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August 20, 2002

Comments Are Now Running

If you choose to, you tell me how much I suck via the comments tool. Spent an hour trying to figure out how to hack the code before I realized all I needed was the connection string. I are a smrt programmer which is why I use ASP.

Posted by dylan at 09:22 PM

August 17, 2002

13 Days Til The Extinction of Baseball

I do not understand why people are so optimistic about a resolution. Thirty ownership groups who pay 750 players an average of $2.3 million per year to throw, hit, and catch a ball -- then charge fans $20 to park, $20 to get in the gate, and $5 for a hot dog. Truth is, these fools are so disconnected from financial reality that they are blind to shrinking attendance, falling TV ratings, increased economic substitution, and a future resembling the Professional Bowlers Association, which was saved from extinction only by a group of tech millionaires.

Here's some selected bits from this AP news item:

"I think a majority of owners, including me, would probably like to have even stronger cost-containment than we're talking about right now,'' (Rangers owner) Tom Hicks was quoted as saying in Saturday's editions of The Dallas Morning News....

Hicks, speaking from his yacht off San Diego, called the setting of the Aug. 30 strike date Friday "a maneuver for the benefit of public relations and not substance.''

Giggle. A baseball owner on "his yacht" speaking about public relations. Also:
"For the good of baseball, we need to have cost-containment....'' he was quoted as saying....

Hicks, who gave Alex Rodriguez a record $252 million, 10-year contract, said that if baseball winds up with a luxury tax, the Rangers would never exceed the threshold.

"Every team in baseball that has any kind of business sense would try to manage its payroll to stay under that tax threshold,'' Hicks said. "There might be one or two that wouldn't, but that's a decision those teams have to make. Certainly, I can assure you, the Texas Rangers wouldn't be among them. If this system is implemented, the Texas Rangers will be under the threshold.''

Um, Mr. Hicks, you DIDN'T have to sign ARod for $252M. You could have signed him for less money. You knew at the time the biggest offer on the table for him was $18M/year. You could have had him for $20M/year -- then plowed that other $5M into improving your minor league coaching or signing a decent pitcher. Heck, you could have not paid $18M and used that to sign two good pitchers, improve your scouting, and hiring the best instruction for your farm clubs -- and still had a few million left over. But you paid your money and made your choice. Luxury tax or not, you made the bed you lie in when you agreed to Scott Boras' outrageous demands.

I should note that Blogger Pro's grammar checker went nuts examining Hicks' quotes. Guess he pays someone else to use proper grammar.

Posted by dylan at 06:06 PM

August 14, 2002

Crypto and the Problems With A More Secure America

A must-read article from next month's Atlantic on understanding the principles of cryptography in light of the government's vain attempts to create a "secure America." The idea of Larry Ellison building a giant, insecure database to store all our identities makes me want to hurl.

Posted by dylan at 05:01 PM

August 12, 2002

Flaming Lips and stranger things

I wrote an Amazon review for Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots, and after further review, it sounds a lot like a piece of teen fanzine drivel, too clever for my own good. Yet, "4 of 5 people found the review helpful," the Amazombie database tells me. Joy. (Have fun trying to find it among the 47 they have up now.....

Site redesign is moving forward slowly. I'd really like something up before I turn 30 next month.

Posted by dylan at 01:02 AM

August 10, 2002

you have an ominosity

you have an ominosity quotient of
seven.

you are as ominous as the creators of this quiz. which terrifies us.

find out your ominosity quotient.

Posted by dylan at 11:38 PM

August 09, 2002

Fun with genetics

the5k.org : entries : b k - mono: This is a cool web toy.

Posted by dylan at 04:17 PM

You are 60% geekYou are

You are 60% geek
You are a geek. Good for you! Considering the endless complexity of the universe, as well as whatever discipline you happen to be most interested in, you'll never be bored as long as you have a good book store, a net connection, and thousands of dollars worth of expensive equipment. Assuming you're a technical geek, you'll be able to afford it, too. If you're not a technical geek, you're geek enough to mate with a technical geek and thereby get the needed dough. Dating tip: Don't date a geek of the same persuasion as you. You'll constantly try to out-geek the other.

Take the Polygeek Quiz at Thudfactor.com

Posted by dylan at 11:22 AM

August 08, 2002

Chicken Little or Boy Who Cried Wolf?

Hear about that "major cyberattack" on Tuesday? Turns out it wasn't more than a blip on the bandwidth radar screen. Problem is, these two organization have been screaming about cyberattacks that never panned out for quite a while now, in the process sounding more like something off snopes.com than an actual, government issued netops warning. I'm afraid it's lulling folks to sleep, and eventually a few hackers with a major vendetta will hit the network hard enough to knock it over and put the Internet up the creek. Vigilance should be maintained, but it should be focused and sane vigilance, not unfocused and insane a la the Transportation Security Administration.

Posted by dylan at 02:29 PM

August 06, 2002

End illiteracy -- send your world atlases to the UK

It's obvious someone didn't check theirs.

Posted by dylan at 09:55 PM

Black Backgrounds on Web Pages

I've noticed lately that I'm having a hard time reading white type on black background Web pages, and it's starting to bother me. White sans serif fonts muddy when they're on very dark backgrounds unless the type is all bold. A quick Google pulled up one site that agrees with me:

Keep the contrast low. We've seen lots of web pages that use white type on a black background. It looks cool at first, but it becomes difficult to read in long articles.
Why am I saying this? I can't read Blogdex without turning the brightness and contrast on this monitor way up.

Posted by dylan at 04:11 PM

August 03, 2002

It's August...

...it's the silly season. Witness the following headlines from CNN over the last few days:

[Camden, New] Jersey mystery blobs partially explained
Former President Bush recovers from skin damage (excerpt: "Bush applied 5-Fluorouracil salve for two weeks, until July 28. As a normal part of treatment, the keratoses became inflamed and were destroyed, the clinic said." Sounds like a testimonial from a drug commercial.)
Blair protestor is rock star's son
Gunmen attack jail with tractor, free 159 prisoners

Posted by dylan at 01:18 PM