Archive of September, 2008
September 29, 2008:
From Sarah Palin's recent interview with Katie Couric:
We have trade missions back and forth, we do. It's very important when you consider even national-security issues with Russia. As Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where do they go? 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 next to, they are right next to our state.
Know what? That reminds me of another vice president, though we had to wait until after the election for this gem:
Hawaii has always been a very pivotal role in the Pacific. It is in the Pacific. It is a part of the United States that is an island that is right here.
Y'know, back then they called Quayle an idiot for making idiotic statements like that. Guess we were all a bunch of elitists back then.
September 26, 2008:
A friend of mine is heading back to the Seattle area to finish earning a PhD, and taking the long way (automobile) to get there. On the way, my friend is seeing the sights of Flyover Country. Contrary to my own belief that my memory behaves more like a sieve than a steel trap, this is actually making me remember the road trips my scout troop took out west in 1991 and 1993.
(Lucky for you I have no travelogs for that one.)
Now the recollection isn't perfect, but there were enough waypoints (Wall Drug, Badlands National Park) for me to remember and recommend other places like the Corn Palace*, Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial (in progress since 1948). The latter two will be skipped in order to spend more time at Yellowstone, with which I wholeheartedly agree.
I have other stuff I kinda-sorta remember, but can't remember if it was on the Philmont trip in '91 or the general out-west trip in '93. Things like Bryce Canyon in Utah. I know we went to the Grand Canyon in '91 as a warm-up hike, but can't remember if we hit the other national parks in that area that year. There was also the Indian reservation we visited -- North Texas or Oklahoma, maybe? -- due to the Scoutmaster's interest in American Indian cultures. I never did figure out what the residents thought of a pair of full-size vans full of white kids just appearing for no good reason.
Not really a problem for my friend's trip though, since Utah isn't really on the way from Yellowstone to Washington.
So now I want to go through my archives and dig up pictures from those trips to jog my memory. Unfortunately the original file format ("film") isn't really in use any more and the only upgrade path ("prints") was a dead end. The formats are also very weak on meta-data, relying on manual entry for almost everything (including creation date/time). They may not even be sorted properly. This, as the kids say, is Teh Suxxors.
I suppose I could scan select pictures and store them as high-quality JPEGs but that's a lot of time and effort. I suppose I'd better do something with them though, because eventually the physical copies will deteriorate. Guess I better get on it while I still have a shot at remembering what the hell some of that stuff is.
* Yes, it's a building dedicated to proving that you can actually grow things in South Dakota. The exterior is covered in things like corn (hence the name) that are patterned into a mural, with a different one each year. This would not go over well in more cosmopolitan states, but when the last notable item on your trip was the Mississippi River and you're in a state that's six hours across, you'll take what you can get.
Update, 6:42 PM: Meh. Have to download HP's crapware so the scanner/printer will work. I'm pretty sure there's something in there that borks upgrades to OSX 10.5, but that's not on the agenda for me anyway.
Update, 9:42 PM: So much for the concept of reasonable defaults. Every picture I scanned looked like utter shit. Oh, and the so-called Photoshop files the scanner makes can't be opened in Photoshop. Apparently this is going to be more labor- (and time-) intensive than I originally thought. Sigh.
September 17, 2008:
Not much to write about -- I've been in kind of an emo-kid mood lately and I don't like to
whinewrite when I'm in that kind of mood. So while I wait for my brain to sort itself out, here's some fun from Flickr.
- Vladimir Putin answering the tough questions (Cached: Putin interview)
- One (Remix) (Cached: Hetfield Metal 4 Lyfe)
I saw another one somewhere -- maybe an LJ icon? -- of a cat done up in Joker war paint, "Y SO SRS?" Can't find it now though.
September 15, 2008:
So, disappearing Nylabones. Turns out the edible ones are a couple orders of magnitude less sturdy than the standard ones. Ginger totally went to town on the one I brought home yesterday, reducing it to a nub in a couple hours and a few specks on the carpet over the course of the evening. I guess there's no nefarious teleportation plot like I originally suspected.
Though given the gas it's given her I'm kinda wishing I was right the first time.
September 01, 2008:
Don't save your PHP files as UTF-16. Browsers can figure them out, but the PHP engine can't because the people who make PHP haven't figured out the rest of the world exists. If you do you'll see your PHP commands as plain text. And if you started with UTF-16 and switch to UTF-8, delete the byte-order marker (0xFFFE) -- for some reason that makes Firefox think that the output of phpinfo() is really a wad of Japanese text.