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Merry Christmas

I was raised Roman Catholic so I’ll dispense with the politically correct refuse that people seem to be slinging around these days.

If you celebrate something else, I hope you have fun and if you’re the type to take offence to Catholic traditions (taken from older religions, mind you), then I hope you get a sense of humor and a dose of reality for Christmas 😉

Now that I’ve covered my bases I’d like to tell you that being home for Christmas is great. I’ll likely post a few of the better shots from this trip on my Flickr stream if you care to see them. I’ve taken a ton of photos.

I love the Christmas season not so much for the presents as for the opportunity to see family I don’t often visit durring the year. That’s just the way my family does things. We see each other on special occasions mostly.

Today it is snowing and that’s a great thing. I’m going outside to play with my niece and nephew.

Cheers

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Wisdom in Teeth

Why do they call the molars you get in your later teens or early twenties “Wisdom Teeth”?

I find that quite presumptuous as at this time in your life you’re just getting used to living on your own. Perhaps they should be called, “getting a little wiser teeth,” or, “life sucks, get used to it teeth.”

Anyway, I’ve just had my wisdom teeth pulled and it wasn’t as traumatic an experience as it is for most people. I was eating solid food the same day and had only minor discomfort. Thankfully since I waited so long to let them grow in, I didn’t need dental surgery – just an extraction.

That also saved big on the cost of the proceedure. The downside is that I was living with a tooth that dug into my cheek for a while – wich occasionally caused discomfort.

I think the wisdom in “Wisdom Teeth” is the lesson that no matter how big you think your problems are, they could be worse. 😉

Here are some excerpts I have found:

“They are generally thought to be called wisdom teeth because they appear so late – much later than the other teeth, at an age where people are supposedly wiser than as a child, when the other teeth erupt.” (http://allphilosophy.com/topic/show/2512)

“‘wisdom’ teeth is a term coined long [ago] when our lifespans were much shorter. It’s a coming of age, being the wise one in the clan thing.”
(http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20061114185542AA04zDo)

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All I want for Christmas is…

Now, if you are an avid gamer and grew up in the 1990’s there’s no doubt you’ve seen HMDs or, Head Mounted Displays.

It seems as if the idea had been shelved for quite some time but finally I’ve found a unit that would actually be worth owning.

May I present to you the Trimersion – Head Mounted Display (HMD).

The thing that makes this HMD different for me is that 1) it’s half the price of ‘oldschool’ HMDs and 2) it uses a display that supposedly has 922Kilopixels per eye. That’s a resolution of over 1024×768! I’m assuming it’s a widescreen 1280×720 configuration, but I’m not sure as the description is terse.

“Back in the day” you’d have to pay over a grand for a display that had a resolution of 320×200 or some strange variant thereof.

All I need now is six hundred plus extra dollars to spend on something that’s completely a toy!

Ah, to dream…

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Spammer Scripts

Someone keeps spamming my Shoutbox with links and it’s getting quite irritating.

I’ll have to invesitgate further to find out how they’re getting through my filters but for now I’m going to make my filters more exclusive to see if I stop the morons from making my webpage look disgusting with code all over the place.

Being hacked is always an interesting double-edged sword. On one hand it’s very irritating and on the other it forces me, although I’m quite a busy person, to think more about security. Being a computer scientist, that mindset is paramount.

Well, we’ll see how things go.

[EDIT]

Not a single bad post in a month is a good sign to me.

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Corrupted!

Grr!

Now I don’t typically see this type of thing but on a video game related client site the administration console and it’s supporting pages have been corrupted!

It’s extremely annoying as I was handed an outdated CMS product by the client to maintain that had been customized (read destroyed) by it’s previous maintainer.

Now all of my hard work getting the site to a working state has been undone and even though there is a backup, there has been work lost and that’s just annoying. Now I’ll have to copy all of the client’s new posts and re-install the backup of the site.

Damn you script kiddies! We get it! Sites made with canned CMSes are insecure! That doesn’t mean the client has the money to pay someone to fix them.

That said they should have. Oh well. I think I’ll be telling them, “too bad,” and, “give me more money and I’ll install a new one that actually works!”

We’ll see how well that goes over…