February 28, 2009
From then, I'm going to work on allowing people to track changes to "watched" web pages. Also, people should notify me of places where people are disappearing things.
That is going to be the goal of the affiliate site.
February 27, 2009
The service I want to provide is taking daily or weekly snapshots of high-profile websites like www.whitehouse.gov and keeping an archive that will allow us to easily yell gotcha when they disappear a statement that is inconvenient to their current policies.
Now, I just need help with understanding how web-crawlers work and how I'd be able to pull that data down. The rest of the presentation won't be a problem.
Anybody want to help? Alice H., I'm looking in your direction.
Update: Okay, something is there. I'll be putting it together in my very limited spare time this weekend. Basically, I figure I'll use a webcrawler to scrape the pages at various websites* of interest and then archive versions of the pages by date. That'll be all it does initially but eventually we could even have a tool that locates differences in websites over time. That would save having to hand-explore them.
* - I will need to look into the legality of doing this for private/corporate websites. I imagine anything political or governmental is pretty much fine under fair use laws but I'm not a lawyer.
*ahem*. I'm not a lawyer... ...
February 26, 2009
Called "PlayStation palmar hidradentitis" by the scientists, the skin disorder can cause painful lesions on the palms similar to patches found on the soles of children's feet after taking part in heavy physical activity, they said.I'm glad they added 'PlayStation' in there. Because that makes it clear that there's no way you could get this from playing on an Xbox or Nintendo or Wii for hours on end. Or from doing other repeated motions with your hand for hours on end.
Several North Shore teenagers turned an unoccupied Winnetka home into a party house where they drank, smoked and made themselves comfortable for weeks, according to police and the homeowner.
Eight teenagers have been ticketed with underage drinking in connection with the incident.
The tally of damage exceeds $10,000 and continues to grow as more ruined clothing and broken belongings are found, an attorney said.
Edrita "Muffin" Braun discovered the students in her home in the 1100 block of Willow Road nearly two weeks ago. On Wednesday, a "keep out" sign adorned the front window and "no trespassing" signs were posted to the doors, sending a clear message that the party is over.
February 25, 2009
That's pretty much how the war ended, though there may not have been quite that many karate robots.
February 24, 2009
Wouldn't it be an absolute hoot if the court decided Lee Harvey Oswald didn't do it?
If I didn't have bad luck, I'd have none at all.
Also, if anyone knows anyone at the Charles G. Koch Foundation, please let me know. I may or may not be applying for their associate program.
February 23, 2009
The Reader particularly stuck in my craw because I consider movies that humanize war criminals to be a soft form of revisionism. (No, I haven't seen the movie, and I most likely won't. So if one of you morons who has seen it would care to set me straight on what a beautiful film it was, you're welcome to. And not just because Kate Winslet gets nekkid.)
I think Kate Winslet searched for this particular part for years, as is evidenced by this clip from 2005:
I guess doing one film that exploited a tragedy wasn't enough for her. No, I haven't seen that one either.
February 21, 2009
Then what in the name of all that's unholy is on Travolta's face?
February 20, 2009
February 19, 2009
(I know, I know, we're not supposed to be judgmental about other cultures, but, seriously?)
February 18, 2009
Alternate title: Why I need to live in a city that doesn't require car ownership.
Believe it or not, you're looking at about $1972 in damage.
Screw you, raccoon. I hope it hurt you as much as it hurt me.more...
Apparently it is important to disambiguate the term "Baldwin Brothers" on wikipedia or you might end up thinking they are a techno group.
I found this detail particularly fascinating:
Jason Hinkle is an original owner of a Drum Buddy electronic synthesizer which the Baldwin Brothers use in live performances.
Wow. I just cluster-shit my pants at that awesome revelation. I love it when people write their own Wikipedia entries.
I provide the following graph by way of explaining why I felt I needed to post about this:
February 17, 2009
When I'm thinking I often engage in a nervous habit where I read random Wikipedia articles until the though solidifies. Yes, I'm a bit crazy.
Anyway, I thought I'd start sharing some bizarre stuff I find while I peruse the vast depths of obscure human knowledge.
OnGoal, LLC is a group of Kansas City investors formed for the purpose of purchasing the Kansas City Wizards of Major League Soccer and seeing through the construction of a permanent soccer-specific stadium for the team. On August 31st, 2006, OnGoal bought the Wizards from their previous owner, Lamar Hunt, for a figure "in the ballpark" of US$20 million. 
In December 2007, OnGoal received approval for approximately $275 million of public financing to create a soccer specific stadium in southeast Kansas City.
Let me get this straight. A handful of millionaires (seriously, look at the article... they aren't poor) get together and buy a company with $20 million and are immediately rewarded with a $275 million dollar stadium?
Can someone explain how that makes any fucking sense? How could a concern with a value of $20 million possibly give a return on an investment of $275 million? It boggles the mind.
I bet they needed to build 40 miles of light rail to the stadium, too.
February 16, 2009
March 10. Can't. Friggin'. Wait.
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