Archive for January, 2009

Next Movie | RUN, don’t walk.

January 22nd, 2009 Comments off

Not the absolute worst movie of all time.  That honor still goes to Madonna’s “Body of Evidence” but this turkey s certainly a contender…  Terrible dialog, appalling direction, totally ridiculous plot and Nick Cage doing the most obvious job of collecie checkie I’ve seen on screen in a long time.

RUN, don’t walk the other way.

Next Movie | Starring Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore, and Jessica Biel | Official Site.


50’s SF Nike Missile Defense Site

January 17th, 2009 Comments off

Nike-Hercules nuclear defense missile being raised from its bunker to be readied for launchUnbelievably the Nike Missile Defense site that once guarded San Francisco from airborne attack has been kept in pristine condition, with most of it’s original equipment still in working order.  Better yet, this facility actually holds guided tours (check the site below for more details).  This is a must see for any one with an interest in military or US nuclear history


via Hacker Tourism: Nike Missile Launching Area SF88L .



January 16th, 2009 Comments off

Not only fake attempts and lines and BS but then they only have 1 of the 2 packages I was waiting for and of course it’s not the urgent one. Frustration!



January 16th, 2009 Comments off

2 days of fake delivery attempts now a 30 min wait in line to pick up in person. Give me USPS any day!


What’s Inside Raid? Watch Out, Kitty!

January 6th, 2009 Comments off

Pyrethrin and Pyrethroids

These poisons cause the ion channels in nerve cells to remain open too long, which makes neurons fire repeatedly, resulting in paralysis and death. Pretty vicious given where they come from: Pyrethrin is obtained from flowers of the asteraceae family (including daisies and chrysanthemums); pyrethroids are just synthetic pyrethrin. While both are especially toxic to insects (alas, even bees) they are supposed to be among the least deadly pesticides to mammals. Still, keep Raid away from kitty: Cats’ livers can’t process pyrethrin fast enough to keep from, you know, dying.

Piperonyl Butoxide or N-Octyl Bicycloheptene Dicarboximide

Not poisons on their own, these so-called pesticide synergists block the enzyme that breaks down pyrethrin in insects. Basically, bugs don’t have a chance.

Isoparaffinic Hydrocarbon Solvent

The patent recommends Exxsol D60, a proprietary goo concocted by ExxonMobil Chemical and described as an “aliphatic hydrocarbon”—a hydrocarbon without aromatic ring molecules. Here it serves as an oily poison delivery system that coats the insect’s exoskeleton, helping to get the toxins into the pest’s pores.


Unscented Raid smells like a kerosene spill in a nerve gas factory. Lemon Scent Raid smells like a kerosene spill in a nerve gas factory with a hint of lemon.

Sorbitan Monooleate

Older spray pesticides were up to 80 percent hydrocarbons, toxins that aren’t the greatest chemicals to be spraying around your house. Raid’s current formula cuts the amount of hydrocarbons in half, replacing it with water. Surfactants like sorbitan monooleate help the H2O and hydrocarbons stay mixed properly.

Sodium Nitrite or Sodium Benzoate

These substances (particularly sodium nitrite) can be toxic in high doses, but the amounts present here are only enough to prevent the metal can from corroding.

Liquefied Saturated Hydrocarbons

Raid uses a mix of propylene, butanes, and butylenes as propellant. These are flammable and can cause breathing difficulties; you might want to stub out that Marlboro Light before spraying indoors

via What’s Inside Raid? Watch Out, Kitty! .


Final Cut + Perian = BAD!

January 4th, 2009 Comments off

I’m bummed! I’m a big Perian fan. It really is the Swiss Army thing of video formats. However! Beware those of you who run Perian and want to use Final Cut Pro (don’t know if this impacts Express as well but I’d bet it does).

I’ve just finished 4 hours of hair pulling trying to get FCP to import some 1080i60 (1920×1080) footage from my Sony HDR-SR12. The problem manifested itself in a terrible jerk effect about every 15 frames or so. It was a real HD buzz-killer. All the posts I found talked about using the Apple Intermediate Codec instead of the ProRes codec to work around similar problems. It made no difference which codec I used, every time I imported a clip, it jerked.

Only after reading something that seemed totally unrelated on Apple’s support site did I connect FCP with Perian. Apple warns users that Perian can cause FCP to randomly quit without warning. No mention of it’s other interactions with FCP.

After getting desperate and resigning myself to a night without sleep I tried removing Perian. The very next attempt to import into FCP worked as it should.

Hope this saves someone else from heart palpitations!