October 29th, 2003

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Ended up helping Erich with an art project, and while there, discovering the compelling joy that is "1602"- Neil Gaiman writing a parallel Marvel universe, where the same cast lives in 1602. Interesting changes, Nick Fury is the head of Her Majesty's Secret Service, Stephen Strange is her court physician, Peter Parquah works for Fury and has a thing for spiders. Carlos Javier runs a "School for the Sons of Gentlefolk", which actually is a haven for "witchbreeds", people who have strange powers. And so on. Very worth reading.

Today I might do a double dose of "On Anarchy" today, since last night prevented me. Or I might not. On a side note, last night I made money by ordering a pizza. It was $13, and I handed the guy a $20. He meant to give me $7 in change, but he accidentially slipped the $20 I gave him in. So I paid -$7 for a pizza. By the time I realized it, I heard him driving off. Sucks for him, but I'm not really going to complain. Odds are, he'll never make that mistake again.

Oh, and here's a wierd twist on copyright law. I'm a digital solutions provider. Someone wants me to wire and network their office, installing new computers, the whole nine yards. They also want an application server. So, I go out and buy a lot of, let's just say, Dell computers. They don't quite meet the tech specs, there's security devices that need to be installed (fingerprint scanners and key loggers), so I add them, making a derivitave work of the Dells. Similarly, I build the custom application server.

But then, they want a customized version of the Windows operating system. If I do that, I'm breaking the law. This disparity between the meat and the digital perplexes me.
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Oh my god...

The company that made "Operation Flashpoint", a grittily realistic war game focused on a fictional conflict during the Cold War is making a new product...

American Idol... the video game.
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Random linkybits...

First off... a reminder: Diebold's electronic voting system doesn't work. The owner of the company stated that he was "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes for the president next year." Mmmm... joy.

Secondly, let's let the Simpsons die with dignity. And let's laugh as Fox News is so desperate for credibility that they'll try and sue Fox (ie. themselves) to keep the Simpsons from making a mockery of them, when they are so wonderfully mockable.

But wait, it's not all bad news and stupid. There's some good stuff. Like open and freely available scientific journals. I'm all about the boycott, not that I matter, not being a member of the scientific community. Still, they have my support.
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On Anarchy #9: Mission One - The Execution

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Phew. Do you know that when I was researching armored truck heists, I couldn't find a single one that didn't involve gunplay. I also couldn't find a single one that hit the truck while the driver and the two guards were in it. The assailants would always strike as they were on their way into or out of the building. Now, admittedly, the electromagnet thing sounds odd at first, but the more I thought about it, the more it made sense. Sure, the power would drain quick, but I think you could get one with a portable battery that could hold a door securely for a minute or two, and perhaps a little longer as the power drops off. I'm not 100% sure on the consumption of those magnets, but that aside, it's an artistic license I feel entitled to. Besides, it's a really cool idea. The C-1 shaped charge can be built at home; the only really tricky ingredients are the nitric and sulfiric acids, which aren't all that tricky. It's not like you need a license for them.

And don't worry, the holes that are here so far will be patched up tomorrow when I have Thom and Kristin meet.