Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Truman Capote, a skier, who knew?

"I don't like to ski with other people around because I don't want to be conscious of them. Skiing gives me a terrific sense of freedom. I would define freedom as not having to be around other people."

- Truman Capote

from Amazing but True Ski Stories

How crazy are Tour fans?

As you follow the Tour de France, you see all kinds of pictures. I'd want this set-up if I was waiting on the course for the riders to fly past.

I'd add a beach umbrella, a black box to surround the screen, and a cooler. Then this set-up would be perfect!

This guy is really quite bright.

You can see more sparkler fun here.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Camping thought for the day

How is it that one careless match can start a forest fire,
but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?

An updated truism

"Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day; teach that person to use
the Internet and they won't bother you for weeks"

. . . unless they're on a Windows PC without virus protection. Then they'll be calling you quite soon to fix it.

Friday, July 08, 2005

WiFi Mooching Ethics and Law

After finally getting my first laptop with WiFi capabilities (a sweet little 12" PowerBook with as much horsepower as my old PowerMac) I had to wait a few days for my refurbed Airport Express WiFi hub to arrive. While I was waiting, I thought I'd check and see what, if any, WiFi networks I could detect from my home.

Well it turns out there are two networks out there. This begged a second question. What are the ethics of accessing someone else's WiFi network? I asked Geo for his expert opinion and he indicated it is a no-no. Even if the network is as wide open as a barn door sans cows.

A few days later I was excited to receive my Airport Express and get connected. It was quite easy to and securing my network was simple, too. Noone will have to resist the temptation to access my network. Thanks Apple! And now thanks, to Mike Potter's timely advice, noone wil be able to see it either.

Well, I bring this whole story up because this topic is covered in a CNet article today, FAQ: WiFi Mooching and the Law . Apparently, there are still a lot of questions that are yet to be answered.

For now, I will steer clear of the mooching and stick to the using the office, home, coffeeshop & hotel WiFi. Or mooching from friends.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Enjoying Mars . . .

I've discovered Mars . . .

. . . Mars Hill Church, that is, podcasts in the iTunes Podcast directory. The messages on Genesis 37 & 38, are quite apropos to the current chapter of moi. Food for action.

Go for a boring trestimony. (You'll have to listen to the Genesis 36 message to get it).

If you don't use iTunes, you can get their Podcast feed here.

If that doesn't work for you, try going here.