Jimmy frickin’ Buffett got ejected from today’s Knicks/Heat game? I mean, it wouldn’t be considered risky to put your money on Larry Johnson, or Latrell Sprewell, or even Anthony Mason in the ejection pool, but an outdated staple of 70s music? Who’da thunk it?

Congrats to Heather for the selection of Jezebel’s Mirror as a USA Today Hot Site. (Screenshot of the USA Today page, since it’s bound to change.)

And why is this screenshot so cool? Because it’s of my Linux box, with a HOBLink JWT Terminal Services client window showing the fully-controllable desktop of one of my Windows 2000 boxes. Snazzy.

I just spent half an hour with a colleague, trying to figure out an error we were getting while trying to define a foreign key in an Oracle database. The error message that we got didn’t make any sense, and what’s worse, the further explanation offered by the manual didn’t explain anything at all. It took another ten minutes or so of just looking at the data and the tables before the meaning became clear. What a crappy way to report your errors.

Oh, god, this is hilarious: Metric System Thriving In Nation’s Inner Cities.

Does anyone have any good recommendations for CD rippers/MP3 encoders for Linux? I’ve found grip, but what I don’t like is that the only control I have on the MP3 side of things is of the bitrate, but don’t get to control the frequency of the sampling. If you have apps that you like, please let me know!

I’m not sure, but something seems fishy about the makers of bind (one of the most used open-source pieces of software out there) discussing the creation of a members-only, strictly-controlled community (complete with non-disclosure agreements) to deal with bind-related security issues.

Have I mentioned how little I like the Republican party? In Virginia, they’ve managed to: get a bill requiring students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance through the state Senate, kill an open-container law, get a law through the state House allowing concealed weapons in bars, and kill a ban on carrying weapons into playgrounds and recreation centers. This is why I’m terrified of the next four years.

Bruce Tognazzini has a great diatribe this month, the Top 10 Reasons the Apple Dock Sucks. The first time I saw the dock, I realized how far from its roots Apple has strayed. The company used to be the single most authoritative source for user interface research and standards; now, it is a laughingstock.