Satya's blog - 2005/01/
I'm reading Howard Hendrix's The Labyrinth Key, which is about all sorts of metaphysics and metaquantummechanics. And spy-ness.
Anyway, I found a couple of references which I just have to share with the zero people reading my blog: one is a reference to Tolkien's LOTR, when something is compared to writing on a magic ring becoming visible with fire (somewhere around page 273 in the paperback, when Don is being shown the steganographics in the Dosso Dossi painting). Another is when the TLA-agency chief tells her deputy to not leave the country, because he's "a captain, not a redshirt." -- Star Trek.
Other than that, the book is thematically similar to Dan Brown's The DaVinci Code, with more science-fiction elements. Makes you think, if you can understand what Hendrix is saying.
That's me. I just got labelled grumpy for not having any interest in the Bangalore LJ community. I'm not from Bangalore, I've hardly ever been there, I don't actively know anyone there, I read a few of the recent posts and they hold no interest for me, so why should I care?
Yeah, I'm grumpy. Analogous to Amitabh Bachchan's angry young man (which I am, but I'm not a movie star), I'm now a grumpy young man. Yay!
The old DI604 died, nearly 2 years after I bought it. So after some advice from the usual suspects, I bought a WRT54GS from Linksys. Bling-bling wireless, 4 ports, etc. Now I just need to figure out how to get Linux on it.
(Bestbuy guy couldn't tell me what Speedbooster really is. Brian says it's some Linksys crappity-crap that gives you a speed boost if you use certain Linksys NICs -- and the box says you need Windows, too.)
Stupid IP address changed, though :-(
Went rowing at Cypress Gardens. We suck.
Saw a CSX train on the way back. 3 locos, CSX-UP-CSX, didn't catch the numbers. Flat cars with trailers. (Saw another one, tanks and hoppers, on the way to Cypress.) This one appeared to have a grade crossing barrier stuck on the front, like it had been torn off a grade crossing somewhere. The barrier was dragging on the ground. Huh?
Here's a stupid attempt at a virus:
Dear user cfc@thes....com,The "attached text file" was a virus, of course. The thesatya.com team? That's just me. Nyah nyah.
In Target's web site unusable in Firefox I said that the financial services section of target.com was unusable in Firefox. Well, it seems to be fixed now. Yay.
Ah, I just noticed that http://broken.typepad.com/ do have an email address listed on the page.
I should crawl back into bed.
I just saw this black comedy, starring Tom Hanks in one of his better performances. I thought it would be a weird movie, but it was actually funny with some tragedy (hence "black comedy"). It's something like Snatch or Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels but with considerably lesser plot twists. Watch it. watch the other two first, they're better.
While wandering around my web site, I found that Firefox doesn't notice my RSS feed link. Investigating, I found that this is required:
Bought a large box of Chips Ahoy. Paperboard, can't recycle. The box contained 4 packets as expected. The usual foil paper, can't recycle. Each packet contains 2 rolls of cookies. Wrapped in plasticky paper, can't recycle. Ugh.
Manish has a link to the WSJ's Video Blogs Break Out With Tsunami Scenes article, which talks about how bloggers and others hosted tsunami videos and almost wiped out their own sites in the resulting stampede for downloads. They don't know that attempts were made -- successfully -- to provide torrent feeds of some of the videos.
The article also mentions that "Bloggers don't charge for access, but they haven't been paying for copyrighted footage, either." Some Swedish people who shot and then released the Phuket video. A Norwegian newspaper (Dagbladet, accent marks extra) editor said he wasn't surprised that bloggers took the video without paying, and that he expects that to happen with the Internet. I think that's cool of him.
Re: the South Asian tsunami, Manish says: (begin Manish quote)
Anders Jacobsen is out testing the power of weblogs. If you link to his blog, along with a bunch of links to various aid organizations, he will donate $1 to the British Red Cross for every such act of linking.
So, here’s my $1 contribution!
International aid organizations:(end Manish quote)