Saturday, August 09, 2003

I'm becoming an insomniac
I discovered that I'm an insomniac when left alone. My wife and son are visiting friends and family in Ohio right now. Ever since they left I've been staying up way later than I ever did when they're here. It's strange. Even when I think I'm tired I just seem to stay awake. The only other change I've made is that I'm walking a lot more at night before I go to sleep. Maybe that's not helping matters? Hmmm...
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Corn furnace not included
My wife and I have been looking at houses in the Madison, WI area. We didn't get the fixer upper we had placed a bid on this past week. Oh well.

While looking at houses for sale by owner I ran across this listing (already sold) that reads: (Shed in back and corn furnace not included.) I would have negotiated to get the corn furnace thrown in. I don't know how you cope in Wisconsin without a corn furnace.
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Friday, August 08, 2003

My take on The Pirate, a web site targeted at college age Christians, is running an article by J. Budziszewski that says downloading music is stealing. I have a different take on this issue and wrote Boundless the following letter.
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Does your web browser support Notepad popups?

Richard M. Smith: A Notepad popup is a text window which is displayed by a HTML email message or Web page using the Windows Notepad utility. Click here for a sample popup. (If you are using Internet Explorer for your browser, the demo should have already popped up.)

I caught this on It doesn't look good to me. Yet another reason to use another browser other than Internet Explorer.

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The reason to buy a GameCube (if there ever was one)
Slashdot has a post about Nintendo pausing the production of GameCubes in order for inventory to clear out more. Not a good sign, but Mario Kart on the GameCube is an excellent sign. Mario Kart is THE reason for owning a Nintendo in my opinion. The game is fun, multi-player and never seems to get old, no matter how much you've mastered it. I love Mario Kart so much that I am now tempted to consider a GameCube purchase, even though it's end of life may be near.
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Thursday, August 07, 2003

Cool thing about Open Source
Sterling Hughes: It's starting to do a very nice job of forcing commercial producers to innovate, even in some cases to the detriment of their other products.

For example, if Microsoft doesn't come out with software and hardware for its new set top box that allows you to record TV shows and burn them to DVD, stream shows over the network, etc. Then they will lose marketshare to the open source products that do. These open source products cannot be killed by big corporations, they cannot go out of business, they are unkillable competition.

That's a great point. I especially like the part about Open Source products not being able to be killed by big corporations or going out of business. I think a lot of people miss this point about Open Source. Have you run into a company that invested heavily in a piece of software only to watch that software be discontinued even though the company is using it for day-to-day operations? I have plenty of times. It isn't pretty. At least Open Source projects give you options. Hire some developers. Join other companies to support the project and everyone benefits. There are a lot of possibilities.

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Lookout SCO, you've got big blue on your tail

The Register: In an almost comical turn of events, IBM is charging that SCO cannot claim bits of the Linux operating system are proprietary since SCO once sold a version of Linux under the GPL. IBM is also looking to secure its own IP by charging that SCO has infringed on four Big Blue patents. Last but not least, IBM claims that SCO disrupted IBM's server business by terminating its AIX license.

I'd say this is exactly what SCO's lawyers didn't want to have happen. IBM's suit makes too much sense to me. Many people pointed out that SCO licensed its supposedly proprietary code under the GPL when they were still selling Linux. Now IBM's lawyers seem to be taking action. Bye, bye SCO.

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Wednesday, August 06, 2003

The first gay bishop

BBC: The US's first openly gay bishop says his confirmation is the first step to full inclusion of homosexuals in the church.

OK, here's my take on this whole thing. Robinson's confirmation was wrong. The reason I say this isn't because Robinson is gay but because he's not celibate. I think you can be gay but that doesn't mean it's right to carry out homosexual relationships. That's not a popular take these days, I realize that but it's the one I stand by. Sin is sin. Homosexuality is no different than any other sin. No worse and no better in God's eyes. Put it this way, if you have a tendency to abuse alcohol or drugs should you give in to it? Afterall, it's a part of who you are. It may very well be in your genes.

Does all of this make me a bigot? I don't think so. Ask my friends (both gay and straight) and I think they'd tell you that I will be one of the first people to speak out against hatred towards any group of people. In fact, I've had to speak out (and put some serious strains in relationships along the way) against bigotry and hatred amongst co-workers, family, friends and even fellow Christians. I would hope they would do the same if I was spewing hatred all over the place like I've heard far too often through this journey called life.

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Note to Waterloo, WI: Turn off the siren!
About every few days or so the town of Waterloo, WI decides it's time to let off this annoying high pitched siren. I've yet to discover what this is for and it just stopped about 30 seconds ago after going for at least two minutes straight. Next time I might drive through the middle of town and yell, “Run for your lives!”
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At age 19 I was kidnapped by Turkish pirates
Stephen Malkmus' first solo disc (OK, Terror Twilight probably was his real first solo disc) cracks me up. I haven't listened to it in quite a while and now The Hook is on. There's nothing quite like a song about being captured by Turkish pirates to get you going in the morning!
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The supposedly hot real estate market
Dave Winer points to a NY Times article that basically says the housing market in big cities is extremely hot and always has been. Most other areas haven't seen that kind of rise in real estate value. So, for all those that think they're going to get rich in real estate because it's so incredibly hot, make sure you're in an area where real estate truly is hot. Otherwise, you might end up like my wife and I who are probably going to make zilch or even lose money on a house in Canton, OH we bought about 4 years ago in a good area. Had the house been in California or NYC, maybe I'd be singing a different tune.
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Tuesday, August 05, 2003

After 25 it's all over

Rory Blyth wonders what he's going to do with his life.  He's 25 and has lots of things he'd like to do but then realizes it can all be done. Join the club Rory. I'm 27, married, have a son, a good job, etc. I still can't help but feel I should be doing something else. I don't think a day goes by where I don't think about what might be in store for me elsewhere. But, right now I believe God has me where I am to teach me patience and responsibility.

Fleeing from responsibility and following a calling can be a rather thin line. My wife has asked me lately if I ever regret getting married at the age of 21. I tell her I don't regret that one bit and that's the truth. What did I miss out on? I'll tell you what, I believe I would have self-destructed long before now if I didn't have Kelly in my life. I've come close to self-destructing with her and it was far worse before she came into my life. God obviously wants to keep me around a bit longer.

But what do I want to do with my life? I don't have a clue. OK, maybe I do, but it's vague. Follow God where ever he's leading me. I want to do great things. I don't want to do anything. I don't have the first clue about what I want to do with my life. All I know is that there is meaning to all of this and it starts with God. That's a start.

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Apache J2EE app server Apache has started a project to create an open source, Apache-licenses implementation of J2EE. One of the core commitments is for the implementation to be fully J2EE compliant. The Apache Foundation has access to the J2EE TCKs, which make the certification possible. The core developers who have “signed up” include members from OpenEJB, Apache, Core Developers Network, Exolab, and more!

This is interesting. JBoss has been fighting with Sun for the past year or so over licensing issues and now Apache is in the game of Open Source J2EE servers. It seems a bit late to me. Why has it taken Sun this long to allow this to happen? At least Microsoft hasn't caught on either.

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Monday, August 04, 2003

A new web log analysis tool
I just noticed that Urchin has a new version of their web log analysis tool.  I think we might try it for our sites. I'm not too thrilled with the product we're using now, DeepMatrix's LiveStats. LiveStats has a cumbersome interface and lacks the most commonly requested reports users here have.
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Friday, August 01, 2003

Loud CD's and a recommendation

Slashdot has an interesting post that points to Rip Rowan's look at CD's being recorded louder and louder over the years.  It's an interesting read.

Speaking of CD's, I just got two CD's the other day and have listened to half of one and am very happy with my purchase.  Vigilantes of Love Live at the 40 Watt is straight ahead rock n' roll with the intelligence only Bill Mallonee seems to be able to bring to rock's table.  Highly recommended.

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The Colonel