This thing is a pen-based tablet that doubles as a monitor. In other words you draw directly on the tablet, just like a paper-based drawing, but digitally. In fact the surface of the Cintq monitor/tablet feels like paper under a pen. Synchrony of image with your movements is almost exact, and the micro difference doesn’t seem to matter. The result is weirdly like ink, or paint, but with all the control and magic of Photoshop.


Now, all I need to do is learn how to draw. Shouldn’t be too hard, I imagine.

Debra A. Reed voted with her boss on Wednesday at African-American Research Library and Cultural Center near Fort Lauderdale. Her vote went smoothly, but boss Gary Rudolf called her over to look at what was happening on his machine. He touched the screen for gubernatorial candidate Jim Davis, a Democrat, but the review screen repeatedly registered the Republican, Charlie Crist.

I’m feeling pretty powerless right now. Here’s the news article: | 10/28/2006 | Glitches cited in early voting

There’s discussion on Daily Kos about this. And this, on how to report problems you see.

I am constantly running out of space on my hard drives. And, every time I do, windows starts complaining about the amount of space available. It will then offer to scan the drives for ‘recoverable’ space – calculate how much crap is in your recycle bin, how many temporary files you have lying around wasting space, and also offer to ‘compress old files’.

Don’t do that last one. It’s a piece of crap. You’ll save maybe 5% or so. It will take a few hours. All good and well, but any modification to the disk’s environment – such as moving it from one computer to another, reinstalling the OS, or goodness knows what other little things may cause distress to the finicky, tempermental, but thoroughly-critical-to-your-day-to-day-life orrnithopter that is the Windows OS and the disk will be come unmountable, and you’ll be shelling out for data recovery software, and tearing your hair out, swearing you’ll never let another day go by without a decent back up.

At least, that has been my experience.

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Excuse me for this quick second, but I have a post here that isn’t intended for humans. It’s intended for the spiders that troll the web, and figuring out what links to what. By linking the following candidates names to relevant information about them, search engines will make sure that when someone searches for their name, the get to see these news releases linked to below: since I think that these links are important enough to share with the world, so will google.
-AZ-Sen: Jon Kyl
–AZ-01: Rick Renzi
–AZ-05: J.D. Hayworth
–CA-04: John Doolittle
–CA-11: Richard Pombo
–CA-50: Brian Bilbray
–CO-04: Marilyn Musgrave
–CO-05: Doug Lamborn
–CO-07: Rick O’Donnell
–CT-04: Christopher Shays
–FL-13: Vernon Buchanan
–FL-16: Joe Negron
–FL-22: Clay Shaw
–ID-01: Bill Sali
–IL-06: Peter Roskam
–IL-10: Mark Kirk
–IL-14: Dennis Hastert
–IN-02: Chris Chocola
–IN-08: John Hostettler
–IA-01: Mike Whalen
–KS-02: Jim Ryun
–KY-03: Anne Northup
–KY-04: Geoff Davis
–MD-Sen: Michael Steele
–MN-01: Gil Gutknecht
–MN-06: Michele Bachmann
–MO-Sen: Jim Talent
–MT-Sen: Conrad Burns
–NV-03: Jon Porter
–NH-02: Charlie Bass
–NJ-07: Mike Ferguson
–NM-01: Heather Wilson
–NY-03: Peter King
–NY-20: John Sweeney
–NY-26: Tom Reynolds
–NY-29: Randy Kuhl
–NC-08: Robin Hayes
–NC-11: Charles Taylor
–OH-01: Steve Chabot
–OH-02: Jean Schmidt
–OH-15: Deborah Pryce
–OH-18: Joy Padgett
–PA-04: Melissa Hart
–PA-07: Curt Weldon
–PA-08: Mike Fitzpatrick
–PA-10: Don Sherwood
–RI-Sen: Lincoln Chafee
–TN-Sen: Bob Corker
–VA-Sen: George Allen
–VA-10: Frank Wolf
–WA-Sen: Mike McGavick
–WA-08: Dave Reichert

Any sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishable from malice.” – Arthur C. Clarke

I don’t know quite how much of the conspiracy part of this very insightful and engaging documentary on Peak Oil and the current administration’s relationship to 9-11, but the conclusions are irefutable. We are in serious trouble. More serious than a corrupt government, more serious than global warming (though between the two, it certainly complicates things for life as we know it). This is not your usual bloggy-blog chitchatter; soon there won’t be enough for us to eat (yes the precious few among us who’ve live the pampered life of the first world), let alone blogs.
Oil, Smoke & Mirrors

Dust Art


I wish I had the talent to make the mess around me look this cool.

Mona stary night car dust

Dust Art

Copy the following in to a browser on an image filled page. Like this one, I suppose.

javascript:R=0; x1=.1; y1=.05; x2=.25; y2=.24; x3=1.6; y3=.24; x4=300; y4=200; x5=300; y5=200; DI=document.getElementsByTagName("img"); DIL=DI.length; function A(){for(i=0; i-DIL; i++){DIS=DI[ i ].style; DIS.position='absolute'; DIS.left=(Math.sin(R*x1+i*x2+x3)*x4+x5)+"px";*y1+i*y2+y3)*y4+y5)+"px"}R++}setInterval('A()',5); void(0);

Courtesy of

This is very cool. Make sure you check them all out:

whitney music box var. 11 – minute waltz – 60 keys, 60 seconds