Archive for month: February, 2005

PubSub: The Game’s Afoot!

February 28, 2005 | Blogging | By: Mark VandeWettering

I went to check the PubSub LinkRanks for brainwagon today, only to find that my ranking, which had been floating in the mid 50,000 range, was now ranked closer to the 992,461. A closer inspection of pubsub indicates that positions beginng at 10 are all occupied by mystery domain Methinks somebody has been gaming […]

More stencil stuff…

February 28, 2005 | Arts and Crafts | By: Mark VandeWettering

I liked this tutorial on making stencils from freezer paper. Apparently the shiny wax that is on freezer paper allows you to iron it onto cloth and it will hold in place while you ink your stencil. I’ll have to give this a try.

DigiBarn Friends: Jef Raskin, A Life of Design

February 28, 2005 | News | By: Mark VandeWettering

Check out this A nice and growing tribute to a remarkable individual. Includes some very recent photos and mp3s.

Must Have Magazine: Make

February 28, 2005 | Books I Read | By: Mark VandeWettering

I just got my first issue of Make, and all I can say is Wow! Terrific magazine. Fifteen minutes after cracking it, I went to the website and subscribed, then went back and read some more. If you need food for your inner-geek-child, this is it. Don’t miss it.

Music download prices to rise

February 28, 2005 | Intellectual Property, News, Rants and Raves | By: Mark VandeWettering

The Register reports that major music labels are trying to get music retailers to increase prices. What a good idea! Let’s make it even more costly for individuals to acquire music, that’s sure to drive down the rates of copyright infringement! Seriously, what are they thinking? The problem appears to be related to Apple’s iTunes […]

Brainwagon Has No Daily Readers

February 28, 2005 | Blogging | By: Mark VandeWettering

I’ve noticed something which I sort of find surprising: this website has no daily readers. I’ve been scanning the logs of all the people who come to my website, and by far the majority, probably 90% of all hits, come here via Google searches. Not from hitlists on websites, or directories, or anything else, but […]

Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer: Greenlighted

February 28, 2005 | Link of the Day | By: Mark VandeWettering

You’d think the brains behind Spaceship One would take some time off, maybe consider going to Disneyland, but Burt Rutan’s off on another spectacular venture: the Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer is a go to begin its solo circumnavigation of the globe today. Good luck to Burt and to pilot Steve Fossett.

Brainwagon Radio: Oscar Review Preview

February 27, 2005 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Well, this is a very short episode tonight. It was my intention to release a review of the Academy Awards tonight, and to shake things up a bit, I’ve engaged my wife to aid in this production. If you’ve enjoyed the keen commentary of Michael Geohagen’s Reel Reviews, well, toss all those high expectations out […]

Win for The Incredibles

February 27, 2005 | News | By: Mark VandeWettering

Well, the Oscars have more or less just begun, but the news is good for us Pixarians: The Incredibles won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature. Congratulations to Brad Bird, John Walker, and all of my fellow monkeys who worked on the film. It’s always great to have played a part, no matter how small, […]

Jef Raskin

February 27, 2005 | News | By: Mark VandeWettering

It is with considerable surprise and sadness that I heard of the passing of Jef Raskin this weekend. I wasn’t a friend: merely an admirer of his work and his appearances at the Hackers conference. I found his delight with model airplanes to be infectious and genuine, and his innovative ideas to be thought provoking. […]

Grand Tourismo Goody

February 26, 2005 | General, Toys and Gadgets | By: Mark VandeWettering

I bought Grand Tourismo 4 the other day for my son (hey, it’s cheaper than buying him a real car) and I must admit, it’s awfully pretty looking. One of the cuter features is a Photo Travel Mode, where you can take your car (a charcoal gray Honda Civic in this case, don’t laugh) and […]

Quest for MythTV…

February 26, 2005 | General, My Projects | By: Mark VandeWettering

Well, I am now closing in on a working MythTV installation (I hope), although a few problems remain. The quality of video coming from this old Brooktree 878 card is terrible, and as yet I haven’t been able to get sound working reliably. Besides prebuffering incorrectly, something having to do with the mixer is wonky: […]

Followup to the Gorman piece…

February 26, 2005 | Blogging | By: Mark VandeWettering

Michael Gorman explains his previous article as “satirical”. I think that his piece could be described as many things, but satire is not one of the qualities it could be said to possess in abundance. One wonders why he bothered to respond at all via the Internet, given that he only believes that edited/published work […]

Hardware Mysteries Resolving…

February 25, 2005 | General, My Projects | By: Mark VandeWettering

Underneath my relentless attention, I believe I’ve figured out one of the problems with my SV24 computer that I complained about earlier. I complained that something appeared to be shorting out. Closer thought told me that it sounded like the same sound the computer makes when the reset button is pushed. Worth checking out, think […]

Millenium Post!

February 25, 2005 | Blogging, News | By: Mark VandeWettering

This post marks the 1000th entry in my weblog. Quite a milestone for me. I hope you all have found something useful or thought provoking in it. As an idea of what topics interest me the most, here is the list of the top 10 categories: Category Name Count Link of the Day 147 General […]