brainwagon "There is much pleasure in useless knowledge." — Bertrand Russell

21Oct/04Off

Silly Patent of the Week

In the realm of patents being issued for the obvious, Phillip Torrone of the Edgadget website mentioned in his podcast that photomosaics had been patented in 2000. Sigh. Surely there must be tons of prior art to this idea?

In a brutal act of defiance, I present my own photomosaic of myself. Take that, evil stifling software patents!

21Oct/04Off

Boston vs. St. Louis in the Series…

Okay, I've been boring people with baseball talk in the podcast, so I'll just briefly mention it here: St. Louis defeats the Houston Astros 5-2 in game 7 of the NLCS, and goes to the Series for the first time since 1987. I originally had picked a Red Sox/Cardinals Series, but was dismayed by the 0-3 start by the Red Sox. That will teach me to doubt my powers of precognition.

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21Oct/04Off

Joke of the Day…

Contributed by Tom Duff:

Q: What's the difference between Iraq and Viet Nam?

A: GWB had a plan to get out of Viet Nam.

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21Oct/04Off

System Downtime

Something occurred this morning that I have never seen on a FreeBSD-stable box: something glitched and my webserver was hung (I suspect for a very short time) and the webserver was offline. If this affected your ability to read my blog or listen to my podcasts, my deepest apologies.