September 2005 Posts

Various Things

Been a little quiet around here lately. Some random thoughts…

I’m waiting to hear back from American Data Recovery on my hard drive. They said it would take 2 days to evaluate it and we’re getting into the 4th and 5th days now. If I don’t hear anything by tomorrow afternoon, I am going to call them.

CA continues to do well. We’ll see how managing it is over time. Specifically having to moderate people who administrate their own communities. I have two things. Some of them will be more understanding, having to deal with the same issues themselves. Some of them will get offended as they will feel they are above being moderated or they don’t agree with the way I run the site. That’s fine, as long as they don’t get nasty. Those who get nasty, get banned. But, people that act like are few and far in between.

There is some music that I want to get that is only on vinyl records. So, what to do? I’m thinking in the future (when I am out on my own) I will set it up so that I am able to convert vinyl records to MP3s (not sure how successful that will be, but seems possible) and then I’ll start buying the records. These were songs that are flat out not on CDs. So, that would be cool.

b5 media is about to launch. It is co-owned by my friend Jeremy as well as Duncan Riley. Wish them luck.

New episodes of House are back underway, which is great. Same for new episodes of The Simpsons and Family Guy.

I got my headset and it is good. So, I’m not more comfortably able to talk on Skype, etc. I may be using it more and more soon… ;)

CA is doing well. It’s kind of cool. Very nice start over there. If you’re a community administrator, give it a look.

Paid Protesters Paid Less Than the Place They’re Protesting

This is kinda funny.

3 Days Left in Design Contest

There is only 3 days left in the design contest at SitePoint. Incase anyone wanted to enter. :)

Good Day for Sports

It was a good day, yesterday. The Dolphins upset the Broncos 34-10 and the Yankees beat the Red Sox 1-0.

I’m not sure what to expect from the Dolphins, but if they can play like they did yesterday, they won’t be so bad. Gus Frerotte surprised me. Then again, it’s one game. Jay Fiedler had games like that, as did Brian Griese. Time will tell.

The Yankee game was great as it was a must win if we’re going to have any shot at the division here in the last 20 games. Plus, we simply cannot afford to lose many games from here on out. Randy Johnson pitched an awesome game (7 IP, 1 H, 0 R), but the end was especially thrilling with Mariano closing the door.

To prepare for a standard work shift, Mariano Rivera will throw about 20 pitches in the bullpen. Yesterday, with pinch hitter David Ortiz waiting for him in the Yankees’ most important game of the season, the closer rode an adrenaline rush from the pen to the mound.

“I threw maybe 12 pitches,” Rivera said. “I knew that Ortiz was going to pinch hit. I wanted to face him.”…

“Maybe the pitch count was up there,” an uncharacteristically jubilant Rivera said. “But I work hard every time I’m going there. What can I say? It was a good one.”…

Rivera threw Damon 10 pitches, all of them cut fastballs with the intent of breaking in toward the lefthanded hitter. “I didn’t want to give him anything so he can get a little blooper or something like that,” Rivera said. “I won’t be able to sleep tonight.”…

“I could’ve thrown 100 pitches today,” Rivera said. “It didn’t matter.”

There is nothing I can say about Mo that I haven’t said before. Love the guy.

Easy Thumbnails

Easy Thumbnails is an awesome free script. It allows you to easily create thumbnails for images. You can even use it to mass reduce the size of images while keeping them the same size. For instance, say you have 100 .jpgs at the highest image quality. Maybe that’s more bandwidth than you’d like to put out there and 80% looks pretty good, really. So, you set it to grab all the images and export them at 80% quality. 10 seconds later, it’s done.

Interviewed by HTTPPoint

I was interviewed by HTTPPoint.

Check it out, if you’d like. Launches! launched today. It is a community for community administrators, featuring discussions on all aspects of developing and managing an internet community.

I originally had the idea to create a site like that more than 3 years ago. I finally got the opportunity to develop it. Looking forward to managing it.

Note from the Executive Producers of House

Cool. They sent me (and other House webmasters) a copy of the newly released House – Season One on DVD. I have posted the letter over at

I am Joe Normal

Joe Normal
43 % Nerd, 17% Geek, 26% Dork

For The Record:
A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.
A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.
A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.
You scored less than half in all three, earning you the title of: Joe Normal.

This is not to say that you don’t have some Nerd, Geek or Dork inside of you–we all do, and you can see the percentages you have right above. This is just to say that none of those qualities stand out so much as to define you. Sure, you enjoy an episode of Star Trek now and again, and yeah, you kinda enjoyed a few classes back in the day. And, once in a while, you stumble while walking down the street even though there was nothing there to cause you to trip. But, for the most part, you look and act fairly typically, and aren’t much of an outcast.

I’d say there’s a fair chance someone asked you to take this test. In any event, fairly normal.


The test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 26% on nerdiness
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You scored higher than 15% on geekosity
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You scored higher than 33% on dork points

Link: The Nerd? Geek? or Dork? Test written by donathos on OkCupid Free Online Dating

Via Chrispian via Aeryn.