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Memorial Day Weekend

This past weekend was great. I went to two events and met some new people. First was Prairie Home Companion at Wolf Trap. Second was the National Memorial Day Concert.

PHC at WT was odd in the sense that i bought 6 tickets right off the bat, knowing they'd eventually find holders. I invited friends immediately and Mark said he'd go. Then i found that Meet In DC were going. I sat with each group for half the show.

My favorite part of the show was a poem by Russell Ringsak, A Little Bit Over 29 Ton, where he describes hauling the show in his truck. The show also featured Odetta, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, and Mari and HÃ¥kon Samuelsen. Quicksilver is a great bluegrass band, producing strong harmonies in "Heartbreak #9".

The Memorial Day Concert was also good. We got there late so seating was... well non-existent. We stood. To open the concert a military band of trumpeters blasted us away; loved it. There were singers and speeches. The 60th anniversary of Iwo Jima was featured.

This concert is a tribute to Americans who have served this country. For some reason my friends found it best to honor them by leaving early. This, i didn't understand so i stayed. The show continued with the Salute to the Services.

Eli was visiting Celeste and it was nice to finally meet him. We've been chatting on IRC for a while now.

On Privacy and Biometrics

Here's a response to Celeste's article on biometrics and privacy. My company does research in this area, and i've gone to several lunchtime lectures on the topic. Here's my small opinion.

If you're concerned about privacy, i'd say it's not limited to biometrics. Credit cards are very convenient, but also have a privacy price. If companies like Equifax can get reports, then i assume the government can.

It seems each biometric method -- fingerprint, iris, retina, facial, voice -- has it's own problem. We facial we see that a persons appearance my change over time. Some have high false acceptance and false rejection rates. And in general, if the "super" biometric device can be circumvented, the security system falls.

If i explored this topic more, i'd look into social trust systems. I think another person is the best detector of identities. Like when i get into work, i can have a colleague vouch for me. Of course this won't work in the market.

Regarding Color of Links and Accessibiltiy

Seele makes a good point about the color of links or color in general on websites.

First of all i'm not sure i really want links to stand out. I'd prefer that people read my articles in entirely before being distracted by foreign sites. I'll have to think about this more.

Currently, links are dark blue, providing little difference compared to normal text. They become underlined when you put the mouse cursor over them. I like Eli's idea of underlining when the mouse enters the "article" space. He says this is broken in Internet Explorer (IE). Personally i don't give a rat's ass about IE. I think submitting to broken browsers won't improve information technology. While no browser is perfect -- i've found 2 deficiencies in Firefox -- IE is terrible.

I do care about accessibiltiy. Seele refers to a great site that displays your site as a color blind person would see it. It's called Vischeck.

I'm not sure why my site gives Seele a headache when it's only slightly different from Eli's in this respect. Despite this TrickleUp is written entirely from scratch (over 100 php classes), needs improvement, and gets it when i have spare time. I think i will assume that people use a mouse or some sort of 2D cursor. Thus i can use CSS's hover pseudo-class. I will pick up Eli's trick to underline when the mouse enters the article. I will also change the background-color when the mouse is over the link, as i do in the left menu for list items. We'll see how that looks.

Day Off?

I took the day off from work to get errands done. Here's what i did: paid mobile phone bill, call Logitech about my excellent but broken keyboard, created an account with Pepco, informed my property manager of new accounts, spoke to a salesman about a new chair, fixed some teachers on the LCLI site, and added my rent to my bank's bill pay system.

Also, i got a letter notarized, got an oil change, and got my car's emission tested. The letter is just to change my address with a former employee!

The new diNovo keyboard really is great except for the fact that the space bar often doesn't work. Both Logitech and NewEgg were receptive. I have an RMA number to get a replacement.

For the last 8 months, i haven't been paying for gas and electric. Avalon has been paying them for me. So i reimbursed them and created my own accounts with the companies.

I'm excited about the new chair: HON 4901 (no, it's not that exspensive). I have about 80 fabrics i can choose from. I'll pick a variety of green. My seller will be sending me a sample of many fabrics.

After being so productive, i thought i'd treat myself to my favorite Indian food place India Grill. I let the owner pick my meal. It was fantastic, but i forgot it's name. All i know was, it's not on the menu.

Now it's time for another treat, World of Warcraft. I'm level 23!!

This message was tested by worker #29 for Seele's viewing pleasure

Feng Shui

Very nice diagram Celeste. Your Feng Shui will make your mind and body feel better. (I thought the cable socket was between the windows.)

Applied versus Theoretical

Celeste writes about school. I think a student should have a good balance between theory and applications of theory in their curriculum. I'm the type of person that can take the theory i learned and apply it myself.

For example there was a time when i wanted to write a Java3D application of a Rubik's cube, but Java3D wasn't ported to Linux yet. With my math background i was able to write my own implementation. Admittedly it was slow, but it did all the scaling, rotations, translations, and polygon rasterizations.

Trompe l'Oeil

Celeste posted an article with a link to some interesting trompe l'oeil -- or eye tricks.

Trip to NY

I'm going to Selden, NY to visit my family. It's been a while since i've seen my dad and brother. I'm gonna encourage them to build their website.

The funny thing is, my dad and his brother are visiting their father today.

If i have some free time, i would like to continue my work on this site. I wasn't very happy with one solution to the duplicate author problem. Instead of reading author info and giving a cookie, i may refrain from providing the form, until they get their cookie. Although that presents a problem for newcomers. Ok I'll go with Celeste's suggestion.