Archive for June, 2005

Rerun

Thursday, June 30th, 2005

Shuffle price of the day: $129

I’ve been trying to think of something new to say about the latest litfic kerfluffles, but I think I said it all before. So I redirect you to Other People’s Playgrounds.

Or as they say on Slashdot, 2002 called—they want their kerfluffle back.

Mwahahaha!

Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

Eye of the day: Sauron in Space

Some poetic justice from New Hampshire for our black-robed masters:

On Monday June 27, Logan Darrow Clements, faxed a request to Chip Meany the code enforcement officer of the Towne of Weare, New Hampshire seeking to start the application process to build a hotel on 34 Cilley Hill Road. This is the present location of Mr. Souter’s home.

Clements, CEO of Freestar Media, LLC, points out that the City of Weare will certainly gain greater tax revenue and economic benefits with a hotel on 34 Cilley Hill Road than allowing Mr. Souter to own the land.

The proposed development, called “The Lost Liberty Hotel” will feature the “Just Desserts Caf?” and include a museum, open to the public, featuring a permanent exhibit on the loss of freedom in America. Instead of a Gideon’s Bible each guest will receive a free copy of Ayn Rand’s novel “Atlas Shrugged.”

Clements indicated that the hotel must be built on this particular piece of land because it is a unique site being the home of someone largely responsible for destroying property rights for all Americans.

Fun With BSG

Tuesday, June 28th, 2005

Thanks ever so much to Jerie for the link to 5-Minute Battlestar Galactica.

Atwood at Large

Thursday, June 23rd, 2005

Do you think Margaret Atwood will start writing sci-fi now?

Retro Fic

Thursday, June 23rd, 2005

Seema wants to wax nostalgic. I’m really too post-fandom to put any work into gathering titles and links, but fortunately I did it back when I cared. So let me redirect you to The Jemima’s Trek Fanfic Awards. I think it’s all old enough to qualify as Classic Voyager fic.

Night Owl Goes Extinct

Monday, June 20th, 2005

If you’re paying close attention, you may spot the one poster up at Park Street announcing the end of Night Owl bus service. The last run will be this coming Friday, after which all T-riders will have to conform to the early-to-bed, early-to-rise subway schedule.

For those of you who don’t know them, subway hours are 5am to 12:45am, give or take 15 minutes depending on the line. Service starts about an hour later on Sundays, but no longer runs an hour later on Friday and Saturday nights like it used to way back when.

Plan your drinking and not-driving accordingly.

Link Day

Thursday, June 16th, 2005

No content today, just links:

The Imaginary Library

Sunday, June 12th, 2005

Star Trek: The Lost Books lists all the tie-in novels that never were.

Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl

Wednesday, June 8th, 2005

It’s not too late to feed your face at the Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl, an all-you-can-eat ice-cream festival June 7-9, 11:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m, at City Hall Plaza (Government Center), Boston. Bring $7 and your appetite.

Intel Inside

Tuesday, June 7th, 2005

Invention of the day: Breathing with the fishes

Though my first reaction was “Noooooooooooo!” I’ve adjusted pretty quickly to the New Mac Order. I was hoping that John Gruber would explain why his anti-Intel predictions were so wrong, but the only comment so far from my favorite Mac guru is that classic apps won’t run on Intel.

So I’m going to have to provide the geek commentary myself. I’m not sure why they’re switching to Intel, but I am sure it’s not for the sake of the Apple faithful. We liked the PowerPC chip and no one wants their computers or their programs to go out of date so soon after the last big switch (to OSX).

Intel chips cost more than PPCs, so no savings are going to passed onto us. There’s no huge or guaranteed speed gain with Intel, if you believe the PowerPC benchmark numbers, but there is one concrete advantage to Intel chips: there are a lot of them. Apple has had pipeline problems with PowerPC chips no matter who was making them (Motorola, IBM, or Freescale). Intel will be a cake walk in comparison. Imagine ordering the latest and greatest PowerBook and getting it in a week instead of a month or two.

Of course the biggest advantage is the clone market for MacOS, but I thought Steve was against the clones. Only time will tell whether the clones attack.

(For deeper thoughts, try Slashdot.)

[Update:] John Gruber comes through with some analysis.