September 2003 Archives

Moving Time

The ufies box is moving to a new co-location around 5pm EST today. Since is on the ufies box all will be down as the box moves and IP changes percolate through DNS servers.

Canada Eh

[via the Canadian at work]

mithrandir's bday

Happy Birthday mithrandir.

Toshiba - Magnia SG20

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Found the Toshiba - Magnia SG20 for $239.97 over at TigerDirect. There is some info over on It ships with a custom RedHat 7.x but folks have blown that away if needed. I'm very tempted to pick one of these up as a play toy. So any thing I'm mising? Anything compariable out there that might make a better purchase?

Favorite 100+ Movies

In response to a request from iambe taken up by mithrandir and tig here is my list. Yes I noticed that there are more than 100, consiter the extras as honorable mentions.
  1. Born on the 4th of July
  2. Foxfire
  3. Jagged Edge
  4. Tron
  5. Starship Troopers
  6. Desperado
  7. Seven Samari
  8. Cane Mutanie
  9. Lifeboat
  10. Outland
  11. Princess Bride
  12. Heat
  13. Godfather
  14. Godfather PartII
  15. Star Wars
  16. Empire Strikes Back
  17. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  18. The Big Hit
  19. Chasing my
  20. Bridge on the River Kwai
  21. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  22. Unbreakable
  23. Willow
  24. Lawerance of Arabia
  25. Red Dawn
  26. Fight Club
  27. Clerks
  28. 12 Monkeys
  29. The Matrix
  30. Fifth Element
  31. Bull Durhan
  32. Resevior Dogs
  33. Pulp Fiction
  34. Toy Story
  35. Highlander
  36. Wild Things
  37. The Lord of the Rings
  38. The Two Towers
  39. Alien
  40. Aliens
  41. Terminator
  42. Office Space
  43. Spiderman
  44. E.T. the Extra-Terrestial
  45. Sixth Sense, The
  46. Back to the Future
  47. The Mummy
  48. Dances with Wolves
  49. Top Gun
  50. Butch Casedy and the Sundance Kid
  51. Lethal Weapon
  52. X-Men
  53. First Blood
  54. Officer and a Gentaeman, An
  55. Total Recall
  56. On Golden Pond
  57. Basic Instinct
  58. Die Hard
  59. Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
  60. Se7en
  61. Roxane
  62. Braveheart
  63. Never Say Never Again
  64. Sleepers
  65. Untouchables, The
  66. Memento
  67. Usual Suspects, The
  68. North by Northwest
  69. Goodfellas
  70. 12 Angry Men
  71. It's a Wonderful Life
  72. Vertigo
  73. L.A. Confidential
  74. To Kill a Mockingbird
  75. Great Escape, The
  76. Clockwork Orange, A
  77. High Plaines Drifter
  78. Blade Runnier
  79. Donnie Brako
  80. Serpico
  81. Full Metal Jacket
  82. Ben-Hur
  83. Dog Day Afternoon
  84. Trainspotting
  85. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
  86. Snatch
  87. Good Will Hunting
  88. O Borther, Where Art Thou?
  89. Big Lebowski, The
  90. Deliverance
  91. Iron Giant, The
  92. Man Who Would be King, The
  93. When Harry Meet Sally
  94. Blade
  95. Grosse Pointe Blank
  96. Sure Thing, The
  97. Sex, Lies, and Videotape
  98. Less Than Zero
  99. Breakfast Club
  100. The Mosquito Coast
  101. The Shawshank Redemption
  102. The Last Unicorn
  103. Army of Darkness
  104. Shrek
  105. American History X
  106. Dog Day Afternoon
  107. The Truman Show
  108. Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan
  109. The Outsiders
  110. Galaxy Quest
  111. The Dark Crystal
  112. Grease
  113. Sneakers
  114. The poseidon Adventure
  115. The Secret of NIMH
  116. Mr. SmithGoes to Washington
  117. Terminator 2: Judgement Day
  118. Hudson Hawk
  119. Time Bandits
  120. Dune
  121. A River Runs Through It

Phil on the Middle East

Phil coveres his take on the Isreal/Middle East situation.

Insiders Release Movies

77% of these samples appear to have been leaked by industry insiders.
Found in Analysis of Security Vulnerabilities in the Movie Production and Distribution Process

Insider's View on Software Patents

Tim Bray's ongoing · Software Patents from the Inside gives a pretty good view, but the conclusion is the best part.
A cynic would say it’s a self-perpetuating system whose costs greatly outweigh its benefits, and that we’re hopelessly stuck in it. But then, I’m a cynic.

Who is in charge?

Passed along at work and I could not resist.


All the organs of the body were having a meeting, trying to decide who was
the one in charge.

"I should be in charge," said the brain, "because I run all the body's systems, so without me nothing would happen."

"I should be in charge," said the blood, "because I circulate oxygen all over so without me you'd all waste away."

"I should be in charge," said the stomach," because I process food and give all of you energy."

"I should be in charge," said the legs, "because I carry the body wherever it needs to go."

"I should be in charge," said the eyes, "because I allow the body to see where it goes."

"I should be in charge," said the rectum, "because I'm responsible for waste removal."

All the other body parts laughed at the rectum and insulted him, so in a huff, he shut down tight.

Within a few days, the brain had a terrible headache, the stomach was bloated, the legs got wobbly, the eyes got watery, and the blood was toxic.

They all decided that the rectum should be the boss.

The Moral of the story?

The asshole is usually in charge. Reloaded

In the spirate of muckhead's recent site change I decided to take the plunge. I have been sitting on the basic design, heavly influenced by for sever al weeks. Figured it was time to go with it and fix any problems live. Sound off on any glitches, requestes, bitches and such.

SimCity 4

I have been a SimCity fan since the playing the first verison on a 286. Absolutely loved the game. Even went so far as to play hookie from life for week playing SimCity2k. Ever since the release of SimCity4 I have been waiting. Waiting for a demo just in case but finally I broke down and made the purchase. I have to give Maxix/EA a thumbs up on the out of the box. The tutorial was great, quick to the point and picked with a real game play at the end. The visuals were stunning. All in all it should have made for a great game. See the should? For some reason it was just absolutely no fun to play. Maybe the series has been played to death. Maybe they just didn't really add anything imediately new and captivating. Regardless 0 fun factor.

So while on almost every level I would give it a thumbs up it gets a "sucked" and deleted from the harddrive.

Censored News

I don't know if they really qualify as censored but definately under reported, The Top 25 Censored Media Stories of 2002-2003.

Johnny Cash dead at 71

Johnny Cash.jpg

Country legend Cash dies
Cash died in hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, after complications from diabetes, which resulted in respiratory failure, his manager Lou Robin said.


He become as famous for his image as an outlaw figure, for playing in prisons and creating the myth of the Man in Black, his semi-official nickname.
The man will be misses but the music keep us moving on.

BBC Creative Archive

One more reason to like the Brithsh.
As every serious economist since Adam Smith has taught, good intellectual property policy is not the same as maximal intellectual property rights. And as every serious policymaker should therefore understand, Wipo's objective should be good policy, not maximal rights.

Engel's Bday

Happy Birthday engel.

Bush's Miscalculations

I'm just pulling the same quote, | Lest we forget, pulled from Slate's Bush's Many Miscalculations.

Painful as it is to recall those planes smashing into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon two years ago this week, it's nearly as heartbreaking to think back on the moment of nascent harmony that ticked in the wake of the attac--until President Bush decided to reject the opportunity that History thrust before him.

Remember? The French newspaper Le Monde, never one for trans-Atlantic sentimentalism, proclaimed, "We are all Americans." The band outside Buckingham Palace played "The Star-Spangled Banner" during a changing of the guard, as thousands of Londoners tearfully waved American flags. Most significant, the European leaders of NATO, for the first time in the organization's history, invoked Article 5 of its charter, calling on its 19 member-nations to treat the attack on America as an attack on them all--a particularly moving gesture, as Article 5 had been intended to guarantee American retaliation against an attack on Europe.

But the Bush administration brushed aside these supportive gestures--and that may loom as the greatest tragedy of Sept. 11, apart from the tolls taken by the attack itself.

We in the US really need to remember the outpouring of sympathy and support form the rest of the world after 9/11. Now contrast it with the outpouring of mistrust and hatred directed at the US today.

Knoppix Meet MAME

Given mithrandir's Nickel Arkade the CD bootable Knoppix MAME is a pretty cool find. Through the game launcher isn't as cool as the Nickel Arkade one.

Religon and Fiction

Found a couple of good ones on k5, A Quick Overview of Buddhism and Introduction to the Cthulhu Mythos. Yea it is a strange combo.

Linux on Linksys

Thief 3 Trailer

Apparently there is a trailer for Thief 3.

Creation to litigation

Cringely rants on state of tech companies and real ethics in the buisness world. He closes with a sad comment,
My readers, who are the best and the brightest, are many of them still debating in their minds whether software can even be patented. Whether it can be patented or not, in the U.S., it IS patented, and expecting that some contrary decision will be shortly made and the planets rearranged in space is just folly. This is the difference between cynicism and realism.
Too true, it is the reality that we have to deal with.

Handheld Webserver

From the depatment of "wooo", handheld webserver pluse lots of other cool tech bits.

Pencil & Paper Gaming History

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Nickel Arkade

The trip to Nashville had one major goal. Mithrandir wanted to make the case for Nickel Arkade and well it is done. I have a few pics of the build.

Nickel Arkarde

Nickel Arkarde and fozbaca

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