Why is it, that when you walk around half the day, and your pants are unzipped, no one has the huevos to tell you? I’ve been walking around since 11AM around the office, to the cornerstore, and to the coffee shop, and not one single person told me my pants were unzipped! It’s not like they can’t see it! I’m 6’5″, it’s probably about eye level. Trust me, if you see me and my pants are undone, I’m not making a fashion statement. Tell me to zip them up!

I’ve been busy the last couple days. There’s a strong probability that we’re opening up a rock venue here in Tyler, and I’ve been meeting with the people I’d be hiring as managers to run the joint. More on that later, but if you’re a long time friend of me, it’ll be modus operandi like the Cedars of Lebanon shows, and the location will be out past Lindale highschool.

I’ve also been super busy banging my head on the keyboard. One of the less fun aspects of the contract I’ve taken here in Tyler is that I’ve got to design a system to acquire data from an old Unix based system that was created by a uninteruptible power supply company. Sounds arcane? It is! Just ask Darrell. We were literally pushing random buttons and having more luck than when we were actualy trying to utilize our cognitive functions to solve the problem.

Sundance.com Festival
Despite the efforts of folks in Hollywood to lock down everything and put up tollbooths for all online content, it appears that some more independent film makers recognize that giving away content online can have strong promotional value. That’s why about two-thirds of the short films being shown at Sundance this year will also be viewable online. It sounds like it’s only streaming, which is a start — but they could get even more value out of offering it in really downloadable form, so that people could watch the video wherever and however they want, while also passing it along to friends to build up more buzz.

Online access to leftist political screeds, gay love stories, environmentalist documentaries, and experimental student films? Be still my beating heart.

Hillary: Left, Right or Indifferent?
In the process of creating the impression that she has shifted to the center, Hillary Clinton is alienating her liberal supporters and even some of her buddies in the media, who criticized her for cosponsoring a bill to make flag burning a crime. One columnist called it one step too far on her journey to the middle.

This week several of Hillary’s lefty pals called her a politician for hire for securing $123 million worth of grants and contracts for big corporations that contribute to her political action committee. The New York senator secured the federal money for individuals and businesses that have donated big bucks to her compaign committee. The beneficiaries range from a Buffalo nanotechnology firm to a cancer research program in Cold Spring Harbor.

Before this new development, Hillary had already been labeled “politically disloyal” by the liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org for breaking with liberals in supporting the Iraq war and several other online blogs, such as Yellow Dog have officially withdrawn their support for the former first lady.

But don’t be fooled by the mainstream media repeatedly labeling Hillary a centrist. The American Consevative Union, the nation’s oldest conservative lobbying organization, has kept track of Hillary’s senate voting record and points out that she is still a big time liberal.

Dumb Joke of the Day
A frog goes into a bank and approaches the teller. He can see from her nameplate that her name is Patricia Whack.

“Miss Whack, I’d like to get a $30,000 loan to take a holiday.”

Patty looks at the frog in disbelief and asks his name. The frog says his name is Kermit Jagger, his dad is Mick Jagger, and that it’s okay, he knows the bank manager.

Patty explains that he will need to secure the loan with some collateral.

The frog says, “Sure. I have this,” and produces a tiny porcelain elephant, about an inch tall, bright pink and perfectly formed.

Very confused, Patty explains that she’ll have to consult with the bank manager and disappears into a back office.

She finds the manager and says, “There’s a frog called Kermit Jagger out there who claims to know you and wants to borrow $30,000, and he wants to use this as collateral.”

She holds up the tiny pink elephant. “I mean, what in the world is this?”

The bank manager looks back at her and says, “It’s a knickknack, Patty Whack. Give the frog a loan. His old man’s a Rolling Stone.”

End of Privacy as we Know It
I found this very poignant critique of the information state and the national ID card system. Check it out.


Courses for Libbers
The NLP was providing five week courses on various topics to increase our effectiveness, such as affiliate building, campaign management & fundraising, among others. I understand these courses will be intensive, and will require much of your time, but it appears it will rely on donations, rather than actual fees. For further information see: http://www.lp.org/lls/.

Germy Keyboards
“A test carried out by Pegasus Lab on account for Swedish magazine PC För alla showed that a normal PC keyboard was infected by more bacteria than a normal toilet seat. More specific it contained 33000 bacteria per square centimeter, compared to 130 on a ordinary toilet seat. The tests also showed occurrence of up to 3100 fungi per square centimeter.” Also note that unless you read Swedish, you still have plausible deniability when asked to windex yours.

I’ll RoShamBo ya for it!
While some people are big fans of the idea of vigilante justice against spammers, it seems only likely to lead to problems eventually. However, with companies such as IBM buying into the idea of vigilante justice on spammers, it’s no surprise that the idea has built up quite a strong following. The latest effort, launched just last month, was named Kick a Spammer in the Nuts Daily (descriptive, yes?) and consists of having a ton of people fill out bogus orders on spammed sites. Brian McWilliams is now saying this method has worked against one spammer who is now begging for mercy. However, as McWilliams notes, it’s unlikely most spammers will give in. Many will figure out ways around these attacks — and they may start attacking back. And, of course, these sorts of vigilante actions way too often end up with totally innocent parties being harmed as well. While it’s enjoyable to see a spammer begging for mercy, the risks of this method mean it’s likely to backfire at some point.

Quote of the Entry:
“Genius might be described as a supreme capacity for getting its possessors into trouble of all kinds.”
Samuel Butler

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