Why the Brief Hiatus?

Well, primarily I was concerned about getting out of synchronization with a backup server in the Fish Farm. However I am now of the opinion that this fear is unjustified. Baka can just copy things again. Now the entries will continue.

Guerilla Warfare Once Again Thumbs Its Nose at High-tech

I just read a story about a cheap and simple device that can fry the electronics of most of the military’s high-tech weapons systems. At some point, when the US engages in another bout of cruise missile diplomacy, the people who are the targets of this diplomacy will just use this device to fry the missile guidance systems and laugh at us on global television.

I think President Shrub’s plan to revive Reagan’s dubious Star Wars missile defense ought to be reconsidered in this light.

Nerd subculture is no place for wannabes

Speaking as an old school nerd, it’s my opinion that these attempts to attach chic to nerd subculture are unnecessary and a source of needless stress. Perhaps it’s sour grapes and crass elitism on my part but, I dislike these interlopers infiltrating our ranks and attempting to make us cool. Nerds ain’t in it for the cool. We like science because science is beautiful in and of itself. We like computers because they are interesting by themselves not because there’s any money in it or because they’ll somehow turn us into the hip rave DJs or something.

I find it ironic, now that some of us have made a little money doing the stuff we love, that we are suddenly interesting.

Some nerds are fairly lucky to be blessed by an interesting phenotype but a lot of us are chubby, pasty Joes and Josephines with weird hobbies and who are socially inept. This is price paid for high intelligence. If I had a choice between intelligence (and maybe a little wisdom) or beauty, you know which I’d pick. If this dichotomy gives some wannabes trouble so be it. Nerd subculture is no place for wannabes. We’ve had to accept being excluded from the in-crowd and beautiful people during our formative years for millenia so, in all fairness, we reserve the right to spill a little vitriol to keep these new parasites out.

Anyway we’re caterpillars and most of us never turn into butterflies. A lot of us learn to accept this and eventually find another gentle, devastatingly intelligent, high-strung caterpillar to settle down with and perhaps raise a few more caterpillars.


Listening to South African Rhythm Riot (The Indestructible Beat of Soweto Volume 6) right now. Feeling very transcendent. I guess you’d have to be me here now but, I really believe this stuff is the best damn music on the planet currently. If this stuff doesn’t move you, you’re already dead.

This Use of MS Proprietary CSS is Disturbing

Browsing the links to my follow Greymatter users, I can see it because I, like vast hoards of other unwashed users, have IE. I hate to break the news to you young, aspiring page designers but scrollbar-[something]: is not legit CSS. It’s Microsoft proprietary and can lead to much badness if abused. Maybe it might be incorporated into CSS3 but, it isn’t now. Almost certainly the W3C recommendation will not be the same as the Microsoft implementation so, watch out.

Powered exoskeletons?!?

For the last few decades of the cold war, the Soviet and US military establishments had been funding rather bizarre engineering research on machines that would amplify the strength, reach and endurance of human combatants. These were often called “powered exoskeletons” or “limb amplification linkages” and so on.

Now that peace dividend has arrived, here are a Russian and a US attempt to commercialize some of this research.

Of course these shouldn’t really appear that strange, lazytongs and stilts have been around for hundreds of years.