Some Say the Ads are the Best Part

I love this kind of stuff! When I was a young (right before & after learning to read) kid I used to spend hours looking at National Geographic magazines provided by my Aunt Mildred and Uncle Bernard. I was fascinated by the ads, and for some reason, the Union-Carbide ads were particularly appealing. This high … Read more

You Know You’re From Kansas

I’m sure this humorous list would be recogized by folks across the midwest, not just those in Kansas. But then I’m originally from Kansas, so what do I know? You Know You’re From Kansas 23 Sep. 2004 the link above is broken, but thanks to the Wayback machine, I’ve recovered a copy and posted it … Read more

Dry Rub For Beef

3/4 Cup packed brown sugar 1/2 Cup paprika 2 1/2 Tablespoons coarse salt 2 1/2 Tablespoons ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 Tablespoon onion powder Mix all of the ingredients together. Shake on the meat and let sit for at least 2 hours before cooking meat. ( Better if left on longer.) Store … Read more

Electronic Voices from the Twin Towers

This compelling story was too much for me to read at one sitting. The NYTimes is to be commended for writing such a difficult, yet ultimately necessary, both for the historical record and as a contribution to healing, article. Fighting to Live as the Towers Died

Know Anyone Like This?

Hmm, so creative folks are often moody and exhibit behaviours reminiscent of a manic/depressive … this is news? STANFORD RESEARCHERS ESTABLISH LINK BETWEEN CREATIVE GENIUS AND MENTAL ILLNESS (January 2015 update: old link,, no longer works, so replaced w/one to

In the River!?

What a shame. Over 100 paintings and other stolen art objects, worth over 1 billion dollars, were destroyed in France by a mother seeking to protect her son, who had stolen the paintings, etc. Your Stolen Art? I Threw It Away, Dear

Play an Accordion; Don’t goto Jail

This is a funny (in retrospect) story of what happened to a hapless hacker, who, as he prepared to fly to the US from Canada, ended up “fitting the profile.” Read how after an interrogation and search, the Star-Spangled Banner came to his rescue! (January 2015 update. I’m cleaning up old entries, and the original … Read more

Packet Sniffing Yields Images

Hah! As if there weren’t already too many things I want to do and don’t have time for. Here’s another interesting hack: packetsniff your ethernet, and reassemble the packets that are part of an image into the image file. See how it was done at a recent conference: