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Fri, Dec. 1st, 2006, 10:16 am
A Little Disturbingly Accurate…

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Thu, Nov. 30th, 2006, 06:04 pm
Philly Redux

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Started the below post the week of Thanksgiving. As I know I’ll never get to actually finishing my record of the trip to Philly, I’m just posting what I have.

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Yo… I’m back. And thank-fucking-god, I’m not at work. I’m in the middle of 10 days off. Work is okay, generally speaking, I am just in serious need of a vacation. Julie and I flew to Philadelphia last Thursday night to visit my friend Brent and his fiancee, Abby. Our plane was delayed a grueling five hours and we didn’t get to Brent’s house until 2am. Thankfully, the rest of the long weekend (we flew back late last night) went smashingly. My favorite Philly site was the Industrial Pop show at the Lineage Gallery.   All the pictures were fun and ridiculous, not to mention very technically accomplished.  Everyone should definitely follow the link, as the gallery website has images of every work in the show, including each of the wonderful three-eyed bunnys depicted below.


Tue, Nov. 28th, 2006, 02:36 pm

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I sooo want to just go out and by a Wii (assuming I can find one)! Is it stupid for me to spend $250 on myself when I should be worrying about putting money in my savings account, not to mention the holiday money-sink? Ohhh… I should wait until after Christmas, maybe around my birthday. It has just been a very long time since I was excited about video games.

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Tue, Nov. 14th, 2006, 05:51 pm
Goya Stolen in Transit!

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It was revealed today to the press that a famous Goya painting, depicted below, was stolen from a professional art shipper in transit to the Guggenheim in NYC. The painting was owned by the Toledo Museum in Ohio and insured for $1 million. I’m pretty familiar with art shipping in the US and I find this quite bone chilling. There have been no details released about who the shipper was or exactly how the theft occurred, only that it happened near Scranton, PA.

I’m intensely curious to know exactly how this happened though. How did security break down? How did the thieves locate the truck in transit? Trucked art shipments always have two people, so that the truck is NEVER left alone. So, was that code broken or did the thieves actually steal the painting from the drivers under some threat of violence?? My imagination just wants to take the ball and run with it. Perhaps it happened just like the opening robbery in Heat: masked men, machine guns and a huge truck barreling into the art shippers truck at 60mph. Rationally, I’m sure it was just something sneaky. And either way, I truly hope its found.


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Mon, Nov. 13th, 2006, 03:36 pm
Favorite. Stupid. Meme. Picture. Ever.

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There is nothing to say.  It speaks for itself and it speaks fucking volumes.  The image was stolen from here. Follow the link to see the rest of the gallery. Some of the others are quite noteworthy as well, especially “the voices are telling me to kill you”. Found the images through this boingboing post.

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Sat, Nov. 11th, 2006, 02:08 pm
New TWT.net Theme!

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Well, finally got around to updating the theme of tanglewoodtree.net. I was dragging my feet because I thought I was going to have to actually write it (or rather, customize a theme at the php/html level), but I found this new fabulous theme, k2, that is soo easy to customize, especially with the Sidebar Modules plugin. All I had to do was write a stylesheet to override the styles I wanted changed and make the header image. Very smooth. I’m sure this isn’t new to a Wordpress diehard, but it sure was liberating to me. Anyway, if you are reading from LJ, please go over, have a look and feel free to comment.  Thanks!
Btw, the header image was taken last Easter by my father of a neighboring lawn.

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Wed, Nov. 8th, 2006, 03:16 pm
How I hate Thee, Verizon… or “Get It Never!”

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Sooo… recently, Google released a mobile Gmail app, made in java that runs on mobile phones. It looks seriously sweet. Much better than their WAP mail portal. BUT, because stupid Verizon Wireless totally locks down its phones, I can’t use it. They use a java platform called BREW that only allows your phone to run Verizon/Get It Now! software. Grrrr….

Basically, I think they hate consumers. Perhaps I’ll switch carriers when my contract runs out.

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Tue, Nov. 7th, 2006, 09:54 am
Web Design

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Been working on BrettTheJuggler.com in my spare time for my roommate. Its nearing v1.0 status. Just have to finish the media page, add some bells & whistles and fix a stupid IE bug on the contact page. I also recently put up a placeholder page for my cousin’s new site, renderinsensible.com, which I will be designing in the near future. He makes animated shorts that have been getting quite a lot of deserved attention lately. He was in the Manhattan Short Film Festival, the Northampton Independent Film Festival and is now in Slamdance. I’m slowing building a little network of hosted sites. I still need to finish Julie’s… hopefully I can get it up and running soon as well. Yesterday, I also did a little tweaking of tanglewoodtree.net, such as removing categories (I just technorati tags now) and adding links to sites I’m working on.

On a related note, macrabbit released CSSEdit 2.0 yesterday and it looks really sweet! I’m actually considering purchasing it. There are definitely somethings I feel guilty about.. well.. lets say, finding for free and independent Mac software is becoming one of them. And its only $30 and makes writing CSS sooo much easier. I understand CSS markup quite well. I just have trouble remembering syntax as I don’t write it everday and CSSEdit has everything right there for you.

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Thu, Nov. 2nd, 2006, 10:02 am
We are so fucked…

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I’ve been reading all the news reports of the past couple weeks about the upcoming elections and computer voting and the picture is not a pretty one. Its actually quite scary. I’m usually pretty skeptical about people crying wolf like this, but there are just too many reports from reputable sources (like Princeton) to ignore. I’m including a whole mess of links below. Feel free to add your own if you know of any interesting articles.
Ars Technica: How to steal an election by hacking the vote, Primary and early voting e-voting problems point to a gathering storm

Wired: Ohio Election Portends Trouble

Princeton Study: Security Analysis of the Diebold AccuVote-TS Voting Machine

Black Box Voting: Reports from the Front Line (or how to vote multiple times by pressing the yellow button)

Seattle Pi: Diebold demands HBO cancel documentary on voting machines

Update 1: Found another link from my cousin: Florida machines flipflopping votes to GOP already

Update 2: Boingboing link: FL e-voting machines select GOP ticket in error

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Fri, Oct. 27th, 2006, 07:17 pm
Concentration Issues

I think I've taken a little bit too much Aleve. My mind is feeling a little bit flighty. I've been having teeth issues the past couple weeks and I had a whopper of a headache at lunch. I'm really not a fan of the dentist. I realize my dislike for said office is wholly based upon some childhood guilt complex, but as much as I can rationally admit I have no reason to fear, its still no fucking walk in the park.

Must get back to work... hopefully by brain will cooperate.

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