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Month: July 2002

One thing I’ve noticed now that I have a Mac: This site looks HORRIBLE on a Mac! I mean, I know it’s not really much to look at as it is – it’s not that I’ve spent tonnes of time and effort on the design – but DAMN! Without much focus on pretty graphics or flashy gimicks, all I’ve got is my text – and it just looks wrong: all weird fonts and sizes and such… something must be done! I’m sure it won’t take much- just a little CSS tweaking -and as soon as I find the time, I’ll do it… for now, to all you Mac users out there, I apologize… I had no idea.

Making the switch

I just bought myself an iBook. I’ve been dying to get a Mac ever since I left my previous place of employment (all-mac environment), but haven’t been able to afford any new computer gear in a while. It was definitely time – my PC at home is 5 years old, and starting to behave badly. So I did it – I’m making the switch. So far, so good : I managed to get my email over with almost no problem at all – I used Eudora on the PC, so I picked up Eudora for the Mac, and was able to pretty much just copy everything over – only had to do one intermediate step to convert line feeds in all my archived emails. I picked up an AirPort for wireless connectivity in and around my home, so I can work anywhere, which is really nice – I’m going to keep my PC’s around as file and print servers, so I’ll be able to store larger items off my iBook which has limited space (30Gb).

The war on drugs electronic music

From Kuro5hin: The RAVE Act, whose acronym stands for “Reducing Americans’ Vunerability to Ecstacy”, would fine people or companies that organize or host events “featuring loud, pounding dance music” up to $2,000,000, and allows promoters to be jailed for up to 20 years, without requiring officials to prove that any of the attendees actually possessed drugs. This law not only is a danger to civil liberties, but also would effectively eliminate live electronic music in the US, given the enormous risks now associated with it. Full text of the bill.

For some reason, I can’t get enough of this:

According to the LA cop’s lawyer (see yesterday’s post), the cop punched the suspect because the lil’ perv grabbed his testicles. Apparently, with his hands cuffed behind him, the suspect reached out and grabbed the cop’s nuts, and that’s why the cop punched him. Is that justification? Dunno… but it’s pretty funny.

Just what the LAPD needs… (more here) I saw the video footage of this last night – and the cop really wailed on the kid – blatantly threw him into the back of the cruiser, bouncing his face off the trunk, then punched him square in the face, having to be wrestled off by two other cops.

I know that these cops have to put up with a lot in a day in LA, and I realize that they’re only human… and there’s no real indication of what may have happened before the video camera started rolling, but really, whatever happened, this officer’s reaction couldn’t possibly be justified. The guy was in cuffs – he was subdued. And cops are supposed to be trained to keep their cool – not to fly off and hit somebody in the face – they’re trained in non-combative restraint.

I should also mention that I don’t believe the boy or his father’s version of the story – they claim that the kid was doing exactly as the officer instructed, that the attack was entirely unprovoked. I highly doubt this guy was being a perfect little angel. But that doesn’t negate the fact that this officer was out of line… no matter what happened before the tape.

As expected, the race card has been played… this article also mentions that the teen is “developmentally disabled” … now, that may just be lawyer-speak, but this is not looking good at all.

got the message?

A little followup to my post about Flash and Inneraction‘s website. It seems they must have gotten the message, probably through a significant volume of complaints: their all-Flash abomination is gone, leaving only their corporate site. Good. I’m interested to see the next iteration – wonder if they’ve learned their lesson.