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Banksy's new art for the Olympics Wednesday, July 25, 2012 | comments

banksy street art olympic pole vaulter mattress spray paint stencil

More of his and other street art here on Core77

(For the first one on the linked page, I thought maybe it was a Javelin missile, but it looks like a sidewinder instead (?) )

Ridiculous Password Requirements: no Q or Z allowed Tuesday, July 24, 2012 | comments

Val sent me this forever ago and I've been meaning to blog it.

http://kottke.org/12/06/the-worlds-worst-password-requirements-list

There's a sampling at left, but the best one is the one at the top of the article since, among many many other things, you aren't allowed to have the same two letters next to each other at all.

I don't know why these websites don't just assign passwords. That would be way easier.  Also, an 8 character password isn't that secure, especially if you tell the hacker things like "the first and last letters can't be special characters and the only special characters allowed are these three" which greatly lowers the number of passwords a hacker would have to check when doing a brute force attack.

Irony defined Friday, July 20, 2012 | comments

There was someone who lived at our apartments who, within 4 weeks of living here, got cited by the city for horrible housekeeping. In sending off his information to collections today, we happened upon his original application. For his job he worked a clean room technician.

Mouse Guard the RPG is basically Michigan Animals: The Role Playing Game | comments

So I've been reading the graphic novel series, Mouse Guard, written and illustrated by David Petersen. As it turns out, he's from Michigan. He grew up in Flint and even graduated from Eastern Michigan University up the street with a degree in print making.

I heard an interview where he talked about how much he loved Michigan and its seasons and mentioned that there are parts of the books he imagine taking place in specific places. The beach scene below he imagines being at a specific location in Ludington.  Check out those Lake Michigan grasses right there.


Also, is it just me, or are the Mouse Territories secretly a map of Southeast Michigan.

Which is interesting because I myself used Michigan as a guide to make D&D maps back in the day.

Also, in the back of the role playing game (designed by Luke Crane), the references include
Mammals of Michigan Field Guide, Stan Tekiela, Adventure Publications.
Birds of Michigan Field Guide, Stan Tekiela, Adventure Publications.
Reptiles and Amphibians of Michigan Field Guide, Stan Tekiela, Adventure Publications.
Anyhow, David Petersen (or Luke), if you have a google alert set up for yourself, are reading this, and find yourself in the Ann Arbor area, shoot me an email and we'll have you over for dinner anytime.

One violation please Wednesday, July 18, 2012 | comments


Not your average stop motion music video Tuesday, July 10, 2012 | comments

The guy shot an entire video and then had people hold his ipad and took photos one frame at a time.  If you just watch it, that last sentence will make sense.

This computer is never obsolete Monday, July 9, 2012 | comments

this computer is never obsolete emachines rig 566mhz windows 95 USB game ports

In this post, I show that I can not break tables | comments

Since I just had a phone interview for a web content management job, I figured that I should put up a post in case they looked me up to see if I could run a website (Hello! Thanks again for taking the time to interview me!). Especially considering that I purposefully allowed the image in my last post to break the table by being over 500px.
Note how this image is 400px wide and does not break the table.

Also note how cute my daughter is.
If you want to see some other things I've put online, you can check out the articles I posted on AnnArbor.com by going to check out a listing of all articles tagged with my name. If you check out an individual article, you can see how I had to manage what was above and below the break, captions, how things sat relative to in-text ads, and media for each post

Since those articles were posted about a year ago and that AnnArbor.com has done a redesign which may slightly change how things set.

It must be frustrating to be a teacher sometimes. Clearly this girl has not read the book | comments

For some backstory, the Life of Pi is a survivalist story of a boy who is trapped on a boat with a Tiger. The book is full of all sorts of inner conflict. Here's a still from the movie.

life of pi movie still from trailer

Now, here is a question from someone who clearly has not read the book, or she would know that there is no war in the Life of Pi. Sadly, this question was posted two months ago, so the internet missed its chance to see if it could convince her that the reference to the circus ring in the book was a reference to The War of the Ring
life of pi question for book report war