Bleh.. I feel terrible.

Yeah I feel like crap. My heart has been acting funny the past couple days. Its that darn mitral valve prolapse crap I think. Stupid defective heart. Oh well. It normally calms down after a few days.

Yup my life is dull. Been working on the Fake Name Generator some more. Its a fun little project. Up to 11 name sets and 14 countries. And I almost have Germany done (Taking WAY longer than expected. Dumb Germany and their weird telephone system…). Probably the most fun has been learning about other countries. For example, Iceland gave up on area codes a few years back. I guess they decided it was kind of pointless when they don’t even have half a million citizens. So instead they use a 7-digit number. Found a cool little grid that explains which numbers are which. Looks like not even half the possible numbers are allocated for use. Crazyness.

Which reminds me: I hate Internet Explorer. It is such a crappy browser. Why would anyone program a browser to pad a form by default? Thats just retarded. I bring this up because I took a look at FNG using IE and the layout was botched because stupid IE decided it wanted to pad the form elements. So I had to modify the CSS to make it look right. Not a huge hassle, but it is something that shouldn’t have to be done.

So I’m almost done watching Andromeda. Man that show sucks. I loved it as a kid, but I don’t know why. The plot sucks and the dialogue is terrible. But season 5 is quite different than the first 4 seasons, and I’m interested to see where it goes, so I’ll suffer through and finish the series. I think I’ll start Highlander next… Or Simpsons. That’d keep me busy for a while.

Just in case you think I’m a lazy slack who watches TV all day, I really don’t WATCH most of these shows.. Generally I just listen while I’m working on something. Generally I’ll watch like the first few minutes to get the story line and then maybe flip back during the climax of the episode. Most TV isn’t entertaining enough to actually WATCH from beginning to end. And in the rare event that I do watch a full episode, it is generally more of a break so my mind can step back and look at whatever I am working on from a different perspective.

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What a boring day. What a boring couple of days even.

Spent some time putting more name sets and countries up on the Fake Name Generator. You can now generate names in 8 languages for 6 countries. And I’m getting pretty close to having Germany ready to put up. Its those darn phone numbers that take forever. Especially Germany. What a crazy system. Area codes always start with a “0” and can be any length, although they are generally 3 to 6 digits. The subscriber number can be any length, but it is generally 11 or 10 digits – length of area code. So, technically, every number from 011 to 09999999999 is in a valid German phone number format. Crazy, eh?

Finished watching Alias. Wasn’t that great. I was hoping for much better, but oh well. Wouldn’t have been so bad if there weren’t so many errors in the plot. For example, Sidney’s mom (can never remember her name) fell on a glass skylight, and the glass and the supporting metal ended up breaking under her weight. Yeah right. This is a commercial building. Just glass would be strong enough to jump on, not to mention it is reinforced with large 2 inch thick pieces of metal. Lame.

But I’m tired. So I’m gonna put a movie on and fall asleep. I’ve noticed that I’ve pretty much seen every movie worth watching, so any movie I watch now is good as a sleep-aid.

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Impermeable Rock

Impermeable – Material that does not permit fluids to pass through it.

So my sister shows me this posh new water called FIJI. On the back is a little graphic showing where the water comes from. So apparantly it rains unto a volcano, and then goes through the dirt, and then somehow magically gets past this barrier labeled “impermeable rock”, and then shoots out in the form of a FIJI bottle. So how exactly, I wonder, does water get through a material that, by definition, doesn’t allow water through it?

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About halfway through season 4 of Alias. One thing that drives me crazy is how these field-trained and battle-hardened agents close there eyes before shooting a gun. Umm.. Correct me if I’m wrong… But uhh.. Don’t you kind of need your eyes open in order to aim the gun?

Another annoyance: How come every tech gadget blinks and makes noise? If I were making a spy gadget, I’d probably make it as quiet as possible, and limit the flashy blinking lights. Especially on things like hidden bombs that attach to pipes and cars and stuff. And tracking devices. Doesn’t do you much good to have a tracking device attached to something if it beeps and blinks.

Same with the tricorders on Star Trek. They are always trying to sneak around with this massive blinking beeping futuristic Swiss Army knife.

Sometimes I think it would be cool to have a job as like a technology consultant for TV shows or movies or something. You know, to teach them that “teraflop” isn’t a valid storage capacity, and that a monitor isn’t capable of taking over a computer, even if you use a high tech business card sized one-size-fits-all computer hacking device. That one probably drives me crazy the most. It is a monitor people! M-O-N-I-T-O-R. It “monitor”‘s the computer. The only communication it has is telling the computer what brand and model it is, and maybe what its best resolution is. If you are trying to copy the hard drive (as they did on Alias a while back), the device would best be attached to the COMPUTER, where the hard drive actually is. Or maybe even try using a *gasp* USB device. Copying a metal disc spinning at 7200 RPM using a wireless iPod seems pretty unrealistic.

Anyways, just got an order at the Fake Name Generator I gotta fill.

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Awesome replacement DNS

Found this on digg. This cool DNS has some neat features, such as automatic typo fixing (.cmo to .com) and a huge cache. In other words, this is generally faster than the DNS that your ISP provides.

In fact, I think this fixes the annoying “can’t browse the internet while downloading using bittorrent” problem I’ve been having. Its like the DNS cuts out as soon as a bittorrent download (or even seeding) starts. But I think that is an anti-bittorrent “feature” of my ISP, and because I’m not using their DNS, I think the problem is solved. HURRAY!

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