Monthly Archives: December 2006

Spam Name Friday

And here we are:

Thinner R. Nutmeat

I think that’s a fantastic name. I think I’ve found a new use for spam. I’ll just keep the good names around so that I can use them in fiction later.

I think Mr. Nutmeat happens to be a very large man. The “R.” is short for Rotunda.

He’s a desk clerk of indeterminate department of an unnamed conglomeration of companies, and spends his days at an antique desk, languishing away collecting a paycheck as his superiors have long forgotten why he was put there in the first place.

Still can't justify it for me

But this is a pretty convincing reason to go for a good television and HD-DVD. Basically, it’s the comparison of HD-DVD source images to DVD source images, using Fellowship of the Ring as the comparison material.

I still don’t think it’s worth it, but if you’re curious about the difference between the two, this is a good way of making those numbers into something palpable you can mouseover.

OMG isocelez!

They are making “Flatland” the movie.

The movie!

I’m still trying to figure out how I’m going to watch the damn thing, considering a two dimensional universe is going to be hell on our three dimensional eyes. Of course, they could just cheat and do the top down thing, which is the traditional representation.

On the other hand, the movie deals is a narrative which explores a two dimensional universe.

I’m sure that’s going to be popular with an American audience.

Next time, on ER

“One last try.” I pressed the button that sent electricity through the rest of the body. I imagined connections being made, electrons excited, pathways connected. I looked at the screen for signs of life.


“Dammit.” I reached for the button again but her hand stopped me.

“Call it.” Her voice sounded firm. “It’s over.”

I sighed. and looked at one of the many clocks on the wall. I looked back to the patient.

I looked one last time at the table. “Despite dramatic measures on the part of the technical staff, including one processor transplant, power supply replacement, and RAM reseating, patient refused to respond to all treatment.”

It was a carcass now. That’s all it ever would be. I had to accept that.

“Recorded time of death is nine pm, December seventh. Cause of death is uncertain, but this technician would guess motherboard failure.”

That machine’s not coming back. Never even got to POST after that first failed boot. My guess is that it’s the motherboard at this point and not a processor or video card issue. Regardless, it’s going to be too hard to troubleshoot at this point and all I can do is scavenge the body for parts. It’s also a good time for me to get the case clean again for a different motherboard.

Ah well. It was a good run.

Flash Video Test

So Dreamhost has this great feature on their site where you can convert .avi / .mov / what have you, into .flv video for use with their streaming media server. In theory, you can embed that video and player into WordPress posts.

As can be evidenced above, that’s not always the case.

Update: Success! Sorta. Yes, it’s an oldie. Well, it’s the only, technically, but hey, it’s a decent entry!