Monday, September 29, 2008


Edited from this article :

McCain spokesman Michael Goldfarb said Palin will do at least one news conference before election day.

The Democratic vice presidential nominee, Joe Biden, has given more than 89 national and local interviews over roughly the same period of time.

That could mean that the person who could potentially lead the free world will have done one national press conference before being sworn into office.

Eclipse 3.4.1 Poopy

I just auto-updated to Eclipse 3.4.1 and when I relaunched it, I immediately got this totally unhelpful dialog that says "The Eclipse executable launcher was unable to locate its companion shared library."

Google to the rescue, I found this article which pointed me in the right direction.

Solution: Edit the /Applications/eclipse/ file and change the path to the launcher to be: ../../../plugins/org.eclipse.equinox.launcher.carbon.macosx_1.0.101.R34x_v20080731

Then everything starts up normally again. Oh and if you did my previous hack to get Eclipse to run on OSX , you have to apply that again as well.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Please Vote This Time!

This posting (again from /.) shows exactly how important it will be for people to vote in this election!
Mike Sheppard writes "I'm a graduate student in Statistics at Michigan State University and spent some time analyzing past US presidential elections to determine how close they truly were. The mathematical procedures of Linear Programming and 0-1 Integer Programming were used to find the optimal solution to the question: 'What is the smallest number of total votes that need to be switched from one candidate to another, and from which states, to affect the outcome of the election?' Because of the way the popular and electoral votes interact, the outcome of the analysis had some surprising and intriguing results. For example, in 2004, 57,787 votes would have given us President Kerry; and in 2000, 269 votes would have given us President Gore. In all there have been 12 US Presidential elections that were decided by less than a 1% margin; meaning if less than 1% of the voters in certain states had changed their mind to the other candidate the outcome of the election would have been different."

Thursday, September 25, 2008

I'm not impressed

We are dealing with someone who is clearly in so far over her head, she can't even answer a question or finish a sentence in an interview.

[Couric] Well, explain to me why that enhances your foreign policy credentials.

[Palin] (with accent and pursed lips) Well .. it certainly does because ... our ... our next door neighbors are foreign countries. They're in the State that I am the executive of. And there is Russia ...

[Couric] Have you ever been involved in any negotiations for example with the Russians.

[Palin] (nodding yes) .. we have trade missions back and forth .. we... we do .. It's very important when .. when you consider even national security issues with Russia as .. Putin ... Where's his head? ... and ... and ... ahh ... comes into .. ah .. the airspace of the United States of America ... wh .. where do they go? It.. It's Alaska .. it's just right over the border. It is .. from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation .. Russia .. because they are right there. That are right next to our state.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Diesel: SFW XXX

The rather entertaining Diesel SFW XXX campaign advertisement (strangely missing from their own website).

Giant Smiley Faces

From /.:

Citizens of the Russian town Chelyabinsk calculated when the satellite, QuickBird, which takes images for Google Earth and Google Maps, would cross above their city and used people to make a giant smiley face. A rock concert on the main square attracted many people and everyone got a yellow cape. It looks like someone at Google was quicker than usual to put up the new data. Maybe Google likes the idea of an entire town working hard to get its 15 minutes of fame. The article has a screenshot of Google Maps and images taken directly at the event.

Great article on

The SF Bay Guardian just published a great article on (where I work)...

Peter Acworth's fetish porn empire takes over the San Francisco Armory to create a new kind of dot-com

If you are on digg, please bump it.

Body Parts Made Of Bread

Gruesome body parts greet customers of a bakery in Ratchaburi, Thailand. Artist and baker Kittiwat Unarrom has sculpted life-like heads, feet and hands from dough in the bakery's kitchen and exhibits them in glass cabinets in the shop. He says his edible art lures one hundred visitors a day.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Stock Market

Haven't seen a day like this in a while...
That is a lot of green.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Scalability problems

SFGate puts a link with the title of "Palin Cancels California Stop" on the front page of their website and they can't even handle the load? Lame. In this day and age, notices like this are pathetic. People have the (free!) tools to create websites which can scale to any load and they choose not to use them. I just don't get it.

[JOB] Customer Service Representative/QA is looking to fill a Customer Service Representative/QA position. We also really need a Java Software Engineer. Click the link above on how to submit your resume.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

This article may require cleanup

Crazy Airport Landing

My friend Jeff is in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Which of course got me looking into Wikipedia about it and I saw this paragraph:
Toncontin International Airport serves as the major airport in and out of Tegucigalpa. The origin of this name is unknown. This airport is frequently criticized for being one of the most dangerous in the world (due to its location next to a sierra, its short runway, and difficult approach, which requires large commercial jets to execute a tight hairpin leftward u-turn turn at very low altititude to land on a very short runway--American Airlines pilots, for example, receive additional, specific training for the Toncontin approach).
On May 30, 2008, there was a plane crash in the airport, in which TACA airline jet skidded off the runway, across a busy road and slammed into an embankment, crushing several cars. The crash killed five people and injured 65.
That got me digging further, because my gf, and her fear of flying, would require her to be knocked out cold to be on that flight. I found this video:

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

iPhone 2.1

I just upgraded my first gen iPhone to 2.1. Then, I promptly jailbroke it with the latest version of QuickPwn. I love how easy that process has become. Even the process of re-flashing the device now has a graphical UI on the phone itself. What will these hackers think of next? =) All-in-all, the new version seems like a lot of bugs were fixed and it is running much faster/smoother now. Thanks Apple.

Smug Politics

I don't really think that smug politics is going to get Obama anywhere with the conservative vote. This advertisement which talks about the fact that McCain is a technical dinosaur *, only appeals to people who (like myself) are going to vote for Obama anyway. Obama, please don't lower your campaign to these levels.

* My step-grandfather is 90 and can send emails just fine, so McCain has no excuse.

Update: Maybe it is a good idea McCain doesn't use email.


My friend Pearlyn is a super talented artist with a wide variety of designs. She recently released a few new works and I think that this piece is one of the best that I have seen her do. If you see it in person, you will really appreciate the amount of work it goes into hand screening 4 different colors. It is very clear that she puts a lot of hard work into her art and I really appreciate her skills. Now if only I could get her to make more guys clothes. =)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Sun JDK + Linux = Timezone Issues

At work, we have three primary JBoss application servers. On two of them, Java was reporting the right timezone. However, one of them was not. Everything about the machines is nearly identical so I couldn't figure out why until I found this comment in a bug report which talks about an old issue with the JDK.

Here is the test we were using...
import org.joda.time.DateTime;
public class TestDate {
public static void main(String[] args) {
System.out.println("Current date is: " + new DateTime().toString());

and the results:
app2: Current date is: 2008-09-11T19:13:19.650Z
app3: Current date is: 2008-09-11T12:13:40.493-07:00

There are several solutions to the problem. Each one has drawbacks. I choose to go with forcing the TZ environment variable when starting up the JVM cause it was the easiest solution.

export TZ=`cat /etc/timezone`

LHC NerdHop

I'm actually pretty impressed by these nerds...

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Shared Dictionary Compression over HTTP

Funny. I can only imagine's shared dictionary for compression over HTTP:

a - fetish
b - kink
c - sex
d - nose hooks
e - bondage
f - butt plugs

Monday, September 8, 2008

The Power of Conformity

Just like religion and politics... check out this old video from Candid Camera... The Power of Conformity...

Oh! Now *this* is interesting...

It is in the news just now that NASA Administrator Mike Griffin 'accidentally' leaked a very interesting emailed memo, that only eight people were on the list for, right before the presidential election. Not only does he talk about a 'jihad' of Shuttle program (notice that I do not qualify with a 'the'), but he also suggests that the new administration could reverse course and suddenly continue to fund Shuttle program as well as continue on schedule with Orion program. I wonder which new administration might do that? =) I also love the part where he declares short of war that we would never do anything to sabotage the ISS if the Russians did not allow us access to the ISS. That either just saved us from a nasty situation down the line, or hurt us if the Russians think we are bluffing by even mentioning it. Ouch!

I just watched the most excellent pilot of Fringe. I highly recommend. It is such a good combination of Silence of the Lambs + Twilight zone + X-Files + Altered States. So, maybe I'm being a bit more conspiracy theorist than normal.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Converting Gays

More stupidity in the news. Not only is Palin anti-abortion (including opposing exceptions for rape and incest) which is absolute crazy talk (didn't we already agree about that?), but Palin's church promotes converting gays. Seriously, what year is it again? As much as I would love to see a female president, with Palin one heartbeat away from the presidency, she scares the daylights out of me. I don't care about what problems Obama has because it is a pretty simple decision: anyone who wants to destroy civil liberties and bring us back to the dark ages is not the right choice.


I just read this in the news:
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac lost a combined $3.1 billion between April and June. Half of their credit losses came from these types of risky loans with ballooning monthly payments.
Goodbye american economy. I can't believe the government is going to have to take over Fannie Mae AND Freddie Mac. This economy is so fucked. Another choice quote:
A government takeover could cost taxpayers up to $25 billion, according to the Congressional Budget Office. 

Friday, September 5, 2008

Dear Internets

Please observe the two images below.

Notice how in the first window, I can't easily read all of the names of the files. In the second, the window is a bit wider so I can view all the names. What I would enjoy greatly is if the OS X Finder would always open the window to be the width of the longest filename in the window. I know that I can set a default width, but that isn't quite what I want. Anyone know the answer?