Bizarre as this may seem, I am very, very pleased that there is a delay in the release of the new Visual Studio. My schedule is slipping behind too! I have still not taken my MCAD certification tests yet because I am still studying amidst a storm of projects, both human and mechanical, that my unbridled greed and ambition is determined to engage and consume. I seem to have conjured up this artificial deadline that demands that I get certified before Whidbey ships. My mouth has written checks my behind is taking out credit to cash. I vow never to get myself in a jam like this again… when the quantum compound I change state got to make the whole jam wait…

The Latest Picks from has some of the most badly written articles I use for my reference outside of newsgroup posts. Not everyone can write for people and machines—and many contributors to this site are not possessed by English as their native language—so, in spite of my criticism, I take the time to save my favorites here.

Client-Side Paging with Tables

Bill Hennessy writes about “a very simple, cross-browser approach to client-side paging.” The forlorn hope is that ASP.NET 2.0 will obviate the need for such a study.

Preventing Automated / Dictionary Login Attacks

Preventing Automated / Dictionary Login Attacks without the use of CAPTCHA” is an advanced ‘luxury’ topic that I look forward to experimenting with when I get my mountain of tasks off my plate. My own form of obesity does not go unnoticed. By the way, use your browser to find out what the acronym CAPTCHA stands for…

Web File Manager

This little ditty by Jeff Atwood looks like another bit that should be overrun by ASP.NET 2.0—but I check my optimism with precautions.

Web Service Authentication

WebServiceAuthentication” is yet another candidate for obsolescence. It feels quick and dirty to me.

Authorize and authenticate users with AD

“How much time do you spend to ensure user permissions? Ease the job and let Windows and Active Directory do it for you.” This article is definitely one for the enterprise—more power windows and Corinthian leather for future luxury.

Introduction to Mono—ASP.NET with XSP and Apache

Brian Delahunty writes, “The second article in a series of articles about Mono. This article explains how to host and serve ASP.NET Web Applications and Web Services on Linux using XSP and Apache with the help of Mono.”

Generate Thumbnail Images from PDF Documents

Jonathan Hodgson writes, “This article presents VB.NET code to create thumbnail images from a directory of Adobe Acrobat PDF documents using the .NET Framework.”

Crossing the bridge between Ghostscript and GDI+

A Java contractor here in the W2 labor camp motivated me to research how Ghostscript runs on the Windows platform since he’s got something going on in a Windows box. This article by Jonathan de Halleux depends on C++ but may still be useful.

I just got a phone call this Sunday afternoon from a person claiming to represent the police department. And they were “confident” that I would contribute to their programs for “at risk” youth. I hate telemarketers firstly and immediately use my MovieFone voice when dealing with them, fighting virtual persons with virtual persons…

I left this phone call with the idea that now or on the near future, the fascist corruption of local and international government will get so bad that the police can call up folks and ask for money. And when we refuse—we’ll, they’ll make an offer we can’t refuse. Our phone number goes into the database and the rest is J.-Edgar-Hoover-cleaning version 2.0—it’s neo-Stasi baby—a funny mustache is optional… I somehow left my teenaged years here in the inner cities of Los Angles with the view that the official police forces were out for any pat excuse to kill me. So it is very difficult to accept calls from their representatives. Now, gee, am I a conspiracy nut or what? Please press one.

i have never met a woman
outside the culture of domination

i have never met a woman
who was not a willing participant
in a system of exploitation

what’s a working girl to do?

she can invite a feast of ‘friends’
charge us admission
and is free to choose the hour
when she is eaten

what’s a working girl to do?

none of us can afford to send her
to dietary law school
so she works as a short-order cook
days, nights and weekends

she loves the people she cooks for
those who don’t criticize the cooking
and question what she is putting in the food

without this ingredient
there is but isolation
and death

The Obligatory Male-on-Male Casual Affection Shot

glam affectionHere we see the Socratic beard of Kevin Conway’s Dr. Haber almost making Greek love to the face of our hero in the 1980 Adaptation of Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Lathe of Heaven. I read in a book somewhere that European males are more casually affectionate with each other than are their North American counterparts. Simultaneously, one could argue quite successfully that Americans sexualize almost all physical contact. Combining the concepts of the previous two sentences of this paragraph leads me to conclude that this shot is the gender-bending nod to the glam rock culture of the 1970s and the high heels of rockers like Prince to emerge in the 1980s. This is solid evidence of the liberal, leftist aesthetic that made public television in the 1980s seem so innovative and educational for me (but I am not really learning anything from this image).

Since I was only a child during the 1970s and early 1980s, I will assume that European culture and influence (dominated by the French) was not so ignored and misrepresented in corporate media back in those days—and a scene like this made filmmakers look continentally hip. Now that public broadcasting is “cleaned up” for “conservative” corporate interests, you will never see a shot like this again—probably forever. I certainly won’t miss it—but I do miss educational public programming.