Jailed Cash

johnny cash mug shotA 1965 photo of Johnny Cash before spending a night in jail.

Johnny Cash was arrested in October 1965 at the El Paso International Airport after U.S. Customs agents found hundreds of pep pills and tranquilizers in his luggage as he returned from a trip to Juarez, Mexico. The Man in Black spent a night in the county jail and later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count, for which he paid a $1000 fine and received a 30-day suspended sentence.

The Smoking Gun has lots of mug shots of notable people.

I have his new collection Unearthed, a 5 CD set of superb tunes, including the haunting Singer Of Songs.

Modified food starch

The bag of Baked! Lay’s Naturally Baked Potato Chips (what would be Unnaturally baked?) I bought today lists Modified Food Starch as its third ingredient. A couple of questions about that:

  1. Modified from what?
  2. What is meant by food? That’s a vague word in this context.

So, typing in modified food starch at google.com gives me about 88,700 hits. This definition seems the simplest:

Modified food starch is a starch that has been treated physically or chemically to modify one or more of its physical or chemical properties. The ‘starch’ could be from corn, wheat, potato, rice or tapioca–it depends on the manufacturer.

Next question: what the hell is tapioca? According to Yahoo!:

Tapioca is basically a root starch derived from the cassava, or yuca plant. It’s often used to thicken soups and sweeten the flavor of baked goods, and it makes a dandy pudding.

This is never going to end: what’s a cassava, or yuca plant? I found information and a picture of it; nothing special except the Bitter Cassava variety is toxic if eaten raw.

Thus ends today’s food research.

I miss the command-line interface

This interesting study

describes the surprising results of a brief trial with a group of new computer users about the relative ease of the command line interface versus the GUIs now omnipresent in computer interfaces.

I use a command-line interface (CLI) all the time in UNIX and Windows, but I never see typical users of PCs using a CLI unless they’re instructed to by a computer techie. I miss the good ole DOS days. I should rewrite my famous DOS programs (Utter and Seek) to work for Windows. People paid me for using them, even though they were free.

(via Slashdot)