Sturgeon’s Law

Ninety Per­cent Of Every­thing Is Crap

Derived from a quote by sci­ence fic­tion author Theodore Stur­geon, who once said, “Sure, 90% of sci­ence fic­tion is crud. That’s because 90% of every­thing is crud.” Oddly, when Sturgeon’s Law is cited, the final word is almost invari­ably changed to ‘crap’.

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New Year’s Revolutions

That’s right rev­o­lu­tions, I gave up on res­o­lu­tions a few years back when the only ones I could actu­ally stick to, were to ride my bike less and gain some weight.

Radio Par­adise is out as my inter­net radio sta­tion of choice. For the last week or so it has been plagued by drop outs and annoy­ing buffer­ing for 10 sec­onds to for­ever until it recon­nects. Now it could pos­si­bly be my fault as it seemed to have started about the time I got this whole wire­less net­work thing going…or it could be they knew I didn’t donate my usual 5 spot at the end of the month like I’d been doing all year…or what­ever, but RP is out and RadioIO-eclectic is in. RadioIO-eclectic is a lit­tle harder edged, plays more cover tunes (which I like) and doesn’t play many “oldies” (which I sort of miss), but most of all it hasn’t once dropped the stream on me.

Net­flix is back. This time we opted for the cheap­est entrance fee — $9.95 (+tax) — which enti­tles us to one movie out at a time with unlim­ited rentals per month. Because there is a dis­tri­b­u­tion cen­ter in Colum­bia, SC now we are look­ing at quite pos­si­bly a three day turn around time. We are going to plan a mid week movie night, and if the mail gods are smil­ing we should have another movie avail­able for a week­end night. We quit NF in Octo­ber of ’04 and haven’t watched too many flicks since then, so it only took about 10 min­utes to line up 20 movies for the queue. I’m sure keep­ing it that full won’t be an issue for a while. Guess I’ll see about get­ting a plug-in to show the queue on the right hand side here, so you can see what we’ll be watch­ing on Wednes­day nights.

Might be turn­ing off the PC at night and dur­ing the days for a while. Started to get a loud rat­tle this after­noon. At first I thought it was the sound of a hard drive about to self destruct. I shut the PC down and started it back up and all was quiet, for a while. Shut it off again and when I restarted the com­puter I com­menced to back­ing up my doc­u­ments. When it started mak­ing the noise again I cracked open the case and pushed on each HD to see if the noise would stop, and it would for as long as I was putting pres­sure on the drive. But nei­ther felt like it was vibrat­ing enough to make that much noise. Sounded more like it was com­ing from the power sup­ply fan and a quick whack in that area silenced it. There is also a CPU fan in the same gen­eral area so it could be that too. But see­ing as if either one were to fail silently it would be cat­a­strophic, I’ll just turn off the PC when it is not in use. Going to put a slight crimp in my search for ET for a while.

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