Archive for August, 2004


Tuesday, August 31st, 2004

Gee, you’re not using up your entire gig of GMail storage yet?

If you run Linux, why not use it as a mountable filesystem?

Things You Should Know About Voting

Tuesday, August 31st, 2004

(via BoingBoing)

Some electronic voting machines have a secret code that lets a second set of votes to be created.

The companies that test electronic voting machines are bound by contracts with the companies that make the machines not to disclose their test results.

If your polling place uses electronic-only voting machines, you may want to vote by absentee ballot.

Submitted For Your Approval…

Wednesday, August 25th, 2004

(via BoingBoing)

…the original Planet of the Apes, as a Twilight Zone episode.

Origami Dragons

Wednesday, August 25th, 2004

(via BoingBoing)

Intricate origami dragon, with the folding diagram (pdf).

Here’s an even more amazing one. Sorry, no diagram for this one.

Attach to the ‘net, worms see you in 20 minutes

Wednesday, August 25th, 2004

(via BoingBoing)

The SANS Institute has measured the average time between probes for a system on the Internet, it’s down to 20 minutes. In other words, the worms can find you before you have time to download all those security patches to make a new install of Windows XP safe(r).

They have a paper on how to get online safely.

If you have a system already, or a savvy friend with a CD burner, you can always slipstream the pathches into the XP install – that is, build new XP installation disks with the patches already in place. Here are some instructions for slipstreaming XP Service Pack 2 into XP.

Of course, if you’re really savvy, you could use Knoppix Linux to patch your XP system.

Stirling Premieres Friday!

Wednesday, August 25th, 2004

The homeschooler-produced movie Stirling is premiering this Friday at the Boston Marriott Peabody, as part of the Live and Learn conference!

Sheep Like Pictures Of Friends

Wednesday, August 25th, 2004

A team at Cambridge University headed by professor Keith Kendrick has discovered that stressed sheep cheer up when shown pictures of friends and relatives.

Happy Birthday, Ben!

Thursday, August 12th, 2004

Ben’s nineteen today!

Happy Anniversary

Monday, August 9th, 2004

Lucille Ball once said “Once in his life, every man is entitled to fall madly in love with a gorgeous redhead.”

Heh, well I married mine!

Happy 24th Sweetie!

Julianne at the DNC

Wednesday, August 4th, 2004

Here’s my niece, Julianne Lauring, with a news report from the Democratic National Convention. (You’ll need Real Player if you don’t have it already.)

Back to you, Kent!

He’s that most dangerous of animals, a clever sheep.

Monday, August 2nd, 2004

Sheep in Yorkshire, England, have learned to roll across barriers they can’t walk across in order to get to peoples’ gardens.