Monday, January 31, 2005

Randomly

Randy Hundley's Chicago Cubs Fantasy Baseball Death Camp

You know those index cards with the balloons, or a colored ribbon, that you pay $1 for and then write your name on and then paste up on the wall of various retail outlets? I was at the hot dog place, and these two names were next to each other: "Beaner" and "Swafford". I found that hilarious, and I now add that to my fake historical resume':

1965-1974, Member, Beaner and Swafford- American Folk Duo

Sunday, January 30, 2005

Goddamn cell phones

Can we please stop putting toys into mobile phones and concentrate on making them a bit more reliable? Please?

Friday, January 28, 2005

DVD Madness

You are a member of the proposed settlement class if between December 1, 1998 to September 8, 2003, you purchased certain MGM widescreen DVDs (DVDs for films shot in the aspect ratio of 1.85 to 1 or 1.66 to 1).

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Delicious!

Search Google for "how to make hot sauce" (must use the quotation marks) and this blog appears on the first page. For now, at least.

EDIT: If you search for "Picture of: Mayor of Ruidoso", I'm number three.

Go into your sitemeter and look at your referrer pages. Hilarity.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Hi!

In this story about some moron in radio (Catch It!), we learn that an entire radio show staff has been sacked for being insensitive about tsunami victims. Good for the radio station. We also hear from an old friend:
New York FM radio station WQHT, or HOT 97, repeatedly ran the segment last week on the show, hosted by deejay Tarsha Nicole Jones who uses the on-air name Miss Jones.

Jones and her team were suspended indefinitely, according to publicist Lizzie Grubman, who declined to say whether Jones would feature in another show at a later date.
If I were an ugly publicist, and I did jail time for attempting to murder a throng of people, I don't think I go back into the publicist business. And I am (not) surprised that people hire her.

News Conference!

Prez W is en fuego today. The sputtering, pauses, nervous jokes, etc. Gold. But he's also articulating some positive things he's trying to do, like SS reform.

Friday, January 21, 2005

Goddamn NBC

I really don't like this Zucker guy. Now he's saying that a scandal such as CBS suffered would never happen at NBC. (Because it already did and they fixed it, like, 10 years ago.) Kinda disingenuous, don't you think?

Let the slow death commence

I was feeling in need of comfort, food-style, and where else would I go but Juniors? However, the local Juniors has changed into "Duey Dog." So I got two Duey Dogs and a Jr-Ito (Due-Ito). Shortly, I am sure, I will be praying for death. That's how I like my comfort.

Evildoers

The virus writers have come up with more insidiousness.

The true meaning of the Blog

Sharing ridiculous links! Blue, motherfucker, blue!

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

English!

Isn't the word inaugural an adjective? Shouldn't it be? Is inauguration so hard to say?

Illinois!

Testimonial!

Hilarious

On the WGN morning news here, they did a story about Fox pixellating cartoon Peter Griffen's ass from "Family Guy" because of increased pressure from the FCC. The next story was a preview of some band that's going to be on the show. It went like this:

Announcer: And up next we have the band [name of band]. Here's a little preview:
[music fades in]
...and I love you because you take the shit I put you through...
[fade to lottery numbers]

Monday, January 17, 2005

One of my favorite words

And favorite metals. Burns at 4000 degrees. It's magnesium! Spot the bad science in this piece!

I love engineering.

350 Kilograms of paint! (That's down from 550, simply by removing the chromate!)

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Interesting

A little something about the departing, maligned John Ashcroft. Four years from now, will we be looking back to the relative warmth of his administration?

Friday, January 14, 2005

Add this one to the list

"Sometimes, words have consequences you don't intend them to mean," Bush said Thursday.

Bush was also reported to have said, "sharing is important," and "everybody is special."

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Correct me if I'm wrong:

Couldn't he just quit? Of course, that means giving up all the free shit soldiers get (and deserve, mostly).

Embarrassing

This is embarrassing. I don't really know how many FBI agents there are, but it seems like they are spending a whole lot "per seat" on this disaster.

Ford City:

It blowed up real good!

Monday, January 10, 2005

Pleasantville

My 'review' consists of:

Friday, January 07, 2005

I must be very proud?

This has to be the most anticlimatic certification ever. Unimpressive looking even.



PC Madness

1) I want this memory (750MB .wmv file). From this preview.

2) If anyone is a user of the ASUS P4C800-E Deluxe motherboard, and you get a delay when it's booting with a "Checking NVRAM..." message, look to your fans as the cause. I had a power supply fan that was putting out ridiculous (and spurious) RPM numbers- when I unplugged it, the problem ceased.

No comment necessary

"Fox has rejected a Super Bowl ad featuring a Mickey Rooney wardrobe malfunction"

Also, similarly, eating frapp├ęd rats is no big deal, but a nipple will kill us all?

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Funny guy

Someone is suing Apple.
"Apple has unlawfully bundled, tied, and/or leveraged its monopoly in the market for the sale of legal online digital music recordings to thwart competition in the separate market for portable hard drive digital music players, and vice-versa," the lawsuit said.
That's rich!

1) It seems to me there are all kinds of MP3 players on the market, and the hard-drive identifier is indicative of unit size and storage space, not a difference in technology.

2) You can burn an audio CD with all the songs you've downloaded and do whatever you want with it.

3) Who said iTunes was for anyone but iPod users? There's about 6 other online music stores.

Troublesome

As much as I rail against the paternalism of (factions of) the Left, there is some truth in it: government belongs to everybody. Social Security is an excellent example. Having the elderly eating cat food, unable to care for themselves and starving to death is a burdon on us all, and (through government) we all pitch in so they don't have to do that. The Right says that people are wonderful and will do better fending for themselves. That's partially true, some (most?) people will certainly perform better when they are able to fully reap the rewards of their effort. And so guys like this try to reduce the "entitlements" and allow people to fend for themselves. Standard refrain: "it's your money, you should choose how it's invested." That's great! I know I'd love to get a ~13% raise and dump that straight into the 401k. Set for life, I'd probably be.

There are two problems with that:

1) What happens when everyone else also dumps their money into the stock market? Sure, the innovation sparked by this influx of cash would probably propel society up a rung or so. But wouldn't it even out fairly quickly? And on a macro scale, this is just a way for the big boys to siphon money off the top (even bigger CEO pay, more companies, more board positions, etc.), and for the outright crooks to steal money. The investment -> innovation -> sales -> profit equation is 'lossy' at best, and tends to get worse the more money that is involved.

2) What about the lazy? It's a fact there are people out there who don't plan ahead, don't make good decisions, penny wise and pound foolish, etc. What do we do with them when they can no longer work and they've spent all their money on DVD box sets? That's right. They are once again a burdon on society, and we're back where we started.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Lasers

They found one of the people pointing lasers at airplanes. This guy. Now I'm not going to presume to prejudge a guy based solely on the look on his face, but all *I* know is that if I were innocently screwing around and landed in this sort of trouble, I would be terrified; not angrily defiant as he appears to be. Also, he's full of shit: you don't need a laser to test fiber optics. The POINT of fiber is that (nearly) all the light that goes into it comes out the other end- you don't need highly focused light like that of a laser because the fiber strand and sheathing of the cable takes care of that.

All that you need to test fiber is a flashlight with a shroud that you stick the fiber into. On the other end, you point the end of the fiber at the wall. If you see a dot, it works. It is unnecessary for the dot to be blinding and capable of travelling thousands of feet into the sky.

So, why is this guy lying? I'm guessing he really was screwing around and got caught up in his own lie. But a close runner up is that he's some kind of nut and was trying to down a plane for his own enjoyment. Powerless in every other aspect of his life, he wanted to exert some kind of influence over something...?

Monday, January 03, 2005

Don't fooled!

By imitation imitators!