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Friday, July 08, 2005
Thought of the day
From our friend and deep contact in the CIA, The Covert Comic:
"I put a dollar in a change machine in 1980. I've been afraid to put in another one ever since."
The next time I go on vacation, I'm going to make certain it's somewhere that doesn't have cell phone coverage. Like downtown Chicago.
The 7-11 at the entrance to South Park in suburban Pittsburgh has a sign that reads, "State minimum prices on cigarette packs or cartons or lower." Lower than the minimum?
Local television news really sucks, but not as much as cable news. There is enough news out there for 24/7 coverage, but all they offer is mindless repetition. E.B. White was right: "Television hangs on the questionable theory that whatever happens anywhere should be sensed everywhere. If everyone is going to be able to see everything, in the long run all sights may lose whatever rarity value they once possessed, and it may well turn out that people, being able to see and hear practically everything, will be specially interested in almost nothing."
Finally got around to seeing the movie version of The Phantom of the Opera, which is, to paraphrase a review of Jose Canseco's book Juiced, not yet the worst DVD of the year, but is, at this point, is the worst DVD in 100 years of cinema. It's a big steaming turd of a musical, miscast and badly acted. The beefcake du jour in the title role, Gerard Butler, sings like a Tasmanian Devil with croup, and the "horrible disfigurement" responsible for his unfortunate circumstances turns out to be an untreated bee sting.
It reminds me of a rich suburban high school's approach to staging a musical: throw money at it. Rent sets, lighting, and costumes from a real theatrical supplier, hire a professional string section and other key musicians to shore up the pit band, and make certain the production is technically flawless. Which is fine, except you still have to endure high schoolers pretending to be adults, and a director who should be teaching physical education.
Boy, those French are sore losers, aren't they?
Thursday, July 07, 2005
Google continues its plan of world domination
If you have a broadband internet connection and a computer less than about two years old, then you need to get Google Earth, the latest and greatest whizbang from the kids at Google Labs.
This is one of those programs where you just sit there and drool on the keyboard in stunned amazement.
Google Earth is an interactive satellite map of the whole freaking planet.
Put in an address and "fly" there. Zoom out several million miles, or down to a thousand feet or so.
It's like being God, if God used a Windows-based GUI interface.
Quote of the day
"...Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said that the insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan were forcing the Pentagon to rethink its ability to lie about two wars at the same time."
Andy Borowitz, The Borowitz Report
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
Quote of the day
"Elsewhere, NASA scientists said that the contact between the Deep Impact space probe and the Comet Tempel 1 was the largest head-on collision not involving Billy Joel."-Andy Borowitz, The Borowitz Report
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The firstname.lastname@example.org e-mail address is now something other than email@example.com saga.
kgbreport.com used to be kgb.com until December, 2007 when the domain name broker Trout Zimmer made an offer I couldn't refuse. Giving up kgb.com and adopting kgbreport.com created a significant problem, however. I had acquired the kgb.com domain name in 1993, and had since that time used firstname.lastname@example.org as my sole e-mail address. How to let people know that email@example.com was no longer firstname.lastname@example.org but rather email@example.com which is longer than firstname.lastname@example.org and more letters to type than email@example.com and somehow less aesthetically pleasing than firstname.lastname@example.org but actually just as functional as email@example.com? I sent e-mails from the firstname.lastname@example.org address to just about everybody I knew who had used email@example.com in the past decade and a half but noticed that some people just didn't seem to get the word about the firstname.lastname@example.org change. So it occurred to me that if I were generate some literate, valid text in which email@example.com was repeated numerous times and posted it on a bunch of different pages- say, a blog indexed by Google- that someone looking for firstname.lastname@example.org would notice this paragraph repeated in hundreds of locations, would read it, and figure out that email@example.com no longer is the firstname.lastname@example.org they thought it was. That's the theory, anyway. email@example.com. Ok, I'm done. Move along. Nothing to see here...
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