A quick check of email showed me a notice from NOAA that the 27th tropical storm of the most active season in recorded history had formed:
...LATE SEASON TROPICAL STORM...THE 27TH OF THE YEAR...FORMS IN THE
AT 1 PM AST...1700Z...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM ZETA WAS LOCATED
NEAR LATITUDE 25.0 NORTH... LONGITUDE 36.9 WEST OR ABOUT 1070
MILES...1720 KM... SOUTHWEST OF THE AZORES.
And we thought the season had already ended. Wow. This is truly historic.
I posted too soon about the new Webcam. It worked great until I logged off and back on again. Then it stopped working. The problem appears to be with the drivers on the host computer.
I'll write more later. I've given up an hour of my life because of this stupid thing. I sincerely hope I'll have the cam working in the next few minutes.
Update, 17:26 UTC: It wasn't the camera. It was (a) a Belkin USB extension cord or (b) Windows 2000 Server. One of the two did not play well with the Webcam. I can't believe how long this simple thing has taken me.
Update, 17:44 UTC: OK. Got the camera working (temporarily) on an old Windows XP box. Also got the Lab Cam (below) running, but I haven't given it a home on the Website yet. That will have to come later. Right now, I have a server to build for a client.
And, apparently, a parking ticket. Dang.
The Lab Cam (live image, updated every 5 minutes):
After much searching, and more than one total Webcam collapse, I've finally found the perfect Webcam. It has numerous features, like its own stand, that will make the Inner Drive Technology Webcam even more fun and enjoyable.
The old cam will go into the Inner Drive Technology Comprehensive Testing Facility tomorrow or Monday. The image will look nothing like this one, which I include for Anne's benefit:
More when I get back from my client visit.
Great column from Krugman today (reg.req.):
A year ago, before "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job" became a national punch line, the rising tide of cronyism in government agencies and the rapid replacement of competent professionals with unqualified political appointees attracted hardly any national attention. ...
A year ago, most Americans thought Mr. Bush was honest.
No real entry today and no entry at all yesterday because I was helping my mom move. However, all of the pieces of the Inner Drive Technology Comprehensive Testing Facility are in, so we should complete construction tomorrow morning or, possibly, on Saturday. Photos will follow.
The Inner Drive Technology Testing Lab at IDT World Headquarters is nearly complete. Today we have a fully-functional, multi-computer testing lab. We'll be moving some computers around probably next week, and we expect to add a chair or two. We may also put some maps up on the wall, because we love maps.
Here's the nascent facility:
From the Associated Press (published in the Chicago Tribune):
Actor Was Known for Creepy, Eccentric Roles
ROME — Vincent Schiavelli, the droopy-eyed character actor who appeared in scores of movies, including "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Ghost," died Monday at his home in Sicily. He was 57.
He died of lung cancer, said Salvatore Glorioso, mayor of Polizzi Generosa, the Sicilian village where Schiavelli lived.
As I'm never one to rise below a little morbid humor at the expense of the living, I would ask, with Schiavelli gone, who will play Dick Cheney in future films?
If you're Christian, merry Christmas!
If you're Jewish, happy Chanukkah!
If you just want to be with your family and share the joys of the holiday season, happy holidays!
Finally, if you believe we athiests have declared war on Christmas, read Michelle Goldberg's column in Salon, then Frank Rich (reg.req.) in the New York Times, then reflect on why any majority group in a democracy, who control the government and the press, would persist in believing that the minority were oppressing it.
saga of the Webcam continues. At least it's back on its perch.
Here's what I found when I got to my office a few minutes ago:
And here is what the Inner Drive Webcam saw as it teetered, tottered,
and tumbled to the floor of the office. At 5:53pm Central time, all was fine:
Then, suddenly, the mounting began to give way. The first shock came at 5:54; the
second, at 5:57:
The mounting held for a while; here are shots at 6:15 and 6:30:
The end, when it came at 6:33, came swiftly. A jolt at 6:31, another at 6:32, then
at 6:33, blackness:
Until, bleary eyed and stunned, it woke to a changed world at 7:30 the next morning.
The final shot is 9:00am, about the time I discovered the horror of the fallen Webcam:
But, gentle readers, the Webcam is back up. At this writing, here is the image,
in all its properly-mounted glory:
(Your guess is as good as mine what it sees tomorrow morning.)
Yesterday I posted about news articles I found funny, that included a Chicago Tribune report that Mayor Daley was musing about hosting the 2016 Olympics.
Today the Tribune's architecture critic wrote a surprisingly detailed column about it, offering a list of pros and cons.
Now, forgetting for a second that just a moment ago I posted about the U.S. paying Iraqi media paid to run news stories, what do people think? Should we try to host the 2016 Olympics in Chicago?