Tuesday, October 21, 2003


I hate modern computer companies. A month or so ago, I installed QuickTime to watch a movie. Today, I need to view a TIF. Unfortunately, QuickTime decided to register itself at the TIF viewer and freezes up when I try to view the TIF.

Of course, all of this is really Microsoft's problem because they created an operating system that makes it easy for programs to reregister program viewers, but have made it devilishly difficult for end users to determine what programs will view what program. I still think it is complete garbage that just about every single one of these programs try to take over the entire machine.

Now that computer companies know that installing adware means they get to take money from the end user, things are going to get substantially worse before they get better.

Sunday, October 19, 2003

The community sites really don't seem to be attracting any attention. So I thought I would turn my thoughts back to mathematics.

In my diatribe about transfinite theory, I never really explained what I thought was wrong with the theory. For the benefit of people who would like to bash my head against a brick wall. I thought I should add a clarifications page.

I think the error in the proof isn't that the Real Numbers are denumerable, but that the Rational Numbers are not.

Friday, October 17, 2003

I crashed the Utah Java User Group yesterday. It was a very interesting presentation about all of the ins and outs of XML. At least I feel good about my decision to stick with the RDMS / HTML combo.

The meeting was at the IHC facility which is in this massive Decker Lake office park. The thing that is interesting is that there is a humongous office park designed with no through streets into West Valley City. When you think of that from a societal point of view, it is quite freightening. Here you have the state's largest employers (IHC, Discovercard, USANA,...) essentially cutting their workers off from the rest of the society in this styrofoam packaged, insulated world.

Wednesday, October 15, 2003

I discovered yesterday that the Night of a Thousand Dinners is on November 6th. I thought is was in December.

That does not give much time for publicity. I made a web site for the Salt Lake Adopt a Minefield dinner. Hopefully we will be able to find people to host dinners in Provo and Park City.

I made a page for the Utah Adopt-A-Minefield effort. For information on US and international events, check out: Night of a Thousand Dinners or The Adopt A Minefield site by the UNA.

Tuesday, October 14, 2003

The big bag of goodies just came in. I am an evil person. When the kiddies come to trick or treat, I intend to fill their bags with healthier stuff. Last year, they got Bug Bites...this year they will get a combo of gummy bears (from natural ingredients), Fig Newmans, Glee Gum (all natural again). I might get a bag of the cheap stuff to hide the fact the fact that we are giving out the good stuff. I would hate for a trick or treater to toss a pumpkin though our window for giving out organic foods.

Monday, October 13, 2003

Well, we are getting ready to do the presentation on the Logic of the founding fathers. We have a massive pile of research, and I didn't get the web site done. The only thing on the web site is information on the Faith of the Founding Fathers. This is not the prime research, the stuff on the logic is more interesting, and more revelant to the visions they would have had for the US.

The sad thing is that after several years of having web sites that no-one ever found, I am finally starting to get a small amount of traffic. Yet, I am now just too burned out to do what I really want.

Sunday, October 12, 2003

Conservation bill light on conservation... [Forbes].

I really think the conservatives misunderstand the economy. They look at growing unemployment, the glut in the market and determine that the thing we need to do is to increase consumption.

The problem is not with the amount of consumption, but with the quality of consumption. Were the Bush Administration to jump on the conservation band wagon and demand that we improve energy efficiency, it would due more to create jobs than feeding the glut of resources currently on the market.

Let's approach this from a different direction: The BLS essentially is trying to define productivity as the amount of goods (material wealth) that a worker creates in hour. Well, when we find a short cut to making more of something, the labor is still around. The labor then gets wasted on something less productive. The big productivity jump in programming means no more jobs for second rate programmers like me; so I must do something inefficient like affiliate marketing.

Conservation, on the other hand, concentrates on resource productivity. By employing extra labor, we get more for our gallon of gas. It increases the quality of consumption.

Let's try another tact. The US places its highest taxes on wages. In many cases the US actually subsidizes the extraction of material. Taxing something means you want less of it. So taxing jobs means we want fewer jobs. Subsidizing oil extraction means we want more fuel burned. The conservationist sees this equation as backwards. What we should do is tax labor less and resource production more...this creates jobs as companies employ more and more workers to get the most out of the resources we do put into production.

As soon as this founding fathers talk talk is over I hope to get some time to work out ideas on Crass Commercial.com.
Day three of the drug experiment. Ringing in ears continues, but the pressure is a bit less. The big problem is that I am supposed to take the Prednisone pills with breakfast and lunch...and I usally skip breakfast and lunch, so I will gain weight ... yuck.

I added a section of Southern Utah Posters to iMoab.com...I doubt I will ever see a sale, but it is a quick way to add some graphics to a rather boring site.

Friday, October 10, 2003

Rush Limbaugh has admitted to being addicted to pain killers. So we can now all ask: "Well was that Rush being a big fat jerk, or the pain killers being a big fat jerk?"

Speaking about drugs, I am on drugs big time right now. About a month ago, I had a pop in my left ear...since then I've had a ringing in my ear. A doctor at this company (I had a doctor's visit yesterday) put me on something called Prednisone to see if it will reduce the inflamation and hearing loss in the ear.

Now I have a rining in my ear and a head ache. I haven't had one of those for awhile. Uh, what what that you said? Could you type louder?

Wednesday, October 08, 2003

I had my birthday party at Cafe Roma...an Italian restaurant on 3300 South. Not much else going on at the moment.

Wednesday, October 01, 2003

Hi, I won the idiot of the month award! I designed a quick admin page for a site. Since it was for quick administration, I didn't add much security. I just gave the page an odd name, and never added any links to the site. The really big mistake was that I added a link that would let me delete elements on the page. Anyway, I accessed the page with a computer that was running Alexa. Anyway, apparently decided to run a scan of the admin page. It dutifully executed all of the delete links.

Fortunately, I have current backups. But I still deserve a whack upside the head for my short sighted design.

Lesson learned. Never have anything on a web page that performs a database operation as the result of a click.

On the commercial side, I added a silly ad page for Surplus Computers. I doubt it will save me from my financial doom. See, I proved that I am a fool. I need money to be parted from!