Archive for January, 2005

Cantenna and Magnetic Snowboard Bindings!

on Tuesday, January 25th, 2005 ... ob: academic + games + geek + one liners + travel

one liners:

  • cantenna – “How To Build A Tin Can Waveguide WiFi Antenna” for 802.11b/g or 2.4Ghz apps. Personal testimonials from the Nevada desert claim great success. (–where you at Matt?!)
  • Graf Snowboards, resources for /building/ snowboards ;). Possible magnetic bindings, already tried on a skateboard, follow discussion at graf… (graf via greg at
  • css discuss wiki – 800+ messages in 10 days, and a decent wiki to accompany.
  • Mirek’s Java Cellebration (MJCell) is a Java applet that allows playing 300+ Cellular Automata rules and 1400+ patterns. Ohhh… the patterns, man, the patterns.
  • giantmicrobes – “We make stuffed animals that look like tiny microbes” , nothing to say.
  • The Supreme Court – because it inspires, and because I forget. bios (pdf) of current justices.
  • Vendee Globe 2004 is nearing completion. “A sailing race around the world, for singlehanders, without any stopover.” Intense.

google video & AnimarisRhinocerosTransport

on Tuesday, January 25th, 2005 ... ob: geek + media

Google launched a video search (of course), blog , santa fe, surprised wikipedia comes up blank. (via cam)

Second, if you haven’t yet seen the videos and photos of the Animaris Rhinoceros Transport, this beast is unreal. Lets build a variant!

World Cup 2006 Tickets on Sale Feb 1st

on Monday, January 24th, 2005 ... ob: games + gatherings + travel

FIFA World Cup 2006 tickets on sale next Tuesday, Feb 1st. First phase is a lottery including ~1.1 million of the total ~3.2 million seats, all requests between Feb 1 and March 31 will be resolved April 15th. I do not currently own a mastercard, the only reasonable method of payment during this opening phase — frustrating. Rumor has it that all tickets will be RFID tagged, opening the potential of blocking ‘lost’ or scalped tickets at the gate. Scalping of some sort should be possible, lest there go empty seats of those who simply can’t make it! I’m planning my strategy, including how, and how many, of you I’ll be enlisting to help with the lottery ;) .

The tickets faq has the most easily followed information. Current preliminary standings are also interesting leading up to the tourny.

msn search hit & #hooked – up up

on Thursday, January 20th, 2005 ... ob: meta

First signifigant hit from today with “happy tree friends episodes“, all the way back to april 2003. It is getting better, msn (663 pages) : google (959 pages).

gr33ts, efnet:#hooked, and the redesign.

Finally started minor editing over at wikipedia, meta, of course.

Reverse link showed up over at|here game as well.

dorkbot seattle – techgnosis

on Thursday, January 20th, 2005 ... ob: gatherings + geek

Seattle – This saturday, techgnosis, from the local dorkbot folk, is not to be missed. Launch for People doing strange things with electricity II at CoCA through March 3rd. Afterparty at conworks with novatron and atomikdog.

“Wear electricity! Bring a robotic date!”

Digital::Nimbus – Richard Devine & * sxsw *

on Wednesday, January 19th, 2005 ... ob: academic + gatherings + geek + media + music

Upcoming this friday the 21st, Richard Devine, live on D::N – Digital::Nimbus, streaming from kuci Irvine, CA. I miss the show nights out here, streams save the day. (via hush)

So, who’s in for sxsw, March 11-15? I’ve all but registered for the interactive conference, check the speakers. Need a place to sleep in Austin. I’d /love/ to stay for the music, but it’ll be one of the busiest weeks for instructing, so I’ll be needed on the snow.

It must be a good thing when I can include so many categories.

dorkbot & coca seattle – promote

on Monday, January 17th, 2005 ... ob: gatherings + geek

from dorkbot-sea list:

jan 14 – Our posters and postcards are all back from the press, and they are looking *lovely*! I am taking a bundle of posters over to CoCA (, 410 Dexter Ave N) tomorrow; cards are there already but I’ll be topping up the stash. Anyone volunteering for buildout will be able to pick up a sheaf, and even if you can’t do the construction, please do swing by to collect postcards and posters to display in your neighborhoods!…

jan 16- …not a single, solitary person has picked up a single, solitary poster from CoCA, and nor have any of the postcards I’ve left there been collected for distribution. I’ve mailed postcards for the party and the show to exhibiting artists, but as far as posters go… it was tremendously expensive (and time-consuming) to get them done, they are designed to promote your work, and it would be absolutely fabulous if anyone who cares about making this exhibition a success could swing by CoCA, collect a sheaf of posters, and put them up…

worth it. jump in.

The Old Technology Shop, Closing!

on Sunday, January 16th, 2005 ... ob: geek + media

I can’t believe The Old Technology Shop, Seattle is closing its doors. Go, patronize this wonderful institution, /especially/ if you’ve never visited. Someone pick me up a cheap oscilliscope ;)!

I just realized that I might make it to sxsw this year! I was planning a trip to the durango film festival, but should sxsw be a possibility, the decision is easy.

photo friday – signs

on Thursday, January 13th, 2005 ... ob: photo

Grand Canyon 3

What a view, theme of course, signs.

CSS & Layout wordpress fun

on Thursday, January 13th, 2005 ... ob: meta

Enjoyed playing with a new layout today. This definitely a first draft of an enjoyable custom css for wordpress and beyond. If you insist on the former layout, bookmark herebox.2 and enjoy at will. Now I just need to get my about, 101010, and possibly a few of the older sections up.

Pork Fest 2005

on Monday, January 10th, 2005 ... ob: gatherings + society

From the #hooked daily grind, sunday brings a special occasion, Pork Fest 2005.

… I found myself rapidly embroiled in a debate over whether a human could eat all of that ham in one day. “Of course you could,” I said, “hell, I’d eat all that in a day, no problem.”

No problem indeed. And thus was born the great PORKFEST of 2005: an all-day attempt to dispatch a plastic-wrapped hunk of meat roughly the size, shape, and density of a bowling ball. Ill-advised? Maybe. Dangerous? Perhaps. An offense to all that is good and right in this world? With absolute certainty, yes. See you Sunday.

Best of luck.

photo friday: silhouette

on Friday, January 7th, 2005 ... ob: photo
A trip into the arb

While I’m new to the game, thought I’d play with a few of the photoblog traditions out there.
This week’s photo friday theme, silhouette.

Comment Spam Solution, for now…

on Thursday, January 6th, 2005 ... ob: meta

I've added a simple addition problem as an attempt to thwart comment spammers. Initial code from jeff barr, mods by agrippa_cash at nuke tibet, final code with additional minor mods, below. You will likely have to edit this code to fix quotes (") and possibly other characters mangled in rendering. It boggles my mind that posting code to the web is such a royal pain in the ass [ edit: It is wordpress’s default texturize feature that was causing me trouble with the quotes. Apparently toggled in wp-includes/vars.php or using remove_filter() in myhacks.php . ]

Add to wp-comments.php, wp-comments-popup.php. Modify tabindex fields accordingly:

<input type="hidden" name="factor1" value="<?php srand((double)microtime()*1000); $factor1 = rand(1,9); echo $factor1;?>"/>
<input type="hidden" name="factor2" value="<?php $factor2 = rand(0,9); echo $factor2;?>"/>
<label for="spam"><?php _e("Add 'em up: <b>"); echo $factor1 . " + " . $factor2 ."= ";?></></label>
<input type="text" name="spam" id="spam" value="<?php echo $comment_spam; ?>" tabindex="5">

Add to wp-comments-post.php:

if ($_POST['factor2'] != $_POST['spam'])
die( __('<h1>Sorry, you must correctly answer the problem to post a comment.</h1><h2>Please take off your shoes and try again.</h2>(This is a SPAM elimination measure)'));

Back in 2k5

on Tuesday, January 4th, 2005 ... ob: gatherings + photo

Made it, barely at points. Santa Fe – Arches – Salt Lake City – Reno – San Francisco – Phoenix – Grand Canyon – Santa Fe. Hope everyone had as much fun as we did along the way ;). Check out a few photos from the trip.