1. Our administration needs to stop screwing with science

    jake on 2005.06.08
    at 06:25 pm

    We’ve already heard a bunch of times about how our government is setting us back by manipulating facts. So much for our freedoms.

    Philip Cooney, chief of staff for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, made changes to descriptions of climate research that had already been approved by government scientists and their supervisors, the newspaper said, citing internal documents.

    Update: Wonkette has a little more on the subject. Accompanied with a lovely quote…

    Original scientist version: “Many scientific observations indicate that the Earth is undergoing a period of relatively rapid change.”

    Same version after a cool blast of Cooney: “Many scientific observations point to the conclusion that the Earth may be undergoing a period of relatively rapid change.”

    Posted in: Politics · Science

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  2. Hufu?

    jake on 2005.06.08
    at 05:46 pm

    I have no idea if this is a joke or not. I imagine it could be lots of fun around Halloween. I’m also not going to go out and buy some. But if you do let me know if it’s a scam or not.

    According to the web site, Hufu is a tofu alternative to eating real human flesh. If it’s true do you think this would be cathartic for serial killers?

    What does Hufu TM taste like? Does it taste like human flesh?
    HufuTM is designed to resemble, as humanly possible, the taste and texture of human flesh. If you’ve never had human flesh before, think of the taste and texture of beef, except a little sweeter in taste and a little softer in texture. Contrary to popular belief, people do not taste like pork or chicken.

    Posted in: Humor

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  3. Appearance is everything

    jake on 2005.06.08
    at 05:16 pm

    What you assumed was true all along, that people are discriminated for their looks, is actually true. As part of a social experiment Shannon Nichols dressed up in the “goth” style and went out with a friend to attempt to get jobs at Abercrombie & Fitch. Side note: Personally I’ve never bought a single article of clothing form that store. It’s the SUV of apparel. You’d think that perhaps the “goth” girl would be handed an application and not called while the “preppy” girl would be asked to apply and then accepted once they found out she wasn’t a habitual stealer or something.

    But then you’d be wrong. The “preppy” was basically hit on by the on-duty manager and didn’t even need to fill out an application. The “goth” girl was ignored and had a hard time just getting an application. It’s not crazy to think that the “preppy” girl would be hired if only because she already fits the model and presumably would shop at the store. But the polar treatment these two girls received is pretty atrocious.

    “(The manager) talked to me for a long time, and told me that it really didn’t matter that I didn’t have any experience in retail,” Adams says. “He asked what school I went to, and things like that. Then he asked for my phone number so he could call me about the interview.”

    Then, in the next few days, the store manager called her. And called her. And called her.

    “He called me three times before that Friday to remind me about the interview,” Adams says.

    It reminds me of when the Disney Store wouldn’t hire me because I’m male. I just wanted a discount for my brother who was 6 at the time, and I’ve always enjoyed going to the parks. Or this kid Nick from high school who couldn’t get a job at Friendly’s without cutting his hair short.

    From: Boing Boing

    Posted in: Rant

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  4. Brian Blogs Again!

    brian on 2005.06.08
    at 01:12 pm

    Hello. Sorry to be so MIA. Lately, I’ve been busy. Mainly buying a condo near Tufts in Medford. It’ll be nice. Just yesterday I set up a page on my free Backpack account to help us track stuff. Very useful.

    Jake and I also soft-launched a new blog on behalf of our friend Jess. I named it fish_epiphany which was sorta an inside joke, but it probably only makes sense to me. I told her she could change it, but right now, Jess seems so enamored by the site, that she’s yet to figure that it’s really her site and she can object to anything on it! Jake thought it’d be cool to purchase Jess’s somewhat rare last name as her URL. Not too many people in 2005 can buy their lastname(dot)com. Check out her site, it should be much more interesting than our own.

    I’ve also been working on another blog for myself and Amanda. The idea is that I could post stuff there of a personal nature that I wouldn’t want to muck this place up with. There’d be a combo blog (Amanda and I) that would be the front page, based on us putting the same category on the common interest post and then separate sections (defined by author) where we could put anything.

    What would I put there, that I wouldn’t put here? Well this blog is somewhat intended to be general (progressive geek) interest. We don’t do much personal posting about how our day went, or someone’s boss is a jerk, or the gory details about my surgery. For things that are borderline I would sway towards posting them on the other blog, then referencing them here. I’d love to set that to be automatic. If I could have a check box that said “cross-post excerpt to Recently” that would be way cool. I think that function’s going to be a full-manual mode unless Jake is so intrigued that he writes it up. That kid is amazing, not only did he write this place from scratch, but then just for kicks, he added reverse-engineered XML-RPC so we could post from blog writing software like MarsEdit or Ecto Incredible.

    A question I’m batting around is how public to make that other blog. I’ve wanted a place for information for my friends, for example should they be coming to visit they could have specialized directions to my pad. But that’s not information I’d want available to the general public. So I’d have to password protect it. I know Textpattern (generally the software we use to build sites when we don’t make them fully-custom) has the ability, but I’m going to have to figure out how to get it just right, so I can just have a post be categorized as private and it only appears in the protected site. It would not appear in public archives, etc. I’d love to have it be over SSL, too, but that’s a pain. I wish I could do that without having to pay for a certificate. I can create a cert, but then your browser will likely say “this proves nothing to me, since Brian isn’t a trusted source that I recognize.”

    Thanks for letting me think out loud. I’ll keep this site posted with updates on those developments. Maybe Jake will post with info on his bloggish side projects, for his friend and his band… and once we’re done with everyone else, maybe we’ll actually finish our professional services site.

    Posted in: Design · Web

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