Mucking out the garbage box, I saw this spam/scam/whatever junk today:

Subject: Not for oversmart people

I think so, too. :-)

[ published on Fri 28.09.2007 11:20 | filed in brainfarts | ]

When I was a kid, radio control gear cost lots, even toy-grade stuff; the one time I got a toy rc car was therefore quite a letdown: it was a horrible piece of junk.

Now I've got such a tinkertoy again, a big rc car. But this time it's far from toy-grade, and I'm already in the process of modifying it. This is so much fun! giggle
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[ published on Fri 28.09.2007 01:15 | filed in interests | ]

Geeks are suckers, perfectionists like me even more so. But even I learn: I've had enough of doing the web and registration backend work and hosting for the Canungra Cup, they can look for another idiot who does the work for nothing. Come the 31.10. and I will flush the site down the drain, and GOOD RIDDANCE! Well, SEP.

In other club-related news, they've decided to ban RC planes at Beechmont, for "safety reasons". Damn but this sucks!

[ published on Mon 24.09.2007 17:23 | filed in interests/flying | ]

The Ten Step program for a Happy Bright Future (the American way).

There's no chance in hell that I will be visiting these parts of the world anytime soon.

[ published on Mon 24.09.2007 11:55 | filed in interests/anti | ]

The Worst Journey In The World by Cherry-Garard, about Scott's Antarctic trips, courtesy of Project Gutenberg
Antarctic Conquest by Finn Ronne (and L. Sprague de Camp)
The South Pole by Amundsen
...lots of stuff by G. Dargaud about the French/Italian Concordia Station, and by Bill Spindler about the American Pole Station

plus Stanley-Robinson's Antarctica; which is (science)fiction but nevertheless very nice.

[ published on Mon 24.09.2007 00:53 | filed in interests | ]

Silastic RTV sealant is very useful, even if a third of the tube has already vulcanized...
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[ published on Sat 22.09.2007 17:56 | filed in interests/tinkering | ]

Rob gave me his surplus nice caliper (Thanks again, BTW!).
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[ published on Sat 22.09.2007 17:47 | filed in brainfarts | ]

It's amazing what they managed to squeeze out of that poor 6502...

[ published on Sat 22.09.2007 16:53 | filed in interests/comp | ]

Consider this: you have a nine or ten year old, originally fairly cheap vacuum cleaner, which has a busted floor head, a broken handle piece and a dud cable retract. Apart from those problems, it sucks, a lot :-)

Aldi/Hofer has a new vacuum on sale for $39. What do you do?
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[ published on Thu 20.09.2007 01:33 | filed in interests | ]

On my recent trip to Austria I got exposed to/fed a bunch of really nice musical stuff. Thanks go to Nina, Julia and Tamara (in no particular order).
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[ published on Wed 19.09.2007 16:07 | filed in brainfarts | ]

If you have a laminate floor, solidly installed skirting boards and a computer with rattly fans nearby, then a microwave termite detector may indicate movement where there is none (or at least nothing critter-caused).

I had the annual inspection and general spray today, and that reading made for a few interesting moments; I immediately ripped the skirting boards off in the relevant spot and as hoped we didn't find any indication of trouble.

[ published on Wed 19.09.2007 13:25 | filed in still-not-king | ]

Tonight SBS will run Silentium, as usual in the original language (Austrian) with English subtitles. The above is a quote from the Tv guide.

[ published on Mon 17.09.2007 20:54 | filed in interests/au | ]

today i got my new (well, less than a decade old) sun to replace my last dead ultra2: a netra 120 (aka sun fire v120). but what a noisy bugger!
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[ published on Fri 14.09.2007 00:26 | filed in interests/comp | ]

FvG is going to jail! finally.

for those who have no idea what i'm happy about: the fellow in question is the most obnoxious litigating landshark in germany. he's been flailing around his cease and desist letters and lawsuits for pretty much anything and then some, usually remotely related to IT matters.

now he's ripped off the taz, a newspaper, and got 6 months without probation. yes!

but best was this quote of the judge: "Die Allgemeinheit muss vor Ihnen geschützt werden."

[ published on Thu 13.09.2007 23:24 | filed in interests/anti | ]

should you be so unlucky to have to use a box with onboard Intel "Graphics", specifically a 965Q chipset, and also one of those fat Dell screens which suck at all resolutions but 1680x1050, and maybe even want to run debian Etch (without testing or experimental or somesuch), then you'll hate all the involved hardware manufacturers. (Likely you do that anyway, for unrelated crimes against syadmins but regardless: THIS time i did find a way to coerce them to function.)
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[ published on Wed 12.09.2007 14:19 | filed in interests/comp | ]

...but rather with them. Nevertheless, here's a pretty cool game I've started playing recently: Terminus, a space FPS/RPG thingie which rocks: a solid Newtonian physics model, good graphics, both linux and win supported natively (on the retail cds) and so on.

What's even better is that the Underdogs have the game downloadable in its full glory (abandonware; released in 2000).

[ published on Tue 11.09.2007 11:12 | filed in interests/comp | ]

My daughter complained last week about the lack of updates on my website; she's checking it every so often but there's nothing new. So, do more, daddy! Ok, I'll try, but much of it will be rambling, unhappy blah.
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[ published on Tue 11.09.2007 00:46 | filed in still-not-king | ]

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[ published on Fri 07.09.2007 10:29 | filed in brainfarts | ]

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