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Tuesday, November 30th, 2004
6:37 pm - 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.

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Monday, September 30th, 2002
2:12 pm - 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 mood: content

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Saturday, September 28th, 2002
1:09 pm - 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."

current mood: content

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Thursday, September 26th, 2002
8:20 pm - autumn.
i love breezy, gray and drizzly days in autumn.

current mood: content

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Wednesday, September 25th, 2002
4:27 pm - Conference.
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 SpaceEquity.com)

Attendees must bring photo ID and an invitation.

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Monday, September 23rd, 2002
10:38 am - 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.

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Tuesday, September 17th, 2002
12:59 pm - controlling robots with the mind

amazing scientific american article on convergence.

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12:07 am - 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.

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Saturday, August 10th, 2002
2:39 am - 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.

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Friday, August 2nd, 2002
11:46 pm - yes, more.
new picture on moc.

although sometimes i wonder why i bother. if asexual reproduction is good enough for amoeba, why can't it be good enough for me? that's all cloning is anyway...

although the oppressive heat has curbed my recent biking habit, i've been more active in the extropy group as of late, and that feels just as good.

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11:26 pm - pain.
it's difficult to watch friends make painful decisions. i worry so much about j and her relationship. this whole week, the lack of communication, it's been just awful. i need to step away from it all for a bit. i've been unfair to myself these past few months(years?) and this sudden feeling of hopelessness is in a strange way empowering.

wonder what i'll do with it...

on a different note, i've just been given a *heavy* project at work on a *very* tight deadline... so it looks like I won't get a vacation until sometime in Autumn. which is my favorite time of year anyway, i suppose.

i've bonded with the powerbook. it's become my main machine at work as well as at home. can't wait for the jaguar release on 8/24. chimera's the browser i'm on right now. feeling the love.

fuz isn't home yet, so it looks like i've probably got the apartment to myself all weekend as dkp is off at defcon and his girlfriend is down in georgia... i suppose i can occupy myself by cleaning the bathroom. it needs it, yuck.

bewildered. that's a good word for how i'm feeling right now. it's a kind of sad, muted, clear-headed rage - yet numb at the same time. have you ever felt that way? have you ever wanted to?

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Tuesday, July 23rd, 2002
6:40 pm - officially switched.
so this past weekend i did it. i took the plunge and switched over to the Apple world with the purchase of an incredibly sexy powerbook.

i love it. i've been using it almost non-stop, and it pains me to think that when I go home this evening i'll need to use my IBM thinkpad to do a circuit install out in LA. although i'm pretty sure i can find a way to do it with the mac... hmm...

so i'm still tooling around with the OS, trying to figure out all its idiosyncracies.

things with jenelle have taken a turn for the... well... interestingly worse, i suppose. i'm not sure if i'm ready to express feelings about it one way or another.

ah, the file transfer to miss laurie just finished. hope you enjoy the music vid, doll. :)

i'm off!

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Friday, July 19th, 2002
7:07 pm - h2k2 wrapup and apple stuff.
as i promised, i wanted to expand on my h2k2 experience. it was... interesting. it had the general feel of a conference without major corporate sponsorship. no marketing stazi to make sure everything was picture-perfect. i met some interesting people, and saw some famous people speak. that's about it, really.

i gave the negativland guy (mark dosler) $20 because i'd downloaded some negativland mp3's. it freaked him out, and sparked a conversation. he presentation included some really amazing video clips. afterward was jello biafra's state of the world address... which was really just a long-winded diatribe about the current events as seen on news.google or metafilter or anywhere else online. nothing new there.

although after his rant, he played some interesting vinyl he brought with him, and I had some great seats, only a foot away from the turntable. if anyone has pictures of jello playing dj, lemme know - i'm probably in them. :P

- - - -

so i visited the new Apple store today down in SoHo. let me first say, there are too many goddamn beautiful people in SoHo. that being said, the store was beautiful and the people were helpful. i got to play with a Powerbook, and I'm intent on buying one now.

they tell me that they carry them in stock. so next week, after i'm sure i can sustain on my new shoestring budget, i'll go down and pick one up... *drool*

- - - -

derrek's in town for macworld, and we're going to check the siren festival down in coney island tomorrow if it's not rained out.

and i'm looking forward to my strange upcoming vacation. who knows how things'll go with jenelle and her boyfriend situation. i might end up in maine with cory and anna instead. who knows?

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Sunday, July 14th, 2002
2:19 am - h2k2
hackers on planet earth conference.

i've been there the past few days and will be there tomorrow. lots of interesting things to talk about... when i have more energy to devote to it, i will.

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Wednesday, July 10th, 2002
8:44 pm - long life rant
it irks me everytime i hear someone ask an old person "what's your secret to long life?"

i'd imagine that an elderly person would find this patronizing, as - when spoken by a smiling, on-air personality - seems to roughly translate into: "how come you're not dead yet?"

i hope that i live long enough to be asked what my secret of long life is...

to which i'd reply: "avoiding people like you... unngh..."

...and then promptly die.

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Monday, July 8th, 2002
7:06 pm - typing from a mac
yes, i bought the powermac g3 tower from work. i made reference to it before, but now it's all mine. :)

upon finding that opera 6 wasn't out yet for osx, i switched my default browser to omniweb. but i missed tabbed browsing so much that i've switched again... this time to mozilla. i'm not as impressed with mozilla's tab feature as i was with opera 6's. tabbed browsing is an absolute must if you're an uber-surfer (imagine that u had two little dots above it; i'm too lazy to look up the escape sequence).

ah well.

more program woes... i miss trillian. i use AOL, MSN, Yahoo and ICQ to keep in touch with people. so i find a program called Proteus. it LOOKS great. problem is, it doesn't work. for some strange reason, it would connect to each of the services and download my buddies or friends or whatever... but it wouldn't actually show them as being online. so i couldn't send anyone a message. moreover, when i told the program to search for any updates... it found one and downloaded it... although it turned out to be the same version as the one i already had. boo! what's more (yes, there's more!) the splash screen while Proteus is loading tells me "version 1.6something" while the About... menu option tells me version 2! at least it *looked* like pretty software. sigh.

i finished selfish gene today. liked it so much i added the extended phenotype to my wishlist. i'm moving on to reading a book about marketing/branding called No Logo.

Oh... and Cornelius is playing at Bowery Ballroom August 9th. I'm more than excited. Will you be there? Let me know.

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Tuesday, July 2nd, 2002
2:15 pm - quantum computing update
new scientist

an okay update on the state of quantum computing to solve unsolvable problems.

here's the original paper in pdf, for anyone technically inclined.

via extropian list

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Saturday, June 29th, 2002
10:59 pm - expectation leads to disappointment
tonight i saw the transient rainbow project, by cai guo-qiang.

click the link. go there. see the picture, read the description.

it was not like that at all.

what i had built up in my mind was this: a futuristic fireworks display. state of the art, man! a copious amount of luminescence streaking across the night sky, setting it on fire. once formed, the rainbow would hang there, emanating warm, bright colors as new age music floated down from the heavens.

ok, maybe the music was a bit much to expect.

what did i get? fireworks that spelled out MoMA (with an S showing up for no apparent reason) and then POP-POP-POP-POP-POP-POP-POP-BANG-fizzle.

and then a whole bunch of pissed off onlookers.

as they left you'd hear people say: they dragged me out to Queens for this? and: guess I won't be going to MoMA-QNS anytime soon.

of course, what you DIDN'T hear was: guess i'll pull my funding for the MoMA, or: i can't believe i paid for this...

anyway, i taped it with my camcorder to show some friends (and my mom) who'd be interested. when i got back to the apartment (took forever, argh) i watched the tape and... and... and... the fireworks lasted exactly 10 seconds.


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Friday, June 28th, 2002
9:30 pm - i hate microsoft.
playing civ3 out in the living room, donnie darko on in the background. i'm on the sofa, wireless laptop. chatting through trillian behind civ3.

i lose track of time, without warning the laptop goes into standby mode. i rush back into my room and give it the AC, but it's too late. it's gone to sleep.

rather, microsoft put it to sleep, along with my wireless settings.

that's right. after waking my laptop up, no more internet connection. the little wireless NIC is flashing green. ipconfig tells me: media disconnected.

no big deal, tcp stack crashed. i'll log out, log back in. this is windows xp, i shouldn't even have to reboot.

three reboots later...

i still hate microsoft. thinking of the moment in the south park movie where they shoot bill gates in the head. wondering if i'll ever be able to save enough money for one of those gorgeous apple powerbooks.

this problem solved itself. i don't know why. the NIC configuration GUI (using MS API's, btw) showed me that my preferred network was still configured properly... while the available AP had wrong settings. no sweat, i can fix that.

or can i? apparently, i couldn't. MS wouldn't let me. so what CAN i do? i can remove the preferred network entry and hit refresh on the available network list and see what happens. ah. it brings back my preferred network entry. lovely.

so... i remove my preferred network entry again. this time i don't hit refresh, i try to configure the available network entry. will it let me? YES! it let me! rock! does it connect? nope. hit apply, hit ok, go back in... and the wrong settings are back, as is my removed preferred network entry.

so i give up. i say fuck it, hit ok, ok, i'll just shut it down and worry about it later. staci can find someone else to play scrabble with tonight... and just when i'm ready to shut down...

it connects.

for absolutely no reason.

i wonder how long i would have to whore myself out in order to afford a powerbook.

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