Friday, September 30, 2005

Guess who?

Try to figure out what these music artists are known by now....

  1. Natalie McIntyre
  2. Ann Mae Bullock
  3. Vincent Furnier
  4. Patricia Andrzejewski
  5. Eilleen Regina Edwards
  6. David Evans
  7. Noah Kaminsky
  8. Richard Melville Hall
  9. Marvin Lee Ada
  10. Helen Folasade Adu
  11. Paul Hewson
  12. Eithne Ni Bhraonain
  13. Declan McMananus

See comments for answers

All-time chart toppers

Did you know 2 of the top 10 best selling singles of all time are Canadian? #9 - Diana by Paul Anka and #10 - Everything I Do by Bryan Adams.

Google circa 1960

Kitty memories

Cats. I love 'em. We used to have 2 before the allergy situation got out of hand. Fear not - they both ended up with good families, thank goodness. Taz, the one on the left, was the only cat I've ever known who played fetch. Ash, the one on the right, had this anatomical anomaly that allowed her to splay her rear legs straight behind her (I don't know - is this normal for a girl cat?). The two had a love/hate relationship with each other. We always accused Taz of bullying Ash until we caught Ash doing the teasing. I loved the way Taz would talk back to us when we'd tell him it was time to vacate the bedroom (if we didn't kick the cats out, we'd never get any sleep).

Snow Art

Calvin & Hobbes (the comic) is a riot. But my favourite series has to be the snowmen art series. I just can't get enough of it. Now you can enjoy it too.

Today's trivia question

This film could technically be the most profitable ever made. It cost $25,000 to make and grossed over $600 million. The film is......? (see comments for answer)

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Aaaarrrr mateys!

Looking for a unique set of towels? Pirates your thing? Say no more.....


Now this is what I call a cool looking bread box.

Perhaps the best concert DVD?

I loves me a great concert. But it's also gotta 'sound' good. Enter the DVD. I've seen a few concert DVDs, but just recently I saw one of the great ones: Eagles - Hell Freezes Over. That was some amazing sound. I was just a tad disappointed at some of the songs they selected to play (I would have liked to hear New Kid in Town and One of These Nights), but I can't find fault with the quality. If you're one of the 15 people who haven't seen it yet (on a good entertainment system) - you ought to go get it.

Message to Pink Floyd's management: Delicate Sound of Thunder..... not yet available on DVD..... get on it.....

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Starting to see the light?

You would think liquid dishwasher detergent would be better than powder. That's the assumption I've made for the longest time and that's what we've been using. But I've never been satisfied with how some of our loads turn out.

We saw a box of powdered stuff really discounted and decided to give it a try. It's too early to tell for sure, but so far we've yet to get a bad load out of it. Another marketing lie fib ploy unmasked?

Stupid cat!

Found some more neat movie clips for ya. Welcome to the bizarre world of PES.

Do not under any circumstances watch the short called "Roof Sex." It'll make you go blind - with laughter!

It'll be almost like being there......

So the NHL season is about to start (5 Oct) and the CBC lockout is still on. So if the football game broadcasts to date are any indication, we are likely to see hockey games televised sans commentators. With the exception maybe of Bob Cole, not hearing any chatter may not be a bad deal. It could be very atmospheric to actually hear what's happening on the ice. I will miss the banter between Don and Ron during Coach's Corner though.

This could become a trend......

Brian Wilson (of Beach Boys fame) wants you to donate to the hurricane victims' cause so much, he's made a deal. If you'll pledge $100 or more, not only will he match it, he'll call you on the phone and chat for a few minutes - answering your questions. I'm not making this up. Is that freakin' cool or what?

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Every opening has a purpose

Here's another splendid movie, this time an animation called Krapooyo. Click on the flower to choose a Quicktime (mov) or Divx version. Very clever.

"H2O represent!"

Want to see why you don't wanna hire nerds to make a music video? Here's why. Check out Astronomyx's Really Big Universe.

It's really bad. No I mean reeeeaaly bad.......

With Firefox you can customize a lot...

Well, I think I have an explanation for why the Mozilla Firefox browser doesn't show up with a huge share of the browser market. It's because there exists a Firefox extension called "Firesomething" that randomly changes the name of the browser every time you load it. You can even add your own words to the extension, so it's quite possible to load Firefox and have it call itself "Mozilla Spacemonkey"......

P.S. Jon: It's a joke. I know that would have no bearing on the stats whatsoever.

Who knew there were so many?

329 genres of music...........

Gots ta gets me some Shoegaze, Junkanoo or Candombe.

"It's only a model.........shhh"

In the market for a castle? This site lists a few. The pictured one would be cool for a mere 1.5 million Euros. Or rent it for 1500 Euros a week.

I'd just like to get to the top and shout down below: "I don't want to talk to you no more, you empty headed animal food trough wiper. I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries." That would be fun.......

Banned books week

OK, here's something I never knew about - banned books (in the US). The American Library Association is trying to get the word out about books that have been banned or challenged (recommended to be banned). All so that you are aware why books have been deemed 'offensive' and so that maybe you can do something about it.

What I find interesting is that a lot of the banned books are offensive due to their offensive language, homosexual and/or sexual content. Yet nobody's going out of their way to ban "The 'L' Word" on TV. Or "Queer as Folk." Or "Soprano's." I'm guessing because banning books is easy to do behind peoples' backs.

Thanks to BoingBoing.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Where's Mr. Canoehead?

A great story on the history of Canadian comics - if you're into that sort of thing.....

Music trivia time (old music....sorry)

I'm a huge fan of music trivia. Try these questions on for size:

1. Who co-wrote the Eagles' hit "Take it Easy" with Glenn Frey? Hint: He's not an Eagle.

2. Name at least one band member of the James Gang (Funk #49) who departed to join another band.

3. In the Pink Floyd tune "One of My Turns" from The Wall, who is saying the phrases "are all these your guitars?" and "wanna take a bath?"

4. Fleetwood Mac had a hit named "Hypnotized", an awesome song. You may notice it is not sung by the regular singers you may know from later evolution of the band. It is sung by someone who left the band to solo for a while. Who is he?

5. Who was the sound engineer who worked on Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon"? Hint: He went on to another big music project.

Check your answers in the comments section....

Pictures only saying one word....each

"Woogle is a search toy based on the ever popular Google Image Search. It creates image messages out of the words in the phrase you entered."

The image above is what resulted from my inputting "white noise rocks" into Woogle......

Many thanks to Bacon and Eh's for the tip.

Best review opener on fall TV pilot.....

From the Calgary Sun:

Jennifer Love Hewitt’s breasts are all that’s super and — so she insists — natural about Ghost Whisperer, an eye-rolling Medium ripoff busting out Sept. 23.

So I guess it's not that good, huh?

Read the fine print......

The marketing weasels got me yesterday. Oh - they got me good.

I love (certain varieties of) Stouffer's Bistro Dinners. They're great to bring to work for lunch. I find they can be expensive though and I'm always looking for a deal. Yesterday, I thought I had found one. Specially marked packages indicated "Buy 2, get $1 off!" Yeah, they cast the bait and I fell for it hook, line and sinker. I didn't notice the fine print: "see coupon on pack for details". Turns out, I couldn't actually get the dollar off until next time. So I have a freezer full of Bistro dinners - but my next few purchases are gonna be discounted.

Conniving bastards!

Sunday, September 25, 2005


Now, is this a cool lookin' car, or what? It's called the "Moovie", it's the winner of the 3rd Peugeot Design Contest.

It has two big electric wheels, which are hollow in the middle, which is where the doors are located. The doors slide along the car to waste less space. The car turns by a system that makes one electric wheel go faster then the other, this system allows the vehicle in some cases to make 360ยบ turns which is great for parking and moving in small city streets.

"We need de space...."

If you like claymation cartoons, then give this Creature Comforts clip a look-see, in which zoo animals discuss what it's like to live there.

Update: As it turns out, Creature Comforts was made into a Brit TV show. As luck would have it, is about to release it on DVD. Coincidences are fun....

I'm waiting................

Perhaps I am too optimistic, but there are things I figure should exist by now - but alas, they do not:

  • trans-continental high speed trains
  • efficient de-salinization to provide water (from oceans) to coastal cities
  • completely transparent (and low cost) high speed wireless access to Internet anywhere there's cell service
  • an end to mail-in rebates (yeah - I know....)
  • orbiting space ports
  • a new great band on par with the likes of the floyd, or supertramp, or zeppelin
  • a completed ring road around Calgary (that was a dig at our city officials)
  • flat rate unlimited long distance telephone calls
  • supersonic airlines
  • any movie or episode of television program on-demand via cable / satellite

I want to do my part

Calgary has been running a pilot curb-side recycling project for a few months. This is to study the effectiveness of instituting a city-wide program. Currently, you have to bring your own recyclables to various drop points. Unfortunately, quite often the bins are full. I'm thankful we have a program at all - but I eagerly await the day when they pick it up at all of our homes.

Meanwhile the city will likely complain about the cost of instituting such a program. I have an idea to help subsidize the cost. If we were able to include the containers (cans, bottles, etc.) that we normally bring in for our deposit back, the city could cash the containers in themselves and use that money to help fund the recycling as a whole. It would mean we'd have to forego our deposit as a form of user fee, but I for one am willing to kiss my deposit goodbye if it means no tax hike to pay for the recycling program.

Of course, this would spell doom and gloom for the homeless - who seem to fund their day-to-day living allowance on containers collected off the street. In a bold move, perhaps the city could hire these people to sort the recyclables. I'm sure they would be willing to do it for far less than a city worker would demand......

Roll call

Maybe I'm wasting my time, but sometimes I like to get a feel for who all's reading my blog. What with the sparse comments and all. If you consider yourself a regular reader, please do me the honour and sign in the comments to this post. Consider it a guest book. First name and location would be nice, as opposed to:

"Anonymous said: I'm a regular reader...."

Saturday, September 24, 2005

I'm a mouse potato

I am positively loving this collection of Office Slang! Some examples:

Beepilepsy - The brief siezure people sometimes suffer when their beepers go off, especially in vibrator mode. Characterized by physical spasms, goofy facial expressions, and stopping speech in mid-sentence.

Blamestorming - A group discussion of why a deadline was missed or a project failed and who was responsible.

Prairie Dogging - When something loud happens in a cube farm, causing heads to pop up over the walls trying to see what’s going on.

It's certainly not a comprehensive list, but it'll get you started.

Japan is cool

From what I hear, there is no other place on earth that takes their vending machines as seriously as Japan. They have vending machines for everything! Eggs, rice, cell phone recharging station (shown), toilet paper, kid's toys, flowers, porn - they even have machines that will take your pop can and give you your recycle deposit back. The Japanese are heads and tails ahead of us technologically, and this is just another example. While you're at the site (follow the link), check out the parking garage!

Friday, September 23, 2005

Is it art? Or is it advertising?

Need some foolishness to distract you for a while? How about Buddy Lee - Guidance Counselor? You can even write on the blackboard! Hard to believe this is just a viral for Lee Jeans....

There's got to be a better way....

Isn't it ironic that an area which has the largest concentration of oil refineries in North America (the Gulf coast of Texas) can't provide enough gas for the residents of the area trying to escape hurricane Rita? I've been reading stories of people trying to escape Houston by car and running out of gas long before reaching their destination. These cars are blocking highways, forcing even more people to run out of gas. One woman didn't find gas until she reached San Antonio - almost 200 miles (320km) away, normally a 3 hour drive that took about 8 hours. Update: another family travelled from Houston to Palestine Texas (170 miles or 274km) in 30 hours. They still had 1/4 tank left. They were driving a Prius hybrid.

In light of the fact that these oil refineries are shut down until Rita passes - which will create yet another gas crisis, maybe it's time to consider that permanently located industrial facilities (like refineries) are no longer viable and must be designed to be movable under certain circumstances. Either that, or they have to be built to be hurricane-proof. Or someone has to do more to deal with the kind of mandatory evacuations that are being forced upon these residents.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Did I really pay for that?

A little over 5 years ago, I had just retired from the Armed Forces and was attending courses to acquire the papers that proved I knew a couple things about computers. I was attending a program during the day (partly taught by a former colleague in the Forces no less) and I was also attending a night course called Net Prep. This was a networking course sponsored by 3Com and was designed to lead you to a type of networking certification. Unfortunately, it was a total waste of money. I was pissed. The instructors were (for the most part) third rate, they didn't even know their subject matter very well and I really felt I had been swindled out of several thousand dollars. I wrote a letter to the school explaining my issues and they basically excused the course as a "beginner's course" in networking. Yeah. A beginner's course that leads to "industry recognized" certification. It must have bombed 'cause they don't offer it anymore.

How about my readers? Ever take a course that really sucked?

Ahhhh yeah!

Habs fans used to chant "Guy! Guy!" for superstar Guy Lafleur of the Montreal Canadiens back in the day. Then the "Guy!" chant passed to Guy Carbonneau, perhaps the best penalty killer of all time. It may be too early to tell, but based on the renewed chant last night during Montreal's clobbering of the Tampa Bay Lightning during exhibition play, Guillaume Latendresse may be the next player to earn the call. He earned the first star and got 2 goals and an assist. He could be the first 18 year old to crack the Habs' lineup since Petr Svoboda.

Next: Real Teens have Real Pimples

I was wondering when advertisers might risk ditching the "100lb-models-as-normal-women" portrayal and start using "real" women. Looks like Dove is steering in that direction with their "Real Women have Real Curves" campaign. But I think we'd agree that these women are still on the "model" side of average. Oh steps, I guess.

A night of laughter

Last night Darlene and I went to see Ron James in concert. He was being filmed for a CBC appearance that will likely air later this year. OMG he was freakin' hilarious! I've always liked his material and last night the theme was Western Canada. Nobody was safe. It was a 90 minute laugh-fest. Here's an excerpt (paraphrased from memory, of course):

"Of course I drive an SUV. But I still try to do my part in the 'One ton challenge'. I yell at the kids to turn the lights off in the basement when they're not down there, but my threats seem ineffective. So I have a new threat. Turn the lights off, or I'm trading in the Four-Runner for a Smart Car. Smart car..........if it's so smart, why does it make you look so stupid?! Did you get a nice big red nose to go with that car?"

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Everybody SCREAM!

You think you know dangerous intersections? Have you been to Saigon? No? Then you are in for a ride my friends. I think the rule here is - there are no rules. But everyone amazingly seems to make it through the intersection in one piece. How do they do it?

Monday, September 19, 2005

RIAA - not evil.....

Jon and I like to discuss things. I guess my cookie analogy got him to thinking about the music industry and here's what transpired.....

Feel free to join in at any time.

A-maze-ing transit system

On the local news they did a study on travel across our fair city by car versus transit. The first trip studied was from the far southwest to an industrial area in the southeast. The car trip took 30 minutes. The transit trip took 2 hours.

Having studied the transit system myself (but not holding a degree in transportation management), I have come to a conclusion regarding our transit system. Its inefficiencies are mired in "small town thinking". Calgary cannot afford to run bus routes snaking through neighbourhoods anymore (see line "1"). The key is to create routes that follow major thoroughfares from one end to the other, like in Toronto (see line "2"). Yes, it will force some users to walk a couple blocks to get to a bus. But it may also make it possible to get to work by bus in less than the time it takes to hit the slopes at Nakiska. It would also take the guesswork out of figuring out where that bus is eventually headed.

Reach for the sky......snoozer!

Trouble waking up? This alarm clock hangs above your bed. After you've set the alarm, the glowing Sfera gradually dims and the music fades as you drift off. When the alarm goes off, you must reach up and tap it, which triggers the snooze function and makes the alarm rise higher. As each snooze interval runs out, you must reach further each time to gain another ten minutes of snooze. When it reaches the ceiling, you have no option but to reach for it and drag it back down to your bed - an action which switches off the alarm and forces you finally to get up.

It appears this alarm isn't for sale yet.

Dah'ling I love you but give me Park Avenue...

I know these days it's totally uncool to watch awards shows like the Emmys. But I'll use my like of Ellen DeGeneres as the excuse this time. Well, surprise, surprise - they actual pulled off some funny stuff on last night's show. The highlight being "Emmy Idol", where classic TV show themes were sung by (in some cases) unlikely artists. Fame was done by some chick from Veronica Mars (don't watch the show - sorry); Jeffersons' "Movin' on Up" by Gary Dourdan from CSI and Macy Gray; Star Trek with the familiar intro by Bill Shatner and the wah- ahhhhhh- ahhh- ahhh- ahhh- ahhh- ahhhhh by opera singer Frederica von Stade. But the couple that stole the contest was Donald Trump (dressed in overalls) with Megan Mullally (and her delightfully squeeky voice) from Will & Grace doing the Green Acres theme. Classic.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

A smorgasbord of Celebrity Jeopardy

Well lookey what I found. The definitive collection of SNL's Celebrity Jeopardy clips. Finally, I get to see them all......

Best found quote on the web this week....

"No matter how big a nation is, it is no stronger than its weakest people, and as long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you might otherwise." ~ Marian Anderson

"Hey Gotham City!"

It's silly - sure, but I howled nonetheless. Chris Tallman's Batman (with toy action figures).

Surprise cameo by Chief Wiggum of the Simpson's.

One of these things is not like the others....

Canadian cities that have curbside recycling:

  • Montreal
  • Thunder Bay
  • Halifax
  • Chilliwack

One that does not:

  • Calgary

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Sound familiar? v2

Let me outline my business model and when I finish, you can tell me whether I'm criminally insane.

I sell cookies. All over the world. They're good too. I scour the land looking for only the best cookie recipes. The best ones get made by us and sold. At first we made huge cookies (spreads hands apart to the size of a record album). They sold well, but there was a problem. They're too big. You couldn't bring them with you. You had to eat them at home. So we found a way to make them smaller (spreads hands apart to the size of a compact disc). And they taste even better. We needed to retool our whole cookie operation. So of course we had to charge a lot of money for the better tasting, smaller cookies. But we promised our customers that sooner or later, the prices would go down. But they never did. And now we make a fortune. Because it costs us a lot less to make these cookies than ever before. But before you complain, we need that money. We spend it on marketing. Because if we didn't advertise, you wouldn't know about our great cookies. From recipes we found.

But now a terrible thing has begun. People got the idea to trade cookie recipes. This allows them to make their own cookies. And that's bad. Because we found them first. And because if people make their own cookies, they won't buy any from us. Then we won't be able to market the great cookies we sell. Then we'd go bankrupt. So we have a solution. We're going to sue anyone who trades recipes. Because we can.

Friday, September 16, 2005


I can't quite remember if I've blogged this before (what with the neurons firing a little less efficiently as one ages), but a quick search of this blog didn't turn anything up on it so.....

Flickr is of course one of the leading online photo sharing sites. If you're not using it, you may also not know about its ability to organize pics into categories, including a category Flickr automatically organizes some photos into on its own - "interestingness". If you appreciate unique photography, or at least unique subject matter, then browsing Flickr's interestingness is going to keep you busy for a while. Try the last 24 hours link or just browse the calendar.

Could CG make Rama a reality?

If you're into CG (computer generated) art, I recommend this site. The artwork is incredibly life-like. I'm quite convinced we aren't very far from realistic movies that don't need live actors anymore (except for voices). Final Fantasy was just (by future standards) an amateur preview. Perhaps it's close to the time when fantastic sci-fi movies based on books like Rendezvous with Rama can be made. Actually, if this can be believed, the script is already being written and the movie will be produced by Morgan Freeman.

Let me waste a little more of your time....

You've seen Wikipedia, right? It's the free online encyclopedia that people can contribute to. It's most cool.....

Well, now there's the Uncyclopedia. Same idea, but at the exact opposite end of the spectrum.

Uncyclopedia is an encyclopedia full of misinformation and utter lies. It's sort of like Congress or Parliament. Unlike Congress or Parliament, however, we do have a sense of humor. Nonetheless, this is one of the only factual pages, before everything turns into a puddle of utter confusion and disarray. Savor it. And for the love of Sophia, we know you like disarray, (and confusion) but stop adding confusion to this non-confusing page which leads to confusion, and possibly disarray. Which we wish to stop. Non-non-confusion, that is. Not disarray. Or is it the other way around?

Sample from an article on Alberta:

Alberta is a dimly lit and frigidly cold land located approximately in the armpit of the country known as Canada. It is entirely peopled by refugees from the civilized world, originally searching for a land of plenty, opportunity and freedom. By process of elimination working west from Newfoundland, most scholars have determined that the land the settlers must have been looking for was Japan, when they were suddenly stymied by the appearance of the Rocky Mountains.

Just for fun, you can just hit the Random Page link and let chance deal you a gem.

"What? Are you chicken?"

I'm sure when the state of Arizona created this LawforKids site, they didn't intend for the material to be funny. Unfortunately for them, it's freakin' hilarious! Bad acting / voiceovers combined with lame story lines adds up to produce some of the finest fun-fests ever. For starters, take a look at 'Toons', then browse to "T.P. Spells Trouble". Classic! Hehehehehe.

Flash me!

I love stumbling upon great web design. So I flipped when I saw this AgencyNet Interactive site. Good use of Flash. This is how it's done.....

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Bill goes to college.....

Bill Gates meets Napoleon Dynamite. What could be funnier? Who's nerdier? This movie (hosted at ifilms) is a capture from an audience member at PDC 2005, so the quality ain't that hot. IDIOT! Unlike other snippets you may find, this is the whole clip.

Napoleon: "So this is my brother and uncle's business. They're pretty much in the dark ages by now - they wanna like clowberate crap."

Bill: " You mean collaborate?"

Napoleon: "Whatever."

"Now my trunk is so organized!"

A friend tipped me off to a treasure-trove of hilarity called "The best of craigslist". It's just a bunch of anonymous submissions. Everything from "To the sleeping naked girl in the apartment across the street", to "A tip for cell phone junkies..." Here's a excerpt from "To the guy who broke into my car last weekend":

Thank you for breaking the rear drivers side window, instead of the front one or the windshield. On my 2-door car, the rear quarter glass (as I have learned it is called) is cheaper to replace than one of the larger front windows, or worse yet, the windshield. You must have somehow known that I don't have full glass coverage, and that i'd have to pay out of pocket to get it fixed. I am sure you had me in mind.

Thank you for not stealing ANYTHING from the inside of my car. You didn't like any of my CDs? They were thrown all over the place, so I know you at least looked through them. I had some empty notebooks in the backseat too. You didn't see a use for any of them either? Maybe you don't go to school. What about my umbrella? Or one of the several cans of fix-a-flat that my dad keeps giving me? Was there really NOTHING in there that interested you?

Thanks Jon, you made my day with this one......

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Small is beautiful

Very witty photos of miniature people posed with comparatively giant sized every-day objects. Excuse the slightly cumbersome flash interface. Very cool......

Props to J-Walk blog

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Sound familiar?

The VCR is a dinosaur. Enter the PVR, like a VCR, but a lot smarter and it records your TV shows to a hard drive. So what? So, that means you could then save the recordings to a DVD. It also means you can skip ahead instantly, unlike a tape.

Want one? You can buy a PVR-in-a-box, buy a cable box with one built in or build your own into a computer - even turn a laptop into a PVR. Unfortunately, the TV industry are as paranoid about the PVR as the music industry is about file sharing. What this means is that commercial PVRs started out having awesome features, but due to pressure from the TV industry - those features are being removed. Unless you build your own. Just thought I'd warn ya.........

More info here, here.


So our Alberta government has hinted they might issue us a "dividend" cheque, but there's no specifics yet. I've heard rumours of $300 per taxpayer. Ralph - if you haven't decided yet, consider the following rules of eligibility:

  • the amount paid is pro-rated based on how many years you've paid tax into the Alberta system.
  • the exception to the above rule is if you are a member of the Armed Forces, because it's not your fault if you didn't live in Alberta your whole career.
  • people who moved here from Saskatchewan should have to pay the government back (ha ha - sorry, I couldn't help myself on that one).
  • if you're an executive in the oil industry - you get nothing, because you're the ones who created this supply/demand situation that resulted in the windfall in the first place.
  • in order to qualify for the cheque, you must be able to use the word "dividend" correctly in an English sentence, in less than 10 seconds.

Now that I've stirred up that pot, let the flaming begin!

Monday, September 12, 2005


Oh my! Samsung has made a 57" LCD HDTV. Only available in Korea for now. Excuse me - I need to get a mop.........

Finally - Worth 1000 goes goth.....

I was hoping this day would come. Not so much for me, but for my "goth-loving reader" (you know who you are). Worth 1000's "If Goths Ruled". Very nice.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Tatoo-free zone

I don't like tatoos - at least not on me. I agree that some tatoos look neat - for now. But seriously, I don't think they'll look neat forever. I am horribly biased. I base most of my tatoo opinion on my dad's tatoo. He got it in the Navy and of course it looks awful now. I know tatoo quality has come a long way, but I'm still convinced those things are going to look pretty dumb (and probably pretty bad) as you get older.

SNL did a funny skit on this very concept.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Maybe I should go into advertising.....

I heard this gem on the radio the other day, then I thought - what a brilliant tag line for the Dr. Phil show:

It's just osophy without Phil. Dr Phil that is.......

OK..................maybe I'll keep my day job a little longer...........

A view from the inside

I stumbled upon an amateur gallery of photos - a fantastic timeline of how things unfolded in New Orleans. This is a gem of a find for one simple reason - it is not tainted or motivated by press sensationalism. It is honest, unbiased and moving.

My apologies, the link works now.

Student takes on Microsoft

David Zamos learns the hard way what kind of company Microsft is - but he takes them on and gives them a taste of their own medicine. This is almost a carbon copy of the kind of tactics the RIAA have been using to get music sharers to settle. In this case though, Davis didn't actually do anything wrong. There's hope for all of us.