Art I actually like

August 29, 2005

I’ve found some great Firefox artwork. Go check it out before I kill you. 😉

So I’m minding my own business, not bothering anyone (more than usual, at least), which I receive this e-mail:

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This email is in response to the blogger registered to you as http://www.studioquality.ca.blogspot.com . The .ca URL is legally registered to me and also as division of 133967 Canada Inc. Yes, we are the owners. We are now in the process of creating a blog, only to find out that you are using our legal, copyright name.

We are legally in a position to take action against your person for this misuse. Delete the blog so that we can proceed with our work.

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When I recovered from laughing (just look at the ‘this-message-will-self-destruct-in-5-minutes’ message at the bottom), I e-mailed Blogger about it. Google is rather slow about support, though, so I haven’t gotten a response from them yet. This afternoon, I replied as follows:

Hi,

I can assure you, I have nothing to do with the blog located at the location you specified. My blog is located at http://psycho-nerd.blogspot.com, and I have no idea why the contents of my blog are partially mirrored at the URL you gave. I suggest you contact Blogger with regard to this matter, as I am not responsible for the webspace in question. You would do well to maintain at least a semblance of politeness in your communications, instead of making obnoxious, superfluous, baseless and fundamentally misdirected threats. Your arrogance is both stupefying and insulting, and I am asking you to cease and desist from contacting me with regard to any matters in which I am not concerned.

Sincerely,

Rishi Maharaj

To which I receive this response:

Under the circumstances, I can assure you were very polite. Initially, I considered contacting the internet watchdogs, but decided to work it out with you first.

*ROFLMAO* is about as much as I can say about that. This Paige character appears to be bother the admin and the tech contact for the domain galaxytalentmanagement.com. I couldn’t help but respond:

I suggest you take a course in etiquette, the principles of DNS, and Internet law. Now you’ve “worked out” that I have nothing to do with the real or supposed infringement of any copyright that you may or may not hold, I would appreciate it if you left me alone.

I haven’t heard anymore from them. Don’t you just love kids that operate websites out of their mothers’ basement?

Damn Americans

August 25, 2005

Letter to the editor re. ‘American Guns, Canadian Violence’ article on gun-running article in August 15 2005 issue of Maclean’s magazine:

Gillis is right. Canadian violence is all the fault of the Americans. They are responsible for our legal system and for the policing of our communities. The Americans are also to blame for our immigration policies. Canada is a socialist utopia and any time something goes wrong, it has to be the fault of those obstinate down-south rednecks.

— Leon Colwin, Toronto

How? Distributed computing projects allow your to donate your CPU’s idle time to scientific research. You see, some research projects, such as Stanford University’s Folding@Home are excellent candidates for distributed computing because they (a) need hundreds of thousands of CPUs – far more than a supercomputer could provide, and (b) they don’t depend on constant communication between CPUs. So get off your lazy butt and contribute to one or more distributed computing projects:

Google Compute
/ Folding@Home

SETI@Home

distributed.net

I was changing some lightbulbs last night, and it reminded me of an article in Saturday’s newspaper about how the province of Ontario (where I live) will replace the generating capacity of the coal-fired plants that it plans to shut down. One of the options, of course, is nuclear. We already have 20 reactors in the province, but, frankly, they don’t appear to be doing us much good.

Take the Pickering A station, for example. It’s close enough to me that I get periodic mailings about what to do should there be an accident which will slowly cause my hair to fall out and give me leukemia. It has four reactors. Right now, just one is operating – unit four, which had been offline since 1997 like the rest of Pickering A, came back online two years ago. Unit one is expected to come back online sometime this year. The Ontario Power Generation (OPG) thought it would cost $1.3 million to return all four units to service. Hell, that’s pocket change to the government, right? They’ve already spent $2.6 BILLION bringing units one and four – about 1 000 megawatts of capacity – back into service. Units two and three, it turns out, aren’t worth fixing. I’m holding my breath for the shit to hit the fan at the newer Pickering B station any time now.

As if that isn’t enough money, OPG is set to pay out a whopping $2 billion to bring two bring two reactors – about 1 500 megawatts of generating capacity – back online at the Bruce A nuclear generating station on Lake Huron.

So what does all this have to do with lightbulbs? Well, I’m a Nazi about fluorescent lightbulbs. I refuse to use incandescent lightbulbs and I pester anyone that uses them to replace them with fluorescent ones. This is because incandescent lightbulbs waste most of their power in useless heat energy, so more efficient fluorescent lightbulbs can provide the same amount of light with far less electricity – usually less than a quarter. Since an equivalent fluorescent lightbulb uses about 47 watts less electricity than a 60 watt incandescent lightbulb, and there are about 12 300 000 people in Ontario, I figure that if every person replace one incandescent bulb with a fluorescent bulb, we’d save 47 x 12 300 000 = 578 100 000 watts of electricity or 578.1 megawatts. That’s the same as an entire unit at the Pickering station – or $1.3 billion in maintenance costs.

Go figure.