of fresh cut grass?
[  ] Are you constantly worrying about being in shape (at the top of ur game)?
[  ] Do you let people know its game day by yelling it throught the halls?
[  ] Do you play 2 or more sports?
[  ] You know a lot of people just from playing a team sport?
[  ] You love grass stains, mud, and hurting people
[  ] A whistle blowing pumps ur addrenalin
[  ] Are you very school spirited?
Total [1]


And yet more news from the net...

LiveJournal is offering prizes if you can hack them.

Google has released a new version of their toolbar.

Warner Bros. are looking at offering unlimited legal downloads via any p2p for $4-5/month.

For those who read /. and are checking out the new Google toolbar (v4), check this out.

Posted by Malachi on Mon Jan 30 23:57:00 PST 2006

Goobuntu Linux?

Posted by Malachi on Tue Jan 31 04:06:00 PST 2006

30 January 2006

More Net News

It looks like the Senate has finally started listening. We'll have to keep a close eye on this one.

I don't play World of Warcraft, but for those of you who do, this might be kewl, if a little slow.

Though few of you probably have Dutch passports, this is likely to give you an idea of what could go wrong with the biometric IDs in general, which as I understand it, the upcoming government-required RealID will be.

Some recent research on autism.

Another reason not to lie has been developed. Wonder if it will work on people who (for mental stability issues) actually believe what they are saying.

Ok, here's an interesting one. The courts have decided that burning pornographic content onto CD-R constitutes making pornography. While for some people (Jason?) this might mean you have to answer Yes instead of No on some questionaires, there might be more far reaching implications. They stated that because he burned it to CD-R, he actually made something that didn't previously exist.  Technically then, if I burn some random MP3s onto a CD, aren't I also creating something that never existed -- thus not breaking the law since I can't be breaking copyright laws if they are decided that it is my original art.  Let's take it another direction, does this mean that downloading/burning something like the Anarchist' Cookbook or the Communist Manifesto makes you an Anarchist or Communist?

And some US Politics reported by the BBC... I won't comment on them, just let you read and judge for yourself. I am tempted to get the document via FOIA myself though.

Some poll results regarding the wiretapping.


29 January 2006

What Tarot Card Are You?

You Are The Magician
You are powerful and wise - beyond what anyone can see.
Deeply complex, you have the resources to connect to the spiritual and material world.
You posses the knowledge to manipulate your life and the lives around you.
You also have a great healing power, should you choose to use it.

Your fortune:

You have unhidden powers that you have yet to tap into.
Soon, you will better understand how to use your intellect and intuition.
Believe it or now, you will discover how you can manipulate yourself and others for good.
You are at the beginning of a path of spiritual enlightenment.

28 January 2006

Piece of crap hardware

So recently, we spent a LOT of money building two almost identical machines.

One of them was to be the server. For 6 months now we have been trying to get the damn thing running -- only to find out that likely some of the new memory is defective.

And then tonight, all of a sudden, the workstation completely died. Won't even boot anymore.  The couple times it almost booted it locked up during BIOS (ie: before Windows) -- once even giving us a very nice impression that the BIOS is fried.   So, looks like machine two has either a defective motherboard or defective CPU. Great. Just friggin great.

I am so sick and tired of always debugging this crap. What ever happened to hardware being reliable?  Our old server's hard drive didn't give out until being used 24x7 for 12 years -- and now we can't even keep new hardware running for 6 months (assuming we get it running at all).

Maybe we need a law like Germany where these manufacturers would be required to buy this shit back if we aren't satisfied with it. Maybe then they would get their act together.

They don't have to take it back if you don't like it? That's retarded. Let's get it on the ballot.


Posted by WILL POWER! on Sun Jan 29 03:13:00 PST 2006
When I was working at Jefferson Public Radio, we were broadcasting NPR and I overheard the story of a new German law that went into effect at that time. Basically, consumers were allowed to decide that they no longer wanted the product (might have been only vehicles) up to 10 years after purchase and the manufacturer would be required to  buy it back. Because of that, car manufacturers in germany started making better products to ensure that the consumer wouldn't want to sell them back.

Posted by Malachi on Sun Jan 29 06:16:00 PST 2006
I got ahold of AMD tech support. They said that either the CPU or the Motherboard is fried.  Looks like I got to do some hardware troubleshooting to figure out what hardware to replace :(

Posted by Malachi on Mon Jan 30 07:24:00 PST 2006

27 January 2006

Kohsuke Kawaguchi's Blog

Ok, I know that very few of you are programmers, but....

If you are into Java at all, you should really check out Kohsuke Kawaguchi's Blog. I try to remember to check it out every once in awhile.


Your Results:

The top score on the list below represents the faith that Belief-O-Matic, in its less than infinite wisdom, thinks most closely matches your beliefs. However, even a score of 100% does not mean that your views are all shared by this faith, or vice versa.

Belief-O-Matic then lists another 26 faiths in order of how much they have in common with your professed beliefs. The higher a faith appears on this list, the more closely it aligns with your thinking.

How did the Belief-O-Matic do? Discuss your results on our message boards.

1. Neo-Pagan (100%)
2. New Age (97%)
3. Unitarian Universalism (91%)
4. Liberal Quakers (90%)
5. Mahayana Buddhism (85%)
6. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (84%)
7. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (81%)
8. Taoism (79%)
9. New Thought (78%)
10. Theravada Buddhism (73%)
11. Scientology (70%)
12. Hinduism (64%)
13. Bah' Faith (63%)
14. Secular Humanism (60%)
15. Orthodox Quaker (59%)
16. Jainism (51%)
17. Reform Judaism (50%)
18. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (40%)
19. Nontheist (38%)
20. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (35%)
21. Seventh Day Adventist (34%)
22. Sikhism (33%)
23. Jehovah's Witness (32%)
24. Orthodox Judaism (21%)
25. Islam (18%)
26. Eastern Orthodox (10%)
27. Roman Catholic (10%)

Take this quiz


Wouldn't have guessed this.

1. Reform Judaism (100%)
2. Unitarian Universalism (99%)
3. Neo-Pagan (99%)
4. Liberal Quakers (90%)
5. Sikhism (81%)
6. Jainism (77%)
7. Mahayana Buddhism (75%)
8. New Age (74%)
9. Bahá'í Faith (70%)
10. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (68%)
11. Orthodox Judaism (64%)
12. Secular Humanism (62%)
13. Hinduism (62%)
14. Theravada Buddhism (61%)
15. Islam (54%)
16. New Thought (51%)
17. Taoism (49%)
18. Scientology (44%)
19. Orthodox Quaker (42%)
20. Nontheist (39%)
21. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (31%)
22. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (26%)
23. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (21%)
24. Jehovah's Witness (20%)
25. Seventh Day Adventist (20%)
26. Eastern Orthodox (13%)
27. Roman Catholic (13%)

Posted by Sylkwyrm on Fri Jan 27 08:18:00 PST 2006
1. Neo-Pagan (100�
2. New Age (93�
3. Mahayana Buddhism (92�
4. Unitarian Universalism (91�
5. Theravada Buddhism (82�
6. Liberal Quakers (80�
7. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (72�
8. Secular Humanism (66�
9. New Thought (65�
10. Scientology (63�
11. Taoism (61�
12. Hinduism (58�
13. Jainism (58�
14. Reform Judaism (56�
15. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (55�
16. Sikhism (55�
17. Orthodox Quaker (47�

Posted by Silver on Fri Jan 27 08:33:00 PST 2006
Interesting...Who would have thought you would rank higher than me in the "Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants" category? :)

1. Orthodox Quaker (100%)
2. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (94%)
3. Seventh Day Adventist (82%)
4. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (82%)
5. Eastern Orthodox (77%)
6. Roman Catholic (77%)
7. Liberal Quakers (59%)
8. Jehovah's Witness (56%)
9. Orthodox Judaism (55%)
10. Islam (54%)
11. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (53%)
12. Hinduism (50%)
13. Bah.. (25%)
27. Nontheist (21%)

Posted by Tony on Fri Jan 27 16:26:00 PST 2006
And 31% higher on Liberal Quaker!

Posted by Malachi on Fri Jan 27 16:45:00 PST 2006

Damn social sites

Ok, there was LiveJournal, but it was annoying cuz it was (for the most part) just a blog.

And there was Friendster, but it was too damn slow.

And there were many others, but none of them seem to matter for long.

MySpace just keeps crashing or saying things are disabled or....  and it isn't nearly as easy to browse through past blogs as other sites (like Blogger)... and they REALLY screw you over when it comes to customizing your site (not allowing & sign or javascript in your CSS for example)....

We've been hoping that Google would pick up the slack... but their Orkut service is also running ASP. Maybe that's why they haven't made it a bigger deal.

And I heard that TagWorld are spammers....

So, what does that leave us?

I think that once we have our server running again, we should design our own. Worst case scenario would be that not many people would use it. Best case scenario, Google would pay us to let them host it and hire me to work on it.

So, what kind of features does it need that these others don't have?

Complete customization control -- ie: XHTML+CSS but NOT like Blogger where it requires rewriting everything from scratch to change one CSS element.

Ajax -- I want to be able to drag'n'drop to make changes to my profile instead of submitting them to see what they look like.


Hosting of content. We can give people a limit (500MB?) but should not limit it to something like 12 pictures. That's just stupid for a social network. We would have to make sure that people are responsible for their own content.

Ability to link to friends who are on other services... So, in your Friend's list, maybe some would show as MySpace, some Friendster, some TagWorld, etc...

New modules/plugins should be easy to obtain. If someone writes a music player that will do playlists, make it something that can be drag'n'dropped in a page editor.


So some of you may be thinking that I am stupid for posting this -- that someone like MySpace of Orkut may see it and beat me to the punch. Good, then I would have a worthwhile service to use without having to waste my own time writing it. More power to them.


Looks like you are going to work for google whether they like it or not ;-)

Posted by Sylkwyrm on Fri Jan 27 02:42:00 PST 2006

Damn skippy :)

(I haven't heard that saying in soooo long, had to do it)

Posted by Malachi on Fri Jan 27 02:45:00 PST 2006
I like tribe the best- I only use myspace because my friends are here- if they switched to tribe, I would never need to use myspace again.

Posted by Kittybat on Fri Jan 27 15:11:00 PST 2006
you should go to OS Con, GOOGLE recruits like mad up there.
Oh yeah, I guessI just keep hoping Myspace will get better, it even showed up on yahoos front page. I bet it gets bought out, and becomes the butterfly it has so much potential to be.

Posted by veluxx on Sat Jan 28 11:45:00 PST 2006

OSCON 2006 will take place at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon July 24-28, 2006.

Posted by Malachi on Sat Jan 28 12:24:00 PST 2006

TagWorld seems to have nice features, but I am leary about trying it since there are so many reports of them spamming people.

Besides, none of these sites supposedly "allow" adult content (though I have seen quite a bit of it)... maybe I should move to one that does.

Taking a quick glance at this article shows some interesting research...

Ryze evidentally show you the links between you and other people... which is much better than how MySpace says someone with no friends (not even Tom) is in your extended network. Also, it allows you to set rules for who can see your contact information. That is kinda kewl.

Tribes, according to the article, doesn't allow much personalization and is mostly just groups [myspace terminology].

LinkedIn is strictly for professional use - can't even add pics.

Friendster... well, we've all tried it and not stayed.


Posted by Malachi on Thu Feb 02 01:22:00 PST 2006

Today's Net News

It appears the government is taking Google to court for trying to protect your privacy.  If they loose, I imagine Google will remove the "Personalized Search Results" and quit caching what you searched for...  Personally, if I was them, I would make my logs roll daily or something so that the oldest logs that could be supoena'd would be todays.

In other news, the XPrize has some cash available to you if you can decode the DNA of 100 people within a couple weeks.

Looks like the newest hacker trend is to install backdoors into your BIOS which then wouldn't even matter what OS you are running. Very interesting - and disturbing.

If you are looking for a music label for your music, here's one that is fighting the RIAA.


Decode the DNA of 100 ppl? Am I one of the hundred?? Creepy. :-/

Posted by Sylkwyrm on Fri Jan 27 02:39:00 PST 2006
Yep :)

Posted by Malachi on Fri Jan 27 02:44:00 PST 2006

26 January 2006

Park Street

Ok, how many of you remember my back yard?


i do!
where did you dig this picture up from?

Posted by Tony on Thu Jan 26 10:30:00 PST 2006

Posted by Malachi on Thu Jan 26 10:37:00 PST 2006

Degrees of Separation

Ok, I have always assumed that games like "6-degrees of Kevin Bacon" wouldn't apply to me personally. boy, was I wrong...

I stayed with Jef Jaisun for New Year's one year (he's my ex-roomates dad)

Jef photographed Jenna Elfman

Jenna was in Keeping the Faith with Ed Norton

Ed was in The Score with Robert De Niro

Robert was in Sleepers with Kevin Bacon


5 degrees of Kevin Bacon



That puts me in 6 degrees of seperation from Kevin Bacon! Nice work.

Posted by Sylkwyrm on Thu Jan 26 08:08:00 PST 2006
Jenna Elfman....HOT

Posted by WILL POWER! on Thu Jan 26 09:33:00 PST 2006

So glad I am not in Alturas

I am really glad I am not there (where my parents live) right now... This is what you have to look forward to if you try to leave town:

County: Modoc
Route: 299
Postmile: 51.48
Elevation: 6034

That's not bad. you should have seen the roads here on Friday night. we got 6 inches of snow in 8 hours, and for some reason the plows were driving around with their blades UP. they were just spreading salt on 3 inches of snow. fucking morons.

Posted by Silver on Thu Jan 26 00:42:00 PST 2006

Did you catch that it is looking up a hill and already over 6k feet?

That's how I got snowed in for a year - in June!

Posted by Malachi on Thu Jan 26 00:49:00 PST 2006
I've been on that road.

Posted by veluxx on Thu Jan 26 01:20:00 PST 2006
Why were you in BFE?

Posted by Malachi on Thu Jan 26 01:26:00 PST 2006
I work at Ski Ashland. I drive the employee shuttle in that every day. Rear wheel drive rulz.


Posted by WILL POWER! on Thu Jan 26 09:32:00 PST 2006
You're lucky it is only 4500 feet :)

Posted by Malachi on Thu Jan 26 09:39:00 PST 2006

News from the Net

Once again, the RIAA is trying to invent new laws. In this case, it gets kinda stupid because according to them, if your CDRom drive is shared; and you put a CD in (and don't make a copy) you are breaking copyright law.

Want another season of Firefly? Well fill out this short survey and cross your fingers.

This one was from the other day, but it had been /.ed, so not mentioning it till now. IPSpotting for the uber-geek in ya.

And on the TV news this morning, they were talking about how the United States is starting to bust people for breaking US laws while they are in other countries... so, does this mean they are going to bust americans in amsterdam who buy weed?

25 January 2006

Which Rocky Horror character are you?

You are Riff
You are Riff-Raff. You have some freaky astro-boy
hair later on in this movie!

Which Rocky Horror character are you?
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What is really funny about this is that I did Riff for Irena's Rocky party... Hey Janneke, remember doing my makeup? ;)

Janneke doesn't get on myspace.. and I've called you Riff for quite a while. :)

Posted by Silver on Wed Jan 25 04:00:00 PST 2006
She may not have logged on since August, but she is here.

Posted by Malachi on Wed Jan 25 04:05:00 PST 2006
I didn't get this at first, but I wanted it so I cheated on the questions

You are Eddie... what a meatloaf...
You are Eddie. You no-good kid you, party on to the


Which Rocky Horror character are you?
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Posted by Silver on Wed Jan 25 04:05:00 PST 2006
You are Colombia (Little Nell)
You are Colombia. You rock in that special way only
the squeaky can.

Which Rocky Horror character are you?
brought to you by Quizilla We all saw that one comming right?

Posted by Sylkwyrm on Wed Jan 25 05:31:00 PST 2006
You are Janet
You are Janet Weiss. Your apple pie don't taste so


Which Rocky Horror character are you?
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Posted by Kittybat on Wed Jan 25 12:29:00 PST 2006
You are Brad
You are Brad Majors. Good for you, you wuss.

This fucking figures....

By the way, anyone ever here from Lauriel lately?

Posted by WILL POWER! on Wed Jan 25 12:57:00 PST 2006
I see her every few months- I don't have direct contact info though.  Life seems to be treating her pretty well.

Posted by Kittybat on Wed Jan 25 16:38:00 PST 2006

Lori's CafePress blog

Ok, so for any of you who aren't supposed to read Lori's Post, you can click here instead.

No Lori, I didn't post here as a way to attack you or anything - just thought you wouldn't appreciate me replying to your post with that link.

"Honk if you have WMD's"
I love that one. I want it for my car...

Posted by Silver on Wed Jan 25 02:07:00 PST 2006
Want some pretty pictures? We could always put those on CafePress shirts :)

Posted by Malachi on Wed Jan 25 03:45:00 PST 2006

News from the Net

First, some hypocrites... MPAA admits to unauthorized movie copying. Ok, so get this. This guy makes a movie that is about to show at the Sundance Film Festival called "This Film is Not Yet Rated" about how the MPAA is full of double standards. He sends a copy to the MPAA and specifically requests that they not make copies. They tell him how his films confidentiality is their biggest priority -- then procede to make copies for their employees!

Second, Diebold is in the news again. The state Division of Elections has refused to turn over its electronic voting files to the Democrats, arguing that the data format belongs to a private company and can't be made public. Let me just make it easier on them -- These require the GEMS software to decompress them from the Diebold "gbf" format. They can be examined and manipulated in Microsoft Access after they are decompressed.  More information can be found here.

This study did a study of the brain and found that both democrats and republicans were adept at ignoring the facts -- specifically, the reasoning centers of the brain were not activated when they were presented with evidence that contradicted their party views. Guess it is a good thing I belong to neither party :)

With my recent foray into looking for new employment, I found this article  about Google interesting :)

It appears that they have finally modelled HIV and possibly even found a way to prevent infection.

And this one is for Layne. It appears that IBM is working on a better speech engine that, among other things can translate live broadcasts real-time. They specifically mention subtitling Arabic broadcasts into English on-the-fly.


As I listen to another report of a meningococcal death locally on the news, I have to wonder -- has anyone else noticed that all of the deaths were shortly after arriving at the same hospital?

If I ever get it, do NOT take me to L.E.


24 January 2006

Arrested for being at the park after hours?

I missed which Portland Parks they were talking about (and couldn't find the link on their site yet), but Good Day Oregon was talking about how the police are now arresting people who are at certain Portland parks after 9pm.

So they can arrest us even if we're not having sex in the park? :-(

Posted by Sylkwyrm on Tue Jan 24 01:05:00 PST 2006
Yep. Maybe they are trying to encourage that behavior, since people will get busted anyways ;)

Posted by Malachi on Tue Jan 24 01:15:00 PST 2006
It started in the Park Blocks because of all the kids that would hang out down there and sell drugs.  It doesn't mean you can't walk thru the park you just can't straggle around.  I do remember hearing it worked so well they were going to extend it other trouble spots, but I don't know where.

Posted by Layne on Tue Jan 24 05:53:00 PST 2006

Well, the comment on the news this morning was that they were "closing" the parks at 9pm and the police would start arresting anyone who was there.

They didn't mention walking through versus loitering... It is possible they only mean loitering... but since it was a change last night / today, it is also possible that they would consider it trespassing if they are "closed".

Posted by Malachi on Tue Jan 24 05:56:00 PST 2006
What a bunch of bullshit.  Sorry, you're under arrest for being in a public place after dark.  I pay taxes.  I own that park.

Posted by WILL POWER! on Tue Jan 24 07:09:00 PST 2006