August 25, 2003

Brothers United

Since yahoo IM sucks on the Mac and Thom only sees 10% what I write there, I'll use his new blog.

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I am a Super-Genius

I will RULE THE WORLD with my new blog
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August 24, 2003

A Nerd's Search for Love.

A nerd goes on a date. Let's say there's a 50/50 chance that he'll like her enough to ask for a second date. Likewise, assume there's a similar probability that she'll, in turn, like him enough to accept. This means there is only a 1 in 4 chance of a second date.

Now assume our dating couple is a bit more selective. Each needs a prospective mate to be compatible on physical, intellectual, emotional and sexual levels. For each of these qualities let's once again say that the odds are even for a match. Now the probability of finding your soulmate drops to less than 1 in 100. Thus to find my soulmate I'll need to date, on average, nearly a hundred women - and that's assuming my luck is average, which doesn't seem to be the case recently. I might have to date two or three hundred women to find Ms Right. I'd better get busy.

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August 23, 2003

Thought for the Day

When from our better selves we have too long been parted by the hurrying world, and droop, sick of its business, of its pleasures tired, how gracious, how benign, is Solitude.

William Wordsworth, The Prelude (1805)

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August 18, 2003

A Ballot of Fools

I've toyed with the idea of voting for Arnold Schwarzenegger. Rob Lowe seems to like him. More importantly Warren Buffet seems to like him. What's not to like? He's a moderate Republican, right? Well, honestly I can't tell. Arnold doesn't like answering questions. He's got Pete Wilson running his campaign, who would be difficult to shoehorn into any definition of "moderate". He apparently hung out with Enron's Ken Lay but Arnold says he doesn't really recall anything about it. Ken is not a really popular guy in California - if he campaigned for Arnold here the crowds would most likely show up with torches and some rope. No, I'm really just beginning to think Mr Schwarzenegger isn't a great candidate. Plus, I have to keep looking up how to spell his name.

I think my only other option (aside from wasting my vote on a protest candidate) is to vote for the Lt. Governor. At least I can spell his name - good ol' Cruz Boostemante. Er, Bustimonti... um, Boostimon... Ah, hell, I'm going to bed.

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Random Funniness

I found this picture so funny I stayed up past my bedtime to make sure it got into my blog.

I also discovered today that the laptop computer that was worth over three grand when I got it is now worth 140 bucks on ebay. The computer I'm now considdering replacing it with is worth NEARLY THREE TIMES THAT! Welcome to the low-budget world.

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August 16, 2003

Nerd Hell

I finally found a ssh client that supports file transfers so I can update anything I need to on my web site again. It also runs on Mac OS 8.0 which is great because now I can use my crusty old PowerBook 3400 too. Unfortunately, I can't find a remotely modern browser that supports anything less than Mac OS 8.6 so I'm stuck with Netscape 3.01. Two steps forward, one step back...

In other news: I laughed.

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August 15, 2003

Where's my Duct Tape?!

The power is out in New York! It's not a terrorist attack, but it could have been. If it had been a terrorist attack government officals would have been able to handle the situation. Of course, this demonstrates how vunerable we are to terrorists attacks. Make sure you're stocked up on batteries, plastic sheeting, and duct tape! Terrorist are probably plotting right now how to knock out our power! But don't panic, because this wasn't really a terrorist attack. But it could have been...

*sigh* Luckily the news services aren't talking much about how our deregulated power utilities aren't re-investing in maintaining our power grid. If they did the terrorists might realize they could just bribe the power companies to screw things up. Wait, scratch that. No need to bribe anyone - they're screwing it up just fine as is.

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August 14, 2003

URL Soup

Time for yet another links post:

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I want see-thru Wallpaper...

Being a man means I am a big fan of scantily clad women. Madison Ave has known for a long time that "skin sells". Paige Davis, the host of TLC's Trading Spaces, also gets it. TV Guide gets it. However it just seems to freak-out TLC network execs. I'm debating whether or not I can justify buying this week's TV Guide in order to maximize my TV viewing pleasure. I also have this unexplainable urge to buy some wallpaper...

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August 13, 2003

The Search for a Buxom CPU

"My CPU is okay, but it would be better with Boobies." Rummaging around my weblogs I discovered someone found my page as a result of a search for "AMD Boobies." Hours (okay, 2 minutes) of intensive research revealed a much more appropriate page for the query featuring this gem linking AMD Processors and Boobies:

Posted at 11:39 am on Aug 29th 2001 by Anonymous Gerbil

OK, here's a brainstorm (Listen up AMD ad executives)

We already have the great resource that is Britney's Guide to Semiconductor Physics.

Now take it a step further -- AMD hires Britney to appear on TV commercials explaining the MHz myth to the masses. We have the conflict between the public's short attention span vs. boobies. Boobies win every time. Problem solved, AMD sales skyrocket, and there is much rejoicing.

How much could it possibly cost? She already sells Pepsi. Alternately, if Anna Kournikove is done filming Lycos commercials, she would be an excellent fallback choice.

Can you imagine the headlines if AMD CPUs actually had boobies? Nerd burns hand feeling-up CPU. Sues AMD

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August 08, 2003

$500 Hammers in search of Problems

Over at The Daily Dystopian there is a story about defense spending that everyone should read.

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August 01, 2003

Computer Crimes

My computer is engaging in illegal operations and I don't want to be an accessory to a crime so I would like you to come arrest it.

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Random Links for Inquiring Minds

Here's a link explaining why unsolicited bunk e-mail is called spam. Why did I post that link? I just thought it was funny, I didn't expect a kind of Spanish Inquisition!

I was surprised to learn that George Bush actually lives in Columbus, Ohio.

What do you get when you have sex with marshmellows and chocolate graham crackers? A S'more-gasm!

In case you've ever wondered, "Who is thom?" Here is your answer. The executive summary of thom follows:

thom is a one eyed depressed elf
thom is an award winning playwright and an experienced stage and tv actor
thom is too good for their webring
thom is a magician
thom is now available for a limited number of telephone consultations
thom is a writer
thom is an ok person
thom is all thumbs
thom is almost a "native" minnesotan
thom is undeniably an expression of the highest genius
thom is scottish
thom is pissed off at someone
thom is known for his development of catastrophe theory
thom is sexy
thom is not elayne's father
thom is still touching lives for the better
thom is smoking a cigarette
thom is a native of the lehigh valley and is therefore well known in music circles as a talented musician
thom is wearing a glass helmet on which the lyrics are reflected
thom is to be credited with the invention of the subject of archaeoastronomy and with a number of interesting observations and theories
thom is not available for any "walk around" work
thom is not the "watch how dangerous this is" type of sword swallower
thom is not confident of a good turnout
thom is the expert at keeping the temperamental machines running
thom is past president of the nevada veterinary medical association
thom is a nationally registered emergency medical technician
thom is a city of temples
thom is happy to be going home citing family reasons for the move
thom is son of the legendary merle travis and he learned from the best
thom is not shoving it down your throat or handing you a tract
thom is in front and then jonny and colin are behind him and them behind them are phil and ed
thom is one of the original "photographica" collectors in the country
thom is sailing on the ijsselmeer
thom is joined on the record by friends who represent the best in musicianship in ireland
thom is singing quite a bit more
thom is the ferocious frontman who puts everything he's got into his art
thom is the portland state female athlete of the week after leading portland state in kills both nights
thom is unclothed with no frontal nudity
thom is seen as a 'story teller' as opposed to the subject of the video
thom is behind all the good evil in this game
thom is getting into whiny attention
thom is proficient in many programming languages and will supervise the company's software development team and act as a liason between customers and developers
thom is huge
thom is surrounded by a wall eight metres high and twelve kilometres long
thom is the editor for the wayne county ny hog newsletter
thom is learning from some of the most influential thinkers of our time in several disparate areas of study
thom is training for the top bodybuilding title in the country
thom is back on the air
thom is exactly who he says he is
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