Archive for the ‘Ideas’ Category

Prove it. Jun 17 2007

Question: What do scientists consider to be valid evidence for a theory? How should studies be conducted to prove efficacy of treatment options? How can we tell, scientifically, if something really works or not?

Quite excellent commentary by Ze Frank on waves Feb 11 2007

Excellent commentary by the ever awesome Ze Frank on the topic of “Waves”. You have to watch the video to get it. Are you a surfer or a floater or a castle builder? 🙂

Check it out: the show with zefrank

Thank You 2006. Dec 31 2006

Toasting s'mores at Kayaks Coffee

2006 was a good year.

I’m grateful for the lessons I’ve learned this year. I’m grateful that I took the opportunity to jump full-time into custom web application development, quitting my day job at Vibe Solutions Group to pursue my goal of having ownership in the projects that I work on. Even though everything hasn’t yet worked out how I had envisioned, I feel that I’m much stronger in many key areas. I’ve seen a lot of successes so far and am looking forward to many more in 2007.

Kuma waiting to cross the street Kuma wearing a santa cap

I’m grateful for all the dog walks I’ve gotten to take with Kuma at 2:00 am in the morning in Tower Grove Park. It’s a quiet time, usually there is nobody else in the park at that hour. I’m grateful that Collabofit is at a stage where I can use it to help motivate me each day to take my 2.2 mile walk, get outside, breathe some fresh air, and enjoy the magnificent resource that is Tower Grove Park.

Kristin's Author Visit to Kahoka, Missouri Mozart painting at Artmart being delivered for framing

I’m grateful that my wife Kristin finished a illustrating a new book — Shepherd, Show Me — for our church that finally puts pictures to the hymn that every child learns first – Shepherd, Show Me How To Go. I’m also grateful that she will be showing a major exhibition of her artwork at Northwest Coffee in Clayton, exhibiting her latest Mozart paintings that continue her Letters to Mozart series.

Pictures from Andy and Val's wedding Pictures from Andy and Val's wedding

I’m grateful to have been able to attend my brother Andy’s wedding and to serve as his best man. It was an honor and a joy. It was also a pleasure to visit Andy and Val in Florida for Thanksgiving this year. Val did an excellent job of preparing the feast.

Kitchen drywall progress Kitchen cabinets getting installed

I’m grateful for the progress on our Kitchen Project and am looking forward to it being completed. It is turning out wonderful, bit by bit.

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I’m grateful that we had the opportunity to visit our good friend Michael up in Alaska in March when he was still living there and do some cross crountry skiing, snow shoeing and freeze our noses off.

Designing our new countertop

This was my most viewed picture in 2006 (from my Flickr Most Popular Pictures page).

These were the most visited entries on this site this year:

  1. How-to: Use your shiny new Treo 700p as a USB Modem for your laptop and get super-fast Sprint EVDO speeds
  2. digg – Weird Al – Ridin’ Dirty (White & Nerdy) (+lyrics)
  3. Cool — I won the British Lottery!

The #1 most commented entry on this site (written 2 years ago now) is this: Cool — I won the British Lottery! (no, you didn’t…)

To all our friends and family, thank you for your love, support, friendship and laughter.

May 2007 be even better.

Midwest Technology Journal – PHP Web Application Security: A Zero-Day Exploit Case Study Feb 8 2005

Looks like my latest article is up on Midwest Tech Journal. Check it out if you’d like to read an analysis of a zero-day PHP cross-site-scripting attack that happened on a client’s site.

Midwest Technology Journal – PHP Web Application Security: A Zero-Day Exploit Case Study

On December 29, 2004 James Bercegay of the GulfTech Security Research Team ( published a security vulnerability advisory about a web-based calendar application called php-Calendar. This is the advisory notice he posted on his website, and that was also published on the 29th of December by the network security research site ( Noted for the Consideration of the Impeachment of George W. Bush, Vice President Richard B. Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, and Attorney General John David Ashcroft Nov 5 2004

VoteToImpeach/ Noted for the Consideration of the Impeachment of George W. Bush, Vice President Richard B. Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, and Attorney General John David Ashcroft


1. Provisions on Impeachment in the U.S. Constitution
2. British Experience With Imperial Power and Abuse
3. The Intention of the Founders to Grant the Power of Impeachment
4. Impeachment of U.S. Presidents
5. President George W. Bush and Other Named Officials Have Committed Impeachable Offenses of Unprecedented Danger to the Constitution and People of the United States
6. We Must Act Now to Prevent Catastrophe and Ensure Accountability


Impeachment is the direct constitutional means for removing a President, Vice President or other civil officers of the United States who have acted or threatened acts that are serious offenses against the Constitution, its system of government, or the rule of law, or that are conventional crimes of such a serious nature that they would injure the Presidency if there was no removal.

The power of impeachment is a vital part of the Constitution. It was among the proposals first presented to the Constitutional Convention in 1787. Its terms were debated repeatedly and remained prominently in the text from the first drafts of the Constitution to the final document. Impeachment is more fully and carefully detailed in substance and procedure than any other power delegated to the Congress by the Constitution. Provisions relating to impeachment appear six times in text of the Constitution and once in an Amendment. They are:

1. Article I, which creates the legislative branch of government, in Section 2, para. 4 provides:
that the House of Representatives… “shall have the sole power of impeachment.”

2. Article I, Section 3, para. 6 provides:
“The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.”
3. Article I, Section 3, paragraph 7 provides:
Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.”

4. Article II, which creates the Executive branch, in Section 2 provides the President:
…shall have Power to Grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.

5. Article II, Section 4 provides:
The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of , Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.



Draft Articles of Impeachment of President George W. Bush and other named officials of the United States charge the most serious crimes known to law and history. Nothing in the experience of the impeachment power under the Constitution compares. The conduct charged threatens the Constitution, the United Nations, the rule of law and the lives of unknown thousands, or millions of people by their act and example.

The alleged impeachable acts of President George W. Bush include:

1. Ordering and directing “first strike” war of aggression against Afghanistan causing thousands of deaths;

2. Removing the government of Afghanistan by force and installing a government of his choice;

3. Authorizing daily intrusions into Iraqi airspace and aerial attacks including attacks on alleged defense installations in Iraq which have killed hundreds of people in time of peace;

4. Authorizing, ordering and condoning attacks in Afghanistan and Iraq on civilians, civilian facilities and locations where civilian casualties are unavoidable;

5. Threatening the use of nuclear weapons and ordering preparation for their use;

6. Threatening the independence and sovereignty of Iraq by belligerently proclaiming his personal intention to change its government by force;

7. Authorizing, ordering and condoning assassinations, summary executions, murder, kidnappings, secret and other illegal detentions of individuals, torture and physical and psychological coercion of prisoners;

8. Authorizing, ordering and condoning violations of rights of individuals under the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Eight Amendments to the Constitution and of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and other international protections of human rights;

9. Authorizing, directing and condoning bribery and coercion of individuals and governments to obtain his war ends;

10. Making, ordering and condoning false statements and propaganda and concealing information vital to public discussion and informed judgment to create a climate of fear and hatred and destroy opposition to his war goals.

President Bush is accused of Crimes Against Peace, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity. No crimes are greater threats to the Constitution of the United States, the United Nation Charter, the rule of law or the future of humanity.


Impeachment is the means by which We The People of the United States and our elected representatives in Congress can prevent further crimes by the President and the human catastrophe they threaten and force accountability for crimes committed.

Congressional proceedings for impeachment can bring about open, fearless consideration of the most dangerous acts and threats ever committed by an American President. If courageously pursued, they can save our Constitution, the United Nations, the rule of law, the lives of countless people and leave open the possibility of peace on earth. Each of us must take a stand on impeachment now, or bear the burden of having failed to speak in this hour of maximum peril.

– – Ramsey Clark
January 15, 2003

Note – this was prepared in January 2003. Obviously much more has happened since, and much worse. Break out the <h1> and pass it on:


Impeach Bush Nov 5 2004


It is time to impeach Bush, Cheney, and his cabinet for lying. Or incompetence. Or lying. Whichever it is. As a state trooper once asked me, after I hit a car in front of me, “Were you driving too fast, or were you following too close?” There is no escaping true, karmic responsibility.


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Isn’t it fun when Google returns 0 results? Oct 20 2004

It always gives me a certain amount of satisfaction when an idea comes and Google yields 0 results. It’s happened to me a couple of times. One was when I started Securanix – a network security services company back in 2001.

And, this evening, the same thing for the latest project. This one isn’t under the super-duper-stealth wrapping, so it’s kind of cool to post this screenshot here:

Google search results for ’podcastads’ on October 20, 2004 @ 3:18am.

Blogs are the new HIP HOP samplers… Oct 17 2004

Interview with Chuck D & Hank Shocklee of Public Enemy

How Copyright Law Changed Hip Hop

An interview with Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Hank Shocklee

[ by Kembrew McLeod ]

When Public Enemy released It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, in 1988, it was as if the album had landed from another planet. Nothing sounded like it at the time. It Takes a Nation came frontloaded with sirens, squeals, and squawks that augmented the chaotic, collaged backing tracks over which P.E. frontman Chuck D laid his politically and poetically radical rhymes. He rapped about white supremacy, capitalism, the music industry, black nationalism, and–in the case of “Caught, Can I Get a Witness?”– digital sampling: “CAUGHT, NOW IN COURT ‘ CAUSE I STOLE A BEAT / THIS IS A SAMPLING SPORT / MAIL FROM THE COURTS AND JAIL / CLAIMS I STOLE THE BEATS THAT I RAIL … I FOUND THIS MINERAL THAT I CALL A BEAT / I PAID ZERO.”

In the mid- to late 1980s, hip-hop artists had a very small window of oppor-tunity to run wild with the newly emerging sampling technologies before the record labels and lawyers started paying attention. No one took advantage of these technologies more effectively than Public Enemy, who put hundreds of sampled aural fragments into It Takes a Nation and stirred them up to create a new, radical sound that changed the way we hear music. But by 1991, no one paid zero for the records they sampled without getting sued. They had to pay a lot.

After reading this article it occurred to me that blogs today are somewhat similar to old-school hip hop sampling — we take snippets that are interesting, use them as a background for our own musings layered on top.

Bush Lies – Creative Commons graphic – spread it around. Oct 12 2004

Well, since I’m pretty much too hesitant chicken to go ahead and spray paint a message like this on overpasses, walls, buildings, the road, people’s cars sportin’ the big W, I figured I could at least vandalize my own site with a heartfelt message.

Bush Lies.  We pay.

So, I made this graphic. I hearby release it under Creative Commons license. Please use it, post it, share it, whatever if you like it or you think it conveys your feelings too. I may be adding other different messages along the same lines to the header graphic, but for now, please, this message needs to be spread.

Also, if the Democrats blow this election, shame on them. And, like Dave says, if you vote for Bush and he wins we’ll blame you for the next 4 years.

If you use this, download it, post it, whatever, please leave a comment below with URL if you want. Thanks.


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BoingBoing: Bruce Sterling SIGGRAPH 2004 speech Aug 16 2004

BoingBoing: Bruce Sterling SIGGRAPH 2004 speech “When Blobjects Rule the Earth”

It’s possible to live in a cleaner way. We live in debris and detritus because of our ignorance. That ignorance is no longer technically necessary. Those who know, know. Instead, our problem is becoming obscurantism, which is a deliberate hiding of the facts by vested interests who know they are injuring us. Such acts of evil must be combated. Sunlight is the best disinfectant.

Wanting to know, wanting to do it, that’s half the struggle right there. Our capacities are tremendous. Eventually, it is within our technical ability to create factories that clean the air as they work, cars that give off drinkable water, industry that creates parks instead of dumps, or even monitoring systems that allow nature to thrive in our cities, neighborhoods, lawns and homes. An industry that is not just “sustainable,” but enhances the world. The natural world should be better for our efforts and our ingenuity. It’s not too much to ask.

You and I will never live to see a future world with those advanced characteristics. The people who will be living in it will pretty much take it for granted, anyway. But that is a worthy vision for today’s technologists: because that is wise governance for a digitally conquered world. That is is not tyranny. That is legitimacy.

Without vision, the people perish. So we need our shimmering, prizes, goals to motivate ourselves, but the life is never in the prize. The living part, the fun part, is all in the wrangling. Those dark cliffs looming ahead — that is the height of your achievement.

Go read the entire speech. It’s quite nice. (via Boing Boing)

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