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Archived News for the Month of January 2003

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1-31: Following the loss of the extremely cool Spumco link, my wife found a Ren and Stimpy web site to assuage my gaping wounds. There is a lot of info there, some of which probably explains why Spumco had such a hard life. Nickelodeon sucks! Check it out in the Humor section of the Lynx page, look for Ren & Stimpy.

1-30: While I was fixing broken links yesterday I was digging around looking for a missing graphic. I came across some long lost graphics, some of which are worth sharing on the art portfolio page. First up is a picture of my wife's pathetic boy friend, an imaginary romantic figure she likes to throw in my face. To her dismay, the camera did not lie... or break for that matter. Check it out on the Contemporary page in the Art Portfolio section of the Hobbies department.

1-29: OK that was brutal. I just fixed a friggin boat load of external link errors thanks to Interarchy 6. There is a neat link checking feature in it that is very helpful in that task. There is a bug or two in it but all in all it made the process a lot simpler. I was using my old copy of Pagemill but that is risky as Pagemill likes to trash JavaScript so you have to be pretty careful with it. Now I can uninstall Pagemill as that was it's only function in life anymore. There are links fixed all over the House of Wacks so I won't bother mentioning them. Go check out the Joke of the Weak.

1-28: I'll be checking and cleaning up some of my links here at the House of Wacks. First up is the Lynx page which saw several changes. The Battle Cat's Litterbox link was broken and is now fixed. Doughnut's link and the Monte Python link are still up in the air. The Spumco link had completely bitten the dust though. That was my link to the creator of Ren and Stimpy! I hate to see that one go, there was some outright brilliant stuff there.

1-27: Team SETI saw 17 units again this week at 7 hours and 13 minutes a unit. I guess it isn't a fluke. That is almost 2 and a half units a day! I bet it would be 3 if I could work out the timing better. You see after it finishes a unit it dials in for another, but it forgets what it is doing during the dial up. So rather than download a unit immediately, it sits idle for an hour before trying again. Sometimes the connection is terminated by the IP during this wait so the process starts all over again. If I am online when it needs a new unit then there is no problem. I need to read the documentation and see how I can tweak this. So anyway, check it out on the SETI page in the Hobbies department.

1-24: Have you ever opened a can or jar of cayenne or chili powder and found it infested with little worms or beetles? What are they and how the heck can they survive in that hell hole of an environment? Why don't they just curl up and fry in the spicy flames of chili peppers? Find the answers to these questions and more on the Chili Facts page of the Chili Pepper section of the Hobbies department.

1-23: I have added another picture to the photo album bringing the age up to 51 years old. An age my parents, after 18 years of parenting, never ever expected me to attain. SEE?? They didn't know so much after all! Anyway, check it out in the Photo Album page in the Extra department.

1-22: I have finished reviewing the data for the Team SETI page in the Hobbies department. I have rolled over the SETI page for a new year and I have archived the data for year 2002. This will mean faster page loads for those accessing the Team SETI page. You can access Team SETI archives from the year 2000 to 2002, look for the links at the bottom of the page.

1-21: Hey, Svengali surfed. I have proof. Fear my photographic evidence! Check it out on the High School Art page in the Art Portfolio section of the Hobbies department.

1-20: The results on the SETI page over in the Hobbies department improved a little bit. This may be due to the fact that units are not crunched so many per day as they are crunched on a continual basis and every other week, an extra unit is completed. There is a jump this week from 7 hrs 40 min to 7 hrs 13 minutes per unit as 17 units were completed this week as opposed to the 16-plus-a-bit units completed on previous weeks.

1-17: The monthly NRA page features, Armed Citizen, Standing Guard and The President's Column are now being archived. You may go to each of these pages in the NRA section of the Extra department and find a link to the previous months articles, this information is just too valuable and effective to evaporate after just one month. The truth is the truth no matter which month it is and by gum, the truth matters!

1-16: Go laugh at the Joke of the Weak

1-15: If you crunch a lot of data at SETI@home, you will notice that they return their results in decimal fractions of a year. It makes it hard to calculate how long it takes to crunch a unit of data. I wrote a HyperCard stack that takes the pain out of that calculation. Check it out in the HyperCard section of the Extra department.

1-14: Do you think registering and the ballistic fingerprinting of guns will help solve crimes? Did you know that under the U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Haynes v. US., criminals will be exempt from submitting their guns and their names because it amounts to self-incrimination? If this sounds reasonable to you then you should make your voice known in this poll. For the rest of us, you can read up on this folly and other pertinent data on the Standing Guard section of the NRA page in the Extra department.

1-13: The results are in on the SETI page in the Hobbies department. Team SETI is once again shredding radio telescope data at a rate that will soon propel us into the realm of having crunched more data than 98% of the rest of the world. Every 7.7 CPU hours a unit is finished and returned to SETI@home. The move to Darwin-UNIX processing was as dramatic as the upgrade to a 1Ghz CPU. Rather than falling behind 450 people every week, I am jumping ahead 50+ people with a net gain of over 500 places each week as opposed to the old setup. Not bad. Fear our numerical carnage.

1-10: Because much of what liberals believe is based on feelings or emotion rather than fact or logic, often they must embellish or obfuscate the data in order to back up their arguments. Such is the case with the now discredited book "Arming America". After a peer review harshly discredited his work, the author has resigned from Emery University in disgrace. Read about it on the Special Events page in the NRA section of the Extra Department.

1-9: Charlton Heston discusses the tremendous victory for the Second Amendment as a result of the outcome of the 2002 elections. It really is amazing, Americans ARE fighting back against attacks against their rights guaranteed under the Bill of Rights. Somehow I get the impression from listening to news that everybody hates the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Must be that the media is the one that is confused eh? Check it out on the President's Column in the NRA section of the Extra department.

1-8: Just the Joke of the Weak today.

1-7: If you were a Grandpa and a man broke into your home and was trying to force your 10 year old Granddaughter to drink an unidentified caustic liquid and you had a gun, what would YOU do? I thought so, so would I, so did he. Read all about it on the Armed Citizen page over in the NRA section of the Extra department.

1-6: Wheee doggies! The preliminary results are in (after a partial week) for the Darwin-UNIX version of SETI@home, 16 units. That is more than two units a day crunched over the computers normally busy schedule! Even back in the heyday of the 9 CPU hour OS9 units I could hardly crunch a unit a day and in review, the OSX screen saver version was taking 22 hours a unit to process. Now we are looking at 7.7 CPU hours per unit (a number that for me is like, trippy-cosmic man). Check it out on the SETI page over in the Hobbies department. Hot dang.

1-3: Man did I ever get a bumper crop of hot chili peppers this year. I filled 14 quart freezer bags with dried chilies. This is all from growing them in twenty two 5 gallon pots! There are still some Bird Mouth and Thai chilies on the bush too. Speaking of chilies, I corrected a couple of misdirections in the ingredients in Habanero sauce and the time for roasting Thai chilies. If you are interested in either of those you should check out the new directions on the Recipes page in the Chili Pepper section of the Hobbies department.

1-2: I've not yet rolled over the SETI page for the year end as I want to compare the results of using the Darwin-UNIX SETI@home client with the OSX SETI client. I have updated the SETI page introduction text over in the Hobbies department to reflect the change in OSX clients. It is running fast now and the results are pretty exciting. The units are exiting out the computers butt like so many flying monkeys. On crack. With winged sandals. And jet packs. And squished rocket sled faces. And high pressure air hose lips.

1-1: Happy New Year! Wooo Hooooo! The House of Wacks is rolled over for a new year, here is hoping it is a good one the world over.

As usual, the Joke of the Weak is updated every weekday by 8AM PST and the SETI page is updated every Monday. The NRA pages President's Column, Standing Guard and Armed Citizen are updated each month.

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