Tue-Sep 30 2003
Operators Are Not Standing By
Even if we don't have any current openings that are right for you right now, if you are interested in working at Double Fine, send in your stuff anyway! We are always interested in making contact with talented and experienced programmers, artists, animators, designers, and production people. Even if you're not looking for work right now, it's good to stay in touch because YOU NEVER KNOW.
I can't guarantee that we will be especially good about responding to each and every email we get. Sometimes we get busy and ignore that mail box for months on end. But don't give up hope. Eventually, the mail server will get full, and we'll need to delete some of the applications, so we'll all get together and read through the resumes in there and make fun of people's spelling errors or read their "Job Objective" statements in sarcastic voices and stuff like that.
But maybe we'll see your samples or your web page and all at once the laughter will stop, and our jaws will drop, and then somebody will say, "Whoa." And then I'll look a them and I'll say, "Are you thinking what I'm thinking?" And then someone will yell, "I'm way ahead of you buddy!" as they pull up in the company bus/monster truck and as we all pile in, somebody shouts out, "LOCK AND LOAD!" And we drive full speed to your house and you come out and say "D-D-D-Double Fine? But--" and we put a finger to your lips and say, "You had us at hello!" And then your parents try to stop us because they don't understand, so we duct tape them to a streetlight and peel out, popping a wheelie all the way down the street while "Sweet Home Alabama" blares out of the radio and then you and I try to say something at the same time because we're both so excited, so then we both shut up so that the other can talk, and then we both say, "No, you go!", but then we both start talking again at the same time, and we have to just laugh until we're crying tears of joy, and we sense in our hearts that we will all be best friends forever and ever, and never think about what or who we were before. We will just enjoy the ever-unfolding kaleidoscope of happiness and discovery and adventure and laughter that lie before us.
And then we pull up to the office and I yell, "Alright, back to work suckers. And no talking!" And weld the door shut with everyone inside as I laugh and laugh and laugh. Oh, the fun.
Don't burn mono wav files to CD. They get played back at double speed.
You either have to resample the file at 88200 samples/sec or convert it
Drug War Victims
Annie Rae Dixon
84 years old
Bedridden with pneumonia during a drug raid.
Officer kicked open her bedroom door and accidentally shot her.
Sun-Sep 28 2003
Whatever You Say
"The Battle of the Rats and the Rabbits shows that
when outsiders interfere, trouble can result. These rats
carry a dead comrade back to their base."
On a Lighter Note
HISTORY OF THE SHOPPING CART
The shopping cart was conceived in 1937 by Sylvan Goldman, one of the original self
service grocery retailers who, in observing the shopping habits of his customers,
realized he could provide better service and sell more groceries if only he had
some means of helping them carry more merchandise. From this simple observation the
shopping cart was born, along with the tremendous growth in self-service mass market
retailing that continues today.
It's a shell game, with money, companies and corporate brands switching in a blur of
buy-outs and bogus fronts. It's a sinkhole, where mobbed-up operators, paid-off
public servants, crazed Christian fascists, CIA shadow-jobbers, war-pimping arms
dealers - and presidential family members - lie down together in the slime.
It's a hacker's dream, with pork-funded, half-finished, secretly-programmed
computer systems installed without basic security standards by politically-partisan
private firms, and protected by law from public scrutiny.
It's how the United States, the "world's greatest democracy," casts its votes.
And it's why George W. Bush will almost certainly be the next president of
the United States - no matter what the ***people*** of the United States might want.
The American vote-count is controlled by three major corporate players - Diebold,
ES&S, and Sequoia - with a fourth, Science Applications International
Corporation (SAIC), coming on strong. These companies - all of them
hardwired into the Bushist Party power grid - have been given billions
of dollars by the Bush Regime to complete a sweeping computerization
of voting machines nationwide by the 2004 election. These glitch-riddled
systems - many using "touch-screen" technology that leaves no paper trail
at all - are almost laughably open to manipulation, according to corporate
whistleblowers and computer scientists at Stanford, John Hopkins and other universities.
Via Ethel the Blog
Sat-Sep 27 2003
This Could Get Interesting
The CIA has asked the Justice Department to investigate allegations
that the White House broke federal laws by revealing the identity
of one of its undercover employees in retaliation against the
woman's husband, a former ambassador who publicly criticized
President Bush's since-discredited claim that Iraq had sought
weapons-grade uranium from Africa, NBC News has learned.
Wed-Sep 24 2003
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell
Foreign Minister of Egypt Amre Moussa
February 24, 2001
We should constantly be reviewing our policies, constantly be looking at
those sanctions to make sure that they are directed toward that purpose.
That purpose is every bit as important now as it was ten years ago when
we began it. And frankly they have worked. He has not developed any
significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction.
He is unable to project conventional power against his neighbors.
Sun-Sep 21 2003
Poppa's Got a Brand New Toy
Thursday I bought a Sony DSC-P52 digital camera. It only took until late
Saturday night for me to suss out the oh-so-important process of downloading
images into my computer. I went out this morning and took some pictures so
I could make sure I could reproduce the steps. Here's my first posted image:
And, as a public service, here's the process I used:
Running Mandrake 9.1 Linux
Camera On and connected by USB at boot (may not be necessary)
"USB Connect" on camera set to "PTP"
As Root on CLI:
modprobe usb-ohci (depends on motherboard, you may need usb-uhci)
mount -t usbdevfs none /proc/bus/usb
The next 2 commands don't need to done as root:
cd "directory you want pictures to go into"
Next project: Making the modprobes and mounting automatic at boot.
Train wreck is a way overused metaphor, but we're headed for some kind of collision,
and there are three things that can happen. Just by the arithmetic, you can either
have big tax increases, roll back the whole Bush program plus some; or you can sharply
cut Medicare and Social Security, because that's where the money is; or the U.S. just
tootles along until we actually have a financial crisis where the marginal buyer of
U.S. treasury bills, which is actually the Reserve Bank of China, says, we don't
trust these guys anymore ? and we turn into Argentina. All three of those are
clearly impossible, and yet one of them has to happen, so, your choice. Which one?
Via Follow Me Here
George W. Bush is Scary
Picture a man standing in an office, handsome, serious. It is Rand Beers,
a former top Bush administration counterterrorism expert, looking into the camera
and telling America the exact same words he told The Washington Post this past
June when he resigned from his job with the National Security Council and joined
the John Kerry presidential campaign: "The administration wasn't matching its deeds
to its words in the war on terrorism. They're making us less secure, not more secure."
(The words appear along the bottom of the screen, for emphasis:
They're making us less secure, not more secure.)
Perhaps at this point a shot might home in on a document?the oath of office he keeps
framed upon his wall. Then he might say something like: "I served under presidents
Ronald Reagan, Clinton, and George H.W. Bush. But what I saw under this president
made me do something I never thought I would do: quit the government service."
Cue close-up: steely eyes.
"I decided this past June that the best way to keep my pledge to help secure my nation
was to work full-time for the defeat of this president."
Via Follow Me Here
Fri-Sep 19 2003
Use It or Lose It
There have been no requests by law enforcement officials for any businesses to hand over their records for terrorism investigations, according to a new Justice Department document obtained by CNN.
Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which has drawn sharp criticism from civil libertarians, allows FBI counterterrorism agents to obtain secret court orders requiring any private business -- including libraries and hospitals -- to produce business records for foreign intelligence and international terrorism investigations.
The law can require businesses to hand over to authorities "any tangible things," including books, records, papers, documents, and other items.
According to the document obtained by CNN, "the number of times Section 215 has been used to date is zero."
When the American Library Association's request under the Freedom of Information Act for the Justice Department to reveal details about use of Section 215 was rejected early this year, the group went to court.
With backing from the American Civil Liberties Union, a lawsuit was filed in Washington July 30 to compel the government to disclose the information.
Let me get this straight. Ashcroft has spent a month and a half and an unknown amount of money
denying the American public the knowledge that part of the Patriot Act has never been used?
How exactly would letting this vital information slip in any way damage the national security?
I also have to wonder how much we need Section 215 if it has never been used even once in
almost 2 years. And to be really cynical, why exactly should I believe Ashcroft?
Thu-Sep 18 2003
So Now You Know
During each hurricane season, there always appear suggestions that one should simply use nuclear weapons to try and destroy the storms. Apart from the fact that this might not even alter the storm, this approach neglects the problem that the released radioactive fallout would fairly quickly move with the tradewinds to affect land areas and cause devastating environmental problems. Needless to say, this is not a good idea.
Now for a more rigorous scientific explanation of why this would not be an
effective hurricane modification technique. The main difficulty with using
explosives to modify hurricanes is the amount of energy required. A fully
developed hurricane can release heat energy at a rate of 5 to 20x1013 watts
and converts less than 10% of the heat into the mechanical energy of the
wind. The heat release is equivalent to a 10-megaton nuclear bomb exploding
every 20 minutes. According to the 1993 World Almanac, the entire human race
used energy at a rate of 1013 watts in 1990, a rate less than 20% of
the power of a hurricane.
Sun-Sep 14 2003
Censored 2004: The Top 25 Censored Media Stories of 2002-2003
#1: The Neoconservative Plan for Global Dominance
#2: Homeland Security Threatens Civil Liberty
#3: US Illegally Removes Pages from Iraq U.N. Report
#4: Rumsfeld's Plan to Provoke Terrorists
#5: The Effort to Make Unions Disappear
#6: Closing Access to Information Technology
#7: Treaty Busting by the United States
#8: US/British Forces Continue Use of Depleted Uranium Weapons Despite Massive Evidence of Negative Health Effects
#9: In Afghanistan: Poverty, Women's Rights, and Civil Disruption Worse than Ever
#10: Africa Faces Threat of New Colonialism
#11: U.S. Implicated in Taliban Massacre
#12: Bush Administration Behind Failed Military Coup in Venezuela
#13: Corporate Personhood Challenged
#14: Unwanted Refugees a Global Problem
#15: U.S. Military's War on the Earth
#16: Plan Puebla-Panama and the FTAA
#17: Clear Channel Monopoly Draws Criticism
#18: Charter Forest Proposal Threatens Access to Public Lands
#19: U.S. Dollar vs. the Euro: Another Reason for the Invasion of Iraq
#20: Pentagon Increases Private Military Contracts
#21: Third World Austerity Policies: Coming Soon to a City Near You
#22: Welfare Reform Up For Reauthorization, but Still No Safety Net
#23: Argentina Crisis Sparks Cooperative Growth
#24: Aid to Israel Fuels Repressive Occupation in Palestine
#25: Convicted Corporations Receive Perks Instead of Punishment
Via also not found in nature
Man In Black
By: John R. Cash, © 1971 House of Cash, Inc.
Recorded February 16, 1971
Well, you wonder why I always dress in black,
Why you never see bright colors on my back,
And why does my appearance seem to have a somber tone.
Well, there's a reason for the things that I have on.
I wear the black for the poor and the beaten down,
Livin' in the hopeless, hungry side of town,
I wear it for the prisoner who has long paid for his crime,
But is there because he's a victim of the times.
I wear the black for those who never read,
Or listened to the words that Jesus said,
About the road to happiness through love and charity,
Why, you'd think He's talking straight to you and me.
Well, we're doin' mighty fine, I do suppose,
In our streak of lightnin' cars and fancy clothes,
But just so we're reminded of the ones who are held back,
Up front there ought 'a be a Man In Black.
I wear it for the sick and lonely old,
For the reckless ones whose bad trip left them cold,
I wear the black in mournin' for the lives that could have been,
Each week we lose a hundred fine young men.
And, I wear it for the thousands who have died,
Believen' that the Lord was on their side,
I wear it for another hundred thousand who have died,
Believen' that we all were on their side.
Well, there's things that never will be right I know,
And things need changin' everywhere you go,
But 'til we start to make a move to make a few things right,
You'll never see me wear a suit of white.
Ah, I'd love to wear a rainbow every day,
And tell the world that everything's OK,
But I'll try to carry off a little darkness on my back,
'Till things are brighter, I'm the Man In Black.
Want to read something scary
Sat-Sep 13 2003
None More Black
The Big Mobodaddy sent this
charming essay on Richard Condon's book "The Manchurian Candidate" and the more famous
film. In my misspent youth Condon was one of my favorite authors. His cynical and black-humoured
books will but a hurting on your head-in a good way.
There He was, Bigger than Life
I met Johnny Cash once, back in '93 or so. He must have been playing in town and he
and June and a couple of cousins came into our bookstore, which freaked out the
staff so much they all hid in the back room. I thought Mr. Cash might benefit from
some customer service, so I went to see if he wanted any help finding anything.
He was an impressive man in the flesh, taller than I expected-even with a slight stoop,
weathered face, and that voice. I asked him if I could help him find anything and he
said he was looking for books on the Vietnam war. He had already found "True War"
so I showed him the History section and recommended Michael Herr's
"Dispatches" and Tim O'Brien's "Going After Cacciato". He browsed for about an hour
-June had to almost drag him out of there, and he bought both of my books.
Every single person in the UK should be compelled to have their DNA on
the national database in an effort to prevent crime,
a senior police officer has argued.
Via Boing Boing
Fri-Sep 12 2003
Happy Happy Joy Joy
Delighted and bemused am I to report that the
"Summer Sonico3 Pushead Box" is finally available,
creepy Howard Hughes zombie Santa.
Global warming over the next hundred years could trigger a catastrophe which rivals the worst mass extinction in the planet's entire history, according to new evidence unearthed by scientists at Bristol University.
The researchers have discovered that a mere six degrees of global warming was enough to wipe out up to 95% of the species which were alive on Earth at the end of the Permian period, 251 million years ago. Up to six degrees of warming is now predicted for the next century by UN scientists from the intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, if nothing is done about emissions of the greenhouse gases, principally carbon dioxide, which cause global warming.
The end-Permian mass extinction is now thought to have been caused by gigantic volcanic eruptions, which triggered a runaway greenhouse effect and nearly put an end to life on Earth. Conditions in what geologists have termed this 'post-apocalyptic greenhouse' were so severe that only one large land animal was left alive, and it took 100 million years for species diversity to return to former levels.
Tue-Sep 09 2003
Who, we have to wonder, was the idiot who approved use of the Mall in Washington for a three-and-a-half hour commercial for the National Football League?
If some bureaucrat in the National Park Service allowed this travesty, then fire his or her butt before they do any more damage.
Or if Interior Secretary Gail Norton authorized this shameless commercialization of federal land, then ship her back to Colorado because she obviously suffers from too many Rocky Mountain highs.
Since when does the NFL deserve this special treatment? Professional football is a business, driven by greedy owners who control teams of overpaid, muscle-bound clowns who most likely would be flipping burgers, gang-banging or selling real estate if the sport did not pay them millions to bash their brains into mush.
The NFL contributed a measly $10 million towards staging the three days of events that led up to Thursday night's kickoff of the new football season but what it paid did not begin to cover the cost of staging or security from 1,000 police officers from 35 local, state and federal agencies.
Police began closing streets around Washington early Thursday and many businesses and offices sent their employees home early so they could avoid the choked traffic on the few streets that remained open.
Tourists trying to visit attractions along the Mall found themselves shuttled out of the area so the area could be sealed "for security purposes."
And it gets better.
Via Follow Me Here
Mon-Sep 08 2003
Man, Do I Hate Pro Sports (Yes)
I couldn't make this up. This morning, the US Department of the Interior is turning
over the Mall in front of the Washington Monument to Pepsi-Cola Corporation to promote
their new "Pepsi Vanilla."
The Bush Administration has moved swiftly to respond to objections to the commercialization
of the nation's heritage sites. The complaints, from Pepsi rival Coca Cola, will be addressed
by re-naming the Bill of Rights. Attorney General John Ashcroft is expected to announce today
that, "those ten outdated amendments will be called 'Bill of Rights Classic,' while the
post-PATRIOT Act version will henceforth be called, 'New Rights Lite.'" A spokesman for
Mr. Ashcroft added that Anne Coulter will be renamed, simply, "Lite."
Mr. Dick Cheney, the nation's Vice-President for Marketing, has angrily rejected accusations
that photos released by the Defense Department of Saddam Hussein drinking Diet Dr. Pepper
were fabricated for the purpose of winning public support for our entry into the cola wars.
Cheney has turned down repeated requests to produce notes of his several meetings with
A spokesman at the Park Service indicates the agency has nixed proposals for a monument
to the "Spirit of the Pioneers" - referring to those who have given more than $100,000
to Bush family electoral campaigns. However, the plaque at the Lincoln Monument has been
updated "for accuracy" at the request of the National Association of Manufacturers to read,
"this government of the lobbyists, by the lobbyists and for the lobbyists shall not perish
from this earth."
And adding Rush Limbaugh as a commentator? 3 words: Fuck that noise.
Sun-Sep 07 2003
Best Throwaway Line in a B-Movie Tonight
"I don't like it, what if something goes wrong?"
"Yea, yea, what if Yogi Bear kills the president? Don't worry about it".
Fri-Sep 05 2003
What-the-hell Dept: "Earn a Criminal Justice Degree" from refugeevips.com
Got Me Dept: "Nice Blog"-that's evil
Thu-Sep 04 2003
Don't Try This at Home
Leaving work today my car made a loud ringing rattle and the alternator light came on.
The bar that holds the alternator taut against the belt that drives it broke. This
belt also drives the water pump. It is a very important belt and it was flopping around
uselessly. I "fixed" it with bungee cords. Actually, "jury-rigged" is a better term
than "fixed". There is actually a bungee cord coming out from under the hood to hook
onto the wheel well. That cord is holding the main cords away from the engine block
because heat is bad for rubber. It all works like a charm, though somewhere a german
engineer is crying. Bungee cords-don't leave home without them.
Wed-Sep 03 2003
What a Maroon
Handy Hint: If you are going to write a virus that takes over a couple of million computers and
then launches a DDoS attack against Microsoft don't have
the infected computers report back to your easily traced personal web-page.
Tue-Sep 02 2003
A Full Year of Fog
It's hard to say exactly, what with my adventures in operating system updating but I feel
confident in stating that the Utility Fog Blog is now a year old. And by sheer coincidence
the Fog has accumulated 365 posts. A post a day, that ain't a bad average.
Mon-Sep 01 2003
In the market for Pancakes Shaped Decorative Pillows
to complete your
breakfast decoration theme? Look no further.
Via #!/usr/bin/girl -v3