breathing new life into...

into nothing, really. i'm just testing out ecto with various web-based publishing platforms. i remembered i had this old livejournal account and wouldn't you know, it seems to still work.

go fig.

end of life

this journal has reached the end of it's life.

please contact me if you'd like access to the new journal.
  • Current Music
    Madam Your Carriage Awaits-Bentley's Rythm Ace-For Your Ears Only

PPPoE in Philadelphia

I got into Philadelphia late last night. I'm only here for the weekend, visiting my friend Kristen.

The first thing I did when I got there - even before changing out of my wet clothes - was to get my laptop hooked up on their building network. Verizon brings a T3 into the building and there are probably fiber runs to a switch room on each floor. They use PPPoE to connect.

Kristen's roommates were confused how I'd get PPPoE working on the Powerbook (running OSX 10.2) without being able to install Verizon's Windows-only PPPoE software connection client.

Oh man, it was SO easy. Created a PPPoE location, gave it the username, password, told it what the service name was. And bang, I was connected.

Their jaws dropped.

"We can't do that in Windows without their utility!"

"Funny, that."
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    content content


On Friday, October 4th, I will be attending a conference titled "Space Technology for Developing Nations". Here are the conference details:

Title - "Space Technology for Developing Nations"
When: October 4, 2002, 10 AM - 5 PM with reception following
Where: New York University (32 Waverly Place, room to be announced)

There will be five panels of roughly 1 or 1.30 hours each.
Panel 1 - Precision Agriculture (GPS Farming)
Panel 2 - Remote Sensing (Joanne Gabrinowitz may moderate this one.
Joanne is the Director of the National Remote Sensing and Space
Law Center, University of Mississippi School of Law)
Panel 3 - Distance Learning (RS Bhatia from the Indian Embassy will
participate in this one)
Panel 4 - Telecommunications & the digital divide.
Panel 5 - Space Technology and the future of humanity as a
whole (moderated by Taylor Dinerman of

Attendees must bring photo ID and an invitation.

smart tattoos

smart tattoos

this is a cool idea.

i've told many of my friends on many occassions that i don't plan to get a tattoo until i have the ability to turn it off. some sort of nano-tattoo that could change shape or color - even be animated.. that'd be neat.

it's interesting how technology seems to get developed around three main axioms of society - war, health, and entertainment... and how their applications spread to the rest of human life.

iJournal and life changes

i'm just back from rochester. boss is in dallas for a big meeting. roommate's been laid off - i need to find a new place to live soon. met some interesting new people lately. project is coming along nicely. life continues to be strange and interesting.

just downloaded iJournal. enjoying it. perhaps it'll inspire me to update this more often.

the future of life, by e.o. wilson is a bit depressing. i expected something other than a 200-page guilt trip.
  • Current Music
    van morrison - everyone

ah, tonight.

i can now say that since i moved to the city, i've had (and taken) the opportunity to see all of my favorite bands. first was stereolab. then mogwai. then tortoise. i was even fortunate enough to see the solid steel set at the knitting factory. but tonight was something different and special. all the way from japan, i saw cornelius.

felt great.

doors were at 8, cornelius didn't hit the stage until 11. felt like forever, waiting. opening band, dymaxion, wasn't very cohesive. i'd seen them open for stereolab once.

cornelius knows how to put on a show. they played most of the tracks off the new album, perfectly in synch with the music video being projected behind them. i mean it was perfect...

they also played some tracks off the first disc, and some that were only released in japan - one in particular was apparently about soccer and if i were to give it a title, it'd be "spalding".

he played like a chill virtuoso.. hitting all the hard notes and making it look easy. it's was really a sight to behold.

in the middle of "brand new season" - which was accompanied by a video of elvis and some hula dancers on a loop - he pulled an audience member up onto the stage and used the audience member's body in conjunction with a theremin to belt out a cover of "love me tender". after it was over, they threw confetti in the air and presented the audience member with a flower-necklace (lei?) and a hug before sending him back to the main floor.

i'm left utterly exhausted but with a feeling of such great satisfaction.