Monthly Archives: March 2009

26 Mar 2009
Design Revolution

This is considered revolutionary? I don’t know whether to call this brilliant or brillant. Someone has figured out that producing better products reduces the cost of warranty repair or replacement and also increases customer satisfaction. Of course, unlike most if not all manufacturers, you have to focus on more than an ultra-short-term bottom line. Design […]

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09 Mar 2009
Fifteen minutes is enough

As I passed by the TV, I heard an interviewer ask Nadya Suleman‘s grandfather if he was prepared for not just fifteen minutes of fame but a lifetime of fame. Arrgh. I. Just. Don’t. Care. Please, can’t we all just get over it? She’s a statistical outlier. Granted this raises some moral, ethical, social, and […]

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09 Mar 2009
Robot Pics

Time for some more robot stuff. The Boston Globe has a collection of 32 images in “Robots – The Big Picture“. #3 & #12, the da Vinci surgical system — flashbacks to Logan’s Run #14 — a Christmas card? #19, Big Dog — my favorite critter #27 — “FRONT TOWARD ENEMY”

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08 Mar 2009
EyeBorg

Rob Spence is going to make the eye-camera a reality (if some obscure TLA agency hasn’t already). The implications for privacy and security have long been a part of science fiction, but this project should garner it wider attention in the general public’s eye (sorry). Take a one eyed film maker, an unemployed engineer, and […]

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08 Mar 2009
How to list comment spam IP addresses

As sort of a followup to my Comment Spam post, here’s a quick way to get a list of spammers to deny via your .htaccess file (or whatever method you chose to ban IP addresses). First, the SQL statement to get the list; put it in a file called list-spammers.sql: SELECT count(comment_author_IP) AS 'Count', comment_author_IP […]

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07 Mar 2009
Ghosts of Memory

In the small hours of the morning, as I wander randomly over the ‘Net, something reminds me of Ghost in the Shell. One of the pervasive issues in GITS is what it means to be human in a society where entire bodies can be replaced with prosthetics, consciousness transferred from one construct to another, and […]

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07 Mar 2009
Who isn’t running for mayor?

According to the Clarion Ledger article “18 running for Jackson [Mississippi] mayor“, “Incumbent Mayor Frank Melton is one of 18 candidates for the top spot, including the man he beat four years ago, the tax collector who threatened to auction his home and the former district attorney who tried to put him in jail.” Wow, […]

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04 Mar 2009
Upgrade to WordPress 2.7.1

I upgraded my blog from WordPress 2.6.3 to 2.7.1 earlier this evening. It was simple and quick: unpacked the 2.7.1 kit into a scratch directory backed up my current installation (see the “pull” script below) copied (and updated) my original .htaccess and wp-config.php files into the scratch tree deactivated all my plugins rsync‘d the scratch […]

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