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  1. What are you thinking Sidney, NY?

    jake on 2010.10.08 at 12:04 pm

    The town should have spent its energy visiting the soccer hall of fame. Then maybe it would still be open.

    Town Wants Muslim Graveyard Gone (via digg)

    p.s. How does NY State get so many hall of fames? They’re all out in the middle of nowhere.

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  2. Over analyzing things out of frustration: Mummy Edition.

    jake on 2008.08.04 at 01:57 pm

    Saturday was a lovely day. After an afternoon at Connecticon and a lovely dinner with some “awesome” friends we attended a showing of The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. Whoops.

    I’d like to preface this by saying I didn’t run screaming from the theater or attempt to jab Twizzlers into my eyes. There are worse movies in existence. But I spent more time laughing at this movie than with it. Pretending this movie can be spoiled, spoilers follow.

    You may have seen yeti being showcased in the previews on TV. Well there are a few of them, and they’re good guys. Yes, two protagonists can speak Yeti (Brendan Fraser, Rick, marvels at this himself) and ask for some hairy help. While the yeti run around in weak CGI pummeling the Dragon King’s minions I hit my breaking point…

    During the tussle a yeti kicks a soldier over an entryway. He checks with another yeti who throws up his arms signaling a successful field goal… What?! This is taking place in 1947. How would a creature out in the Asian wilderness know anything about American Football? He could not have seen it on the barely existent television. I doubt he came to the States to watch it live. Wasn’t it derived from rugby? Are you telling me that the yeti actually invented the sport and Mr. Camp took it from them?

    My suspension of disbelief only goes fairly far. And the new Mummy movie broke it. Broke it hard.

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  3. HTML5 Doesn't Like You Citing People

    jake on 2008.02.21 at 12:01 am

    Yesterday Mark Pilgrim pointed out something odd in the HTML5 draft spec. In the reference for the cite element (including a snarky comment) the author has declared that people cannot be cited. At least not with the cite element (neither can ships, but they only really offer wisdom in cartoons). As we push for more semantics this draft pulls them away.

    A person’s name is not the title of a work — even if people call that person a piece of work — and the element must therefore not be used to mark up people’s names.

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  4. Michael Vick Is Inhumane (probably)

    brian on 2007.07.18 at 11:51 am

    If Michael Vick is found guilty, then I think he should hang. Or be electrocuted. Or his body slammed on the ground until he dies. Or death by firing squad.

    These are the ways federal officials accuse Vick of killing numerous dogs that were otherwise raised to participate in dog fights – usually battles to the death.

    So, in the same vein, I guess it would be OK if we treated Vick like a bull in a ring – stabbed until he succumbs to death.

    I guess you could say I have zero tolerance for animal cruelty. Do unto others…

    Instead, I doubt he’ll serve a minute in jail, pay a fine that may not even amount to one day’s salary for him, and the NFL will likely give him couple days off as “punishment.”

    I suggest instead that he be banned from professional sports and his fortune given to charity. May I suggest the ASCPA?

    (this is a little off topic for this blog, but this is something I feel strongly about, and I have more readers here than on my other, anything-goes blog. Also, thx to Jess for bringing the story to my attention initially. )

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  5. Save a buck, at what cost?

    brian on 2006.11.12 at 02:43 pm

    I read a pair of blog posts this weekend on the fact that you can buy eye glasses for enormous savings online. Apparently this is an epiphany to many people. One optometrist wrote in with a counter point which was replied to in another post. She did little to endear herself to the value-oriented public, by making her arguments based on quality. Perhaps more quality than the general public is looking for.

    I found myself replying to that at length, with a host of knowledge I’ve accumulated over my years of family involvement in small retail businesses. Below is the reply I posted…

    Let’s just remember, if you don’t want to shop at a retail store, that’s fine. Don’t. But don’t go into the store, use their inventory to make your buying decisions, talk to their employees, breathe their A/C, use their lighting… because that’s essentially stealing. It’s akin to going into a restaurant, sitting down, eating their breadsticks and water, then leaving without paying. Those things aren’t on your check at the end of your meal, but they cost money. Their costs are covered in the price of your meal. Small businesses have enough trouble surviving with the predatory practices of big box stores, the same ones you complain about their service, yet so many Americans shop at these stores and decry the death of their mainstreets…

    But who makes these beloved main streets? Small businesses.

    My reply is continued in the read more link…

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  6. I wish I could stop hearing about the fake “Cyber Monday”

    jake on 2005.11.30 at 05:26 pm

    I started getting frustrated by Mr. Kottke’s blind regurgitation about “Cyber Monday” but luckily he was put straight by a couple other readers.

    “Cyber Monday” (Notice those quotes?) is in fact a press release from an online retailer. It’s actually a wonderful work of fiction. Business Week sets us straight (from Forevergeek)

    For most online retailers, the bigger spending day of the season to date was way back on Nov. 22, three days before Black Friday. What’s more, most e-tailers say the season’s top spending day comes much later, between around Dec. 5 and Dec. 15.

    DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE. So what’s up with this Cyber Monday idea? A little bit of reality and a whole lot of savvy marketing. It turns out that Shop.org, an association for retailers that sell online, dreamed up the term just days before putting out a Nov. 21 press release touting Cyber Monday as “one of the biggest online shopping days of the year.”

    Gotta love how all the news outlets follow blindly after reading a press release. Anyone have a good idea for a ludicrous press release we can send out?

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  7. My life in a nutshell

    brian on 2005.11.01 at 01:26 am

    Again, extreme apologies to our six readers. I’ve been an utter slacker and haven’t written in almost a month! How can I pick on Jess, if I don’t walk the walk?

    OK, actually, I’ve been very busy. Including hand-crafting some paper (the other white media) with Amanda that we’ll shortly shipping en masse from the US Postal Service.

    And trying to learn FileMaker Pro to create a database of our wedding info. And trying to make a wedding website. And trying to write an engagement announcement, and revive my Photoshop skills to edit the accompanying photo.

    And trying to update my own website. And trying to deal with random requests to build websites for unknown businesses from God-knows where (sorry!).

    And trying to start my 401k. And working 40 hours a week at the world’s coolest and never a dull moment company, despite having to ply my trade in an urban mall location.

    And trying to start up a couple little for-work projects in my own time, so I can get noticed and move up in the world (and hopefully out of the mall and off weekends)

    Did I mention I was trying to re-sharpen my CSS skills? (Jake has become our lone pro-level CSS ninja, as my kung-fu has weakened to dangerously low, merely-informed-hobbiest levels).

    Also I’ve batted around the idea of going back to school. A excellent candidate for an institution is walking distance from our home. Except I’d have to get my beloved company to pay for it because I have a mortgage, wedding and car to pay for. But at least I could walk to class.

    If I could go back to school, I would look to study how to use often-overlooked, simple education technology to further goals of learning. Specifically, simple, light-weight web technologies, which load fast on even remote, dial-up connections. Of course, they would have to be web-standards compliant, and platform independent. It would leverage as much free software and possible. Once that framework is in place, then I would address the great deficit of design in ed tech.

    So much great info, so little usable design. How can someone use a website to learn, if they first need to learn to use the website? What a waste!

    What would I do if I accomplished all of this? Well there is a wealth of weather data and weather webcams… and not a nice site in the mix. Nothing a little taste, CSS, and XML couldn’t address.

    Of course, we still don’t have curtains in our new home. And I have about 30 other things I should address in here. Need a new TV because this one’s on the fritz. We’ve been waiting to purchase our mountain bikes. My birthday is coming up. I also should be writing more on this blog. I should investigate local Medford politics so I can vote in a week. Or, is it tomorrow? Am I even registered here? Have I paid our electric bill? Why can’t I pay that online? When should I mount our snow tires? When will I get the car in for an oil change, and a new ignition cassette? Let’s not forget this next doctor’s appointment!

    Then of course, we’d finally redesign on our own weblog.

    But at least I got to take two days in the Adirondacks. I should post the pictures, they’re beautiful. If I can find the time…

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  8. Kottke goes to Ireland (a while ago).

    jake on 2005.09.08 at 11:34 pm

    I had these two tabs open foooooorever. They both involve Jason Kottke and Ireland. Ireland is a lot of fun and Jason took a bunch of pictures.

    The other is from his remaindered links. A guide for the un-initated to buying Guinness in an Irish pub. Just remember, it’s “sláinte,” not “cheers.” Cheers is English, you’ll enjoy a canon ride over the channel for that one.

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  9. Work Road Trip

    jake on 2005.08.18 at 12:25 am

    Well I’m off on my first ever work related trip. I’m meeting with the IT guys of one of our divisions to discuss web related things. After a nice four hour drive I made it to Sidney, New York. The drive out here was beautiful and relaxing.

    The town I’m staying in is about twenty miles away. Oneonta is a bit more developed than Sidney. It has a nice little main street that could be developed with some work. I’m not sure there’s a population to support it, but it’s charming and I wouldn’t mind seeing the community strengthen.

    The Autumn Cafe is a great place to eat if you visit. I had a nice healthy sandwich and offset it with a Bass ale. Can’t be too health conscious.

    Oneonta is the home to the National Soccer Hall of Fame. I didn’t even know it existed. It’s terrible I cannot visit it this time.

    Speaking of soccer (football), I was upset to miss the first US Mens Connecticut match at Rentschler field this evening. Luckily it’s being aired on ESPN2. I’ll have to get tickets next time.

    Have a good night Internetland…

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  10. Tipped Off

    brian on 2005.08.10 at 11:54 pm

    I completely agree with this article.

    It basically says that tipping in restaurants is a stupid idea. Let’s give these hard working people a standard wage. Tipping benefits no one except the restauranteurs who get to pay their employees much less than minimum wage and expect the patrons to make up the rest.

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  11. Chai

    jake on 2005.07.11 at 07:47 pm

    Well today could have been a lot better. It looks like I’m gonna be drinking a gallon of tea when I get home to relax.

    Naturally this segues easily into Xeni Jardin’s post about chai. She links to Hob Gadling’s complaints of how western culture has screwed up chai.

    The one thing he doesn’t point out is if you go to India and order chai, you are given tea. There’s no vanilla in it or anything. The spices are an accessory. He does give you a method for making the tea, which if you pay attention, does not include anything but black tea. And I quote…

    • Tea-bags (Black tea only, try Brooke Bond Red Label or Brooke Bond Taj Mahal available at your neighborhood Indian store. If you can’t get those, try Twinings English Breakfast)
    • Sugar
    • Water
    • Milk (Vitamin D is the best, you can make do with 1% or 2%.)

    So when you say, “I want a Vanilla Chai,” that’s fine, but if you’re saying, “I’d like some Chai tea,” you’re effectively repeating yourself. Thank you Starbucks

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  12. Don't let them take Katie...

    jake on 2005.06.11 at 12:45 am

    I find pop culture gossip to be interesting. What attracts us to it? And why the hell do we famous people who contribute nothing? Well right now I don’t really care. This is actually a post on Scientology. All the publicity around Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes got me thinking about the peculiar “church” and why so many celebrities join. And why the heck don’t they get that their religion doesn’t make much sense?

    I’m no expert on the subject so I will let my links do the talking. So far I’ve found out that it’s not really a religion at all. And you need to pay into it to gain status. Sounds perfect for celebrities. Quite simply it is a cult.

    The ongoing controversies involving the Church of Scientology and its critics include:

    • Scientology’s harassing and litigious actions against its critics and “enemies.”
    • Differing accounts of L. Ron Hubbard’s life, (critics charge Scientology with being a cult of personality, with much emphasis placed on the alleged accomplishments of its founder). Scientologists claim that government files, such as the FBI, are loaded with forgeries and other false documents detrimental to Scientology.
    • Deaths of Scientologists due to mistreatment by other members.
    • Scientology’s disconnection policy, in which members are encouraged to cut off all contact with friends or family members critical of the Church.
    • Criminal activities by some members of the Church of Scientology.
    • Claims of “brainwashing” and mind control.
    • Accounts of L. Ron Hubbard discussing his intent to start a religion to make money.

    I don’t wish to speak ill of anyone but Scientology really creeps me out. I’ll let you make up your own mind of their intentions. Let’s hope Ms. Holmes is careful and rationalizes what’s going on around her.

    Less ranty update: Maybe she’ll be strong enough to resist when they start talking about dead aliens.

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  13. 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

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  14. Copy Protection Sucks.

    jake on 2005.03.18 at 12:40 pm

    Green Day - American Idiot CoverFor the first and hopefully not the last post of the day I have a little story about copy protection and how it fails. I’ve read many remarks on Techdirt about how Copy Protection (not just music cds) does nothing but inconvenience people who would normally be honest customers. And now I have a personal experience which shows that.

    My brother owns the latest Green Day album and needed to make a copy of it. Now he ended up just ripping the CD into mp3’s and re-burning it. Not the quickest way, but still effective in making a copy. I got curious and had him bring it home so I could try with my off the shelf software. I made a perfect copy without flinching.

    Now you may ask, well who cares, you made a copy, maybe there wasn’t even copy protection to begin with. Well there is, and I hit it head on, when I tried to play it. I played both my copy and the original in my PB but it would not play in my PC. Hell it didn’t even show up as an audio CD, or as a CD at all. According to my brother it did that to him too.

    The scarier part is that since I did not hold down the shift key on first insert I may have unwllingly let it install sotware in the background on my machine. And as I understand it, this stuff can be a bitch to get off. Fuck you Warner Brothers. You have joined the ranks of spyware/malware ass holes. It’s nice to know you have no problem upsetting my Mom when she wants to play a CD, but the real pirates don’t even notice a hiccup…

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  15. I'm sorry sir, that's disgusting. I can't let you off with a warning.

    jake on 2005.03.15 at 07:32 pm

    VW Gen IV GolfI don’t think I’ve gotten a parking ticket since college. A speeding ticket yes, but not a parking ticket. Scratch that, I got a whopping $10 parking ticket while going to the print shop to make copies of my portfolio to send out.

    Well the other night I got a parking ticket in New York City. The only problem being, I haven’t driven through NYC since last summer. And I never left the car when I did that.

    But apparently my Golf was parked on 2nd Ave. at 3:15 in the afternoon. Nevermind me working or anything like that.

    So now I am contesting it. I got my boss to sign a document stating I was here all day. And I got the network logs as proof that my personal machine was in use at the time of the ticket.

    The thing that worries me is unless it was a clerical error why the hell does someone have the same CT plates as me? Of course the summons just has the plate and that it’s from CT. Not a description, so it could be someone with replicas of my plates. I highly doubt it, but let’s hope I’m not getting cops knocking on my door for some major crime in the near future.

    We’ll see what New York has to say, and then I’ll update this.

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  16. Warner and Verizon look to fleece customers more.

    jake on 2005.02.01 at 01:23 pm

    Engadget is letting us know about a new arrangement between Verizon Wireless and the Warner Music Group. The basic premise doesn’t sound too bad. Using their new VCast service you can download video clips for $15 bucks more a month.

    The real kicker is that that’s only for basic content. $15 bucks just to get some news clips. To get the “premium content” you have to pay more. Now $3.99 might not kill you to download a game, but they actually expect you to pay that much for a music video. A music video? I realize that MTV doesn’t show them anymore ;) but you can download music videos all over the place for free. The whole thing about MTV is that it’s publicity. Your video is shown in heavy rotation and just like on the radio you hope that it increases record sales. Who in their right mind would pay $3.99 just to put a music video on their cell phone?

    I’d much rather just make the clips myself and put them on my phone, though I often wonder how much fun watching The Daily Show would be on a 1.5” screen, Verizon has already proven they just want money. In fact I may jump ship when my account is up this year…

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  17. Random Links

    jake on 2005.01.10 at 05:21 pm

    • I noticed on the Superficial a funny spoof of The Ashley Simpson Show.
    • The site that linked to that originally also had a link to a video of the 4-year old drummer. His fills could use a little work, but in general he plays very well for someone his age. He could be cool when he’s older if he doesn’t get full of himself. Otherwise I’ll have to start referring to him as “The Mediocre 34 Year Old Drummer.”
    • Gizmodo relays us to some interesting features on Hacking Netflix about adding profiles to user accounts. It has many benefits but I wonder if they thought about pushing movies up the queue if multiple profiles (family members perhaps) request a movie. I’m kinda excited to switch over from my Blockbuster account which I got while trying to barter referrals for my Free Camera
    • Unleashed is a new movie starring Jet Li, Bob Hoskins, and Morgan Freeman, looks pretty cool. Too bad Li spends the movie trying not to kill people. ;)

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  18. Quick Complaint about Weather on the web.

    brian on 2004.11.26 at 11:21 pm

    Why is weather.com so damn slow?

    I swear if Weather Underground weren't so ghastly ugly (and unblockable DHTML pop-on-top ads! There's a big F*U to your users!), if NOAA wasn't so blasé, I'd switch in a second.

    Of interest: NOAA's Experimental Graphical Forecasts. Still ugly, but innovative. Why do we still have monospaced 60's-era-computing-aesthetic fonts on the web? They belong in a museum.

    Lastly, creatively Boston.com autoloads NECN's video forecast into the weather.boston.com page. I can't imagine what it does to a dial-up user's experience, but at least they had the good sense to have the sound auto-off by default. Also, I object to WindowsMedia, but what am I expected to do? Would Flash video be lighter weight? And of course, I'd like to know when the stupid thing was recorded, and how often its updated. The current conditions (like most sites) cite when its information was culled, why not the video?

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  19. What the f....

    jake on 2004.09.16 at 05:45 pm

    I have two things to talk about here that have pissed me off recently.

    You mean it's all the way over there?...

    I have been suffering from a lovely sinus infection and today I forgot my meds. So I drove home (about six miles) around lunch time. On the way back I witnessed a Hummer pull out of a parking lot with a bunch of stores. Drive about twenty feet. And turn right, into a group of office buildings about one hundred yards from the main road.

    Thank you Sir for being so lazy you couldn't walk across the street and instead had to drive your monstrosity of a vehicle and damaging the environment that little bit more that it needed.

    Spam that makes me sick.

    At work one of my crappy daily tasks is to sift through the general email account for the company. It naturally was displayed prominently on the corporate site (before I came along and changed it) and enjoys hundreds of spam messages a day.

    In reading one of these messages I found what appears to be not only a virus laden message but also a phishing scam. Only it's not asking me to go to some random bank web site and enter my account info. No it's asking me to donate money directly to a man in Latvia who's wife was killed and daughter injured in the terrorist takeover in Beslan, Russia. It's one of those messages with embedded things (besides the virus) and tones of junk text to get past spam filters, it's definitely spam.

    Dear Brothers and Sisters.
    My wife Karina was lost in result terror at school of city of Beslan, and 11-years daughter Alina, now to be in the Central Krasnodar hospital, in very heavy condition.

    At her a gunshot wound and strong burns. The daughter constantly calls mum. I do not know that to me to do. I would not want to live. I live only one dream: to see the daughter healthy, happy that she went and it was pleased lifes.

    I live and worked two years in Latvia on earnings and dreamed to return back. As long I was in distances from a house as I regret that have left them and consequently could not save them, I never shall forgive to myself. You see with it it is impossible to live! I am simply compelled to ask about the help of everyone who may help ours grief. As soon as Alina it becomes better we for ever we shall leave from here where all reminds a pain of loss. I shall be glad to any answer and any help. I am sorry for my bad English.

    What followed was allegedly bank information for where you should send your money.

    I got that less than a week after the incident. Who could stoop to such a level and use the victims of a terrible incident as sympathy to try to illegally get money. It just boggles my mind.

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  20. My Neighbor The Spider

    jake on 2004.08.28 at 02:28 am

    Jeez, and I thought humans were awkward when it comes to sex. I have a nice big spider living right outside my back door. I just watched for about ten minutes as a smaller, I assume male, and her tried to mate. They spent a lot of time just trying to get into position, though it might have something to do with turning into dinner.

    I really wish I had a macro lens but I might try and take some shots of her anyway and hope for the best. She has a nice web and is a pretty spider. I'm just glad I'm not afraid of arachnids. :)

    On a similar note, my large friend apparently has "relatives" out in the midwest.

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  21. Where is everybody?

    jake on 2004.08.12 at 06:41 pm

    It seems that both of us are really darn busy lately. We went from posting a couple times a day to one a week. Well along with Brian being away I have been taking care of my parents house and making sure my brothers don't get into any trouble these past two weeks. Along with work I just haven't had time to read as much as usual.

    And to top it off, after this years ultimate frisbee tournament I will be going with a group of old friends down to visit another old friend in Virginia for a week. It is a much needed vacation. Hopefully I'll get to take a lot of pictures and be a little lazy and get outside a little bit.

    So before I leave let me ask anyone out there reading a quick question. What can Brian and I do when we get back to get more comments and conversations going? I changed over the individual post pages to include comment forms and I'm pretty sure they work. ;) Do we really only have five, shy, people a day visiting? Do we need to be more personable in our posts? Or just not repost things from Boing Boing all the time cause you all already subscribe to their feed too? :) Thanks for any feedback you can provide. :)

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  22. An army of two

    jake on 2004.07.23 at 06:31 pm

    While i understand that soldiers who become injured could require plastic surgery why the hell are people getting breast augmentations on our tax dollars? I can't even get certain drugs because they're used for something like appearance from my healthcare plan. But apparently if I joined the military I could get a nose job if I wanted to. Their excuse is a bit lacking, "the surgeons have to have someone to practice on." Isn't that why they go to med school? And if they do screw up, is the recruit allowed to go back and spend more of my money to get it fixed?

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  23. Yahoo! releases and 100MB email and screws me by deleting my account from 1996

    jake on 2004.06.15 at 01:44 pm

    So after having a really old email address (savior@rocketmail, don't ask) forever Yahoo! has decided to delete it from my paying service because of inactivity. Huh, I coulda sworn my inactivity was because I couldn't log in for the past 4 months. Now since it's from an acquired (rocketmail) entity the only recourse I have is opening a whole new acount. So thanks Yahoo!, now I have been paying you for the past two years to screw me over and destroy my first ever email address. It probably wouldn't bother me as much, but I am a bit nostalgic about it. Maybe I can get my money back or something.

    Update: I have just been issued a refund (after being on the phone for 50 minutes) and been told my only course of action is to sign up again from scratch. I'm debating this since I don't really want jake3289137@yahoo.com as an email address. But I am curious about the updated look , etc. and since I would need to be invited to Gmail I'll just ponder this some more...

    Update: Well I gave in and got a new address, thought it's not what I would call "good." But I do like the the interface a little better. Now the question is, do I upgrade and add pop-access back into the equation? And what the heck do I possibly use this address for since I have control over my own domain? Who knows.

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  24. Tab cleanup isle 4

    jake on 2004.06.04 at 03:03 am

    I really gotta post things when I find them.

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  25. Car chases are environmentally friendly

    jake on 2004.05.11 at 12:34 pm

    Dunstun, who seems to be getting hit on a lot in San Francisco, posted about movie car chases. He points out some tricks, with what includes a very funny quote,

    Stunt guy: I know, I know, it’s pretty clever, and a highly successful cinematic technique; the audience never suspect a thing, lemmie tell you. Plus, you know, it saves on petrol, so it’s more environmentally friendly.

    Environmetally friendly, hahahaha... maybe I need to get out more.

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  26. My comments about NBC and Tivo

    jake on 2004.05.07 at 12:37 pm

    4 Friends looking around door.I'm curious about this post over at Boing Boing. It sounds very crazy conpiracy to me. While it is possible that it could be NBC trying to mess with Tivo, or NBC trying to boost ratings, this has been like that for weeks for me on Cox communications. I only have a VCR to record my programs with, but I've been noticing the weird time slots for months, so it's not like they did it just for the finale of Friends last night. OR am I just special to have seen this before? My 2¢.

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  27. Oops, someone missed a little fact.

    jake on 2004.05.02 at 02:01 am

    I sat on this a few days but I noticed in a new read that the IKEA story neglected to mention that they were referring to the profits of the company as opposed to the individual. So the founder of IKEA, while not poor is not beating Bill Gates.

    IKEA Founder Proves Interior Design Does Pay

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  28. Some research on that last post.

    jake on 2004.04.16 at 01:53 pm

    After Brian asked me what the heck was going on I started looking around for info on that "game." I traced it back to a Livejournal post. But after it the second post, the content changed, from Page 18 - Line 4, to Page 23 - Line 5.

    It's a Meme. From what I just read, it can be changed like when you're playing Porno Password, which might explain Elkins decision to change it. It sifted down through a bunch of people, of course, this is all text so it doesn't get skewed like just telling someone would, and got here.

    So since I don't remember where I saw it first, and I'd hate to ruin the fun, I'll just say that Andy told me.

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  29. IKEA Founder beats out Mr. Gates

    jake on 2004.04.05 at 11:21 pm

    I think the most interesting thing about Bill losing the number one position is that it's partially attributed to the weakning of the dollar.

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  30. Monday Morning Tabs

    jake on 2004.03.29 at 12:23 pm

    Just some clean up before I get to work...

    Action needed now on Xbox pirates - Umm... yeah, so let's mess with consumers just like the music industry.

    "The impact on Xbox will be significant. VUG is currently exploring methods used by the music industry to prevent or disrupt casual 'piracy'."

    Cause everyone just loooooves the music industry right now. This will not stop piracy, going after casual pirates should be done through education, not restricting them. I could definitely rant a little more here...

    Report: Orbach may leave 'Law & Order' - Oh crap... He's pretty much my favorite character...

    Samsung HT-DB390 Bluetooth Surround Sound Speaker - This is pretty sweet. I like the idea, though I already have a nice Harmon Kardon receiver so I probably wouldn't shell out extra money. But I'd love to see it be able to receive signals over Bluetooth too. I would love to just turn on iTunes and listen to music without connecting any wires between my Powerbook and the receiver.

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  31. 100 Year Domain Renewal!?!

    jake on 2004.03.23 at 01:10 pm

    Apparently now that Network Solutions had trouble with their redirecting scheme they needed another way to force revenue. They have started offering a way to register a domain name for 100 years. This is ludicrous. While this would hypothetically make sense for an enormous corporation, like my employers' who've been around 70+ years, it doesn't work for smaller companies that only last 10.

    To top it off, it's similar to the stupid copyright law. It keeps things out of the public domain. What if Company A pays for a 100 year renewal for domain, *catchy-marketing-name*.com and they go out of business in 6 years? The person who registered *catchy-marketing-name.com still own the domain for the next 94. So 50 years from now, you'd have to track down the owner and hope they will sell it to you for a reasonable price so you can use it for your similarly named company. Could you imagine if this happened with all the dot-coms that went belly up?

    This is similar to a problem I had with rain.com. A few years ago I wanted to purchase rain.com, no big surprise it was owned by some marketing company with Rain in their name. Well that company is gone, presumably assimilated into Verio's parent company. So now rain.com shows verio.com, even though they don't call themselves anything similar to that anymore. The company just re-registers it every year and holds onto it. I even inquired to buy it and was told it's a "company domain."

    It makes sense if they just want old customers to be redirected, but I have to imagine that stops happening after a while. It's not necessary to keep it forever.

    The 100 year renewal would pretty much just perpetuate this. Let's hope this doesn't stick...

    From: Slashdot

    Update: Apparently in October Verisign sold Network Solutions. Now I'm just confused. They're both still bad ideas, I guess they're from two different companies now.

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  32. Miscellanous links that are filling up my tabs...

    jake on 2004.01.29 at 11:49 am

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  33. FU H2!

    brian on 2003.12.14 at 12:10 am

    http://www.fuh2.com/

    "Welcome to FUH2.com, home of the official Hummer H2 salute."

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  34. New $20's debut today

    jake on 2003.10.09 at 07:05 pm

    US 20 Dollar BillThe new 20's are out today and are getting plenty of press. While I find the use of color a great addition I don't think they did enough with it. Two muted background colors along with a variation of the good 'ol green is not very exciting. I think we should go the way of the Euro and have a separate color for every bill. That, along with possibly different sizes can make grabbing money form your wallet an easier task. Did anyone see what Matt Murdock had to do in Daredevil?

    EU 20 Euro Bill

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  35. World Beard and Moustache Championships

    jake on 2003.09.24 at 01:26 pm

    Carson City, Nevada, USA -- November 1, 2003

    Willi ChevalierBlues News pointed me to this web site for the World Beard and Moustache Championships. Taking place in the US this year. Pictured here is the freestyle champion from 2001. I enjoyed just going through the gallery and looking at all the wild "designs." Although some are a bit more tame.Picture is from the official web site.

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  36. Doune Castle - It's not a model

    jake on 2003.09.16 at 02:42 pm

    Doune CastleThis past weekend I was pointed to the article about Doune Castle in the local paper. Coincidentally I am giving the Collector’s Edition of Holy Grail to my little bro for his birthday. My friends and I growing up made sure he loved all things Python, he actually requested it as a must have. Well after Soul Caliber II.

    I figured this was a good way to christen the image capabilities I recently added. I had a hard time coming up with the first picture to post. Anything relating to Monty Python is a good candidate in my book. It probably has some bugs to work out, but it seems to be functioning fairly well.

    Now, about that article, the most interesting thing to me is the real history behind the castle. It is one the best preserved castles in Scotland. And though it was built a hundred years later it is in a region where people like William Wallace traveled.

    Overlooking a picturesque river just south of the brooding Scottish highlands, Doune Castle is in a region once roamed by Scottish heroes like Robert the Bruce and William Wallace.

    The 1297 Battle of Stirling Bridge — in which a force led by Wallace defeated the English — took place eight miles southeast of here. A monument at Stirling pays homage to Wallace, long revered in Scotland but little known in the United States until Mel Gibson portrayed him in the movie “Braveheart.”

    Doune Castle is considered the best-preserved medieval castle in Scotland. It was built at the end of the 14th century by Robert Stewart, the first Duke of Albany, whose story is laced with intrigue.

    Of course people wandering around there randomly spouting quotes from the movie is pretty sweet too.


    Image from Talin’s Illustrated Travel Journal

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  37. Special Effects Vs. Plotline

    jake on 2003.07.30 at 07:08 pm

    I read a story a couple days ago that oversimplified things and pretty much bothered me. By using the new Hulk movie as an example it discussed over the top special effects and the storylines that usually suffer as a result.

    In the visual-effects community, ILM’s Hulk was seen as a major achievement: the life in the creature’s eyes, the way light played naturally off its skin, its synthesis into its surroundings, all were deemed first-rate. Film critics, however, panned not only the movie but ILM’s work. The monster didn’t look real. Case closed. Moviegoers must’ve agreed, because after a huge opening weekend, “The Hulk” died at the box office.

    Hulk is a good movie. Spider-Man may have been better at this, but the character development was very good in the Hulk. You felt attached to the characters, even the big green guy himself. Using CGI the creators gave him facial expressions. In the scene where he saves Betty from the mutated dogs, he shows real life.

    It is possible to say, well in general he doesn't look realistic at all. Just because he can make a sad face, doesn't mean he looks real doing it. Well news flash, he isn't real! He's a 15′ green behemoth! The reason he doesn't look realistic is because nothing like the Hulk exists in our world. It's impossible to make him look 100% real because we have no basis for him in our brains.

    Movies are entertainment, we all need to suspend some disbelief. I'm tired of people not just relaxing and watching a movie for what it is.

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  38. Octodog

    jake on 2003.07.30 at 05:54 pm

    Hotdog in the shape of an Octopus. Weird, but cool.

    Octodog [from Simplebits]
    followup - Simplebits

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  39. 25 to 10

    brian on 2003.07.30 at 02:21 am

    Ford's original Model-T, 25 miles to the gallon.

    GM's 2004 Hummer H2: 10mpg

    You do the math. Where has 100 years of technology taken you?

    HummerDinger.

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  40. Classless New Jersey

    brian on 2003.06.10 at 01:00 pm

    Watching the Stanley Cup Finals this week, I continue to hate New Jersey Meadowlands sports fans (I have family in South Jersey, which an entirely different state: friendly people, no chemical plants, and where the "Garden State" nickname comes from. They're all Philly fans down there, too). After winning the Stanley Cup, the New Jersey fans deafenly boo the winner of the Con Smythe Trophy (The Duck's Jean-Sebastian Giguere) because he wasn't their goalie. Classless. The Con Smythe trophy is the MVP for the entire playoffs. JSG was clearly the MVP.

    Not to mention the North Jersey fans booing the Spurs in line up announcements the night before, including two of the nicest players in sports: Tim Duncan and David Robinson.

    There's just something about the fans in that New York Metro area (and I'm a fan of one of those teams). They were terribly rude at the 2002 US Open at Bethpage Black on Long Island. And who can forget the snowball incident at the NY/NJ Giants game? Classless. Sportsmanship (among fans, at least) simply has no meaning when you enter that area.

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  41. Exactitudes

    jake on 2003.06.06 at 07:09 pm

    a contraction of exact and attitude

    Begun in 1994 Exactitudes is a photo project where the artists were inspired by the concept of similarities within social groups.

    I've always been amused by how even the social "outsiders" all look alike and act alike a thus are not actually as unique as they claim. When you can buy things that were obscure and commonly found at places like Salvation Army or made by your own hands at a store in the mall, the war is over. You have been assimilated into the Capitalist mainstream culture.

    Exactitudes [from Boing Boing]

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  42. BoingBoing... barf and bravo.

    brian on 2003.06.03 at 02:09 am

    One of my favorite weblogs is BoingBoing. Often times you'll see very similar content here and there. However, they've added a new guest blogger to the mix who will receive zero attention from us here (outside of this rant). That's because they've invited John C. Dvorak to be their guest blogger. Yup, the pretentious, self-important blow-hard who's famous for running off at the mouth... and not much else. Puke. We have an unspoken "no-posting-JC.D-articles-policy" here.

    On the upside, check out Mark Frauenfelder (of BB)'s side-site, The Island Chronicles. He's moving to various South Pacific Islands with his wife and two young girls, and blogging what he can. If the name sounds vaguely familiar, he's also known as a Switcher.

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  43. Greetings from Ireland

    jake on 2003.05.22 at 06:44 pm

    Ahhh... the first time I've sat in front of a keyboard in what seems like forever. I'm fairly tired, I've been many places, and I'm enjoying about 70% of the trip. The other 30% is driving. I seem to be affected by diesel more than the average human. I'm glad I didn't buy a tdi. I might have trouble driving to work everyday. Anyone else notice nausea and headaches from breathing even the slightest fumes?

    Like I said I've been many places. I'm staying in Cashel, right now I'm visiting relatives across town. They have three cute kids, one of them bit me.

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  44. My name is popular

    jake on 2003.05.09 at 03:59 pm

    Usa Today reports that in 2002 my name topped the list for most popular boys name. Of course that means even more moms calling out my name in department stores and confusing me.

    Jacob has been the most popular name for boys since 1999, when it ended Michael's impressive 35-year run in the top spot.

    Take that Michaels!!

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  45. Record labels try squeezing stone.

    jake on 2003.04.23 at 03:51 pm

    Like in horror movies, two record labels are poking Napster with a stick to make sure it’s dead. Universal Music Group and EMI Recorded Music are going after Hummer Winblad in a lawsuit.

    The 23-page complaint charges that the Napster system, as conceived and implemented, “provided a safe haven for the rampant piracy of copyrighted works on an epic and unprecedented scale…Hummer Winblad knowingly facilitated infringement of plaintiff’s copyrights for its direct financial benefit.”

    Someone should do some market research and figure out that crappy music results in crappy sales. I still buy CD’s, when I like the band a lot, or I like the album a lot. Tha average person will not buy an entire album for $17.99 at the mall when they want one song. Sometimes buying a CD single is an option. But when an album has sixteen tracks, and they release only two, that’s fourteen tracks I might like. If someone wants only one of those fourteen, they’ll just download the song.

    That’s where the online music services can fill in. Too bad they’re just starting to get off the ground and instead of spending effort promoting the services heavily the industry is too busy with lawsuits. So all the public sees is a greedy conglomerate that rips off everyone. Consumers don’t like to deal with greedy conglomerates.

    To add to all the fun stuff going on, the plaintiffs are asking for the maximum $150,000 per infringement. So let me get this straight, I have U2’s One on my computer, I let my friend download the song from me. Wow, U2 just made $150,000. Oh wait, no they didn’t, the rest of the recording industry did.

    If you figure twelve tracks at $13.99 then the record industry as a whole, including the artists, makes about a $1.17 per song. That’s a lot less than $150,000.

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  46. Blog saves owner

    jake on 2003.04.07 at 07:40 pm

    I'll keep this short so you can go read the long actual story. Boing Boing posted this earlier in the day. AccordionGuy posted about his new girlfriend last week. The next day he received an email from a "concerned citizen." Apparently the woman was lying about her background and very disturbed.

    The Adventures of AccordionGuy in the 21st Century

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  47. Sex at 11?!?

    jake on 2003.03.28 at 07:15 pm

    Over at Antipixel I saw a reference to an article from the BBC. Apparently in the UK kids as young as 11 are sexually active. This reminds me of that Southpark episode. I still believe that parents aren't doing their jobs. As is mentioned by the study, kids not only are "doing it" but also have no idea what their doing. Many of them don't understand the premise of condoms.

    When I was 11, most kids thought sex was gross, which made sense considering puberty hasn't really started yet, and mentally kids still mostly have same sex friends. No going out on dates, etc.

    While we should be teaching kids about safe sex. There is an age where it's just too young. Talk to your kids, let them know sex isn't about acceptance or popularity.

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  48. File trading may fund terrorism?

    jake on 2003.03.17 at 03:25 pm

    Next? Parking in handicapped spaces funds terrorism.

    According to an idg.net article I found via Yahoo! file sharing could be a contributer to terrorism. While it could be possible that actual software piracy accomplishes this, where a copy is made of a piece of software and sold on the black market, there is no way to say that downloading mp3's off of Kazaa promotes terrorism. There seems to be a distinction, but as pointed out on Kur5hin it is lost on the congressmen involved.

    But when subcommittee chairman Lamar Smith, a Texas Republican, asked Malcolm for examples of cases where file trading was connected to terrorism, Malcolm said he couldn't give concrete examples. "It would surprise me greatly if the number were not large," Malcolm added. "This is an easy enterprise to get into; the barriers of entry are very small, and the profits are huge."

    I'm not even sure this came outta left field. More like behind the concessions stand, next to that little pile of goo that someone just stepped in.

    Malcolm also called the creators of "warez" file-trading networks organized criminals, although he admitted warez fans aren't motivated by money. Many warez groups, who distribute pirated commercial software over the Internet, operate in a very organized fashion, Malcolm said, with a hierarchy based on how much individual members contribute to the group. Much of the pirated material on the Internet comes from warez groups, Malcolm suggested.

    Of course people involved with warez groups aren't interested in money. The whole friggin' idea is to get something for free.

    I am at a loss as to what the deal is here. How is crashing a plane into an office building and downloading WindowsXP for nothing synonymous? The simple fact that stealing a piece of software can be compared to stealing a person's life is disgusting to me. Until there is solid proof that a warez group is giving money to terrorists, copyright issues should be left out of this whole discussion...

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  49. What does it mean to be a 'geek?'

    jake on 2003.03.06 at 04:35 pm

    Over the years I've fit into the category of geek pretty well. I never had a problem being called a geek nor have I denied it. I have a cluster of friends who adamantly argue that I am not. I say I am. In any event, I saw this interesting take on things in some other guy's rant.

    ConfigSys.boy!

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  50. What am I talking about?

    jake on 2003.03.04 at 03:28 pm

    Hooray, I am now twenty-four years of age. I had a nice party over the weekend, and I successfully pushed back a trip to the grocery store with leftovers. Thanks to everyone who attended.

    Today at work I was handed a coupon for Six Flags Great Adventure. Apparently they have a new ride, Superman-Ultimate Flight TM. The ride consists of you lying down. Although I imagine you're not perfectly horizontal. I only mention this becuase at Six Flags New England they have a sit down Superman coaster, and a Batman ride nearby where you lay down. I've been wanting them to make a ride like this for years. Though I imagine my weak constitution may preclude me from riding it. I've had problems on fast coasters blacking out.

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  51. Michael Jackson Interview Thoughts

    jake on 2003.02.07 at 12:30 pm

    Well in my daily reading I came across something interesting over at kuro5hin.org. A little editorial on the interview last night with Michael Jackson.

    It was definitely an odd interview. And I tend to agree with the article over on kuro5hin. While it is pretty odd, and scary to boot, as long as his intentions are pure, there is nothing blatantly wrong with him hanging out with kids. He's obviously psychologically still acting like a 13 year old kid.

    I don't think he's technically a good role model for kids, but there are a lot of problems with our society today and it stems from terrible parenting. Acting like teachers are babysitters and then not giving teachers any respect or authority. No one wants to believe their kids are screwed up. Even though many of them are in fact very screwed up.

    I can relate a story. When I was eighteen I quit my job at Walgreens. I had an opportunity to get a job at Wal-Mart in the electronics dept. I got there and they offered me a position as a cashier till a new position opened up (so much for my tip.)

    Well I decided I would get a job somewhere I could have fun. Always being a Disney fan, and having a brother who at the time was six. I figured why not the Disney store? Sure I would have had to where purple, but I could get discounts, and I'd have fun goofing off there.

    Upon review of my application I was told that if I was to get the position I'd have to stay in the front of the store. I would not be able to go near the toys in the back, unless I kept right on walking into the break room. While I understand the concern, I wasn't trying to get the job so I could hang out and greet people as they walked in.

    I naturally went to Wal-Mart.

    That's just a random story where I was looked down upon because of my gender. Apparently because I'm male, I'm automatically a pedophile because I have a sensitive side.

    Sorry Mike, you need a little more charisma, you may not be doing anything physically wrong, but you're also not defending yourself very well.

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  52. Are Teachers Overpaid?

    jake on 2003.02.04 at 07:28 pm

    I know a whole bunch of teachers. Initially it was mostly Aunt's. Now that I've graduated I have a chunk of my group of friends who are all either teaching now, or getting teaching degrees.

    This article poses a good question. The odd thing is that people would think that teachers are overpaid. Some teachers, especially from affluent communities, get paid well. But there are a great deal more teachers who are paid rather poorly.

    One of my aunt's deals with a lot of crap from kids constantly. Parents put it on the school system to teach kids right from wrong. When kids are attacking teachers that's a problem. They should show respect. Without teachers they'd be even larger idiots, and I'd hate to see our country be put in the hands of larger idiots. ;)

    Teachers in general are paid too little. They should be given more money until parents learn to grow up. Teachers are there to teach, not babysit.

    msn.com

    Well I could be even more random and mention other opinions about parents, but I think I'll leave that for another rant. don't wanna get too off topic. ;)

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