Archive for December, 2004

dj BC presents The Beastles – FANTASTIC Beastie Boys/Beatles mashup Dec 21 2004

Totally FANTASTIC Beastie Boys / Beatles mashup album!!! w00t!

Get it now before it is gone. Thank you Internet!

Beastles by DJ BC

dj BC presents The Beastles

dj BC presents The Beastles

1. Whatcha Want, Lady?
2. Tripper Trouble
3. Mother Nature’s Rump
4. I Feel Fine Right Now
5. Sure-Bla-Di Shot-Bla-Da
6. Mad World Forever
7. Word To The Mic
8. Root Down Reprise
9. Hold It Together Now

Beastles cover art as a printable insert with track listing.

Cover by Pheugoo
Bigs thanks to my man Solcofn.

These mash-ups were made for fun, and as a demonstration of my remixing abilities.
The copyright to these source recordings is retained by the original copyright holder.
By downloading these tracks you agree to delete them within 48 hours.
If you object to these being posted online please email me at

(Via the also fantastic BoingBoing!!!)

The only thing missing is the bittorrent link… Got the mp3s no problem anyways… 🙂

Thanks yo. – SPAMMMMMMMARR!!! Dec 21 2004

(Image intentionally stretched so he looks fat. hehhehe…)

So, I received this lovely email in my

Dear Customer,

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Looks like it is deceptively linking to Adam here. Nice move, mr. photo dude. FUCKING SPAMMMMMMMER. Dude, that is SERIOUSLY lame.

Adam Brewer – Adam has been coaching and training athletes nationally and internationally for the past 12 years. He began his coaching career in 1990 while attending Emory University, where he was program director for the adidas Tennis Camp. Upon graduating with a B.A. in Psychology, he continued his academic pursuits at The Ohio State University, where he received an M. A. in Sport Management. While in graduate school, Adam trained under Marty Riessen, 3-time Grand Slam Champion, in advanced coaching methods for top-level tennis players. From there he went on to develop the training program for the Elite Junior Squads at The David Lloyd Clubs in London, England. Presently, he runs Adam Brewer Training in Los Angeles, an independently operated coaching and training business.

Adam is recognized as one of the fittest coaches in the industry, most recently having been featured on the cover of Runner’s World magazine. As a player he was an Academic All-American at #1 singles and doubles at Emory University, where he achieved an NCAA National singles ranking of #17 and doubles ranking of #9. In soccer, Adam was a four year starter, 2-time National Soccer Championship participant, GTE Academic All-American, and 3-time University Athletic Association’s Athlete of the Week.

Looks like this was most likely sent by these guys: List King Pro. needs your help. Dec 21 2004

Please go donate right now to — they host a globally available avatar picture for free and their bandwidth / processing consumption has led to their host shutting them down.

Gravatar – Globally Recognized Avatar – Oh Crap

Oh Crap

Posted 10 hours, 8 minutes ago by Tom Werner

Ok, some serious you know what has hit the you know which. Dreamhost shut down today without notice and kindly told me that I was monopolizing their server’s entire processor. I at least got them to reenable the site with the avatar.php serving a single one sized image, which has totally screwed up my day and if you’re reading this, then its probably screwed up yours too. I’m going to try to do some fancy pants caching and optimizing of the avatar serving script to reduce resource utilization and see if they find that acceptable. If that doesn’t work then I guess I’ll have to swing for a dedicated server, the cheapest of which I can find goes for $300/half year, which is more than I%u2019d really like to spend. If anyone out there knows where I can get ahold of a cheap dedicated server with at least 200GB of bandwidth per month, or has some sweet hookups, drop me a line!

In the meantime, since all gravatars (or rather, THE gravatar) are being served at 80px regardless of requested size, you would be well served to specify the correct width and height for your avatars in either your HTML or CSS (which is a good technique to use anyway).

Also, if you have any sage advice on optimizing PHP/MySQL code, I’m all ears. And if you’ve thought up a way for to earn money to pay for hosting, I hear that email is a good way of disseminating knowledge (

Happy holidays and may gravatars be back soon!

Go donate now. I did, and leave a comment for them if you have any ideas for how they can continue to exist. 🙂

Free antivirus – Grisoft AVG for personal use Dec 21 2004

Uninstalled Norton (expired subscription) and installed this free replacement… giving it a try.

Grisoft Freeweb: Get AVG for your home PC virus protection

Get AVG for your home PC virus protection

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Highlights include:

* Automatic update functionality
* The AVG Resident Shield, which provides real-time protection as files are opened and programs are run
* The AVG E-mail Scanner, which protects your e-mail
* The AVG On-Demand Scanner, which allows the user to perform scheduled and manual tests
* Free Virus Database Updates for the lifetime of the product
* AVG Virus Vault for safe handling of infected files
* Great customer satisfaction!

Please note that any previous version of AVG Free will be un-installed automatically during the installation of the new AVG Free.
Is AVG Free right for you?

AVG Free Edition is for private, non-commercial, single home computer use only.

howto rsync current directory with remote server over ssh Dec 19 2004

This will upload the new files using SSH from the current directory and synchronize with the remote directory public_html on HOST, pushing only the new or changed files.

rsync -rvC --rsh="ssh -l SSH_USERNAME" * HOST:public_html/

mmmm, tasty rsync. my new best friend. even better than scp, I think.

From man rsync:

-C, –cvs-exclude

This is a useful shorthand for excluding a broad range of files that you often don’t want to transfer between systems. It uses the same algorithm that CVS uses to determine if a file should be ignored.

The exclude list is initialized to:

RCS/ SCCS/ CVS/ .svn/ CVS.adm RCSLOG cvslog.* tags TAGS .make.state .nse_depinfo *~ #* .#* ,* *.old *.bak *.BAK *.orig *.rej .del-* *.a *.o *.obj *.so *.Z *.elc *.ln core

then files listed in a $HOME/.cvsignore are added to the list and any files listed in the CVSIGNORE environment variable (space delimited).

Finally, any file is ignored if it is in the same directory as a .cvsignore file and matches one of the patterns listed therein.

See the cvs(1) manual for more information.

I just created a nice little .cvsignore file in my $HOME directory with the following in it:


so that in addition to not uploading Subversion or CVS directories, the .DS_Store files that my Mac puts in directories won’t get uploaded when i rsync. SWEEET! 🙂

Lord Kyl’s Realm Dec 17 2004

So I was looking for the Snoop Dogg font (like on his site, and came across this nice font repository. 🙂

Lord Kyl’s Realm

I am Lord Padraig MacKay of Kyle, formally residing in the Pentamere region of the fair Middle Kingdom, Northwoods Barony, but now I carry on in the Constellation Region, Barony of Sternfeld. Ye may simply call me Lord Kyl. I was the Herald of House Glendrakon in its heydays, but, alas, ’tis no more.

To the left ye’ll find the links to my free sites hosting shareware and freeware fonts and clipart, and some fair information about the heraldic arts. Also some of my artistic endeavours. If ye’re of the web mastering persuasion, ye can join my circle of friends on the webrings too.

As always on the internet, construction is still ongoing, don’t ye be surprised by a few odd links!


Slashdot | Plausible Deniability From Rockstar Cryptographers Dec 17 2004

Slashdot | Plausible Deniability From Rockstar Cryptographers

J. Karl Rove writes “Nikita Borisov and Ian Goldberg (of many, many other projects) have released Off the Record Messaging for Gaim. Encrypt an IM, prove (at the time) that it came from you, and deny it later. The authentication works only when the message is sent; anybody can forge all the messages he wants afterwards (toolkit included). Captured or archived messages prove nothing. And forward secrecy means Big Brother can’t read your messages even if he wiretaps you AND grabs your computer later on. All the gooey goodness of crypto, with none of the consequences! They have a protocol spec, source code, and Debian and Fedora binaries.”

The machine will only count 3,000 votes. Why would you need more? Dec 14 2004

E-voting Woes Force New Election in N.C. County – Computerworld

E-voting Woes Force New Election in N.C. County

Touch-screen errors led to loss of 4,400 ballots

News Story by Heather Havenstein

DECEMBER 06, 2004 (COMPUTERWORLD) – Voters in one North Carolina county can return to the polls next month to recast ballots that were lost due to a malfunctioning e-voting machine in the November election.

The state’s Board of Elections voted last week to allow about 4,400 Carteret County residents whose votes were lost — along with 19,600 who didn’t go to the polls — to cast ballots Jan. 11 for the state agriculture commissioner.

That was the only state or local race close enough for the 4,400 votes to make a difference, said Robert Cordle, one of five members of the board. In that race, challenger Steve Troxler has a 2,300-vote lead over incumbent Britt Cobb. The Jan. 11 votes will be added to the November result.

The votes were lost because the touch-screen system could store only 3,000 votes that day, far fewer than the 10,000 the machines should be able to handle, according to the manufacturer, UniLect Corp. in Dublin, Calif.

Poll workers didn’t immediately see that the machine had begun displaying a notice that said it couldn’t accept any more votes, Cordle said. The machines don’t produce paper copies of the ballots. “As a compromise, we agreed to allow those whose vote was not counted last time to vote, [as well as] anybody who didn’t vote last time,” Cordle said. “It’s a very unusual ruling, and each [candidate] has 10 days to appeal it in court. It may get changed if they do.”

The January election will cost the county $20,000, Cordle said, adding that it will use the same machines used in November but will allow only 3,000 votes per machine.

This is so fucked up, I can’t stand it. Once again, the only answer is to Volunteer to Count.

(Linked on Metafilter) – 20 questions AI Dec 14 2004

It took 29 questions to guess black cat. Pretty cool anyways, though. 🙂 is an experiment in artificial intelligence. The program is very simple but its behavior is complex. Everything that it knows and all questions that it asks were entered by people playing this game. is a learning system; the more it is played, the smarter it gets.

(Via MetaFilter, some great comments in there…)

KRUCOFF’S TOP – 80’s Berkley punk tape side 1 side 2 mp3 compilation Dec 14 2004


TOP Music #1
V/A – “Lest We Forget” Berkeley Compilation Tape
Re-release Date: 12/13/2004

Lest we forget

“Lest We Forget” was originally compiled and released by Aaron Elliot of the acclaimed fanzine Cometbus (and drummer for Crimpshrine and Pinhead Gunpowder) in 1991 to document the Berkeley punk scene of the 80’s. I don’t want to be accused of wild exaggeration by saying the music here is exactly essential (although there’s some great stuff here) but it is absolutely essential to appreciate the why, who, and how of what was being created at the time. Their output has had a significant impact on today’s music. You can connect the influential dots from this tape to Maximum Rock’n’Roll to Operation Ivy to Green Day to whatever indie/punk act you’re listening to right now.

Close to 90 minutes of music are presented here as two rather large MP3 files. Instead of splitting each band’s track(s) for individual download, this approach is an effort to preserve the original intent of compilation tape curators – listen to side one in its entirety, flip it, hit play and listen to all of side two. Also, it would have been an incredible amount of work to make separate files for each song and I’m incredibly lazy. Complete liner notes are included too. Enjoy.

More music. Via BoingBoing

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