Darren Barefoot
Darren Barefoot


Thinking Chaos, Thinking Fences

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Wednesday, May 14, 2003

I was just checking out my site referrals and noticed that somebody found me by searching Yahoo for 'darren'. Currently I'm the 11th result (13th on Google, yes, I checked). Some tosser named Darren Hayes, apparently a Sony Music recording artist, is first. That's pretty cool, though, that anybody could find me just by typing my first name into a search engine.

10:57:36 PM    

While hanging out at the Riley Cafe on False Creek, celebrating the birth of my nephew, Miles (photos forthcoming), I referred to the wealthy, tanned riffraff who were hanging around the bar as the 'yachterati'. Google doesn't have any references to it, so I'm hereby claiming the term as my own. I believe you can see some of them here in this photo from the Riley's Web page:

Frankly, they look a little young and well-groomed.

10:50:31 PM    

Slashdot brings us this wonderful transcript from that anachronism of anachronisms, Britain's House of Lords. Despite living next to the UK for two years, and growing up in a former colony, it's still hard to believe that institutions like this still exist:

Lord Sainsbury of Turville:  My Lords, I am afraid that I have not been able to find out why the term "spam" is used, but that is the meaning it now has. It is a matter that should be taken very seriously because it not only clutters up computers but involves a great deal of very unpleasant advertising to do with easy credit, pornography and miracle diets. That is offensive to people, and we should try to reduce it.

Lord Faulkner of Worcester: My Lords, I can help the Minister with the origin of the word. It comes from aficionados of Monty Python, and the famous song, "Spam, spam, spam, spam". It has been picked up by the Internet community and is used as a description of rubbish on the Internet.

More seriously, is the Minister aware that up to 85,000 pieces of unsolicited e-mail are received by the Parliamentary Communications Directorate each month? Will he join me in congratulating the directorate on its valiant efforts to filter out that menace, given that a high proportion of it is rubbish advertising from the United States and that some of it consists of profane material? The directorate is battling against a rising tide; the Government's assistance is needed in combating it.

Lord Sainsbury of Turville: My Lords, I am happy to commend that course of action. As I say, it is a serious issue. We need to take all steps against it.

As a bonus, check out the top of the page, where some other subject is just getting wrapped up:

Lord Sainsbury of Turville:  My Lords, I totally agree. These statistics on accidents are extremely fascinating; they prove that the British public can use practically anything in this world to hurt themselves with. It is understandable that there are an estimated 55 accidents a year from putty, while toothpaste accounts for 73. However, it is rather bizarre that 823 accidents are estimated to be the result of letters and envelopes. It is difficult to understand how they can be the cause of such serious plight. I agree with the noble Baroness that it would be helpful if people paid careful attention.

1:28:09 PM    

I received my first referral spam today. From a Wired article on this subject:

Referral logs, intended to collect information on who visited a website and how they happened to arrive there, are being stuffed with bogus links. Curious bloggers who click on a logged link to see who visited their site are instead led to pornography or advertising sites.

Spammers are such unethical bastards.

9:41:15 AM    

From SuperFastComputer:

Telnet is a way of connecting to computers remotely. You can use it to log onto a web server and run commands, modify files, etc. There are many public databases and resources available through Telnet.

That said, Telnet is a very old-school Internet protocol, and most civilians have no use for it now that these 'Web browser' things have been invented.

That said, Nelsonian (Nelsonite? Nelsoner?) Stevland Ambrose has discovered this fantastic application of Telnet: the entire story of Star Wars (well, episode 4) told with ASCII characters.

9:18:30 AM    

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