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Links Archive 2006

Posted 2006.12.24 11.05 in Uncategorized by Stephanie

The following are all my ‘Links of the Week’ for 2006.


24 Dec 2006 Blah blah blah Second Life blah blah newspaper Second Life Herald blah blah blah sick of SL links yet?
20 Dec 2006 Another resource I have found to help with building and scripting in Second Life are the Second Life Resident Forums – particularily the Content Creation section.
10 Dec 2006 I’ve been having a lot of fun in Second Life and now it’s time to start learning Second Life Scripting Language so I can do some fancy in-world coding.
25 Nov 2006 Bash.Org - Not sure what its all about but its funny.
12 Nov 2006 The Nihonto Kanji Pages are a useful resource for those trying to decypher or translate the mei you might find on the nakago of your nihonto.
05 Nov 2006 Richard Stein's Japanese Sword Guide
22 Oct 2006 Damn Small Linux is a distro designed to fit a complete linux gui environment onto a 50MB CD or USB drive.
08 Oct 2006 Get Frosted!
01 Oct 2006 – home of the Peeling Onions webcomic!
24 Sep 2006 You can find more talk about lasers over at CandlePower Forums.
17 Sep 2006 At BoomDog’s House of Lasers, there are guides for laser safety goggles, and how to build your own laser show.
10 Sep 2006 The Gadgeteer’s Laser and Light Show Page
03 Sep 2006 The Professor’s Homebuilt Lasers Site – lots of details and resources about several kinds of lasers.
27 Aug 2006 Fun with a BIG laser! – what’s not to like?
20 Aug 2006 At you can find information, a forum, and some links, about lasers!
13 Aug 2006 For some educational fun with lasers and optics, check out 101+ Laser Experiments.
06 Aug 2006 Almost an encyclopedia of information, Sam’s Laser FAQ is the place to go for info on lasers.
30 Jul 2006 Laser Community Forums
23 Jul 2006 Project Gutenburg encourages the creation of public domain electronic books, while Project Gutenburg Consortia Center is focused on the distribution of some 75,000 electronic books.
16 Jul 2006 Project Gutenburg - Free eBooks
09 Jul 2006 Lezley Davidson is a good friend and a great artist. You can check out some of her work at her site here.
02 Jul 2006 This week, a little self-promotion link: Transmissions from Planet Stephanie is my newly started blog. Not sure where I’m going with it, but it seemed like a good idea at the time.
25 Jun 2006 Ubuntu Canada
18 Jun 2006 Roomba Review is the “#1 source for robotic reviews, tips, news and more”. They also have a very active chat forum.
04 Jun 2006 Here’s a great website with lots of great information on how to Hack A Roomba. What’s a Roomba? Find Out.
14 May 2006 The Fellowship of Isis is a multi-national multi-faith organization dedicated to honouring the Goddess in all Her forms.
08 May 2006 And Now For Something Completely Pointless…
30 Apr 2006 Always Fresh, Never Fishy – Learn about Japanese Cuisine at Tokyo Food Page at
23 Apr 2006 The new Holy Land? Only time will tell. In the meantime, just enjoy Laughlin, Nevada.
16 Apr 2006 The evolution of robots has reached its ultimate level. Look out humanity, because the robots have harnessed the awesome power of steam! Steam Powered Robots are going to be all the rage, I just know it.
09 Apr 2006 It’s Mil vs. Margret, in a very long (and amusing) list of Things they Have Argued About.
02 Apr 2006 Time for some Random Violence! How far can you bat the penguin?
26 Mar 2006 Snubbed by Mensa again for being drunk or hung-over while trying their entry test?
Then maybe it’s time to try Densa – the Low I.Q. Society.
19 Mar 2006 Ham-Ex 2006!
Presented by the Peel and Mississauga ARCs.
12 Mar 2006 Another inexplicable holiday is fast approaching: Friday, May 5th 2006 is International No Pants Day! Trousers everywhere are nervous.
05 Mar 2006 The Ubuntu Fridge is an information hub for the Ubuntu community, bringing together news, grassroots marketing, advocacy, team collaboration, and great original content.
26 Feb 2006 The Crackle Box / Kraakdoos is a sort of musical synth invented in the seventies. The neat thing is, it uses the human body as part of the electronics!
19 Feb 2006 Canadians working for a Federal Department Of Peace
12 Feb 2006 While looking for some Linux-based ham radio applications, I came across a very good listing at “Hamsoft”, as well as this fairly comprehensive listing on
05 Feb 2006 Amateur radio station W1AW has been operating since September 1938. It is located at the ARRL headquarters.
14 Jan 2006 Green Party of Canada
08 Jan 2006 Sam’s Schematic Collection is a usefull assortment of various diagrams and schematics, ranging from HV to RF to IR to rechargable and power supplies.
01 Jan 2006 The Daily Kitten proves once again that the internet’s best function is distribution of cute kitten pics.

Translation Solved!

Posted 2006.12.20 1.00 in Swords by Stephanie

A few weeks ago, I asked for help with translating the Mei on the Nakago of a Nihonto which I had recently aquired. (Signature, on the Tang, of a Japanese Sword.)

Well, the other day I finaly received some books that I’d ordered and one of them was a book called The Samurai Sword – A Handbook. I just finished reading it and there was a section which lists various Kanji characters, including lots of different forms.

And there it was, at the bottom of page 115! One of the twelve different forms of the Kanji for “Kane” matched the one on my sword! I had already identified the second Kanji as “Moto”, and this book confirmed what I had learned on the internet.

So, mystery solved, the signature on my Wakizashi is Kanemoto. I still have more research to do in order to confirm other information about the sword, such as the year and place of manufacture, but the data I have so far is that it was in the Mino province, about 1560-ish.

The Samurai Sword Handbook

Kanemoto is the name on this sword.

Six Months!!!

Posted 2006.12.20 1.00 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Holy cow! I just realized that today marks six months since I made my First Post!

Now as of this moment there’s 136 published posts and the counter has logged 2665 visitors. All that from a couple test-posts made while building my Phlogger software (photo / blog management software).

So now, in deference to my Second Post, I’m going to publish the forgotten long-lost(*) first poem of Hamster Q. Pustule. This was one of the thousands of poems Dave Barry inspired, in an ‘attack’ on In the first wave, we were encouraged to include the line “the dog ate mother’s toes” in the body of the poem. So, without further ado:

Oh No by Hamster Q. Pustule
puntable yapping loudly so
annoying guppies high and low
parakeet has seeds to sow
dang hound is in the way, oh no

cats meow, pace to and fro
your blog big brother knows
gerbils beckon, python goes
the dog ate mother’s toes, oh no

ten toe value meal to go
laugh and tease, cruel gecko
echidnas hatching, gotta go
can’t kick the puppy now, oh no

Can’t you just picture that on a T-shirt, mousepad, or inside a handsome leather-bound coffee-table book? Yeah, so could the discerning editors at

* My premier Pustule poem was perceived to have been lost in the pernicious purge, but portentiously, a paper copy was procured during a present desk drawer cleansing and thus this poetic masterwork is hereby preserved for posterity. Pppppppp.

Still Second Life-ing

Posted 2006.12.19 1.00 in Computers/Internet/Technology by Stephanie

Yep, still at it. Notice a trend yet? Something interests me and I focus like crazy on it for a while? Sure other minor things come along now and then but there’s a strong theme for a while, a few weeks or months, then it tapers off and I get a different bee in my bonnet and focus on that instead.

Remember Lasers? Yeah I still play with ’em but not every day any more. It’s all part of my serial-hobby-ism. The good part though is I never give up on anything. It’s all there waiting and ready for me to return when I feel like it.

So right now it’s Second Life. My account is paid up till March and I have some money invested in land, so I have to decide if I want to make a go of it, get it to pay for itself, if I can come up with some cool builds and get people buying them. Tough though, seems like over 50% of the long-term population is selling stuff. And that does not make for a seller’s market.

Anyhow, here’s the house I built. Instead of just doing it all out of my head, I designed this one on paper first, and it paid off I think. The 2d picture doesn’t do it justice, I’m afraid.

My house in Second Life

Off The Face Of The Earth…

Posted 2006.12.18 1.00 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Is where I appearantly have disappeared to.

Sure, it’s the busy time of the year, between family get-togethers, crazy shopping, year-end work, all coming together to keep me busy most of the last week or so. And then when I have had spare time, I’ve been… hanging out in Second Life.

Yeah, it’s compelling. I’ve learned how to use the SL scripting language, and have honed my building techniques. Now I’m able to build things big and small, and make the things do stuff.

I’ve built and torn down a few houses. I’m on my 4th now, which I think will be a keeper. My house has teleport buttons to move from floor to floor, it has voice-activated locks on the doors, and voice-activated window tinting for privacy. There is a voice-activated light, which is also a security bot. It monitors everyone who comes by, and keeps track of them while I’m away. When I return, it tells me everyone that came by while I was gone.

I’ve made some furniture, with pose scripts. And I made a necklace, with a built-in radar function – on command, it tells me everyone within 40 meters of me (name and distance!).

Yeah, ok, it’s a bit addictive. There’s still so much more to build… I still haven’t mastered vehicles yet. I have a prototype flying carpet, it works, it just doesn’t work well yet. I’m about ready to set up a shop in there too, to start selling some of the things I’ve built. I figure there’s got to be a market for low-prim multi-purpose objects and gizmos.

So anyhow, that’s where I’ve been hanging out. My ‘virtual cottage’ in a virtual world.

Hanging Out in Second Life

Posted 2006.12.10 1.00 in Computers/Internet/Technology by Stephanie

Here’s another picture of my avatar in Second Life.

Like the first one, this was taken at night which is why it’s kind of dark.

This shot is from my virtual home. The artwork you can see in the background is from my Online Gallery.

Atashi Toshihiko

Second Life? I still haven’t got the first one sorted out yet!

Posted 2006.12.07 1.00 in Computers/Internet/Technology by Stephanie

So I’ve just been introduced to this thing called Second Life.

It’s basicaly everything we thought the internet should look like when we saw movies like Johnny Mnemonic, TV shows like Tek Wars, or read books like Neuromancer. Except you don’t have to plug anything into your head.

It’s like a whole 3d world that exists online, where you design and customize your own 3d avatar, then you walk (or fly! Flying’s cool!) through this world, where you can see and interact with other folks’ avatars, buy virtual stuff, own virtual land, spend real money, and generally socialize and do stuff that you can’t do in real life.

There is a very distinct appeal. You can have the body and face you always wanted, without going to the gym, the plastic surgeon, or the salon. You can have a big beautiful fancy home without having to worry about dusting, vacuuming, or doing dishes. You can meet strangers, go to strange foreign places, take chances, all without putting yourself in any real danger or having to face real people.

In some ways, it’s a lot like the Matrix, but a lot more colourful. Oh, and you still don’t have to plug anything into your head.

It’s free to get started, and my first reaction was, it’s interesting, it’s different, it’s a bit wierd, it’s kind of addictive.

And I suspect, if you could plug it directly into your head, a lot of people wouldn’t show up for school or work the next day.

Second Life

Relaxing in Second Life
Sorry bout the darkness in the shot, it was taken at night.