An instant message conversation in

An instant message conversation in which I try to get Scott to see Jurassic Park III:

mathowie: I know what you need.
walkngbird: BBQ?
mathowie: 90 minutes of the rockingest Dinosaur action money can buy!!!
walkngbird: I’m afraid to ask.
mathowie: Thursday!!! Thursday!!! Thursday!!! Come see top-fueled Tyrannosaurus Rex take on two-time champ Triceratops in a wall-to-wall brawl the likes of which have never been seen!
walkngbird: bah. I’m rooting for the raptors.
walkngbird: oh yay, raptors, yet again.
walkngbird: They should rename JP3 to “Much Ado
About Raptors”
walkngbird: Or “Again With the Raptors”

Whether or not the internet

Whether or not the internet remains the economic boom everyone thought it would be, it will always be an incredible information resource. Today, while Kay was getting an estimate on fixing our car, the mechanic mentioned an expensive hub replacement due to faulty lug nuts and axles. It sounded like hogwash to me, but after searching the web for a bit, we found two references to the problem, and it sounded like a bad design on Isuzu’s part.

Even up to a few years ago, this research wouldn’t have been remotely possible, and I’d be sitting here thinking the mechanic was pulling my leg and trying to overcharge us for unnecessary work.

My hope is that the unfettered exchange of information continues online, and that the web continues to become more useful as a research tool, despite the passing of the gold rush days.

Kazaa is the best

Kazaa is the best thing since sliced bread. It’s pretty much like napster, but instead of only audio, it includes the sharing and transfer of video, images, documents, and software as well.

The interface and toolset of the client aren’t as smooth as napster’s, but it’s an amazing piece of technology. The beauty of kazaa is that for the first time, bandwidth is now treated as a P2P commodity to share. Files that are available on more than one server are downloaded in parts, simultaneously, from multiple locations. This means the more popular a file, the more likely there is to be multiple locations, resulting in easier downloads. This also means very large popular files are downloaded faster than you could ever obtain them from a single server. Yesterday I downloaded a 110Mb file in about 15 minutes, thanks to the 8 people that all offered full bandwidth to obtain them.

It’s just incredible… at pirating music, movies, and software.

(when installing kazaa, be sure you deselect the option to include the HotText plugin, I’ve heard that apparently it’s the spawn of satan and impossible to remove from your computer once enabled)

I can’t get enough of

I can’t get enough of the new Ben Folds record. Ben Folds Five broke up a while ago, and it seems that Ben wrote a bunch of songs on his own, played all the instruments, and laid down the tracks. Although his previous solo work was a bit more experimental (but still enjoyable), this one sounds like a return to the melodies similar to his group’s first album.

What’s most surprising is that without the former band members’ contributions, the songs sound as good as anything the old band could have done. It never occurred to me that perhaps Ben Folds himself was holding that group up.

I finally landed a new

I finally landed a new job, it’s good to be working again.

Starting Monday the 16th, I’m the “design guy” (it’s a technical term) at It feels a lot like Pyra, as I’m the fifth person here now, and I’ll be working on redoing how the site looks and acts, and how users interact with the features. It’s kinda hard to explain what the company does, but basically it’s metadata for p2p networks. The latest NTK newsletter has a small blurb about Bitzi in it. Here’s a good article on why p2p metadata is important.

“We protest the use of

“We protest the use of public funds in order to finance religion-based social programs, or pay for the operation, maintenance or repair of churches and other houses of worship. No American, including those 27 million who profess no belief in deities or religious creeds, should be compelled through taxation to finance in any way, shape or form religious teaching, ceremony or program. We oppose the new federal faith-based initiative as a violation of the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution. This program levies a Religion Tax on the citizens of this country, and clearly violates the separation of church and state.”