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Wednesday, May 28
Blogger won't talk to me. Well, that's fine. I won't talk to Blogger either.
Meanwhile, coolness is where you find it:
As perhaps the clearest evidence yet of the power of sophisticated but inexpensive game consoles, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has assembled a supercomputer from an army of Sony PlayStation 2 devices.I know that's why I bought mine.
Perhaps the most striking aspect of the project, which uses the open-source Linux operating system, is that the only hardware engineering involved was placing 70 of the individual game machines in a rack and plugging them together with a high-speed Hewlett-Packard network switch. The center's scientists bought 100 machines but are holding 30 in reserve, possibly for high-resolution display application.Or possibly because they still haven't finished Final Fantasy X.
Tuesday, May 27
Blog of the Day is Professor Bunyip:
Anyone who works on the theory that you get what you pay for can't be too surprised by Blogger's recent problems. They've driven Tim Blair to a new home and tempted the Professor to follow suit. Unfortunately, despite donning a pair of elephantine trousers, borrowing a back-the-front baseball cap from young Master Bunyip, and addressing his computer his "dude", all that slash-dot-font-template stuff at Moveable Type was incomprensible when the Professor logged on early in the evening. It was even moreso after a bottle of red, several ports, an Irish coffee, a few more ports and, ill-advisedly, a long telephone conversation with Mrs. Bunyip's youngest brother, the clan's purported expert in matters cyber. The only wisdom gleaned from that exchange: An intoxicated academic should not expect sound counsel from a red-eyed young fellow whose explanations are punctuated by the background bubbling of a bong.Stylesheets! Bloody stylesheets! Even if you get them right they don't work!
America is on holiday and half my favourite bloggers are AWOL. Blogging being the incestuous business that it is, this means I don't get to
Meanwhile, Fark is having a boobies moratorium. Really, why bother running the site if you're not going to have boobies?
Monday, May 26
Blog of the Day is Eject! Eject! Eject!:
When I was nine I saw a leprechaun.Bill's an essayist rather than a day-to-day blogger, so he doesn't update his site that often. When he does update, though, it's guaranteed to be good.
I’m not kidding. I was in the back seat of our car driving up the hill from the hotel my dad managed, back in Bermuda. I’d ridden up that hill, in that seat, hundreds of times. I knew every rock and clump of grass by heart.
Anyway, there he sat, up against a familiar rock: little green pants, little green vest, little green top hat, small little bone-white pipe. Captain Ahab beard – white, no moustache. I screamed like we had just run over Lassie.
Wednesday, May 21
OK, the site now looks fine in Mozilla and Opera. It also looks fine in Internet Explorer. Exactly how I wanted it. As long as your font size is set to "medium". Mozilla and Opera have no problems with changing the font size; Opera has a nifty trick of scaling everything and works no matter what; Mozilla works perfectly at three sizes and reasonably well until you start getting into the absurdly large; Explorer - resize and bleah. Well, I'll probably do a "plain jane" stylesheet for people with odd browsers, or those who need font sizes cranked up real large. Hmm hmm hmm. I could make things scale a little better if I made the sidebars wider. Hmm hmm.
But I do play one in real life.
Mozilla users can preview the new Ambient Irony here. IE users can wail and gnash their teeth. If you don't have any teeth, they will be provided.
(If you're reading this then you've obviously made it to the right place. Leave a comment. Let me know what you think.)
Tuesday, May 20
Oh, that's charming. Blogger ate my rant. Grrr!
And Moveable Type, while stable and elegant, is as slow as a wet week. Grrr! Grrr!!
Monday, May 19
We got archives!
Blog of the Day is Suburban Blight:
And the Winner Is...Kelley gains points for quality anti-idiotarian rants, but loses points for having a blog that looks so much better than mine. But I've got Moveable Type working now, so in a few short
Yes, it's time once again for the Unmitigated Twat of the Week Award! This week, we're departing slightly from tradition; this week, there was a tie for first place. All of these ladies' twattiness is equally unmitigated. So, without further ado, I give you The Unmitigated Twats of the Week, the High School Hazers!
Mom, if you're reading, cover your ears. Or, umm, eyes. Now.
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