1. More and More Everyday

    brian on 2005.04.01
    at 01:36 am

    More and more everyday our country is being silenced by its GOP leaders. It’s come to the point where young Americans who disagree with their President are identified and removed from public events where the President will speak, prior to the event.

    The un-American actions of the Republican party have been also documented in the Denver Post.

    The President is even embarrassing us overseas, as the Guardian reports the same un-American conduct even to one of our last allies in Britain.

    Why isn’t this front page news, or leading the nightly network news broadcasts?

    Posted in: Politics · Recent Events

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  2. Tie a Green Ribbon On.

    brian on 2005.03.24
    at 02:57 am

    A green ribbonRecently supports The Green Ribbon Campaign to support the health of our national Arctic Wildlife Refuge.

    I somehow doubt this post will garner the number of comments our LiveStrong band post did. Or just the number of responses it got today.

    Posted in: Science

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  3. Meet Our Media

    brian on 2005.03.23
    at 12:40 pm

    This should be interesting:

    We provide free storage and free bandwidth for your videos, audio files, photos, text or software. Forever. No catches.

    Very interesting. Could be a great backend for local grassroots media efforts, like Universal Hub aspires to be. Additionally, OurMedia is actually a Drupal front end for the Internet Archive.

    Posted in: Media · Technology · Web

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  4. F*ck Comcast.

    jake on 2005.03.20
    at 11:09 pm

    I’ve really got stop swearing on here. It didn’t bother me quite as much when we were discussing politics all the time, but when it’s Television and it doesn’t involve something to make you cry, it’s a little harder to rationalize.

    I brought this up before when the merger happened, I’ve never been a fan of G4. Never. I thought, hey, maybe I’ll give them a chance now that they own a bunch of shows I like.

    So far all they’ve proven is that the only reason they bought TechTV to begin with was because their channel sucked and they wanted a quick way to increase their viewers. Now they have killed off all programming involving technology and intelligence.

    So long G4. Not like I watched you to begin with, but you haven’t done a single thing to promote me watching you now either. Oh yeah, Resident Evil 4 is a fun game. You should give it a try if you own a GameCube.

    Posted in: Technology · Television

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  5. Sorrow in Storrs

    brian on 2005.03.20
    at 05:30 pm

    A dejected Jim Calhoun.Agony isn’t losing in the NCAA tournament, even as the defending National Champion. No, agony is losing to an underrated foe while the core of your team and your year’s success fail to play up to their normal standards.

    — Brokenhearted in Brookline.

    Posted in: Sports

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  6. Copy Protection Sucks.

    jake on 2005.03.18
    at 12:40 pm

    Green Day - American Idiot CoverFor the first and hopefully not the last post of the day I have a little story about copy protection and how it fails. I’ve read many remarks on Techdirt about how Copy Protection (not just music cds) does nothing but inconvenience people who would normally be honest customers. And now I have a personal experience which shows that.

    My brother owns the latest Green Day album and needed to make a copy of it. Now he ended up just ripping the CD into mp3’s and re-burning it. Not the quickest way, but still effective in making a copy. I got curious and had him bring it home so I could try with my off the shelf software. I made a perfect copy without flinching.

    Now you may ask, well who cares, you made a copy, maybe there wasn’t even copy protection to begin with. Well there is, and I hit it head on, when I tried to play it. I played both my copy and the original in my PB but it would not play in my PC. Hell it didn’t even show up as an audio CD, or as a CD at all. According to my brother it did that to him too.

    The scarier part is that since I did not hold down the shift key on first insert I may have unwllingly let it install sotware in the background on my machine. And as I understand it, this stuff can be a bitch to get off. Fuck you Warner Brothers. You have joined the ranks of spyware/malware ass holes. It’s nice to know you have no problem upsetting my Mom when she wants to play a CD, but the real pirates don’t even notice a hiccup…

    Posted in: Music · Rant · Technology

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  7. Torturers Even Disgusted

    brian on 2005.03.17
    at 01:13 pm

    I’ve refrained in recent months from posting a lot of political commentary here, because it was simply making me angry. I wanted our blog to be a more upbeat place. Well, after reading a piece in the Boston Globe, I must break my vow of silence.

    It seems that things are getting so bad at the Guantanamo Bay detention center, that the Navy wanted to pull out of all involvement with the interrogation proceedings. Earlier, the FBI had similar concerns. This is an outrage.

    How many year can you torture someone, and continue to get new and current and pertinent information out of someone you’ve had in detention for several years? Does this make sense to anyone?

    And all of this leads me to ask, has there ever been an administration in our White House more criminal than the current? I mean George II is beginning to make Nixon look like a Teddy Bear. And that analogy makes the bear’s name sake, Theodore Roosevelt (the greatest Republican president) simply roll over in his grave.

    This President is leading this country down the road of international ruin.

    Posted in: Politics · Recent Events

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  8. Google X

    brian on 2005.03.16
    at 03:12 am

    Rumor has it that GMail runs on XServes. Could this be further evidence?

    I preset thee Google X

    (actual story here: GoogleBlog hat tip: TUAW)

    Posted in: Apple · Design · Web

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  9. I'm sorry sir, that's disgusting. I can't let you off with a warning.

    jake on 2005.03.15
    at 07:32 pm

    VW Gen IV GolfI don’t think I’ve gotten a parking ticket since college. A speeding ticket yes, but not a parking ticket. Scratch that, I got a whopping $10 parking ticket while going to the print shop to make copies of my portfolio to send out.

    Well the other night I got a parking ticket in New York City. The only problem being, I haven’t driven through NYC since last summer. And I never left the car when I did that.

    But apparently my Golf was parked on 2nd Ave. at 3:15 in the afternoon. Nevermind me working or anything like that.

    So now I am contesting it. I got my boss to sign a document stating I was here all day. And I got the network logs as proof that my personal machine was in use at the time of the ticket.

    The thing that worries me is unless it was a clerical error why the hell does someone have the same CT plates as me? Of course the summons just has the plate and that it’s from CT. Not a description, so it could be someone with replicas of my plates. I highly doubt it, but let’s hope I’m not getting cops knocking on my door for some major crime in the near future.

    We’ll see what New York has to say, and then I’ll update this.

    Posted in: Rant

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  10. Should I Stay or…

    brian on 2005.03.15
    at 12:56 pm

    A while back I posted about the history of the Graphing Calculator that resides in Apple’s operating systems.

    The story has made it into “This American Life” and you can start listening at the 26minute mark if you’d like to hear the audio version of the tale. (Real Audio) [link via DaringFireball]

    Posted in: Apple · Software

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  11. Well-Formed iPhoto Export

    brian on 2005.03.15
    at 11:47 am

    I love iPhoto. However, there are times I wish I could use it to produce photo galleries that I could style on my own, using CSS.

    Now I can, introducing Well-Formed , from All That is Solid. And, not only does it produce xHTML and styles in CSS, but it can also produce XML and SQL. Excellent. Additionally, there is an “extras” section which includes a simple Flash gallery, to boot.

    Unfortunately, right now, the javascript-powered pop-ups in the simple xHTML gallery are crashing Safari, and in Firefox, they don’t pop, but do forward you to larger pic in the same window at least. Also, it seems the Flash gallery is broken as well. (This last part may be me, I’ve sent both bug reports to the author).

    At very least I have something that’ll export the thumbs, web-sized pics and a bare bones gallery for me to style on top of. That’s outstanding.

    Posted in: Photography · Software · Standards · Web

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  12. Hi-Fidelity Graphics and Music

    brian on 2005.03.10
    at 02:44 am

    This evening, I decided to investigate this group that Mike Gordon has been playing with of late, Benevento-Russo Duo.

    Beautiful website. Has tables, but this isn’t a CSS-P rant. So I followed the “design by” link to Also attractive. No tables in sight. But what made me write this whole entry was the bio section.

    That was worth the price of admission right there. He says he still wants to write a screenplay. I think he’s over looking some great material.

    Posted in: Art · Design · Media · Web

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  13. Rumor Sites under Scrutiny

    brian on 2005.03.10
    at 02:13 am

    I’m trying hard to keep my opinion about this whole situation to myself, but since Chuq has come out and written a very nice blurb on the whole situation, I simply must link him here. His family’s background in journalism helps him speak with authority.

    To me, it’s sad, some of the people in the blogosphere I respect the most are getting this one quite wrong. But differences in opinion are OK.

    Posted in: Apple · Recent Events · Web

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  14. ClearPlay is on the road to becoming legal

    jake on 2005.03.09
    at 01:38 pm

    Engadget has a little post about ClearPlay. Hollywood wasn’t too happy that consumers could edit out objectionable content from their DVD’s. Again, I would not buy such a product, but if others want to then it should not be a problem.

    Too bad this didn’t go further and stop all this junk about skipping over commercials. I record a TV show, I should be able to edit out commercials when I view it. If Tivo can do it for me without me having to manually edit an mpeg file then even better.

    Posted in: Media · Politics · Technology

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  15. All Things (Nike) Considered

    brian on 2005.03.09
    at 01:05 pm

    I’m dubious of Nike when they say stuff. They are after all a megalith of a company, with a notorious past in regards to labor. They swear they’re better now. But now, they’ve introduced the Nike Considered line, which they say is industry leading in its environmental consciousness.

    The site looks to walk the talk. Hell, it’s even XHTML compliant. So that would make the line a) good for the eye, b) good for the earth (er, better than their other products) c) good for the web.

    Posted in: Design

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  16. Dartmouth Goes Wacky Over Wireless

    brian on 2005.03.07
    at 12:45 am

    Sometimes I wish I had gone to Dartmouth. They didn’t have this stuff going when I went to school, but they do now. Maybe I should review their graduate programs, because they are doing some pretty incredible stuff with technology on campus. They’ve had VoIP for like two years, they’re moving to Wireless VoIP. They’re deploying Video over 802.11a, and other wireless goodies to boot.

    Read all about how Dartmouth is leading the way in collegiate wireless services.

    Posted in: Technology

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