Archive for the ‘Nerdiness’ Category

Alan Turing

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Alan Turing has been officially pardoned for his 1952 conviction on charges of homosexuality. That conviction, of course, led to his chemical castration by means of injected female hormones and his suicide two years later.

“Thanks for being a genius and perhaps the single most important figure in the defeat of the Nazi war machine. Sorry about the torture. LOL!”

RiverBend

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

The Governor was in Buffalo yesterday, unveiling plans for a new state-funded green energy research facility.

The idea is interesting: the state will pay $225 million to construct a six-building research campus on a former brownfield on the Buffalo River. They will retain ownership of the buildings and much of the equipment inside, but will allow private companies to use them. Construction is expected to be complete in eighteen months, with hiring of roughly 850 jobs to be completed a year after that.

How do you say “Pecan”?

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

I’ve always been oddly fascinated by the way people in different parts of the United States pronounce words and refer to things differently.  Here’s a set of maps that, if you’re like me, may entertain and enlighten you and all your “rotary”-sayin’ friends.

 

Space Center Coffee Mug

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

I was perusing the cabinets in the kitchen at the office today, looking for a non-disposable beverage container, when I discovered this:

Found my new coffee mug!

Happy Pi Day!

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Mmmmmm….pi pie.

And, there’s a new Pope in Rome, too!  I wonder if he likes pi[e]…

In Perspective

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

“A human is a system for converting dust billions of years ago into dust billions of years from now via a roundabout process that involves checking email a lot.”

Verizon Technical Support: Ignorant or Incompetent?

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

On Jan 6th I got a Blackberry 9930, and after activating the phone the internet/ data functionality did not work.  When I attempt to access the web, I get the following error: “Browsing over the cellular network is not included as part of your current service plan.  To browse the web, you must use Wi-Fi or contact your service provider to change your service plan.” My service plan does include web browsing- my wife uses it on her smartphone.  Called tech support on Jan 7 and was told it would be working within 8 hours.  Called back later that day and was told up to 72 hours.  Called next day (Jan 8th) and was told up to 5 days.  No one can tell me what’s wrong or give any updates, and the time to repair keeps getting longer and longer.  Phone tech support does not seem to know anything other than form troubleshooting, which has not worked (if they tell me to remove the battery one more time, I think I’ll lose it).  Their ignorance is very frustrating.

Cloudy Privacy

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

I don’t keep up on this stuff as much as I probably should, but it sounds like the Democrat Party has decided that the Republicans have held a monopoly on usurping individual freedoms and privacy for too long. Next week the Senate votes on a bill that dramatically increases accessibility of private information to government agencies– without a warrant.

Just from reading the article, I don’t know that the law has a chance of passing Supreme Court review, but it’s still pretty scary the things our Congress wants to subject us to.  I wonder too if Patrick Leahy even knows what a “cloud” is.

Offensive Hacking

Monday, November 5th, 2012

What do you do when your government computers have been compromised by a hacker?

Apparently, if you’re Georgia, you create a malware-loaded file called “NATO Agreement”, take over his computer when he opens it, and take his picture with the webcam.

Hilarious.

Slate’s Take on Burning the Man

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Having twice attended a certain annual event in the Nevada high desert, I’ve found that most of the perceptions that exist about said event are formed by people who, at best, knew someone who heard of someone who went there, once. And while the event has grown dramatically over the past 15 years (It’s been going on since 1986, but really got a foothold in the late 90’s), the perceptions of it in society really haven’t changed at all. Especially those of the media that most mis-represents it.

So, last year, Slate.com sent a reporter out to gather some first – hand experiences of just what Burning Man is all about. His series of essays is enjoyable, fairly even-handed, and definitely worth a read- even if you’ve no intention to ever make the pilgrimage out West.