Friday, December 28, 2007
One brand new (10/32 of tread), one with 4/32 of tread remaining, and one with 2/32 of tread remaining. Oh, and by the way if you have less than 2/32 remaining you won't pass inspection.
Test was done to see stopping distance on wet roads. The results are frankly a bit scary:
For reference here are some "penny tests" you can do to figure out what your tire depth is:
Excuse me while I shop for new tires! (well done tirerack sales team....well done...)
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Are they compatible?
Why does Motorola only list Motorola phones as compatible?
gee, I wonder
Where is the secret list of compatible phones?
Your guess is as good as mine, Motorola won't answer my questions
Sunday, October 28, 2007
I can't believe it....I'm speechless!
Feels good to win another world series, and with a sweep no less!
I saw so little signs of life from the "Rox", that I almost felt bad.....borderline embarrassed. Is the National League that bad??
In any case, amazing job by the 2007 Red Sox. Completely solid team, and they completly deserve it.
ps 7 years now since the yanks won a title....
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Making it 24 hours is a challenge in of itself. This race is so friggen awesome and I totally want to do this someday.
Driver of this vid has a junked 944 (great choice btw)
Here is vid of the new Skyline GT-R lapping the ring in an impressive 7min 38 seconds....and yes that means it beats the 911 turbo by a good 2 seconds...not bad for a $70k car!!!!
Friday, October 19, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Well, a decommissioned Title missile Silo is up for sale. 57 acres of pure 'blow up those commies' history, and it can be yours for a paltry $1.5 mil!!
Friday, September 28, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Well, if your signature looks anything like this one (mine does) you might have gotten some 'feedback' about it such as "And that translates to?" or maybe "You're not a doctor are you?".I once even had a past manager refuse my time sheet because he said my signature must be a readable form of my name.
To finally put this to rest, here are the facts:
RCW 9A.04.110 states (sec24): "Signature" includes any memorandum, mark, or sign made with intent to authenticate any instrument or writing, or the subscription of any person thereto
Lectric law library states (sec 47): "It is not necessary that a party should write his name himself, to constitute a signature; his mark is now held sufficient though he was able to write"
The common trend here is that it is also referred to as a "mark". Consider an illiterate person, would they be required to sign a readable words if they cannot read or write? Yes some situations would require (by law) a literate person to bear witness (such as signing documents with those pesky words on it). Really the point here is that this is an acceptable signature:
Xpo-Ferens? What? This "mark" was made by none other than Christopher Columbus himself.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
Asked about executions of homosexuals in Iran, Ahmadinejad said the judiciary system executed violent criminals and high-level drug dealers, comparing them to microbes eliminated through medical treatment. Pressed specifically about punishment of homosexuals, he said: "In Iran we don't have homosexuals like in your country."
With the audience laughing derisively, he continued: "In Iran we do not have this phenomenon. I don't know who's told you that we have this."
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Cause it free's 45k of memory at least,
And that's why everyone who's in knows,
It's also the best DOS to run with Windows!!!!!"
"You think MS-DOS is a mystery admit it,
We made MS-DOS 5 easier, here's how we did it,
We gave it a graphical shell, that's the ticket,
It's DOS with a prettier face, YOU KICK IT!""
I'm seriously crying right now I'm laughing to hard
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
Friday, August 31, 2007
Read all about it here (be sure to watch the video clips):
Oh, and I strongly recommend buying a cheap alarm clock
These settings/pics are for iTunes, but I tried it in Windows Media Player and it did seem to give the mp3's a bit more life.
" Open the equalizer, and from the pop-up menu, select “Make Preset.” Call it “Perfect,” because it is, and set the following levels, from left to right (skip the Preamp section):
db +3, +6, +9, +7, +6, +5, +7, +9, +11, +8 db"
Read more about it here:
Read the how to here:
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Full story here:
Take a ruebens tube, "A Ruben's tube is essentially a demonstration of standing waves in air". Think a propane filled tube will small holes drilles on top. By forcing sound waves though, you manipulate the areas of pressure...high pressure, high flames....low pressure, low flames.
Now control that with a wiimote....I think the blueman group song is very appropriate:
Full instructions here:
Monday, August 27, 2007
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
Philip Anschutz (owner of the Galaxy) probably kissed the first person he saw.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Be sure to read the whole post here:
Monday, August 13, 2007
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
No pain. No real feeling of illness. You sleep in your own bed and when you wake up, there are no traffic cones in there with you.
You are still able to function relatively well on the energy stored up from all those vodka and Red Bulls. However, you can drink 10 bottles of water and still feel as parched as the Sahara.
Even vegetarians crave a cheeseburger and a basket of fries.
No pain, but something is definitely amiss. You may look okay but you have the attention span and mental capacity of a stapler.
The coffee you chug to try and remain focused is only exacerbating your rumbling gut, which is craving a full English breakfast.
Although you have a nice demeanor at the office, you are costing your employer valuable money because all you really can handle is some light filing, followed by aimlessly surfing the Net and writing junk e-mail.
Slight headache. Stomach feels like crap. You are definitely a space cadet and not so productive.
Anytime someone walks by your desk you gag because the perfume/aftershave reminds you of the random shots you did with your alcoholic friends after the bouncer kicked you out at 1:45 a.m.
Life would be better right now if you were in your bed with a dozen doughnuts and a two-liter bottle of Coke, watching daytime TV.
You've had four cups of coffee, a gallon of water, two burritos, and a two-liter bottle of Diet Coke, yet you haven't peed once.
You have lost the will to live. Your head is throbbing and you can't speak too quickly or else you might spew.
Your boss has already lambasted you for being late and has given you a lecture for reeking of booze.
You wore nice clothes, but you smell of socks and can't hide the fact that you missed an oh-so crucial spot shaving.
Your teeth have their own individual sweaters. Your eyes look like one big vein and your hairstyle makes you look like a reject from a second-grade class, circa 1976.
You would give a week's pay for one of the following: home time, a doughnut and somewhere to be alone, or a time machine so that you can go back to last night and change the fact that you went out.
You scare small children in the street just by walking past them.
You have a second heartbeat in your head, which is actually annoying the employee sitting next to you.
Vodka vapor is seeping out of every pore and making you dizzy.
You still have toothpaste crust in the corners of your mouth from brushing your teeth.
Your body has lost the ability to generate saliva, so your tongue is suffocating you.
You'd cry but that would take the last drop of moisture left in your body.
Death seems pretty good right now. Your boss doesn't even get mad at you and your co-workers think that your dog just died because you look so pathetic.
You should have called in sick because, let's face it, all you can manage to do is breathe... very gently.
You arrive home and climb into bed.
Sleep comes instantly, as you were fighting it all the way home in the taxi.
You get about two hours of sleep until the noises inside your head wake you up.
You notice that your bed has been cleared for takeoff and is flying relentlessly around the room.
No matter what you do now, you're going to vomit.
You stumble out of bed and now find that your room is in a yacht, fully sailing. After walking along the skirting boards on alternating walls, knocking off all the pictures, you find the toilet.
If you are lucky, you remember to lift the lid before you spontaneously explode and wake the whole house up with your impersonation of walrus mating calls.
You sit there on the floor in your undies, cuddling the only friend in the world you have left (the toilet), randomly continuing to make the walrus noises, spitting and farting. Help usually comes at this stage, even if it is short-lived.
With your stomach totally empty, your spontaneous eruptions have died down to 15-minute intervals, but your body won't relent.
You are convinced that you are starting to turn yourself inside out and swear that you saw your tonsils shoot out of your mouth on the last occasion.
It is now dawn and you pass by your disgusted partner getting up for the day, as you try to climb into bed. She abuses you again for trying to get into bed with lumpy bits of dried vomit in your hair.
You reluctantly accept her advice and take a shower. Work is simply not an option.
The whole day is spent trying to avoid anything that might make you sick again, like moving.
You vow never to touch a drop of alcohol again, and who knows, for the next two or three hours you might even succeed.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
If a baby senses that is falling backwards, it will throw out its arms and wave them around
Even though they can't support their weight, they will try to 'walk' if you hold them lightly on their feet
I had heard of this one before. If you put somehting (say a bottle) on their cheek they will turn towards it.
If you lay a baby down, and turn their head to the side the arm on that side will straighten out, and the other arm will bend.
There are others, but not as interesting imho
Also youtube had lots of these videos, but the embed links aren't working for some reason...
The 2005 legislation, authored by then-Assemblyman Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, was challenged in courts by a pair of video game industry groups just 10 days after the bill was signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The law prohibited selling or renting a violent video game to anyone under 18 years of age. Violations were punishable by fines of up to $1,000. The proponents argued that stricter laws were needed because such games can influence minors to also act violently.
However, the Video Software Dealers Association and the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) consistently argued that the ESA's rating system for games -- similar to the way movies are rated -- is sufficient. The ESA represents the nation's $24 billion video gaming industry. More specifically, the industry groups argued that the law's definition of a violent video game was vague and that the law violated the freedom of speech provision in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
In his 17-page decision, U.S. District Judge Ronald Whyte in San Jose wrote that there is insufficient evidence to conclude that video games "are any more harmful than violent television, movies, internet sites or other speech-related exposures."
"The court, although sympathetic to what the legislature sought to do by the Act, finds that the evidence does not establish the required nexus between the legislative concerns about the well-being of minors and the restrictions on speech required by the Act," the judge wrote.
The California law is not the first law to restrict violent game sales to be tested in courts. Eight other laws outside California have been challenged in other parts of the nation and every one of them have also ended in the video game industry's favor.
"The Entertainment Software Association is pleased with today's permanent injunction ruling, as it cements nationwide judicial consensus that our self-regulatory efforts work," said Dan Hewitt, a spokesman for the industry group.
But political leaders in Sacramento on Monday vowed to appeal the ruling.
Yee, who is now a state Senator, said he was disheartened by the judge's decision.
"I'm extremely disappointed that the judge did not rule in favor of children," he said. "I have sent letters to the state attorney general and the governor that we need to vigorously appeal this decision."
Schwarzenegger, named as a defendant in the case, said he plans to appeal the case.
"I signed this important measure to ensure that parents are involved in determining which video games are appropriate for their children," Schwarzenegger said in a written statement. "Many of these games are made for adults and choosing games that are appropriate for kids should be a decision made by their parents."
Thursday, August 2, 2007
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
365 days X 2 years = 730 days
$20,000 / 730 = $27.40 a day
So, if you are on the fence about joining up, just think what $27.40 a day will buy you!! Tax free!!
(all you have to do is chance death)
Monday, July 30, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
John Feigenbaum flew out of San Jose this week in first class with flip-flops on his feet, a T-shirt on his back and a dime worth $1.9 million in his pocket.
It was the most expensive dime ever to pass through San Jose. That's because it is the most expensive dime in the history of dimes.
"All the way across the country, I didn't sleep,'' Feigenbaum said. "I didn't eat, and I didn't sleep. You wouldn't, either.''
Feigenbaum is a rare-coin dealer, and the dime he was carrying across the country, from San Jose to New York, is an 1894-S dime, one of only nine known to exist and one of only 24 known to be coined that year in San Francisco.
It was his job to pick up the dime from the seller's vault in Oakland and deliver it to the buyer's vault in midtown Manhattan.
The person who bought the dime does not want the world to know who he is. The person who sold the dime is Oakland businessman Daniel Rosenthal, who was unavailable for comment, perhaps because a person newly in possession of $1.9 million has better things to do than answer a lot of questions.
But the dime's cross-country trip was the stuff of intrigue, of that there is no mistake. The logistics of moving a $1.9 million dime across the country turn out to be at least as staggering as the notion of paying $1.9 million for a dime.
It was on Monday afternoon that Feigenbaum, a 38-year-old coin dealer from Virginia Beach, Va., donned his best grubby clothes to meet the seller's representative at an Oakland bank vault. Feigenbaum was slumming it so as not to attract attention, he said.
"There's no reason to dress up in a suit and make a big production,'' he said. "You don't want to stand out.''
Feigenbaum put the dime, encased in a 3-inch-square block of plastic, in his pocket and, accompanied by a security guard, drove in an ordinary sedan directly to San Jose airport to catch the red-eye to Newark.
The overnight flight, he said, was the only way to make sure the dime would be in New York by the time the buyer's bank opened in the morning. People who pay $1.9 million for dimes do not like to be kept waiting for them.
Feigenbaum had purchased a coach ticket, to avoid suspicion, but found himself upgraded to first class. That was a worry, because people in flip-flops, T-shirts and grubby jeans do not regularly ride in first class. But it would have been more suspicious to decline a free upgrade. So Feigenbaum forced himself to sit in first class, where he found himself to be the only passenger in flip-flops.
He was too nervous to sleep, he said. He did not watch the in-flight movie, which was "Firehouse Dog.'' He turned down a Reuben sandwich and sensibly declined all offers of alcoholic beverages.
Shortly after boarding the plane, he transferred the dime from his pants pocket to his briefcase.
"I was worried that the dime might fall out of my pocket while I was sitting down,'' Feigenbaum said.
All across the country, Feigenbaum kept checking to make sure the dime was safe by reaching into his briefcase to feel for it. Feigenbaum did not actually take the dime out of his briefcase, as staring at dimes can arouse suspicion.
He does recall fishing around -- somewhere over the Rockies, over the Midwest and over the Alleghenies -- for the dime. For the rest of the flight, he kept his flip-flopped foot planted on the briefcase and his eyes wide open.
At Newark airport, he was met by another security guard in another ordinary sedan. The two men drove to Manhattan, arriving an hour before the opening of the buyer's bank vault.
The buyer was waiting at the curb for Feigenbaum, however. With an hour to kill, the two men went into a nearby Starbucks. Neither man dared take out the dime and look at it. They sipped their beverages and stared at their watches.
At 9 a.m., the vault opened. The two men and the guard went inside and, for the first time, the buyer got to hold his dime.
The buyer spent about half an hour looking at it, Feigenbaum said, which worked out to 15 minutes for heads and 15 minutes for tails. He told Feigenbaum he had bought it strictly as an investment and did not intend to spend it, as there is no longer anything to buy in New York for 10 cents.
Perhaps, though, the dime is again fated to be locked away in a bank vault as a penalty for being ugly. The coin is known as a Barber-style dime, bearing a ghastly likeness of Madam Liberty on the front and a boring wreath of corn and wheat and the words "one dime" on the back.
The $1.9 million dime was produced at the stately Old Mint on Fifth Street, next to the doughnut place. It's a long-shuttered stone building whose front steps are primarily used these days by homeless people on their lunch break. (The building is set to become a museum soon, although that plan has been kicking around, unfulfilled, for decades. The alley north of the mint is being turned into a plaza with fast-food joints, to open by Labor Day.)
Except for the date, the top-notch condition and the fact that it's one of just 24 known to be coined that year in San Francisco, it's much like other Barber-style dimes of the era that typically sell on eBay for a couple of bucks. The coin's rarity has something to do with the fact that 1894-S dimes were produced not for general circulation but as a special gift by the mint director for some visiting big shots. The director was also said to have given one of the dimes to his young daughter, who spent it on ice cream.
Feigenbaum said he and the seller's agent stood to split a 6 percent commission on the deal. He also said that he has since changed out of his flip-flops and that he does not really know what the dime looks like -- how many ears of corn or stalks of wheat are depicted on it, for example, or why Liberty's nose is so big.
"It's the Holy Grail of coins,'' he said. "But Liberty, how can I say it, she's not the prettiest. Actually, it's considered an ugly coin. Sometimes, ugliness can be attractive.''
E-mail Steve Rubenstein at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Link to article:
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
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I used to love summer unequivocally, but now I know the true dangers of such naivety. No longer will I turn a blind eye to the true silent killer....SUMMER!
Monday, July 23, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Basically when we gutted and redid our kitchen, we needed a new faucet to go with our new cast iron sink. Naturally I browse the usual stores, and I come across a nice looking one...similar to this guy:
Looks pretty normal right? Wellll welll welll, TRICKED YA!! Turns out they decided to invent their own thread size...you know, just to piss people off. Say you actually find the thread size in some specialty plumbing shop, well, tough luck because they also used a tight thread pattern.....yeah, so basically what that means is even if you get the size right nothing is going to screw in.
Well, I have a Python system (if the internet existed in the 70's, this is what pages would look like) to clean my poor fish tank...and well, I can no longer hook it up to my sink....awesome. Now I have to hunt for a crappy 'universal' system....AWESOME.
Cyanide & Happiness @ Explosm.net
So yeah, make sure the thread size and pattern are both normal.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
lol, that reminds me...I haven't visited maddox's site in a while..
530hp @ 5300 rpm, 3175lbs (yup nearly 340lbs lighter than the turbo). Interesting to note that the top speed is 200 and friggen 4 miles per hour. That's Carrera GT territory, and apparently this is the first regular production 911 to be 200+
Pretty nice car....but if you ask me, I'd rather have this GT2 any day of the week!
Friday, July 13, 2007
What's all the empty space? Nothing. Seriously, it's nothing. So...how come the mouse you are holding is so solid? Ahhhh....try not to think about it =)
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
http://ohnoits.ytmnd.com/ (possibly nws) ***
Enough grover for now...
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Friday, July 6, 2007
Cool....or scary....but still cool
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
"an unexpected error (0x80090020) occurred while getting the CSP list"
chances are you have a bogus reg entry (probably blank).
Check each key, shouldn't be empty. If there is no empty ones, check to make sure the DLL's referenced still exist.
Also, I'll post up stuff here which was either missing from the net (aka couldn't find it in google), or was impossibly hard for me to find. Maybe I'll make somebody search a tiny bit easier.