No time to write proper posts lately.

Jan 21, 2009

It says something, I think, when someone spends most every day of the past week going to bed at 2100 local time and sleeping clear through until 0600. Plus a nap after coming home from work. An essay I've been working on has been at a low simmer for a few days now until I've got enough neurons online to turn it into a coherent whole. I've got pictures to post that I haven't gotten around to yet.

Come to think of it, I've got two more disposable cameras that I haven't gotten developed yet.

Oh, and the inauguration yesterday? Missed it completely - I was at work. That's what Youtube is for, I guess.

At any rate, I've got a couple of links that have been kicking around in my queue of things to write about for a while. First up among these is a nifty hack that someone named David Leadbeater came up with earlier this month. Rather than using a web browser to access Wikipedia, he wrote some code that summarizes Wikipedia articles in the same manner as a New York Times algorithm and and makes those summaries available over DNS, the service underlying the Net which resolves hostnames to IP addresses. If you wanted to look up a quick summary of, say, the article on Star Wars character Kit Fisto, you would drop to a command shell and run the command host -t txt The output you would recieve (as of this writing) is " descriptive text "Kit Fisto is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. He is portrayed by Zachariah Jensen and Industrial Light and Magic employee Daniel Zizmor in Attack of the Clones, Ben Cooke in Revenge of the Sith, and Seth Green in Clone Wars. The character also appears in the animated series Clone Wars."

The fact that the blogosphere has been highly critical of the United States' actions in Iraq is no secret - far from it. That said, it's very surprising that it's taken the US Air Force seven years to set up a program to counteract bloggers and commenters in like fashion. In fact, the USAF has developed a flow chart to guide personnel in how to post replies to entries critical of US military actions in general or Air Force operations in particular. Interestingly, well-informed writers have their own special procedure set aside for them, and it would surprise me not at all if the names/handles and websites of particularly prolific or knowledgable bloggers got kicked up the military food chain for a closer look because official military policy is that your CO must review your content before you post if you're mil-spec.