August 2005 Archives

i had my power restored last night after it being out since Monday morning. its amazing how much we rely on electricity and air conditioning. i guess you could say that i should be used to it having lived over seas in a country where this was common and not having air conditioning for 7 years of my life. oh well, i have it back now. this also means that my site is back up too, which is a very good thing.

things have been tough for many. my company’s problems aside, people in my area have been out of power, waiting in lines at gas stations for 2 hours (if no one paniced this wouldn’t have been a problem, but too late now), fighting over bagged ice, not being able to find food in the grocery stores, etc. on top of this, we are 3 hours north of the worst of it. we were hit at a category 1 level hurricane, but looking at images and videos of the coast looks surreal. check out wlbt and watch the “skycopter” videos to see what is going on down there. i may head down there in about a week to help a friend’s family out, so i may be able to see the damage first hand.

for everyone outside of the affected areas, please try to provide as much support as you can through the different organizations and units that are providing food, water, cots, and everything else for the hundreds of thousands that are without a home right now.

i am fine as is the rest of my family that lives down here in the south, but there are thousands upon thousands that need as much help as can be provided.

in a day or two, i will put up pictures of my back yard and around my town just to show some downed trees, etc. this will show you what a category 1 does, let alone what a category 4 will do.


wrx night 20050826

tonight i got a call to go out with some guys. there were 4 regular rex’s and one sti. we went out and went from one place to another, but did get some shots of the cars.

the canon elph did an ok job in the dark, but please forgive the graininess of the images. some are blurry and others are decent, but since i had to take the pictures with the flash off in order to actually get decent photos, they are not perfect. i have included in the gallery 2 shots of each photo, the original and a somewhat “enhanced” shot of the same picture. click on the thumbnails to enlarge them.

click on the image to the side to go to the gallery or click here.

smashsworld - I’m on Google Talk right now.

it looks like google will be announcing its new google talk client tomorrow, but as can be seen on the web, people are already using the service. my brother, andrew, and i have already given it a shot. looking at the above article, you will see that you can connect to the google talk service simply with a jabber client and your gmail account. applications like trillian, adium, gaim, and ichat have this pretty much built it, so it is a breeze to use. simply use the following within your particular client’s settings:

Server: Username: Password: yourgmailpassword

make sure you use the “” or it will not work. my brother and i have tried the audio and video over it with ichat and it works just fine as it does over aim. the actual google talk client will most likely be pc only, but since mac and linux users (not wanting to use wine linux users) can connect, all is happy and well in the world.

below are some other locations related to this topic.

TUAW eWeek downloadsquad

digg 1 digg 2 digg 3


4gb ipod shuffle

Apple iPod Shuffle (4 GB) 4.1 GB MP3 Player - Find, Compare, and Buy Apple iPod Shuffle (4 GB) 4.1 GB MP3 Player at

i heard this on a podcast earlier today and decided to check it out. sure enough has it listed as a product that is not yet available. this is one of the items that is rumored to be an announcement in the next couple of weeks at a france conference. the following places also have information on the 4gb ipod shuffle, but i first looked at per the podcast.

engadget 1 engadget 2



this will be very nice if they can keep the price points the same. who wouldn’t want a 4gb usb key for $129? oh, and it plays music too!



“feel good inc.”


Feel good, sh-shake it, shake it. (8x)

City’s breaking down on a camels back. They just have to go ‘cos they don’t know wack. So all you fill the streets, it’s appealing to see. You wont get out the county, ‘cos you’re bad and free. You’ve got a new horizon, it’s ephemeral style, In a melancholy town where we never smile. And all I wanna hear is the message beep. My dreams, they’ve got to kiss me cos I don’t get sleep, no…

Windmill, windmill for the land Learn forever hand in hand Take it all in on your stride It is sticking falling down Love forever Love is free Lets turn forever you and me Windmill, windmill for the land Is everybody in?

Laughing gas these hazmats, fast cats, Lining them up like ass cracks, Ladies homies at the track It’s my chocolate attack. Shit, I’m stepping in the heart of this here. Care bear bumping in the heart of this here. Watch me as I gravitate hahahahahaa. Yo, we gonna go ghost town, this Motown, with yo sound you in the blink you gonna bite the dust Cant fight with us with yo sound you kill the INC. so don’t stop, get it, get it until you cheddar header. Yo, watch the way I navigate hahahahahahaa.

Windmill, windmill for the land Learn forever hand in hand Take it all in on your stride It is sticking falling down Love forever Love is free Lets turn forever you and me Windmill, windmill for the land Is everybody in?

Dont stop, get it, get it, We are your captains in it (feel good), Steady, Watch me navigate, Ahahahahahhaa (feel good). (2x)

Sh-shake it, shake it, Feel good. (4x)



While rummaging through earlier today i ran across this post about six degrees of kevin bacon. although it is a game that most people know, it was awesome to see that someone actually took it upon themselves to build a website that made the connections for you. The digg post can be found here, and the page is found below:

UVA Computer Science: The Oracle of Bacon at Virginia

For those that do not know what this game is, where have you been living for the past decade and a half? the object is simple, connect any actor or actress back to kevin bacon in less than 6 connections. for example, lets say i want to connect nicolas cage to kevin bacon, it would go something like this:

nicolas cage -> Penelope cruz (Captain Corelli’s Mandolin) -> tom cruise (vanilla sky) -> kevin bacon (a few good men)

now, having checked that against the site, they were able to make the connection in only 2 whereas mine took 4. pointless? yes. but it will drive you insane when you can’t connect that one person to him that you know if you could think a little harder you could get it.