Fucking PG&E

Posted by: on Sep 16, 2003 | No Comments

Think utility corruption ended with Enron and Dynergy? Oh, it SOOO did not.
It’s bad enough we’re already paying inflated energy prices from the 2000 crisis that left California with rolling blackouts and led to the eventual bankruptcy of PG&E. Not my fault (try Enron), but I sure am paying for it.
But now it looks like PG&E will get away with screwing Californians out of an additional $9.3B in inflated energy prices through 2012. In the meantime, they’ll pocket and extra $326M by raising natural gas rates. Now, it’s not like PG&E was a nice, generous utility before the crisis. Known for it’s unparalleled greediness and poor management, it had the gaul to pay out mondo bonus packages to management days before it filed for bankruptcy. It made Erin Brockovich famous thanks to poisoning her entire town, and it was even involved in a cover-up following the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, almost 100 years ago.
I feel dirty.

Burning Man 2003

Posted by: on Sep 16, 2003 | No Comments

Couple of weeks ago now, but SF Gate has some good pictorials on this year’s Burning Man: here, here, and here.
Also: Pumping iron apparently isn’t as good as “coming,” or so says Arnold.
And as I watched the backlash yesterday from the court mandated blocking of the recall here in California, one thing never seemed to dawn on anyone: the point isn’t the fact that punch-card ballots were used for decades, the point is that some counties have a newer system, while others using the older punch-card system, thus creating disparity in error rates. Duh!

Hall of Technical Documentation Weirdness

Posted by: on Sep 16, 2003 | No Comments

collar.jpgHad a good chuckle at the poorly named, but midlly amusing Hall of Technical Documentation Weirdness, particularly this illustration at right from a Honda motorcycle manual.

MISSING! Tom McClintock’s Lips

Posted by: on Sep 12, 2003 | No Comments

You heard it here first: never trust a man with no lips.

Arianna’s alterior motives?

Posted by: on Sep 8, 2003 | One Comment

I caught Darrell Issa on Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer yesterday, where he reiterated a point I hear over and over about Arianna Huffington’s campaign for governor: that’s she only in it for her own personal gain. (Cavaet: Darrell Issa is the scumbag RepubliSleaze who footed the $1M bill for getting the recall off the ground in the first place. His fortune funded by selling car alarms. There’s a resum

New iPods; stupid RIAA

Posted by: on Sep 8, 2003 | No Comments

Apple announced new iPods today, replacing the 15GB and 30GB models with 20GB and 40GB models at the same price points. Rumored goodies, such as video, may still come, but are not in this minor refresh.
Apple also announced they’ve sold 1M iPods, and more than 10M songs through the iTunes Music Store.
Meanwhile, the RIAA filed additional lawsuits today against 261 file swappers and promises “thousands more.” My advice? Ignore them. It’s all scare tactics, and statistically speaking, you’re safe. There’s several hurdles they need to overcome, including your ISP — and many are fighting, including SBC. (If you’re with Verizon, you’re screwed. They’ll sell you out.) Then there’s also intent. Did you intend to pirate copyrighted material? It’s hard to prove.
They’ve also introduced some lame-ass amnesty program, which is designed to make you admit pirate ways and legally sign you’ll never do it again. It’s cheaper than proving you actually did something wrong in the first place.
Previous rants about the RIAA are here and here.

Stupid CBS…

Posted by: on Sep 7, 2003 | No Comments

…was supposed to start showing the US Open Men’s Finals starting at 1, but here it is 1:07 and they’re still showing football. I do feel bad for Agassi, although the Ferrero (is he pretty or what?) vs. Roddick match should be spectacular.

HOT, HOT, HOT: 2004 Acura TL

Posted by: on Sep 7, 2003 | 3 Comments

04-TL.jpgSome uber-options didn’t make it to production (camera rearviews, compressed air wipers), but other stuff did: XM radio, Bluetooth connectivity, DVD 5.1 Audio, and “3D Solar Sensing” (it finds the sun and adjusts airflow accordingly). Powertrain is a carry-over from the previous Type-S now at 270HP. (Thankfully, they didn’t choose the tamer V6 found in the new Accord and souped up the high-strung and well-loved V6 of the previous models.) Styling is unmistakably German-inspired and absolutely beautiful.
Acura has now posted a preview on their website. In talking to a dealer in Phoenix this past week, the new TL will arrive at dealers in the first week of October.
Edmunds has updated its preview, and mentions an “A-SPEC package” which will offer “high-performance springs and shocks that lower the car about an inch, 18-inch wheels with 235/40ZR18 Yokohama tires, an aero body kit, a rear spoiler, a sport steering wheel and special exterior badging.” Standard with the 6-speed MT is Bremo brakes.

BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix

Posted by: on Sep 5, 2003 | 5 Comments

Anybody know where archives of BBC1’s Essential Mix with Pete Tong might be found? The BBC doesn’t want to seem to make it available, and I can find some on Gnutella networks, although grabbing a full session is a risky proposition. Most weigh in at 65MB+.
The Oakenfold ones from 1999-2001 are fantastic (China, Havana, London, Ibiza, Miami), but the RealAudio ones from the current week that BBC1 makes available aren’t doing it for me.

My fingers smell like…

Posted by: on Sep 5, 2003 | No Comments

…Keebler Fudge Shoppe Deluxe Graham Cookies.
Just thought you’d like to know.