Since I’ll hit 20 years of blogging this November, this year I’m posting a daily list of anything I published on this day in the past.

There are 23 posts previously published on September 25th

  • 2017
  • 2016
    • Uff. #StarTrek #VOY is so difficult to get through. We’ve made it to Season 7, so at least we’re almost done, but man, is this a slog. (269/366)
    • Even the farmers are certified organic. At least Fred Meyers isn’t contributing to the robot uprising by purchasing from synthetic farmers.
  • 2014
    • Since I’m starting school again, it seemed appropriate (if slightly embarrassing) to dig up my high school freshman photo for #throwbackthursday.
  • 2008
  • 2007
    • Fall Quarter ’07 Barring unexpected catastrophes, I'll be walking across a stage and receiving my AA degree this spring. There's a point to all this after all! ;)
  • 2006
    • Eragon and Dragon Wings I've not read either of Chris Paolini's young-adult fantasy books, Eragon or Eldest, but I saw a trailer for a movie adaptation of the first book, to be released this Christmas season.
    • White and Nerdy An instant Weird Al favorite.
    • Aperture Consider this firmly on my wishlist come Christmastime: not only has Apple just upgraded Aperture to version 1.5, but Frasier Spiers has announced the first beta of an Aperture version of his excellent FlickrExport plugin
  • 2005
    • On Dissent and Disloyalty If we confuse dissent with disloyalty — if we deny the right of the individual to be wrong, unpopular, eccentric or unorthodox — if we deny the essence of ratial equality (sic) then hundreds of millions in Asia and Africa who are shopping about for a new allegiance will conclude that we are concerned to defend a myth and our present privileged status. Every act that denies or limits the freedom of the individual in this country costs us the ... confidence of men and women who aspire to that freedom and independence of which we speak and for which our ancestors fought.
  • 2004
    • Spenard Lake, Anchorage, Alaska One of the panoramic shots I took while on vacation in Anchorage &dmash; Spenard Lake, which together with Lake Hood makes up the single busiest seaplane airport in the world (over 90,000 operations in 1994).
  • 2003
    • White House edits to EPA Report on the Environment Here's a leaked internal memo from the EPA discussing changes that the White House made to the EPA's Report on the Environment, and what options they have while dealing with the White House.
    • Wanna get the FBI's attention? The following is (theoretically) a list of (most of) the (suspected) keywords. So if I suddenly stop posting here…this post is probably why. ;)
    • Easy MovableType to TypePad redirecting I'd been planning on diving into the arcana of the Apache mod_rewrite module to redirect all the hits to this new address, but then tonight I discovered a much, much easier solution.
    • Here come the ads My 'Bookshelf' (books) and 'Noises' (CDs) lists are back on the site, now that TypePad has given us the necessary tags to work them into our templates.
    • Bare your bum at Bush! Objective: To collectively voice our displeasure at the impending arrival of George W Bush in the UK and in doing so either sour the experience or prevent his arrival.
    • Love, Natalie Saddam Hussein called and wants to know where his weapons of mass destruction are. Listen Saddam, I already told you, I don't know. You’re going to have to call the White House on that one.
    • Geek porn! Cute girl + Dual 2.0 Ghz PowerMac G5 = Geek Porn!
    • Dean breaks Clinton's fundraising record According to ABC News, Howard Dean is on-track to come close to the quarter-million mark in fundraising so far, and has already beat Clinton's fundraising record.
    • Burning toast brightly, proudly, and with great beauty In the end, the school board voted unanimously to keep Brave New World and Stranger in a Strange Land, while giving parents more control over their students’ choices by requiring principals to automatically offer an alternative to a challenged book.
  • 2002
    • ‘Don’t be so vain…’ Set a course for Earth...kill everything.
    • I’m official I should have done this before, but finally, roughly nine months after installing it, I've finally paid for and registered MovableType, the software I use for my blogs.
    • Linkage I just noticed that both Falling Awake and db link to me. Nice to know someone else out there finds me worth checking in on for one reason or another -- much appreciated!

A New American Manifesto:

From the People of the United States of America: From time to time in human societies, things get so bad with the governments that we set up that we have to take a step back, stop being citizens of that government and just be basic humans again, loyal only to the primary needs of humanity. This is one of those times and it’s only fair if we are going to take such a drastic step, that we first explain why. We owe everybody that.

This is good. And just in case it sounds a little familiar….

Since I’ll hit 20 years of blogging this November, this year I’m posting a daily list of anything I published on this day in the past.

There are 21 posts previously published on September 24th

  • 2016
    • Most of the #StarWars #Lego sets are fun and cute, but don’t need to come home with me. The little #HanSolo encased in carbonite (plus #BobaFett!) was just too cute to pass up, though.
    • Almost two hours, almost six miles. Gorgeous fall morning for a walk. Not a bad start to the weekend at all. (268/366)
  • 2014
    • Time to head home, have dinner…and do homework! Day one of my grad school career is here!
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2004
    • My parents were kiddos too! Now that dad has a scanner that can see slides, he's been going through and adding a lot of old photos to the family photo album. I love seeing these — it's so fun to go through shots of my folks when they were around my age (or younger — as in this photo, taken at age 20 at their wedding rehearsal dinner).
    • What if…? What would America look like if it were in Iraq's current situation? The population of the US is over 11 times that of Iraq, so a lot of statistics would have to be multiplied by that number.
    • Stupid humor: President Freezes Tourists’ Assets Inspired by a throwaway comment on /., I took a Sept. 24, 2001 Presidential address and replaced every instance of 'terrorism' with 'tourism'. Just think of it as an answer to the age-old question of, 'If it's tourist season, why can't we shoot them?'
    • Politicizing Warfare The Washington Monthly is asking about the fantasyland that George Bush seems to be living in, when waging a war in which the strategy seems to be based not on any real situations, but on election-year political situations.
    • A look at the 2000 election Many of you will have heard of and read the lengthy October 2004 Vanity Fair article by David Margolick et al. on the 2000 election litigation, with a focus on never-before-reported details about what happened inside the Supreme Court. The piece has received a great deal of attention inside the Court because, as the article details, '[a] surprising number of [law] clerks [from that term] talked to Vanity Fair.'
    • Are you better off? Ontario Emperor pointed out a series of graphs from Buzzflash highlighting some of the numbers behind how our country is doing. Not that surprising if you've been paying attention, but certainly interesting to see.
    • One week in I've made it to the end of my first week on 'banking hours', and you know…I think I just might be able to get used to this. All in all, while the mornings are still a little rough, I think this is definitely going to be a positive change.
  • 2003
    • Good news! George W. Bush is in the worst political trouble of his presidency, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Wednesday night. Bush’s approval rating now stands at 49 percent, the lowest point of his tenure.
    • Credit where credit is due I'm fairly obvious about having a strong anti-Microsoft bias. However, I do have to admit (and really don't mind doing so) that the Macintosh team at Microsoft does some truly kick-ass work.
    • Diebold's voting machines There's a good article on Salon looking at the issues with Diebold's electronic voting machines, which are being used to replace troublesome punch-card voting machines after the 2000 voting debacle. It doesn't look like our votes are any safer under the new system.
    • Other reactions to Bush's UN speech Has an American president ever delivered such a bafflingly impertinent speech before the General Assembly as the one George W. Bush gave this morning?
    • Inappropriate sexual arousal for teens Would Ms. Wilde be so kind as to suggest some alternate reading that provides appropriate sexual arousal for young teens?
  • 2002
    • A gun for words The problem with reading wonderful writing by truly great authors is that my own writing suffers, dramatically, in comparison. Everything I write lately just sits on the page, flat, dejected, and suffering. If there was such a thing as a gun for words, I would shoot each of mine and give them a quick and painfree end.
    • Rearranging a bit I've done a bit of reorganizing to the sidebar, in an effort to group things together a bit more logically, and move sections that are more likely to be used closer to the top (above the 'fold', so to speak).
    • 40.5 days Over the past few months, I've been working on converting every audio CD I own to .mp3 format on my computer. I just got done tonight -- and the results are kinda frightening, in a very cool sort of way.
  • 2001
    • Just a quick word or two Just tossing a quick entry in before I send out the e-mail update to those few people who get it. It's Monday morning and I'm at work, so don't want to spend too long here, but I thought it would be good to get a little bit in here so I'm not completely out of date.

Typeset in the Future: Star Trek: The Motion Picture

If you’re a fan of Star Trek: The Original Series, you might be expecting to see the font from its opening titles in Star Trek: The Motion Picture too. This font was (perhaps unsurprisingly) called Star Trek….

The Star Trek font also appeared in a non-italic version, to introduce William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy to 1960s TV audiences. Sadly, this is where the good news ends. When The Original Series returned for a second season, it added DeForest Kelley (Dr. “Bones” McCoy) as a second “ALSO STARRING”.

The problem here is obvious, isn’t it? Unlike the Es in “SHATNER” and “LEONARD,” the ones in “DEFOREST KELLEY” have straight corners, not curved ones.

Alas, The Original Series’s inconsistent typography did not survive the stylistic leap into the 1970s. To make up for it, The Motion Picture’s title card introduces a new font, with some of the curviest Es known to sci-fi. It also follows an emerging seventies trend: Movie names beginning with STAR must have long trailing lines on the opening S.

Since I’ll hit 20 years of blogging this November, this year I’m posting a daily list of anything I published on this day in the past.

There are 18 posts previously published on September 23rd

  • 2018
    • Report: Disney re-animating parts of Wreck-It-Ralph sequel after Princess and the Frog criticism. I’m impressed that Disney is doing this. Good for them for listening and actually taking action.
    • Linkdump for September 3rd through September 23rd An automatically generated list of links that caught my eye between September 3rd and September 23rd.
  • 2017
    • Our local Fred Meyer has the (ahem) recently discovered Rhino Dragon in stock! 🦏🐲 😆
  • 2016
    • Book forty-three of 2016: Remake, by Connie Willis 🌟🌟🌟 (267/366)
    • How embarrassing! That’s twice this week I’ve forgotten my daily photo. Here’s my Snapchat filter as penance! (266/366)
  • 2014
    • At the CWU Grad School orientation, ready to be students again! #cwupride
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2005
  • 2004
    • Derailing the Peace Train I saw this while flipping through the paper yesterday on lunch, and thought it was fairly ridiculous, and now the story is making it's way across the 'net: the United States is now safely protected from the evil Cat Stevens.
  • 2003
    • More on Gibson's 'The Passion' Dad sent me a couple articles over the last few days looking at Mel Gibson's 'The Passion', lately seeming to be the most controversial religious film that almost no one's seen since Dogma was in pre-release. Anyway, if you're at all interested in the film or the controversy around it, both of these are worth a look.
    • Shaolin Soccer needs to be released, dammit Among the top 10 movies downloaded on the Internet in August were the usual blockbusters: Pirates of the Caribbean, The Hulk, Matrix Reloaded ... and Shaolin Soccer.
    • Matrix/Web Let me tell you why you're here. You're here because you know something. What you know you can't explain but you feel it, that there's something wrong with the web. You don't know what it is but it's there like a splinter in your mind driving you mad.
    • Bush's U.N. address Bits and pieces from yesterday's address to the U.N. by President Bush.
  • 2002
    • Why can’t Bush speak? He's made it clear repeatedly: George W. Bush is always right, George W. Bush can do no wrong. And now he's accidentally made the point again, by showing himself incapable -- psychologically, and therefore physically -- of saying 'Shame on me.'
    • ‘Up-skirt’ photography ‘reprehensible’ but legal The state's voyeurism law protects people who are in a place where they 'would have a reasonable expectation of privacy'.... But the court found the law doesn't apply to filming people in a public place, even if it's underneath their clothes.
    • More TrackBack mumbo-jumbo Phil makes a good case for not including TrackBack metadata in the HTML for the main site page. This works well for me, as I'd previously struggled with it causing problems with the HTML validation for my site.

📚 thirty-eight of 2020: The Captains’ Honor by David and Daniel Dvorkin ⭐️⭐️ #startrek #tng

Somehow the Roman gladiator planet from TOS has become a full member of the Federation, with a Starfleet ship crewed entirely by these neo-Romans. It does not go well.

Since I’ll hit 20 years of blogging this November, this year I’m posting a daily list of anything I published on this day in the past.

There are 14 posts previously published on September 22nd

  • 2019
    • As of today, I’ve completed my Goodreads Reading Challenge of 52 books (one for each week), with more than three months to spare. 18 of those books have been part of my Hugo reading project. Not a bad nine months’ work. Now to see where I end up at year’s end!
    • Book fifty-two of 2019: Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening, by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ While the story didn’t entirely grab me, the artwork by #nwc43 Artist GOH Sana Takeda is quite gorgeous. I’m looking forward to seeing more of her work in person next spring.
  • 2014
    • Monday is done. Running out of days when campus will be this empty!
  • 2008
    • Say what, Sarah? Y'know, I think one of the things that really bugs me about Sarah Palin is simply that all too often, when I'm reading transcriptions of statements she's made, I have _no idea_ what she's saying. Well, okay, not _no_ idea -- generally it is possible to figure out what she's trying to say -- but her spoken grammar goes beyond the usual sloppiness one can expect in off-the-cuff spoken English into sheer gobbledygook.
  • 2007
    • Alive Again… After twenty-two days, we're finally up and running in the new apartment -- internet and phone are both _finally_ working as they should. This took far, _far_ too long.
  • 2006
    • Cydonia redux The European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter has obtained new, high resolution images of the ever-popular Cydonian 'face' on Mars, putting to rest (again) the myth that there's actually a constructed face on the surface of the red planet.
  • 2005
  • 2004
    • Security issues driving PC users to the Mac It's certainly not much of a surprise, given the ever-increasing number of attacks against Windows of late, but more and more people are moving to the Mac platform after getting hit by one too many Windows security problems.
    • 1000 millimeters in an inch Okay, I know that the US has, as a whole, been resisting switching over to the metric system (a real shame in my opinion). But still — you'd think that the Department of Homeland Security would be a little more informed than they appear to be…
    • Too hot! Too cold! Augghh! One definite disadvantage to switching up to the 8am-5pm schedule I'm on now. Aaaahhhh, the joys of apartment living!
  • 2003
    • Future plans Now, this is all fairly tentative at the moment, but I've been toying with the idea of getting back into school for some time now, and it just may be time to start finally working towards that. We'll see where things go from here.
    • Bugfixes are good Well, that was a nice surprise. I just updated my Mac to OS X 10.2.8, and on restart, discovered a bug fix.
    • My eyes! My eyes! Hasn't use of the 'blink' tag been outlawed by now? The worst part is, the rest of the design isn't shabby at all, which just makes the gratuitously annoying blinking stand out by comparison. Ugh.
    • JetBlue class action lawsuit Did you fly JetBlue between February 2000 and September 2002? You may be eligible for a class action lawsuit against JetBlue being investigated.

Since I’ll hit 20 years of blogging this November, this year I’m posting a daily list of anything I published on this day in the past.

There are 15 posts previously published on September 21st

  • 2018
    • Pros and cons of working from home in one sentence: When you’re sick, it doesn’t necessarily mean you fall behind on work. Yay? The biggest change is that while I usually work from home, today I’m working from my bed. With more naps. And an even more lax dress code than usual.
  • 2017
  • 2016
    • I’m becoming one of “those people” — get up and do 30 minutes on either the stationary bike or the elliptical before my morning shower. This morning was the elliptical, and Prairie caught me boogieing to a good tune (a mashup of Baltimora’s “Tarzan Boy” and Katie Perry’s “California Girls”). (265/366)
  • 2014
    • Started today with a nice walk along the Yakima river. Pretty morning!
  • 2009
  • 2008
    • Star Trek Story Record #8 (BR 513) A treasure I found a long time ago, and recently reacquired from my brother. Star Trek Story Record #8, Power Records BR 513, _still in the shrink wrap_. This set includes the LP and a comic book with two stories: _A Mirror for Futility_ by Alan Dean Foster, and _The Time Stealer_ by Cary Bates and Neal Adams.
  • 2006
  • 2004
    • The new me I don't think these pictures really do them justice, but I got my new glasses today, along with Star Wars on DVD.
  • 2003
    • Finding my sea legs When Rick called me a couple weeks ago to let me know that he'd found a place to rent kayaks and asked if I wanted to go along, I was all for it. Yesterday around noon, he and his roommate Liza picked me up, and we headed off to find the Agua Verde Paddle Club.
  • 2002
    • Goth isn’t dead…it just wishes it were. Goth will never die. Of course for fun we could take it out, bury it, and then dig it up later to see what it looks like.
    • Reviewed! Last week I stumbled across Bloggy Opinions a blog review website. It seemed fairly entertaining, and the reviewers seemed to do a good even job of reviewing the sites they visited, so I went ahead and submitted 'The Long Letter' to them.
    • Yikes I think I just heard gunshots. Eight, very quick, all together, no pauses. Creepy.
  • 2001
    • Amusing quotes anyways, my GAY brother tom was watchin vh1, which is like suppose to be like mtv only for old people or something, and there was this thing called 25 years of punk! i was like, hell ya, i'm a punk! so of course i had to watch it!

Since I’ll hit 20 years of blogging this November, this year I’m posting a daily list of anything I published on this day in the past.

There are 15 posts previously published on September 20th

  • 2018
    • “This last week has really made great strides to remind me that women’s pain doesn’t matter in America.”
  • 2016
    • From this morning: catching up on Facebook while pedaling on the exercise bike. (264/366)
    • Once again, a Snapchat filter as penance for forgetting my photo yesterday. (263/366)
  • 2014
    • Just a quiet Saturday evening at home.
  • 2011
    • DADT is done On September 20, 2011, 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' will officially become past tense.
  • 2010
  • 2006
    • Photofront I just found a really nice way to create a very slick gallery style presentation: Photofront. A few clicks create a simple Flash-based photo presentation that can either be hosted on the Photofront site or embedded into your own site as I've done. Nicely done!
  • 2005
    • Cute. Cuddly. Delicious. Babies: Cute. Cuddly. Delicious.
    • Yes! We Have No Bananas! This is fascinating, and -- amusing as it sounds -- actually pretty serious: we could be as little as five years away from a banana apocalypse...and that's not even the worst case scenario.
  • 2003
    • Carver This little vehicle looks perfect for me — small, great for in-city driving, lots of fun to drive around in, and very eye-catching. Unfortunately, it looks like it's only available in Europe. Bleah. I can dream, though, can't I?
  • 2002
    • The Turing Test is in no danger Just some fun wordplay, from this MeFi thread dealing with AI, language, and other such goodies.
    • Nu Shortcuts in School R 2 Much 4 Teachers Melanie Weaver was stunned by some of the term papers she received from a 10th-grade class she recently taught.... 'They would be trying to make a point in a paper, they would put a smiley face in the end.... If they were presenting an argument and they needed to present an opposite view, they would put a frown.'
    • Violence in the media People say, 'After Columbine, do you feel a responsibility about the way you portray violence?' And I'm like, 'No, I felt a responsibility about the way I portrayed violence the first time I picked up a pen.'
    • Breakin’ the law! Breakin’ the law! The Onion does not support the use of its headlines without the express written consent of the publisher. You can put a link to The Onion on your site but may not use the headlines or content. More information on how to link to The Onion is available at our Link Page.
    • Fat scrimping Rob's writing another story.