Archive for October 2005

Is That A.D. or B.C. on That Pack of Top Ramen?

Friday, October 14th, 2005

Recently archaelogists have uncovered the oldest example of noodles to date in China…4,000 years old. (via Linkmeister)

Now this gives new meaning to the term “leftovers.” Just wondering what archaeologists will find several thousand years hence when they pick through the rubble of our civilization…

A Glimpse into History…Gone

Thursday, October 6th, 2005

Just last year, in the first part of my Oregon vacation, I took a day trip out to the northern part of the Oregon coast. One of the stops on my tour was Fort Clatsop, the place where the explorers Lewis and Clark spent the winter of 1805. On that site is a replica of the original fort, painstakingly recreated 50 years ago from the original writings and drawings of Lewis and Clark.

It was to be the centerpiece of bicentennial celebrations to be held this winter. But Monday evening, it was reduced to charred logs.

I don’t understand how someone could do such a thing. It’s not as though they’re burning down the original fort, but why someone would want to burn down a symbol of American history, and especially this close to a big milestone, boggles the mind. I hope they find this person and sentence him to four years walking the entire trail that Lewis and Clark followed, to the Pacific Coast and back. That’ll teach ‘em.

OK, I Want Verizon Back in Hawaii

Monday, October 3rd, 2005

I was never really enthusiastic about Verizon deciding to sell its operations in Hawaii to the Carlyle Group. And right now, with what’s going on with my Internet connection right now, I really want Verizon back.

Hawaiian Telcom took over Verizon’s landline services in May, and right now the Internet services are going through what they say is a nine-month transition period under which the network will transfer from Verizon to Hawaiian Tel.

The first real stage of the transition looks like it started on Friday (I remember approving a firewall alert that morning saying that the domain name had changed to And since then, it’s been good one day, yucky the next. And when I say yucky, I mean getting 300K downloads and 100K uploads from a connection that’s advertised as 1.5M and was rock solid going up to that point.

It looks like the problem is happening at the point between Hawaiian Tel and Sprint. Look at this traceroute.

Tracing route to []
over a maximum of 30 hops:
1 9 ms 7 ms 8 ms rtr000006 []
2 7 ms 7 ms 7 ms
3 593 ms 602 ms 598 ms []
4 589 ms 591 ms 584 ms []
5 633 ms 646 ms 639 ms []

600ms from hop 2 to 3? Normally I get pings on the order of 60ms. Simply put, something is really rotten.

I really hope that Hawaiian Tel gets its act together and soon. I would really hate to have to consider getting Road Runner. I’ve seen the Hawaiian Tel commercials comparing Road Runner to a fat straw that everyone has to share and DSL to everyone getting their own straw. But if it keeps feeling like I’m sucking ice cream through the straw…

Chemistry Class Memories

Saturday, October 1st, 2005

..or was it home economics? I’m not sure.