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I wonder just how much this Hyundai Sonata would set me back?

RIDES Magazine & Hyundai (if I’m going to buy one, someday I’m going to have to learn how to spell that right the first time) have teamed up to showcase the new turbo’d Sonata at SEMA. Sure looks good, but I’m betting that the Sonata that might end up in our driveway isn’t going to look much like that. A guy can dream though. Details and more photos available on AutoBlog.

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It’s Not Hip To Be Square

As you can see the Life of Brian has new clothes.

This looks best in any browser but IE. In Firefox, Chrome, and numerous others there are nice rounded corners. In IE everything has sharp square corners, ugh.

The old clothes, while still in fine shape, were starting to go out of style. The new theme, believe it or not, is the same theme, Atahualpa3.5.3 by BytesForAll, as the old site, which when you think about it is a testament to its customizability.

There are a few of things still on the punch list. First, the random image looks crummy, I’m guessing because it is so big, I’ll probably go back to 4 small ones. Number 2 is I need to make a page to put the blog roll, AKA links to sites I read, because there number was getting out of hand and I still refer to some of them. They are here: Linkage. Also I’d like to find a plug in that organizes the Categories in number of posts order. There may be more.

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Obituary For A Printer

Friends,

It is with much sadness that I inform you of a beloved co-worker’s passing yesterday.

PRVLAK_DFT_H4V_01 succumbed to a “50 Service” error. PRVLAK_DFT_H4V_01 or as his friends called him, LaserJet 4V, was 16 years old and for the first 15 years of his life he was a robust and reliable fellow who printed each and every one of the over a quarter million pages with glee. Last year age finally caught up with him requiring a tricky fuser transplant. Shortly after his full recovery from that ordeal, his 11 x 17 paper tray needed to be amputated because of wear. Three weeks ago with his rare life blood toner running low, it was discovered that supplies of this precious commodity were no longer available through normal channels. Unfortunately the non-FDA approved toner from South America did not arrive in time to save his life.

PRVLAK_DFT_H4V_01 is survived by his big brother PRVLAK_DFT_HDJ800 and his cousin PRVLAK_ENG_HP4650. Funeral services are being handled by Safety Clean and will be private. In lieu of flowers please send Staples gifts cards. 

Brian Bogardus
Arts & Crafts Engineer
ASCO Valve Manufacturing
a facility of ASCONUMATICS
part of the Industrial Automation Division of Emerson Electric Corporation
located in beautiful Aiken, SC, USA

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Terriers…

…is my new favorite TV series (and no, it isn’t about dogs.) Terriers is on FX on Wednesday nights at 10PM. I think it is better than Mad Men, but then again I’m a sucker for Private Investigator shows, buddy shows, compelling dramas with smart writing and great acting.

Trouble is that it will be quite possibly a one (season) and done show. We are 10 episodes into the first season run of twelve and the ratings are dismal. I read somewhere that a couple weeks ago the total viewership for an episode was 1/2 million. A 5 year old episode of America’s Funniest Home Videos on the Family Channel probably scored higher. I bet in most places they lost their time slot to the community bulletin board channel on that cable system.

There is already an underground movement to get the show renewed for next year, send an email to user@fxnetworks.com and tell them how much you love it and that you will quite probably curl up and die if it doesn’t get a second season.

I can’t email them. It would be hypocritical of me. Sure I love the show, and look forward to new episodes each week, but I watch them via torrents. I can’t even tell you what kind of lousy commercials they are running during that hour, so why show they even care about my opinion? Even if I did watch the show in “real time”, I wouldn’t matter, I’m a decade past the influential 18–45 age group. And as proof of that I have mentioned the show to several people and no one has even tried it…

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From Bergen to Oslo

Take a video trip by train. 7–1/2 hours. In real time. Set to electronic music. Here is Part 1 in low resolution:

Links to all the videos on Youtube…
Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4
Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8
Part 9 Part 10 Part 11 Part 12
The whole trip sped up to fit in 35 minutes

I downloaded all of the videos in full 720p and the desktop PC can’t always keep up with the video, it buffers quite a bit at full screen. The newer laptop on the other hand does a fine job, even via HDMI to the 32″ HDTV. The video itself was broadcast a year ago on Norway’s equivalent of PBS and you can torrent the entire trip without music in a 22 gigabyte or the original 246 GB Apple ProRes file from their site: Download Bergensbanen in HD.

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