June 24, 2003

Spin. Spin. Spin.

Here is a great article about spin...

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June 22, 2003

Cynical Quote of the Day

The law is not blind, it can definitely see the size of your wallet.

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Searching for my Monkey

Was just looking at my handy Chinese calendar horoscope. Apparently I was born in the year of the dragon. It says:

You are eccentric and your life complex. You have a very passionate nature and abundant health. Marry a Monkey or a Rat late in life. Avoid the dog.

I have to marry a monkey or a rat? I choose monkey.

In other news, I discovered Eric Alterman, the author of "What Liberal Media?", has a blog. It's pretty active and some interesting links show up there from time to time.

I always enjoy a good parody. Be sure to check out the review of William Bennett's newest book: Gambling, The Christian Way .

Here's an article on MSNBC about homeland defense. Towards the end of the article it points out the administration is pushing hard for it's ICBM missile defense shield at a cost of $9.1 BILLION. What kind of missile is most likely to be used by terrorists in the near future? A shoulder fired anti-aircraft missile. Adding equipment to all planes world-wide to protect them against these missiles would cost about $10 BILLION, but is considered "too expensive."

I saw this articlethe NYTimes website but now they want $2.95 to read a single article from a newspaper that costs (I'm guessing) 25 cents. I wish the NYTimes good luuck at selling their content on the web with a several hundred percent mark-up.

Understanding Punctuation is Good.

Finally, here's an inspiring piece by Bill Moyers titled, The Progressive Story of America.

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June 18, 2003

My Confused Digital Assistant

My Sony Clie got very upset the other day and decided to perform a hard reset in frustration. When I went to use my wireless keyboard I discovered the driver for it had somehow been deleted in the reset and restore from backup process. I'm not posting this blog entry because I think anyone will care, but because the manufacturer's website was so hard to find (even google couldn't find it) I wanted to save the links here in my blog where they are easy to find.

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June 17, 2003

The Evils of Public Education

Debbie Riddle, a Texas Republican state representative, recently opined, "Where did this idea come from that everybody deserves free education? Free medical care? Free whatever? It comes from Moscow. From Russia. It comes from the pit of hell." Apparently they don't teach history in Texas. I don't know where the first free public education system was, but I think we've had public education in this country for close to 200 years. Some crackpots called the Founding Fathers thought it was a good idea - if only Debbie had been there to set them straight to how evil it truly is. I agree with her on free medical care though. I prefer the current system where I can get health care (as long as I can afford it) and poor people, well, have the freedom to get sick and die young.

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June 07, 2003

Better Living Through Lawyers

There should be a reality TV show called I'm crazy and I'd like to prove it! Wait, it already exists but is called The Jerry Springer Show.

Software and Lawyers. When numerous Foundstone employees expressed their dissatisfaction with working conditions by quitting and defecting to a rival start-up, NTObjectives, lawyers were consulted. The Foundstone lawyers' solution: sue NTObjectives. A soon-to-be-former-employee at Foundstone was aghast. Foundstone management got the satisfaction of firing this ungrateful, whining, unperson employee. The former employee gets the satisfaction of being right. Foundstone finds itself accused of massive software piracy. While I'm sure the penalties probably run into the hundreds of millions and involves first-born children they should just be glad they weren't pirating music, otherwise they'd be facing some really expensive fines.

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June 02, 2003

Eat It or I'll Sue!

Apparently an Italian food critic reviewed his local McDonald's restaurant. He described the food (accurately, I think) as "repellent" and compared its burgers to rubber and its fries to cardboard. What does McDonald's do? Work to improve the quality of their food? Ha ha ha! Yeah, right. Nope, they are sueing him for undisclosed damages (possibly as much as the $25million it spent on advertising in Italy last year).

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Dude!

"Let me explain something to you. Um, I am not Mr. Lebowski. You're Mr. Lebowski. I'm the Dude. So that's what you call me. You know, that or uh, His Dudeness, or uh, Duder, or El Duderino if you're not into the whole brevity thing."

I also miss my JPEG Baby very much, too.

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