Thursday, October 25, 2007

Bikes and red lights

Interesting discussion, as well as some methods that some cities have effected.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

San Diego Fires

These are really bad. I hope people make it through okay. This is so trite, but anyway.. Seems just like Katrina; hopefully CA and surrounding states will be able to handle the homeless.

Here is a fire blog i found setup by the local newspaper

How to get an Econ PhD in 2 years

Do what this guy did. But he's now (after no postdoc or very little of post-PhD work) on Harvard faculty. So he must be an exceptional economist. Anyway, yeah, 2 years for a PhD from Harvard. Well done!

Friday, October 19, 2007

TiVo less

No TiVo SUCKS! Ours broke last weekend, i've been working on it all week. I replaced the hard drive with a known good one, but that didn't help (and was a royal pain to do). So now people think i need to get another replacement software image or another power supply.

The issue is that the kind we got doesn't require a subscription; its one of the few Series 2 ones that can be used a la carte, not requiring a $13/month subscription fee (which is pretty high considering the service provided; after all my WoW subscription is that much, and I get *much* more use out of it). Anyway, maybe its a hardware issue and there's nothing I can do, but maybe i can just get a good image and it will work again.

Good news for these parents

This is good news, hard to remember there is any of that any more.

Reid / Rush letter sells for $2.1 million

Story here. This is a great deal for kids of law enforcement and marines killed in the line of duty.

I don't like Rush, he's often wrong, he's opinionated, and not very scientific. But I think the senate dems (including Reid, Clinton, and Obama) went overboard asking for Rush's boss to scold him. To me, its tantimount to censorship (as Rush was quick to point out, in that story). Remember the bill of rights? The very first Ammendment states that Congress shall not pass any law which abridges the freedom of the press. This is tantemont to this. No, they didn't pass a law, but their words were intended as such. As public servents I expect more from them.

Does this explain their 10%ish approval rating? Really, 10% of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing. Down some 15-20% from when the GOP held office (and we thought it couldn't get any worse). I don't mean to be partisan here; Congress should react to the will of the people, stop passing meaningless resolutions, stop the pork bloat, balance the budget, and stay off presidental politiking (the election is *next* November, that's a full year away!)

Star Trek Cast

I know i haven't been posting here much lately. But here's the cast from the new Star Trek movie.

I also have another blog devoted to my online roleplaying game World of Warcraft, that's here.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Upgrade complete

I recently upgraded my computer, not without a few hickups. I ended up with a AMD X2 5600+ CPU and a ATI 1950GT video card. Here are some interesting benchmarks.


4800+ X2 5600+ X2 5600+ X2

Gforce 6600GT Gforce 6600GT ATI 1950GT
3DMark Score 2255 2279 Marks 4383 Marks
SM 2.0 Score 871 871 Marks 1610 Marks
SM 3.0 Score 782 783 Marks 1783 Marks
CPU Score 1880 2166 Marks 2164 Marks

Its not terribly surprising, in hindsight, that increasing the CPU speed does very little to the graphics score. Further, here are some Bioshock benchmarks. My previous CPU was a 3000+ with DDR RAM. Now I have a X2 CPU and DD2 RAM. That said, Bioshock ran at 15 FPS with the 3000+ CPU, 4800+ CPU, and 5600+ CPU. Only when I upgraded to the ATI card did the FPS soar to 55. So there's alot to be said to upgrading just the graphics card.