Out of the Blue

Okay, so here's the payoff on the teasing I did the other day about a project here. Blue's News has been database-driven since February 1999, but it was in operation years before that. And while older news was unfortunately deleted in the earliest days, about two-and-a-half years of news beginning in July 1996 in the HTML News Archive was never included in the database. Now, thanks to some clever scripting and hard work by Frans, all of those stories have been imported into Blammo (the name of our proprietary CMS). I mentioned tempering expectations when I teased this, as it is obviously not life-changing. But it does mean that results from the late 90s now appear in news searches, which is neat. In fact, they've been doing so for a couple of weeks now, which is why I previously said it was possible some of you have come across the change already. I hope this proves useful, or at least interesting to some of you. A huge thank you to Frans for his hard work, attention to detail, and incredible patience (you have no idea) in making this happen.

A couple of other notes about this. The stories in the database use the current design of the site, rather than any of the earlier iterations of our look. Also, as you can see from developer .plan updates at the time, this community was not big on spelling in those days. Blue's News was no exception, and the HTML editor I was using back then did not even have a spell-checker. So along the way, many misspellings were corrected for the database. Things were more skimmed than proofread, so errors doubtlessly still abound in the imports (and elsewhere for that matter), but this explains discrepancies between the html and the database. For the record, the HTML News Archive remains in its original state, typos and all, for future historians to marvel over and treasure.

Finally, there are plenty of broken links in the older news. I'm on an ongoing quest to find and restore what I can of these. Missing articles are hard to find, but I have been more successful at locating missing images (there were far more embedded images in this site 25 years ago than there are today). This clean-up project will continue, so you may find broken images in the older news getting fixed as time goes on.

So there. The over 25 years of Blue's News is now properly recorded in over 25 years of stories in our news database. Thanks again Frans!

Obituary: ‘General Hospital’ Actor Jay Pickett Dies While Shooting Movie Scene.
Obituary: Fetty Wap's 4-Year-Old Daughter Lauren Maxwell Has Died, Shares Her Mother Turquoise Miami.

Retro Round-up
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.

Breakfast Links

Story

Science

Images

Media

View : : :
18 Replies. 1 pages. Viewing page 1.
Newer [  1  ] Older
18.
 
Re: Out of the Blue
Aug 2, 2021, 20:02
WarPig
 
18.
Re: Out of the Blue Aug 2, 2021, 20:02
Aug 2, 2021, 20:02
 WarPig
 
WannaLogAlready wrote on Aug 2, 2021, 11:08:
Damn. That cat gave me a shiver.


Catnip's a helluva drug.
Avatar 1750
17.
 
Re: Out of the Blue
Aug 2, 2021, 18:01
17.
Re: Out of the Blue Aug 2, 2021, 18:01
Aug 2, 2021, 18:01
 
Enahs wrote on Aug 2, 2021, 17:19:
Think it is cool you are not just throwing away knowledge and history and working to keep it Blue and Frans!
That is so true, when Kyle ended hardocp he shuttered the main site and left up the hardforums. The main site had innumerable in-depth hardware reviews that are no longer accessible and the wayback machine doesn’t cut it.
- I refer to it as BC, Before Corona, and AD, After Disaster. -
Avatar 58135
16.
 
Re: Out of the Blue
Aug 2, 2021, 17:19
Enahs
 
16.
Re: Out of the Blue Aug 2, 2021, 17:19
Aug 2, 2021, 17:19
 Enahs
 
Think it is cool you are not just throwing away knowledge and history and working to keep it Blue and Frans!
I am free of all prejudice. I hate everyone equally.
- W. C. Fields
Avatar 15513
15.
 
Re: Out of the Blue
Aug 2, 2021, 17:00
15.
Re: Out of the Blue Aug 2, 2021, 17:00
Aug 2, 2021, 17:00
 
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 2, 2021, 16:11:
Lindsey Graham has covid. proof that god exists

I'm weeping over that news. Whether in joy or mad glee is up for the reader to decide.

Kxmode wrote on Aug 2, 2021, 16:29:
"Data analyst Tomas Pueyo, who also referenced the Gunagzhou study in his most recent article, compared the R naught (R0) values—a mathematical measure of contagion—of the Delta and original variants. His comparative model, which placed the R0 of the original strain at 2.7 and that of Delta at 6, shows a similarly exponential rise." source

Delta has an R0 of 6.

Meanwhile, we have skyrocketing cases of it in Texas and Florida and now Lambda has shown up in Houston.

But according to some MAGAt on the local news at 1am this morning "Wearing a mask and getting a vaccine is part of the liberal socialist agenda."

I am so done with people and society.
"No matter where you go, there you are." Buckaroo Banzai

There are two types of computer users: Masochists and Linux users.

If you would like help or further details on a technical discussion we're having, email me at bnhelp (at sign) keepusiel.net .
Avatar 21247
14.
 
Re: Out of the Blue
Aug 2, 2021, 16:29
Kxmode
 
14.
Re: Out of the Blue Aug 2, 2021, 16:29
Aug 2, 2021, 16:29
 Kxmode
 
"Data analyst Tomas Pueyo, who also referenced the Gunagzhou study in his most recent article, compared the R naught (R0) values—a mathematical measure of contagion—of the Delta and original variants. His comparative model, which placed the R0 of the original strain at 2.7 and that of Delta at 6, shows a similarly exponential rise." source

Delta has an R0 of 6.
"What is the most resilient parasite? Bacteria? A virus? An intestinal worm? An idea. Resilient... highly contagious. Once an idea has taken hold of the brain it is almost impossible to eradicate."
Avatar 18786
13.
 
Re: Out of the Blue
Aug 2, 2021, 16:11
13.
Re: Out of the Blue Aug 2, 2021, 16:11
Aug 2, 2021, 16:11
 
Lindsey Graham has covid. proof that god exists
- I refer to it as BC, Before Corona, and AD, After Disaster. -
Avatar 58135
12.
 
Re: Out of the Blue
Aug 2, 2021, 16:08
Kxmode
 
12.
Re: Out of the Blue Aug 2, 2021, 16:08
Aug 2, 2021, 16:08
 Kxmode
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 2, 2021, 15:28:
Huh, that's weird and I just watched The Swarm the night before last. Man, that was a terrible movie.

Oh, the beemanity! 🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝
"What is the most resilient parasite? Bacteria? A virus? An intestinal worm? An idea. Resilient... highly contagious. Once an idea has taken hold of the brain it is almost impossible to eradicate."
Avatar 18786
11.
 
Re: Out of the Blue
Aug 2, 2021, 15:28
11.
Re: Out of the Blue Aug 2, 2021, 15:28
Aug 2, 2021, 15:28
 
Huh, that's weird and I just watched The Swarm the night before last. Man, that was a terrible movie.
"You’re still learning English? That’s the language you speak. How dumb are you?" - Rick Sanchez
Avatar 25394
10.
 
Re: Out of the Blue
Aug 2, 2021, 14:51
10.
Re: Out of the Blue Aug 2, 2021, 14:51
Aug 2, 2021, 14:51
 
Nation hits 70 percent vaccination goal amid surging Delta variant.

Let's not roll out the mission accomplished banner just yet.
If it's a two-part vaccine you still need the other shot and that percentage doesn't include unvaccinated minors.
- I refer to it as BC, Before Corona, and AD, After Disaster. -
Avatar 58135
9.
 
Re: Out of the Blue
Aug 2, 2021, 14:06
9.
Re: Out of the Blue Aug 2, 2021, 14:06
Aug 2, 2021, 14:06
8.
 
Re: Out of the Blue
Aug 2, 2021, 13:32
8.
Re: Out of the Blue Aug 2, 2021, 13:32
Aug 2, 2021, 13:32
 
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 2, 2021, 12:31:
More on that red dress https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-58047513

The chorus is also a Taylor Swift song from 2009
7.
 
Re: Out of the Blue
Aug 2, 2021, 13:30
7.
Re: Out of the Blue Aug 2, 2021, 13:30
Aug 2, 2021, 13:30
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Aug 2, 2021, 13:25:
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 2, 2021, 12:31:
More on that red dress https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-58047513
Uh, odd singing.

She's like a bucket with a hole: Can't carry a tune, can't hold a note. The original is just as bad. I'm not sure this is anything other than an experiment to see how famous one can become by being the worst at something.
Origin - JStarX7
STEAM - Agent.X7
PSN - JStar_X7
Xbox Live - Agent X7
GOG - JStarX7
Avatar 23400
6.
 
Re: Out of the Blue
Aug 2, 2021, 13:25
6.
Re: Out of the Blue Aug 2, 2021, 13:25
Aug 2, 2021, 13:25
 
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 2, 2021, 12:31:
More on that red dress https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-58047513
Uh, odd singing.
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
5.
 
Re: Out of the Blue
Aug 2, 2021, 13:09
5.
Re: Out of the Blue Aug 2, 2021, 13:09
Aug 2, 2021, 13:09
 
Great! I also took a quick look at my postings: the oldest one that I see is November, 1999. Carry on Mr. Blue.
!
4.
 
Re: Out of the Blue
Aug 2, 2021, 12:52
Kxmode
 
4.
Re: Out of the Blue Aug 2, 2021, 12:52
Aug 2, 2021, 12:52
 Kxmode
 
Awesome! Thanks, Frans. 🙂
"What is the most resilient parasite? Bacteria? A virus? An intestinal worm? An idea. Resilient... highly contagious. Once an idea has taken hold of the brain it is almost impossible to eradicate."
Avatar 18786
3.
 
Re: Out of the Blue
Aug 2, 2021, 12:31
3.
Re: Out of the Blue Aug 2, 2021, 12:31
Aug 2, 2021, 12:31
 
More on that red dress https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-58047513
- I refer to it as BC, Before Corona, and AD, After Disaster. -
Avatar 58135
2.
 
Re: Out of the Blue
Aug 2, 2021, 11:36
Wolfen
 
2.
Re: Out of the Blue Aug 2, 2021, 11:36
Aug 2, 2021, 11:36
 Wolfen
 
Look at all those "Thanks Wolfen"'s from so long ago haha. Man. Like watching the years leap through my different game jobs too. I love ya blue. Been my homepage since the late 90's.
1.
 
Re: Out of the Blue
Aug 2, 2021, 11:08
1.
Re: Out of the Blue Aug 2, 2021, 11:08
Aug 2, 2021, 11:08
 
Damn. That cat gave me a shiver.

Avatar 58799
18 Replies. 1 pages. Viewing page 1.
Newer [  1  ] Older