Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Technobabble (a portmanteau of technology and babble) is a form of prose using jargon, buzzwords and highly esoteric language to give an impression of plausibility through mystification, misdirection, and obfuscation. This is not to be confused with jargon itself, but rather technobabble is a conscious attempt to deliver jargon to outsiders, without insight or comprehensive explanation, to make unsound or unprovable arguments appear to have merit. (Wikipedia)I recently ran across an excellent example of this, but more importantly, the comments are "priceless"...
... this new umbrella methodology also includes the Rational Unified Process for our Software Development Lifecycle. However, keep in mind RUP is a software process a, not a methodology, and the other part of the equation that Blueprinting methodology entails is Business Visualization which is a Business Engineering Process. RUP for instance focuses more on the scoping of a project from the perspective of what is the most technology complex business problem or event. Our Business Visualization Engineering Process focuses on cross-boundary value chain workflow of related business activities (components) and includes for instance measurement and simulation. ...
Commenter 1: I've reread this twice and still can't get it.....
Commenter 2: It’s code. Extract every nth character to form the secret message. N depends on a complex lifecycle method of complex unified workflow umbrellas from the perspective of technology visualization of rational business scoping. Get it now?
Commenter 3: Here is a classic message of yesteryear. Whenever I need a smile I always go back to this one. (posted almost 2 years after the original message)
Commenter 2: Cross-boundary value chain workflow? Huh?
Commenter 3: My cross country value pack of workflow volume measurement, regarding relative performance when compared to the business visualization engineering process until unified in measurement and simulation reality…is just fine. And you?
Commenter 1: from the essence of quantum physics the value chain of oxygen interfering with carbon dioxide has now required a new visualization of the underlying semantics required by the earth's warming interior as engineered by the "goriest" warming of the physical exterior related to relativity as bespoke by Einstein.
Monday, August 13, 2007
I encourage you to click this link, or the link above, for a read (listen) of this fine work from Derek and Swoopy.
Monday, July 16, 2007
Read this NYTimes article and tell me if you are not incensed by this.
...top Bush administration officials repeatedly tried to weaken or suppress important public health reports because of political considerations...This is from the last Surgeon General.
would not allow him to speak or issue reports about stem cells, emergency contraception, sex education, or prison, mental and global health issues.
Hopefully, we can avoid going back into the middle ages under this administration.
... discouraged him from attending the Special Olympics because ... (of) ties to a prominent family (The Kennedy's) ...
“I was specifically told by a senior person, ‘Why would you want to help those people?’ ” Dr. Carmona said.
Oh, you want a different opinion? How about this?
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
This made me realize that since I'm connected to the news via other means: web, podcast, etc. I get to have a richer experience regarding what's going on around me. Without the web I would probably have to settle for Paris, and that's a sad commentary.
Instead, I know what stem cell research is going on (think growing your own vertebra for surgury on your own back), that a 1957 Plymouth buried then, in Tulsa, to celebrate Oklahoma's then 50 years of statehood is being dug up (and it doesn't look good), what archeologic finds have just been discovered, about a town being wired for phones via wifi, that Gene Roddenberry is being inducted into the SF Hall of Fame (did you know that before all that Star Trek stuff, he flew B17's and also flew for PanAm?) and on and on...
But network news has Paris for us instead... Pllllleeeeeaaaasssseeeee.!!
Monday, June 11, 2007
This film, produced in 2000, was 3 minutes long, took 4 months to make, before the kinds of film making tools that are available today. Still, this work, rivaled what the major motion picture studios could produce.
Link here or here
It is also very funny.
Sunday, May 27, 2007
As the humane approach, I've avoided any kind of insecticide, after all there are a lot of bee deaths out here in California as humans encroach upon their habitat. And we really need them to pollinate the plants, like all of that fruit that grows in the valleys to the south of us... Got a nation to feed, after all.
What I have done is stuff plastic bags into the holes at the base of the olive tree. A few years ago, I had tried the expanding foam thing, you know, the kind of stuff you can buy at the hardware store to "seal" up the cracks around your door moldings, etc. To keep energy costs in check... Bees just love this stuff, after it drys and hardens, they just eat right through it, sort of like ants and their tunnels.
So this year, I've tried the plastic bag trick, but I have to do this in the early a.m., when I can see by daylight, and the bees are still cold and not moving around. Evening, well... let's just say, I'm too tired to do much after about 8pm...
My results are mixed, in that the bags have a natural sort of expanding mechanism that on their own must be tied to some kind of mechanical property of the plastic itself, you know, sort of like those "memory" metals that remember their shape. I'm not saying that the bag wants to be a "bag" again, only that it doesn't want to be a "hole plugger". Anyway, give the bees an inch, in that the bag expands out a little, and those little industrious bees, they push like heck until they find a little opening, and BAMM! they are Free!
I'll keep you posted.
**** Update: I really jammed the plastic in the hole, it's staying. That's the good news... The bad news- they have found a crack higher in the tree trunk for ingress/egress...
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
More information can be found at wikipedia.
The event was first held in 2001, two weeks after Adams' death on May 11, and since then annually. On this day, fans carry a towel with them throughout the day. The towel is a reference to his popular science fiction comedy, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
- Awarded a grant to a Sacramento-based domestic violence prevention agency, in her memory. The funds will be used to develop and offer domestic violence awareness training at local businesses.
- They have Offered workshops on campus, including both grief and awareness sessions.
- Posted the EAP and National Domestic Violence Hotline numbers in break rooms.
- Provided an easy way for employees to make matching grants to the same agency, in her honor.
You too can make a difference:
- Be observant. Offer your support and concern if a coworker exhibits possible signs of domestic violence and any EAP program, which usually offers confidential assistance.
- Urge anyone who confides in you to call #HOPE from a Verizon Wireless phone. It’s a free call to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. They can also call from any phone to 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
- Encourage the coworker to also speak to his/her supervisor. They can help if they are made aware.
- Recycle your old phone through HopeLine to help support efforts to end domestic violence.
Monday, May 14, 2007
Thursday, May 03, 2007
- The bees in the tree in the far corner of my property took up residence in the base of a tree right next to the garage.
- I started to flood them out with water, delivered by garden hose, but noticed that the water pump was running start-stop; a clear sign that my new air-volume control is not keeping enough air as a cushion/spring in the water tank. The easy way to resolve this is to turn off the water and allow the tank to drain to about half-way.
- I told my wife I was "adding air to the water tank" and it would be about 30 minutes... About 10 min later she tells me that she didn't make the connection between my statement and the literal fact that the water would be off, as she was brushing her teeth and couldn't rinse her toothbrush off.
Later, water back on, flooding recommences, bees are mad again; I'm keeping my distance.
Saturday, April 28, 2007
She has other photos from school HERE
my personal favorite
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
This book goes on sale on Amazon.com on April 1, for $20 (correction, $13.57) and as the author says, this "free" distribution "... will tick off the suits at the big publishing companies." From his website, Scott Sigler writes:
You can also download or capture the podcasts, for free, and listen to the book as an audio book. So if you have a commute and are looking for a horror novel to keep from falling asleep while you drive, this is it!
"En route to a rousing final episode, Ancestor was the #1 literary podcast on iTunes and every other podcast index, including Morpheus, FeedBurner, Podiobooks.com and Podcast Alley. The book's popularity caught the attention of the broadcast world, and was the first audiobook broadcast on Sirius Satellite to the company's 4.3 million subscribers.
On a remote island in Lake Superior, scientists struggle to solve the problem of xenotransplantation -- using animal tissue to replace failing human organs. Funded by the biotech firm Genada, Dr. Claus Rhumkorrf seeks to recreate the ancestor of all mammals.
By getting back to the root of our creation, Rhumkorrf hopes to create an animal with human internal organs. Rhumkorrf discovers the ancestor, but it is not the small, harmless creature he envisions. His genius gives birth to a fast-growing evil that nature eradicated 250 million years ago -- an evil now on the loose, and very, very hungry.
You can do this from the podiobook website via this link.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Thursday, January 04, 2007
Our two styles have their origins in the same master, Kanken Toyama (b.1888, d.1966), who had opened his first dojo in 1930 in Japan. The dojo was called Shudokan (The hall for the study of the Way). It is believed that Toyama did not name his style of karatedo, rather referring to it simply as Okinawa Seito Karatedo. Some have written that he believed that all of karate was one. Because of the name of the place of training, eventually Shudokan became used to refer to the name for Toyama's training. But it is said that Toyama considered Shudokan to be more of a place for training than any one particular style. The Shudokan Dojo was a major training center for senior students of Karate-do from all over Japan and Okinawa.
In 1966 Toyama died without naming a successor. Many of his senior students have since established their own styles; a partial list:
- Toshi Hanaue maintained the original Shudokan;
- Eizo Onishi established the Koeikan in 1952;
- Michio Koyasu founded the Soryu in 1967;
- Isao Ichikawa founded the Doshinkan (The Heart of the Way style) in 1969 and
- Eishu Takahashi started the Yoshinkan Dojo in Tochigi, Japan in 1974.