28November2003 - We're back. Spent most
of our vacation (4 days) at Two
Bunch Palms: a natural hot springs resort & spa, located in Desert Hot Springs. "An
oasis of tranquility in a world of stress." I took along my digital camera,
and planned to snap some photos for you to peruse, but never got around
to it. Soaking in hot springs all day turned me to mush.
22November2003 - We'll be heading out bright
& early tomorrow morning to spend some time in the desert
around Palm Springs,
resting & relaxing. Might do a little hiking in Joshua
Tree while we're there. If we don't make it back by Thanksgiving,
I want to wish you all a happy one. Eat until it hurts.
20November2003 - Longhorn is the code-name for Microsoft's next-generation Operating System: the successor to Windows XP (which was code-named Whistler). It is still a long ways off, a couple of years. But you will begin to see alpha and beta copies floating around the Net.
The best way to get a copy is to become
a beta tester [sign in using the guest account 'BetaReq' (case sensitive)],
or know someone who is. My previous contact is no longer in the program.
He used to give me his log-in and password, so I could download the
latest revisions directly from M$ (fast, secure download).
19November2003 - I caught a touch of the crud that's been going around. Been trying to get some rest, so I'll be better by Thanksgiving. TheraFlu is great stuff. Makes it easy to sleep.
In the meantime, I've been working on a new Radified guide: a Windows Installation guide. Little by little. Blowing my nose every few minutes. To do it right, I've been installing WinXP over and over, making notes as I go. Should be done soon. It gets dark so early these days.
13November2003 - After dinner last night,
while sitting around the fire with a group of learned friends who were
sipping cognac and discussing the meaning of life, St.
Anselm's Ontological Argument came up (for the existence
The remainder of today's drivel on this topic is posted here:> St. Anselm's Ontological Argument for the Existence of God.
11November2003 - Here in the US, it's Veterans
day. I am a veteran, thank-you very much. I served in the Navy,
aboard a submarine, a nuclear submarine: called an FBM
[Fleet Ballistic Missile
submarine] .. colloquially referred to as a "boomer"
.. home-ported out of Pearl
08November2003 - I have a friend who is a student at Saddleback college in Mission Viejo, California. He recently responded to a vague ad at the college for a job paying $16/hr, and discovered it involves selling Cutco knives for a company named Vector Marketing in a program titled Work for Students.
He has already attended several (unpaid) sales classes. Today he asked to borrow $145, and I thought it strange he had a job where he pays *them* money. So I did a little research and discovered literally *hundreds* of allegations of fraud and deceit, saying this is a major scam .. all over the country and in Canada. Perhaps you know a someone who might benefit from this information. Here is only a small fraction of what I found:
Unfortunately, I think he already left to go give them the money. The fixed link for today's post is here:> Vector Cutco 'Work for Students' Marketing Scam.
07November2003 - Updated the Black Beast. Faster processor, lower prices. More performance for less money: the story of technology. Added reader comments. The new Matrix Revolutions is out. Might have to go see that this weekend.
06November2003 - I've been watching the
Nova special on String
Theory titled: The
Elegant Universe. String theory is a new model of the universe
that attempts to resolve the differences between (unify) Quantum
Field Theory (based on Quantum
Mechanics) and Einstein's General
Relativity. The best explanation of String Theory (called
by some) is found here: A
Theory of Everything.
05November2003 - Here's a nifty program
you might enjoy: GuruNet. It's
based on the old Atomica, which you might be familiar
with. I've had GuruNet installed for a few weeks now and decided to
04November2003 - 60
minutes, the popular, prime-time weekly television program produced
News, featured a segment titled Pirates
of the Internet. In it Lesley
Stahl delved into the (under)world of downloaded
movies. They quickly discovered that you can download pretty much any
movie you want, often before the official release date.
03November2003 - Been having trouble with
spammers depositing their offensive crap in the comments
sections of my blogging
software. And it's not just me. Many people with Movable
Type are having this problem. If you read their 10.15.2003
entry on the MT homepage, you'll see where the authors of this award-winning
software (listed under Best Practices) address this issue.
02November2003 - Today (and yesterday,
November 1st & 2nd) are the Dias
de los Meurtos. The English translation: Day
of the Dead. This is when Mexicans remember their ancestors. Note
that it comes right after Halloween, when the nights are longer than
days, and continue to grow even longer for a few more months (until
the winter solstice on December 21st).
01November2003 - In returning from a week
of self-imposed blogging
exile, I must say: it was harder than I thought it would be. These daily
entries have become a habit, and you know how difficult it can be to
break deeply ingrained habits.