Archive for March, 2003

Date: March 31st, 2003
Cate: Geekism

And so it begins, 11:28 EST, March 31st

The Security Flag in the IPv4 Header

   Currently-assigned values are defined as follows:

   0x0  If the bit is set to 0, the packet has no evil intent.  Hosts,
        network elements, etc., SHOULD assume that the packet is
        harmless, and SHOULD NOT take any defensive measures.  (We note
        that this part of the spec is already implemented by many common
        desktop operating systems.)

   0x1  If the bit is set to 1, the packet has evil intent.  Secure
        systems SHOULD try to defend themselves against such packets.
        Insecure systems MAY chose to crash, be penetrated, etc.
Date: March 31st, 2003
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Chou3 – Ugly

The best thing about is that it has – Gui3 – Ghost in it.

Date: March 31st, 2003
Cate: Regular
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Rumsfeld knows Snake Fist

SSSssst.  Ssssst.   Ssst sssst.

Date: March 31st, 2003
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Mei3 – Beautiful

And 美國 – Mei3 Guo2 means America. But don’t get a big head, they only did that because it sounds like America.

I see in logos all over the place, they always draw it very cute and curly with hearts, and I searched and searched and searched the web, and actually couldn’t find an example!

Date: March 31st, 2003
Cate: Otherwhere
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Tokyo pictures

The other day I noticed a LJ user linking to my Tokyo pictures. Today I have randomly found a different LJ user’s different Tokyo pictures.

She has lots of other content online too.

Date: March 30th, 2003
Cate: Regular
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Szechuan Gnocchi?

Doesn’t sound real, does it. They have it in Flushing, NY! It turns out it’s mochi stuffed with some sort of sweet sesame paste. I was hoping for something spicy, but it was still good. I guess you usually eat them around new year, but I didn’t care, once I saw it, I had to have it.

We had it at the Flushing Food Court, along with all sorts of other 小吃. The Chinatown in Flushing is the absolute best. It’s the secret Chinatown in New York that is 8000 times better than the one in Manhattan.

Also 三喵 got herself a new cell phone with a built in camera. I offered to help her set up a moblog. We’ll see. We’ll see.

Date: March 30th, 2003
Cate: Regular

Optimus Prime has a weblog.

Date: March 30th, 2003
Cate: Video Games
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BREAKING NEWS: Linux running on unmodified Xbox!

Found at Slashdot. Here’s the original announcement, where this unknown shows up and says “I got Linux to work, here’s how to do it” and all 800 people who have been working on this for years say “nice try, whatever, ha ha, april fool’s, go away, don’t bother us” and then post back again a few minutes later saying “Holy #*^$@(*… IT WORKS!”

Turns out “007: Agent Under Fire” (and some other games too) have a bug in the saved game handling routine, which can be exploited to run my personal favorite kind of code, arbitrary.

I find this hack very aesthetically appealing. You boot up a standard game, go to “Load Saved Game” and the Xbox goes all freaky as the cruelly composed data in the saved game causes the machine to have a heart attack and tear through its own memory, circumventing all the carefully designed encryption and lockout code. The screen blanks out, the LEDs blink, and then this alternate OS which is contrary to everything the Xbox stands for loads up quietly. The machine has been completely and totally “owned”. This is the way a system would be hacked in a Neal Stephenson novel.

Date: March 29th, 2003
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day
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– Miao1 – Meow (what a cat says)

Check this out! Animal Language – see what animals say in English and Chinese, and how to write it, and listen to several different speakers make each sound!

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU CAN’T FIND ON THE INTERNET?

Date: March 29th, 2003
Cate: Regular
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Thoughtful? Global? Timely?

I was shocked on a visit today to find out that one of my readers didn’t know about The Agonist. So there it is.

Date: March 29th, 2003
Cate: Regular

Guess who’s back?

peterme’s back.

Date: March 29th, 2003
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Yu2 – Fish

Not to be confused with – Yu2 – a surname. In fact, it’s Jenny’s. …Well, actually it’s her maiden name. Isn’t that weird? I’m still not used to it.

Date: March 27th, 2003
Cate: Regular
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This “Internet” is pretty cool

We’re trying to see how much our monthly payment might be if we ever find a house, and therefore needed a mortgage interest calculator. I was amazed and astounded that the one I found was at interest.com/calculators.

Interest dot com. Slash calculators. Of course! Who needs Google anyway?

I also like pig.com. It’s exactly what it should be. Perfect.

Date: March 27th, 2003
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Zhong1 – Center

中國 – Zhong1 Guo2 – Middle Country – China

中國人 – Zhong1 Guo2 Ren2 – Chinese Person

中文 – Zhong1 Wen2 – Chinese Language. The best site to learn about Chinese is of course 中文.com.

Date: March 27th, 2003
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day
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– Chi1 – Eat

台灣 (Taiwan) is famous for 小吃, or snacks. This is the kind of food you buy from vendors on the street at the various night markets. I’ve had some of this, and it’s all very good. I found a few good pages about these snacks, but they’re all in Chinese! Here they are anyway:

Ultimate home made 台灣小吃 fan site – it has maps, recommendations of which markets / streets / vendors to try, and as if that’s not enough, cute animated gifs everywhere. Warning: This site may be infected with a VBScript virus. Please practice safe browsing.

And then there’s this authoritative www.gov.tw site on the same subject.

Date: March 25th, 2003
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Zhen1 – True

Today 愷真 came to visit again!

The first word in her name is very rare, – Kai3 – Victory. So Judy likes to say her name means TRUTH WILL PREVAIL.

Date: March 24th, 2003
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Xiao4 – Smile, Laugh

I always say when I mean to say and vice versa. Their pronunciation is identical, except for the tone. Stupid tone.

The Chinese equivalent of writing “hahahaha” is 哈哈哈哈. Or for more of a giggly laugh, you write “shee shee shee”: 嘻嘻嘻. This one is likely said with your hand over your mouth.

Date: March 24th, 2003
Cate: Meta
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Attack of the Porn Spider

Earlier today, my weblog was attacked by some sort of evil referer spamming porn robot! It loaded my front page, many times per second, with the Referer: header set to the URLs of all sorts of porn sites. It caused my referer list to show all these porn sites, instead of the sites that actually link to me. And it was a denial of service attack, to boot.

A little research showed that the hits were coming from some server at xcite.net, a porn hosting company. So “Deny from 216.169.111.0/24” did the trick quite handily. The robot finally gave up after eating 403 errors for a while. I purged my referer table of the dirty, and now I’m back in business.

I suspect this was an automated attack. Some idiot must have downloaded a list of all active weblogs from someplace and set his script going. The motive was to get the URLs of his sites to appear in the referer lists of regular sites, hoping that some make their referers public, like I do. This may drive traffic, and possibly the coveted PageRank, to his sites. But not through me.

Date: March 24th, 2003
Cate: Regular
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No, really, where?

Earlier today Walde sent me email saying “Hey they’re talking about your Raed thing on CNN right now”.

By the time I opened his email and clicked on the link he sent me, it was a 404.

Searching at Google news, CNN definitely did have a story earlier, but it has since been erased. Right now that search returns this snippet

CNN – 8 hours ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — A mysterious Iraqi who calls himself Salam Pax, writing
a Web log from the heart of Baghdad, has developed a large Internet following …

You can also search at CNN to see the headline. But I don’t know of any way to get to the full story if CNN has erased it. Google News doesn’t have a cache, does it? Anybody have a copy of the story?

Date: March 24th, 2003
Cate: Regular
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The Island

Al Jazeera in English

(via boing boing)

Date: March 24th, 2003
Cate: Regular

Weekend Update

What Time Is It There? is good. Sleeping Giant is nice in the early spring, but I’m weak and useless. And it was Jenny’s Grandmother’s birthday.

Date: March 23rd, 2003
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day
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奶奶 Nai3 Nai3 – Grandmother (Paternal)

生日快樂, 奶奶!

Date: March 23rd, 2003
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Xiao3 – Small

And – Da4 – Large

Jenny always wants me to agree with her that looks very “Xiao3″ and looks very “Da4″.

Date: March 22nd, 2003
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day
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– Liu4 – Six

六 七 八 九 十

Liu4 Qi1 Ba1 Jiu3 Shi2

Six Seven Eight Nine Ten

Traditional Chinese numbers use a non-positional system:

十一 – Eleven (ten, and one)

二十 – Twenty (two tens)

九十九 – Nintety Nine (nine tens and nine)

Date: March 21st, 2003
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Yi1 – One

一 二 三 四 五

Yi1 Er4 San1 Si4 Wu3

One Two Three Four Five

Date: March 20th, 2003
Cate: Regular

ROLL OUT!

ROLL OUT!

Optimus Prime is heading out to the Middle East with his guard unit on Wednesday to provide fire protection for airfields under combat.

“On Sunday, we were awarded as the best firefighting unit in the Army National Guard in the entire country,” said Prime. “That was a big moment for us.”

Date: March 20th, 2003
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Meng4 – First part of Jenny’s name

Her entire (given) name is 孟修 – Meng4 Xiu1.

doesn’t mean anything by itself, but Chinese people do recognize it as part of 孟子 – Meng4 Tze3 — who was one of Confucius’s main followers.

Date: March 19th, 2003
Cate: Regular

More from the OSI?

Premature surrender.

In the south, Kuwaiti border guards are having to turn Iraqi soldiers back, telling them they must wait until the attack begins before they can surrender.

Date: March 19th, 2003
Cate: Regular
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Where is Raed?

Does everybody know about Where is Raed?

Now that the “Support Democracy in Iraq” banner has been added, I wonder if it’s real. Or a product of the Office of Strategic Influence.

Date: March 18th, 2003
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Tu4 – Throw Up

is kind of funny because it’s made up of – Kou3 – Mouth and – Tu3 – Ground.

Also is tricky because if you pronounce it Tu3 it just means spit.

Date: March 18th, 2003
Cate: Regular
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STOP EVERYTHING

You will immediately go to Happy Tree Friends and watch “Eye Candy” and “Spin Fun Knowin’ Ya”. I watched some of the others, and they weren’t as good. Let me know if there’s any other really good ones.

Date: March 17th, 2003
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Sheng1 – Birth

生日 – Sheng1 Ri4 – Birthday

生日快樂! – Sheng1 Ri4 Kuai4 Le4 – Happy Birthday!

(”Ri” is pronounced more like “zhr”)

Date: March 17th, 2003
Cate: Regular

Assorted

Very interesting article about Australian aboriginal weather wisdom. According to this, they know about the 11 year sunspot cycle, and a longer 10,000 year cycle they call “ice and fire”. They also shun our weak 4 season system and instead go for 6 seasons: “Murrai’yunggoray”, “Goraymurra”, “Gadalung marool”, “Banamurrai’yung”, “Tugarah’tuli”, and “Tugarah’gunyamarra”.

In preparation for my exam tonight, I finally replaced the batteries in my old trusty HP 48G. But in doing so I had to clear the memory, so I lost that totally cool tetris game. It had greyscale graphics, even though the display is only black and white. It strobed the pixels at different rates to make shades of grey. I remember originally loading the game back in college: I found it on the web, downloaded it to my VAX account, then used ZMODEM over serial link to transfer that to my Amiga 1200, and finally transferred it to the calculator by a bodged up RS232 cable.

And finally, tomorrow’s my 29th birthday. Or 30th, if you count the first. And I think W has a special birthday surprise for me.

Date: March 16th, 2003
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Bu4 – Not

你不是豬 – Ni3 Bu4 Shi4 Zhu1 – You are not a pig.

can also be used to ask questions.

你是不是豬? – Ni3 Shi4 Bu4 Shi4 Zhu1 – Are you a pig?

When questions are asked this way, is not needed.

Date: March 16th, 2003
Cate: Geekism

Wide character to entity encoder

Wide character to entity encoder

Type mixed languages in the top box, hit convert, and you get the wide characters encoded as HTML entities below.

Date: March 16th, 2003
Cate: Regular
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ANTIGRAVITY

Found at A Subtle Sweetness. I don’t think this article is supposed to be an April Fool’s joke.

The Sydney Morning Herald: Anti-gravity and us

Are you sitting down? Good, because this is going to blow your mind.

This item is going to sound like a bad reject from conspiracy publications like Nexus or New Dawn, or an X-Files fanzine. It isn’t. The indisputable fact is that both the US and the UK are putting serious money into anti-gravity research with military aerospace applications. The only question is how far it is from operational status. There is informed speculation that it is already used in the American B2 bomber.

I believe that access to this potentially revolutionary and obviously highly secret technology, perhaps via the JSF/F35 fighter program, could be behind the otherwise (in my view) inexplicable level of support given Bush over Iraq by Howard and Blair.

My own personal conspiracy theory about the B2 is that the $2B price tag is because it is actually nuclear powered. (Yes, I know both of those sites say the ANP program was shut down in the 60’s. I said it was a conspiracy theory.) That’s why when you see pictures of the B2, they’re usually pictures of in flight refueling!

Date: March 16th, 2003
Cate: Geekism
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Safari cookies finally fixed?

Hyatt mentioned today that this Maciej Stachowiak, who I’m guessing is another Safari developer at Apple (at least he probably worked there when this was posted), just fixed the cookie bug I keep complaining about! Apparently previously Safari was handling cookies according to the old Netscape cookie spec, instead of by the RFC, which states that the cookie path “Defaults to the path of the request URL that generated the Set-Cookie response, up to, but not including, the right-most /.”

I just hope he didn’t make it so a cookie set at /foo/bar.php also gets set at /. (should be /foo .)

UPDATE 3/17: Of course he didn’t. See the comments.