Farewell, Odeon

April 20th, 2005

Unless this is one of Chicken John’s pranks, the Odeon is closing.

What a blow to San Francisco. If I learned the Golden Gate Bridge will be dismantled at the end of the month, that news wouldn’t strike me any harder.

No joke. Many, many of the people and things I love most about San Francisco are somehow associated with this place.

Thanks Chicken John, for this fantastic creativity-magnet called the Odeon. It was too good to last. I can’t wait to witness your next project.

PlaceSite Launch: Tuesday

April 16th, 2005

[ UPDATE: Our launch period at A’Cuppa Tea is over. Keep an eye on for news of upcoming launches. ]

ps-logo-sm.gifWe’ll launch Project PlaceSite this Tuesday
at A’Cuppa Tea cafe and teahouse in Berkeley.

Full details:

Come out and join in!

Time-signal Weirdness

April 4th, 2005

UPDATE: A NIST employee has explained the service described below.

This just in from fellow SIMian Matthew Rothenberg:]

Here’s something strange to explore. A guy I know recently stumbled across this. is a standard NTP server, used to syncrhonize clocks on your computer to the govt’s atomic clock.
However, it also seems to have another strange service running in port 78 and 79. Telnet in, and hit enter after connection is established, and you get this:

dream% telnet 78
Connected to
Escape character is ‘^]’.

P: P: My name is Patsy: and my husband’s name is Paul:
We come from Pittsburgh: and we sell Peaches::
$ 0 875 3000 8 1 0 0
Connection closed by foreign host.

The names, city, and food change each time, but they always start with the same letter. The numbers on the bottom appear to be doing some incrementing based on time, but the pattern hasnt been figured out yet.
They are not synchronized across ports.

Secret government broadcasts about the JFK conspiracy? The first step of SkyNET becoming self-aware? An equivalent to a Numbers Station? ( WHO KNOWS! Let’s get some smart SIMS minds working on deciphering this, or at least propose some wacky theories.