1. An interesting method of data visualisation.

    08 February 2007

    Data visualisation is a process in which the bits of a given data field are displayed in a graphical format to help the analyst find patterns or anomalies in the data. For example, staring at system logs for a couple of hours is enough to put your mind on autopilot: You'll keep staring and hitting the page down key every once in a while, but your conscious mind doesn't really register the data that your eyes are sending to your brain. Unless there is something unmistakably wrong, even the pattern recognition functions of the brain will be bored to tears …

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  2. First Europe, now the US?

    07 February 2007

    Another bill's been put into circulation that I think everyone should know about. Representative Lamar Smith of Texas has put forth legislation that would require every ISP to keep records of what their users do on the Net to assist. For every customer an ISP has, every IP address they are given, every DNS request they make, every outgoing connection, and every incoming connection attempt would be recorded and archived on the off chance that a subpoena came in. Failure to do so would mean fines and jail time for not complying with this proposed law. On top of that …

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  3. The Scooter Libby trial is still going on.

    07 February 2007

    More interesting information has come to light due to the I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby trial, going on right now in DC. It was one thing for an ambassador to find out that the tales spun into the news were fabricated but the White House was having daily meetings to plan how best to discredit the damning information. It seems that Dick Cheney didn't take well to their misinformation tactics going down in flames.

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  4. It's not just (going to) a job, it's an adventure.

    07 February 2007

    The good news is that Lyssa is all right; as I alluded to yesterday, she's been in a considerable amount of pain over the past couple of days. Rialian was nice enough to drive her to the doctor's office yesterday afternoon and it's been determined that she might have temporomandibular joint dysfunction. We're working on getting her to a dentist who specialises in such things to find out for certain, and thus set a course of treatment. She now has a prescription for painkillers that can actually cut the pain caused when the trigeminal nerve, which carries a large amount …

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  5. New synthpop, ho!

    06 February 2007

    Mark Nicholas, formerly known as the synthpop act Cosmicity, has released his first album in four years, entitled Duchess 33. Cosmicity wrapped in the year 2003 with the release of Escape Pod for Two, which marked a turning point in his life. Mark got married, you see, and that changed his creative outlook on life quite a bit, if tales told are true.

    Mark's an awesome guy; I got to meet him at the Summer Synthpop 2000 Festival way back when, and he's a lot of fun to talk to. However, seeing as how this is his first release since …

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