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Olivia and Tucker

posted by cyrus in General

He's gotten much larger since then, but here's a picture of Tucker and Olivia .

Olivia and Tucker

Seems Legit

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I'm not sure exactly how this ended up on the internet, but the address is correct and that looks my messy scribble handwriting. I have no idea where the rose came from.

http://www.gdao.org/items/show/811999

Seems Legit

iTunes Playlist Annoyances

posted by cyrus in General

Dear Apple,

Ok, I can understand why you, to my chagrin, won't let me copy files off of a daapd server without resorting to (huh?) "Home Sharing", but, come on, can't you let me at least make a playlist of files on a remote server? Requiring that playlists be of local files only seems rather arbitrary and silly. Please fix this.

Thanks,

Cyrus

iTunes Playlist Annoyances

Photos

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I've been very happy with zenfolio who have been hosting my photos for some time. Recently, they added a feature that allows you to use your own domain name for the photo sites they host. I've finally gotten around to setting this up and now my photos can be found at photos.cyrusharmon.org.

Photos

no way to run a railroad

posted by cyrus in General

So, attempting to get on MUNI this morning, I had a fun experience trying to actually purchase a ticket. To recreate the problem, try buying a ticket to get on MUNI at the Embarcadero station with only a US $10 bill. Turns out, you need to pay for your ticket with coins only.

Ok, so how do you get coins? Well, there's a machine that takes $1 bills and gives you a $1 coin. Has to be the only change machine that doesn't in fact give you "change", at lost not as one might expect, but rather changes your bill into a coin. Oh, and the machine takes $5 bills as well. Great. But I've got a $10. Now what?

Well, let's ask the oh-so-helpful person on the other side of the bulletproof glass talking at me through the loudspeaker. Why they have bulletproof glass when they only accept coins is a mystery, but that seems to be the case. In any event, she tells me I have to go over to the BART change machines which only accept $10 and $20 bills and use those machines which, much to my surprise, actually give out $5 bills in exchange for the $10 and $20 bills. Again, a new twist on the change machine. I've never seen a change machine that takes bills and gives you more bills, just as I had never seen a change machine give you a dollar for a dollar, but, OK.

Great, now I've got a $5 bill. Now what? Ok, go back to the $1/$5 change machine and get 5 $1 coins. Perfect, but, with the BART transfer, I only need $1.25. What do I do now? Well, ask the oh-so-helpful lady, of course. And, of course, she sends me back to the BART change machines. Well, OK, not the BART change machines, but the BART ticket machines, where you put in your dollar coin and then hit cancel and, lo and behold, the machine gives you 4 $.25 pieces for your $1 coin. Amazing.

All of this instead of just being able to buy a card that would automagically charge my credit card when I got on the damn train. Well, I guess such a thing might exist, but you certainly can't buy it at the train station, at least not at Embarcadero. All you have is a BART ticket station with signs all over the place saying NO MUNI TICKETS. So, it's not like a bunch of other people haven't tried to show up there and buy MUNI tickets, but, instead of, oh, you know, figuring out how to sell MUNI tickets, they put up a sign telling you to f**k off and leave you to go talk to the scary people behind the glass in order to figure out how to use three change machines to get the exact (coin) change required for the train.

Look, I'm all for SUPERTRAINS, but perhaps we should start by firing whomever is in charge for the ticket collection at Embarcadero MUNI and then we can work on a decent rail system for the bay area.

no way to run a railroad

Fortune

posted by cyrus in General

From tonight's Kirin takeout: "You will be showered with good luck before your next birthday." Well, let's hope so anyway.

Fortune

The Race Card

posted by cyrus in General

So, now that the presidential race is heating up, what, exactly does it mean to "play the race card"? The McCain camp is accusing Obama of doing this, but I don't know what this even means and everyone talks about it like it's obvious. What are they trying to say here?

The Race Card

I Like Maps

posted by cyrus in General

This one is pretty funny:

http://graphjam.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/funny-graphs-californians.gif

I Like Maps

It's not just a good idea, it's the law!

posted by cyrus in General

It's not just a good idea, it's the law!

Go Bears!

posted by cyrus in General

I just hope Nate Longshore's ankle isn't hurt too badly or it will be an interesting next couple weeks.

Nice play by Ezeff to seal the win.

Go Bears!

hipster transportation

posted by cyrus in General

apparently this is the preferred mode of transportation in dot-com-land:

hipster transportation

Looks like I won't be needing this anymore

posted by cyrus in General

permission

Looks like I won't be needing this anymore

bogus connect to file server whatever dialog boxes in mozilla and friends

posted by cyrus in General

Ok, so on the MBP, after migration I was getting this dialog box over and over asking me to connect to my old machine when starting mozilla, firefox, camino, etc... or when opening up certain pages. It was driving me insance.

Turns out it was a bogus alias in "/Library/Internet Plug-ins" for the Real Player plug-in. Deleting these aliases gets everything back to normal. I doubt they would have worked anyway, being PPC plug-ins, even if the alias wasn't bogus. I'm not about to go find out though.

At leaset things are back to normal.

Now, to figure out why the fortran compiler can't build matlisp...

bogus connect to file server whatever dialog boxes in mozilla and friends

official welcome entry

posted by cyrus in General

Ok, the wait is over! I've finally officially launched my own blog, cyrusharmon.org. I know, lame name. Maybe one day I'll thikn of something clever. Until that day, cyrusharmon.org will have to suffice as the central repository for my random musings, tales of lisp trials and tribulations, code snippets, and, occasionally a photograph or two. And maybe some links to interesting things on the web every now and then.

I know what you're thinking. What is this fantastic blog engine that is driving the awesome dynamic content at cyrusharmon.org? Well, it is a hacked up version of Brian Mastenbrook's cl-blog . A blog engine that runs in common lisp. This particulary hacked up version has some nice features, including a database backend for the content. Unfortunately, the comment system is still not there yet. One of these days, I'll get around to adding that. In the meantime, I hope to either merge my changes back into Brian's tree in the near future, or roll a release of my own. Watch this site for more information.

official welcome entry