Archive for month: March, 2005

Inspiration on Chinese, Through the Tummy

March 31, 2005 | Arts and Crafts | By: Mark VandeWettering

Mei Wah is a page to help you learn Chinese. Well, at least some of the Chinese you need to read a menu in a Chinese restaurant. Cool! What’s even cooler is that through this page, I found out that McCawley’s legendary ::amazon(“0226555925”, “Eater’s Guide to Chinese Characters):: is back in print! I first heard […]

More Chinese Calligraphy

March 31, 2005 | Arts and Crafts, General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Well, today was Chinese Calligraphy class again. This is one of the better attempts at writing the character for “Dragon” 龍 or long2 as writin in pinyin. Not very good, and a crappy scan because our scanner doesn’t have a bed big enough to scan large art. I’ve acquired some books on Chinese writing to […]

AXS and WordPress Integration Plugin (2.1)

March 31, 2005 | Web Programming | By: Mark VandeWettering

AXS is a pretty nice little program that can gather many of the web usage statistics that are provided by, but without any limits. There is a new AXS and WordPress Integration Plugin that makes it very simple to add to your WordPress setup: basically just put the plugin where they all go, configure […]

Slashdot | 95% of IT Projects Not Delivered On Time

March 31, 2005 | Stupidity | By: Mark VandeWettering

I’m shocked. Absolutely shocked. How much of anything you do gets completed on time and to everyone’s satisfaction?

Tale of our times…

March 31, 2005 | Rants and Raves, Stupidity | By: Mark VandeWettering

New instant messaging phone for your son Free Ability to have him ignore your calls when you call him Free Ability for him to call you and remind you that he needs some money Free What happens when he starts talking to a new girl and spends ten 24 hour days on the phone $560 […]

Cigar Box Guitars

March 31, 2005 | Music | By: Mark VandeWettering

Courtesy of Make magazine blog, here is a whacky DIY site on building your own Cigar Box Guitars. It seems like the kind of thing that my friend Tom would approve of, and he turned me on to Make in the first place.

Brainwagon Radio: SCOTUS on Grokster, Copyrights and itsyBSD

March 30, 2005 | Brainwagon Radio, General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Where your host records another podcast on his way to work, and encounters a particularly gruesome bit of road kill along the way. Still, I have time to give you updates on the Supreme Court’s review of the Grokster case, the ongoing debate over copyrights on orphaned works, and a brief update on my success […]

Science & Technology at Scientific Okay, We Give Up

March 30, 2005 | Bad Science, Science, Stupidity | By: Mark VandeWettering

I’ll admit it: I love to argue about evolution and creationism. Actually, it’s not so much an argument, as no real rational argument in favor of creationism can be made. It’s really more of a desire to hitch creationism to the bumper of my car, and drag it through the mud. Call it a personal […]

Boing Boing: Media lawyer’s blog from Grokster hearings

March 30, 2005 | Intellectual Property | By: Mark VandeWettering

Another major intellectual property issue which is unfolding is the Supreme Court’s consideration of the Grokster case. With exchanges like the one below, I’m hopeful that the Supreme Court will rule against the media. I mean really… Boing Boing: Media lawyer’s blog from Grokster hearings

U.S. Copyright Office – Orphan Works Initial Comments

March 30, 2005 | Intellectual Property | By: Mark VandeWettering

Over 700 comments were received during the inquiry period for comments by the Copyright Office on the topic of “orphaned works”: works whose copyright holders are either impossible or very difficult to find. Currently, orphaned works are held in limbo: their creators (even if determined) cannot be located, so their works are in limbo, perhaps […]

What has John Carmack been up to?

March 29, 2005 | Link of the Day | By: Mark VandeWettering

Apparently, goofing around with programming his cell phone. It’s cool that someone with such impressive skills chooses to waste his time doing things like I like to do. 🙂

Gutenberg Gem: Micrographia, by Robert Hooke

March 29, 2005 | Gutenberg Gems | By: Mark VandeWettering

Robert Hooke’s Micrographia is one of the earliest books about the use of a microscope to view the world of the minescule. Published in 1664, it’s really quite astounding, and includes some very nice drawings, such as the flea pictured on the right. Check it out.

Want to catch a fish? Use the right bait…

March 29, 2005 | Link of the Day | By: Mark VandeWettering

Damn! That is one big catfish! Courtesy of Boing Boing.

SiteLight highlights yours truly!

March 29, 2005 | Tooting My Own Horn | By: Mark VandeWettering

Steve Ivy over at sent me a few questions by email, and nicely presented my my answers as a Sitelight: his own way of highlighting blogs which he thinks are cool. I kind of liked the questions, and am not sure I’ve gone over some of this stuff before, so go surf on over […]

First Bootable (Barely) itsyBSD .ISO file

March 29, 2005 | My Projects, Operating Systems | By: Mark VandeWettering

I’ve got a very simple LiveCD of FreeBSD booting off of CDROM. If you are brave, you can surf over to and download the iso image, burn it to CD and give it a try. It doesn’t install anything to any hard disks, so nothing can be hurt by giving it a try, but […]