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  • Michael Krakovskiy 6:14 am on August 18, 2006 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Application software, , , Euphoriants, Laudanum, MDMA, NARC, Opiates, , Video game censorship, Video Power   

    Daddy’s Little Narc 

    For many years I’ve been passing a DEA museum that was located right in Times Square. Once, after work, I had a bit of time to kill, so I decided to see what was inside. Although there was a bit of a wait to get in as all the visitors’ bags had to be checked, the admission was free. I am glad I went there, as the museum is now closed. I have no idea how they could afford the rent.

    The expected, yet educational portion of the exibits was not particularly interesting. Bongs, rolling papers, pipes and old Laudanum bottles. Big whoop.

    Ecstasy tablets with funny logos and such. Also not very exciting.

    But I think the people who came up with the idea of this museum and funded it smoked some of the exhibits, as the big installation pieces were rather artistic and surreal.

    There was this interactive exhibit where you stand in what looks like a cheap motel room, but then you flick a switch and a wall slides over, showing you that your hypothetical neighbor is probably engaged in some illicit activities.

    Even more surreal was a recreation of a Columbian cocaine lab, right in front of a glass window facing a busy Manhattan street.

    Unfortunately it was late and the gift shop was closed and dark, but I spied this adorable little item:

     
  • Michael Krakovskiy 10:24 am on February 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Application software, Cube, , really uncomfortable chair, , Times Square Building   

    Window Cube 

    After more than five years with my current company, I finally snagged the ultimate in attainable by mortal developers status symbols – the window cube. If I crane my neck and recline in my really uncomfortable chair, I can see the same Times Square Building that Joel and his co-workers can see from their comfortable Aerons, except from the opposite side.

    What looks like a fake skyscraper with a hole in the middle is actually a side view of the superstructure that supports the electronic marquee. It looks like there’s a staircase inside the glass-enclosed space.

     
  • Michael Krakovskiy 3:37 am on December 17, 2002 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Application software, , , , , , Evil, , Modems, Philosophy of religion, Q*bert, , Telecommunications   

    BERT is Evil 

    I am still without DSL. Speakeasy level 2 tech ran something called BERT (which turened out to be Bit Error Rate Test), and need some more tests which hopefully will happen this evening.

    BERT is evil.

     
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