Archive for July, 2006

The Final Frontier: Gee, I can see my house from here!

Saturday, July 29th, 2006

I updated my copy of the Celestia source from the Sourceforge CVS server and built the latest version (1.4.2). They’ve added a new start-up splash screen which is really neat:

Haven’t played around with it too much yet, but at least the weird rendering problem I’d noticed on some of the non-spherical moons of Jupiter and […]

Friday Cat Blogging: Under the Wire

Friday, July 28th, 2006

Running a bit late (it’s been a strange day), but this should make it in before midnight and still qualify as Friday.

Coco, as she was eventually named, is really getting big. I stopped by the student lounge Thursday evening before leaving to say howdy.
I found out that the highschool student who originally found her and […]

Full Frontal Noobity!

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

Not sure what it means, but the phrase just came to me out of nowhere.
What can we do with it?

One mystery solved, another revealed

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

Well, with the generous help of someone who went beyond the call this afternoon as far as volunteering his own time & expertise, the e-Learning site is back online. The source of the ftp, mail, and SSH failures soon became apparent: the DNS name server address setting had, at some point, joined Elvis and left […]

Wanting to walk away

Sunday, July 23rd, 2006

I spent most of Friday and yesterday setting up a temporary area here on for use during my first class Monday morning, on the off chance that I can’t get the MySQL databases working again.
The fact that I have to worry about this technical shit at all is one of the fundamental problems at […]

Why our e-Learning is a failure

Friday, July 21st, 2006

The short answer: because of an almost total lack of support from the university and other English faculty.
Minimal possible technical assistance from the former, no content provision and little interest from the latter.
I have learned that some things in this world just aren’t worth the hassle.
Doing anything extra for IbaDai is rapidly starting to […]

Bush lets out a “shit”…Who gives one?

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

This is probably old news.
But I’m just hearing about it. Take that as indication of my current disconnect.
I’ve had CNN on for about half an hour and all I’ve heard about so far is The Middle East Crisis and this. So much for in-depth, quality reporting.
Let’s talk about this new Middle East Crisis, shall we? […]

I wish I knew how to quit you…Bloggin’!

Sunday, July 16th, 2006

Or maybe I do. Already have?
Several times over the last year and whatever that I’ve been doing this, I’ve tried to quit or lay off a bit…cold turkey attempts that, given my addictive personality, have been doomed to failure from the git-go.
I shouldn’t have sweated it so, just remembered some of my other less than […]

North Korea is a threat

Thursday, July 6th, 2006

But currently mostly to shipping in the Sea of Japan*.
Oh, and the marine life.
(That’s Japan’s real concern, you know.)
(Yes, I’m being silly. Much easier on the stomach. Mmm…sushi!)
* I can’t remember the new PC designation, so screw it. You know, the big water that washes the shores of Ura-Nihon. (Oops, that’s not PC, […]

And the rockets’ red glare…

Wednesday, July 5th, 2006

Fortunately no “bombs bursting in air” yet, though. (An airburst is a righteous thing to observe…or so I have been led to believe…even though often the LAST thing one observes.)
So, what’s on Mr Kim’s mind? Besides the weight of a life-long bad hair day. (Maybe they wound his “punch perm” too tightly last time and […]

Da Vinci Cold?

Tuesday, July 4th, 2006

Um…so what happened?
I mean, all that build-up and hype before the release and then…nothing.
I ended up not going to see it. Not sure why, exactly. Might have been my hype allergy. (I’ve yet to see all of Titanic remember; have just watched bits of the last half when it aired on one of my satellite […]


Tuesday, July 4th, 2006

I keep an AOL account that I’ve had since ‘94 as a sort of backup and for occasional use when travelling. I noticed an odd entry on my credit card statement the other night and logged in (for the first time in a long time) to check out my billing statement and payment details.
In the […]

I’m a Koizumi fan again!

Saturday, July 1st, 2006

I just saw some clips from PM Jun’ichiro Koizumi’s little excursion to Graceland with Bush.
And I gotta tell you, I loved ‘em.
You gotta admire a national leader who can forget himself and his position occasionally and act the buffoon on purpose. (As opposed to one who is a buffoon and only acts like a leader […]

ADductive Reasoning: It’s time to play “Spot the Errors”!

Saturday, July 1st, 2006

I’m becoming quite fond of the cast of regulars over at AD Central. Here’s the latest post by DdH, quoting a news clipping from DaddyH.
Have a quick look and see if you can spot the errors (logical only this time, I didn’t notice any “typos”), then come back and click below.

OK, let’s have a go, […]