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Ohio State Defeats Michigan 42-39 In Ultimately Meaningless Game

"I mean, come on—we could have lined up in alphabetical order in the end zone dressed in nothing but helmets and socks and whacked off for 60 minutes, and the BCS would still send us to the Tostitos Championship Game," Tressel told the assembled reporters. "Hell, you'd all still vote for [Buckeyes quarterback] Troy Smith to win the Heisman. And you know it."
*snort*

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How is it that I've never been here before?

Washington D.C. is pretty cool. Not "I'd like to live there" cool, but "I need to go back for more than 2 hours of tourism" cool.

This title was supposed to reference a Jimmy Stewart movie

I'm out for the next few days, off to our nation's capitol to hob-nob with politicians, researchers, and vendors. Well, ok, just vendors and a few fellow customers, but hob-nob I shall! I'd ask for places to go, but I don't think I'll have the time. I've never been to DC so I would have loved to stay a few extra days. But, hotels costing what they do, I won't be. Ah well, can't always turn business into vacation. By the way, as I don't travel much anymore, I was totally flabbergasted at the idiotic rules for flying. No liquids or gels in containers over 3oz, and all those containers have to be in a plastic bag no bigger than a quart. Oh, and you can only take one plastic bag of said liquids. Good thing I travel light.

Microsoft Photosynth

Via Scoble, the demo for a new technology preview from Microsoft Live Labs, Photosynth. I'm not usually a fan boy and I try to stay away from hyperbole, but this is simply an amazing demonstration of technology and academics intersecting.

Check out the demo video. Yes, it only works in IE and via ActiveX, minus points for that. But the technology itself is stunning and opens the window for so many more possibilities.

Imagine an image search engine that could recognize related images to one you choose and stitch together a 3-dimensional representation with those images. You see this happening in the demo with a data set of images of Rome, Italy. You could potentially see Rome from angles you didn't photograph by having the software find images and forming the perspective you want to see.

Outside of virtual tourism, the possibilities roam to gaming (naturally), archeology, criminal justice, landscaping, mapping/navigation.. it's a very exciting thought. Definitely an technolog…

Holy Crap! Zeeland voters overturn alcohol ban!

I. Am. Stunned. Congratulations Zeeland for pulling yourselves out of the 30's.

For the first time since it's inception as a city in 1907, alcohol can be sold in restaurants and stores. Prepare for moral decay, rioting, and a murder or two now that people can buy booze in town. Oh, wait, they have that already (maybe not the rioting) and they can buy booze by driving 3 miles.

As someone who grew up in this community I have to wonder why it took so long. Any teenager can tell you exactly where to go to buy beer in town. And there are liquor stores in almost every direction leaving town within one mile of the city line.

Sorry CRC, it's over. Get your recount on but I imagine you'll still lose. Too bad the vote was so close (40 votes!)... it emboldens the prudes to try and re-instate the ban. Of course, once residents get a taste of having beer with their meal at Community Kitchens, they'll never go back.

Oh, and family that are reading, I'm buying the first round nex…

Election Hang Over

So, we're officially the third-most intolerant state in the union, voting down Proposal 2. Through lies, deception, and a dubiously-worded proposal, affirmative action is now illegal in Michigan. And, although it's only correlation, isn't it somehow fitting that Michigan also has the third-highest rate of hate crimes in the US? Congratulations Michiganders; you really showed the country what we're made of.

Speaking of which, here's the break-down of the voting for two Proposals (PDF). Hm, let's see, the Proposal was approved (meaning these people voted to not help minorities) by non-union, white, Republican men with less than a college education. I hate to talk in broad generalities here, but how many people in that demographic took the time to actually, you know, research the issue? How many of them knew Michigan the third-most segregated state in the country? That's right, fellow citizens, we're more segregated than many Southern states. Whoop it up. E…

Go Vote, You Lazy Bastard

Got your attention? Good. You took the time to surf over to this site and, let's face it, you're not reading something in the top 1,000,000 pages on the Web so you're scraping bottom here. You obviously have the time.

Go pick a governor, vote on some propositions (PDF), maybe elect a judge or two. Just don't sit on your butt all day and then slap your forehead at 8pm when the polls close.

Get up! Move it, buddy. See your ballot before you go. It's easy now; I've done all but drop you in front of a voting booth and pointed where you should make your mark.

Close One

Wow, I had no idea how close to annihilation we came this past week. How close, you ask?

How about a marching band forming Star Trek logos with Star Trek actors in the stadium. That's close.
Photographic Proof!

Whew. (Oh, and Patrick Stewart was in the stadium; Royal Shakespeare was in town and he guest conducted.) God help us he even said "Make it so." Perhaps all the Ann Arbor snootiness and entitlement somehow canceled out all that concentrated geekiness, nerdiness, and Star Trek fanboy, helping us to narrowly escape total destruction as the Earth herself would have reached up to consume all that social awkwardness and self abuse.

Random Hard Drive Droppings

Been a while... busy... blah blah blah.Instead of a long-winded "sorry I dropped off the face of the earth" post, I going to root through my hard drive and talk about something in my backup folder.Like this:This is a logo for a band named Cycle. When I lived in Grand Rapids, Cycle was a rock band that had a modicum of notoriety, playing the standard GR haunts: The Intersection, The Radio Tavern (now destroyed), Ten Bells, etc as well as some opening shows for major-label bands (American Hi-Fi, Sponge, Bowling for Soup). At my day job, I worked with one of the band members, drummer Jay Blakeslee. In my smokin' days, Jay and I frequently ran into each other outdoors, catching a break. Conversation led to outside interests, his musical, mine web-related. They needed to revamp their website, I needed a reason to hack and draw so we started working on their site. I hacked together a website for them (and it was a hack); no server technology, nothing but JavaScript, images and…