We wish you all a very happy Pi Day!
We wish you all a very happy Pi Day!
We did all the proper things: We checked wires. We warm re-booted the television receiver. We cold re-booted the Universal Gateway. We cold rebooted the television receiver. We cold rebooted the Universal Gateway again.
The television receiver has a little self diagnostic utility and when we got to that, it didn’t let us run any tests. It simple said “We’re sorry, but there is a problem with your service. Please call 1-800-XXX-XXXX”
Okay. No problem.
After calling and waiting a while for technician, we got a friendly guy by the name of “Don.” We asked Don where he was and he replied “Arizona.” We always ask where people are because during the lulls in the conversations when they are running a test, we can ask about their state. Don was a good guy who tried to be helpful and we truly appreciate his enthusiasm.
Don decided that the only course of action was to send out a technician who will be here early this morning. (That’s the plan, at least.)
You’ll never look at amusement park / carnival rides the same way again.
Till Nowak’s short film is a hilarious mockumentary about a group of scientists who created insane amusement park rides that aim to reconfigure people’s brains in order to make them happier.
As many people know, our friend Steve does the graphics for this site. We like the work he does and the way the site looks, but that is another discussion.
We called him to let him know we were going to do a post on the Tesla Model S and a short blurb on guns.
Eventually he came up with this:
The graphic, like much of the work Steve does, is actually a combination of more than one image. In this case, he used a shot of the Tesla Model S and a shot of actress Summer Glau.
One of the harder things to do is to separate one element of an image to be used in another. It is especially hard when you are dealing with hair. There are lots of ways to do this separation, and most take a lot of time. So we were glad to hear that Steve was trying a new plugin to help handle this.
But as with anything, there is a learning curve.
We waited after talking with him and then called him again to ask how the image was going.
“How’s the plugin?” we asked. “What are you working on now?”
Somewhat absently and definitely distracted from his work, he replied, “….going good….. working on Summer Glau’s butt right now…..”
Somehow we aren’t sure if he realized there might be a double meaning there.
Great Falls, Montana television station KRTV is trying to figure out what happened as hackers got into their system and issued an “Emergency Broadcast Alert” for counties in the area. The EBA claimed “dead bodies rising” and warned viewers not to approach the dead.
Here’s the video:
(Wouldn’t you have loved to see the engineer or program director come running into a room saying “the alert for zombies is fake! Don’t panic!”)
The Great Falls Tribune website has a headline saying:
‘Dead bodies’ emergency alert a hoax
(Which may classify as the understated headline of the year.)
Also from the article:
Lt. Shane Sorensen with the GFPD said he’s not sure yet what sort of penalties a person faces, if any, in Montana for hacking into an emergency alert system. But he said the police department did receive phone calls from people who were concerned after they saw the message.
“We had four calls checking to see if it was true. And then I thought, ‘Wait. What if?’” Sorensen said with a laugh. “We can report in the city, there have been no sightings of dead bodies rising from the ground.”
We don’t condone this type of prank as too often the EBA’s are already ignored by many people, but as pranks go, this is pretty funny.
Yeah, we know this is a little late with the Super Bowl being last weekend, but we still think it is funny.
(Courtesy Steve Moore.)
We waited all day for the power supply for our computer to arrive. We noticed that what the company says is “shipped” means “we packed it up and it is sitting on our loading dock.”
So instead of the thing being on the back of a truck yestetday, it wasn’t rolling down the street until today.
The bad news is that the thing is not here. The good news is that FedEx (unlike UPS) delivers on Saturdays.
We are definitely ready for this to be over.
One of the blogs we like to visit is a “mil-blog” (military blog) by the name of “This Ain’t Hell – But You Can See It From Here.”
In addition to writing on all things military, the folks at TAH regularly “out” those people in society who claim to have served in the military, but have not. Such people claim military service for reasons such as padding resumes or currying favors with people.
We believe we as a nation owe a debt of gratitude to those who have served and protected this country, so it angers us when a poser tries to falsify their history to reflect something untrue.
Awhile ago, TAH “outed” a guy by the name of Justin Weiss who seemed to have claimed military service when in fact, he had never served in the military at all.
Weiss took offense to TAH’s claim and hired an attorney who sent a letter to TAH demanding TAH take down the “offending posts” and images related to Weiss.
TAH has agreed to the demand and issued a “apology” of sorts.
The “apology” is the epitome of internet “epic-ness” and must be read to believed.
You can read the entire post here. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.