"If you understood everything I said, you'd be me" - Miles Davis
"There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge." - Bertrand Russell
"Take away the right to say fuck and you take away the right to say fuck the government." - Lenny Bruce
"Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!" - Homer Simpson

Utility Fog Banner

Acquaintance
shy dog basenji fremont

This is Shy Dog. She belongs to a shop a couple of doors down from my Fremont stop. She's more indifferent than shy-she basically couldn't care less about people. I can't remember ever seeing her wag her tail. She's been seeing me a couple of times a week for years and all I've been able to manage is a couple of head scritches. It doesn't help that she thinks my hand-truck is made of evil. I started giving her a treat every time I see her, which has earned me rapt attention and zero affection. Still, I have to admire her consistency.



Music From an Alternate Reality
The Mashups of Alex H

Fat Freddy's Drop

Fat Freddy's Drop 'Ray Ray' (YouTube)



Booze Death Calculator

This could come in handy:

CHOOSE YOUR DRINK
HOW MUCH DO YOU WEIGH?
GIRL OR GUY?

Created by Bar Stools

How much alcohol would it take to kill you?
Via Slog | The Stranger

Jeepers

The Venture Bros. season 4 trailer
Via io9



Adventures In Computer Repair

If you're thinking of replacing a noisy or broken motherboard chipset fan (specifically, the one on a MSI K8N ATX {ms-7185} I have some tips that may prove useful:

  1. Do not depend on the dickwads at Fry's for product information, even if you bring in the manual for the motherboard so you know the exact model and have photographic reference.
  2. The K8N chipset does not follow the northbridge scheme. The holes on the motherboard for the holding pins are ~59mm apart, further than the northbridge standard.
  3. Measure the distance between the pins holding the bad fan to the motherboard and make sure the fan you buy matches.
  4. The pins are not designed to be removed. Whoever thought this system up deserves a brisk thrashing. You will either have to remove the motherboard (i.e. almost completely disassemble your computer) and remove the ends of the pins from the backside of the motherboard, or do like I did and saw, slice, and finally snip the pins short enough so that they can be pushed through the holes and fall out. Good luck, and be careful.
  5. In a pinch, you might be able to keep the fan secure against the chip by using a properly trimmed bamboo cooling skewer as a prop.
  6. While you're at it, clean out the dust yaks that have grown inside your computer and don't forget the inside of the CPU fan.

On the bright side, the repair was successful, my computer is quieter, and I discovered 4 USB ports I didn't know I had. You can never have enough USB ports.



Bollywood

Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai w/ English Subs
Via Bruce Sterling