Normally, I love the night hours. It's so peaceful, with all (or almost all) of the humans asleep, gradually making a segue into the morning chorus from our avian friends, as light approaches the new day. I can relax, listen to and think about every sound, and still not be distracted.
Except last night, when 3am was apparently the perfect time for a party in one of the neighbors' yards to commence an off-key rendition of The Chicken Song. Mercifully, whilst they remained active even as I headed to sleep, that performance was not topped.
Friday's Radio 4 evening play was Abrogate (27MB): "Hillary Clinton is in the White House and a congressional hearing is sifting through the substantial and varied debris of the post-Bush regime to investigate what went right and, if anything did, how it could have possibly happened." Written by Larry Gelbart, who may ring a bell with some, as writer of M.A.S.H. (and Tootsie!).
If you're enjoying life with student debt, you might want to check into what options you have: "Interest rates on existing student loans will rise 1.84 percent on July 1, unless borrowers consolidate into fixed-rate loans before June 30. The Project on Student Debt estimates that the new rates will increase monthly payments by 20 percent and double the amount of interest paid over the life of the loan."
The American Bar Association will "investigate whether President Bush has exceeded his constitutional authority in reserving the right to ignore more than 750 laws that have been enacted since he took office." Possibly encouragingly, "The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Arlen Specter, Republican of Pennsylvania, promised to hold a hearing on Bush's use of signing statements."
Wow, OmniWeb 5.5sp12 really makes a difference on Mouse - something like the CNet main page took about 30s with OW5.1.3, and about 10s with 5.5sp12. WebKit's certainly come a long way, both in speed and compliance, since its inception as a KHTML fork. (I was just fiddling around with Mouse, checking it was still working okay, and keeping it up to date - ye gods, broadband makes a difference. The latest Java, QuickTime, and security update weighed in at about 100MB total - peanuts on a 2Mbps connection, but a little longer on dialup)
El Reg has a good overview of Core 2 Duo performance, improvements, and some benchmarks. Though I'm not quite convinced of the utility of 367fps on FarCry's training level. ^_^ Presumably gamers will be the first mass market for cybernetic ocular upgrades.
Silly-but-cute app for the day: OmniDazzle. For those times when you want your mouse pointer to sprinkle pixie dust, make waves, zoom in, or be detected by sonar.
I was positively tickled to discover that John Prescott's affair with his secretary did indeed breach departmental guidelines, on the basis of "improper use of furniture".