Monday, June 30, 2008

Child Molester - I can't stand it, it's just too funny

Poor weather forecast guy.

A quote of the Day

He attacked everything in life with a mix of extraordinary genius and naive incompetence, and it was often difficult to tell which was which.
— Douglas Adams

This quote was featured today on "Quotes of the Day".
I love Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Cell phone operators in Switzerland

Sitting in a kitchen after a dinner.

Ben: Dude, why you don't have a swiss phone number still?
Me: Well, because I can't decide which one I should use.
Ben: You told me that half a year ago.
Isabelle: Just take one and stick to it. Take Orange.
Me: Orange is a color of a political force in Ukraine. I don't want to sound political.
Ben: Take Sunrise then.
Me: Well the quality of Sunrise is not as good as Swisscom, plus, I don't want to sound cheap.
Isabelle: Take Swisscom then.
Me: Well as I told you, it depends on which provider my friends use. I will pay a fortune for calls to different networks.
Isabelle: Well, you are rich. And you don't care about money.
Ben: Plus, you don't have any friends anyways.
Me: :-/


Сколько электричества производит мое тело

Сколько электричества производит Ваше тело?

Этой энергии хватило бы на работу:
Обычных лампочек - 4 шт
Плееров iPod - 90 шт
Приставок Xbox - 1 шт
От 3 таких как я мог бы работать холодильник
Я на 44% энергичнее среднестатистического человека
Пройти тест!

My body produces 360 watt of electricity.
This would be enough to power:
A regular lightbulb - 4 items
iPod players - 90 items
Xbox consoles - 1 item
3 instances of me could power a refrigerator
I'm 44% more energetic then a regular human

The test doesn't take into account that I'm 200% more lazy then a regular human though.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Page popularity meter for blogs/sites - Foxrecord

Can you see stars in post titles? This is my small experimental Google AppEngine project called 'FoxRecord'.

The idea is simple. You embed an image in your post specifying your page's url. FoxrRecord returns you an image and increments popularity count for that page.
The popularity of your pages is fairly distributed: 20% of your most popular pages are ranked '5 stars', 20% less popular — '4 stars' and so on.
There is no need for JavaScript that slows down the loading of your page and is often disabled anyways. No more ugly strings like 'Page popularity: 3%' like some WordPress plugins do.
A simple request to FoxRecord gives you an image:
<img src="" />
results in nice fancy stars:

It can be easily embedded into Blogger templates. And WordPress templates as well. Basically, into anything — any domain, any page.

To embed the popularity meter into your blogger posts, you just need to copy/paste the following line somewhere into your post template (check the guide on how to add social bookmark links to your posts in Blogger to see how to edit your post template):
<img expr:src='"" + data:post.url + "&amp;amp;title=" + data:post.title' />

A little bit on API (parameters to /rating page):

  • url — specifies the url of your page. This url will be compared by popularity to other urls from your domain and the appropriate image, specifying it's relative rank, will be returned.

  • title — title of your page. Optional. Specifies a title of your page. Used in 'My top content' widget.

  • style — style of ranking image. Currently the only one supported style is 'stars' (default)

  • categories — specifies categories or tags for the page. Used in 'My top content by category'

  • show — if this argument is 'no', the rank image will not be displayed. Useful in simply gathering statistics, without displaying it. Or, for a first couple of days/hours to gather information about your top content before displaying it.

  • vote — if this argument is 'no', then the ranking image will simply be displayed, but the request will not count in the page popularity rating. Useful if you have multiple rank displays in your pages (for example, in your post title and at the bottom of your post).

All the above parameters are optional, to get the simplest page popularity image you only need to specify an url. FoxRecord will do the rest.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Why you should change your browsing style to 'scripts disabled'

Only about 2% of desktop users browse the web with scripts disabled, but these users often have a larger than average voice on the Internet. For instance, Googlebot ignores most scripts.

Hidden Easter Egg Pages in Firefox 3

Everyone knows about about:config firefox page. But what about other about: pages?

about: page gives you a page, similar to Help->Menu dialog.

about:robots gives you this one:

firefox 3 hidden easter egg page - about:robots - Gort! Klaatu barada nikto

The text says:

Gort! Klaatu barada nikto!
Welcome Humans!
We have come to visit you in peace and with goodwill!

  • Robots may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  • Robots have seen things you people wouldn't believe.
  • Robots are Your Plastic Pal Who's Fun To Be With.
  • Robots have shiny metal posteriors which should not be bitten.

And they have a plan.

about:mozilla gives you this:
firefox 3 hidden easter egg page - about:mozilla - The Book of Mozilla 10th Edition

Mammon slept. And the beast reborn spread over the earth and its numbers
grew legion. And they proclaimed the times and sacrificed crops unto the
fire, with the cunning of foxes. And they built a new world in their own
image as promised by the sacred words, and spoke
of the beast with their children. Mammon awoke, and lo! it was
naught but a follower.

from The Book of Mozilla, 11:9
(10th Edition)

More about Book of Mozilla and Mozilla prophecies on wikipedia.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Germany - Turkey 3:2

The game was fun. Turkish score, then Germans score in 4 minutes. Me and Jan were making fun of Isabelle that almost the whole Switzerland supports Germany, while more than a half of Germany supports Turkey because there are more turkish in Germany than Germans.
Turkish scored 4 minutes later.
And then Germans have managed to score 30 seconds before the official end of the game.
This game was fun.
Too bad the final game will take place in Vienna, Austria and not here in Switzerland.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

A log of some Blogger problems - "this time it's gonna work..."

Poor guys. They've broken something seriously. Oh how I know this feeling. And with every try it looks like this time it's gonna work


Monday, June 16, 2008

Due to maintenance, the photo upload feature will be down for about 30
at 3:00 pm PDT. Some images on Blog*Spot may also be
unavailable. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Update: The maintenance is now over. We appreciate your patience.

Posted by Brett at 08:41 PDT

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Blogger will be unavailable Thursday (6/19) at 2:00PM PDT for about 10 minutes for maintenance.

Update: This is now completed. Thanks for your patience.

Posted by Jessica at 17:58 PDT

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Blogger will be unavailable Friday (6/20) at 3:00PM PDT for about 10 minutes for maintenance.

Update: This maintenance is being delayed a bit while we work out some issues.

Update: We've decided to delay this maintenance until Monday. Thank you for your patience.

Posted by Jessica at 17:44 PDT

Monday, June 23, 2008

We need to perform an emergency
maintenance, which will cause Blogger to be unavailable for about 10
minutes, starting at 6:35 PDT. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Update: This is now complete. Thanks for your patience.

Posted by Jessica at 18:28 PDT

Blogger will be unavailable Monday (6/23) at 4:00PM PDT for about 10 minutes for maintenance.

Update: This is now complete. Thank you for your patience.

Posted by Jessica at 15:20 PDT

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Blogger will be unavailable Tuesday (6/24) at 4:00PM PDT for about 10 minutes for maintenance.

Posted by Jessica at 14:16 PDT

Blogger is currently experiencing problems with FTP publishing; we are aware of the problem and are working hard on a fix. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Posted by Brett at 12:57 PDT

Quite stupid from my side to make fun, though. They've found a bug in some new code, and it looks that I'm responsible for that. Gonna have quite some fun with bughunting tomorrow as well :)

Daily Google WTF #2

iGoogle by Google wtf - virus or malware

That was ok. Oh well, maybe some glitch - happens. But then it just didn't allow me to log out from iGoogle - check the address bar - you can run but you can't hide :)

iGoogle by Google wtf - virus or malware

What wikipedia thinks about ISDN

ISDN-BRI (Basic Rate Interface) has never gained popularity as a telephone access technology in Canada and the US and today remains a niche product. The service was seen as a solution in search of a problem, and the extensive array of options and features were difficult for most customers to understand and utilize. ISDN has long been known by several derogatory acronyms highlighting these issues, such as It Still Does Nothing, Innovations Subscribers Don't Need, and I Still Don't kNow.

Monday, June 23, 2008

How to add a personalized favicon (favorite icon) to your Blogger blog

To add a customized favicon to your blog:
  1. Find a picture you want to be your blog icon. This can be any image — and any size. Two notes: putting big images is a bad idea because it will load slower, and still will only be represented with 16x16 icon; it is better to use square images, as the image will be zoomed to 16x16. You can also use animated GIF images like I do. A great amount of favicons can be found in this great favicon collection.

  2. Host the image somewhere. I use imageshack. Write down direct image url.

  3. Open your blogger template (Dashboard->Layout->Edit HTML). Find the line
    (it should be somewhere at the top), and insert the following code after it:
    <link rel="icon" type="image/gif" href="">
    Replace in the example above with the path to your favicon, and image/gif with the appropriate icon file type - image/png for *.png, image/jpeg for *.jpeg, img/x-icon for *.ico. Make sure you write the full image URI to make it compatible with most of browsers.

  4. Done. Preview and save the blog.

Graphological test

Graphological test. Very nice :)

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Fuck Dilbert, I'm getting myself a pocket emo

Friday, June 20, 2008

Hellsing anime — Releasing Control Art Restriction System To Level Zero

Releasing Control Art Restriction Systems, approval of Situation A recognized. Commencing the Cromwell invocation. Ability restrictions lifted for limited use until the enemy has been rendered silent.


I've watched Hellsing anime. TV series and OVA.
I became curious about it after watching some music clips on youtube that featured parts of it (for example, Theatres Des Vampires — Dracula and DevilDriver — Digging Up The Corpses).

I'm not an anime fan. Actually, I hate anime, but this one was just... spectacular.

My notes:
  • Sir Integra Fairbrook Wingate Hellsing is SUPER HOT.
  • Vampire hunter Paladin Alexander Anderson is HOT.
  • Alucard is cool, though a bit overpowered. Damn those idiots who spelled his name Arucard in english translation. It's Ākādo in original japanese anyways.
  • Police Girl Seras Victoria is a whiny stupid noob.
  • Other characters are not worth mentioning.
  • The soundtrack for TV series is cool. I liked it.
  • OVA is more in-depth corresponds more to original manga, but I hate it when it shows some scenes in anime-style (a character alone on a colored background with flowers, spirals and shit, these deformed mouths... It looks incredibly stupid).

Notes to specific TV episodes:
  • Episode 1 The Undead — the priest looks very much like a cleric from Equilibrium. Doesn't he? :)
  • Episode 3 Sword Dancer — first appearance of Alexander Anderson. He is totally awesome.
  • Episode 4 Innocent as a human — Do they have a clue what is a ROUND table? Their table is a long rectangle with rounded corners.
  • Episode 5 Brotherhood — Valentine brothers are cool
  • Episode 5 Brotherhood — Seras Victoria uses quite nice Ju-Jitsu technique when she grasps Jan Valentine
  • Episode 8 Kill House — the tracks from the car approach each other. How can it possibly be? :) Or is it a japanese view of "perspective"? :)
  • Episode 13 Hellfire — Alucard impales the demon Incognito — quite his natural style :)

Starsailor — Way to Fall — Tales of the Past III part that touches me

Tales of the Past is a full-length series of movies based on World of Warcraft game. The series have been referred as The best World of Warcraft video. Tales of the Past III is a hour and a half length movie, featuring everything you can expect from an animated movie — nice graphics and video effects (the movie is a capture from original World of Warcraft gameplay), voice acting, action, massive battle scenes and... a nice plot.
The director of this movie, Martin Falch, has even allowed me to play Orgrimm Doomhammer in the third and final part of the movie :)

The movie has been out for a while, yet I still watch some scenes from it. And I totally like this song and this episode:

The song is Starsailor — Way to Fall. For some reason, it sounds in this episode even better, then the original version (maybe because of volume highlighting).

The original movie is available for download at (I would recommend torrent download). If you haven't seen the movie yet — highly recommended.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Visual-Syntactic Text Formatting

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Daily Google Toolbar WTF

The Daily Google Toolbar WTF
Poor Google Toolbar. I feel so sorry for it. It got really disoriented in this new Firefox :)

Live Firefox 3 Download Day Pledge Monitoring tool.

Live Firefox 3 Download Day Pledge Monitoring tool written by me in a couple of hours (most of the time was spent on correlating Spreadfirefox country name database with the others on internet.)

Firefox 3 test drive

I've already tried it. The release is way better then latest beta (beta5).

Things that I liked in Firefox 3:
  1. Eyecandy. Way sexier then beta5 with old skin.
  2. Fast. Renders pages way faster — and runs way faster overall — and you can notice it with an unarmed eye.
  3. Cool UI features — everything you already know — new download manager, improved address bar, bookmarks, addon install UI etc
  4. And even a bonus — almost all addons (80%) run without even updating to a newer version.

I've helped to set a world record and all I got was this autogenerated certificate

Firefox 3 download day 17 06 2008 Eterniel's certificate

Download Day 2008

Firefox 3 Download Day

Make sure you use the opportunity to participate in setting a world record of downloads per day.
Download Day 2008

5mil downloads already.

Download statistics created by me at 18.06.2008 9.25 CET:


Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Linux Mud Clients Overview - TinTin++, KMud, Lyntin and KMuddy

Update 20.02.2009: I am using Tintin++. Because:
  1. It is Tintin++ compatible :)
  2. You can actually edit your scripts from your favourite text editor and then just reload it with one command - you don't have to create your 20-line aliases in command-line
  3. #split command provides quite good windowing possibility
  4. #prompt command provides powerful statistics possibility (it's possible to create multiline prompts, and dump everything you need there)
  5. You can do quite some window-work with screen or terminator
  6. You can use tintin++ over ssh (to workaround firewalls etc)

I've been using ZMud for quite a while. Now that I've moved to Linux (currently Kubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron) as my primary and the only operating system, I've found myself in need of a good MUD client. Zmud runs out-of-the box on Wine, though it runs quite slow (especially settings windows) and stub-buggy (like RichEdit input box doesn't show the text you've inputted Update: to fix it, turn off spellchecker). It also likes to crash sometimes (that can be deadly).

So I've went on a path of finding a suitable Linux Mud client for me. My main criteries were:
  1. TinTin compatibility (given a fact I have plenty of scripts written already in ZMud, I would like to be able to export most of them, or at least port them with minimal effort)
  2. Ability to import scripts from other mud clients (would save me a lot of work if something could import ZMud scripts)
  3. Ability to export scripts — in case of next "migration"
  4. Script editing UI. I write quite complex scripts and often tune them in process. It will be a hell in a command line. (Yes, they are far more complex then stupid cfdisk /dev/hda && mkfs.xfs /dev/hda1 && mount /dev/hda1 /mnt/gentoo/ && chroot /mnt/gentoo/ && env-update && . /etc/profile && emerge sync && cd /usr/portage && scripts/ && emerge system && emerge vim && vi /etc/fstab && emerge gentoo-dev-sources && cd /usr/src/linux && make menuconfig && make install modules_install && emerge gnome mozilla-firefox openoffice && emerge grub && cp /boot/grub/grub.conf.sample /boot/grub/grub.conf && vi /boot/grub/grub.conf && grub && init 6)
Clients I've reviewed so far:
  1. TinTin++
    This is one of the oldest mud clients, with scripting system that is now considered "standard" for mud clients.

    • 100% TinTin compatible :)

    • Totally console. No fancy buttons, gauges, mxp hyperlinks and stuff. And most importantly — no visual editing.
  2. KMud

    • Script editing UI

    • Not TinTin-compatible.
    • Unsupported. Last update — 6 years ago.
  3. Lyntin

    • Tintin compatible
    • Tk UI (limited to multiple output windows though)
    • Originally written in python so it easily accepts hot-swappable python plugins and extensions
    • Crossplatform
    • Supported and developed

    • No script editing UI
    • Pretty much console, even in it's "Tk" form — no buttons, gauges etc
  4. KMuddy

    • Script editing UI. Quite advanced, I must say — regexps, variable triggers etc.
    • Supported and developed
    • Graphical — buttons, gauges and stuff, yet with simple and nice layout.
    • Online-execution of external scripts

    • Not TinTin-compatible
    • Quite unpretentious scripting — probably not enough to implement everything you might want (for example, you can't create a new trigger from a trigger), plus stupid multiline constructions like /if ... /endif
    • Troublesome to write aliases that accept variable amount of parameters

A foosball table for real men

Foosball table for real men - 11 players foosball table
Link to original picture on wikipedia

Poor Appleinsider got heavily XSS hacked

Appleinsider just got hacked
(this Google query might not work once they fix it and Google recrawls the site)

Thanks to Matt Cutts for pointing out :)

Friday, June 13, 2008

A flash game about zombies/vampires

Anyone knows a nice flash game about zombies and vampires to play? I'm really bored.

Deep thoughs by Jack Handey

This is great :) I just have to highlight something :)

If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason.

One thing kids like is to be tricked. For instance, I was going to take my nephew to Disneyland, but instead I drove him to an old burned-out warehouse. "Oh no," I said, "Disneyland burned down."
He cried and cried, but I think that deep down he thought it was a pretty good joke. I started to drive over to the real Disneyland, but decided to go home instead.

I believe in making the world safe for our children, but not our children's children, because I don't think children should be having sex.

I wish I would have a real tragic love affair and get so bummed out that I'd just quit my job and become a bum for a few years, because I was thinking about doing that anyway.

To me, clowns aren't funny. In fact, they're kinda scary. I've wondered where this started and I think it goes back to the time I went to the circus and a clown killed my dad.

I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they'd never expect it.

When I found the skull in the woods, the first thing I did was call the police. But then I got curious about it. I picked it up, and started wondering who this person was, and why he had deer horns.

I remember how my great-uncle Jerry would sit on the porch and whittle all day long. Once he whittled me a toy boat out of a larger toy boat I had. It was almost as good as the first one, except now it had bumpy whittle marks all over it. And no paint, because he had whittled off the paint.

Original document here: Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey

Who needs PR department if you have online bullshit generator?

Markov chains bullshit generator can generate the same bullshit as your PR departments. Need a speech or press release? Just use it. It also provides you with nice diagrams and positive attitude pictures.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

The shittiest comic I've ever seen: Nowhere Girl

The shittiest comic I've ever seen: Nowhere girl.
I can't believe I've spent my time reading all 43 boring pages of first episode, hoping she will finally kill herself as she promised on the second page.

No way I'm even looking into the second episode.

Seven reasons why this comic sucks:
  1. The main protagonist girl is ugly
  2. You can't distinquish the main protagonist girl from the other girl in this comic.
  3. Positioned like a comic about a gothic depressed chick, in fact it's a comic about a depressed introverted retarded girl full of shit.
  4. 50% of the words in this comic is: like,: He's like, cool. He does cool things, i mean, they're nerdy things, but they're like, really complicated and involved.
  5. The website for the comic sucks, especially "combobox navigation" — isn't directly related to the "why comic sucks", but just adds to the picture.
  6. This is the most stupid story I've ever read.
  7. This is the most boring story I've ever read.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (Boksuneun naui geot) the movie

Violence in this movie is shown with korean thoroughness. It does leave an impression on those who have already got used to "hollywood" violence.

Strangely, this movie has quite a high rating on IMDB — currently 7.8.

I won't say it's a good movie. Even more. You are really unlikely to watch it anyways, so I've written a plot here so you can have just an idea, what is "korean movie".

Plot for "Sympathy for Mr Vengeance".

A young deaf and dumb broker Ryu lives with his sister that desperately needs a kidney transplant. Loving his sister so much, Ryu decides to donate his kidney, but figures out he has a different blood type so his kidney can't be used for his sister.

Being not a very good worker, Ryu gets fired.

Desperate, Ryu contacts black market dealers. They agree to provide him with a kidney of apropriate blood type in exchange for his kidney and 10 million won (about $10.000). Ryu agrees, but finds himself fooled — he wakes up naked, without a kidney, money, and no trace of black market dealers can be found. Ryu doesn't tell the sister about the incident and his lost kidney.

A doctor tells Ryu that a donor for his sister has been found, and now they only need to pay for the operation. Operation is worth 10 million won.

To get these money Ryu and his sister decide to kidnap a child for a ransom. Initially, they were going to kidnap a child of Ryu's former boss, but after seeing a scene of engineer Peng — another worker of Ilshin Electronics who got fired — performing sepukku in front of the boss, they change their mind — if they kidnap a child of his ex-employer, Ryu will surely be one of the suspects. So they kidnap a daughter of another Ilshin Electronics CEO, not directly connected with Ryu.

The action starts here.

While Ryu is out to get the ransom, his sister finds a note in his pocket and figures out that he has lost his kidney for her. She cuts her wrists in bathroom. While Ryu goes to bury her at the riverbank, the kidnapped kid gets out of their car and drowns in the river. The kid's father, Park Dong-jin, gives money to a police officer to track the kidnappers. Together they go to a home of the guy who performed sepukku and find almost his all family dead to food poisoning — there is only one survivor — a small boy. They take him to a hospital. Ryu uses his girlfriend to track down the black market kidney dealers that fooled him and kills them with a screwdriver and baseball bat, receiving an abdomen wound by a scalpel. Meanwhile, Park Dong-jin finds Ryu's appartment and electrocutes Ryu's girlfriend to death. She mentions that she is a part of a terrorist organization. Ryu discovers her body together with police. Park Dong-jin receives a call from the hospital, stating that the boy that they have recovered from Peng's house, died. Ryu goes to his hidden hideout, where Park Dong-jin already awaits him. He shocks Ryu with electricity and takes him to the riverside, where he pronounces a phrase I know you're a good guy... but you know why I have to kill you..., and cuts Ryu's ankles underwater. Park Dong-jin goes to bury plastic bags with severed remains of Ryu and gets stalked by terrorist friends of Ruy's dead girlfriend. They stab him with knives to death. The End.

George Brownridge — a man with 15 fingers


Darkplaces is a crossplatform Quake modification, allowing Quake to run on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and basically on anything that can display graphics because it is based on SDL and source code for it is available.
It is simply great. Just from the original description from author:

The realism of shell casings falling to the floor, much improved bullet impacts, 32bit color alpha blended explosions, blood flying everywhere and sticking to the walls...

Things that I liked in Darkplaces:
  1. Well-drawn explosions. No more coloured squares on the screen. You should see that.
  2. Lighting. Makes Quake maps even more gloomy.
  3. Shadows. Your own shadow can sometimes make you shit yourself.
  4. Any imaginable screen resolution — up to something to be displayed on TV.
  5. Speed. With default options (640x480 and default Quake look) it runs with whooping 500+fps on my Sony Vaio. (while DosBox running Quake gives barely 10-15fps on 640x480).
  6. Enormous amount of mods and texture packs.
The website of the game speaks for itself. Just a couple some screenshots from the screenshots page:

Don't worry — all this beauty is optional, you can still play Quake with it's original look if you want.

This is simply great. Instead of going to sleep yesterday at 2am I was enjoying the new look of Quake.
I won't say any more. Just go to Darkplaces Website and download it.

Extra notes:
  1. You will still need original Quake maps and texture files found in /id1 directory of original Quake distribution (pak0.pak and pak1.pak).
  2. Save files from the old Quake are not interoperatible with Darkplaces. Yet, given the speed that it runs, yesterday I completed the whole first Quake episode in Darkplaces for the time that it took me to complete one in Quake under DosBox.

How to run Quake in Linux (with sound and without lags)

This is a short summary of what you need to do to run Quake in Linux. I use Kubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron.

  1. First, you need Quake distribution. You can download shareware 1.06 version from IDSoftware's FTP. I won't tell you where you can download the full version.

  2. Second, you need DosBox. It is packed into standard ubuntu repositories, so you can just type sudo apt-get install dosbox

  3. If you have a Quake cd image, mount it with

    sudo mount -t iso9660 -o loop /path/to/your/quake_image.iso /where/you/want/to/mount/it

    and install it.

  4. Quake should run in DosBox already, without sound though as it doesn't work properly with Gravis UltraSound by DosBox. You can either type

    set ULTRASND=

    in DosBox command prompt every time before launching Quake, or you can modify a startup configuration file for DosBox — it will save you time in future.

  5. DosBox doesn't store it's configuration file by default. To make DosBox save it, you should type

    config -writeconf dosbox.conf

    in DosBox command prompt.

  6. Now, edit dosbox.conf. Every time you start DosBox, it will read the file dosbox.conf from current directory.

  7. To enable sound in Quake (by disabling Gravis UltraSound and forcing Quake to use SoundBlaster), change the gus option in dosbox.conf from true to false:


  8. If you don't have Quake CD it will complain everytime on startup that it can't play music. To disable the check, you should run Quake with -nocdaudio command-line parameter.

  9. To make Quake autolaunch as soon as you start DosBox from the Quake installation, add lines mount c .


    quake.exe -nocdaudio

    into the end of dosbox.conf, under autoexec section.

  10. To make Quake run faster and lag less, you should increase memory size available for Quake by increasing the memsize DosBox config parameter in dosbox.conf. I use 64 megabytes:


  11. And finally, to make Quake run in fullscreen from the very beginning, change the fullscreen parameter to true:


  12. That's how my dosbox.conf looks after all the changes (it should work on all setups, so feel free to copypaste it):

    # This is the configurationfile for DOSBox 0.72.

    # Lines starting with a # are commentlines.

    # They are used to (briefly) document the effect of each option.


    # fullscreen -- Start dosbox directly in fullscreen.

    # fulldouble -- Use double buffering in fullscreen.

    # fullresolution -- What resolution to use for fullscreen: original or fixed size (e.g. 1024x768).

    # windowresolution -- Scale the window to this size IF the output device supports hardware scaling.

    # output -- What to use for output: surface,overlay,opengl,openglnb.

    # autolock -- Mouse will automatically lock, if you click on the screen.

    # sensitiviy -- Mouse sensitivity.

    # waitonerror -- Wait before closing the console if dosbox has an error.

    # priority -- Priority levels for dosbox: lowest,lower,normal,higher,highest,pause (when not focussed).

    # Second entry behind the comma is for when dosbox is not focused/minimized.

    # mapperfile -- File used to load/save the key/event mappings from.

    # usescancodes -- Avoid usage of symkeys, might not work on all operating systems.













    # language -- Select another language file.

    # memsize -- Amount of memory DOSBox has in megabytes.

    # machine -- The type of machine tries to emulate:hercules,cga,tandy,pcjr,vga.

    # captures -- Directory where things like wave,midi,screenshot get captured.






    # frameskip -- How many frames DOSBox skips before drawing one.

    # aspect -- Do aspect correction, if your output method doesn't support scaling this can slow things down!.

    # scaler -- Scaler used to enlarge/enhance low resolution modes.

    # Supported are none,normal2x,normal3x,advmame2x,advmame3x,hq2x,hq3x,

    # 2xsai,super2xsai,supereagle,advinterp2x,advinterp3x,

    # tv2x,tv3x,rgb2x,rgb3x,scan2x,scan3x.

    # If forced is appended (like scaler=hq2x forced), the scaler will be used

    # even if the result might not be desired.





    # core -- CPU Core used in emulation: normal,simple,dynamic,auto.

    # auto switches from normal to dynamic if appropriate.

    # cycles -- Amount of instructions DOSBox tries to emulate each millisecond.

    # Setting this value too high results in sound dropouts and lags.

    # You can also let DOSBox guess the correct value by setting it to max.

    # The default setting (auto) switches to max if appropriate.

    # cycleup -- Amount of cycles to increase/decrease with keycombo.

    # cycledown Setting it lower than 100 will be a percentage.






    # nosound -- Enable silent mode, sound is still emulated though.

    # rate -- Mixer sample rate, setting any devices higher than this will

    # probably lower their sound quality.

    # blocksize -- Mixer block size, larger blocks might help sound stuttering

    # but sound will also be more lagged.

    # prebuffer -- How many milliseconds of data to keep on top of the blocksize.






    # mpu401 -- Type of MPU-401 to emulate: none, uart or intelligent.

    # device -- Device that will receive the MIDI data from MPU-401.

    # This can be default,alsa,oss,win32,coreaudio,none.

    # config -- Special configuration options for the device. In Windows put

    # the id of the device you want to use. See README for details.





    # sbtype -- Type of sblaster to emulate:none,sb1,sb2,sbpro1,sbpro2,sb16.

    # sbbase,irq,dma,hdma -- The IO/IRQ/DMA/High DMA address of the soundblaster.

    # mixer -- Allow the soundblaster mixer to modify the DOSBox mixer.

    # oplmode -- Type of OPL emulation: auto,cms,opl2,dualopl2,opl3.

    # On auto the mode is determined by sblaster type.

    # All OPL modes are 'Adlib', except for CMS.

    # oplrate -- Sample rate of OPL music emulation.










    # gus -- Enable the Gravis Ultrasound emulation.

    # gusbase,irq1,irq2,dma1,dma2 -- The IO/IRQ/DMA addresses of the

    # Gravis Ultrasound. (Same IRQ's and DMA's are OK.)

    # gusrate -- Sample rate of Ultrasound emulation.

    # ultradir -- Path to Ultrasound directory. In this directory

    # there should be a MIDI directory that contains

    # the patch files for GUS playback. Patch sets used

    # with Timidity should work fine.










    # pcspeaker -- Enable PC-Speaker emulation.

    # pcrate -- Sample rate of the PC-Speaker sound generation.

    # tandy -- Enable Tandy Sound System emulation (off,on,auto).

    # For auto Tandysound emulation is present only if machine is set to tandy.

    # tandyrate -- Sample rate of the Tandy 3-Voice generation.

    # disney -- Enable Disney Sound Source emulation. Covox Voice Master and Speech Thing compatible.







    # joysticktype -- Type of joystick to emulate: auto (default), none,

    # 2axis (supports two joysticks,

    # 4axis (supports one joystick, first joystick used),

    # 4axis_2 (supports one joystick, second joystick used),

    # fcs (Thrustmaster), ch (CH Flightstick).

    # none disables joystick emulation.

    # auto chooses emulation depending on real joystick(s).

    # timed -- enable timed intervals for axis. (false is old style behaviour).

    # autofire -- continuously fires as long as you keep the button pressed.

    # swap34 -- swap the 3rd and the 4th axis. can be useful for certain joysticks.

    # buttonwrap -- enable button wrapping at the number of emulated buttons.







    # serial1-4 -- set type of device connected to com port.

    # Can be disabled, dummy, modem, nullmodem, directserial.

    # Additional parameters must be in the same line in the form of

    # parameter:value. Parameter for all types is irq.

    # for directserial: realport (required), rxdelay (optional).

    # for modem: listenport (optional).

    # for nullmodem: server, rxdelay, txdelay, telnet, usedtr,

    # transparent, port, inhsocket (all optional).

    # Example: serial1=modem listenport:5000






    # xms -- Enable XMS support.

    # ems -- Enable EMS support.

    # umb -- Enable UMB support.

    # keyboardlayout -- Language code of the keyboard layout (or none).






    # ipx -- Enable ipx over UDP/IP emulation.



    # Lines in this section will be run at startup.

    mount c .


    quake.exe -nocdaudio

  13. Enjoy :)

Final note: Quake will run with sound under DosBox in Linux. The problem arises when you increase resolution — it starts to lag. Even frameskip doesn't influence this much. I would recommend using darkplaces — this is a crossplatform modification of Quake, featuring native 3D acceleration, sound, optional lighting, shadow and explosion effect, numerous mods and extensions, and with all this it runs way faster then the DosBox Quake emulation.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

New QuickTime software license agreement from Apple

This is a new QuickTime software license agreement from Apple that got delivered to me today with Apple Update:

P.S. I know, this is probably the new Fallout theme that I've installed on my PC couple of days ago.

Update: it was not Fallout theme's fault - other people got that as well. Check this:

(from The Daily WTF)

Arthur Paul Pedrick, his inventions and other absurd patents


Pedrick was an extremely active inventor in the 1960s and 1970s. Although he was granted patents on over a hundred inventions, the practicality of his patented ideas never seems to have troubled him.

This guy rocks :)) Here's A list of inventions of Arthur Paul Pedrick

The horse-powered car (UK Patent No. GB1405575), Cold War solution (UK Patent No. GB1361962) and luxurious aricraft made from five Boeings 747s (UK Patent No. GB1439086) are just amazing :)

More absurd UK patents
More absurd international patents

The "Go-Matic", Beer-barrel headgear, unicorn growing method, breast support device, ultimate safe sex device, horse-powered cars, fart collecting device, a leash for walking an imaginary pet... Jesus Christ, I had a really nice laugh :)

Big thanks to Tim Jackson for collecting it all on

Monday, June 9, 2008

Promised haircut photo

Euro 2008 football championship in Switzerland

The whole center of Bern is flooded with orange color of Netherlands. It's fun. Today Netherlands play with Italy. We're gonna see how it goes.

World of Warcraft rogue controller

world of warcraft rogue controlleroriginally found here

Leningrad Cowboys & Red Army Choir — SWEET HOME ALABAMA

Sonny by ArmorGames: guide, walkthrough, tips, hints and cheats

(If you came here looking for GemCraft by ArmorGames article, just follow the link. Google has some problems with precision lately.)

Ok, back to Sonny.
screenshot of sonny flash game by armorgames

Sonny game by ArmorGames is a good example of a nice flash game. Features interesting and active gameplay, nice music and is quite fast to complete. I am really eager to see a sequel - Sonny 2 :)

The game has 4 classes: Destroyer, Guardian, Assassin and Gunslinger (analogues of standard Warrior, Paladin, Rogue and Mage). There is one extra class, available through a companion but not accessible for players: Combat Medic (Healer).

The zombie idea is fun and nice. (I love Dungeon Keeper, Vampire: The Masquerade and other "opposite side" games).

The Sonny game is quite simple, straightforward and entertaining. There is no need to write a guide, FAQ or manual for it's first two episodes - just hack them all :) (oh, and you can hack bosses of these episodes again once you've completed it - you can farm them for a specific item set for example ;)

Hints about the third episode:

  • If you are constantly getting owned by rock golems, you can buy a resistance set from a shop. This will make it way easier. Alternatively, you can simply participate in training fights more. They give you experience, money and equipment, and eventually you'll be able to beat any amount of pesky rock golems. Remember to stun them with Break, Shatter Bolt or simply dispel them with Electro Bolt when they buff themselves with Enrage buff.

  • You can farm Gallant the Paladin for his paladin set. Just go again to Gadi'Kala (the Great Plains) and press Next Battle again. His set is wearable by anyone and provides you with very nice stats, combined with maximum poison piercing - your Veradux friend will start critting for 600+ damage with his Poison spell.

How to beat Baron

Abilities required to beat him: Break(optional), 2xShatter Bolt(optional)

Chain-stun Baron with Break - Shatter Bolt - Break - Shatter Bolt combination - and our paladin friend will do the rest.

How to beat Gallant the Paladin

Abilities required to beat him: Subversion(optional)

To beat Gallant the Paladin nothing special is required. He likes to heal himself for ~2k from time to time, so you can invest into Subversion spell to get him killed easily — once you feel he's gonna heal himself, put Subversion on him and he will kill himself with his heal. Though this is not mandatory - you can simply whack him until he gets out of Focus points to cast heals.

Remember, you can kill him multiple times — for experience, money and Paladin set. And with an extra party member that you will receive after killing him for the first time, he should be easy for all subsequent kills.

After you have completed these three episodes which make the game, you can optionally play a "bonus" episode. The bonus episode contains 4 bosses, shops with the best equipment in the game and unlimited training fights that scale with your level.

The boss fights are a little-bit tricky and interesting. You will probably need to respec couple of times for them. The bosses there include Ignition, Omen, Doctor Herregods and Sinjid's Shadow.

How to beat Ignition

Abilities required to beat him: Heroic Motivation (required), Electro Bolt(optional), Break(optional), Shatter Bolt(optional)

Ignition is first boss in "expansion pack", after you completed the game. He uses only 3 abilities (which make a deadly combination though):

  • Ignite. A spell that hits with fire damage and causes fire damage over 9 turns. Stackable - you can have many of them. Damage is low, the spell is here only to protect his next ability:

  • Fate. The character that has Fate is going to die after next turn if not dispelled. That's why Ignite is so dangerous - spells with longer duration are removed first, so if you have both Ignite and Fate, Ignite gets dispelled first and the character dies from Fate.

  • Dark Healing. Heals Ignition for 1000hp every turn for 9 turns.

Fate is very dangerous. You can't rely on any of your dumb companions to dispel it. You will need to invest at least 2 points to get Heroic Motivation. You can either put 4 Heroic Motivation spells into your quickslot so you are able to dispel every turn or chain-stun him with Break and Shatter Bolt every time he uses Ignite (so he won't cast Fate) until your Heroic Motivation is ready again. Alternatively, you can invest 3 points into Heroic Motivation and don't care about Ignite debuffs and only dispel once you have a Fate spell or 3 Ignites.

The best choice - 4 tier 1 Heroic Motivation spells in your action bar - you save 2 ability points because you don't invest into tier 3 spell, and you can't miss with a healing spells, while you can miss a stun spell.

His heal spell is dangerous. Your companions can eventually dispel it - though it's better to have Electro Bolt in your action bar as well. One rank 1 electro ball should be enough.

How to beat Omen

omen boss from sonny game screenshotAbilities required to beat him: Break or Shatter Bolt (required), Heroic Motivation(optional)

He has 320k hp and it would take a month to hack him down if he didn't possess a very dangerous self-buff: Dark Omen. This ability is deadly both to you and your companions and to himself. When buffed with Dark Omen, his next strike is going to be devastating, killing anyone he strikes instantly, but while he has this buff, he takes roughly 100 times more damage as well.

Strategy is simple. Get Break, Shatter Bolt and Heroic Motivation. When he buffs himself with Dark Omen, use Break or Shatter Bolt on him and let your companions whack him for 50k+ dmg. You need to guarantee that your companions will hit him when he is buffed, so heal them yourself with Heroic Motivation - this way they will always be at full health and will be greatly motivated to hit him, instead of casting some stupid focus regen stuff.

For this mission I would recommend Veradux the medic in paladin's set and Amber the Assassin. Veradux can whack for 50k+ with his poison spell while Omen is under his Dark Omen buff, and Amber can in theory one-shot him if she is under Shadow Blend and crits with Master Strike on a buffed Omen.

How to beat Doctor Herregods

Skills required to beat him: Subversion(required), Break/Shatter bolt(optional)

He is easy.He has one million hp but he likes to heal himself for two millions. Get Subversion and beat him under 990k hp. Put subversion on him and let him heal himself and die.

Stunning him with Shatter bolt can make it easier and more controllable (remember, if you companions hit him when he is under Subversion, it will heal him and he might have no desire to heal himself for a whooping 2mil. So, have the lowest speed to ensure your Subversion lands on him in the end of the turn, when your companions have already hit him).

How to beat Sinjid's Shadow

singid's shadow boss from sonny game screenshotSkills required to beat him: Block(required), Subversion(required), Regeneration(required), Supression(you always have it), Master Strike(optional), Reform(optional)

This guy is mean. He comes with two companions and has an attack that costs 100 focus but can instantly kill anyone.

To defeat him, you will need to have a point in Subversion, a point in Block, at least three points in Regeneration and optionally Master Strike and Reform. That basically means that you can beat him on lvl 10 - though it will take you quite some time if you don't have a way to hit him hard - that's the reason I would recommend Master Strike - it is a high precision attack and it also gives you Break skill. If you have extra ability points, put them into Regeneration to get it to 5, Master Strike and optionally invest one point into Reform - for dire situations.

The combat action bar setup is the following: Supression, two Blocks, Subversion. Two of your damage skills (Master Strike recommended), and possibly Reform and Block (you can use Shatter Bolt instead of Block, from my experience Block works more often though). Put on a set from Gallant the Paladin - it gives you plenty of hp, good protection and a healthy amount of speed - Master Strike depends on speed, so the more you have the merrier. Invest your attribute points into speed as well.

The strategy:just kill him now. You will always have a Block or Subversion ready against his super-power and you will be under Supression or Block against his melee attacks for 95% of time (use Break or Shatter Bolt if you Supression isn't ready yet). If you are low on health - use Reform, though heals from his super-power when you are under Subversion should be enough. If you are lucky enough your companions won't be killed too fast and they will deliver some serious damage to him as well.

There is an alternate option - you can use Disruption to drain his Focus points. His super-power costs 100 points, so as long as you can keep him under 100 points he can't use it. Though, then he will use Shadow Blend, Master Strike and other nasty things, almost one-shotting people. And eventually you will miss Disruption, and that will mean you are one man less. Can still work if you are lucky enough - I just personally love the first way. I was able to hack him like that on lvl 17.


The game is easy enough even without using cheats. But in case you need some extra help, here they are:

  • 'Eat items' glitch:

    1. Go to your inventory screen

    2. Pick up the item that has some stats from your inventory (attention: the item will be destroyed. You will gain the stats though)

    3. Click on "options" button in the bottom of the game screen

    4. With item as your mouse cursor, click on the red background of the options screen

    5. Item will disappear, you will gain stats of this item

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Reasons why I love flash games

  1. they are simple. and if they have a deep idea - you can grasp it. without reading 200 pages of "history of the world"
  2. they don't care about your operating system and don't need to be downloaded/bought on cd, installed and registered

What are chances of winning a lottery?

I've done the calculation and your chances of winning the lottery are identical whether you play or not.

- Fran Lebowitz

Google Reader status update notifiers for Firefox - addon comparison and review

Google Reader Notifier is a stinky piece of shit. Why? It simply doesn't update the status.
Google Reader Watcher is way better.
That's it. End of review. Nothing else to write/see.

Sonny and DevilDriver - digging up

For some reason, Google Webmaster Tools keeps pestering me about a non-existing url in my blog by url probably refers to my original post, which I later split into two:
Devil Driver - Digging up the corpses and Sonny by ArmorGames: guide, walkthrough, tips, hints and cheats. I have checked my blog pretty thoroughly and I can't find a page linking to that old post - and Google can't help me with that — who links here returns zero results. Yet Google continues to methodically check the link every week and pester me with more error reports.
Here you go, Google, this post is exclusively for you :) Bah. It still won't work. Even if the post page doesn't exist, it still appends a suffix in the end of post's url.

Devil Driver - Digging up the corpses

Love it. Used to listen to it when I played and wrote a walkthrough to Sonny by ArmorGames.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Bluetooth handset for geeks or "Dial B for Bluetooth"

Haha, I want this geeky bluetooth handset.

Friday, June 6, 2008

A list of strange, mysterious, unusual and sometimes funny deaths — excerpts from Wikipedia

These deaths are not noted in Darwin awards. Yet they are well worth mentioning.
Caution! reading this list can cause multiple phobias — you risk to develop phobias to laughter, food consumption or insomnia. You will be afraid to hold your bladder. Don't say I didn't warn you.

My comments are in green.

  • 458 BC: Aeschylus, Greek playwright, was killed when an eagle dropped a live tortoise on him, mistaking his bald head for a stone. The tortoise survived.
  • 270 BC: Philitas of Cos, poet and critic reportedly wasted away and died of insomnia while brooding about the Liar paradox.
  • 336: Arius, the heretical priest who precipitated the Council of Nicea, passed wind and evacuated his internal organs.
  • Martin I of Aragon died from a lethal combination of indigestion and uncontrollable laughing.
  • 1599: The Burmese king Nanda Bayin reportedly "laughed to death when informed, by a visiting Italian merchant, that Venice was a free state without a king."
  • 1601: Tycho Brahe, according to legend, died of complications resulting from a strained bladder at a banquet. It would have been extremely bad etiquette to leave the table before the meal was finished, so he stayed until he became fatally ill. This version of events has since been brought into question as other causes of death (murder by Johannes Kepler, suicide, and lead poisoning among others) have come to the fore
  • 1660: The Scottish aristocrat Thomas Urquhart, polymath and first translator of Rabelais into English, is said to have died laughing upon hearing that Charles II had taken the throne.
  • 1751: Julien Offray de La Mettrie, the author of L'Homme machine, a major materialist and sensualist philosopher died of over eating at a feast given in his honor. His philosophical adversaries suggested that by doing so, he had contradicted his theoretical doctrine with the effect of his practical actions.
  • 1771: King of Sweden, Adolf Frederick, died of digestion problems on February 12, 1771 after having consumed a meal consisting of lobster, caviar, sauerkraut, smoked herring and champagne, which was topped off with 14 servings of his favorite dessert: semla served in a bowl of hot milk. He is thus remembered by Swedish schoolchildren as "the king who ate himself to death."
  • 1830: William Huskisson, statesman and financier, was crushed to death by the world's first mechanically powered passenger train (Stephenson's Rocket), at its public opening.
  • 1865: Lord Francis Douglas died after falling 4000 feet, having completed the first summit of the Matterhorn.
  • 1899: Felix Faure, French president, died of a stroke while receiving oral sex in his office. — Bill Clinton should be happy he got away only with a political scandal :)
  • 1911: Jack Daniel, founder of the Tennessee whiskey distillery, died of blood poisoning six years after receiving a toe injury when he kicked his safe in anger at being unable to remember its combination. — poor Jack. Note to myself: never kick anything after drinking whiskey (especially Jack Daniel's Black Label)
  • 1912: Franz Reichelt, tailor, fell to his death off the first deck of the Eiffel Tower while testing his invention, the coat parachute. It was his first ever attempt with the parachute and he had told the authorities in advance he would test it first with a dummy.— Yeah, he was quite a dummy, Franz Reichelt, parachute inventor :)
  • 1916: Grigori Rasputin, Russian mystic, was poisoned while dining with a political enemy, and supposedly he was given enough poison to kill three men his size. When he did not die, one assassin sneaked up behind him and shot him in the head, and while checking Grigori's pulse he was grabbed by the neck by the mystic and was strangled. He proceeded to run away, while the other assassins chased. They caught up to him after he was finally felled by three shots during the chase. The pursuers bludgeoned him, then threw him into a frozen river. When his body washed ashore, an autopsy showed the cause of death to be drowning. There is now some doubt about the credibility of this account, though.Doctor: I don't know what did you guys do to him, but he will live.
  • 1923: George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon became the first to die from the alleged King Tut's Curse after a mosquito bite on his face became seriously infected.
  • 1927: Isadora Duncan, dancer, died of accidental strangulation and broken neck when one of the long scarves she was known for caught on the wheel of a car in which she was a passenger.
  • 1932: Eben Byers, died of radiation poisoning after having consumed large quantities of a popular patent medicine containing radium.
  • 1935: Baseball player Len Koenecke was bludgeoned to death with a fire extinguisher by the crew of an aircraft he had chartered, after provoking a fight with the pilot while the plane was in the air. I will never again slap stewardesses on their asses!
  • 1943: Critic Alexander Woollcott suffered a fatal heart attack during an on-air discussion about Adolf Hitler. — Yeah, never underestimate nazis.
  • 1945: Scientist Harry K. Daghlian, Jr. accidentally dropped a brick of tungsten carbide onto a sphere of plutonium while working on the Manhattan Project. This caused the plutonium to come to criticality; Daghlian died of radiation poisoning, becoming the first person to die in a criticality accident.
  • 1946: Louis Slotin, chemist and physicist, died of radiation poisoning after being exposed to lethal amounts of ionized radiation. He died in a very similar way as Harry K. Daghlian, Jr., from dropping a block of material on the same sphere of plutonium by accident. The sphere of plutonium was nicknamed the Demon core.
  • 1955: Margo Jones, theater director, was 43 when she was killed by the carpet in her Dallas apartment. She died July 26 from exposure to carbon tetrachloride fumes from the newly cleaned carpet.
  • .1972: Leslie Harvey, guitarist of Stone the Crows was electrocuted on stage by a live microphone.
  • 1978: Claude Francois, a French pop singer, was electrocuted when he tried to change a light bulb whilst standing in his bathtub which was full of water at the time.
  • 1978: Kurt Goedel, the Austrian/American mathematician died of starvation when his wife was hospitalized. Goedel suffered from extreme paranoia and refused to eat food prepared by anyone else. He was 65 pounds when he died. His death certificate reported that he died of "malnutrition and inanition caused by personality disturbance" in Princeton Hospital on January 14, 1978.
  • 1979: Robert Williams, a worker at a Ford Motor Co. plant, was the first known man to be killed by a robot.
  • 1981: Carl McCunn, in March 1981, paid a bush pilot to drop him at a remote lake near the Coleen River in Alaska to photograph wildlife, but had not arranged for the pilot to pick him up again in August. Rather than starve, McCunn shot himself in the head. His body was found in February 1982.
  • 1983: Author Tennessee Williams died at the age of 71 after he choked on an eyedrop bottle cap in his room at the Hotel Elysee in New York. He would routinely place the cap in his mouth, lean back, and place his eyedrops in each eye. Williams' lack of gag response may have been due to drugs and alcohol effects.
  • 1984: Jon-Erik Hexum, an American television actor, died after he shot himself in the head with a prop gun during a break in filming. Hexum apparently did not realize that blanks use paper or plastic wadding to seal gun powder into the shell, and that this wadding is propelled out of the barrel of the gun with enough force to cause severe injury or death if the weapon is fired at point-blank range.
  • 1993: Garry Hoy, a Toronto lawyer, fell to his death after he threw himself through the glass wall on the 24th floor of the Toronto-Dominion Centre in order to prove the glass was "unbreakable."
  • 1998: In Congo a soccer game between the home and a visiting team ended when every player on the visiting team were struck by a fork bolt of lightning; killing them all instantly, while the home team was unharmed. This was due to the visiting team having metal studs on their soccer cleats causing each member of the team to become their own living conductor of electricity.
  • 2003: Brandon Vedas died of a drug overdose while engaged in an Internet chat, as shown on his webcam.
  • 2003: Timothy Treadwell, an American environmentalist who had lived in the wilderness among bears for thirteen summers in a remote region in Alaska, was killed and partially consumed by a bear, along with his girlfriend Amie Huguenard. The incident is described in Werner Herzog's documentary film Grizzly Man.
  • 2005: 28-year-old South Korean, Lee Seung Seop, collapsed of fatigue and died after playing StarCraft for almost 50 consecutive hours in an Internet cafe. —My personal record was over 32 hours of leading an exp group while making my last, 200th level in a Sloth MUD game. I survived. I did smoke breaks :)
  • 2007: Jennifer Strange, a 28-year-old woman from Sacramento, died of water intoxication while trying to win a Wii console in a KDND 107.9 "The End" radio station's "Hold Your Wee for a Wii" contest, which involved drinking large quantities of water without urinating.

Source: Wikipedia article.

Angry e-mails and punctuation

Link for today: Quite a nice solution for angry e-mails.

Euro 2008 opening in Bern

There will be a Euro 2008 opening here in Bern today.
And tomorrow we go to Basel for the first game.

How to make your page load faster by simply removing some dumb widgets (like the Twitter widget)

I've removed a Twitter widget from my blogger widgets. The God damn widget is too slow — Twitter downtimes and high response times are legendary. And the stupid widget also tries to execute a JavaScript from the laggy Twitter server. You do know that browser won't do any downloads or processing of your page while it loads a script, right? With a 5 minutes wait for Twitter server to serve it's lousy JavaScript and then 10 minutes more for it to fetch your twits, you're in for quite a long wait.
Is it that hard to serve your last 5 twits in a response to a simple GET request? Even if you lag like hell — send your twits tomorrow, but let the rest of the page be loaded fast.

insomnia post continued. Too lazy to edit the previous one.

Wtf is it? It looks like spaniards, mexicans and housewives have taken over Blog*Spot. Out of around 30 blogs I visited, 5 are spam blogs, 3 are "how hard it is to be a mother/look at my child", and the rest 22 are in spanish.

Ok 10 more. Some photographers and "my kids".
Zomg one blog in chinese. After that much spanish even this one looks like fresh air.
If I post links here, someone might think that it's a spam log as well. So I won't.
Nevertheless, I've found a funny guy who draws funny stuff. Subscribed.
Plenty of blogs have started to appear again.
I simply can't believe that there are no interesting blogs. Everything you stumble with Next Blog button is about:
  1. Mexicans
  2. Kids
  3. Family
  4. Travels
  5. Homemade photographers
  6. Barack Obama

Some guy sharing software(most surely trojaned), supplying links to his ip.
Omg a couple stands here and the guy looks like he's pregnant.
World of Warcraft e-store splog.

Ok 5 more blogs and I go to sleep.
Oh I will do it nice way. The 5th blog will receive a link from me.
  1. Kids/spanish
  2. Unreadable/not understandable mess in kitten English
  3. One-post blog. About Seoul Incheon Airport. Love that airport. And love the feeling of hot air that strikes you when you go out of it. And the second feeling that strikes you even harder when you realize that it's not an artificial "hot room", but that this is in fact the climate here.
  4. Catholic blog
  5. Ok this one gets the link. A horse blog.

Congratulations. I'm going to sleep.