ok, WTF does this comment on my gallery mean?

From: rodrod @ (Sat Apr 24 11:58:27 2004)
Your so hot i want to stab you with a fork.

Credit to beaker, #twilight_zone, EFNet

14:30 <@beaker> All of which means one of two things: either it's the goddamn
                finest time in history to be an American, living as we are in
                the age of incredible technology and miracle medicines and
                longer life expectancies and $5 coffee drinks and a happy
                synthetic chemical to match any sort of ache or pain or lump or
                rash or spiritual crisis you might be facing.
14:31 <@beaker> Or it's the absolute worst, what with so many of us heavily
                drugged and over half of us massively obese and IQs dropping
                like stones and our overall quality of life deteriorating right
                under our noses and shockingly huge numbers of us actually
                finding Shania Twain somehow interesting. Which perspective is
                right for you? Ask your doctor.

Computers for Sale / Trade / To Good Homes

Hi folks,

I’m clearing out my 8-bit computer collection. The following gems are up for sale, trade, or simply to be given away to good homes. Make me a reasonable offer, to my email. Crosspost anywhere you like.

iCOM 3712 Dual Disk Drive Cabinet (for Altair):
s/n 1567, model # 3712-50
+ Compupro enclosure (S-100 bus + power supply)
+ Compupro arbitrated 24 bit DMA hard disk controller
+ Compupro arbitrated 24 bit DMA floppy disk controller
+ Fujitsu 20MB Hard Drive in full size enclosure w/ power supply

Commodore Business Machines
Commodore VIC-20 Paddle set, in original box
Commodore 64 in original box
Commodore 1571 in original box
Commodore 128 w/Software, S/N CA1109269
Commodore 64, no box
Commodore 1571, no box
Commodore 128D, no box
Commodore plus/4 - in original packaging, all original materials
Commodore 1541 disk drive - no box, dust cover
Commodore 64, no box, dust cover
Commodore modem
Commodore C2N cassette unit
The Connection Vic-20/C64 to parallel port converter
Giant box of Commodore 64 cartridges and floppies (GAMES)
Amdek Color 300 15" monitor.  Has NTSC Composite and Chroma/Lumina

Atari 130XE
Atari 400
Atari 410 cassette tape drive
Atari 600 in original packaging
Atari 800
Atari 800XL (x2)
Atari 1010 cassette tape drive
5x Atari 1050 floppy drives
Atari 801 dot matrix printer
  + plethora of games on floppy and cartridge
  + assorted joysticks & paddles.
Edumate Light Pen + Peripheral Vision -- Atari and C64 compatible

HP-41C full printed manual set (no calc)
HP 82153A -- HP-41C optical wand (complete)
HP-41C Games Manual
HP-41C Synthetic Programming Guide

Apple ][
Apple ][+ with Microsoft 16K Language Card and Kensington System Saver
  and Marcey Inc. parallel interface (slot #1)
  and Disk ][ interface card (slot #6) + 1 Disk ][
  and Monitor II m/n A2M2010 s/n 0872113
  and Panasonic Auto Stop cassette player.
Apple //e with Extended 80 Column Card, Disk ][ interface card + 1 Disk ][
  and lots of manuals
Apple //e (Enhanced, with MouseText)
Epson HomeWriter 10 dot matrix printer, 100CPS.  S/N 017835
  Includes parallel port interface cartridge, manuals, original packaging
Apple Duodisk

Apple Macintosh
Apple Macintosh 512K in original packaging + extra external 3 1/2" floppy drive
Apple Macintosh IIcx, no memory, no HD, "Macintosh II" video card.

Original Copy II PC board with manual (requires 360K 5 1/4" drive)

Sanyo Creative Computer (CP/M) MBC-1000AUS  S/N 56820908
  Floppy drive shows some damage (will not close).  Includes CP/M.

2x Sun-1 computers, missing CPU cards.  Only includes 2xmonochrome
  graphics cards and 2x 3Com 3Mbit/10Mbit ethernet cards (one is a
  prototype).  Extremely rare -- these are Stanford University
  Network computers, NOT SPARC machines.  They were originally
  68010-based computers.  Non-operational.
Sun GDM-17E10 17" multisync color monitor
Sun Type 5 keyboard (with Control key aligned with home row) and
optical mouse w/ required optical pad.

Radio Shack TRS-80 Model III  S/N 00013665
  2x 5 1/2" floppy drives
  + boot diskette + 4 application diskettes
Radio Shack TRS-80 Color Computer 2.

Texas Instruments
TI99/4A personal computer
  + cartridges
  + cassette tapes

Mattel Aquarius + custom, homebrew extension board of unknown function
Timex Sinclair 1000 (aka Spectrum ZX81)
  + original manual
  + 16KB ram expansion
Mitsubishi C-3919N, 19" analog RGB monitor, s/n 2030490, March 1982
  40-70Hz Vertical, 15.5-23.5kHz Horizontal, max 350x280 resolution
  Perfect for analog NTSC video work or arcade cabinet refurbishment
NEC Multisync 3D monitor (1024x768, capable of NTSC frequencies)
Zenith Z-19 Serial Terminal (VT-52 alike)

Synthetic <i>a priori</i> judgements

A recent thread on TCOW concerning evolution vs. creationism brought up the issue of a priori judgements, and the subtle difference between synthetic and analytic a priori judgements. It lead me to do a bit of online research, during which time I discovered that many of the texts I’ve referred to so often in dead tree form have been transcribed, without encumberance of copyright. Hooray for the Internet!

If you’re interested, read my posting here. Comments can be made here or there, I get notification of both. :-)

check him out

. You simply have to check out his poster collections in his journal; they’re astounding. But, more importantly, the guy’s a man.  And I mean a real man — well fit.  Hubba, hubba!

I really enjoyed his company, and he was kind enough to not only let me
repair his WurliTzer 200A, but also keep it for several months until my
own synthesizers showed up!

I just lament the fact that we haven’t hung out since he picked up his
keys.  Oh well, at least I get lots of eye candy from his journal!

Incredible IRC quote

11:36 <@shadowcat> I saw this once.. it floored me.. dood opens up ramen packet.. sprinkles the flavor packet on it after putting it in microwave save bowl.. microwaves the thing, takes it out, adds water .. and then wonders why it't "didn't work"


Bias on CNN? Never!

[Update- 48 hours after posting this, CNN re-edited the article. Interesting. –JST]

OK, so I’m reading middle-of-the-night CNN, and I see this article.

Title: GOP convention protest covers miles of New York
Police arrest 200; Bloomberg: Marchers ‘behaved responsibly’

N.B. Put a small number up front — the eye is attracted to the number 200. Perhaps fast scanners think it means only 200 protesters attended the event. It’s a small crowd. Internet people tend to look at figures more often than text.

NEW YORK (CNN) — Tens of thousands of demonstrators carrying signs and chanting “No More Bush” marched Sunday past Madison Square Garden, the site of the Republican National Convention, which opens Monday.
Write out the text “Tens of thousands” so it doesn’t stand out against 200. Especially since 200 is in a bigger font.

Organizers had predicted as many as 250,000 demonstrators would take part.
Aha! They only predicted 250,000 demonstrators. So they were wrong, it was only tens of thousands of people.

Then, much much farther down, in paragraph 6:

March organizers said they estimated the crowd size at more than 400,000.
N.B. This is below the page scroll point even on 1200×1048, meaning only true diehards will actually ever get to that part of the article and not just skim the text. Never mind that it says the size is 1.6 times the size that they originally predicted, and 40 times larger than a single “ten(s) of thousands.”

Police did not give a crowd estimate.
The gall to put this right after the 400,000 figure, as if to discredit the organizer’s boastful claim. Even assuming an inaccuracy of 50%, it’d still be more than the original 250,000 demonstrators predicted. You can’t fake 200,000 people in attendance. You just can’t. It takes up HUGE amounts of real estate. A single aerial photograph would show the veracity of this statistic, and given CNN’s resources, should have been included in the article. (Or are you going to tell me that a shot from the top of a tall building would violate Homeland Security?)

Yet no aerial photograph of the size is given in the CNN gallery. Instead, they show fake coffins (intended to ire those who support the war), Rev. Jesse Jackson (perennial bash-boy), distorted photos of Pres. Bush (see, them liberals always lie!), someone in a devil outfit (look, them Liberals don’t fear Bod like we do, they worship Satan!), police (look, them Liberals don’t even respect the law, we gotta get our Boys out there to help keep things in order!), a handcuffed protester (see! Told ya!), and some sketchy photos of people in weird bright costumes.

Just yer average day in the modern American media.