Archive for October, 2006

More Diebold Problems

Apparently, Diebold has issued a quiet recall on the motherboards in their insecure electronic voting machines. This article from the freedom to tinker blog has the details. One interesting detail in the story is that according to a Diebold internal memo, the flaw was known in March of 2004, and yet Diebold allowed the faulty […]

More Comic Strip Goodness

( Misc. andPolitics )

Today’s Foxtrot comic strip is pretty funny and quite relevant to the recent problems that have been revealed about Diebold electronic voting machines. Election fraud, especially when the winner is someone like our current sitting dictator-in-charge, is a very frightening thing. Here is today’s Foxtrot strip.

American Fascists and Martial Law

( News andPolitics )

The website has an article on President Bush’s efforts to make imposing martial law within the borders of the United States easier for him and his goons. Apparently, the new law effectively repeals the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, which was designed to prevent the Federal government from using the military to enforce federal […]

Why I Love Doonesbury

One of my favorite comic strips to read is Doonesbury. Garry Trudeau has been drawing this strip forever, and what I love about it is the strong political sensibilities he has. Today’s comic is a prime example of this. The political blustering and fear-mongering used by the Republicans should be overshadowed by their lack of […]

More Diebold E-Voting Problems

On the Freedom to Tinker blog, there is an article discussing the Diebold electronic voting machines. Apparently, the keys to many hotel minibars are capable of opening the Diebold voting machines. The access panel that these keys open allows access to the memory card, which can be used to alter the votes recorded by the […]

The Wrong Approach to Security has an interesting article on the controversy created by Christopher Soghoian, a security researcher, who had created a website application that allowed one to generate authentic looking, but completely bogus, Northwest Airline Boarding Passes. He created the application in hopes of getting Congress to take a real look at the security vulnerabilities of the […]

Vampires Debunked

( Misc. andNews )

Over at Live Science they have an article, probably due to the upcoming Halloween holiday, about a researcher who has come up with simple math that proves that vampires can not exist. It is actually a funny story to read, and you can see it here. Here is the basic idea behind Efthimiou’s reasoning that […]

Sailing Weather and Upcoming Boat Projects

There’s nothing better than the weather we’ve had this past two weeks for good autumn sailing. The wind has been pretty solid, between 15 and 25 knots most of the time, and the temperatures, relatively reasonable, at least in that we haven’t had any snow. It’s been really hard to be stuck ashore with the […]

New MacBook Pros Announced

( Mac andNews andTech )

I had a conversation with a friend of mine about a month ago. She was asking about what laptop to buy. I told her to get a new MacBook Pro, but to hold off, as I felt that Apple would be announcing upgraded machines around the end of October, which would have the Core 2 […]

More Money Than Sense

( News andStupidity )

I love the recent story about casino mogul Steve Wynn, who put his elbow through a Picasso original at a cocktail party. You would think that he would be more careful around a $139 million painting…I certainly would be. The story goes on to say what methods would probably be used to repair the […]

Studio Stoops To A New Low

( News andRants )

Apparently, Warner Brothers has been accused of making empty promises to some of the extras who starred in their recent movie, Blood Money. The studio had promised the orphaned amputees new prosthetic limbs as part of their compensation for acting in the movie, but has yet to deliver any prostheses to the children. You can […]

Really, You Don’t Say

( News andStupidity andTech andThoughts )

Well, scientists are stating the obvious again. In a recent NYT article, they publish the results of a study, which concludes that listening to music at too loud a volume will lead to hearing damage. Umm…this is news?

More RFID Insecurity

( News andSecurity andStupidity andTech )

The New York Times has a good article on how easy it is to hack some of the new “touchless” RFID-based credit cards. My favorite quote from the article: And because the cards can be read even through a wallet or an item of clothing, the security of the information, the researchers say, is startlingly […]


I signed up for NaNoWriMo today. For those of you who don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, it is the National Novel Writing Month event that takes every November. My friend, Brian Howe, challenged me to participate this year. I intend on using it as a incubator for the book I am writing about My Life […]

Road To Recovery

( My Life )

I’m back home from the hospital. I’ve got to go back next week, and get the staples out. but I’m finally on the road to recovery. It’s been a long two weeks, and it is good to be home. I guess I should be more careful what I wish for in the future.

Writing and Life Experience

Be Careful About What You Wish For, or How God Has a Twisted Sense of Humor As some of you may know, I am working on a book, “No Greater Love”. The book is about the almost two-years of my life I generally refer to as My Life with Gee. It started on July 10, […]

Stones Hurt

( My Life andNews )

Blogging has been light because I was in the hospital for eight days…stories and posts to come later…

Last Sail of 2006

Saturday, October 7, 2006, I went out for what will now be my last sail of the season. Even though, I would personally prefer to be sailing until the snow falls, it turns out that life has had other plans for me this year. Eric is one of the people I’ve been talking to about […]

Developing Character

Today’s quote of the day was from Kahlil Gibran. Kahlil Gibran wrote: “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” Some days I wonder about that. There are days, when I look back at what I’ve been through and wonder what effect it has had on who […]

Indian Summer at the Marina

I just got back from a week down at the marina, where I was staying aboard the Pretty Gee. I went down Sunday for several reasons. The first was to get some more sailing in, as the end of the New England sailing season rapidly approaches. I also had some projects I wanted to get […]