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power grid nagios?

I see it's power failure season again.

While I was lying there in bed between 8:55AM and 9:20AM listening to my far-too-loud UPS beep, I was wondering a few things: among them, how hard it would be to disconnect the speaker in the UPS, and also, oh yeah, why the power was out again.

You'd think that PG&E would have a page explaining what happened. Maybe even an RSS feed. Not that it would do me any good, but I'm curious about these things. Is there such a thing? I couldn't find one.

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As your attorney in this matter, I strongly advise you to rescue the princess.

"We had two bags of 1-up mushrooms, seventy-five pellets of fire flower, five sheets of high-powered stars, a saltshaker half-full of raccoon tail, a whole galaxy of multi-colored turtle shells, hammers, POW blocks, laughers... Not that we needed all that for the trip, but once you get locked into a serious power-up collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.

"The only thing that really worried me was the Lakitu cloud. There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an misting binge, and I knew we'd get into that rotten stuff pretty soon."

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was it my breath?

Dozens sickened in Japan after suicide

A Japanese farmer who committed suicide by drinking pesticide vomited the poison at a hospital before he died, releasing toxic fumes that sickened more than 50 people, the hospital said Thursday.

The incident came amid a string of suicides in Japan by people mixing household chemicals to create lethal fumes. Many bystanders in recent months have been sickened by fumes that escaped into adjoining rooms, apartments or homes.


realtime nanoreview

The Presets: awesome. The sound: deplorable.

Update: Text messages sent during this show:

Drunk haiku:
continued drinking
oh god what was I thinking
oh! a vocoder!

(Techinically senyru
unless there is a season for vocoder
and I would argue
that season is now)

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Photos of TV


words that annoy me, a continuing series

Dear Web Two Point Doh New Media Douchebag Marketeer Wannabes,

Please stop using the phrase "email blast".

The word you are looking for is one of the following:

    1. "email"   -or-
    2. "spam".

Thank you for your prompt compliance.

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I bought a Curta Mark I Mechanical Calculator.
Behold, the Arithmetical Peppermill.

This machine is amazingly cool.
It makes the most wonderful noises.

I have so far resisted the urge to take it apart.

Here's a nice emulator in Flash.
I've seen links to a PalmOS version, but those are all 404.

More info at

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I saw this trailer the other day...

...and very nearly clawed out my eyes and ears before it was over. I tried to describe it to structurefall, and he had an interesting theory: he said, "They had to be trying to make Springtime for Hitler, right?" This makes a lot of sense: it has a gamut of elements you'd want in your movie if you were trying to make the most despicable movie of all time:

  • Horrific uncanny-valley CGI;
  • Yappy dogs;
  • Even worse, a thousand clones of Scrappy Doo;
  • Musical numbers;
  • A parody of a "novelty" song decades past its sell-by date, in this case, The Macarena;
  • Cheech Marin.

Perhaps there's a Manchurian Candidate trying to bring Disney down from the inside. They intend to make a fortune by shorting the stock once this movie is released.

In keeping with Springtime for Hitler, this plan will, of course, backfire. By this time next year, all of the Jack Sparrows in the Pirates ride and all of the... uh... Eddie Murphys in the Haunted Mansion ride will have been replaced by monsterous smirking rat-dogs.

Just you wait.

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