Monday, 24 April 2006

New and Improved! With life-like wave motion!

Star Blazers coming to the big screen! Now, that’s nerdery worth blogging about!

Big-screen battle for Star Blazers

Saturday, 22 April 2006

Superfriends define innuendo

Gabe at the Penny Arcade shares some seriously fucked up dialog in a long lost, but now found, dictionary featuring the Superfriends! Funny stuff!

Gabe might find it interesting to know that The Super Dictionary is offered online, in at least one auction (in what I would define as “Good Condition,” ) for just under $75.00. His could command more I think—it’s signed even!

Posted by caffeinated at 9:16 AM in Bohemian Breakfast

Thursday, 20 April 2006

Dating yourself

My iTunes at work is stuck on the Club 977 The 80s Channel stream. I tend to like a classic rock more, but 80s pop is so much better than anything on the radio today.

Posted by caffeinated at 9:29 AM in 0xDECAF

Tuesday, 18 April 2006

Java 5 (1.5.0_6) installed

Just installed the Apple update for the JDK. This brings the default version of Java on my PowerBook to Java 5. I can now enjoy hot Tiger on Tiger action on demand.

Posted by caffeinated at 9:12 PM in kaffehaus

Thursday, 13 April 2006


Today, a neighbor began causally dropping the titles (not the names) of high level government officials and a project he was moonlighting on as contractor. He wanted to show me some of the stuff, “but it contained top secret information”.

Hmmmm…yeah. Okay. See, I know what it is to or not to have clearance. Though I don't personally have any clearance, I know people who are actually, or were, cleared at very high levels. My best friend works for the NSA (oh, you bet he’s cleared; his dossier is twenty years thick with background). My father retired from the DOD moving the supplies that fueled the Armed Forces around the world (providing me a memory of being forcibly removed from a file room while at my father's place of work by MPs because I wasn’t cleared. I was 7!).

And what do both of these people have in common? They never drop names (or titles), or discuss the work they do, or did.

So, please, don’t tell me a story that smells it cooked overnight in a crock of bullshit, starting with the title dropping. Dude, at least drop some names!

He might be moonlighting for a three letter government agency, but he’s not privy to anything of national importance, much less information that is “two steps removed from the President.”

Posted by caffeinated at 9:00 PM in 0xDECAF

Celebrity name change crossovers

Celebrities are famous for name changes, mostly for ethnic reasons (how unpolitically correct of them).

Pictured is a church event board I pass on the way to work each day. Now, as status goes, few names have more shock value than Jim Jones, at least in my mind. Not one to disparge religion (having a strong Protestant background of my own), I think this man of God could be well served by a name change.

Maybe the event has been lost to history as to make the name, well, just another name—I was recently told a true story of the newest gaming generation being puzzled at the use of “rolling a character” on WOW chat and message boards, “What is this ‘rolling a character’ you speak of? And why does the character needed to be rolled…rolled like a wheel?”

I, for one, will not be attending this service. ~o)

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Posted by caffeinated at 9:31 AM in kaffehaus

Tuesday, 11 April 2006

A score minus seven days (and counting)

NatGeo has a feature article this month about Chernobyl (or Chornobyl in independent Ukraine). It really has almost been twenty years since the day of the Chernobyl accident (April 26, 1986).

Not one to make light of the disaster, or the anniversary, but the subject reminds me of any one of many parties1 I attended during my “higher education” and the featured drink at many: The Chernobyl. Basically, an over charged margarita served, communally, in a large (and I'm pretty sure unique) mushroom cloud shaped glass. The name, of course inspired by the disaster, was rooted in the idea that a sip of Chernobyl, so spiked with a variety of alcohols not meant to be mixed, could knock you off your feet and leave a legacy of irreparable genetic damage.

meta-footnote-1=The “Chernobyl” made an appearance at a number of late 80s New Year’s parties hosted by the owner of Dragonware Hobbies, a comic/gaming/model shop, and in attendance was the tight social network of friends of, and gamers from, Dragonware Hobbies. Good times… good times indeed. meta-footnote-2=What has wings and glows? Chicken Kiev (Kyiv). Kyiv, Ukraine is about 70 southeast of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.
Posted by caffeinated at 3:05 PM in Bohemian Breakfast

WebLogic on my iMac G5

Yes. Read that again.

WebLogic on my iMac G5.

Download the install JAR for AIX/PPC. Install. Configure your application for your environment. Badda Bing. I just deployed my employer’s (a financial institution) very complex application, editing only my CLASSPATH, the WL configuration (via the WL console in Safari no less). Yeah, some noise in the logs about performance pack falling back to Java I/O, but this is WL “out-of-the-box.” I love it.

Some specs: WL 8.1SP5. Java 1.4.2_09 (VM build 1.4.2-54, mixed mode). Mac OS X 10.4.6.

Yes, others are doing it, but none have described the process “out-of-the-box”. I can say it works exactly that way.

I’m not endorsing WL on the Mac for production, no, this is strictly a development enviroment endorsement.

Posted by caffeinated at 10:15 AM in the mac bloc

Friday, 7 April 2006

Shrill Shill alert

“It was clear from all of the testing we’ve conducted that Microsoft provides an efficient and scalable operating platform, while also providing the performance needed to handle our extraordinary growth,” said Warren Adelman, president and COO of Go Daddy.

Apache market share dropped almost a full 6 percent because of this move by GoDaddy. What is not stated directly, but touched on by Netcraft reporters, is that the domains moved to the Microsoft platform were more likely the masses of parked domains, read “domains not actually doing a whole lot.”

I see this as an example of Microsoft's inability to compete in the market place. Solution: buy market share. Shameful really.

Posted by caffeinated at 4:29 PM in kaffehaus