Archived News for December 2008

One Train May Hide Another

When you come to something, stop to let it pass
So you can see what else is there. At home, no matter where,
Internal tracks pose dangers, too: one memory
Certainly hides another, that being what memory is all about,
The eternal reverse succession of contemplated entities. Reading
A Sentimental Journey look around
When you have finished, for Tristram Shandy, to see
If it is standing there, it should be, stronger
And more profound and theretofore hidden as Santa Maria
May be hidden by similar churches inside Rome. One sidewalk
May hide another, as when you're asleep there, and
One song hide another song; a pounding upstairs
Hide the beating of drums. One friend may hide another, you sit
    at the foot of a tree
With one and when you get up to leave there is another
Whom you'd have preferred to talk to all along. One teacher,
One doctor, one ecstasy, one illness, one woman, one man
May hide another. Pause to let the first one pass.
You think, now it is safe to cross and you are hit by the next one.
    It can be important
To have waited at least a moment to see what was already

— from One Train May Hide Another (5:57, 2.27MiB), Kenneth Koch


I'm not usually inclined to visit sites entirely created with Adobe Flash, but iminlikewithyou has drawn me in regardless.

Simple multiplayer games. Like Draw My Thing, a Pictionary™ clone. Quite addictive, and the user community seems to be pretty well-natured too.

Also, the site is hilarious.


There's a brand new (week old) critical flaw in Internet Explorer in the wild. It allows remote code execution; in layman's terms, game over. I quite liked how Microsoft announced the vulnerable versions of IE and Windows:

Our investigation so far has shown that these attacks are only against Windows Internet Explorer 7 on supported editions of Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows XP Service Pack 3, Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1, Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2, Windows Vista, Windows Vista Service Pack 1, and Windows Server 2008. Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01 Service Pack 4, Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1, Microsoft Internet Explorer 6, and Windows Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 on all supported versions of Microsoft Windows are potentially vulnerable.

For those keeping score, yep, that's every operating system they've put out since 2001, and every version of IE they've put out since 1999. Personally, I think they should just say:

Our investigation so far has shown that these attacks work against everything we've released in the last decade.

Its Christmas Time

What did everybody get?

So far i have clocked up the following:

  • 3 Towels
  • 9 Facecloths (came all together)
  • Parker Pen engraved with Ben (handy since its my name)
  • Glasses (Cups)
  • Electric Can Opener
  • Box of food and goodies (Free candies, Roasted in Shell Peanuts,  Chips, Biscuits etc)
  • 1 Male and 1 Female Kiwifruit Plant (Shibby)
  • Belt
  • Grater (For grating things)
  • Soldering Station thing.

Summer Reading

So what are y'all reading this summer?

I enjoyed Mysteries by Knut Hamsun, and look forward to reading his others. Now I'm picking up Dostoevsky's The Gambler, the collected (and translated) Kafka, and Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man: so far this last is getting the most time. Oh, and, though it has few words, I "read" Flood! by Eric Drooker.

Also out from the library are more Dostoevsky, some of Bukowski's letters, Orwell's collected essays, a little volume of Voltaire, an essay on Aen. IV by R.G. Austin, 2001 Nights by Yukinobi Hoshino, a book about Chomsky, and a pretty good translation of Ovid's Amores, not to mention the several books I've recently come to own and look forward to reading.

And at the risk of continuing to sound like a pompous ass-hole, I'm also using the relative leisure to build Linux from scratch for my annual computing refreshment. You guys?

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