Archive for January, 2000

DeCSS Creator Charged

The suspected brain behind the software able to rip dvd’s has been charged. Read more. Is there a plan to change the encryption scheme now that this software is so widely available on the net? Would it be possible to change it now, with such a large installed base of players that use the old scheme? I bet you 8 bucks no one responds with any thoughts.


I got my tongue pierced. The guy did it a bit crooked though, so it’s in the center on the top, but a bit to the right on the bottom. As a result, the right side of my tongue is sore and painful and the left side feels fine. My biggest concern though is this weird sensation I get on the right side of the tip of my tongue when I make any vertical movement. It feels like a nerve is being plucked or something. And when I curl my tongue up, it feels like it’s being stretched or something. Anyone know if this is normal? I’m hoping it’s a result of the swelling and will go away when the swelling goes down. I took the barbell out for a while today. It does do the ‘nerve thing’ (as I call is) when the barbell is out, so I dunno. We’ll see how it goes. I’d give ya a picture, but my camera is in for repair. So, too bad.


There’s two reasons I want to mention this article.

The first is that it’s dated January 14, 2000, and they’re talking about preparing for the France’s millenium celebration. This is the first talk that I’ve seen of people talking about 2001 as the new millenium. Let the hype begin all over again.

The second is this nice quote at the end. Some electronica musicians are being commissioned by the French government to compose four musical pieces for an art exhibition that will be part of the country’s millennium celebration. The music is supposed to coincide with the themes portrayed in the artwork. Richie Hawtin, usually known as Plastikman, describes it this way:

“They’ve brought artists and painting and sculpture together from hundreds of years ago to very, very current experimental artists, all showing how ideas and images of beauty have changed over the years,” he explains, “and also how it’s such a personal thing. Someone’s beauty can be another person’s, not ugliness, but something else.

“I find electronic music can cause a lot of the same emotion in people. A lot of people don’t understand it. It’s not for them. They think it’s an inhuman type of music. But to the initiated, they can see the beauty in it. Part of the reason I was asked to do this, I think, is to poke at that point. What is this music? Is this music? Is this one of the next art forms of the new millennium which will be seen as very beautiful? I’m very pleased to be part of it.”

Very well put.

Source: Wall of Sound

Young Norman

Heh.. here’s an interview with Norman Cook (fatboy slim for the laymen) from 1988. Take a look:

ha ha..

Check it out


Argh. I thought the whole room smelled like dead, rotting fish, but I was wrong. It’s just my area. What the hell? Some ass is trying to be funny I bet. I can’t figure out where the smell is coming from. It’s not the drawers or cabinets or shelves. It’s not from under or behind the desk. It’s not coming from the chairs. Hmm.. maybe it’s from the ceiling. This sucks.

15 Minute Rule

I have a 9 o’clock class today. I got to class at 8:58, and the professor wasn’t there yet. Someone said that he missed a flight and was running late. So, we waited. At 15 after, I mentioned something about the rule. See, there’s this ‘rumor’ that has always gone around about a 5- or 10- or 15-minute rule, where basically if the instructor hasn’t shown up in that amount of time, then you can leave. I tried to look it up in the university documentation, but couldn’t find anything about it. Well, today a girl said that if the prof has a doctorate, then you have to wait 15 minutes, otherwise you only have to wait 10. She seemed confident about what she said, but does that make sense? Waiting longer for a doctor? Is it assumed that a doctor has more important things to do than a non-doctor and is thus justified in being later? I don’t know. I’m sure it will continue to be a mystery, to me at least.


I understand being grateful when someone holds open a door for you. I feel it’s proper to thank them for the kind act. But here’s something that makes a bit less sense. I was walking in a hallway and came up to a rather narrow doorway. I saw a group coming from the other direction, and I feared the doorway wasn’t wide enough for two-way simultaneous traffic, so I decided to step aside and let them through first. Well, each of them thanked me as they went through, which struck me as odd. Why am I being thanked? I suppose I understand. It makes a little sense, but not much.

Been Watching the Simpsons?

I’ve always loved this show and probably always will. Well, there’s a short little quiz over at E! to test your Simpsons knowledge. I got 12 out of 14. Here’s my description:

Super Simpsonian

You haven’t missed much. From Disco Stu to Lurleen Lumpkin to Hugh Parkfield, you know your yellowbellies in and out. Speaking of which, you could probably stand to get out more!

What to do?

When I’m walking by someone and they give me the standard, “How are ya doin’?”, am I supposed to respond with a return rhetorical question like, “What’s up?” or should I say something like “I’m not doin’ too bad.”? It’s all just so confusing.


I just thought of something as I was on the phone with a guy from JCPenneys. He was looking for the heads of the house which aren’t here at the moment. He asked when a better time to call would be, and I said later in the day. And he said after what time? And I said I don’t really know. And he said ok, we’ll just try back later. So I wonder.. if we give them a specific time to call back after, are we giving them permission to call at that time? Because I thought I heard that they couldn’t call after 6pm. Although I could just be wrong in all areas here.