July 2002

June 2002 -- 2002 -- August 2002

July 3, 2002

Well I finally updated the mp3 page after a month or so of neglect. And I discovered that thanks to ripping some CD's I bought, along with of course my usual downloading, I've finally surpassed 2,000 mp3's which takes up almost 9 gigs of hard drive space. That's a lot of music :) And speaking of music, I bought Weezer's Pinkerton album and Blink 182's Takeoff album today. I figured that since I'm making decent money thanks to my job, I can swallow the extra $4 and get it now instead of waiting for a sale. And I might also note that I would have never bought either CD if I hadn't downloaded most of the songs first to make sure I liked it. Once again mp3's lead to the sale of CD's. Why the RIAA doesn't get this is beyond me.

A Beautiful Mind: Doubleplus good movie.

Check out this story on Captain Midnight who in 1986 overtook the HBO signal to air his own little message.

The result of years of business collecting information on what you buy. You Are Where You Live. Put in your zip code and it'll tell you what the type of people in your neighborhood are probably like.

July 4, 2002

Happy Independence Day!

Even as much as I complain about the government and it's policy's, I still love America. Sure it has it's flaws, but all in all I'm proud to be an American and I think we've done an awful lot of good in the world. Thank you to all those great Americans who signed 226 years ago one of the greatest documents ever created: The Declaration of Independence

And remember, don't blow yourself up trying to light fireworks. Just a helpful tip.

July 5, 2002

Things were really dead at work today. Most everyone had off, so the phones almost never rang. And almond M&M's are strangly addicting. I think someone needs to look into that, to see what the Mars company is giving our nations youth that makes them so good. Not as good as peanut M&M's though. No, not as good as the peanut.

What happens when you mix math with Lego? Good things. Like Mobius strips and saddle points. This would be a really cool math project now that I think about it, heck I'm tempted to go and try to make my own Lego mobius strip. See, math really IS beautiful!

Hmm, when I finally get out of school and into a steady job, I may just have to buy my own DDR machine. I think 5th mix is my favoritest.

The Binary Pillow. How cool is that?

July 6, 2002

T'is laundry day.

Thanks to 8 years of typing, according to TypingTest.com I can type on average about 80 words per minute (adjusted) when I'm trying to go for speed. Of course normally I don't type quite that fast for papers and the such, but it's still up there. I don't really think about each individual letter, I just see the word and let my fingers flow. Similiar to how I read; I don't read words, I read sentences. I still remember learning touch typing with Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing, except back then I think it was on version 2 or something like that. The car mini game was awfully fun :)

The Hacker Hat. The only question I have is that is it a coincidence that it's a black hat? What's The Register trying to imply there? (FYI, the good kind of hackers are known as white hats, bad hackers as black hats)

July 7, 2002

Well I've gotten around to updating the Linux section. I've also added it as a subdomain, so linux.binaryfusion.net also works, which is yet another advantage of my new hoster.

And yall thought I was nerdy. I actually do know the guy playing Professor X though, which was part of a play his school put on.

The greatest thing since Google, elgooG

July 8, 2002

I've added a search box over to the side because I thought it'd be sorta useful. It's powered by Google, hence the reason that it takes you to a Google website. However it lets me customize it a bit so I can make it flow with the design scheme of this site. I think more sites should begin to use Google for their site searches, because well almost every site search is terrible. They never return any results that are even remotely close to what I'm looking for, and I have to end up going to Google anyways.

And speaking of Google, there's a Java browser app to see graphical related sites.

And since I'm still talking about search engines, it's amazing to me the searches my site turns up in. It seems as though any search relating to DDR somehow ends up here. And then random phrases that have nothing to do with one another somehow get linked together and listed as a result to some search. Guess it just goes to show how flawed search engines still are. I wonder if I wrote a bunch about Banana Penguin's, this site would become the top ranked site for everything Banana Penguin. I'll write Banana Penguin another time just to try to get a bit higher in the Banana Penguin ratings. Now when anyone searches for Banana Penguin, I'll be at the top of the list :)

April 2001 is now coolness.

July 10, 2002

While updating the archives, I noticed that a lot of the "hot" sites during the dotcom boom no longer exist. CueCat went broke and now the domain name no longer resolves, and DotcomGuy is now just a bit of internet folklore who doesn't even have a domain name anymore. How times have changed.

I also found a bunch of CD's on sale the other day, so I am now the proud owner of Weezer's Green album, Something Corporate's (very awesome new band) "Leaving Out The Window", Stabbing Westward's "Whither Blister Burn & Peel", and Punkorama 3. And once again, without mp3's, I would have never bought any of them.

And speaking of Weezer, the music video of their latest single, "Keep Fishin" is online. It features all the muppets, and has Kermit in a Weezer shirt. How cool is that? :)

"You are adrift in the harbor of my patience" I like that.

July 11, 2002

Here's some good ol' fashion over-tired-ramblings. And being that I have to get up so early for work, I dont' even have to stay up till 4 in the morning to reach this state, midnight works for me!

I was thinking the other day about how it's hard to make space movies with weightlessness. You have to do the whole plane thing where you go up and down adn up and down and up and down and up and down and u.... er well you get the idea. Anyways, a couple of thousand years in the future when we've moved on to space, what happens when someone wants to make an "Earth" movie? It'll be hard to stimulate Earth gravity then, while weightlessness will be easy. So enjoy gravity films while you can!

And speaking of weightlessness, I have an ingenious idea for a movie. The anti-gravity movie! It's an ordinary day.... and then earth's mass goes to zero and the gravitation acceleration goes to 0! Unfortunatly everyoen would get flung off the earth, so I suppose it'd be a really short movie, but it's a neat idea none-the-less. I've already patented the lack of gravity (you can patent anything these days) so don't go and try and steal my idea or I'll sue you for a jabillion (10^3403349) yen.

I also saw A Walk To Remember the other day. If you are one of the billions of people who didnt' see this movie, it's a sappy teen romance flick. Not too bad as sappy teen romance flicks go, but not Oh-My-Gosh-This-Movie-Is-The-Best-Thing-Since-Sliced-Bread type (for examples of those, see Requiem for a Dream and The Matrix). Anywho, first off how can Mandy Moore possibly play an ugly girl? IMHO (which as many will tell you is very messed up) she looks better as the plain girl than in that music video on the DVD with all her gobs of makeup. But even then she wouldn't be "ugly" just well "unattractive" (yes, there is a huge difference). I thought she was gonna aphexiate (boy my spelling sucks) herself with all that makeup. Plus I have problems with the whole bad-boy-who-is-really-good (the hyphen (-) is your friend!) thing. That never happens in real life heardly, and yet girls think they can change bad boys into good people, meanwhile forgetting about all the guys WHO ARE ALREADY GOOD! Bah, sorry, pet peeve.

Turn signal blinkers are good.

Hey, it's 12:12 right now. Cooooooooooool

Germans know their techno. All the best stuff comes from them. And speaking of music, I need to listen to more country. There's a lot of great songs that I've forgotten about. And I still maintain that country has the best story telling music of any genre. Plus steel guitars (the instrument that gives country the twang) just sound cool.

Ok, I think that's about it for now. I've ran out of ramblings. Ramble Mode=OFF

July 12, 2002

I just keep expanding my "official" music collection. I picked up Linkin Park's Hybird Theory and Trance Party Volume 2 yesterday. The dance CD was bought soley because it had a lot of songs that I had downloaded and loved. So yes, once again, without mp3's, I would have never bought that CD. Heck, being that radio hardly ever plays techno, every techno CD I own pretty much owes itself to mp3's, since that's the only way to really listen to new stuff.

Sonic games on a Nintendo system, first it was just Dreamcast Games (Sonic Adventure) but now it's even Genisis games. I'll definitly be picking this up, but who would have ever believed that Sega games would ever appear on a Nintendo platform? It's chaos I tell you!

Oh, and I heard that Wendy's gets Mario toys starting September 2nd, mostly likely to promote the release of Mario Sunshine. Yay for Mario toys! I think I still have the McDonalds SMB3 Mario raccoon toy with the spring thing, somewhere around here.....

July 13, 2002

Why I want to go to Germany. An entire day of electronica with hundreds of thousands of other people? Does it get any better? (the answer is No in case you weren't sure. It does not get any better)

I need a haircut.

A special thanks to my friend Jenny for a blow-up penguin chair. It's a kid size chair, but man is it ever cool. I may as well start a penguin shrine or something, as I have penguin shirts, stuffed penguins, caffinated penguin mints, foam penguins, and penguin stickers. Am I maybe just a tad bit obsessive about the Linux penguin? Nah......

July 14, 2002

I was over at friends house (Hi Kathryn and Kristy!) the other night, and because they moved to a new house and therefore had just ordered cable, they got a month's worth of digital cable TV. The end result of that being they get some 500 odd channels, including digital music channels (but unfortunatly no videogame music one), sports channels, and channels on everything anyone could ever want to possibly watch (the home decorating channel?). Anywho, one of those channel's had a show on it called "Music that sucks", I kid you not. That my dear reader, is the ultimate TV show. What they really need is a "TV that sucks" and play reruns of Big Brother and <!-- insert crappy TV show here --> on there. Yeah..... the "TV Trash" channel: 24 hours of poke-my-eye-out-with-a-blunt-stick television good...er uh badness.

More people running Windows 3.x need to visit my site. The scary thing though is at least 2 have. Ahhhhhh, Windows 3.11. Or if you're old skewl then Windows 1.1

I think someone should make it their life goal to make up some fact out of the blue and get 95% of the population to repeat it as fact. Now THAT is power. Urban Legends rock. Like how about "Anthony is the greatest person alive". Now tell that to 5 of your friends as fact, and tell them to tell it to 5 other people and so on and so forth. And soon I will rule the world!!!!!!!!111 Now that I think about it, chain letters teach millions of people about exponential progression. So next time you get some piece of spam telling you to tell 10 of your friends something, think of it as a math lesson. Figure out how many people it will reach if just 5 people forward it to someone else. Sometimes I wonder..... people say the Bible is the most read document ever, but someday it may be some chain letter that's been floating around since 1978. Wouldn't suprise me anyways.

July 15, 2002

Yet another reason why Google is hands down the coolest dotcom ever. Google H4x0r. Get your l337 on, and search the web the h4x0r way. Google never ceases to amaze.

The NES Gamecube. Sometimes I think it'd be really neat to go back in time and show people back in '86 what the systems of today can do. Or in the other way, someone from 2020 coming back to this time and showing us the cool systems from the future.

I want to go skydiving at some point in my life, but 25 miles up seems a bit excessive. It would be pretty cool to break the sound barrier on the way down though.

May 2001 is ready for groovin

July 16, 2002

I went and saw Scooby Doo last night, and was very pleasently suprised. It's about as stupid as it looks, but it reliezes it's sillyness and so it's actually really funny. Doesn't hurt that Velma is so cute either :)

Well Microsoft is finally admitting that their attempt to discredit Linux on the basis of cost has failed. Their FUD (Fear, Uncertaintly, Doubt) campaign against Linux wasn't as sucessful as they'd hoped, so now they're going to actually try competiting with truths instead of fallacy's

July 19, 2002

Despite the presistant rumors, I am, as far as I am aware (barring some sort of Sixth Sense thing), not dead.

Instead just really busy. I've barely had any computer time the last few days, so I"m about to go through withdrawl symptoms. But alas all is good and now you get one of my super-de-rific (I'm not Barney, I swear!) updates! Yay!

First off, the Song of the Moment is updated with an incredible piano piece from Amelie called Comptine d'un Autre Ete (or at least that's what the mp3 says). Speaking of Amelie, YOU MUST SEE THIS MOVIE! It just came out on video/dvd on Tuesday, and it is one of the best movies I have ever seen. It's a French film (which means you get to read subtitles) about a girl, Amelie, who discovers she likes to help people, and also herself. I'm not great at explaining it, so why don't you go see the movie and then you won't have to wonder :) It's also incredibly funny at points, the cinemetography is gorgeous, and it's just a really nice movie. Sorta interesting that two of my favorite movies elicit opposite emotions. Requiem for a Dream is dreary and ultimatly depressing, while Amelie is cheerful and ultimatly happy. Anyways, go see it already!

I also had an eye appointment today, and I have 2500 vision in my right eye, 2400 vision in my left. That big E on the eye chart? Yeah, couldn't see it. She had to hold up fingers and ask me how many she was holding up. The good news though is my eyesight hasnt' gotten worse in the past year, so it's still the same level of badness.

Air Conditioning is a great great invention.

I want to play Gran Turismo on an 2,400 square foot IMAX screen too.

And finally, a HUGE thanks to two very cool people. One person for telling me about a broken link to my picture. And the second person for improving my GAIM Music program. I was quite shocked to see someone actually emailing me about something I wrote and improving it. Thanks again!

July 20, 2002

Less than one month until it's back to college and the dorm life. And I can't wait! :) Sure summer is nice, and hanging out with my non-UF-going friends is fun, but I'm definitly looking forward to getting back to school and being around 40,000 people my own age 24 hours a day with no adult supervision. What's not to like?

Poor Tiger Woods. He was in contention to win his 3rd straight major, and instead he shots a 10 over par 81, his worst pro score yet. Of course that's still some 50 odd strokes better than I could ever possibly hope to do on that course, but I really would have liked to see him win.

Apparently no one seems to care that tanning will give you skin cancer and possibly kill you, but when you remind women that it'll cause pre-mature wrinkling and blemishes they don't want to do it anymore. What a crazy world we live in. Perhaps I'm just fortunate though that since I'm Hispanicish (adding -ish to words is the greatest thing everish) I have naturally tan looking skin.

Aundrey Tautou (star of Amelie) is pretty.

July 21, 2002

I was riding in the car with a friend of mine the other day when I came up with a brilliant idea. I am going to patent a color! I'm sure it's possible, if the patent office can allow things like "one-click shopping" to get by, then inventing a specialized color should have no problem going through. Then I can get rich suing people over using my color. Then I thought of an even better plan, I will patent the idea of patenting colors. That way I'll own every color that ever existed, and that ever will exist. Muhahahahah

You know, I think I may just need to transfer to a new college. Case Western Reserve is getting fiber optic internet on their campus, which offers up to one gigabit a second in tranfer speeds. That's about 125 MB a second. That's downloading 3 Linux ISO CD's (650 MB each)in about 15 seconds. That's about 10 times faster than the max currently at most universities. That's fast :) Unfortunatly due to the nature of the Internet, it'll never reach those speeds when you're trying to download something off another server, but the connection between students on campus should be awfully fast. I want I want!

$5 Dreamcast games are good. Crazy Taxi, Chu Chu Rocket, and Space Channel 5

Google Art!

July 22, 2002

I went and bought the Amelie soundtrack this afternoon. It's got some really great tracks on it, though it's very "French" I would say, so be sure to download a few mp3's before you consider buying it.

A 60 foot squid washed up on a Tasmanian beach yesterday. Unfortunatly they changed the picture caption from when it first broke this morning. It used to say "It would be good for a large barbque" underneath the picture, no joke. Too bad the other editors at CNN didn't think that was a good idea.

Why do people speed during rush hour? What's the point? You're just going have to brake a little farther up and everyone you just passed catches right back up. I just can't wait for the day when cars drive themselves, and then you no longer have to worry about passing people, slow cars, fast cars, or anything. Heck, just think how much money you'll save since you don't have to pay traffic cops anymore. Someday it'll happen.

Dos today. June 2001 and July 2001 are now ready for reviewing.

July 23, 2002

Ever heard of Palladium? It's a way of "securing" your computer, which Microsoft wants to implement to basically make it impossible to have any fair use rights on digital media that the MPAA/RIAA/etc don't want you to have. It would let those companies do whatever they want to your computer, including uninstalling "bad" software and possibly deleting anything "bad" you downloaded. There's a great FAQ on the whole subject here which I highly recommend reading to get an idea of what Microsoft and Intel have in mind and what's possible if they do eventually impliment it.

I was thinking the other day (dangerous, I know) about how pessimists really should be the happiest people on Earth. They expect everything to go wrong, so hence they can't be disappointed when they do. And if things happen to go right, then it's just a nice bonus. It's like the (old?) saying: If at first you dont' succeed, lower your expectations.

Quite possibly the coolest thing ever. It not only bounces and streches like other putty's, it can even shatter! Must...... buy...... (Psst... I accept donations *hint* *hint*)

Pioneer 10 is still going strong, even after 30 years in space. I've even talked about how it was "dead" before on here, only to come back to "life" a few months later. Quite an interesting article about where our deepest space probes are at nowdays.

August 2001 is good to go.

July 25, 2002

I finally got a hold of some of the pictures from my birthday party almost 2 months ago, but I suppose it's better late than never. Anyways, here's a group shot of all my friends who could make it that night. I'm the incredibly hot and attractive man in the center with the blue Linux penguin shirt on, yeah, THAT one *wink* *wink*.

I also finally got my Planet Gamecube E3 DVD in the mail the other day. It's pretty cool, as it has the entire Nintendo E3 press confernce, and lots and lots and lots of video of all the games that Nintendo and their 3rd party friends showed off. Plus it gives me a good warm fuzzy feeling to help out a Nintendo fan site stay afloat :)

There is a large pimple next to my nose. Just FYI.

Why am I such a sucker for kids movies that you can tell the plot of just by seeing the trailer? Why must Disney constantly feed my insatiable hunger for low-grade but often funny and always predictable kids movies? WHY!?!?! The latest target: Max Keeble's Big Move. Utterly predicatable and chalk full of sterotypical static characters, but it was awfully funny and by golly I liked it. Worth a rent anyways.

July 26, 2002

Today is System Administrator Day! Give a geek some love today for all that hard work and suffering with all the countless (l)users he/she has to deal with everyday. It's enough to make any sysadmin turn into a BOFH.

Today was also Tampa's 3rd ever Dance Dance Revolution tournament, held at Malibu Grand Prix. Unfortunatly all the slots were taken up by the time I got there after work, so I didn't get to be in it. I did stay around and watch the freestyle portions though, and there were a couple of really nice ones. While tech was going on I played some 7th mix down the road, where some 60 year old guy and his wife payed for some of my DDR. I had just gotten off the machine from my turn, and he hands me some money telling me to play it again, so I do, and then he hands me even more money to play it yet again. Him and his wife really seemed to enjoy it. DDR: Bridging the generational gap.

Another thing I forgot to mention is that I picked up Trance Party Volume 1 and Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill the other day. And yes, once again, without mp3's, neither of them would have been bought. The Trance Party Cd's are awesome, I highly recommend them if you want some good techno.

I've also been hitting the library lately, and have been trying to get into the habit of reading again. I used to read ALL the time when I was younger (but that could have been because I didn't have anything else to do...) and I miss it. Anyways, I read a book called "The Math Gene" which is how mathematics and language are related. The first half of the book is interesting, as it discusses all kinds of cool math related things, but the second half is pretty boring as it gets into language. And I still don't buy into his theory that mathematics brought about language. I'm also about halfway through "Nerds: 2.0.1", which is about the history of the Internet. It's absolutly facinating, and so far I'd highly recommend it. Very few people had any idea how much of an impact their work would have 30 years later. And then I also got two Dave Barry books, because Dave Barry is hillarious.

July 27, 2002

Binary People. And yes, it's a true statement, if you think of it in the right way. (Hint: Think number systems). I love ThinkGeek!

The story that Nintendo didn't want you to hear: Cranky and Zelda Get Married. How can you not love a story that has the line "Man, this song is just so funky that it funks the funkiest funk that was ever funked"?

(2 ^13466917)-1 is the largest known prime and is 4,053,946 digits in lenghth. Mmmmmmm primes.

Care Bears were so cool.

July 28, 2002

How come everytime I try to access my bank account online it's always during their regulary scheduled maintance period? Surely I"m not the only one who wants to check their credit card bill at 2 am on a Sunday morning? Right?

Internet Shorthand. Now you can maybe figure out what the heck those Yahoo people are spouting off about in chat rooms. Just a quick side rant, but I've always been a "Hahahaha" kind of person. "LOL" just doesn't do it for me. Or you could also get your 1337 on and learn h4X0r sp34k as well.

Woot! Amelie is going to be showing this fall in our Student Union cinema! Now I can see it on the big(ish) screen! This entire paragraph has sentences ending with exclamation marks!

Since our big TV broke yesterday, I had a lot of spare time on my hands. So I did three months of archive updates: September 2001, October 2001, and November 2001

July 30, 2002

I HATE rush hour traffic.

It did give me the oppurtunity to listen to the entire 51 minute Avril Lavigne CD I bought today on a trip that normally takes about 20 minutes. Only $9 too, well worth it. Why can't all CD's be that cheap?

Check out some awesome DDR improv freestyle video's (that no longer exist) that some guys did in South Florida. Saitou - AM3P is probably my favorite one.

July 31, 2002

It was exactly one year ago today that I discovered that the UF student union recieved a DDR machine. They didn't have one there at the beginning of the Summer B semester, so I'd given up on it, but low and behold I was in there bowling one day and I kept thinking I was imaginining hearing Dynamite Rave. Turns out I wasn't. Now days it makes $800 a week.

Wargames is one of the greatest computer/hacker movies ever.

Everything you ever wanted to know about email headers. Quite interesting really. No really!

June 2002 -- 2002 -- August 2002