Archive for month: November, 2002

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 28, 2002 | Rants and Raves | By: Mark VandeWettering

Well, as I place the sage and thyme stuffed bird into a toasty oven, I am reminded that it is Thanksgiving and that I have much to be thankful for. To all of my friends and the odd individual who happens here by random link, I hope that you can sit back and think of […]

Weblog of the century…

November 26, 2002 | Link of the Day | By: Mark VandeWettering

Somebody at work presented a link to this site because it contained a review of the new Monsters Inc. DVD, but it turns out to be a truly hilarious weblog. LILEKS (James) is an eclectic mix of politics and nostalgia. Check out the BLEAT for interesting daily news, but don’t miss the Gallery of Regrettable […]

King Tut’s Tomb

November 26, 2002 | Science | By: Mark VandeWettering

Today marks the 80th anniversary of the the opening of King Tutankhamen’s tomb by Carter and Canarvan in the Valley of the Kings. I’ve been interested in Egyptology as an amateur for quite some time. Egyptian culture thrived for millenia before the Roman period, and produced a rich variety of art, literature and architecture. Recently […]

Back from the dead…

November 25, 2002 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Slashdot | Bringing Back the PDP8 relates the efforts of Andrew Grillet and his attempt to make a PDP8 clone using FPGA chips. I’m virtually certain that this is a hideous waste of time, but it is kind of a cool project, and given that I spent a couple of weeks writing a PDP-1 emulator […]

New RSS Feeds

November 20, 2002 | My Projects | By: Mark VandeWettering

In an afternoon of goofing around, I added some RSS feeds to my website. Check them out on the right.

Faster isn’t always better

November 19, 2002 | Toys and Gadgets | By: Mark VandeWettering

It’s been about a year since I put together my last computer, a small system based upon Shuttle’s SpaceWalker SV24 motherboard and case. In most respects I rather like the machine, which has a DVD drive, an 800Mhz Celeron and is small (only 7x8x10 inches). But I do have a couple of caveats: The system […]

I wonder…

November 18, 2002 | Rants and Raves | By: Mark VandeWettering

I was reading memepool today, and they had an article on Dr. Michael Kelly, a guy who sells video tapes purporting to teach martial arts enthusiasts the dim mak, or Death Touch. What I want to know is “how do you practice enough to get good at it?”

If ignorance is bliss, they must be very happy…

November 18, 2002 | Rants and Raves | By: Mark VandeWettering

One of my personal pet peeves is creationism: the bastard child of bad theology and bad science. I’m pretty familiar with most of their silly broken arguments, so it was interesting to see many of the worst ones drawn up in color to hang on your children’s wall. It’s hard to actually find anything on […]

Leonids returning

November 15, 2002 | Amateur Science | By: Mark VandeWettering

Last year I carted my wife and son out to view the Leonic meteor shower, and we were blessed with a pretty spectacular show. I went out sometime after dark (my house is actually a pretty dark location, at least for a suburb of Oakland) and didn’t see any in the first five minutes when […]

Aliens fly among us!

November 7, 2002 | Link of the Day | By: Mark VandeWettering

Try checking out for instructions on how to build a fire balloon that will likely trigger widespread reports of UFO invasions in the local media.

How to combat copy protection measures…

November 6, 2002 | Rants and Raves | By: Mark VandeWettering

Today BMG announced that they are going to stop producing CDs. Instead, they are going to produce specially encrypted CDs which have had problems in many different players. Want to stop this? It’s simple. Just don’t buy their CDs. You want to change the industry: change your buying habits. When you buy a CD with […]