Now You Can Play The First Star Trek Video Game Ever. This was the *only* game for a very long time. Well, to be precise, this and “Hunt the Wumpus.” Played on a dumb terminal, pressing the keyboard, waiting for the computer to process, watching the chattering printout. Eating paper like a monster. I knew one guy who ran up enough computer center charges to buy a new GTO, from playing this game. I learned later, it’s not that hard to win ... so I do wonder about him, all these years later.
Wall Street Journal:
Wal-Mart Warns of Democratic Win. Apparently they believe a vote for Obama is a pro-Union vote.
Travelers’ Laptops May Be Detained At Border. “The policies cover ‘any device capable of storing information in digital or analog form,’ including hard drives, flash drives, cellphones, iPods, pagers, beepers, and video and audio tapes. They also cover ‘all papers and other written documentation,’ including books, pamphlets and ‘written materials commonly referred to as ‘pocket trash’ or ‘pocket litter.’’”
I once had a surgeon walk up to me, while I was waiting to have my head examined (sinus infection). He said, “Let me take you into surgery!” I said, “Are you nuts?” He said, “Everyone has something wrong with them ... you just have to dig around a bit.” You could’ve strapped rockets to my heels, I wouldn’t have gotten out of there any faster.
Basically, we’re turning into a “guilty until proven innocent” society.
Plans to ‘tame’ paparazzi in L.A. If I ever attained celebrity status, I’d carry a cattleprod as a swagger stick.
X-rays reveal Van Gogh portrait. “The powerful X-ray bombardment caused atoms in the picture’s layers of paint to emit ‘fluorescent’ X-rays of their own, which indicated the chemicals they originated from. That enabled a colour map of the hidden picture to be produced.”
NY Times Europe:
After Bike-Sharing Success, Paris Considers Electric Cars. Rather than declare it a failure or success, I’d wait to see how the trials perform.
NY Times Escapes:
Island Hopping by Kayak at America’s Ceiling in Wisconsin. Sounds cold, but fun. I feel anyone posting stories about camping near water need to mention bugs. Yes/no, how bad, what season. Bears I can deal with. Bugs can make an outing un ... wait for it ... bearable.
McCain Camp Says Obama Is Playing ‘Race Card’. Let me get this straight ... McCain’s benighted video techs hit some internet website and pick the top two celebrities, obtusely using two white blondes to contrast against Mr Obama ... and his camp’s accusing Obama of playing the ‘race card’? Who approved the video? Did the thought never occur to them that some might deem this about as subtle as announcing one’s campaign in Philadelphia, Mississippi?
The video sucks, by the way. Poorly edited. Not worth anything near the amount of attention it is getting. Let’s move on to the next 24/7 news cycle minutiae. Does McCain have a sock fuzz problem?
God forbid we should talk about issues, huh?
Berry vizzy this morning.
Links as I have time. [Bored of typing ‘very busy’ all the time ...]
NY Times Magazine is trolling
Github advice for Windows.
Wasted incredible time trying to get SSH access to Github. Don’t make my mistake ... visit Drew Blas’ directions.
Greenspan Says Housing Prices Not Yet Near Bottom. Anyone else get the urge to administer a good swift kick to the hindquarters?
The spinosad, sadly, didn’t work. Gave a few hours reprieve, that’s it. Cinnamon scares ‘em off quick, but delivering it in liquid form is the problem. I’m considering my options ... perhaps the soap-and-oil routine.
Large Hadron Collider
Countdown. What if, instead of the BANG everyone seems to be expecting, it goes *sproing* instead?
Arms and the Man. On Herodotus.
World building of the year shortlist announced. A ‘public toilet in Texas’??!!
NY Times Letters to the Editor:
It’s Why We Read, Online and Off. Other answers to that online-or-literature reading article of the other day.
NY Times Op-Ed Contributor:
A Farm Boy Reflects. When I was very young, I used to watch this show called “Library Lions”, put out by the NY Public Library, on WNET, I think. I recall half-hour (?) documentaries on the strengths of America ... particularly agriculture. Healthy farm animals, being fed by ruddy farmers, in aesthetically beautiful landscapes. We see no modern agricultural documentaries these days ... and we know why. Beakless chickens don’t swell the heart. The sight of cows climbing piles of dung, packed into pens, make you weep with something far removed from ‘pride.’
NY Times Frugal Traveler:
Dodging Witches and Wild Boar in Germany. “... in the tricky light of evening, I saw the black haunches of what looked like a hefty wild boar bounding into the woods. Witches I could handle; wild animals, not so much.” If you leave them alone, they’ll leave you alone. I once walked, at night, into a large pack of javelina. [If you leave your flashlights turned off, you encounter more animals.] They apparently couldn’t directly see me, but they could smell that there was a human in their midst. I was grazed by a half-dozen tusks as they darted around trying to find the danger. They shortly dashed off into the brush. No harm done.
NY Times Real Estate:
What You Get for ... $300,000. I’m surprised that 700 square feet is that cheap. Prices have fallen.
NY Times Science:
Discovering How Greeks Computed in 100 B.C. “Only now, applying high-resolution imaging systems and three-dimensional X-ray tomography, have experts been able to decipher inscriptions and reconstruct functions of the bronze gears on the mechanism. The latest research has revealed details of dials on the instrument’s back side, including the names of all 12 months of an ancient calendar.”