Archive for April, 2011


Friday, April 29th, 2011

A student at Carnegie Mellon wrote “Food-Bot”, a program that scours campus information for meetings with free food and uses the information to assemble a web calendar. The food is even rated by quality and by awkwardness (only guy at the Asian-American Club meeting who’s just there for food? Awkward.).

He managed to go five months without paying for food. So, I suppose that means it works.

Shirt Designs 2011

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Here are the submissions that I received for this year’s SAPS shirt design. Each one is tagged with a name, which corresponds to an entry in the voting booth. To vote for your favorite, go to the end of this post and make your selection. Please don’t just post your vote as a comment, because then I don’t know whether or not you also used the voting booth. Please note that each of the images in this post is a thumbnail; if you’d like to see more detail, where available, just click on the picture and a larger version will load.

Whichever design has the most votes by May 15 will be the winner, and will go on the t-shirts that Super Atomic Pedal Squadron wears in this year’s ride.

So, without further ado, here’s our contestants:




Duck and Cover


Please, pass the URL for this far and wide – email, Facebook, etc. Not only is it good publicity for the team, and a good chance for fundraising, but I’d like to get a lot of input and a lot of votes. And I’m sure that some of you are dying for a chance to stuff the ballot box.

What should be the 2011 SAPS shirt design for Ride for Roswell?

  • Beijing (39%, 45 Votes)
  • Crow (34%, 39 Votes)
  • Duck and Cover (14%, 16 Votes)
  • Elephant (11%, 13 Votes)
  • Pedal (1%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 114

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Science Hall

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

The new Canisius science building plans were approved by the Buffalo Planning Board, and construction can begin.

The administration announced that we had agreed to buy this building a few months after I started working at Canisius. I will be moving into an office there in my eleventh year. Celerity!


Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

I assume that you’ve heard at least some of the wailing and gnashing of teeth about iDevices caching location information, allowing for the use of an iPhone or the computer that it syncs to as a record of the owner’s physical movement.

Well, if you would like to see how thorough it is, check out iPhoneTracker. This is a simple application for OS X that will search the hard drive of your computer, find the cached information from an iDevice that’s synced to that computer, and build a map of where you’ve been with it. Ta-da! If you’re using a Windows machine, check out the Linux port iPhoneMap under Cygwin instead.

The “New Anger”

Monday, April 25th, 2011

I just love it when academics get into silly little pissing matches. I especially love it when it’s a self-righteous lefty Women’s Studies prof who cusses out a student organization in an all-caps email because she’s annoyed at their use of terms like “coming out” and “animal rights”.

Bad, bad College Republicans. Don’t you know those are reserved for only one team?

Good Friday Fish Fry

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

I’ll let the picture tell the story…

I Made You, I Can Destroy You

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Looks like Rep. John Mica, the man who wrote the TSA legislation, now wants to get rid of the project. Could he be coming to his senses? Could he realize he created a monster? Well, except that he’s not trying to destroy it, he’s trying to privatize it. Because they’re threatening to unionize.

Baby steps, I guess.

Super Unemployed Man!

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Sure, I can’t find you a job, but I can give you this cape. Go fight some crime, you poor bugger.

Glue Gun Theft

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

How do you steal hundreds of dollars from someone’s ATM account with nothing more than a five dollar Wal-Mart glue gun?

It’s simpler than you think.

Dropbox Decryption

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Popular online storage and backup provider Dropbox has changed their terms of service – apparently they want to reserve the right to decrypt the data that you’re storing on their service if the US government asks them to do so.

Independent of how intrusive this must be for non-US users, it’s an interesting reminder of how little control you have over data that resides “in the cloud”. Don’t worry, though. I’m sure that the software and process for decrypting user data is very secure, and complex, and will never be used by an outside intruder or a disgruntled insider. Safe as houses.