Wanderings

Anything you dream is fiction,
and anything you accomplish is science,
the whole history of mankind is nothing but science fiction.
- Ray Bradbury
March 29th, 2006

SETI@home

I have not thought about seti@home since I was at IBM. I put the new engine up on my machine, but, unfortunately, the servers aren’t sending out work today.

If you have a decent machine, you can use it to search for extraterrestrial Intelligence in its spare time. It automatically stops while you are actually doing something, so it is not going to effect your computing life.
SETI@home:

What is SETI@home?
SETI@home is a scientific experiment that uses Internet-connected computers in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). You can participate by running a free program that downloads and analyzes radio telescope data.






March 27th, 2006

Variable Star: Robert A. Heinlein,Spider Robinson

Spider Robinson has delivered the book he wrote based on Heinlein’s notes from 1955. Spider writes very much like Heinlein so this should be an interesting read. I have pre-ordered it at Amazon. Variable Star: Robert A. Heinlein,Spider Robinson






March 27th, 2006

"The Telling" rejected again

It’s not all bad news. This is a difficult story based on Whittier’s Telling the Bees poem.

And the song she was singing ever since
In my ear sounds on:–
“Stay at home, pretty bees, fly not hence!
Mistress Mary is dead and gone!”

There was some good new, though. Joy Marchand, the editor of Shimmer Magazine, said:

…there is a lot in this story that thrills us… We loved the alien environment and thought the premise was wonderful…

but—

They would like revisions. Well, I guess it’s time to start chopping at the story. I sent them back a thank you, asking for what they had in mind.






March 27th, 2006

Happy Birthday Erica!

Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!






March 26th, 2006

Walking around Rockland Lake on Sunday

The first robin that I’ve seen even looks a little pregnant. My Mom’s been seeing robins for two weeks, but this is my first robin sighting of the year.

This picture of a ducks on sunny water. I will be using the full size version as my new computer wallpaper. (click on most of these pictures to see the big version.)

Here is experimented with light and water and the things floating in the water. This might make it to wallpaper status.

The mother swan is sitting on her nest again. I hope that she has better luck than last year.

There was a thing in the water. I looked like a small beaver, but it is probably a water rat.

A Turkey Buzzard flew right over me.

These Pussy Willows are looking good. I think that park goers will be cutting them soon, but right now they are beautiful.






March 25th, 2006

12 or 13?

Count the men – 12 before the move and 13 afterwards. Huh????

This image has been bothering me. I can usually find the secret in these tricks and optical illusions.

This one is not so easy. Where does the 13th man come from.
Here is a another image with color to show the parts .






March 25th, 2006

Britney Naked

A good chunk of my traffic comes from my spoof pages. I have 3 pages on every website that have links with the words Britney Nude Video or something like that. I scattered the links around my websites. Of course the links go to my harmonica sites or one of the others. (see menu on left).

I get about 2,000 hits a day from people looking for naked Britney videos.

I don’t know if I make any money doing this, but it sure is intersting.

Maybe I’ll pick up a science fiction writer or a harp player or a cat lover this way. It gives me more hits than Google AdWords by a factor of 1000, so if 3 or 4 stop to surf, I am ahead of the game.






March 24th, 2006

Cool Honda Commercial

Jim sent me this originally. The rehersal video is actually better than the film. Honda (UK) – Civic






March 23rd, 2006

Too Many Damn Cats

Too Many Damn Cats: “Justine doesn’t think that I post enough about my cats. I think that I have too many of them right now. I made a blog where I can post news about cats, either my own news or news from around the world.”






March 23rd, 2006

Messing with blog look and feel

I changed things again. The left and right side menus are smaller and should float. Let me know if you can’t see anything right.






March 21st, 2006

Blue Pics

Justine demanded pictoral proof that Blue is OK. He came out to scratch on the roap scratcher. He is all fluffy from when the vet wiped him down with some fur treatment. He is still very very wary of me and leaves the room if I stand up.
It’s hard to take a picture of him because his eyes catch the flash.






March 21st, 2006

Video on India and Outsourcing

If you have broadband, check out this abc news video about India and outsourcing. It is scary.






March 21st, 2006

Blue Update part deux

Blue came out for food and Erica petted him. He seemed glad to see her and trusts her a little again. He is licking his sore places, but is not in any distress.

Blue has never really warmed to me, and I don’t thing that aiding and abetting in the loss of his tomcat parts will help our relationship. He has to go back for a checkup in three weeks and I will try to be the bad guy in that brouhaha.

I think that a tall man may have abused him at one point. The neighbors throw things at cats that come into their yard. He may associate me and my big feet and loud voice with danger. I hope that soon he will associate me with kibble.






March 21st, 2006

Technical Stuff

I updated my technical blog with details on how to separate content from presentation using .htaccess and PHP. This is for very nerdy people only.