31.may.2005 - Updated the Black Beast. A bad case of link-rot had set in there.
I have much to say about the subject of link-rot: the bane of web masters everywhere. There's one source I know of whose links never rot: The Inquirer. Any link to an Inquirer article will always remain valid .. just like a Radified link.
My own little 6-year stint in the military taught me this: nothing else comes close to the challenge I faced daily while enlisted. Even my worst days now are better than my best days then. No matter how challenging life becomes, it's always a breeze compared to those 2192 days.
I thought, "damn right." The military, if nothing else, changes your perspective on life. My Navy buddy, the Dog, said it this way, "For years after you get out, you feel like life is too good to be true. There's a looming sense that it's all going to come crashing down on your head at any moment. But it never does."
Online registration is open until noon on the 30th, for $25. After that it's $30 at selected locations. Gorgeous course. 5K meters = 3.1 miles. It's sure to be a fun time for everyone. So dust off those running shoes all you techies.
.. and some bug fixes. Requires users to re-login afterwards. I almost forgot my dang password and couldn't log into my own forum. How embarrassing. Lemme know if you have trouble with your password. I can send you a new one.
Rumor has it AOL users may have problems staying logged in with v1.4 cuz of their dynamic IP. I always sweat bullets whenever I upgrade the forum software. Also added the option (a mod) to create Polls.
YaBB is getting ready to release v2.0 soon, which adds a long list of new features. Version 2.0 is currently at Release Candidate 2 (released 27.april). Folks who want to install a forum on their site might also consider Simple Machines. All freeware.
24.may.2005 - Today I pulled a letter from the Rad mailbox to share with you. One of the best things about running a site like this is all the people I hear from, who live all over the world. The subject of the message is titled: Most Useful Site since TOM's:
23.may.2005 - Been receiving mail from readers noting how summer is almost here, and that they're itching to build a new system (computer) this summer. So I dusted off the old template I used when designing the Black Beast.
The new "2005" system will be based on the Intel 955X chipset, which adds future-proofing with its support for 1066-MHz FSB. That's the only decision I've made so far.
21.may.2005 - In a galaxy far, far away ... I saw the new Star Wars yesterday. Had to catch the matinee, cuz the later shows were all sold out.
What a spectacular event. Lucas was criticize last time (Episode II - Attack of the Clones) for abandoning the element of "story" and relying too heavily on wiz-bang special effects. Episode III (Revenge of the Sith) presents a richly-layered, tightly-woven story.
20.may.2005 - Thought I would beat the crowds and see the new Star Wars flic last night (Episode III - Revenge of the Sith). But it was sold out. Surprising for a Thursday night, especially cuz the Big Newport seats over a thousand people. The camping area on the lawn of the Big Newport had been full for days.
George Lucas, the director, graduated from USC Film School, the oldest & best Film school on the planet. He's a big techie himself. Supposedly, he got the idea for Star Wars while talking to Joseph Campbell about the Power of Myth.
19.may.2005 - The phone rang last night. Friends called to say, "Dude, turn on 60 Minutes." CBS was broadcasting an interview with the Commanding Officer of that nuclear sub (USS San Francisco) that ran into an underwater mountain back in January.
What struck me most about the interview was how the Captain accepted complete responsibility for the accident, even tho the Navy had provided him with inaccurate underwater maps, which did not show the mountain, and had plotted his course for him.
18.may.2005 - Jumped in the ocean today, down at Crescent Bay. Caught a few of the big waves that rolled in. I can body-surf okay, especially when I have my Churchills. Got knocked around pretty good. One wave put me thru "the washing machine". Ka-runch.
Today is the first day I got in the water this year *without* my wet-suit. That always marks the beginning of summer for me.
Crash is about "the complexities of racial conflict in America." A rather ambitious undertaking. And it does a superb job at addressing this aspect. Many familiar actors & actresses lend their talents. Can't remember the last time I recognized so many faces in one film.
16.may.2005 - Was surfing the web last week, when I came across double-green-underlined words (forget which site). So I clicked the "what's this" link, which led to this page.
Turns out it was an advertising program. Since the Google thing went so well, I decided to apply for this other .. to see what gives. Today I got the following letter:
15.may.2005 - Winky won! Descriptions of the fight can be found at Sports Illustrated, and MSNBC, and New York Times .. San Francisco Chronicle. I thought it would be closer. The bout should air next Saturday on regular HBO (not Pay Per View).
This sets up a championship bout between Winky and the decade-long middleweight champ: Bernard Hopkins. What a good fight *that* would be. None is cagier than Hopkins, who owns more belts than he can carry. But, at 40 years of age, father-time is fast on his heels. Few boxers have more title defenses.
14.may.2005 - I called all the local sports bars to see if anyone was hosting tonight's fight (refer to yesterday's entry). Only National Sports Grill was game, but only at their Buena Park & Torrance locations ($20 per-person cover).
I talked to the owner of one local place, here in Orange county. He said it's just too expensive. I don't feel like driving up to Los Angeles to see the fight, so I'm out of luck. I even searched the web to see if I could find a webcast. Looks like the odds are 3-2 in favor of Tito. That sounds about right.
13.may.2005 - Today is Friday the 13th. Beware of black cats & other such unlucky things.
Major boxing match tomorrow night: Winky Wright (48-3) vs Felix "Tito" Trinidad (42-1, Puerto Rico). This will be a serious fight. Too many fights, it seems, are arranged to produce a desired result. But this one has all the makings of a real contest.
12.may.2005 - While rooting around in the forum's administrative functions, I came across a feature to select Moderators.
Like any good geek, I love to tinker, and see what happens. So I selected one of the forum's more helpful members: Mr. NightOwl (who hails from Washington state .. aka God's country .. I used to live there myself .. for two glorious years) and assigned him Moderator status .. without asking, and without really knowing what that entailed.
11.may.2005 - Made my first-ever trip to Wal*Mart yesterday. Friends can't believe I've never been before. Cuz many of them *live* there. I've been trying to avoid the store, especially after watching the scathing Frontline special: Is Wal-Mart Good for America?
But I'm a capitalist at heart, and have been curious to see what all the hype is about. So yesterday, I left the comfort of Laguna and made my way to the store that is world's largest company.
10.may.2005 - Posted a new guide today. Hot off the press. This one deals with the exciting, new peer-to-peer file-sharing programs: BitTorrent & BitTornado, which are based on a new technology that represents the future of file-sharing. It's becoming all the rage.
I'd like to say I wrote it myself, but it actually comes compliments of a reader: Magoo. A quote from the guide:
The dictionary defines the word torrent as: a fast and powerful rush of liquid. So you get the idea: FAST transfer rates. You'll find the 4-page guide, which includes screenshots of BitTorrent in action, posted here: Magoo's Guide to BitTorrent & BitTornado.
08.may.2005 - Congrats to Mikaela, who had her confirmation yesterday. The *bishop* was there (the guy with the cool hat) to preside over the ceremony. Celebration afterwards. (Best pot roast I ever ate.) Mikaela looked beautiful, downright angelic.
Yesterday was also my favorite party of the year. On the Saturday following Cinco de Mayo (a reason to celebrate here in SoCal), Teri & Alan host their annual fiesta. This year, it happened to fall on Siete de Mayo (7th of May).
Back in the 60's, Goa became famous as a haven for hippies. Its Garden-of-Eden-like climate drew hippies from all over the world. There, they would consume psychedelic drugs (LSD, etc.) and play a special type of music (now called Goa Trance), which was designed to stimulate their brains in a way that induced a trance-like state.
06.may.2005 - Been fielding questions about computer maintenance. So I compiled a list of items to give you an idea of what I do to keep my rig running tip-top. See here:> Computer Maintenance
Reminder for those of you who live locally here in Laguna Beach (La Beana Gooch), that today is the First Thursday Art Walk. Things get hoppin' ~6PM, & wind up around 9 or 10.
04.may.2005 - How do you decide which computer hardware & software purchases to make? Especially when there are so many choices? And everyone seems to have a different opinion?
03.may.2005 - Received my first check from Google yesterday. Wasn't very much, cuz it only included the period ending March 31st. And I only began running their ads midway thru that month. And it took some time to code their ads into my pages.
02.may.2005 - Saw ENRON: Smartest Guys in the Room at the movies last night. Was hesitant to go, cuz I know the ENRON story: how the nation's once-7th largest company, seemingly overnight, turned into the biggest corporate failure in history .. how top executives made off with million$, while rank-in-file workers lo$t everything, including their pensions ..