Head to head

So who is tougher, Jango Fett or Alton Brown? To answer this question, I watched several episodes of Brown’s show, Good Eats, and I think I’m hooked on it. Me, addicted to a cooking show? It seems impossible, but Good Eats isn’t just about recipes; it’s also about science. For example, the latest episode (“The…

Survey

I’m taking an XML class at Wake Technical Community College. At the first meeting, one of the exercises involved answering a survey distributed by the instructor and then coding the result in XML. Some of the questions were amusing, so here is an excerpt (minus the boring what’s-your-name stuff at the beginning): Please specify your…

Bleats and Backfences

If you only read James Lileks’s daily online column, The Bleat, you’re missing out on the equally good Backfence column he writes for the Minneapolis – St. Paul Star-Tribune. The Backfence has been particularly interesting in recent days. In Tuesday’s column, Lileks explained what all that duct tape was really for. (It’s at the end…

Blocked

I reported here on January 31 that Blogger was no longer able to publish any of my blogs that were hosted on Road Runner. Now I know why. The following was posted to the Blogger status page on February 3: Unfortunately, it appears that RoadRunner is now blocking FTP from any non-RoadRunner IPs (including Blogger)…

Code Level Gray

Now that this week’s Terror Alert has turned out to be a false alarm, what are you supposed to do with all the duct tape that you rushed out and bought because the government told you to? Well, you could just add it to your stockpile of Y2K supplies (snort). Or you could use it…

Six degrees

It was only a matter of time: Sources inside the State Department have indicated that Colin Powell will reveal top secret evidence linking Saddam Hussein to Hollywood movie star Kevin Bacon. This evidence, in the form of satellite images and tapes of Iraq Cinemax, could be revealed as early as Wednesday. There’s more, including evidence…