Launch ABM countermeasure

For whatever reason, I like to reboot my PC with the shutdown command.

Out of curiosity, I checked out the arguments in the help by running the shutdown command with no arguments.

Apparently this also shows me a list of frequencies and reasons for system shutdown. Pretty neat.

I decided to insert and turn both keys at the same time, flip open the glass enclosure, and press the big black button…

… but decided to scrub, so I picked up the red phone and got the nod from the commander-in-chief.

For no particular reason I decided to write this post using Word 2010 Beta. Go get it – it’s pretty awesome (for everything but blogging).

And in case you’re wondering, here’s my wallpaper. It’s Guybrush Threepwood, Mighty Pirate™.

Guybrush goes bleeuh


Captain, I’m detecting double-doubles and doughnuts

The wife and I have been sequentially watching ever Star Trek: The Next Generation. We’re about halfway through season 2 of 7. In one of the episodes (The Contagion, S02E11) the away team finds an alien transporter technology which cycles sequentially through several exotic locations on disparate planets. One of the images they cycled through caught my attention so I grabbed a screenshot:

That’s Toronto city hall! See for yourself!

To boldly go where no man has gone before… but not before grabbing some Tim Hortons.


One day at Arecibo, Puerto Rico

October 8, 2308, 2:34am

“Sir, we’re getting some strange readings from the Arecibo facility.”

“Bring it up.”

“This can’t be! Watson, check the calibration record.”

“Already did, sir. We’re receiving at optimal levels and the the weather is clear. We should have confirmation from the VLA in a moment.”

“I can’t believe it. We’ve been scouring the heavens for years and after all this time… could this be the end?

“Sir! The VLA has responded!”

“Quickly, Watson! Run a differential and bring it up onscreen!”

“Astounding! They’re identical!”

“Sir, this… looks like the apex. Did we find it after all this time, all the way out in the damn Pleiades?”

“Yes, I’d wager so. Looks to stretch out to about halfway between Alcyone and Merope.”

“My god… I mean, I always knew it was enormous, but… I mean…”

“I know, Watson. I know.”

“It’s just that… I used to think it was endless, boundless… but now that I see the extent… to grasp its entirety in my mind’s eye… I can’t take it! it somehow seems even bigger than infinite!”

“Now you remember this, Watson. The human race is a remarkable force, but not one without its limitations. We took up tools as we took up arms. We wrote poetry and fashioned songs that we might practise our speechcraft to more effectively chastise our brethren. We rose up from the muck only to pollute our world.

And now this last bastion, this last possibility, has reminded mankind once more of its… humanity; its summit. Like the tower of Babel this appeared to us for so long to just keep going on and on… but by the Baskervilles, like every other human trait and endeavour, we can confirm there is a zenith, albeit at an astronomical altitude.

This is it. The end.

We’ve finally found the limit to MYCROFT’S TRIVIA KNOWLEDGE!!!”

Congrats on winning my trivia challenge, Mycroft!!