January 11th, 2006

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Ahhh... The scent of middle America...

"Who in their right mind looks at Hummer cologne and says whoa, dude, a scent based on a hulking low-grade environmentally devastating gas-sucking oil-belching horribly designed vehicle that just screams, "I don't give a damn about anything or anyone and by the way screw the baby seals too." That is exactly how I want to smell."
-Mark Morford
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This is a new book that has been released in Europe and is being released in the US in February 2006. It was compiled by UK and US critics and spans from 1950s - early 2005.

http://www.rocklistmusic.co.uk/steveparker/1001albums.htm

In light of this, name 21 albums you think everyone must listen to before they die.

Here is my list, off the top of my head:

  1. The White album by The Beatles
  2. Fruit Tree: The complete Works by Nick Drake
  3. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
  4. 2112 by Rush
  5. Power by Ice-T
  6. 3 Feet High and Rising by De La Soul
  7. Straight Outta Compton by NWA
  8. Disintigration by The Cure
  9. Tinderbox by Siouxsie and the Banshees
  10. Serpentine Gallery by Switchblade Symphony
  11. Beelzebubba by The Dead Milkmen
  12. King of America by Elvis Costello
  13. Bona Drag by Morrissey
  14. Into the Labyrinth by Dead Can Dance
  15. Charmed Life by Billy Idol
  16. Lizard by King Crimson
  17. Power Slave by Iron Maiden
  18. ...And Justice For All by Metallica
  19. The Freewheelin' by Bob Dylan
  20. Natty Dread by Bob Marley
  21. Live From New York City, 1967 by Simon and Grafunkel


Okay, what are your picks?
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After spending several days working on my Dad's computer, removing the Malware, I'm left with one question. Why are legislators only trying to go after the malware writers and distributers? Why not go after the companies that get their advertisements sent out via malware? They are an easier target and if companies are afraid of letting agencies advertise for them in this way, they will not hire those agencies.
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This is me counting my chickens before they've hatched.

I'm still hoping to get hired in Febuary, when my contract runs up. The good news is 4 reqs are open instead of just three.

How will I treat myself when I get hired?

Buy using my Intel employee discount to buy/build a new system. Now do I want to build a kick ass linux system or buy a Mac? I love MacOS, it's running unix, and everything I want will run under it, and it will be warrantied, and I can run more commercal software. But the discount will be minimal on a Mac (if they offer one) and I could likely build a sceaming linux system for the same price.

Decisions, decisions...

Goals:
dual or quad proc system
4Gb memory
An appropriate graphics card or two*
RAID (either scsi (hardier) or sata (faster))
And 0.5Tb total disk space.

*I would like to be able to support two monitors. Plus, there are some new efforts to let people use a GPU for processing data, like image/video processing or raytracing.

I don't care about a nifty windowed modded case. (why would I want to show off the dust bunnies in my computer?)

Anyway, fast Mac or super fast linux system? I don't know.
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Wow! One big fucking hole in the ground.

http://bldgblog.blogspot.com/2005/08/worlds-largest-diamond-mine.html

That reminds me, there is a housing complex going in near where I live. It used to be a rock quary. They turnned the pit in to a lake and flattened the rest out and put up houses. But right about completion time a new article came out about another complex build on a quary and unsafe levels of mecury and other gases coming up through the ground. All the for-sale signs are down, they've fenced off the lake and no one has moved into the complex near me. That's gotta suck, to have invest that much and have something like that discovered. But on the other hand, I think the area is already over developed and I have a general dislike of some of the tactics they pull to get the land they want, so I'll chalk it up to the universe exacting some sort of justice.