Travis's lame ol' blog

yay, Travis finally changed his blog!

- Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Hedonism-Bots -or- How Robotic Monkeys Will Take Over the Planet

I just caught this article on Wired about how a monkey with a robotic arm was able to use the arm to feed itself. The first thing that popped into my mind was Hedonism-Bot from Futurama:
Hedonism Bot

The second thing that popped into my head was how this race of killer robot monkeys will one day take over the planet. Of course we all know that would take an awful lot of cigarettes and coffee. And I'd like to see those damn robo-monkeys forking over $6 for a pack of Marbs - it'll never happen I tells ya!

Adult Swim | tech | wtf | monkeys

- Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Speedy Gonzales

Ananova Quirkies reports that a Romanian couple whose baby was born in their car as they sped to the emergency room are going to name him Speedy Gonzales. I guess the car had broken down on the way, and after fixing it the baby was born at 90kmh. The baby's first words? "¡Andale! ¡Andale! ¡Arriba! ¡Arriba! ¡Yii-hah!"

KS | wtf

"I'm on a trip to the moon...

... please try to catch me if you can."

Flash Flash Revolution ranks right up there with Kevin the Spaced Penguin as far as browser-game addiction goes. Only FFR has music that will get stuck in your head.

gamez | music

- Monday, October 25, 2004

Scraped Suprnova.org Bittorrent Feeds

These feeds should be useful to anyone looking to

steal make backup copies of their existing stuff. There are other feeds on the site but these are probably the most useful:
music | tech

Startling Evidence

I just found this startling evidence from the Almost Daily News:
startling evidence
I am now the shortest of the grandsons.

DOOM the Movie

I just read this news about Doom (the movie). I can't imagine it being any good, but that probably won't stop me from seeing it. I always thought that Aliens was about as close of a Doom experience as you could get, so we'll see if they can top that. Hopefully it'll stick to the same plot of the video game.

- Friday, October 22, 2004

Hi Tech colleges

Slashdot has a post about "America's Most Connected Campuses". #1 is in Upstate NY, 5 out of the top 20 are in NY and 4 of those are in Upstate NY. On an educational note, I'd like to tell SoCal and SiliValley to "suck it" - but on an economical note, I now understand why the IT market in this area is so flooded, and why my salary (according to all those depressing surveys) is well below the national average for what I do.

local | tech

Smart Diesel 70mpg in the US

I can't wait, $13K brand new, and it gets 70mpg. Not to mention the other sweet features. Wired and Gizmodo have write-ups, and Smart's site is pretty decent, but their fluffy US site could use some work. Of course in order to import their cars into the US, they had to make an SUV version (according to unwritten law).

- Thursday, October 21, 2004

BrandLogic in the news

BrandLogic won an award for the new SJU site recently. It showed up on Yahoo News (RSS) and Google News (RSS). Of all the sites that I've worked on in the past 5 years, I think that SJU's site turned out the best. Not to mention its XHTML and CSS validity. Well mostly valid. There are still many pieces of content which aren't, and the damn ASP.Net Calendar control, and probably a few pieces of our own code that squeaked through unnoticed.

local | tech