Thursday, March 26
Ever noticed how dropping a potted plant on your head can cause a really vicious headache?

p1k3 / 1998 / 3 / 26

Wednesday, March 25
I just read a downright frightening article on Wired News, about a proposed requirement that schools which receive federal funding use 'net filtering software. This is pretty obviously an attempt to circumvent the ruling against the CDA. After all, who's going to object to "protecting our children"?

The truth is, everything I've seen leads me to believe that this kind of legislation would do far more to needlessly restrict students than protect them.

p1k3 / 1998 / 3 / 25

Sunday, March 22
Ahhh, spring. My dog is sitting outside watching geese fly North, and daring them to come just a little lower. I get the impression that she doesn't like them using her airspace without permission. Or maybe she just wonders what goose tastes like...

I saw Good Will Hunting last night. Great movie. If you haven't seen it yet, I'd recommend doing so. Maybe I'll get a review written later today or tomorrow.

I see that version 2.8 of Lynx is out. There are pre-compiled Win32 and DOS versions available. (Lynx is an excellent text based web browser, available for most OS's.)

p1k3 / 1998 / 3 / 22

Thursday, March 19
Greetings to Erin and Eric, who mailed me from Disney World... I've been wondering where you two went. :)

I just spent an hour or so tweaking stuff... All my link, vlink, and table background colors are slightly different, and I redid the navigation bar that's now on every page (Server Side Includes rock!). Amazing the amount of time one can waste on things that don't really matter.

p1k3 / 1998 / 3 / 19

Monday, March 16
I can't really say I'm part of the Quake community any more. I haven't played online in months, and Quake II, along with most other first person shooters, has left my computer in the dust. (I'm not complaining. When I get off my lazy posterior and get a job, I'll eventually be able to save up and buy a new one, or upgrade this one.) After thinking about this for a while, I've removed my Quake links page, and put all of the links that're still relevant on my misc. links page. After all, I do still check Blue's News every day...

There're a few very minor changes to the IRC Moron FAQ.

p1k3 / 1998 / 3 / 16

Saturday, March 14
Bought a couple of books this weekend. Maps in a Mirror: The Short Fiction of Orson Scott Card, and part 1 of The Neutronium Alchemist, the sequel to The Reality Dysfunction.

Maps in a Mirror was excellent... Aside from the Ender Saga, I hadn't read any Card, and it provides an excellent cross section of his work. I highly recommend it, especially since it's about the only place to find much of the included material.

I'll withhold opinion on The Neutronium Alchemist until I've read part 2 and can review it in its entirety. (Somebody please tell me why they persist in splitting these books in half and selling them as low quality paperbacks...)

p1k3 / 1998 / 3 / 14

Tuesday, March 10
I tried out a relatively new search engine today, Northern Light. I was impressed. It has a simple, clean design, and from what I saw, it's very powerful.

p1k3 / 1998 / 3 / 10

Monday, March 9
Another snow day... I could really get used to these 3 day weekends. And the boys' basketball team is going to state, so we'll get out of school Thursday and Friday as well. It's shaping up to be a good week.

Webmonkey recently started a mailing list devoted to web design, HTML, etc. It's a very high traffic list, but there's a digest version (collects all of the daily traffic and sends it as one e-mail) that makes it easy to stay on top of. A lot of the discussion is centered on JavaScript (myself, I hate JavaScript), and I wouldn't recommend it for beginners, but I have learned a number of things.

On a related note, A List Apart is worth subscribing to. It's described as "A Moderated Daily Digest for People Who Make Websites. From pixels to prose, coding to content."

p1k3 / 1998 / 3 / 9

Wednesday, March 4
There's an interesting article on Webmonkey, talking about Netscape releasing the Communicator source, and how it might affect the industry. Definitely worth a read.

p1k3 / 1998 / 3 / 4

Monday, March 2
I love snow days. Incredibly enough, this is the first one we've had all year. There's not really much snow, and I'm sure we could have had school, but I'm certainly not going to complain.

February being over, I moved all the February updates to my old updates page. If anyone cares...

Got the April PC Gamer today. Usually a good magazine, but it's to the point where I have no hope of running most of the games (p)reviewed. Oh well, I can read it and dream.

I see that Deja News has a new look.

p1k3 / 1998 / 3 / 2