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"Reducing corporate productivity for 5,120 days."
Saturday, 30 April, 2005
I'm starting to send out resumes. This working from home with no shoes writing books and selling Excel add-ins thing just isn't cutting it.
Can anyone tell me about Massive Corporation? I think I'd fit right in. I just need to buy a few more suits.
Dick Cheney Fan Club
Any members of the Dick Cheney Fan Club?
Take a respite from arguing about politics policy. Let's talk about something we can all agree upon: The beautiful human being that is Vice President Dick Cheney.
Calvin Coolidge is one of those presidents that I don't think about very often. But I just discovered some fascinating information about him at the Uncyclopedia. For example:
- Calvin Coolidge was the 35th president of the United States. Calvin Coolidge was born in 999 AD, and was taught to fire a gun before he could walk. Unable to deal with the recoil at such a young age, the boy absorbed a great deal of brain trauma and was clinically insane before he was eating solid foods.
- He was succeeded by Charles Nelson Reilly, but never left the White House, staying as a freelance guard.
- Coolidge is the only Rosicrucian to serve as U.S. president.
Your mission: remove the protesters from the street while riding a Police Bike.
Protesters are gathered in Center City Philadelphia. You are an officer on motorcycle. It is your job to clear these rogues off the streets so that normal flow of traffic may continue and good honest citizens can get home from work.
It's a fast-loading, action-packed game with lots of violence. You might want to turn the sound off.
Recycled Links Part 69
These links were posted about a year ago at the J-Walk Blog. Good stuff that you may have overlooked.
- Bat World - Animals, not baseball gear
- USA Body Bags - At wholesale prices
- The Tron Guy - I forgot all about him
- Liners Archive - Jokes from the late night TV talk shows
- Ex-Hilarator - Random cartoon /caption generator
- Beautiful Fingernails -- If she'd only cut 'em
- Vending Machines - In Japan
- Octonion Gallery - Using 8-dimensional algebra
Friday, 29 April, 2005
With God On Our Side
I've heard this 42-year old Dylan song many times, but I never really listened to it until tonight: With God On Our Side.
Here's a thing that lets you practice guitar without having a guitar: Le Technique.
LeTechnique is a compact guitar practice device, designed to help you improve your guitar technique. Use it to practice guitar -- fretboard skills on one side, and picking/strumming on the other.
I can't even imagine using such a device. Why not just use a real guitar?
(via Ottmar Liebert -who invented something very similar)
At A Welsh View: How Long Do You Spend Blogging?
What's your routine? At the moment I wake up at 7 and the very first thing I do (it's sad I know) is log on and see what's new. I'll spend about an hour or more composing a few posts.
Same here, except I'm usually up by 5:30am. First thing I do is check my email and blog stats. Then I'm hunting for new stuff to post. Lately, I think I spend about four hours per day on this blog. A true waste of time. But it's fun, and I don't have anything better to do.
Cascading Style Sheets are pretty cool -- basically, a programming language.
Here's a site with lots of interesting demos: CSS Playground.
Problem is, Internet Explorer sucks when it comes to CSS, so lots of the very cool techniques can't be used because (oddly enough) most people still use IE.
These just became available today at eMusic: David Grisman's three "Tone Poems" albums.
- Tone Poems - David Grisman & Tony Rice
- Tone Poems II- David Grisman & Martin Taylor
- Tone Poems III- David Grisman, Mike Auldridge & Bob Brozman
If you like acoustic music, you should have these (a perfect time to take advantage of the free 50-song trial). Remember, these are uncrippled, high-quality MP3 files.
I've got I & III, and I'll get II as soon as my monthly downloads kick in.
Free Daily Download
I just found out about this: eMusic Free Daily Download. A new song every day (I assume).
Today's selection is a smooth jazz tune by keyboardist Dan Siegel.
Last night, George W. said:
"There will be no price gouging at gas pumps in America."
Today's news: Oil prices drop, close below $50 level.
Wow, is he powerful or what?
One More Thing To Worry About
It's not too early to start modifying your code: Computer systems worry over pending "year 10,000" problem.
Concern is building system-wide over a pending problem in computer systems known to software experts as the "year 10,000 bug," a problem which may have catastrophic consequences for computer systems everywhere on the morning January 1, 10,000.
While sentient bios and most constructs will be out partying in the new age that night, computer systems all over the galaxy will suddenly begin miscalculating dates because their designers decided long ago to store the year as a 4-digit number.
The Pillsbury Bake-Off
I have come to suspect that for much of Middle America, the great ameliorator is canned dough. The bake-off finalists press ready-made dough into waffle irons; they wrap it around a filling of mayonnaise, goat cheese, and sun-dried tomatoes; they top casseroles with it and underlay breakfast pizzas with it.
One of the profiled contestants, a burly, observant three-time loser named Steve, recalls trolling the supermarket aisles, imagining everything he encountered encased in either biscuit dough or pie crust. One of Steve's friends, called upon to describe his cooking style, says, "Oh, he'll wrap those little croissants around whatever."
If you plan to enter, here's the official list of qualifying products.
Sunglasses with an MP3 player: Thump 256 MB.
The best part about this is the lack of cords. But for $495, they could at least add a decent amount of memory. 256Mb doesn't cut it.
It was really nice of Microsoft to Link to this blog today.
A photo blog by David J. Nightingale: Chromasia. A wide variety of styles. All of them good.
Wal-Mart Doesn’t Like Parody
An anti Wal-Mart site feels the heat: Wal-Mart attempts to censor parody website.
For several days in April, this address, walmart-foundation.org, hosted a parody of the Wal-Mart Foundation's website. I created a derivative work by changing all of the text and several of the images from the original site. The goal was to make the site look like it could be a real site from a company like Wal-Mart, but have text that was so ridiculous that anyone who read it would realize that it was absurd. If anyone believed it to be a real Wal-Mart site, that is only a testament to the degree of absurdity that exists within corporate America today.
Because the United States still recognizes the right of people to free speech - it hasn't been struck down (yet) as anticompetitive by the WTO - Wal-Mart knew they couldn't go after me for my criticism. So Wal-Mart's high-powered attorneys went after me for copyright violation, threatening the people who were hosting my site with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
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