PC virus celebrates 20th birthday

Today is the 20th anniversary of the appearance of the first PC virus. Brain, a boot sector virus, was let loose in January 1986. Brain spread via infected floppy disks and was a relatively innocuous nuisance in contrast with modern Trojan, rootkits and other malware. The appearance of the first Windows malware nonetheless set in…

Ordained? Me?

that’s right, folks! silly me is ordained enough to marry some of our dear pals in Seattle this summer! what the gods must think… check it out here — you heathens, too, can reach a higher religious order in just 5 minutes flat! – c

Do you stumble?

The other day my friend, David, asked me this. I went on and on about how i did and what i liked to use to do it, and oh how i used to spend more time doing it but…on and on. what would you think it means, i ask you? Turns out, what David meant…

Happy 100th Birthday, Albert!!!

Today in the NYT is a fascinating interview with the father of LSD: Albert Hoffman, who turned 100 this week. Albert’s work on ergot produced several important drugs, including a compound still in use to prevent hemorrhaging after childbirth. However, it was the 25th compound that he synthesized, lysergic acid diethylamide, that was to have…

Google Video

What’s great about it? BANDWIDTH, baby, lots of it. What sucks? All the vids are encoded using Google’s own .gvp codec, which requires users to download and install the “Google Video Player.” What happened to standards-based computing? Must’ve been buried under a Detroit expressway next to Jimmy Hoffa? Still, video is coming! Exciting! Hurry I2!!!…

Greatest Band in the WORLD

from the City Pages: “it sucks to be you if you’re in a band and that band is not called the White Stripes.” he may want to call himself by new names and write jingles for Coca-Cola but the White Stripes still kick fucking ass. want proof? watch this. (be patient, tho, it’s a rather…

the BEST media player

VLC is just thee best damn media player on the planet. it’ll play most anything you point it at, on ANY platform and without having to install any codecs or futzing around with it. It also has a solid server built right into it, so it’s great for neophytes and geeks alike! Try it! –…

Moving

that’s right, gang, A and i are moving on Friday, which means this server (i.e. this website) will be moving with us. so, it’ll be down for a couple of days at most. don’t fret, though: when it’s back up i’ll continue posting the latest, greatest, most exciting things on the planet that keep you…

Wikipedia survives research test

The free online resource Wikipedia is about as accurate on science as the Encyclopedia Britannica, a study shows. The British journal Nature examined a range of scientific entries on both works of reference and found few differences in accuracy. Wikipedia is produced by volunteers, who add entries and edit any page. But it has been…

Paramount buys rival Dreamworks

Hollywood giant Paramount Pictures has bought one of its best-known rival studios, Dreamworks SKG. Viacom, which owns Paramount, has agreed to pay $1.6bn (£914m; 1.36bn euros) – more than $1bn in cash, plus taking over Dreamworks’ debts. It gives the company the talents of one of the most famous filmmakers in the world, ET director…

Pat Malecha : studmuffin

This is our pal, Pat. Isn’t he hot? Not only that, he’s smart as a whip on a horse’s back. He and Jen have been living in Little Port Walter (known by those in the know as Club Fed) for nearly two years now and we don’t get to see them as often as we’d…

Trampled by Turtles!

Trampled by Turtles is an original, non-traditional bluegrass band from Duluth, Minnesota. Their energetic live performances and two well-received albums (Songs From a Ghost Town, 2004 and Blue Sky and the Devil, 2005) have gained them a large and loyal fan base throughout the Midwest and beyond. “Duluth’s finest Jameson swigging lads, Trampled by Turtles,…

Linux for the rest of us

For those of us who are born geeks, Linux is a blessing. For others, a curse given the lackluster GUIs which require users to delve deep within its various levels of complexity via the command line. Surely, some like to know how the car works, others just like to ride. Not only that, but some…

Salinger, Lennon, Browning

by Steve King On this day in 1980 Mark David Chapman murdered John Lennon outside his New York City apartment building. There are two books by him (In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works), and many about him, but the book which will forever be associated with Lennon is The Catcher in…

APE WITH A HEART MAKES GROWN MEN CRY

$1,845,034,000 worldwide and $600,788,188 are the all-time boxoffice records for a single movie, TITANIC, first released on December 19, 1997. Now roars along another December blockbuster, KING KONG, a film many top Hollywood executives predict will break the record! The movie opens wide as Victoria Lake next Wednesday, but recent screenings by UNIVERSAL have left…