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24 July 2009 @ 02:00 pm
Carelessness while refilling a mayonnaise squeeze bottle can lead to the bottle becoming angry.  It appears that some have amazing accuracy, as evidenced by today's experiment producing a bottle that spit mayo in my left eye.

So we can add that to the list of experiences I can never again claim to not have had...
23 July 2009 @ 02:36 pm
I just received yet another spam e-mail.  This one caught my attention because they really aren't even trying with it.  What was the hook they were using to get people to click?  Was it increased penis size or stamina?  Small business loans?  Nail fungus treatment?  The potential for training in the police/computer/medical billing industry?  Last chance affordable car insurance or warranties?  Diabetes meal planners?  Cruise vacations?  Photos of singles in my area?

No, those would be too obvious!  (although every one of those was in the most recent two dozen e-mails in my spam folder)

The subject of this e-mail was, and I quote:
Cell phones that allow you to take pictures
22 July 2009 @ 03:02 pm
I remember years ago, hearing that computers consume more power by frequently starting up and shutting down than it would take to just let them run all day.  I think the number I heard back then was 3 -- if you're going to turn the computer on and off three times or more over the course of the day, you'd be better off just leaving it on.

Does anybody know if there is now, or ever was, truth in that?  I checked Snopes, but couldn't find anything, and I'm just not sure who else to ask...
22 July 2009 @ 07:56 am

It's that time of year again...

Time for the VC Reporter to host their annual popularity contest.


If you enjoy your time in my office, please vote for me in the "Best of Ventura County" poll.


2009 Best of Ventura County


Voting closes July 31, so vote now!


 Thank you!!! 

13 May 2009 @ 08:57 am
Remember back in last June, when I was whining about not finding the Network Spinal Analysis episode of a show called "What's the Alternative?"

It's airing on May 27 -- not only on Dish Network, but on Verizon FIOS, which is what I've got!  DVR is set, and I am ready to go!  Woohoo!!!
17 February 2009 @ 12:05 pm
Transformers 2 trailer.  (there's a link to the trailer in HD just below the video, which is worth the extra downloading time)  For just the briefest of moments at the end, it points out that you can experience it in IMAX.

06 February 2009 @ 06:43 am
I was extremely excited for a while. From all reports, Camarillo is getting an IMAX. The Edwards cinemas, just 1.5 miles from my house, is premiering an IMAX screen later this year. That's really exciting news, right?

Well, on Wednesday night, Jen and I saw Inkheart at that theatre. (great concept, poorly executed. Not the point.) When we asked when the IMAX was opening, they said March 6. (Looks like it's opening with The Watchmen) This took me by surprise -- there's no obvious construction. Then they said it would be in Theatre 7. My heart started to sink. But hope stayed alive - we'd parked in front of the theatre, and #7 is in the back. Maybe the rear parking lot is being built into to accomodate the screen? I mean, they're building that huge extension of the Outlets right next to the theatre, so parking could overflow in that direction pretty easily.

Yesterday, I rode my bike to the theater in the morning and confirmed my fears. I rode behind the theatre, to where Theatre 7 is located. No construction whatsoever.

So unless they're digging into the ground under Theatre 7, what's happening appears to be that they're using the two-story space they already have and putting in new projectors and possibly speakers, and calling that IMAX. IMAX, whose slogan is "Think Big." Whose standard is a six-story screen.

This makes me very sad, and a little insulted. What, they think because we live in Ventura County, we can't figure out the difference between a six-story screen and a regular-sized one? Heck, the Cinerama Dome or the main screen of the Chinese Theatre is bigger than Theatre 7, and neither of them would qualify as an IMAX.

I may check it out when it opens. It's possible I'm mistaken. It's even possible they are, in fact, digging four stories down. Doubtful, but possible. But at this point, I really don't know. =(
Current Mood: disappointeddisappointed
13 January 2009 @ 01:50 pm
Question for the geeks out there...

How would you go about keeping the contents of a common directory synchronized across three computers in two locations?

Cut for the non-geeks' friends listsCollapse )
11 November 2008 @ 09:56 am
Now announcing, for the rare person who cares, the return of jlweight.