Think about doing what we're doing

I just got back from my favorite computer store to see if they had any hot new notebooks. I'm not in the market, I'm just a gadgetophile. Yes, I have thing-fetish, and it's a hard thing to kick even if you know it's the right thing to do. It's one of the true curses of modern western wealthculture. Anyway, there was not a computer to see… On Saturday four guys had bust in with shotguns and taken all their best notebooks.

I just had a great bruch of huevos ranchero (a fried egg, ham, and baked beans in a tortilla bowl), and now I'm going to try and coerce @home into uploading an image update to BME. (So check for that later today). Oh, and I think I may well eat some marzipan as I wait.

24 hours till Porsche time.

"The secret faith of the 20th century is not modernism. The secret faith of the 20th century is nostalgia for the archaic: nostalgia for the Paleolithic. And that gives us body piercing, abstract expressionism, surrealism, jazz, rock and roll, and catastrophe theory. And why does this matter? It matters because it shows that the way out is back, and the future is a forward escape into the past."
"As we break out of the infantile obsessions of the marketplace, what we discover is that in the body there are Niagaras of beauty. Alien beauty, alien dimensions that are part of the self, the richest part of life."

Terrence McKenna
on the Archaic Revival

Funmail and more

First, we're up another $1600 (PayPal) from when I left for Amsterdam — Thank you!

OK, so I got spammed with a request to fill out this tattoo survey. I took a quick look at it. My dog was it written by a dimwit.

They asked race. Options include African American, Asian American, Mexican American, Native American, or White… I guess that the world is made of basically of two cultural groups. The wonderful multi-cultural America, and then the all White rest of the world.

Ha. Well, that's as far as I got. I guess that some people aren't aware that the internet extends farther than they can see.

Did you know that in labratory conditions of extreme cold they've managed to slow the speed of light down to 38 mph? (I'm not kidding). And is anyone else very excited about Blue Gene?

“Juilet Snow” (heavenly_snow_angel@hotmail.com) recently sent me a photo taken from BME and cropped off the logo, claiming it was her. My reply: You're a liar..

Juilet: why am i a liar?
Me: You expect me to believe that's a picture of you?
Juilet: and why wouldnt u believe that its me?
Me: Because I own the photo. Your lie is caught, don't make yourself look like an even bigger dimwit by trying to pretend it's not.
Juilet: FUCKING BITCH, BY THE WAY; YOUR TATTOO AND PIERCINGS ARE UGLY.

Ha, ha. Then I got this ridiculous email (not from the same person):

From: ***** ******* <pussypart@yahoo.com>
Subject: pussy eticate

as you may notice by my email address, I am very much into pussies. Nice Pussies! YOu have some FUCKING U G L Y pussies posted on ur website! why would anyone want to look at ugly pussies!!? let alone PAYY to do it?!

ps- if you have any pix of nice pussies that you dont have up on your website (keep for yourself, you know, whatnot) plz send them to me here. (Yahoo allows 6 full megabytes of space)

So then I get this email from an idiot who I assume had subscribed to some mailing list and couldn't figure out how to follow Yahoo!'s instructions on how to unsubscribe (even though they were posted on EVERY SINGLE email).

From: Tiddilypom@***
Subject: WILL EVERYONE JUST FUCK OFF

FUCK OFF
FUCK OFF
FUCK OFF
FUCK OFF
FUCK OFF
FUCK OFF
STOP E-MAILING ME, YOU ARE ALL BORING , YOU ARE ALL DRIVING ME CRAZY, AND IF SOMETHING ISN'T DONE ABOUT THIS NOW, I'M GOING TO SUE FOR HARRASSMENT. i'VE ASKED YOU NICLY TO UNSUBSCRIBE ME TWICE ALREADY, BUT NOW YOU'VE MADE ME ANGRY. FUCK OFF AND LEAVE ME ALONE

And then I decided it was time to go to bed.

I love street racing

So I went to my grandmother's today for Easter. That was all nice, but the drive back was soooo fun. Traffic was thick, and getting ahead meant severe lane changing. I almost got killed doing it — I was doign about 160, and was accelerating into a much needed open space. Suddenly a dimwit in a white K-car pulled in front of me doing barely the speed limit. Thank god for four big disc brakes. She finally pulled into her correct slow-moving lane and as I passed I saw that she was barely even paying attention to the road… She was far more concerned with the sub she was eating.

ANYWAY, when I first got onto the highway (about two hours from my house), a silver TT pulled up behind me. This was one of the new TTs, so it's in theory more powerful than mine, but since mine is chipped and has an improved exhaust they're probably about equal power. Anyway, he pulled up behind me FAST whipped into the lane next to me, looked over and paused, and then TORE off. I did my best to keep up, but this guy was driving even crazier than I was, zipping from lane to lane at about 140. So after about twenty five minutes or so he was out of sight.

Then two ginos in a brand new silver Honda Civic made it clear that they wanted to race too. They kept up for a while, but at that point we were hovering between 140 and 180 as traffic allowed it, and at those speeds the TT simply way outhandles a Civic. So it wasn't long before I was out of their sight.

The funny thing about the TT is that it wants you to speed. If you're listening to music, the stereo automatically turns louder and louder as you go faster, egging you on!

Anyway, the punch line is that about ten minutes from my house I finally caught up to the other TT — I was hoping I might. This TT had custome plates and I'd recognized it as belonging to a guy that lives down the street from me. Anyway, when I finally caught up to him, I figure he was going about 160. He saw me and started to speed up, but I had too much momentum and shot past him at 180. I thought I'd “won”, since he was blocked in, but then he pulled onto the shoulder and gunned it. Literally half a second before the exit he squeaked past me at 200.

So, I guess I just barely lost the race, but it sure was fun.

R.I.P. Joey Ramone

Four inks

Once you are dealing with four inks, you start getting output which is very close to the original, assuming you picked even vaguely intelligent inks. The program generates color cubes (and I guess in this case a four-dimensional colorspace rather than just a cube) so the initial lookup table generation takes a minute, but after that it flys.

More screener output.

The software seems to be handling three-ink screens no problem… Here are two samples. The first is three inks on a black shirt, and the second is a different three inks on a white shirt. The sequence below generated the second shirt.

screener> inks 3
Using inks 1 through 3
screener> define 0 255 255 255
Shirt set to 255, 255, 255 (RGB)
screener> define 1 255 0 0
Ink #1 set to 255, 0, 0 (RGB)
screener> define 2 0 255 36
Ink #2 set to 0, 255, 36 (RGB)
screener> define 3 0 0 0
Ink #3 set to 0, 0, 0 (RGB)
screener> load test-angel.tga
Loading TGA.......
TGA data successfully loaded (100x150)
screener> build
Initializing inks................................
Analyzing/building image...............done
screener> save test
Ink file test-ink1.tga saved.
Ink file test-ink2.tga saved.
Ink file test-ink3.tga saved.
Separations saved. Building estimage....Done
screener> exit