Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Wii Motion Plus

For those of you with Wii's or who are disgusted with the unrealism of Tiger Woods golf on the Wii because it isn't just like a real golf club: There's hope! see here:

Of gyroscopes and gaming: the tech behind the Wii MotionPlus

Enjoy. Maybe Tiger Woods 2010 will play a lot better, now. :)

Friday, August 15, 2008

Apparently I learned to blog from Talena

Oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer, Ph.D., an expert on marine debris, agrees. “If you could fast-forward 10,000 years and do an archaeological dig…you’d find a little line of plastic,” he told The Seattle Times last April. “What happened to those people? Well, they ate their own plastic and disrupted their genetic structure and weren’t able to reproduce. They didn’t last very long because they killed themselves."

from the article Our Oceans Are Turning Into Plastic - Are We?. Which, frankly, you should go read as soon as you have time.

Here's a shorter article that introduces the topic: The world's rubbish dump: a garbage tip that stretches from Hawaii to Japan

And some info on Bisphenol A (the type of plastic with the number 7 inside its recycling triangle icon), and how Canada is banning it.

Canada to ban bisphenol-A...
...especially from baby bottles

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The evils of the second hand hamster market

For example, let's say that I want to make a post about how much I dislike dealing with used hamster salesmen (UHS), and the topic was on my mind because I was in the market for a used hamster. What if the only person with a used hamster to sell happened to check my blog and then decide not to deal with me? Ah, the perils of the Internet. Maybe someday I will have to make a blog only viewable to registered and approved users. Then I could post about used hamster salesmen to my hearts content.

As it is, I may have to content myself with venting only in euphemisms. I really dislike the monopoly of UHS personnel on controlling who can and cannot buy a used hamster. Especially when only one particular used hamster will do, and the vagaries of the market demand that you deal with a specific salesman, but he's having a bad day and doesn't want to sell to you. Also, just by chance, you may have to fill out a form Q-48, "Application for Used Hamster Ownership", at the cost of much time and effort by an expensive hamster lawyer, and it might not even end up doing you any good because the only category of hamster owner acceptable to the Second Hand Hamster Legislation Board is "people who were born in mid-air on transatlantic flights to parents who both were transporting hamsters at the time", and the closest you can come is "Well, my parents knew hamsters existed, but I was born on a train".

OK, my euphemisms have derailed to the point of fruitlessness now. I just dislike paperwork, mostly. :/ And I needed to vent.

Stupid hamsters.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Assimilation in progress.

Yep, officially being assimilated. Still some paperwork issues to get through, of which the one that will take the longest is probably the work visa. Once that is all done, though, I'll be moving down to Seattle to start work at ye olde newe job(be). Whee! Probably everyone who reads this already knew that, but eh, it's here for the record now.